Predictions on the 10 Highest Grossing Films of 2020


Once the dust has settled on the Rise of Skywalker’s box office numbers, it will surely have passed that lofty billion $ mark, making that the 7th film Disney released in 2019 to achieve that feat. In total, Disney provided about 80% of the biggest films of the year. This was an unbelievable fluke, and one not likely to be repeated by any studio for years to come.

2020 will NOT be dominated with huge Disney hits like 2019 was, that’s for sure. Below (and above in that linked video), are our predictions for the top ten biggest films of the year, using a range of low and high estimates of the overall worldwide gross we expect them to receive.

10. Birds of Prey (Cathy Yan) – February 7
Riding on the star power of Margot Robbie and the enduring fan love of Harley Quinn, we expect this film to surprise many, and we’re going to go out on a limb and suggest it makes roughly the same amount as Suicide Squad made in 2016. While not a direct sequel, it will be a sequel to Harley Quinn’s character. Can it make more than Justice League, which tanked notoriously? We think it can, and will be a surprise hit.
Prediction: $720-775m

9. Tenet (Christopher Nolan) – July 17
Christopher Nolan’s next original IP is likely going to make a pretty penny. The average of Nolan’s three biggest films outside of The Dark Knight Trilogy (Dunkirk, Interstellar, Inception) come out to around $666m. Sinister. Because the film has a reported budget of about $225m, way more than your average superhero fare even, and with Nolan’s propensity for IMAX level productions, we expect Tenet to be highly marketed.
Prediction: $700-850m

8. Black Widow (Cate Shortland) – May 1
Scarlett Johansson is one of the biggest actresses in the world, period. Collectively, the films she’s starred in as Black Widow average a solid $1.5b gross. BUT, we doubt this film will hit the billion dollar mark. The reason being? Nobody went to see an Avengers film because of the spy who had no powers, despite the fact that she performed the impossible and kept up with the heroes around her. That and the fact that her character has recently died, effectively closing her character’s journey. We expect that will disinterest some of the more casual MCU fans, as it did Star Wars fans with Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Prediction: $750-800

7. Eternals (Chloe Zhao) – November 6
Eternals is another big film coming our way that, like Guardians of the Galaxy before it, the average moviegoing audience has never heard of before, but with significantly stronger star power, especially with Angelina Jolie signed aboard. I believe the big push here will be the Chinese market. With Zhao, a native speaker on board, expect there to be a major marketing push in China. Will it break a billion? I don’t expect it will, but it will be huge nonetheless.
Prediction: $820-840m

6. Venom 2 (Andy Serkis) – October 2
The first film was a freakish success for Sony. I don’t think anyone expected it to garner $856m in the worldwide market. With the rumored cameo appearance of Tom Holland, and Kevin Feige’s statements that Spider-man will be the only superhero that can jump cinematic universes, it’s almost a given he will be a big push for the second film’s marketing strategy. If audiences think this is Spider-Man 2.5, Sony’ll likely pull in far more of that rabid MCU market.
Prediction: $900m-$1.1b

5. No Time to Die (Cary Joji Fukunaga) – April 8
While the next James Bond film will likely suffer somewhat to the poorly received Spectre, and almost certainly won’t make anywhere near what Skyfall made (as that was riding on a 50th anniversary high), No Time to Die will likely ride on the success of Daniel Craig’s performance, and the fact that this may be his last time performing it.
Prediction: $950m-$1b

4. Wonder Woman 1984 (Patty Jenkins) – June 4
After Aquaman made a billion dollars after his proper introduction in the DCEU in Justice League, it’s clear the brand wasn’t irreparably damaged. With WW84, it’s safe to say that Patty Jenkins looks poised to strike gold again. Gal Gadot’s gross avg. for performances as Wonder Woman average out to about $783m, and the surprise critical and commercial success of the first film will carry this sequel to new heights. If they can push that jovial tone, it’ll get more family’s to go out and see it also.
Prediction: $980m-$1.03b

3. Mulan (Niki Caro) – March 27
With an all Chinese cast, and a story that much more closely resembles the classic legend told to Chinese children, this film will surely be a huge hit in the Chinese market. The drawback being that they’ve removed Mushu and much of the musical elements that stood out in the animated film, so that likely won’t be as appealing to American moviegoers. But the last three Disney live action giants, namely Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King all did well over a billion. So with the Chinese push, I expect this to go far.
Prediction: $1.05-1.15b

2. Minions: The Rise of Gru – July 3
The Despicable Me franchise and Minions are special in that each consecutive sequel makes markedly more money at the box office than the last. While there’s always a peak, it may be too early to determine whether or not this franchise has seen it yet. The previous Minions film made a whopping $1.159b!
Prediction: $1.1-1.2b

1. Fast & Furious 9 (Justin Lin) – May 22
Sandwiched between Black Widow and Wonder Woman 1984, Fast & Furious 9 won’t have the breathing room to make as much money as 7 did, but it’s one of the biggest franchises ever in China (second only to The Avengers franchise). This movie will inevitably make more than a billion, and we believe it will be the highest grosser of the year.
Prediction: $1.2-1.35b

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Chronological Timeline | Complete Film and Show Edition


The Marvel Cinematic Universe Chronological Timeline (v6.5) features the entirety of the live-action canon collection of films and shows that comprise the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This includes everything from Iron Man and Agent Carter to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Spider-Man: Far From Home. The following article is a transcript from the video linked below. Enjoy.

This timeline comprises the entire live action Marvel Cinematic Universe including all shows and gets into spoiler-territory.

This timeline is meant to be a chronological viewing order. While some of the films and shows overlap, this timeline will generalize a title’s given dates to determine whether it takes place before or after another title in the list, giving primary weight to either the 3rd act, or climax. This means we won’t be breaking up the films or shows if they bounce around between different years. Also, please note, most of the mid and post credit scenes take place during different time periods than the film’s they’re attached to, and won’t be used in determining when a film occurs. I’m looking at you Doctor Strange. This will also include shows that have been cancelled, and they’ll remain on the timeline until officially deemed non-canonical.

Let’s begin!

Captain America: The First Avenger sets the backdrop to Earth 616 and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the first film to introduce superheroes to the world, at least in the modern epoch, and ushers in a new age for mankind. Beginning at the height of America’s involvement in WW2, The First Avenger shows the birth of a superhero, one whose moral compass and character are just as impressive as his enhanced superhuman abilities. Taking place between 1942 and 1945, as well as a short stint in 2011, this is undoubtedly the first title in our list. Steve goes under the Arctic in March of 1945.

The second title should definitely be Agent Carter Season 1, which follows the love interest of Steve Rogers, in Peggy Carter. This takes place in Fall 1946, a year after the end of The First Avenger.

Agent Carter Season 2 continues Peggy’s fight against new Atomic Age threats as she moves from New York to Los Angeles in July of 1947.

The Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter has been retconned to occur after the events of the first two seasons, and sees the start of what is to become S.H.I.E.L.D.

The next film, Captain Marvel, is one of the more recent films in the series, though it’s chronological placement is one of the earliest on the timeline. Here we follow a Kree-trained warrior named Vers to earth in search of several shape-shifting refugees known as the Skrull in 1995, only to discover her terrestrial origins as the Air Force Pilot Carol Danvers. Along the way she befriends a young Nick Fury and discovers the incredible extents of her power.

We push forward into 2008, with the film that started it all, Iron Man. Tony Stark, billionaire weapons dealer for the US government and CEO of Stark Industries, has a change of heart after being kidnapped by terrorists using his own weapons against him. Upon discovering shrapnel embedded in his chest and inching closer to his heart, he finds a new way to power not only him, but a means for his escape, and the subsequent line of suits that would identify him as Iron Man.

Iron Man 2 picks up 6 months after Ivan Vanko completes his response to the Iron Man armor, but here’s where some may take offense at our placement on the timeline. Instead of retconning Iron Man to occur later than 2008 as this film would suggest is necessary, we’ve kept it where it is due to later retcons in the series, and have subsequently moved Iron Man 2 as occurring in 2011. While we won’t get into too much detail as to why this is necessary here, please note that Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor, run semi-concurrently.

The Incredible Hulk is perhaps the most retconned film in the MCU, having replaced both the lead actor in the role of the Hulk, as well as completely ignoring its own timeline retroactively. The timeline totally forgets about Emil Blonsky’s Abomination altogether. Should they bring him back? Let me know your thoughts! The film makes it very clear on multiple occasions that it occurs in May of 2007, 5 years after Bruce Banner subjects himself to gamma radiation and develops his angry alter-ego, the Hulk. Because of it’s involvement with Fury’s Big Week, a week long period which also encompasses Iron Man 2 and Thor, the film has been moved up to May and early-June, 2011.

In the short Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer, Coulson stop’s a gas station robbery on his way to New Mexico.

Thor reintroduces the Asgardians onto Midgard, or Earth, in the modern era, having been away long enough for the Asgardians to fade away into Norse myth. After being stripped of his titles and rank, Thor must prove to himself and his king that he is again worthy to possess the powers once bestowed to him and enhanced by his hammer Mjolnir. His adopted brother, Loki, uses Thor’s weakened state to take control of Asgard. Thor occurs in 2011, beginning shortly after Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk.

In the Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant, Coulson and Jasper Sitwell conspire to keep Emil Blonsky’s Abomination out of the Avengers Initiative. This actually occurs before the mid credits scene in The Incredible Hulk, but we’ll place it here so as not to break that film up.

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they could become something more. And they certainly did with Marvel’s The Avengers. Set almost 1 year after Fury’s Big Week, The Avengers team up to stop a global threat of invasion in 2012 crafted by Thor’s brother Loki. The film would not only go on to transform and be referenced by future MCU films, but became hugely influential in how Hollywood has approached franchises in the years since. While Loki and the Chitauri army are the immediate threat, we later find that Thanos was behind the invasion all along.

In the Marvel One-Shot: Item 47, we find that Chitauri weaponry is being found and utilized by amateur bank robbers shortly after the events of the Avengers.

Iron Man 3 sees individuals from Tony’s past coming back to haunt him, as Aldrich Killian and Maya Hansen introduce the world to the Extremis project. We’re also introduced to someone claiming to be the Mandarin, but we won’t see the true Mandarin until Phase 4. This is an interesting film to try and fit into the timeline as it features dates that occur after the events of Thor: the Dark World, but is generally believed to occur before The Dark World. It’s confusing. We break it down in this video right here. Ultimately the film must occur a year prior to this date on this newspaper, during Christmas 2012.

In the Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, we regroup with Trevor Slattery to determine if he truly knows anything more about the Mandarin, and/or the Ten Rings organization. This occurs, likely, a few months after Iron Man 3.

Now we begin the introduction of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as we dive into Season 1. Because of the show’s long 22 episode format, and the apparent time breaks within each season, we can place most of the show with some certainty, especially in its earlier seasons. The first 7 episodes introduce us to the S.H.I.E.L.D. team.

Thor: The Dark World naturally comes next. Every 5000 years the Convergence of the 9 Realms opens a portal between worlds, and Malekith uses it to unleash the power of the Aether to transform the universe back into eternal darkness. The Convergence occurs on November 17, 2013. Is this the worst film in the franchise? I personally enjoy it.

Episodes 8-16 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 arrive next, with events in Episode 8 picking up after The Dark World, and events in episodes 16 leading into The Winter Soldier.

With Captain America: The Winter Soldier we find ourselves in the summer of 2014. Adapting to life in the 21st century, Steve Rogers, along with Natasha Romanoff, find themsleves on the run from a rogue cell that’s taken over S.H.I.E.L.D. in HYDRA and a brand new threat arrives from Steve’s past, as we discover Bucky has become the Winter Soldier.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season one, episodes 17-22 deal directly with the massive curveball of HYDRA infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D.

Next up, we leave Earth to explore the Cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Guardians of the Galaxy takes place 26 years after Peter Quill, a young boy from Missouri, is abducted in 1988. Here Peter, now going by the moniker of Star-Lord, must team up with other galactic misfits to take down the Kree radical Ronan the Accuser. We’re also introduced to Thanos family in Gamora and Nebula. Without further information, we can only assume that Guardians of the Galaxy occurs sometime during the Summer of 2014, shortly after The Winter Soldier.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 occurs only a few short months after the first film, and considering there are no other films that arrive concurrently between the two, they’ll show up side by side on our timeline. A mysterious entity introduces himself to Peter as Ego, his father, who helps unlock Peter’s true potential, but not all is as it seems, as being half Celestial has its drawbacks. This film likely occurs mid-late Fall 2014.

Daredevil season one ushers in the Netflix heroes into the MCU, as Matt Murdoch chooses a life of defending law by day and fighting crime by night. Wilson Fisk is perhaps the best villain we ever received with any of the Marvel TV shows, and is up there with the top MCU villains in general.

With Jessica Jones season 1 we close out 2014 with Jessica going up against her prior abuser, Kilgrave, in one of the MCU’s most chilling chapters. We’re also introduced to Luke Cage.

Cloak and Dagger season 1, while arriving in 2018, actually takes place 8 years after 2007 – which makes it early 2015. Tyrone and Tandy become intertwined with powers of light and darkness, and must band together to take down the evil corporate entity, Roxxon.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2, episodes 1-19 is a series of episodes we’ve decided to consolidate to early 2015, considering even the time jumps between episodes never occur over long periods of time, and it doesn’t feel appropriate to split them up. That said, episode 19 ties directly into Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The Avengers must team up again in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as Tony and Bruce unintentionally unleash a dangerous artificially intelligent life form into the world. Ultron is intent on making the world a better place, a place run by machines who aren’t constrained by human emotion. The film ends with the unfortunate destruction of Sokovia. This event takes place in the Summer of 2015, as becomes evident by other titles in the series.

The final 3 episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2, 20-22, follow events after the Battle of Sokovia.

We have the first season of WHIH Newsfront, a YouTube web-series of 5 episodes that chronicles the media coverage post-Sokovia. This was released on YouTube originally, but has since been removed.

The next film you’ll want to watch is Ant-Man, which takes place some short months later. Scott Lang is released from a 3-year prison sentence on July 17th, 2015, and after a few months trying to make a living and failing to pay child’s support, he reverts back to his old ways of burglary, only to find a dusty old suit that happens to be able to make him shrink down to the size of an ant. We’re also introduced to the Quantum Realm, which is highly important to the future of the MCU, especially in Phase 3. The film’s climax occurs on October 9th, 2015.

Simmons is trapped in the Monolith world in the first half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3, episodes 1-10, shortly after Ant-Man.

Daredevil season 2 is next up, as we’re introduced to The Punisher.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s3, Episodes 11-19 technically run concurrently to both Daredevil season 2 and Luke Cage season 1.

Luke Cage season 1 follows Luke as he becomes the hero that Harlem needs, some 4 years after Hulk rampaged through it. Luke faces off against both Cottonmouth and Diamondback in this season.

Brigid O’Reilly returns to Cloak and Dagger season 2 alongside Mayhem, her doppelgänger. It follows shortly after Luke Cage season 1, and actually discusses some of the events outlined at the end of Luke Cage’s first season. This show brings us into 2016. Though please bear in mind that the recent news that Cloak and Dagger and the Runaways team are teaming up in Runaways season 3 might mean that they are pushing the timeline for the entire Cloak and Dagger series up two years. But that’s not been determined yet; we’ll keep it where it is for now.

Iron Fist season 1 occurs in February 2016, as Danny Rand returns to New York after being presumed dead for over 15 years and he struggles to balance whether or not his duties to his families legacy are more important than who he is as the Iron Fist.

Defenders season one picks up just a short month or so after Iron Fist, and follows the entire Netflix Marvel cast, except the Punisher, as they collectively take down the Hand organization from destroying New York City. They really should’ve phoned in some Avengers for this one.

Season 2 of WHIH Newsfront was released between April and May 2016, but likely occurs in early to late March. It leads directly into the Lagos incident of Captain America: Civil War.

The Avengers team find themselves divided on two differing sides of a controversial new bill known as the Sokovia Accords, which effectively limits their freedom to protect citizens across sovereign borders due to damage they may or may not have been responsible for. Captain America: Civil War’s climax occurs within the first week of April 2016 and sees the Avengers team split down the middle. Please note that while many films occur in 2016, there is a fair amount of overlapping.

Black Panther picks up a week after King T’Chaka is killed in a terrorist attack that occurred during Civil War’s time frame. The film follows T’Challa as he undergoes the coronation ritual upon arriving back in his country of Wakanda, an African utopia hidden away from the rest of the world. Along the way he is challenged for the throne by Erik Killmonger, whose ultimate goal is to help aid those of African descent by arming them with Wakandan technology so they can overthrow their governments. The film occurs as early as the second week of April, and spans only a few days.

Let’s close out Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 with episodes 20-22, which follows shortly after the events of Civil War.

You’d think with almost a decade of films under their belt at this stage, the dates would just slide into place, right? Well then they go and release Spider-Man: Homecoming. A great film which introduces one of the Marvel’s most popular heroes and one of the MCU’s most personable villains to date in the Vulture, but a film that also boasts the worst timeline fumbles in the entirety of the MCU. Almost every date, time and reference to season is contradicted by other films in the MCU or by Homecoming itself.

A year after his introduction in Daredevil season 2, we join the Punisher in the first season of his spinoff show, which ends late November 2016.

Doctor Strange comes next on our timeline though, like we mentioned earlier, there’s some overlap with other films in 2016. In fact, Doctor Strange begins before even Civil War. Revolving around Steven Strange getting into an accident, and trying anything to get the proper use of his hands back, he eventually finds himself in Kamar Taj, under the tutelage of The Ancient One as he learns the mystical arts and becomes the Doctor Strange we know and love. The climax occurs at the tail end of 2016 and the mid and post credit scenes occur in 2017, once Steven apparently feels proficient enough to protect the Eye of Agamotto from his Sanctum in New York City.

The beginning and end of the Slingshot web-series takes place after episode 8 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4, but the majority of the show occurs before the start of the season. Let’s not break it up though, as it would ruin the flow of the miniseries. This brings us into 2017.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season four comes next, and we’ll keep the entire season together. This includes the Ghost Rider, Agents of HYDRA, and L.M.D. arcs.

Inhumans season 1 arrives after both the Terrigenesis event and the Inhuman registration act that followed the Sokovia Accords.

Jessica Jones season 2 falls in step at about May 2017, 17 years after the accident that took the lives of Jessica’s family. But it turns out that not the entire family was taken, as Jessica learns that her mother is still out there.

In Luke Cage season 2, Luke meets his match in Bushmaster, but perhaps his most noteworthy foe is none other than the owner of Harlem’s Paradise, Mariah Dillard. This occurs in August 2017.

While the first handful of episodes in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 occur over 90 years in a far flung future, we’ll adhere to the character’s relative timelines, which would occur chronologically next on the timeline.

Thor: Ragnarok sees the return of Thor’s deranged older sister Hela, and upon facing off against her in the bifrost, gets transported to the alien world of Sakaar, where he meets an old friend from work. Despite what the mid credit scene would have you believe, Thor: Ragnarok does not take place directly before Infinity War. There is about a 5-7 month gap between this film’s main events and the scene in question. The film likely takes place mostly during Fall 2017.

Iron Fist season 2 arrives next, in or around November 2017. This season sees Danny lose his grasp on the Iron Fist mantle, and is a marked improvement in some ways to the first season.

Moving on to Daredevil season 3, wherein we’re introduced to the Netflix iteration of Bullseye. This occurs late in 2017, shortly after Iron Fist.

We’re pushing Runaways season 1 up a bit from our last timeline, as it does take place over the winter holiday season. Though there is little outward evidence to that effect.

In Runaways season 2, we finally see the cast doing what they were cast to do; running away. Beginning just a day after the end of the first season and moving into 2018, it wouldn’t make sense to break up these two seasons.

The Punisher season 2 occurs over a year after the first season, and picks up after Daredevil season 3, which is confirmed by the personal arc of Karen Page.

Jessica Jones season three is the last Marvel Netflix show on our list and occurs just a short month or so before the Snap.

Back in the presumed normal timeline Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5, episodes 11-18 fall into step right here.

Ant-Man and the Wasp, however, occurs mid-April 2018. The film takes place a little over two years after Civil War, and this is notable as Scott Lang’s just about to end his probation period for events he aided in said film. He and Hope become entangled in a quantum heist as Hank Pym attempts to bring Janet back from, well, quantum entanglement. A popular theory holds that this film occurs concurrently to Infinity War, and we’ve even mentioned that on occasion here, but aside from the mid-credits scene wherein we see the effects of the Snap, there’s no evidence that that is the case. Between the climax and the mid credits is at least a week long resolution period.

The final 4 episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5, episodes 19-22, lead into the events of Infinity War with references to Thanos, the Avengers, and even the aliens in NY. These episodes are concurrent to the events in Infinity War.

Avengers: Infinity War occurs over 3 days, with the climactic snap being, at the earliest, on or after April 19th, 2018. The latest date would probably be June 3rd. The film sees the Mad Titan Thanos attempt to rid half the universe of life by collecting all 6 Infinity Stones, a threat even the Avengers will have trouble defending against.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 will just have to go here until they explain themselves. It is supposedly a year after the Snap, but there’s no reference to it in the slightest, and nobody appears affected. This may be the last iteration of the timeline where these shows are still considered canon, unless something further is clarified.

Avengers: Endgame, the sequel to Infinity War, follows 5 years after the snap in the previous film, as the Avengers need to regroup to take Thanos down for good. But that won’t be as easy as it sounds. Endgame bounces around on the timeline, but the primary time period is a bit over 5 years after Avengers: Infinity War, at about October 2023.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the latest film on our timeline, taking place 8 months after what is known as the blip from Endgame and the death of Tony Stark, Peter Parker and friends go on an end of year trip to Europe. Unfortunately for him, it won’t be much of a vacation, as everywhere he goes happens to be attacked by giant elemental monsters. This movie takes place in late June, early July 2024. There is one major inconsistency, and that’s the inclusion of the Signal Lights Festival which happens in October. Peter claims that he is still 16 in this film, meaning he’s been 16 for over 18 months, but if his birthday is August 10th, and he was blipped back in October, he wouldn’t count that year, as he’s only ever experienced 16 August 10th’s, so that adds up.

How did we do with our timeline? Let us know down below.

When Does Thor Take Place?


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?


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?


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?


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)


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.

Wait… I don’t feel so good…