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:
A button that will show pictures for each item. See below. Titles that link to an expanded page for each item. Sorting by Title, Series, Media Type, Writer, and Release Date Filtering by Media Type or Writer.
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Image Series Buy Title Type Writers Released Preludes Captain America: First Vengeance Graphic Novel Fred Van Lente 2011-06-29 Phase 1 Captain America: The First Avenger Film Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely 2011-07-22 Preludes Captain America: The First Avenger (comic) Graphic Novel Peter David 2013-12-11 ABC Agent Carter 1.01: “Now is Not the End” TV Episode Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely 2015-01-06 ABC Agent Carter 1.02: “Bridge and Tunnel” TV Episode Eric Pearson 2015-01-06 ABC Agent Carter 1.03: “Time and Tide” TV Episode Andi Bushell 2015-01-13 ABC Agent Carter 1.04: “The Blitzkrieg Button” TV Episode Brant Englestein 2015-01-27 ABC Agent Carter 1.05: “The Iron Ceiling” TV Episode Jose Molina 2015-02-03 ABC Agent Carter 1.06: “A Sin to Err” TV Episode Lindsey Allen 2015-02-10 ABC Agent Carter 1.07: “Snafu” TV Episode Chris Dingess 2015-02-17 ABC Agent Carter 1.08: “Valediction” TV Episode Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters 2015-02-24 ABC Agent Carter 2.01: “The Lady in the Lake” TV Episode Brant Englestein 2016-01-19 ABC Agent Carter 2.02: “A View in the Dark” TV Episode Eric Pearson, Lindsey Allen 2016-01-19 ABC Agent Carter 2.03: “Better Angels” TV Episode Jose Molina 2016-01-26 ABC Agent Carter 2.04: “Smoke & Mirrors” TV Episode Sue Chung 2016-02-02 ABC Agent Carter 2.05: “The Atomic Job” TV Episode Lindsey Allen 2016-02-09 ABC Agent Carter 2.06: “Life of the Party” TV Episode Eric Pearson 2016-02-16 ABC Agent Carter 2.07: “Monsters” TV Episode Brandon Easton 2016-02-16 ABC Agent Carter 2.08: “The Edge of Mystery” TV Episode Brant Englestein 2016-02-23 ABC Agent Carter 2.09: “A Little Song and Dance” TV Episode Chris Dingess 2016-02-23 ABC Agent Carter 2.10: “Hollywood Ending” TV Episode Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters 2016-03-01 One-Shot Agent Carter Short Film Eric Pearson 2013 Preludes Ant-Man Prelude Graphic Novel Will Corona Pilgrim 2015-03-04 Phase 3 Captain Marvel Film Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman 2019-03-08 Phase 1 Iron Man Film Art Marcum, Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus, Matt Holloway 2008-05-02 Preludes Iron Man: I Am Iron Man Graphic Novel Peter David 2010-02-24 Preludes Iron Man 2: Public Identity Graphic Novel Joe Casey 2010-05-12 Preludes Iron Man 2: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Comic Issue Joe Casey 2010-09-01 Other Stark Expo Videos Web Marvel Studios 2010-04-27 Phase 1 Iron Man 2 Film Justin Theroux 2010-05-07 Preludes Iron Man 2 (comic) Graphic Novel Christos N. Gage 2012-12-05 One-Shot A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer Short Film Eric Pearson 2011 Phase 1 Thor Film Ashley Edward Miller, Don Payne, Zack Stentz 2011-05-06 Preludes Thor (comic) Graphic Novel Christos N. Gage 2013-02-20 Phase 1 The Incredible Hulk Film Zak Penn 2008-06-13 One-Shot The Consultant Short Film Eric Pearson 2011 Preludes Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week Graphic Novel Chris Yost 2012-04-18 Preludes Avengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes Graphic Novel Fred Van Lente 2012-06-06 Phase 1 The Avengers Film Joss Whedon 2012-05-04 One-Shot Item 47 Short Film Eric Pearson 2013 Preludes Iron Man 3 Prelude Graphic Novel Christos Gage 2013-02-06 Phase 2 Iron Man 3 Film Drew Pearce, Shane Black 2013-05-03 One-Shot All Hail the King Short Film Drew Pearce 2014 ABC AOS 1.01: “Pilot” TV Episode Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen 2013-09-24 ABC AOS 1.02: “0-Eight-Four” TV Episode Jed Whedon, Jeffrey Bell, Maurissa Tancharoen 2013-10-01 ABC AOS 1.03: “The Asset” TV Episode Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen 2013-10-08 ABC AOS 1.04: “Eye-Spy” TV Episode Jeffrey Bell 2013-10-15 ABC AOS 1.05: “Girl in the Flower Dress” TV Episode Brent Fletcher 2013-10-22 ABC AOS 1.06: “FZZT” TV Episode Paul Zbyszewski 2013-11-05 ABC AOS 1.07: “The Hub” TV Episode Lauren LeFranc, Rafe Judkins 2013-11-12 Preludes Thor: The Dark World Prelude Graphic Novel Chris Yost 2013-07-10 Phase 2 Thor: The Dark World Film Christopher Markus, Christopher Yost, Stephen McFeely 2013-11-08 ABC AOS 1.08: “The Well” TV Episode Monica Owusu-Breen 2013-11-19 ABC AOS 1.09: “Repairs” TV Episode Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen 2013-11-26 ABC AOS 1.10: “The Bridge” TV Episode Shalisha Francis 2013-12-10 ABC AOS 1.11: “The Magical Place” TV Episode Brent Fletcher, Paul Zbyszewski 2014-01-07 ABC AOS 1.12: “Seeds” TV Episode Jed Whedon, Monica Owusu-Breen 2014-01-14 Preludes The Winter Soldier: Infinite Comic Issue Peter David 2014-01-28 ABC AOS 1.13: “T.R.A.C.K.S.” TV Episode Lauren LeFranc, Rafe Judkins 2014-02-04 ABC AOS 1.14: “T.A.H.I.T.I.” TV Episode Jeffrey Bell 2014-03-04 ABC AOS 1.15: “Yes Men” TV Episode Shalisha Francis 2014-03-11 ABC AOS 1.16: “End of the Beginning” TV Episode Paul Zbyszewski 2014-04-01 Phase 2 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Film Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely 2014-04-04 Preludes Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude – This Sceptre’d Isle Comic Issue Will Corona Pilgrim 2015-02-04 ABC AOS 1.17: “Turn, Turn, Turn” TV Episode Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen 2014-04-08 ABC AOS 1.18: “Providence” TV Episode Brent Fletcher 2014-04-15 ABC AOS 1.19: “The Only Light in the Darkness” TV Episode Monica Owusu-Breen 2014-04-22 ABC AOS 1.20: “Nothing Personal” TV Episode DJ Doyle, Paul Zbyszewski 2014-04-29 ABC AOS 1.21: “Ragtag” TV Episode Jeffrey Bell 2014-05-06 ABC AOS 1.22: “Beginning of the End” TV Episode Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen 2014-05-13 Preludes Guardians of the Galaxy: Prelude Graphic Novel Dan Abnett 2014-05-28 Preludes Guardians of the Galaxy: Infinite Comic Issue Andy Lanning, Dan Abnett 2014-04-01 Phase 2 Guardians of the Galaxy Film James Gunn, Nicole Perlman 2014-08-01 ABC AOS 2.01: “Shadows” TV Episode Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen 2014-09-23 Netflix Daredevil 1.01: “Into the Ring” TV Episode Drew Goddard 2015-04-10 ABC AOS 2.02: “Heavy is the Hand” TV Episode Paul Zbyszewski 2014-09-30 Netflix Daredevil 1.02: “Cut Man” TV Episode Drew Goddard 2015-04-10 ABC AOS 2.03: “Making Friends and Influencing People” TV Episode Monica Owusu-Breen 2014-10-07 Netflix Daredevil 1.03: “Rabbit in a Snowstorm TV Episode Marco Ramirez 2015-04-10 ABC AOS 2.04: “Face My Enemy” TV Episode Drew Z. Greenberg 2014-10-14 Netflix Daredevil 1.04: “In the Blood” TV Episode Joe Pokaski 2015-04-10 ABC AOS 2.05: “A Hen in the Wolf House” TV Episode Brent Fletcher 2014-10-21 Netflix Daredevil 1.05: “World on Fire” TV Episode Luke Kalteux 2015-04-10 ABC AOS 2.06: “A Fractured House” TV Episode Lauren LeFranc, Rafe Judkins 2014-10-28 Netflix Daredevil 1.06: “Condemned” TV Episode Joe Pokaski, Marco Ramirez 2015-04-10 ABC AOS 2.07: “The Writing on the Wall” TV Episode Craig Titley 2014-11-11 Netflix Daredevil 1.07: “Stick” TV Episode Douglas Petrie 2015-04-10 ABC AOS 2.08: “The Things We Bury” TV Episode DJ Doyle 2014-11-18 Netflix Daredevil 1.08: “Shadows in the Glass” TV Episode Steven S. DeKnight 2015-04-10 ABC AOS 2.09: “…Ye Who Enter Here” TV Episode Paul Zbyszewski 2014-12-02 Netflix Daredevil 1.09: “Speak of the Devil” TV Episode Christos Gage, Ruth Fletcher Gage 2015-04-10 ABC AOS 2.10: “What They Become” TV Episode Jeffrey Bell 2014-12-09 Netflix Daredevil 1.10: “Nelson v. Murdock” TV Episode Luke Kalteux 2015-04-10 Netflix Daredevil 1.11: “The Path of the Righteous” TV Episode Douglas Petrie, Steven S. DeKnight 2015-04-10 ABC AOS 2.11: “Aftershocks” TV Episode Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen 2015-03-03 ABC AOS 2.12: “Who You Really Are” TV Episode Drew Z. Greenberg 2015-03-10 Netflix Daredevil 1.12: “The Ones We Leave Behind” TV Episode Douglas Petrie 2015-04-10 ABC AOS 2.13: “One of Us” TV Episode Monica Owusu-Breen 2015-03-17 Netflix Daredevil 1.13: “Daredevil” TV Episode Steven S. DeKnight 2015-04-10 ABC AOS 2.14: “Love in the Time of Hydra” TV Episode Brent Fletcher 2015-03-24