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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, Damage Control 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, and The Defenders.
  • 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. A button that will show pictures for each item. See below.
  2. Titles that link to an expanded page for each item.
  3. Sorting by Title, Series, Media Type, Writer, and Release Date
  4. Filtering by Media Type or Writer.

Feel free to click on individual items to see more information! We hope you enjoy.
The MCU Timeline 2.0

ImageSeriesBuyTitleTypeWritersReleased
PreludesBuyCaptain America: First Vengeance2011-06-29
Phase 1BuyCaptain America: The First Avenger, 2011-07-22
PreludesBuyCaptain America: The First Avenger (comic)2013-12-11
ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.01: “Now is Not the End”, 2015-01-06
ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.02: “Bridge and Tunnel”2015-01-06
ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.03: “Time and Tide”2015-01-13
ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.04: “The Blitzkrieg Button”2015-01-27
ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.05: “The Iron Ceiling”2015-02-03
ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.06: “A Sin to Err”2015-02-10
ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.07: “Snafu”2015-02-17
ABCBuyAgent Carter 1.08: “Valediction”, 2015-02-24
ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.01: “The Lady in the Lake”2016-01-19
ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.02: “A View in the Dark”, 2016-01-19
ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.03: “Better Angels”2016-01-26
ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.04: “Smoke & Mirrors”2016-02-02
ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.05: “The Atomic Job”2016-02-09
ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.06: “Life of the Party”2016-02-16
ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.07: “Monsters”2016-02-16
ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.08: “The Edge of Mystery”2016-02-23
ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.09: “A Little Song and Dance”2016-02-23
ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.10: “Hollywood Ending”, 2016-03-01
One-ShotBuyAgent Carter2013
PreludesBuyAnt-Man Prelude2015-03-04
Phase 3Captain Marvel, 2019-03-08
Phase 1BuyIron Man, , , 2008-05-02
PreludesBuyIron Man: I Am Iron Man2010-02-24
PreludesBuyIron Man 2: Public Identity2010-05-12
PreludesBuyIron Man 2: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2010-09-01
OtherStark Expo Videos2010-04-27
Phase 1BuyIron Man 22010-05-07
PreludesBuyIron Man 2 (comic)2012-12-05
One-ShotBuyA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer2011
Phase 1BuyThor, , 2011-05-06
PreludesBuyThor (comic)2013-02-20
Phase 1BuyThe Incredible Hulk2008-06-13
One-ShotBuyThe Consultant2011
PreludesBuyAvengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week2012-04-18
PreludesBuyAvengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes2012-06-06
Phase 1BuyThe Avengers2012-05-04
One-ShotBuyItem 472013
PreludesBuyIron Man 3 Prelude2013-02-06
Phase 2BuyIron Man 3, 2013-05-03
One-ShotBuyAll Hail the King2014
ABCBuyAOS 1.01: “Pilot”, , 2013-09-24
ABCBuyAOS 1.02: “0-Eight-Four”, , 2013-10-01
ABCBuyAOS 1.03: “The Asset”, 2013-10-08
ABCBuyAOS 1.04: “Eye-Spy”2013-10-15
ABCBuyAOS 1.05: “Girl in the Flower Dress”2013-10-22
ABCBuyAOS 1.06: “FZZT”2013-11-05
ABCBuyAOS 1.07: “The Hub”, 2013-11-12
PreludesBuyThor: The Dark World Prelude2013-07-10
Phase 2BuyThor: The Dark World, , 2013-11-08
ABCBuyAOS 1.08: “The Well”2013-11-19
ABCBuyAOS 1.09: “Repairs”, 2013-11-26
ABCBuyAOS 1.10: “The Bridge”2013-12-10
ABCBuyAOS 1.11: “The Magical Place”, 2014-01-07
ABCBuyAOS 1.12: “Seeds”, 2014-01-14
PreludesBuyThe Winter Soldier: Infinite2014-01-28
ABCBuyAOS 1.13: “T.R.A.C.K.S.”, 2014-02-04
ABCBuyAOS 1.14: “T.A.H.I.T.I.”2014-03-04
ABCBuyAOS 1.15: “Yes Men”2014-03-11
ABCBuyAOS 1.16: “End of the Beginning”2014-04-01
Phase 2BuyCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, 2014-04-04
PreludesBuyAvengers: Age of Ultron Prelude – This Sceptre’d Isle2015-02-04
ABCBuyAOS 1.17: “Turn, Turn, Turn”, 2014-04-08
ABCBuyAOS 1.18: “Providence”2014-04-15
ABCBuyAOS 1.19: “The Only Light in the Darkness”2014-04-22
ABCBuyAOS 1.20: “Nothing Personal”, 2014-04-29
ABCBuyAOS 1.21: “Ragtag”2014-05-06
ABCBuyAOS 1.22: “Beginning of the End”, 2014-05-13
PreludesBuyGuardians of the Galaxy: Prelude2014-05-28
PreludesBuyGuardians of the Galaxy: Infinite, 2014-04-01
Phase 2BuyGuardians of the Galaxy, 2014-08-01
ABCBuyAOS 2.01: “Shadows”, 2014-09-23
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.01: “Into the Ring”2015-04-10
ABCBuyAOS 2.02: “Heavy is the Hand”2014-09-30
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.02: “Cut Man”2015-04-10
ABCBuyAOS 2.03: “Making Friends and Influencing People”2014-10-07
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.03: “Rabbit in a Snowstorm2015-04-10
ABCBuyAOS 2.04: “Face My Enemy”2014-10-14
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.04: “In the Blood”2015-04-10
ABCBuyAOS 2.05: “A Hen in the Wolf House”2014-10-21
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.05: “World on Fire”2015-04-10
ABCBuyAOS 2.06: “A Fractured House”, 2014-10-28
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.06: “Condemned”, 2015-04-10
ABCBuyAOS 2.07: “The Writing on the Wall”2014-11-11
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.07: “Stick”2015-04-10
ABCBuyAOS 2.08: “The Things We Bury”2014-11-18
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.08: “Shadows in the Glass”2015-04-10
ABCBuyAOS 2.09: “…Ye Who Enter Here”2014-12-02
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.09: “Speak of the Devil”, 2015-04-10
ABCBuyAOS 2.10: “What They Become”2014-12-09
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.10: “Nelson v. Murdock”2015-04-10
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.11: “The Path of the Righteous”, 2015-04-10
ABCBuyAOS 2.11: “Aftershocks”, 2015-03-03
ABCBuyAOS 2.12: “Who You Really Are”2015-03-10
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.12: “The Ones We Leave Behind”2015-04-10
ABCBuyAOS 2.13: “One of Us”2015-03-17
NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.13: “Daredevil”2015-04-10
ABCBuyAOS 2.14: “Love in the Time of Hydra”2015-03-24