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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.

Where to start watching the MCU films?

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.

How to Use This Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

For the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you have the following features:

  1. Titles that link to an expanded page for each item.
  2. Sorting by Title, Series, Media Type, Writer, and Release Date
  3. Filtering by Media Type or Writer.

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 Forum. We hope you enjoy.
The MCU Timeline 2.0

2Phase 1BuyCaptain America: The First Avenger, 2011-07-22
4ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.01: “Now is Not the End”, 2015-01-06
5ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.02: “Bridge and Tunnel”2015-01-06
6ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.03: “Time and Tide”2015-01-13
8ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.05: “The Iron Ceiling”2015-02-03
10ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.07: “Snafu”2015-02-17
11ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.08: “Valediction”, 2015-02-24
36Phase 1BuyThor, , 2011-05-06
40Phase 1BuyThe Avengers2012-05-04
61ABCBuyAOS 1.13: “T.R.A.C.K.S.”, 2014-02-04
96ABCBuyAOS 2.10: “What They Become”2014-12-09
98ABCBuyAOS 2.11: “Aftershocks”, 2015-03-03
100ABCBuyAOS 2.12: “Who You Really Are”2015-03-10
109ABCBuyAOS 2.19: “The Dirty Half Dozen”, 2015-04-28
111ABCBuyAOS 2.20: “Scars”, 2015-05-05
115ABCBuyAOS 2.21: “S.O.S. Part One”, , 2015-05-12
116ABCBuyAOS 2.22: “S.O.S. Part Two”, , 2015-05-12
193Phase 3BuyDoctor Strange, 2016-11-04
1PreludesBuyCaptain America: First Vengeance2011-06-29
3PreludesBuyCaptain America: The First Avenger (comic)2013-12-11
7ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.04: “The Blitzkrieg Button”2015-01-27
9ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.06: “A Sin to Err”2015-02-10
12ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.01: “The Lady in the Lake”2016-01-19
13ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.02: “A View in the Dark”, 2016-01-19
14ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.03: “Better Angels”2016-01-26
15ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.04: “Smoke & Mirrors”2016-02-02
16ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.05: “The Atomic Job”2016-02-09
17ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.06: “Life of the Party”2016-02-16
18ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.07: “Monsters”2016-02-16
19ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.08: “The Edge of Mystery”2016-02-23
20ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.09: “A Little Song and Dance”2016-02-23
21ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.10: “Hollywood Ending”, 2016-03-01
22One-ShotBuyAgent Carter2013
23PreludesBuyAnt-Man Prelude2015-03-04
25Phase 1BuyIron Man, , , 2008-05-02
26PreludesBuyIron Man: I Am Iron Man2010-02-24
27PreludesBuyIron Man 2: Public Identity2010-05-12
28PreludesBuyIron Man 2: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2010-09-01
30OtherStark Expo Videos2010-04-27
33Phase 1BuyIron Man 22010-05-07
34PreludesBuyIron Man 2 (comic)2012-12-05
35One-ShotBuyA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer2011
37PreludesBuyThor (comic)2013-02-20
31Phase 1BuyThe Incredible Hulk2008-06-13
32One-ShotBuyThe Consultant2011
38PreludesBuyAvengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week2012-04-18
39PreludesBuyAvengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes2012-06-06
41One-ShotBuyItem 472013
42PreludesBuyIron Man 3 Prelude2013-02-06
43Phase 2BuyIron Man 3, 2013-05-03
44One-ShotBuyAll Hail the King2014
45ABCBuyAOS 1.01: “Pilot”, , 2013-09-24
46ABCBuyAOS 1.02: “0-Eight-Four”, , 2013-10-01
47ABCBuyAOS 1.03: “The Asset”, 2013-10-08
48ABCBuyAOS 1.04: “Eye-Spy”2013-10-15
49ABCBuyAOS 1.05: “Girl in the Flower Dress”2013-10-22
50ABCBuyAOS 1.06: “FZZT”2013-11-05
51ABCBuyAOS 1.07: “The Hub”, 2013-11-12
52PreludesBuyThor: The Dark World Prelude2013-07-10
53Phase 2BuyThor: The Dark World, , 2013-11-08
55ABCBuyAOS 1.08: “The Well”2013-11-19
56ABCBuyAOS 1.09: “Repairs”, 2013-11-26
57ABCBuyAOS 1.10: “The Bridge”2013-12-10
58ABCBuyAOS 1.11: “The Magical Place”, 2014-01-07
59ABCBuyAOS 1.12: “Seeds”, 2014-01-14
60PreludesBuyThe Winter Soldier: Infinite2014-01-28
62ABCBuyAOS 1.14: “T.A.H.I.T.I.”2014-03-04
63ABCBuyAOS 1.15: “Yes Men”2014-03-11
64ABCBuyAOS 1.16: “End of the Beginning”2014-04-01
65Phase 2BuyCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, 2014-04-04
66PreludesBuyAvengers: Age of Ultron Prelude – This Sceptre’d Isle2015-02-04
67ABCBuyAOS 1.17: “Turn, Turn, Turn”, 2014-04-08
68ABCBuyAOS 1.18: “Providence”2014-04-15
69ABCBuyAOS 1.19: “The Only Light in the Darkness”2014-04-22
70ABCBuyAOS 1.20: “Nothing Personal”, 2014-04-29
71ABCBuyAOS 1.21: “Ragtag”2014-05-06
73ABCBuyAOS 1.22: “Beginning of the End”, 2014-05-13
72PreludesBuyGuardians of the Galaxy: Prelude2014-05-28
74PreludesBuyGuardians of the Galaxy: Infinite, 2014-04-01
75Phase 2BuyGuardians of the Galaxy, 2014-08-01
77ABCBuyAOS 2.01: “Shadows”, 2014-09-23
79NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.01: “Into the Ring”2015-04-10
80ABCBuyAOS 2.02: “Heavy is the Hand”2014-09-30
82NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.02: “Cut Man”2015-04-10
81ABCBuyAOS 2.03: “Making Friends and Influencing People”2014-10-07
83NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.03: “Rabbit in a Snowstorm2015-04-10
84ABCBuyAOS 2.04: “Face My Enemy”2014-10-14
85NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.04: “In the Blood”2015-04-10
86ABCBuyAOS 2.05: “A Hen in the Wolf House”2014-10-21
87NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.05: “World on Fire”2015-04-10
88ABCBuyAOS 2.06: “A Fractured House”, 2014-10-28
89NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.06: “Condemned”, 2015-04-10
90ABCBuyAOS 2.07: “The Writing on the Wall”2014-11-11
91NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.07: “Stick”2015-04-10
92ABCBuyAOS 2.08: “The Things We Bury”2014-11-18
93NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.08: “Shadows in the Glass”2015-04-10
94ABCBuyAOS 2.09: “…Ye Who Enter Here”2014-12-02
95NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.09: “Speak of the Devil”, 2015-04-10
97NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.10: “Nelson v. Murdock”2015-04-10
99NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.11: “The Path of the Righteous”, 2015-04-10
101NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.12: “The Ones We Leave Behind”2015-04-10
102ABCBuyAOS 2.13: “One of Us”2015-03-17
103NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.13: “Daredevil”2015-04-10
104ABCBuyAOS 2.14: “Love in the Time of Hydra”2015-03-24
105ABCBuyAOS 2.15: “One Door Closes”, 2015-03-31
106ABCBuyAOS 2.16: “Afterlife”2015-04-07
107ABCBuyAOS 2.17: “Melinda”2015-04-14
108ABCBuyAOS 2.18: “Frenemy of My Enemy”, 2015-04-21
110Phase 2BuyThe Avengers: Age of Ultron2015-05-01
76PreludesBuyGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Prelude2017-02-01
78Phase 3BuyGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 22017-05-05
112OtherWHIH: NEWSFRONT Promo – July 2, 20152015-07-02
113OtherWHiH: Newsfront Top Stories2015-07-07
114OtherWHIH EXCLUSIVE: 2012 VistaCorp break-in security footage involving cyber-criminal Scott Lang2015-07-10
117OtherWIRED Insider Interviews Darren Cross, CEO of Pym Technologies2015-07-13
118OtherWHIH EXCLUSIVE: Scott Lang Interview2015-07-16
119PreludesBuyAnt-Man – Scott Lang: Small Time2015-03-03
120Phase 2BuyAnt-Man, , , 2015-07-17
121PreludesBuyJessica Jones2015-10-07
122ABCBuyAOS 3.01: “Laws of Nature”, 2015-09-29
123NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.01: “AKA Ladies Night”2015-11-20
124ABCBuyAOS 3.02: “Purpose in the Machine”2015-10-06
125NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.02: “AKA Crush Syndrome”2015-11-20
126ABCBuyAOS 3.03: “A Wanted (Inhu)man”2015-10-13
127NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.03: “AKA It’s Called Whiskey”, 2015-11-20
128ABCBuyAOS 3.04: “Devils You Know”2015-10-20
129NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.04: “AKA 99 Friends”, 2015-11-20
130ABCBuyAOS 3.05: “4,722 Hours”2015-10-27
131NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.05: “AKA The Sandwich Saved Me”2015-11-20
132ABCBuyAOS 3.06: “Among Us Hide…”2015-11-03
133NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.06: “AKA You’re a Winner!”2015-11-20
134ABCBuyAOS 3.07: “Chaos Theory”2015-11-10
135NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.07: “AKA Top Shelf Perverts”, 2015-11-20
136ABCBuyAOS 3.08: “Many Heads, One Tale”, 2015-11-17
137NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.08: “AKA WWJD?”2015-11-20
138ABCBuyAOS 3.09: “Closure”2015-12-01
139NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.09: “AKA Sin Bin”, 2015-11-20
140ABCBuyAOS 3.10: “Maveth”2015-12-08
141NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.10: “AKA 1,000 Cuts”, 2015-11-20
142NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.11: “AKA I’ve Got the Blues”, 2015-11-20
143NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.12: “AKA Take a Bloody Number”, 2015-11-20
144NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.13: “AKA Smile”, 2015-11-20
145ABCBuyAOS 3.11: “Bouncing Back”2016-03-08
147NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.01: “Bang”, 2016-03-18
146ABCBuyAOS 3.12: “The Inside Man”2016-03-15
148NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.02: “Dogs to a Gunfight”, 2016-03-18
149ABCBuyAOS 3.13: “Parting Shot”2016-03-22
150NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.03: “New York’s Finest”2016-03-18
151ABCBuyAOS 3.14: “Watchdogs”2016-03-29
152NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.04: “Penny and Dime”2016-03-18
153ABCBuyAOS 3.15: “Spacetime”, 2016-04-05
154NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.05: “Kinbaku”2016-03-18
155ABCBuyAOS 3.16: “Paradise Lost”, 2016-04-12
156NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.06: “Regrets Only”2016-03-18
157ABCBuyAOS 3.17: “The Team”2016-04-19
158OtherAVENGERS IMPACT: A WHIH Newsfront Special Report2016-04-22
159NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.07: “Semper Fidelis”2016-03-18
160OtherWHIH Newsfront: The Cost of Saving the World2016-04-26
161ABCBuyAOS 3.18: “The Singularity”2016-04-26
162OtherWHIH Newsfront: The Avengers and The White House2016-04-28
163NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.08: “Guilty as Sin”2016-03-18
164PreludesBuyDoctor Strange Prelude2016-08-24
165ABCBuyAOS 3.19: “Failed Experiments”2016-05-03
166OtherWHIH Newsfront Exclusive: President Ellis Discusses the Avengers2016-05-03
167OtherWHIH Breaking News: Attack in Lagos2016-05-03
171NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.09: “Seven Minutes in Heaven”, 2016-03-18
172ABCBuyAOS 3.20: “Emancipation”2016-05-10
173NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.10: “The Man in the Box”, 2016-03-18
174ABCBuyAOS 3.21: “Absolution”, 2016-05-17
175NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.11: “.380”2016-03-18
176ABCBuyAOS 3.22: “Ascension”2016-05-17
177NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.12: “The Dark at the End of the Tunnel”, 2016-03-18
178NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.13: “A Cold day in Hell’s Kitchen”, 2016-03-18
168PreludesBuyCaptain America: Civil War Prelude2016-01-27
169Phase 3BuyCaptain America: Civil War, 2016-05-06
180ABCAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot2016-12-13
181ABCAOS 4.01: “The Ghost”, 2016-09-20
182NetflixBuyLuke Cage 1.01: “Moment of Truth”2016-09-30
183ABCAOS 4.02: “Meet the New Boss”2016-09-27
184NetflixBuyLuke Cage 1.02: “Code of the Streets”2016-09-30
185ABCAOS 4.03: “Uprising”2016-10-11
186NetflixBuyLuke Cage 1.03: “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?”2016-09-30
187ABCAOS 4.04: “Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire”2016-10-18
188NetflixBuyLuke Cage 1.04: “Step in the Arena”2016-09-30
189ABCAOS 4.05: “Lockup”, 2016-10-25
190NetflixBuyLuke Cage 1.05: “Just to Get a Rep”2016-09-30
191ABCAOS 4.06: “The Good Samaritan”2016-11-01
192NetflixBuyLuke Cage 1.06: “Suckas Need Bodyguards”2016-09-30
194ABCAOS 4.07: “Deals With Our Devils”2016-11-29
195NetflixBuyLuke Cage 1.07: “Manifest”2016-09-30
196ABCAOS 4.08: “The Laws of Inferno Dynamics”2016-12-06
197NetflixBuyLuke Cage 1.08: “Blowin’ Up the Spot”2016-09-30
198ABCAOS 4.09: “Broken Promises”2017-01-10
199NetflixBuyLuke Cage 1.09: “DWYCK”2016-09-30
200ABCAOS 4.10: “The Patriot”, 2017-01-17
170PreludesBuySpider-Man: Homecoming Prelude2017-04-05
54PreludesBuyThor: Ragnarok Prelude2017-07-05
24Phase 3Captain Marvel, 2019-03-08
29PreludesBuyBlack Panther Prelude2017-11-15
179Phase 3Black Panther, 2018-02-16

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