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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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47 thoughts on “Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

    1. Well because I’m not sure where else it should go. I’m betting on Avengers 4 “resetting” the universe, so a lot of these shows could take place after with little or no mention of the events of Infinity War. I could be wrong though, and I’ll make that call when Avengers 4 comes out.

  1. Could you please put AOS season 5 and Cloak and Dagger above Infinity War for now. Because I want to do a chronological watching of the MCU and that would screw it up.

    1. I’m not 100% sure that they take place before Infinity War. Parts of AOS season 5 definitely don’t. I have a hunch that Avengers 4 will reset the timeline, which would explain why no one in AOS is freaking out because they’re not turning to dust.

  2. MAoS doesn’t restart until summer of 2019, so that Avengers4 will be completed and they can continue the plot without spoiling anything. It’s very possible — even likely — that Infinity War takes place during the events of season 5, and we haven’t yet seen the consequences of the snap in AoS because it hasn’t yet happened.

  3. I also spend a lot of time trying to determine where events would logically take place. I just finished watching the first season of Cloak & Dagger and I think the most logical place for Cloak & Dagger would be around Spring of 2017 based on the following clues: Tyrone plays in his high school basketball finals. Doing a bit of research, I’ve found that the common time for high school basketball finals are late Feb through March. Also, the show takes place during the Mardi Gras which also takes place in late Feb to early March. It could take place in 2018 but I’m leaning towards 2017 as all the music in the first episode was released around January, 2017 which begs the obvious question: If the events are taking place in 2018, why not use music released in 2018?

    1. I wouldnt worry bout the music during C&D. Alot of current movie use classic rock in the soundtracks. Aerosmith’s sweet emotion is on Armageddon’s soundtrack! Now when u talk about Mardi Gras and HS B-Ball finals, u sound very accurate. The year question i cant answer. Unless the series tries to tie into the main timeline, I see C&D being a separate story that may take place during certain parts of the MCU movie timeline.

  4. Shouldn’t Ant-man & The Wasp take place right before/after Ragnorok? Most of it does take place before Infinity War, but the post credit scene shows the snap, so either before or after Ragnorok makes sense to me.

  5. While I do agree that the Netflix Marvel shows do not truly interact with the films, aren’t they most definitely in the same universe tho ? As the attack on New York by Loki on behalf of Thanos from Avengers is mentionned several time in Daredevil.
    I’m only saying because it reads “may seem like a completely different universe” and “technically take place in the same universe” which implies there is room for doubt, but I was pretty sure…
    I know it is probs just splitting hair, but hey, the goal is to be as precise as possible, right ?
    Maybe i’m seeing doubt where there is not, English isn’t my first language.

    1. It is definitely part of the same universe. But since Marvel TV kind of seperated from Marvel Studios a while back when there was some minor restructuring, there’s been some concern that the films may, at some point, disown the television shows. Hopefully that doesn’t happen, but it’s not looking likely that there will be much more crossover in the future. I personally doubt that the events of Infinity War will be referenced, for example.

      1. Oooh, Okay that explains it then, this restructuration does indeed bring some doubt as to the interconnexion.
        Thanks for the precision, I see why it is put in this way now.

      2. the best way is to look at IMDB trivia selection and you will see how well they really do connect and all the easter eggs you probably missed.

  6. I think some of the order that I think you got wrong is

    Thor Ragnorok
    Aos 5.20
    Aos 5.21
    Aos 5.22
    Avengers infinity war

    Do you think this is right too

  7. Here’s a AoS question. I was told the main plot of AoS has little to no effect on the MCU movie timeline. The main connection of the two are Agent Coulsen and references to the movies. Is this true????

      1. I think AoS canonically helped the Avengers during Age of Ultron. During his sick entrance in the Helicarrier, he makes a comment about how he managed to back up SHIELD, saying that he got help from “a couple old friends”, directly referring to Coulson and his gang, also leaning on Leopold Fitz’s help.

  8. Why are the Netflix series suddenly bunched together? They were spread throughout AoS.

    I also thought you were keeping C&D and Runaways after Infinity War?

    1. Did some research and made changes accordingly. Netflix shows take place over a much more condensed timeline than I previously thought. AOS is more spread out. Also, this is just a better and less confusing way to watch.

  9. What makes you think that Daredevil S2 & Luke Cage S1 take place before AoS S3? I was under the impression they both came in concurrently around the mid point of AoS S3?

  10. So this timeline is strange.. It has them in chronological order and then it has the phases by it but often is in the spot of the wrong phase, whats up with that. The only one i feel like should be out of sync is Captain Marvel.

  11. Personally i believe phase 1 is better viewed like this:
    Captain America: The First Avenger – First Vengeance
    *Captain America: The First Avenger*
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter
    Agent Carter 1×01
    Agent Carter 1×02
    Agent Carter 1×03
    Agent Carter 1×04
    Agent Carter 1×05
    Agent Carter 1×06
    Agent Carter 1×07
    Agent Carter 1×08
    Agent Carter 2×01
    Agent Carter 2×02
    Agent Carter 2×03
    Agent Carter 2×04
    Agent Carter 2×05
    Agent Carter 2×06
    Agent Carter 2×07
    Agent Carter 2×08
    Agent Carter 2×09
    Agent Carter 2×10
    Stark Expo 1974
    Ant-Man: Prelude
    *Captain Marvel*
    Jessica Jones: I Want Your Cray Cray
    *Iron Man*
    Iron Man: I Am Iron Man
    Black Panther: Prelude
    Iron Man 2: Public Identity
    Stark Expo 2010: CordCo
    Stark Expo 2010: Fujikawa
    Stark Expo 2010: Better Living Through Technology
    Stark Expo 2010: AccuTech
    Iron Man 2: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    *Iron Man 2*
    Iron Man 2
    Marvel One Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer…
    *Thor*
    Thor
    *The Incredible Hulk*
    Marvel One Shot: The Consultant
    The Avengers: Prelude – Black Widow Strikes
    The Avengers: Prelude – Fury’s Big Week
    *The Avengers*
    The Avengers
    Iron Man 3: Prelude
    Marvel One Shot: Item 47
    Thor: The Dark World – Prelude
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Infinite Comics
    Guardians of the Galaxy: Prelude

    Furys big week flows much better like this. Iron man becomes a consultant, coulson goes to new mexico, the events of thor, then the end of the incredible hulk with tony stark.

    1. Pretend captain america: The Winter Soldier – infinite comics and guardians of the galaxy: prelude arent there. They are phase 3 and after IM3 and MOS: AHTK

  12. Would you please add Daredevil Season 3?
    i think it will be just after Iron Fist season 2 and before SHIELD season 5, right?

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