The ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ Chronological Timeline

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[Last edit – November 13, 2016]

This post has gone through many variations, and is now in a video format, going up until Doctor Strange and the current season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It is my plan to return to an infographic look as soon as time permits me. Please enjoy, like and share.

180 thoughts on “The ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ Chronological Timeline

  1. Thiaa303

    Thanks so much, I watched everything on this list, in this order. It made me see links and more detail then before.
    But how do we proceed? How does it look after Ant-Man?
    When do i watch AoS s03? Where does Deadpool stand in this line?
    I need a followup! 😀

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    • Glad it worked out. I’m working on figuring out an order for Jessica Jones, AoSs3, Civil-War, Daredevil s2 and so on. Deadpool doesn’t exist in this universe, sadly. It’s a Fox owned franchise, and exists within the X-Men universe.

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      • Thia303

        Ooh that’s why I couldn’t figure it out! Haha. I’m being foolish now, right? Haha 😀
        If you get an update on where to put JJ and the upcoming movies, I’ll be here! Thanks!

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  2. J03_M4M4

    By far the best timeline iv come across so far, any chance you’re going to update with Jessica Jones and Agent Carter S02 (I mean we know where it is it would just be nice to see it on the list)

    Thanks and keep up the good work 🙂

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  3. Excellent work! I haven’t seen any Agent Carter or Agents of Shield but it hasn’t detracted from my enjoyment of the films at all. Full credit to Marvel Studios for making a more or less coherent whole where you don’t need to see every chapter in order to understand where you are.

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  4. JohnC

    This is exactly how I had my timeline planned out, the exception being that I set Hulk after Thor, just because Iron Man 2 involves Coulson leaving to go to the sight of the Hammer.

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    • Geekritique

      The reason I placed Hulk before Thor is actually because most of Hulk happens simultaneously to Iron Man 2. There’s a scene at the end of Iron Man 2 where on the tv Hulk and Abomination are fighting in Harlem.

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  5. That’s actually a really helpful timeline! Do you think they’ll ever cross the X-Men and the Avengers in the movies? They did in the comics, but I just can’t really imagine it working in a film (and not just because of the copyright thing and different companies holding the rights).

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  6. I think that part fo the Agents of Shield actually takes place before Avengers, but other than that, this is very well done!
    Oh, and one more thing, I believe that one of the “untitled” movies is supposed to be about Black Widow…

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    • Geekritique

      I’ve heard that rumor too. Perhaps it will be confirmed soon. Agents of SHIELD does take place after Avengers. The entire series revolves around Coulson’s post-Avengers death.

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      • I’ve seen the thing about the black widow movie on imdb.com, hopefully, it will come true.
        As for SHIELD episodes taking place before Avengers, I’ve read somwhere, I think it was some kind of Marvel wikia or something, that the first few episodes are actually before Coulson died… But I’ve never looked into it more, so I might be wrong.

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  7. The Fullmetal Narcissist

    I didn’t really think of Ironman 2, 3, and Thor 2 as eights. They were fun, but they were all more in the 5-6 range for me. Great job assembling this list, though.

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  8. Nice job on this and very useful. Off topic, but I really like much the Shield TV show became tied into the films. It started out kinda blah IMO, but it has really ramped it up since Winter Soldier came out. Nice work here. Thanks for doing this.

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  9. moosha23

    Thanks for liking my post! Much appreciated! I can’t believe Marvel is actually doing this – even if it’s absolutely amazing. My friends and I were discussing this a week ago, and to see the entire timeline? Just amazing. I mean, I’ve heard of the Pixar theory before, but Marvel’s own ‘cinematic universe’? I can feel the geek in me just swooning. 🙂

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  10. I didn’t know about the Agent Carter one shot, it sounds great!

    Marvel has made this timeline with the marvelous revelation that Iron Man 2, Thor and The Incredible Hulk actually all take place during the same week. The week is called “Fury’s Big Week”, and there was also a comic mini-series about it. S.H.I.E.L.D really had their arms full that week!

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    • I see the correlation between Iron Man 2 and Thor as plain as day, but the Incredible Hulk is a bit fuzzy in my opinion. This is why I omitted mention of Fury’s Big Week in the post. I don’t think, even after implemented, it would affect the chronological viewing order I’ve put together I guess.

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      • That would be interesting, I doubt Miss Atwell would commit to that though being an extremely busy and sought after actress but I’m sure someone else could easily be found

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      • Seems you misjudged Haley Atwell’s priorities! After reading your prediction I was confused and after looking up her filmography confirmed what I thought, here involvement with Marvel is by far the biggest gig of career so her signing on for the show comes as no surprise!

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      • Believe me I am more delighted than anyone to be wrong this time. Now all I need is for Marvel to find roles for Sophia Myles, Emily Blunt, Abbie Cornish & Michelle Rodriguez

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  11. Sure, the bulk of Captain America: First Avenger occurs before the rest of the films, but the ending doesn’t. The Fury-forming-The-Avengers storyline works a lot better if you watch CA:FA in release order, and accept the “prequel” nature of the film.
    I’ve also heard the makers saying that there are background references in Iron Man 2 to the Hulk that place The Incredible Hulk after Iron Man 2, but I’ve never noticed them and I doubt they’ll mess with anyone’s enjoyment to watch them in the “wrong” order.

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    • As I mentioned in the second paragraph, I placed certain items in the order I put them in after much deliberation and consideration. I explain why I placed the First Avenger first, and the confusing nature of Hulk’s placement.

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      • This is a chronologically ordered list, based upon the best guesstimation of general time. This isn’t my “viewing” order. If it were “that” list I’d just put down the order in which the films were released.

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      • I won’t be. But you’re welcome to if it’s really bothering you. Watching the films, one-shots, and episodes in this order will not “ruin” someone’s viewing experience, or at least I don’t believe it should if you’ve already seen it. Especially if they wish to view it in chronological order. I explained from the get-go that there are some discrepancies with Captain America: the First Avenger and the Incredible Hulk. But I also explained why I feel they deserve their respective positions. If this isn’t to your satisfaction, please, create your own viewing/chronological/alphabetical/whatever order you’d care to exist on your own blog. I’d love to see what you come up with.

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      • I have been working on a chronological list for one of my blogs, but it’s a lot more specific (placing the Carter One-Shot after the crash sequence in CA:FA, Putting “Funny Thing Happened…” during the IM2 closing credits) but formattings a real pain. It either looks cluttered and confusing or it looks like a timeline and de-emphasises the films/shorts/shows.

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      • Well I can’t say I hadn’t debated whether or not I wanted to do individual scenes or sequences. Starting at the earliest with the Thor scenes. But that would very much ruin viewing experiencesz

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      • True, but chronological order isn’t about the viewing experience.

        I think that Marvel has been pretty clever making the movies (not so much the one-shots) the chronological order pretty much the same as the release order, via the framing stories.

        Although the past appears in Thor, the film s starts in New Mexico with Thor falling to Earth in the present then flashes back.
        Captain America starts in the present with Cap being found and then flashes back to the 40s.
        Iron Man 3 begins before Iron Man, but it’s really all a story being told after the events of Iron Man 3.
        So, simple chronological order is release order is viewing order.
        Actual chronological order can ruin viewing pleasure. For fun once I re-edited Pulp Fiction into chronological order. Somehow it ends up pretty boring.
        So yeah, I wouldn’t recommend viewing them chronological order.

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