Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

What started with a small, ambitious, B-character film in 2008’s Iron Man, has expanded to something so much larger and epic than anyone could have every imagined. This is the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline.

What’s in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline?

This is our Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. It takes all of the media in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and places it in chronological order. The default timeline lists each work in chronological order. An item is placed based on where most of it takes place. We don’t break up stories so that portions of a film take place elsewhere. This list includes media from the following elements of the MCU:

  • The MCU Films: These make up the backbone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. The films started with Iron Man in 2008. However, the first chronological film is Captain America: The First Avenger. Marvel Studios has since continued to release these films at an alarming rate.
  • MCU Television: This timeline includes the shows from ABC that are part of the MCU. These include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (AOS), Agent Carter, Inhumans and others.
  • MCU Netflix Television: Though they may seem like a completely different universe, the Marvel Netflix shows are also part of the MCU. However, they take place in isolation compared to the rest of the Marvel Universe. These shows include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher.
  • MCU Tie-in Comics: This timeline includes the tie-in comics that are canonical in the MCU timeline. Usually, these are short preludes to the main films.
  • One-shots: Marvel has produced a few one-shot short films for the MCU. We include these as well.

How to Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

The core of the MCU will always be the films. Therefore, television shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. come second. Iron Man was the first film released in the MCU, but Captain America: The First Avenger takes place first chronologically. It’s actually okay to watch either first. Additionally, if you want something different than the films, we recommend watching the Netflix series, starting with Daredevil. They have little to do with the films, though they do technically take place in the same universe.

Feel free to click on individual items to see more information! As always, if you have questions or comments about this timeline, we recommend you visit our contact page. We hope you enjoy.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Fred Van Lente

2011-06-29

2

Phase 1

Film

Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

2011-07-22

3

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Peter David

2013-12-11

4

ABC

TV Episode

Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

2015-01-06

5

ABC

TV Episode

Eric Pearson

2015-01-06

6

ABC

TV Episode

Andi Bushell

2015-01-13

7

ABC

TV Episode

Brant Englestein

2015-01-27

8

ABC

TV Episode

Jose Molina

2015-02-03

9

ABC

TV Episode

Lindsey Allen

2015-02-10

10

ABC

TV Episode

Chris Dingess

2015-02-17

11

ABC

TV Episode

Michele Fazekas
Tara Butters

2015-02-24

12

ABC

TV Episode

Brant Englestein

2016-01-19

13

ABC

TV Episode

Eric Pearson
Lindsey Allen

2016-01-19

14

ABC

TV Episode

Jose Molina

2016-01-26

15

ABC

TV Episode

Sue Chung

2016-02-02

16

ABC

TV Episode

Lindsey Allen

2016-02-09

17

ABC

TV Episode

Eric Pearson

2016-02-16

18

ABC

TV Episode

Brandon Easton

2016-02-16

19

ABC

TV Episode

Brant Englestein

2016-02-23

20

ABC

TV Episode

Chris Dingess

2016-02-23

21

ABC

TV Episode

Michele Fazekas
Tara Butters

2016-03-01

22

One-Shot

Short Film

Eric Pearson

2013

23

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Will Corona Pilgrim

2015-03-04

24

Phase 3

Film

Meg LeFauve
Nicole Perlman

2019-03-08

25

Phase 1

Film

Art Marcum
Hawk Ostby
Mark Fergus
Matt Holloway

2008-05-02

1 2 3 16

Frequently Asked Questions



There are a number of Marvel films that are not part of the MCU. These include everything that has been produced by Fox. So no, as good as it is, Logan is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s part of the Fox X-men Universe.

Most of Sony’s Spider-Man films are also not part of this universe, with the exception of Spider-Man: Homecoming and all future films featuring Tom Holland. This is due to a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios to include the character as part of the more successful cinematic universe.

Another question that comes up a lot is: could Venom be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? The answer, is no.

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