Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

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.

How to Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

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.

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 contact page. We hope you enjoy.

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entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

2

Phase 1

Film

Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

2011-07-22

22

One-Shot

Short Film

Eric Pearson

2013

24

Phase 3

Film

Meg LeFauve
Nicole Perlman

2019-03-08

25

Phase 1

Film

Art Marcum
Hawk Ostby
Mark Fergus
Matt Holloway

2008-05-02

31

Phase 1

Film

Zak Penn

2008-06-13

32

One-Shot

Short Film

Eric Pearson

2011

33

Phase 1

Film

Justin Theroux

2010-05-07

35

One-Shot

Short Film

Eric Pearson

2011

36

Phase 1

Film

Ashley Edward Miller
Don Payne
Zack Stentz

2011-05-06

40

Phase 1

Film

Joss Whedon

2012-05-04

41

One-Shot

Short Film

Eric Pearson

2013

43

Phase 2

Film

Drew Pearce
Shane Black

2013-05-03

44

One-Shot

Short Film

Drew Pearce

2014

53

Phase 2

Film

Christopher Markus
Christopher Yost
Stephen McFeely

2013-11-08

65

Phase 2

Film

Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

2014-04-04

75

Phase 2

Film

James Gunn
Nicole Perlman

2014-08-01

91

Phase 3

Film

James Gunn

2017-05-05

124

Phase 2

Film

Joss Whedon

2015-05-01

134

Phase 2

Film

Adam McKay
Edgar Wright
Joe Cornish
Paul Rudd

2015-07-17

209

Phase 3

Film

Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

2016-05-06

214

Phase 3

Film

Joe Robert Cole
Ryan Coogler

2018-02-16

215

Phase 3

Film

Chris McKenna
Christopher Ford
Erik Sommers
John Francis Daley
Jon Watts
Jonathan Goldstein

2017-07-07

236

Phase 3

Film

C. Robert Cargill
Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson

2016-11-04

336

Phase 3

Film

Eric Pearson

2017-11-03

338

Phase 3

Film

Andrew Barrer
Gabriel Ferrari
Paul Rudd

2018-07-06

339

Phase 3

Film

Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

2018-04-27

343.001

Phase 3

Film

Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

2019-05-03

344

Phase 4

Film

Chris McKenna
Erik Sommers

2019-07-05

It is at this point that chronology gets a little muddy. With Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, Marvel Studios introduced the concept of the Multiverse. Additionally, at this point, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seperates from the films in terms of continuity. The show does not acknowledge the snap, or the fact that 50% of people are gone. And it doesn’t take place after Endgame, because it’s clear Season 6 takes place one year after Season 5. So what do we do with this in terms of continuity? For now, we’re going to assume that this is an alternate universe. So until further notice, consider all of season 6 to be an alternate universe, best viewed at this point on the timeline.

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