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?
- 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
At its core, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a collection of films, television series, and a few comics that make up one of the largest and most successful franchises in history. It started the concept of the cinematic universe that many have tried to emulate and only a few have succeeded. And none have come close to what the MCU has done.
The MCU is based on Marvel Comics characters, beginning with the film, Iron Man, in 2008. Since then it did something no one has ever done before on the big screen: create a giant crossover movie with characters that had previously appeared in their own solo franchise films. While this is something that has happened for years in the world of comics, it was entirely new to the world of film. We definitely recommend checking it out.
There are a number of Marvel films that are not part of the MCU. These include everything that has been produced by Fox. So no, as good as it is, Logan is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s part of the Fox X-men Universe.
Most of Sony’s Spider-Man films are also not part of this universe, with the exception of Spider-Man: Homecoming and all future films featuring Tom Holland. This is due to a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios to include the character as part of the more successful cinematic universe.
Another question that comes up a lot is: could Venom be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? The answer, is no.