Art for the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline (MCU), featuring characters from the saga.

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.

#Series:Buy:Name:Type:Author/Director:Year:Notes:
1PreludesBuyCaptain America: First VengeanceComicFred Van Lente2011
2Phase 1BuyCaptain America: The First AvengerFilmJoe Johnson2011
3PreludesBuyCaptain America: The First AvengerComicPeter David2013Adaptation of the film.
4ABCBuyAgent Carter (Season 1)TelevisionTara Butters and Michele Fazekas2015
5ABCBuyAgent Carter (Season 2)TelevisionTara Butters and Michele Fazekas2016
6One-ShotBuyAgent CarterShort FilmLouis D’Esposito2013In lieu of the show, this may not be canon.
7PreludesBuyAnt-Man PreludeComicWill Corona Pilgrim2015
8Phase 1BuyIron ManFilmJon Favreau2008
9PreludesBuyIron Man: I Am Iron ManComicPeter David2010Adaptation of the film.
10PreludesBuyIron Man 2: Public IdentityComicJoe Casey2010
11PreludesBuyIron Man 2: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ComicJoe Casey2010
12OtherStark Expo VideosWebMarvel Studios2010A multimedia website with various videos related to Iron Man 2. Available online.
13Phase 1BuyIron Man 2FilmJon Favreau2010
14PreludesBuyIron Man 2ComicChristos N. Gage2012Adaptation of the film.
15One-ShotBuyA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s HammerShort FilmLeythum2011Included in the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray/DVD
16Phase 1BuyThorFilmKenneth Branagh2011
17PreludesBuyThorComicChristos N. Gage2013Adaptation of the film.
18Phase 1BuyThe Incredible HulkFilmLouis Leterrier2008
19One-ShotBuyThe ConsultantShort FilmLeythum2011Included in the Thor Blu-ray/DVD
20PreludesBuyAvengers Prelude: Fury’s Big WeekComicChris Yost2012
21PreludesBuyAvengers Prelude: Black Widow StrikesComicFred Van Lente2012
22Phase 1BuyThe AvengersFilmJoss Whedon2012
23One-ShotBuyItem 47Short FilmLouis D’Esposito2013Included in the Avengers Blu-ray/DVD
24PreludesBuyIron Man 3 PreludeComicChristos Gage2013
25Phase 2BuyIron Man 3FilmShane Black2013
26One-ShotBuyAll Hail the KingShort FilmDrew Pearce2014Included in the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray/DVD
27ABCBuyAOS 1.01: "Pilot"TelevisionJoss Whedon2013
28ABCBuyAOS 1.02: "0-Eight-Four"TelevisionDavid Straiton2013
29ABCBuyAOS 1.03: "The Asset"TelevisionMilan Cheylov2013
30ABCBuyAOS 1.04: "Eye-Spy"TelevisionRoxann Dawson2013
31ABCBuyAOS 1.05: "Girl in the Flower Dress"TelevisionJesse Bochco2013
32ABCBuyAOS 1.06: "FZZT"TelevisionVincent Misiano2013
33ABCBuyAOS 1.07: "The Hub"TelevisionBobby Roth2013
34PreludesBuyThor: The Dark World PreludeComicChris Yost2013
35Phase 2BuyThor: The Dark WorldFilmAlan Taylor2013
36ABCBuyAOS 1.08: "The Well"TelevisionJonathan Frakes2013
37ABCBuyAOS 1.09: "Repairs"TelevisionBilly Gierhart2013
38ABCBuyAOS 1.10: "The Bridge"TelevisionHolly Dale2013
39ABCBuyAOS 1.11: "The Magical Place"TelevisionKevin Hooks2014
40ABCBuyAOS 1.12: "Seeds"TelevisionKenneth Fink2014
41PreludesAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The ChaseComicGeorge Kitson2014A San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive
42PreludesBuyThe Winter Soldier: InfiniteComicPeter David2014
43ABCBuyAOS 1.13: "T.R.A.C.K.S."TelevisionPaul Edwards2014
44ABCBuyAOS 1.14: "T.A.H.I.T.I."TelevisionBobby Roth2014
45ABCBuyAOS 1.15: "Yes Men"TelevisionJohn Terlesky2014
46ABCBuyAOS 1.16: "End of the Beginning"TelevisionBobby Roth2014
47Phase 2BuyCaptain America: The Winter SoldierFilmAnthony Russo, Joe Russo2014
48PreludesBuyAvengers: Age of Ultron Prelude - This Sceptre'd IsleComicWill Corona Pilgrim2015
49ABCBuyAOS 1.17: "Turn, Turn, Turn"TelevisionVincent Misiano2014
50ABCBuyAOS 1.18: "Providence"TelevisionMilan Cheylov2014
51ABCBuyAOS 1.19: "The Only Light in the Darkness"TelevisionVincent Misiano2014
52ABCBuyAOS 1.20: "Nothing Personal"TelevisionBilly Gierhart2014
53ABCBuyAOS 1.21: "Ragtag"TelevisionRoxann Dawson2014
54ABCBuyAOS 1.22: "Beginning of the End"TelevisionDavid Straiton2014
55PreludesBuyGuardians of the Galaxy: PreludeComicDan Abnett2014
56PreludesBuyGuardians of the Galaxy: InfiniteComicDan Abnett2014
57Phase 2BuyGuardians of the GalaxyFilmJames Gunn2014
58NetflixBuyDaredevil (Season 1)TelevisionSteven S. DeKnight2015Continuity is unsure for Daredevil, except that it takes place 2 years after Avengers. This is the most comfortable place in the timeline, 2 years later.
59ABCBuyAOS 2.01: "Shadows"TelevisionVincent Misiano2014
60ABCBuyAOS 2.02: "Heavy is the Hand"TelevisionJesse Bochco2014
61ABCBuyAOS 2.03: "Making Friends and Influencing People"TelevisionBobby Roth2014
62ABCBuyAOS 2.04: "Face My Enemy"TelevisionKevin Tancharoen2014
63ABCBuyAOS 2.05: "A Hen in the Wolf House"TelevisionHolly Dale2014
64ABCBuyAOS 2.06: "A Fractured House"TelevisionRon Underwood2014
65ABCBuyAOS 2.07: "The Writing on the Wall"TelevisionVincent Misiano2014
66ABCBuyAOS 2.08: "The Things We Bury"TelevisionMilan Cheylov2014
67ABCBuyAOS 2.09: "...Ye Who Enter Here"TelevisionBilly Gierhart2014
68ABCBuyAOS 2.10: "What They Become"TelevisionMichael Zinberg2014
69ABCBuyAOS 2.11: "Aftershocks"TelevisionBilly Gierhart2015
70ABCBuyAOS 2.12: "Who You Really Are"TelevisionRoxann Dawson2015
71ABCBuyAOS 2.13: "One of Us"TelevisionKevin Tancharoen2015
72ABCBuyAOS 2.14: "Love in the Time of Hydra"TelevisionJesse Bochco2015
73ABCBuyAOS 2.15: "One Door Closes"TelevisionDavid Solomon2015
74ABCBuyAOS 2.16: "Afterlife"TelevisionKevin Hooks2015
75ABCBuyAOS 2.17: "Melinda"TelevisionGarry A. Brown2015
76ABCBuyAOS 2.18: "Frenemy of My Enemy"TelevisionKaren Gaviola2015
77ABCBuyAOS 2.19: "The Dirty Half Dozen"TelevisionKevin Tancharoen2015
78Phase 2BuyThe Avengers: Age of UltronFilmJoss Whedon2015
79ABCBuyAOS 2.20: "Scars"TelevisionBobby Roth2015
80PreludesBuyGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 PreludeComicWill Corona Pilgrim2017
81Phase 3Guardians of the Galaxy 2FilmJames Gunn2017Though released later, this actually takes place just a few months after the first film.
82OtherWHIH: NEWSFRONT Promo - July 2, 2015WebMarvel Studios2015Available online.
83OtherWHiH: Newsfront Top StoriesWebMarvel Studios2015Available online.
84OtherWHIH EXCLUSIVE: 2012 VistaCorp break-in security footage involving cyber-criminal Scott LangWebMarvel Studios2015Available online.
85ABCBuyAOS 2.21: "S.O.S. Part One"TelevisionVincent Misiano2015
86ABCBuyAOS 2.22: "S.O.S. Part Two"TelevisionBilly Gierhart2015
87OtherWIRED Insider Interviews Darren Cross, CEO of Pym TechnologiesWebMarvel Studios2015Available online.
88OtherWHIH EXCLUSIVE: Scott Lang InterviewWebMarvel Studios2015Available online.
89PreludesBuyAnt-Man - Scott Lang: Small TimeComicWill Corona Pilgrim2015
90Phase 2BuyAnt-ManFilmPeyton Reed2015
91PreludesBuyJessica JonesComicBrian Michael Bendis2015
92NetflixBuyJessica Jones (Season 1)TelevisionMelissa Rosenberg2015
93ABCBuyAOS 3.01: "Laws of Nature"TelevisionVincent Misiano2015
94ABCBuyAOS 3.02: "Purpose in the Machine"TelevisionKevin Tancharoen2015
95ABCBuyAOS 3.03: "A Wanted (Inhu)man"TelevisionGarry A. Brown2015
96ABCBuyAOS 3.04: "Devils You Know"TelevisionRon Underwood2015
97ABCBuyAOS 3.05: "4,722 Hours"TelevisionJesse Bochco2015
98ABCBuyAOS 3.06: "Among Us Hide..."TelevisionDwight Little2015
99ABCBuyAOS 3.07: "Chaos Theory"TelevisionDavid Solomon2015
100ABCBuyAOS 3.08: "Many Heads, One Tale"TelevisionGarry A. Brown2015
101ABCBuyAOS 3.09: "Closure"TelevisionKate Woods2015
102ABCBuyAOS 3.10: "Maveth"TelevisionVincent Misiano2015
103NetflixBuyDaredevil (Season 2)TelevisionSteven S. DeKnight2015
104NetflixLuke CageTelevisionCheo Hodari Coker2016
105ABCBuyAOS 3.11: "Bouncing Back"TelevisionRon Underwood2016
106ABCBuyAOS 3.12: "The Inside Man"TelevisionJohn Terlesky2016
107ABCBuyAOS 3.13: "Parting Shot"TelevisionMichael Zinberg2016
108ABCBuyAOS 3.14: "Watchdogs"TelevisionJesse Bochco2016
109ABCBuyAOS 3.15: "Spacetime"TelevisionKevin Tancharoen2016
110ABCBuyAOS 3.16: "Paradise Lost"TelevisionWendey Stanzler2016
111ABCBuyAOS 3.17: "The Team"TelevisionElodie Keene2016
112ABCBuyAOS 3.18: "The Singularity"TelevisionGarry A. Brown2016
113ABCBuyAOS 3.19: "Failed Experiments"TelevisionWendey Stanzler2016
114OtherAVENGERS IMPACT: A WHIH Newsfront Special ReportWebMarvel Studios2016Available online.
115OtherWHIH Newsfront: The Cost of Saving the WorldWebMarvel Studios2016Available online.
116OtherWHIH Newsfront: The Avengers and The White HouseWebMarvel Studios2016Available online.
117PreludesBuyCaptain America: Civil War PreludeComicWill Corona Pilgrim2016
118OtherWHIH Newsfront Exclusive: President Ellis Discusses the AvengersWebMarvel Studios2016Available online.
119OtherWHIH Breaking News: Attack in LagosWebMarvel Studios2016Available online.
120Phase 3BuyCaptain America: Civil WarFilmAnthony Russo, Joe Russo2016
121ABCBuyAOS 3.20: "Emancipation"TelevisionVincent Misiano2016
122ABCBuyAOS 3.21: "Absolution"TelevisionBilly Gierhart2016
123ABCBuyAOS 3.22: "Ascension"TelevisionKevin Tancharoen2016
124ABCAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: SlingshotWebJeph Loeb2016
125PreludesBuyDoctor Strange PreludeComicWill Corona Pilgrim2016
126ABCAOS 4.01: "The Ghost"TelevisionBilly Gierhart2016
127ABCAOS 4.02: "Meet the New Boss"TelevisionVincent Misiano2016
128ABCAOS 4.03: "Uprising"TelevisionMagnus Martens2016
129ABCAOS 4.04: "Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire"TelevisionBrad Turner2016
130ABCAOS 4.05: "Lockup"TelevisionKate Woods2016
131ABCAOS 4.06: "The Good Samaritan"TelevisionBilly Gierhart2016
132Phase 3BuyDoctor StrangeFilmScott Derrickson2016
133ABCAOS 4.07: "Deals With Our Devils"TelevisionJesse Bochco2016
134ABCAOS 4.08: "The Laws of Inferno Dynamics"TelevisionKevin Tancharoen2016
135ABCAOS 4.09: "Broken Promises"TelevisionGarry A. Brown2017
136ABCAOS 4.10: "The Patriot"TelevisionKevin Tancharoen2017
137ABCAOS 4.11: "Wake Up"TelevisionJesse Bochco2017
138ABCAOS 4.12: "Hot Potato Soup"TelevisionNina Lopez-Corrado2017
139ABCAOS 4.13: "BOOM"TelevisionBilly Gierhart2017
140ABCAOS 4.14: "The Man Behind the ShieldTelevisionWendey Stanzler2017
141ABCAOS 4.15: "Self Control"TelevisionJed Whedon2017
142NetflixIron Fist (Season 1)TelevisionScott Buck2017
143ABCAOS 4.16: "What If..."TelevisionOz Scott2017
144ABCAOS 4.17: "Identity and Change"TelevisionGarry A. Brown2017
145ABCAOS 4.18: "No Regrets"TelevisionEric Laneuville2017
146ABCAOS 4.19: "All the Madame's Men"TelevisionBilly Gierhart2017
147ABCAOS 4.20: "Farewell, Cruel World!"TelevisionVincent Misiano2017
148ABCAOS 4.21: "The Return"TelevisionKevin Tancharoen2017
149ABCAOS 4.22: "World's End"TelevisionBilly Gierhart2017
150PreludesBuySpider-Man: Homecoming PreludeComicWill Corona Pilgrim2017
151Phase 3Spider-Man: HomecomingFilmJon Watts2017
152ABCInhumansTelevisionScott Buch2017
153BuyThor: Ragnarok PreludeComicWill Corona Pilgrim2017
154Phase 3Thor: RagnarokFilmTaika Waititi2017
155NetflixDefendersTelevisionN/A2017
156Phase 3Black PantherFilmRyan Coogler2018
157Phase 3Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1FilmAnthony Russo, Joe Russo2018
158Phase 3Ant-Man and the WaspFilmPeyton Reed2018
159Phase 3Captain MarvelFilmN/A2019
160Phase 3Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2FilmAnthony Russo, Joe Russo2019