On May 4th, Earth's Mightiest Heroes are going to battle to save our planet, and all the realms from the tyranny of Thanos. Last week we focused on everything you need to know before Infinity War and outlined the MCU, movies only, in theatrical release order. If you are daring enough to dive deeper into the Marvel Cinematic Universe before May, I'm sharing my complete guide to the MCU timeline.
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Complete Guide to the MCU Timeline
Okay, are you ready to go deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Alright then, Nerds Assemble!
Lets walk through the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Chronological order.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, does it break the timeline?
The 8 years snafu. It has been hotly debated on Reddit, ScreenRant, and other sites. I'm choosing to overlook that bit and enjoy Spider-Man: Homecoming as a fun film that shows us Peter's perspective, and cell phone footage, of Civil War and life after a big superhero fight. High School is the worse!
Stark Expo 2018- Could it be just an Easter Egg or does it mean that Spider-Man: Homecoming's place in the timeline is exactly where we think/want/need it to be? I'm going the latter. It makes for less of a headache on my end. I don't know how the 8 years thing was left in the movie when it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but either it was a mistake or we will find out down the line we were all wrong and Marvel was planning something big. Either way, I'm good.
Although we aren't given an exact time for Thor, we do know that this happens after Ultron and during the events of Civil War. How much time does Thor spend exploring the realms? We don't know for sure, but I put it in the timeline to reflect it's happening in modern day.
This is another one I believe happens in modern day. How long did it really take Strange to learn all the secrets of the Kamar-Taj offered? Stephen has an eidetic memory and time might pass differently in the home of the Ancient One. So the explanation it only took him several months checks out in my opinion.
The original Thor and Darryl shorts were to explain Thor's absence from Captain America: Civil War. And I don't care if they aren't technically canon anymore, I love them. If you haven't watched them, do it now. When Thor:Ragnarok comes to Blu-Ray there will be all new Team Thor short. This time The Grandmaster himself, Jeff Goldblum will be hanging out with Darryl. I wonder if he makes a better roomie than Thor?
The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week
I won't go into all the comics (maybe another day!) but I thought this one deserved a mention. Fury's Big Week makes connections between the Phase One films, retelling the events from the perspective of S.H.I.E.L.D. We see just how Fury and the gang end up in some seriously interesting places as they seek out the perspective heroes to join The Avengers.
Originally set to be a movie, Inhumans was turned into a TV show and launched in 2017. The idea of Inhumans was first introduced in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Daisy Johnson, aka Quake. Although she was not carried over into the show, other elements were. The alien writing and the blue Terrine crystals originated on AoS.
This show lives in the same world as our Avengers, but right now these kids aren't as concerned with Captain America and Iron Man. They are dealing with enough things in their own lives to keep them occupied. No crossovers are planned as of right now.
Marvel's The Punisher
Occurring after Season 2o of Daredevil, The Punisher isn't super connected right now in the MCU. This show is definitely grittier than others and proves that Marvel is willing to go into the darker corners of their character base.
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger
Aside from The Roxxon Corp seen in the trailer, which has ties all the way back to Agent Carter, it remains to be seen how it will tie into the MCU as a whole. As of now they are not planning for crossovers but there will be nods to the MCU.
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What are you going to do while you wait for Avengers Infinity War? I think I'm going to watch some of my favorite Marvel TV shows again and definitely Team Thor shorts!
I don’t follow Marvel too much, but we love their movies! I didn’t know about a lot of this, and I’ll have to check out some of those other movies and shows. The Runaways sounds interesting!
This is an excellent resource for anyone new to the universe or for anyone – like me – who likes to do the most epic of epic binges. I don’t believe Spider-Man breaks the time line. You have to throw all the other Spider-Man movies that Sony did out the window. If it makes you feel better, you could tell yourself that they all took place in alternate time-lines or dimensions. I’m just stoked that he’s back in the fold along with ALL the IPs that Fox had. Things are about to get AMAZING. See what I did there?…
There are so many I had no idea. I do not know much about marvel except I like some of their movies. This is quite the guide and I know exactly who would love it.
Heather A Lawrence
Hey! You forgot about “The Punisher” “Luke Cage” and “Iron fist”. LOL!!
We (my hubby and myself) are huge marvel fans here in our house but some of them can be a little on the dark side and so aggressively violent!! LOL!!
Which totally doesn’t stop us from watching them at all!
I didn’t forget them! They are in the graphic! lol
NYC Single Mom
Loving all the Marvel universe movies and shows! It’s kind of hard to keep but I still love it. I think the writing has gotten so much better since they started rolling these out. I CAN NOT wait for Black Panther which I think is going to be huge and of course Avengers which may or may not be the last movie for the two Chris’ Happy movie going!
My kids can’t wait to see this! I know they’ve seen the previews and are counting down the days!
I haven’t always been one for the superhero movies but this list is really interesting! Amazing to see how many movies have come out already!
Jennifer Van Huss
OMG!! This is an amazing post! I’m a huge fan of the movie and Tv series of Marvels, but I never know what order to watch them in!! I love how you have broken it down into the SEASONS!!! This will make my watching experience so much easier!
Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place
I think this is awesome. It’s good to know all about MCU, my kids love the movies so much and I’ve learned to appreciate all of them too.
This is amazing. My youngest has all of this committed to memory. She’s the biggest fan and is so ready for the newest movie to come out. In fact I think she has a countdown going on right now. I heard about it every single day. Not complain because the movie sounds exciting. Can’t wait to see your series!!
Above this, all Captain America is my favorite. I never knew about this timeline and it seems to be really interesting.
Joyce Duboise Santos
YASSSS. Super excited about what’s to come in the MCU! Right now, all I can think about is Black Panther and Michael B. Jordan. bahaha.
So honestly, I’m not into these type of movies, though there have been a few that have changed my mind! My kids and hubby LOVE them and if it’s on DVD, they are watching!
My hubby and son are more into these movies. They would both really appreciate the timeline!
This sounds complicated! LOL! I’m glad these movies don’t have to be watched in any particular order…LOL!!
We all in our family love Marvel movies. My favorite is Spidermal. I love the story!
LOVE that you posted a timeline… also love the love nerds assemble part, made me giggle. We have seen and enjoyed most of these movies and series!
Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
What an awesome idea to post a timeline! There are so many great marvel movies and series. I haven’t checked them ALL out yet, but it may be time.
We are big fans of the Marvel superheroes and we’ve seen all the movies. And we are so looking forward to watching Avengers Infinity War!
I may have watched 1 or 2 of these lol. I bet my kids have seen more than me.
My eleven year old godson is into this kind of movies and he told me that he’s very excited to watch this Avenger Infinity war.
I love the idea. Only you left out Guardians of the Galaxys vol 1. on the movie side.
Where you have vol.2 should be Guardians of the Galaxys vol 1. Guardians 2 should be between Captain America Civil War and Spiderman Homecoming.
Yes but… If I want to do a full marathon with all the movies and series… How long it will take me? Like… In hours without stopping.
Because definitely I need to do a full marathon, even if I need to loose job days!!