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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, 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. 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

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
33Phase 1BuyThor, , 2011-05-06
39Phase 1BuyThe Avengers2012-05-04
59ABCBuyAOS 1.13: “T.R.A.C.K.S.”, 2014-02-04
92ABCBuyAOS 2.10: “What They Become”2014-12-09
94ABCBuyAOS 2.11: “Aftershocks”, 2015-03-03
96ABCBuyAOS 2.12: “Who You Really Are”2015-03-10
105ABCBuyAOS 2.19: “The Dirty Half Dozen”, 2015-04-28
107ABCBuyAOS 2.20: “Scars”, 2015-05-05
113ABCBuyAOS 2.21: “S.O.S. Part One”, , 2015-05-12
114ABCBuyAOS 2.22: “S.O.S. Part Two”, , 2015-05-12
189Phase 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
19ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.08: “The Edge of Mystery”2016-02-23
18ABCBuyAgent Carter 2.07: “Monsters”2016-02-16
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
29OtherStark Expo Videos2010-04-27
30Phase 1BuyIron Man 22010-05-07
31PreludesBuyIron Man 2 (comic)2012-12-05
32One-ShotBuyA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer2011
34PreludesBuyThor (comic)2013-02-20
31.001Phase 1BuyThe Incredible Hulk2008-06-13
36One-ShotBuyThe Consultant2011
37PreludesBuyAvengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week2012-04-18
38PreludesBuyAvengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes2012-06-06
40One-ShotBuyItem 472013
41PreludesBuyIron Man 3 Prelude2013-02-06
42Phase 2BuyIron Man 3, 2013-05-03
43One-ShotBuyAll Hail the King2014
44ABCBuyAOS 1.01: “Pilot”, , 2013-09-24
45ABCBuyAOS 1.02: “0-Eight-Four”, , 2013-10-01
46ABCBuyAOS 1.03: “The Asset”, 2013-10-08
47ABCBuyAOS 1.04: “Eye-Spy”2013-10-15
48ABCBuyAOS 1.05: “Girl in the Flower Dress”2013-10-22
49ABCBuyAOS 1.06: “FZZT”2013-11-05
50ABCBuyAOS 1.07: “The Hub”, 2013-11-12
51PreludesBuyThor: The Dark World Prelude2013-07-10
52Phase 2BuyThor: The Dark World, , 2013-11-08
53ABCBuyAOS 1.08: “The Well”2013-11-19
54ABCBuyAOS 1.09: “Repairs”, 2013-11-26
55ABCBuyAOS 1.10: “The Bridge”2013-12-10
56ABCBuyAOS 1.11: “The Magical Place”, 2014-01-07
57ABCBuyAOS 1.12: “Seeds”, 2014-01-14
58PreludesBuyThe Winter Soldier: Infinite2014-01-28
60ABCBuyAOS 1.14: “T.A.H.I.T.I.”2014-03-04
62ABCBuyAOS 1.16: “End of the Beginning”2014-04-01
61ABCBuyAOS 1.15: “Yes Men”2014-03-11
63Phase 2BuyCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, 2014-04-04
65ABCBuyAOS 1.17: “Turn, Turn, Turn”, 2014-04-08
64PreludesBuyAvengers: Age of Ultron Prelude – This Sceptre’d Isle2015-02-04
66ABCBuyAOS 1.18: “Providence”2014-04-15
67ABCBuyAOS 1.19: “The Only Light in the Darkness”2014-04-22
68ABCBuyAOS 1.20: “Nothing Personal”, 2014-04-29
69ABCBuyAOS 1.21: “Ragtag”2014-05-06
71ABCBuyAOS 1.22: “Beginning of the End”, 2014-05-13
70PreludesBuyGuardians of the Galaxy: Prelude2014-05-28
72PreludesBuyGuardians of the Galaxy: Infinite, 2014-04-01
74Phase 2BuyGuardians of the Galaxy, 2014-08-01
73ABCBuyAOS 2.01: “Shadows”, 2014-09-23
75NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.01: “Into the Ring”2015-04-10
76ABCBuyAOS 2.02: “Heavy is the Hand”2014-09-30
78NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.02: “Cut Man”2015-04-10
77ABCBuyAOS 2.03: “Making Friends and Influencing People”2014-10-07
79NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.03: “Rabbit in a Snowstorm2015-04-10
80ABCBuyAOS 2.04: “Face My Enemy”2014-10-14
81NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.04: “In the Blood”2015-04-10
82ABCBuyAOS 2.05: “A Hen in the Wolf House”2014-10-21
83NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.05: “World on Fire”2015-04-10
84ABCBuyAOS 2.06: “A Fractured House”, 2014-10-28
85NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.06: “Condemned”, 2015-04-10
86ABCBuyAOS 2.07: “The Writing on the Wall”2014-11-11
87NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.07: “Stick”2015-04-10
88ABCBuyAOS 2.08: “The Things We Bury”2014-11-18
89NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.08: “Shadows in the Glass”2015-04-10
90ABCBuyAOS 2.09: “…Ye Who Enter Here”2014-12-02
91NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.09: “Speak of the Devil”, 2015-04-10
93NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.10: “Nelson v. Murdock”2015-04-10
95NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.11: “The Path of the Righteous”, 2015-04-10
97NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.12: “The Ones We Leave Behind”2015-04-10
98ABCBuyAOS 2.13: “One of Us”2015-03-17
99NetflixBuyDaredevil 1.13: “Daredevil”2015-04-10
100ABCBuyAOS 2.14: “Love in the Time of Hydra”2015-03-24
101ABCBuyAOS 2.15: “One Door Closes”, 2015-03-31
102ABCBuyAOS 2.16: “Afterlife”2015-04-07
103ABCBuyAOS 2.17: “Melinda”2015-04-14
104ABCBuyAOS 2.18: “Frenemy of My Enemy”, 2015-04-21
106Phase 2BuyThe Avengers: Age of Ultron2015-05-01
108PreludesBuyGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Prelude2017-02-01
109Phase 3BuyGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 22017-05-05
110OtherWHIH: NEWSFRONT Promo – July 2, 20152015-07-02
111OtherWHiH: Newsfront Top Stories2015-07-07
112OtherWHIH EXCLUSIVE: 2012 VistaCorp break-in security footage involving cyber-criminal Scott Lang2015-07-10
115OtherWIRED Insider Interviews Darren Cross, CEO of Pym Technologies2015-07-13
116OtherWHIH EXCLUSIVE: Scott Lang Interview2015-07-16
117PreludesBuyAnt-Man – Scott Lang: Small Time2015-03-03
118Phase 2BuyAnt-Man, , , 2015-07-17
119PreludesBuyJessica Jones2015-10-07
120ABCBuyAOS 3.01: “Laws of Nature”, 2015-09-29
121NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.01: “AKA Ladies Night”2015-11-20
122ABCBuyAOS 3.02: “Purpose in the Machine”2015-10-06
123NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.02: “AKA Crush Syndrome”2015-11-20
124ABCBuyAOS 3.03: “A Wanted (Inhu)man”2015-10-13
125NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.03: “AKA It’s Called Whiskey”, 2015-11-20
126ABCBuyAOS 3.04: “Devils You Know”2015-10-20
127NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.04: “AKA 99 Friends”, 2015-11-20
128ABCBuyAOS 3.05: “4,722 Hours”2015-10-27
129NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.05: “AKA The Sandwich Saved Me”2015-11-20
130ABCBuyAOS 3.06: “Among Us Hide…”2015-11-03
131NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.06: “AKA You’re a Winner!”2015-11-20
132ABCBuyAOS 3.07: “Chaos Theory”2015-11-10
133NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.07: “AKA Top Shelf Perverts”, 2015-11-20
134ABCBuyAOS 3.08: “Many Heads, One Tale”, 2015-11-17
135NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.08: “AKA WWJD?”2015-11-20
136ABCBuyAOS 3.09: “Closure”2015-12-01
137NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.09: “AKA Sin Bin”, 2015-11-20
138ABCBuyAOS 3.10: “Maveth”2015-12-08
139NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.10: “AKA 1,000 Cuts”, 2015-11-20
140NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.11: “AKA I’ve Got the Blues”, 2015-11-20
141NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.12: “AKA Take a Bloody Number”, 2015-11-20
142NetflixBuyJessica Jones 1.13: “AKA Smile”, 2015-11-20
143ABCBuyAOS 3.11: “Bouncing Back”2016-03-08
145NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.01: “Bang”, 2016-03-18
144ABCBuyAOS 3.12: “The Inside Man”2016-03-15
146NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.02: “Dogs to a Gunfight”, 2016-03-18
147ABCBuyAOS 3.13: “Parting Shot”2016-03-22
148NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.03: “New York’s Finest”2016-03-18
149ABCBuyAOS 3.14: “Watchdogs”2016-03-29
151ABCBuyAOS 3.15: “Spacetime”, 2016-04-05
150NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.04: “Penny and Dime”2016-03-18
152NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.05: “Kinbaku”2016-03-18
153ABCBuyAOS 3.16: “Paradise Lost”, 2016-04-12
155ABCBuyAOS 3.17: “The Team”2016-04-19
154NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.06: “Regrets Only”2016-03-18
156OtherAVENGERS IMPACT: A WHIH Newsfront Special Report2016-04-22
157NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.07: “Semper Fidelis”2016-03-18
158OtherWHIH Newsfront: The Cost of Saving the World2016-04-26
159ABCBuyAOS 3.18: “The Singularity”2016-04-26
160OtherWHIH Newsfront: The Avengers and The White House2016-04-28
161NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.08: “Guilty as Sin”2016-03-18
162PreludesBuyDoctor Strange Prelude2016-08-24
163ABCBuyAOS 3.19: “Failed Experiments”2016-05-03
164OtherWHIH Newsfront Exclusive: President Ellis Discusses the Avengers2016-05-03
165OtherWHIH Breaking News: Attack in Lagos2016-05-03
166NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.09: “Seven Minutes in Heaven”, 2016-03-18
167ABCBuyAOS 3.20: “Emancipation”2016-05-10
168NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.10: “The Man in the Box”, 2016-03-18
169ABCBuyAOS 3.21: “Absolution”, 2016-05-17
170NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.11: “.380”2016-03-18
171ABCBuyAOS 3.22: “Ascension”2016-05-17
172NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.12: “The Dark at the End of the Tunnel”, 2016-03-18
173NetflixBuyDaredevil 2.13: “A Cold day in Hell’s Kitchen”, 2016-03-18
165.001PreludesBuyCaptain America: Civil War Prelude2016-01-27
165.002Phase 3BuyCaptain America: Civil War, 2016-05-06
176ABCAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot2016-12-13
177ABCAOS 4.01: “The Ghost”, 2016-09-20
178NetflixLuke Cage 1.01: “Moment of Truth”2016-09-30
179ABCAOS 4.02: “Meet the New Boss”2016-09-27
180NetflixLuke Cage 1.02: “Code of the Streets”2016-09-30
181ABCAOS 4.03: “Uprising”2016-10-11
182NetflixLuke Cage 1.03: “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?”2016-09-30
183ABCAOS 4.04: “Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire”2016-10-18
184NetflixLuke Cage 1.04: “Step in the Arena”2016-09-30
185ABCAOS 4.05: “Lockup”, 2016-10-25
186NetflixLuke Cage 1.05: “Just to Get a Rep”2016-09-30
187ABCAOS 4.06: “The Good Samaritan”2016-11-01
188NetflixLuke Cage 1.06: “Suckas Need Bodyguards”2016-09-30
190ABCAOS 4.07: “Deals With Our Devils”2016-11-29
191NetflixLuke Cage 1.07: “Manifest”2016-09-30
192ABCAOS 4.08: “The Laws of Inferno Dynamics”2016-12-06
193NetflixLuke Cage 1.08: “Blowin’ Up the Spot”2016-09-30
194ABCAOS 4.09: “Broken Promises”2017-01-10
195NetflixLuke Cage 1.09: “DWYCK”2016-09-30
196ABCAOS 4.10: “The Patriot”, 2017-01-17
198ABCAOS 4.11: “Wake Up”2017-01-24
197NetflixLuke Cage 1.10: “Take It Personal”2016-09-30
199NetflixLuke Cage 1.11: “Now You’re Mine”2016-09-30
200ABCAOS 4.12: “Hot Potato Soup”2017-01-31
24Phase 3Captain Marvel, 2019-03-08