When Does Thor Take Place?

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The placement of Thor is pivotal to the chronology of the Phase One films, as it’s the last release that occurs in Fury’s Big Week. This is part 4 of a 20 part video series discussing when each film in the MCU takes place. So when does Thor take place.

“Your ancestors called it magic, and you call it science. Well I come from a place where they’re one and the same thing.”

The opening of the film begins with Laufey and the Frost Giants invading Tonsburg, Norway in 965 A.D. Then we get a short scene from some indeterminate year some century or two afterwards with Odin explaining how he saved Midgard from an eternal winter.

Thor is the first film in the series that has absolutely no modern dates attached to it in any form, so the present is open for some interpretation. Since it occurs during Fury’s Big Week, we can interpret that the first present day begins on May 30th, the day after Tony Stark’s birthday party. According to Fury’s timeline, Thor occurs over 4 days. But after thoroughly studying the film we can say with some certainty that it takes place over 3 days and nights, the last day being June 1st.

But what year does it take place? We’ve mentioned in the three previous parts that there’s a strong possibility of Fury’s Big Week occurring in 2011, instead of 2010, and it all revolves around Thor. In Avengers, which we explain in part 6, occurs in 2012, Fury has this to say: “Last year earth had a visitor from another planet who had a grudge match that leveled a small town.” At first I thought this may have been a mistake, considering he didn’t also mention the events of The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2, which were far more potentially catastrophic than what we saw in Thor, and they supposedly occurred concurrently. But then this line from Thor: The Dark World, which we explain in part 8 occurs in 2013, said “Last time he was gone for, like, two years.” Both lines together would firmly retcon the events of, not only Thor, but The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 as taking place in May 2011. In total, 2.4% of the runtime takes place in 965, 1.6% in some indeterminate year, and 96% in 2011.


More collected notes from Thor:

–965: (2.4% of the runtime) Laufey and the Frost Giants invade Tonsburg, Norway (00:03:32), effectively trying to turn the world back into an Ice Age. Odin fought Laufey back and presumably the war, which also raged in Jotunheim, lasted the single year. It was the last great war with the Frost Giants.

Indeterminate year: (1.6% of the runtime) Thor and Loki learn of their history, and the last war with the Frost Giants. In Infinity War, Thor claims that he’s 1500 years old, meaning that by the time he was roughly the age of the actor portraying Thor in this scene (Dakota Goyo, age 11), it would have been some short 100 or so years after the last war with the Frost Giants.

2011, divided into days based on their proximity to Tony Stark’s birthday on the “Fury’s Big Week” timeline for lack of dates featured in film: (96% of the runtime)

  • Day 1 – May 30th: Thor’s coronation. Odin claims that he is his firstborn (00:09:02). Three Frost Giants sneak into Asgard’s weapon vault, but are quickly dispatched. Thor later, along with his friends and Loki, invade Jotunheim. The very same night, Odin banishes Thor to earth and strips him of his titles and power. He is subsequently hit by Jane Foster and her team. He spends the night in a hospital after being tranquilized.
  • Day 2 – May 31st: Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, is found in New Mexico. Locals begin partying with it. Jane Foster picks Thor up from the hospital. Loki discovers he is Laufey’s son. S.H.I.E.L.D. claims possession of Jane Foster’s equipment, while Thor goes in search for his hammer. Thor attempts to reclaim his hammer from S.H.I.E.L.D., but is found unworthy. Dr. Selvig and Thor get hammered.
  • Day 3 – June 1st: Sif and the Warrior’s Three arrive on Midgard, somewhere near Puente Antiguo. Loki sends the Destroyer to stop Thor from returning to Asgard, but in so doing effectively reboot Thor’s power, after proving he’s worthy. Loki brings Laufey and the Frost Giants into Asgard via the bifrost, only to double cross them in an attempt to seem as though he were protecting Odin. To protect Jotunheim from complete destruction, Thor destroys the bifrost.

– There are literally no discernable modern dates to be found on any screen, clock, page, or note in the entire film, so it’s the first film in the series that can truly be interpreted however one would like, though it clearly occurs over the course of 3 days, and not 4 (as Fury’s Big Week would have you believe).

Supplemental info: Fury claims, in The Avengers, that the events of Thor take place the year prior to that film, which would make it 2011, but that brings to the fore new issues, as the rest of the films prior to The Avengers would need to be moved up, and that would be retconned in future films regardless. In Thor: The Dark World, Darcy claims it was two years that Thor had been missing since the first film, again placing it in 2011.

When Does Iron Man 2 Take Place?

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The first couple of films in the MCU’s lineup are mostly clear as to when they occur, but have all mostly been retconned. Iron Man 2, however, gives us an adequate month to place several films on the list. This is part 3 of a 20 part video series dedicated to determine where each Marvel film takes place.

“Oh! Boy I’m good. I commandeered your screens. I need ‘em. Time for a little transparency.”

The opening of the film begins in Russia, and we see a montage of newspapers and magazines that, all said, denote at least 7 months have passed since May 2008. The subsequent title screen claims that 6 months have passed. If, as we’ll explain later, this film has been retconned to occur in 2011, does that mean Iron Man 1 took place in 2010? We explained why that’s not possible in part 1, so let’s rationalize that the 6 months later title card was in reference to that montage sequence in the beginning and not the first film.

The initial dates featured in the film date it to early February 2009, which would fit pretty well with the first film. However, when Natasha Romanoff is introduced we see she has on her resume that she begins working with Stark Industries in June 2010, though Pepper claims she’s one of a few potential interns, so that date likely hasn’t occurred yet as she hasn’t truly been hired at this point, and that date is when she’ll formally begin. The Monaco Grand Prix occurred in real-life on May 16th in 2010, so we can place that date with some certainty. A couple weeks later we see Tony celebrating his birthday in a way only he truly knows how to as well as getting in a huge fight with Rhodes, and that falls on May 29th. And that event, if it’s to be believed, occurs on the first night of Fury’s Big Week. The rest of the film runs concurrently to the events in both The Incredible Hulk and Thor.

While we here at Geekritique prefer dating Fury’s Big Week to late May, early June 2010, there’s some substantial evidence it’s been retconned in future films to occur in 2011. We’ll discuss that in more depths in parts 4, 6 and 8. 3.7% takes place in 2010, and another 96.3% takes place in 2011. Next time, in Part 4, we’ll find out When Thor Takes Place?


More collected notes from Iron Man 2 (with timestamps from the German 4K Blu-Ray release using proposed dates from within the film):

2008(?) 3.7% of runtime: Opening: Forbes cover from Iron Man 1 now reads that Tony Stark takes over at Stark Industries on January 28, 1992, (00:03:39) but this is too early. Scientific American from August (00:04:12), probably 2008, which is at least 3 months after the first film. Iron Man is featured as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year (00:04:24), which means at least 7 months have already passed by the time of that issues release.

2009(?): The ‘6 months later’ title card (00:05:34) can either be interpreted as 6 months after Ivan Vanko created his own arc reactor, or 6 months after “I am Iron Man,” on May 25th, 2008. It likely refers to Ivan Vanko, as the newspaper/magazine montage in the opening shows events that exceed 6 months post “I am Iron Man.” Tony Stark says the last Stark Expo was in 1974 (00:08:43). Justin Hammer claims that Tony Stark made the Iron Man suit within the last 6 months (00:13:23), whih may be an approximation, or he’s referring to the building of Mark IV. Tony’s computer reads that it is late on the date of Mon 02 09 (00:18:35) and the only interpretation of that which fits is Monday, February 9th, 2009, which is when Tony asks Pepper to become CEO of Stark Enterprises. At (00:21:05) the tv reads that there are 362 days left of Stark Exposo presuming Tony’s inauguration was the first of 365 days, it began Friday the February 6th. The Senate hearing must have been the following morning. Later in the film, Tony’s computer also reads “Mon 02 09” (01:31:31), making the date irrelevant.

2010 96.3% of runtime: Files on Natalie Rushman claim she became a Stark legal assistant in June 2010 (00:25:08), a much more prominent date than the previous one dating the film to 2009. It’s unlikely a significant amount of time has elapsed since the previous date, considering they’re still in the process of changing over ownership of the CEO position, effectively overriding the previous date. Natalie is said to be one of several applicants, so the date may be a premature résumé.

– The real-life Monaco Grand Prix occurs on May 16th in 2010. Pepper claims that Christine Everhart did quite the spread on Tony the previous year (00:28:09), which is either 2008 or 2009. On the way back from Monaco, Tony asks Pepper to cancel his birthday party (00:41:44); according to the Avengers, his birthday is May 29th, so the Grand Prix dates may still work.

– According to the New York Times, Anton Vanko was accused of espionage on June 27, 1967 (00:47:44). Anton was born on 15.02.1943… but also in 1919 on the same frame (00:47:52). Ivan Vanko was also born on the same day 1968 (00:47:53). The dates featured in this montage are ATROCIOUS. The same frame claims Ivan Vanko died in prison on December 24th… Ivan Vanko is convicted for 15 years on 12/02/93 (00:48:28). According to The Dallas Record, Anton defects in 1966 (01:13:37), but earlier it was 1963. Useless.

– Stark has his birthday party, making it May 29th (00:53:11).

– Fury’s Big Week: Fury claims he has bigger problems in the Southwest region (01:03:40), referring to Thor’s presence. In the items left by Howard Stark, scenes from the Expo Intro from 74 date to 9-15-73 (01:13:45).

– Justin Hammer’s presentation occurs 343 days from the Stark Expo’s conclusion (01:31:57), 19 days after Tony appointed Pepper as CEO. Tony claims it’s only been “like a week” since Pepper became CEO (01:53:34).

– One week later Stark is sitting with Fury going over information from Natasha Romanoff’s assessment of Tony Stark, and he claims that it was last week that he displays compulsive behavior (01:55:13). Again, this argues against Fury’s Big Week, despite the inclusion of The Incredible Hulk footage.

The dates have subsequently been retconned to 2010-2011.

When Does the Incredible Hulk Take Place?

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The Incredible Hulk has become the most detached film from the MCU canon, and its timeline is one of the most confusing. This is part 2 of a 20 part video series dedicated to determine where each Marvel film takes place. Let’s try and explain where this film occurs.

“You don’t have to do this; please, this is insane!” “Betty, I’ve gotta try!”

The film begins with a montage of dates and articles wherein the Hulk has been seen over a 5 year period and the latest date noted was January 22nd, 2007, but this can be disregarded as the film later contradicts it. Banner has been on the run for 5 years according to General Ross, and was last seen fleeing on October 21st 2006. Since then, it’s been five months, so it’s now around March. Bruce goes 158 days without hulking out, which fits with March 2007.

Later we see that Blomsky’s rules of engagement are dated to the 24th of March, 2007. Bruce loses his streak and Hulks out in Brazil. 17 days later, he heads to Culver University, and eventually meets back up with Betty. The rest of the film occurs during Fury’s Big Week, with the battle of Harlem supposedly 4 days later, making it April 14th, 2007.

But that’s too easy! It can’t be 2007, as that’s before the first Iron Man, and we see that it’s concurrent with the events of Iron Man 2 and Thor in those films, though slightly later chronologically. So when do these films occur? Iron Man 2 would have you believe they occurred in 2010, while Avengers again retconned it to occur in 2011. So forget about any in-film dates for this movie. This film has been totally retconned to occur in May and early June of 2011, as we’ll explain further in Parts 4, 6, and 8 of this series.


More info collected from The Incredible Hulk (with the proposed dates from within the film):

– 2002(?)-2007: Opening Montage: Several dates are given. According to a Culver University ID card, Bruce was born “1969 • 12 • 18” (00:02:01). Initial Hulk testing done on March, 07, though the year is unclear (00:02:02). Picture of destroyed truck dated to 2006 (00:00:07). The montage also dates up to January 22 2007 (00:02:09), though this is contradicted less than a minute later as he wasn’t supposed to have any incidents in that time frame. Banner attempted contact with Elizabeth Ross on February 7th 2006 (00:02:39). Dates leading back to April 18 2004 are seen (00:02:50), but later the film claims Banner’s been on the run for 5 years. “Last seen fleeing Oct, 21 2006” and “no sightings for 5 months” (00:02:52) meaning the film must occur during Mar 2007.

– 2007: Days without incident – 158. Coincides with the 5 months of no sightings. Rules of engagement given to Blonsky were published 24MAR07 (00:14:33). Based on the fact that this information would be time sensitive to General Ross, Banner’s Hulking out in Brazil was likely the same day.

  • April: 17 days without incident (00:34:26), making this April 10th, roughly. Betty claims to have not spoken to the General in Years. General Ross claims that he was turned into the Hulk 5 years ago (01:08:52), likely March 7th, 2002.

When Does Iron Man Take Place?

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The first movie in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is very clear as to where it takes place in film, but future films disrupt the timeline immensely. This is part 1 of a 20-part video series dedicated to determine where each Marvel film takes place. So when exactly does Iron Man occur?

“Jarvis. Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.” – Tony Stark

We know Iron Man must occur after January 2008, as this Wired Magazine is dated to that month. We also know he was captured by the Ten Rings before the month of June, as the MIT commencement speech always occur on the first week of June. “The MIT Commencement Speech… Is in June.” Upon being captured by the Ten Rings, he was imprisoned for 3 months. We get our first tangible onscreen date on May 4, 2008 during this Mad Money skit, and Tony likely arrived back the day before. This solidly places the film in 2008, for now.

“Some claim he’s suffering from post-traumatic stress and has been bed-ridden for weeks.”

Some time, likely 2 weeks, pass and Tony creates Mark II and Mark III of his Iron Man suits. His 3rd suit was finished on May 16th according to his watch. Agent Phil Coulson makes an appointment for Stark and him to meet on the 24th, which turns out to be the same day that Pepper finds incriminating files on Obadiah Stane’s computer, and also the day that Obadiah becomes the Iron Monger. The next day, on May 25th, Tony Stark claims “I am Iron Man.”

The sequel to the film, as well as the now questionable timeline called Fury’s Big Week, retconned Iron Man from 2008 to 2009, as many assumed the “6 MONTHS LATER” title card referred to this first film. We’ll speak more about why that may not be the case in Part 3. Using that logic, Fury’s Big Week was subsequently moved up a year thanks to the Avengers, meaning Iron Man may take place in 2010, but again, we don’t think so and we’ll discuss why in Part 6. Ultimately, Civil War firmly places the events of Iron Man 8 years prior to itself. “In the 8 years since mr. Stark announced himself as Iron Man the number of known enhanced persons has grown exponentially.” Iron Man takes place between February and May 2008, with 100% of its runtime dedicated to that year.

I hope this series will be informative and a powerful resource for everyone who loves Marvel films.


More information collected from Iron Man (timestamps taken from German 4K Blu-ray release):

2008: (100% of runtime)

– January: Featured on Wired magazine Jan 2008 (frame at 00:04:47). Magazine from The Washington Times dated Friday, December 17, 1991 claims Howard, Maria Stark die in car accident (00:05:08). Tony is 17. 4 years later, likely 1995, Tony Stark takes control of Stark Enterprises.

– February: Presumably this was when he was captured, and early February is likely the time Pepper was born. At (0:12:05) we find the the MIT commencement speech occurs in June, which is some months away. In real life the MIT commencement speech always take place the first week of June.

– May: Presumably when Tony comes back from captivity. Tony claims to have been in captivity for 3 months. (00:43:19) Mad Money broadcast is dated May 4, 2008, meaning Stark likely arrived back the previous day. Access Hollywood claims he’s been bedridden for weeks, meaning MRK3 was finished mid-May (01:07:16). Stark’s watch claims it’s May 16th (01:07:51), though that should fall on a Friday, not a Thursday; likely this was filmed on August 16th, 2007. Agent Coulson wants to meet on the 24th (01:09:26). That’s the date Pepper finds the files on Obadiah’s computer, and Obadiah becomes the Iron Monger. The next day Tony Stark claims that he is Iron Man.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Chronological Timeline v5.0 (2018)

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe now comprises some 20 films and is inarguably the greatest feat in cinematic history on both a critical and commercial level. But these films don’t always get released in chronological order. Add onto that the fact that Marvel also has nearly a dozen shows and other content that brings the MCU’s total watch time to over 10 days in length. With every release the universe grows larger and more complicated, especially when you try to place each project side by side on a timeline. What is the best way to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe in chronological order without breaking up the films and shows unnecessarily?

That’s where we come in. How’s it going guys and geeks. Welcome to the Geekritique Show. My name is Dakota. Since the release of Vol. 4, which is by far our most viewed and most liked video ever, you guys have been asking us NONSTOP when we’ll be updating the MCU Timeline. Suffice it to say we heard you. So welcome to Vol. 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Chronological Timeline, released the week of July 4th, 2018! We’ve got a lot to cover, and a few corrections in terms of where certain items take place. We’ll show you where Jessica Jones season 2 takes place, walk you through the curious placement of Cloak and Dagger’s first season, explain why Ant-Man and the Wasp occurs where it does, and break down why Luke Cage season 2 has potentially Timeline breaking consequences for the MCU. But before we do all that we should set some ground rules.

  1. When the majority of a film or show takes place in a certain time period, that’s where we’ll place it on the timeline, unless the characters’ relative chronology differs from the literal order of events. In that case we’ll prioritize the character’s viewpoint.
  2. The end credits scenes often take place at different times than the films they’re attached to, and won’t affect their placement on this timeline.
  3. We won’t be starting or stopping films or shows to facilitate flashback sequences, so this is the best way to watch the movies and shows without breaking them up unnecessarily.
  4. Only films and shows that we can place with a reasonable certainty are included on this Timeline, so we won’t place unreleased items on this list unless we know exactly where they fit.
  5. Only live action content is included in this list, so we won’t be including comic book tie-ins, as a few of them have been deemed non-canonical. This also precludes several commercials and non-canon comedy skits.
  6. None of the films or shows on screen are in the MCU, please stop asking.
  7. And last but not least, this list will include spoilers if we are to correctly explain why certain events take place in the order they do.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger isn’t the first film to be released, but takes place before the events of any other film or tv show, with the exception of the odd flashback or two in certain films or series. Using the 1st rule on our list help’s is place this right at the start of the MCU. The end of The First Avenger sees Steve Rogers in, relative-to-release, present day New York City, which turns out to be Fury’s Big Week – something we’ll talk about in a moment.
  • Before we do that, let’s go back to the 40’s as Peggy Carter plants the seeds that will eventually become S.H.I.E.L.D. in Marvel’s Agent Carter season 1.
  • Then, of course, watch season 2.
  • Next you should watch the Marvel One-Shot, Agent Carter, a short film available on the Iron Man 3 home video release, which sees the birth of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • As of this upload we don’t have any footage of the Captain Marvel film, but it has been announced that the film will take place primarily in the 90s.
  • Leaving the 90s behind, let’s head over to the modern day, with the release of the film that started it all, Iron Man. Though many can’t Remember a time where he wasn’t an A-list hero, when the film was released he was considered part of Marvel’s B-list pantheon and the film was expected to underperform. It’s success paved the way for other B and C-list heroes to make their on-screen debut.

And thus starts Fury’s Big Week, which is a number of films that take place roughly around the same 1 week period. It’s confusing, so instead of stopping and starting each individual film after every few scenes, let’s find the best viewing timeline. Many of the films here overlap, so we’ll take the location of the majority of each film and place it accordingly. We’ll use rules 1-3 here.

  • The next film you’ll wish to take up is technically Iron Man 2, which takes place concurrently with the Incredible Hulk, and Thor, though the majority of the movie occurs before the other two.
  • The Incredible Hulk is often confused to take place before Iron Man 2, but the majority of the film takes place after Iron Man 2, according to the events outlined in Fury’s Big Week. The Incredible Hulk is the only solo Hulk film that is considered part of the MCU canon.
  • After The Incredible Hulk, watch A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer, found on the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray release.
  • And then, yep. Thor comes next.
  • We have another Marvel One-Shot after Thor, in the Consultant. Both Agent Phil Coulson and Jasper Sitwell make return appearances.
  • Since it’s release, The Avengers, the first major superhero crossover epic ever, has become one of the biggest success stories in Hollywood history. It proved to the world that an ensemble cast that comprised multiple franchises could work as a singular team, and was hugely influential in the way Hollywood has approached franchises, as well as cinematic universes, in the years since.
  • In the wake of the Chitauri invasion, some alien tech gets in the hands of the wrong people, which is where the Item 47 One-Shot takes place.
  • Iron Man 3 sees our hero dealing with some serious post traumatic stress after the events of The Avengers. We also get a fake villain in the Mandarin, which upset a lot of fans who felt it was a bit of a cop out.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes chronologically next on the list, and take note that it is the only show with logical breaks that other films and series can fit within its seasons without disrupting the narrative. The first season of Marvel’s lineup of interconnected live action shows should be watched up through episode 7.
  • Thor: The Dark World sees the God of Thunder returning to protect Midgard, aka earth, from the Dark Elves. Fun fact: this film was the worst received critically out of all 20 Marvel Cinematic Universe films according to Rotten Tomatoes aggregate score, and it still somehow manages to have a fresh rating!
  • All Hail the King makes some moves at fixing the Mandarin issue people had with Iron Man 3. In this Marvel One-Shot that takes place 6 months after Iron Man 3 we find the actor who portrayed the fake Mandarin is being interviewed to figure out what he really knows about the Ten Rings terrorist group.
  • Get used to the back and forth with Agents of SHIELD from here on out. Episode 8 shares some tangential relations with Thor: The Dark World, but it’s the events in episode 16 that impact the rest of the MCU pretty heavily, because well…
  • Hail Hydra. The first time a film flipped the MCU on its head, Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds itself next on our chronological timeline. This is the first solo Cap film to take place in relative present day, and the first MCU film to be directed by the Russo brothers.
  • The last batch of episodes (17-22) from season one of Agents of SHIELD sees our Agents dealing with the fallout of their organization.
  • The majority of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1 takes place 26 years after 1988, so this fits snugly with its 2014 release date, and is a solid break from a less than perfect first season of Agents of SHIELD.
  • Next you’ll want to watch Agents of SHIELD season 2 up until the mid season break after episode 10. Thankfully the show gets much better in season 2.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 also takes place in 2014, just a mere 3 months after the first film, as opposed to its release in 2017. This makes sense as the Ravagers haven’t caught up with them as of this point, and Baby Groot is… well, he’s still a baby.
  • While we’re left in suspense as to what our favorite Agents are up to, let’s place the entirety of Daredevil Season 1, which ushers in the Netflix/Defenders series into the mix. Because it takes place over the course of several months presumably…
  • …it does run concurrently to AoS season 2, episodes 11-19, but there’s no way to correctly identify which episodes fit where. (Note, this item will be pushed back to just before Age of Ultron in v6.0, as it directly leads into it.)
  • Jessica Jones season one arrives next on our timeline, though it appeared later on our timeline in previous versions. Growing understanding of the Netflix timeline has helped us place this season and future seasons more appropriately, though honestly they’re so removed from the films it won’t make that big a difference either way.
  • Cloak and Dagger takes place some 8 years after the explosion of a Roxxon experiment gives Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen their super powers in April of 2007, surprisingly placing this in 2015.
  • Our Avengers team up again in Age of Ultron, with the inclusion of several new core team members, Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver. Thor and Hulk leave Earth by the close of this film, and two years pass before we see them again.
  • After Age of Ultron, we’ll place the final three episodes of Agents of SHIELD season 2 which has some minor tie-in cameos.
  • WHiH Newsfront comes next on the timeline, as it’s an in-Universe news program meant to drum up attention to the next incoming Marvel film. You can find these on YouTube as it’s a free webseries. This is a four part series that takes place in July 2015.
  • Ant-Man follows closely after the events outlined in the WHiH Newsfront videos, as we see Scott Lang take up the mantle of the MCU’s tiniest hero.
  • Next we want to again visit Agents of SHIELD in season 3, but only up until the mid-season break after episode 10.
  • Daredevil season 2 comes next on the timeline and introduces is to the Punisher and Elektra.
  • Most of Daredevil season 2 occurs before Episodes 11 through 19 of Agents of SHIELD season 3, but some occurs concurrently, so we’ll place that here instead of unnecessarily breaking the seasons apart. That said we do get this fun little Easter egg, where they reference a gang war in Hell’s Kitchen, which is a direct tie to Daredevil s2.
  • Luke Cage comes a few months after Jessica Jones and perhaps a month after Daredevil season 2, if not partially concurrently, so we’ll place his first season right here.
  • Iron Fist’s debut season gets moved up quite a bit as it takes place some short months after Luke Cage’s first season. Please note, the time that passes between events in the Netflix shows does not correlate to the time of year the shows are filmed in, making their placement exceptionally frustrating.
  • The Defenders first season, the team up of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, occurs 1 month after the events of Iron Fist, and sees the 4 pick up most of the loose threads that need tying up from both Daredevil s2 and Iron Fist s1.
  • WHiH Newsfront appears again with 5 short clips from April-May 2016 that help unveil the events about to take shape in…
  • Captain America: Civil War. Here our heroes find themselves at an impasse, divided between conflicting ideals of freedom and regulation. Though not quite an Avengers film exactly, it does feature more team members than any other film to date, including some new ones like Black Panther and Spider-Man.
  • Speaking of Black Panther, his film arrives shortly after the events of of Civil War as he deals with the fallout of the death of his father and King T’Chaka, upon returning home to Wakanda.
  • Next you’ll wish to finish off Agents of Shield season 3 with the last three episodes.
  • Spider-Man Homecoming is the first and only Spider-Man iteration to be included in the MCU canon to date. The film claims to be 8 years after the Battle of New York, but the Russo Brothers have since claimed this was a mistake. Only 4 years has passed. Logically it takes place several months after Civil War, and ends around Homecoming.
  • The Punisher, available on Netflix, occurs several months after The Defenders first season, and ends around Thanksgiving of 2016.
  • Doctor Strange’s Timeline occurs partially before and partially after Civil War. But because his training and the majority of the film occur after May, ending around November 2016, we’re sticking to our guns and placing it here. But wait, Dakota, wasn’t Stephen Strange mentioned as a threat to Hydra way back in 2014 during the Winter Soldier? Yes, yes he was. But watch that scene again. It mentions that Zola’s algorithm marks individuals as threats even if they aren’t actually threats now – people that have the potential to hinder Project Insight and HYDRA. Over 219,571 individuals were targeted by the program, most of whom will never get superpowers. At the time Stephen Strange was just a potential threat. This is confirmed by Kevin Feige, who heads Marvel Studios, and it is also explained in film. Note that before Stephen has that car crash, we see this trophy dated in 2016 in his office, and his watch very explicitly says that we’re in February 2016. It must also be explained that the 35 year old Air Force colonel who broke his back due to experimental armor couldn’t have been Rhodes from Civil War, because in canon he is 48 years of age, and Civil War hasn’t happened yet. But again, most of the film occurs after Civil War, with 3-4 months of rehab and therapy, and then what appears to be a couple months studying day and night under the Ancient One. Remember, he only actually knows about 3 tricks by the time the final battle happens.
  • Let’s jump into a 6-episode webseries entitled Slingshot, which is a spinoff of Inhumans characters introduced in Agents of shield, as we begin to see the Sokovia Accords affect Inhumans characters. This has been moved back some as the series takes place shortly before season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • But let’s not forget about Agents of SHIELD season 4. We’ll place episodes 1-8 here, the Ghost Rider arc.
  • Inhumans season 1 must occur after this point in Agents of SHIELD season 4, as the Inhuman Registration is mentioned, though it may not occur directly after. We’ll go ahead and place it here. But honestly, I haven’t watched it. I don’t… I don’t plan to.
  • Episodes 9-22 of Agents of Shield season 4 come chronologically next on the timeline. If you can make it to this point in Agents or S.H.I.E.L.D., you’ll likely agree that this season has some of the best sci-fi tv has seen in years. If you can make it up to this point in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you’ll likely agree that this is some of the best sci-fi tv we’ve seen in years.
  • Jessica Jones season 2 occurs some 17 years after the events that propelled her getting powers in April 2000, placing this around Summer 2017, and is the first Netflix series to make mention of events post Civil War.
  • Hulu’s first MCU show, Runaways, takes place around the beginning of the school year 2017, as we see the start of club sign ups and cheerleading tryouts. From what we can gather, the calendars in the show deliberately try to mislead you from guessing the correct time frame. So… don’t pay any attention to those.
  • Luke Cage season 2 is one of the tougher shows to place. Several dates place the show at Mid-late August 2018, including a vehicle registered through 6/20, meaning it was registered in June 2018. This is deliberate as the show was filmed in 2017. This clearly contradicts events outlined in Avengers: Infinity War, which presumably occurs prior to that, and also means we haven’t seen Luke Cage and friends for over 2 years since The Defenders. This isn’t as bad as the Spider-Man: Homecoming mistake, so I’m inclined to say it takes place in August 2017, despite the onscreen dates. If you got a problem with that, fight me in the comments section down below. I’ll be there.
  • Agents of SHIELD season 5 is easily the most difficult item to place chronologically on this list, because the first ten episodes take place in different timelines in 2091. But their relative timelines place these events in 2017. We’ll put the first 10 episodes here.
  • Thor: Ragnarok falls in step at the tail end of 2017, as Thor tells Banner that he’s been away from earth for 2 years, meaning it’s been at least a year since Civil War took place. Though time works differently on Sicar, the film does a great job of placing itself on the timeline. Doctor Strange also appears to be far more powerful than he was in his own film, denoting plenty of time has elapsed in between. (Note this does not occur directly before Infinity War. Only the end credits scene.)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5’s episodes 11-18 see the Agents return to 2018.
  • Ant-Man was missing from the events of Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp helps explain why. He was off doing his own thing! This film occurs 2 years after Captain America: Civil War, but before the major events in Avengers: Infinity War.
  • The last four episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 occur concurrently to the first half of Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Speaking of which, Avengers: Infinity War is still the latest title on our lineup for v5, and what a film it was! Almost all of Marvel’s big screen heroes joined in the fray to stop Thanos from collecting all 6 Infinity Stones and using it to destroy the half the universe.

As of now no other future projects have been expressly stated as being here or there on the timeline, so there’s no point in guessing, right? If you have any issues at all with this timeline, please let us know in the comments section below. I, I promise I won’t fight you. I might… Subscribe and hit the like button if you enjoyed this video and want more geeky content just like this. You can grab shirts just like this from our merchandise store. Thank you to everyone who’s bought shirts from us at this point. We really do appreciate it, it helps us out, it keeps the lights on. Until Avengers 4 arrives we’ll be left wondering how everyone will make it through the carnage that Thanos unleashed upon the universe after he detonated that now infamous snap.

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The TOP 3 MCU Films to Watch BEFORE Infinity War

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Hey guys, Avengers: Infinity War is upon us finally and, while this may be a bit late, some of you may wish to watch some of the movies in preparation for the big event. With only a limited amount of time, Jenn and Dakota go through each of the films, figure out which are the absolute most essential entrees, and pick the top 3 most important films that lead into Avengers: Infinity War. Be sure to check it out and share your thoughts with us afterwards!

It Will Take You Over 9 Days to Watch the Entire MCU

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We’ve updated our MCU timeline video to include The Punisher, Runaways, Black Panther, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5, and Avengers: Infinity War. Find out where the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe falls into place chronologically.

We’ve also added a time counter that adds up the more items are introduced to the video, including every show, film, one-shot, or web-series.

We hope you enjoy!