NewThe Marvel Cinematic Universe Chronology

The greatest movie universe of all time!

If you would prefer a vastly more detailed version of this timeline – going right down to what happens on what day – I suggest you look at this site. It’s a brilliant work.

If you would prefer a sillier version of this timeline that includes all the other characters and stories implied to exist in this universe by the various other parts of it, go here instead.

1942-1945

Captain America: The First Avenger
The film on Blu-ray. Takes place primarily during World War Two.
Captain America: First Vengeance
comic set before and in parallel to the movie, but best read after.

1946

Marvel One Shot – Agent Carter
short feature appearing on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray. Due to contradictions between this story and the television series, it is possible that it is no longer canonical.
Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season 1
Date specified in show.

1947

Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season 2
Date specified in show.

2010

Iron Man
The film on Blu-ray.
Iron Man: I Am Iron Man!
Tie-in comic retelling Iron Man with additional scenes.
Iron Man 2: Public Identity
Tie-in comic occurring between the two Iron Man films.

2011

Iron Man 2
The film on Blu-ray.
The Incredible Hulk
The film on Blu-ray. According to the Director’s Commentary on Iron Man 2, Tony Stark’s appearance in this film is his third appearance, chronologically.
Marvel One-shot – The Consultant
short feature appearing on the Thor Blu-ray.
Marvel One-Shot – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer
short feature appearing on the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray.
Thor
The film on Blu-ray. Dialogue in the film clearly places it after both Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk.
Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week
Comic. Lines up the three previous films a little better and ties off some loose ends from them.
Marvel’s the Avengers: Black Widow Strikes
Comic. Takes place between Fury’s Big Week and The Avengers.

2012

Marvel’s The Avengers
The film on Blu-ray.
Marvel One-Shot – Item #47
short feature appearing on the Marvel’s The Avengers Blu-ray.
Marvel’s Iron Man 3: The Movie Prelude
Comic. Overlaps The Avengers and sets up Iron Man 3.
Iron Man 3
The film on Blu-ray.
Marvel One-Shot: All Hail The King
short feature appearing on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray.

2013

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Prelude
Comic. Overlaps Thor and The Avengers and sets up Thor: The Dark World.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season One, Episodes 1-7
Television series on Blu-ray.
Thor: The Dark World
The film on Blu-ray.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season One, Episodes 8-16
Television series on Blu-ray.
Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Prelude
Comic.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The film on Blu-ray.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season One, Episodes 17-22
Television series on Blu-ray.

2014

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude
Comic.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The film on Blu-ray.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The film on Blu-ray.
Takes place 2 months after the first Guardians film.
Daredevil: Season 1
The series on Blu-ray.
Specified to be 2 years after the events of The Avengers.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season Two, Episodes 1-10
The series on Blu-ray.

2015

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season Two, Episodes 11-19
The series on Blu-ray.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude
comic.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The film on Blu-ray.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season Two, Episodes 20-22
The series on Blu-ray.
Ant-Man Prelude
comic.
Ant-Man
The film on Blu-ray.
Jessica Jones: Season 1
The series on Blu-ray.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three, Episodes 1-10
The series on Blu-ray.
Daredevil Season 2
Not yet released. Takes place around Christmas 2015.

2016

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three, Episodes 11-19
The series on Blu-ray.
Captain America: Civil War Prelude
comic.
Captain America: Civil War
The film on Blu-ray.
Spider-Man: Homecoming – Prelude
Comic retelling the events of Civil War from Spider-Man’s perspective.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three, Episodes 20-22
The series on Blu-ray.
Doctor Strange Prelude
comic.
Doctor Strange
The film on Blu-ray.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Four, Episodes 1-8
digital copies

2017

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Four, Episodes 9-22
digital copies
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The film on Blu-ray.
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2 Comments

  1. Dylan Gallagher

    Please reply to this when something has been added after Doctor Strange. Would love an up to date timeline! Thanks!

    • Hi Dylan. I’ve been waiting for the latest season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to end, but now that it has, the timeline has been updated to include everything currently on sale or available for pre-order at Amazon.

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