Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

What started with a small, ambitious, B-character film in 2008’s Iron Man, has expanded to something so much larger and epic than anyone could have every imagined. This is the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline.

What’s in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline?

This is our Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. It takes all of the media in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and places it in chronological order. The default timeline lists each work in chronological order. An item is placed based on where most of it takes place. We don’t break up stories so that portions of a film take place elsewhere. This list includes media from the following elements of the MCU:

  • The MCU Films: These make up the backbone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. The films started with Iron Man in 2008. However, the first chronological film is Captain America: The First Avenger. Marvel Studios has since continued to release these films at an alarming rate.
  • MCU Television: This timeline includes the shows from ABC that are part of the MCU. These include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (AOS), Agent CarterInhumans and others.
  • MCU Netflix Television: Though they may seem like a completely different universe, the Marvel Netflix shows are also part of the MCU. However, they take place in isolation compared to the rest of the Marvel Universe. These shows include DaredevilJessica JonesLuke CageIron FistThe Defenders, and The Punisher.
  • MCU Tie-in Comics: This timeline includes the tie-in comics that are canonical in the MCU timeline. Usually, these are short preludes to the main films.
  • One-shots: Marvel has produced a few one-shot short films for the MCU. We include these as well.

How to Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

The core of the MCU will always be the films. Therefore, television shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. come second. Iron Man was the first film released in the MCU, but Captain America: The First Avenger takes place first chronologically. It’s actually okay to watch either first. Additionally, if you want something different than the films, we recommend watching the Netflix series, starting with Daredevil. They have little to do with the films, though they do technically take place in the same universe.

Feel free to click on individual items to see more information! As always, if you have questions or comments about this timeline, we recommend you visit our contact page. We hope you enjoy.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Fred Van Lente

2011-06-29

2

Phase 1

Film

Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

2011-07-22

3

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Peter David

2013-12-11

Adaptation of the film.

4

ABC

TV Episode

Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

2015-01-06

5

ABC

TV Episode

Eric Pearson

2015-01-06

6

ABC

TV Episode

Andi Bushell

2015-01-13

7

ABC

TV Episode

Brant Englestein

2015-01-27

8

ABC

TV Episode

Jose Molina

2015-02-03

9

ABC

TV Episode

Lindsey Allen

2015-02-10

10

ABC

TV Episode

Chris Dingess

2015-02-17

11

ABC

TV Episode

Michele Fazekas
Tara Butters

2015-02-24

12

ABC

TV Episode

Brant Englestein

2016-01-19

13

ABC

TV Episode

Eric Pearson
Lindsey Allen

2016-01-19

14

ABC

TV Episode

Jose Molina

2016-01-26

15

ABC

TV Episode

Sue Chung

2016-02-02

16

ABC

TV Episode

Lindsey Allen

2016-02-09

17

ABC

TV Episode

Eric Pearson

2016-02-16

18

ABC

TV Episode

Brandon Easton

2016-02-16

19

ABC

TV Episode

Brant Englestein

2016-02-23

20

ABC

TV Episode

Chris Dingess

2016-02-23

21

ABC

TV Episode

Michele Fazekas
Tara Butters

2016-03-01

22

One-Shot

Short Film

Eric Pearson

2013-09-24

In lieu of the show, this may not be canon.

23

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Will Corona Pilgrim

2015-03-04

24

Phase 3

Film

Meg LeFauve
Nicole Perlman

2019-03-08

25

Phase 1

Film

Art Marcum
Hawk Ostby
Mark Fergus
Matt Holloway

2008-05-02

26

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Peter David

2010-02-24

Adaptation of the film.

27

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Joe Casey

2010-05-12

28

Preludes

Comic Issue

Joe Casey

2010-09-01

29

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Will Corona Pilgrim

2017-11-15

30

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2010-04-27

A multimedia website with various videos related to Iron Man 2. Available online.

31

Phase 1

Film

Zak Penn

2008-06-13

32

One-Shot

Short Film

Eric Pearson

2011-09-13

Included in the Thor Blu-ray/DVD

33

Phase 1

Film

Justin Theroux

2010-05-07

34

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Christos N. Gage

2012-12-05

Adaptation of the film.

35

One-Shot

Short Film

Eric Pearson

2011-10-25

Included in the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray/DVD

36

Phase 1

Film

Ashley Edward Miller
Don Payne
Zack Stentz

2011-05-06

37

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Christos N. Gage

2013-02-20

Adaptation of the film.

38

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Chris Yost

2012-04-18

39

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Fred Van Lente

2012-06-06

40

Phase 1

Film

Joss Whedon

2012-05-04

41

One-Shot

Short Film

Eric Pearson

2012-09-25

Included in the Avengers Blu-ray/DVD

42

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Christos Gage

2013-02-06

43

Phase 2

Film

Drew Pearce
Shane Black

2013-05-03

44

One-Shot

Short Film

Drew Pearce

2014-02-25

Included in the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray/DVD

45

ABC

TV Episode

Jed Whedon
Joss Whedon
Maurissa Tancharoen

2013-09-24

46

ABC

TV Episode

Jed Whedon
Jeffrey Bell
Maurissa Tancharoen

2013-10-01

47

ABC

TV Episode

Jed Whedon
Maurissa Tancharoen

2013-10-08

48

ABC

TV Episode

Jeffrey Bell

2013-10-15

49

ABC

TV Episode

Brent Fletcher

2013-10-22

50

ABC

TV Episode

Paul Zbyszewski

2013-11-05

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Comments
  1. Matt

    When will this list be updated next?

    1. Jason Hamilton

      Very soon

  2. Opera_of_Death

    This update to the MCU timeline don’t work on the iOS app. It only shows the timeline before this update. Maybe the app needs an update?

    1. Jason Hamilton

      Yeah, the app is still synced with the old site. It’s a technical jumble. We’re actively working on an app update to rename it and sync it with this site.

  3. N. Genon

    It’s so hard to place Agents of SHIELD season 6 in the timeline … but what did you put it after FFH knowing that season 6 is a year after season 5?

  4. Spencer

    I appreciate this very valuable service! Looks like the release date for the one-shots are off.

  5. John Vik

    Greetings:
    Note that Punisher 2.3: “Trouble the Water” is misspelled as “Trouble the Wate”.

  6. Matthew Graham

    When are you putting season 3 of Runaways on the list?

  7. Michael

    Just letting you know that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Inhumans, Cloak and Dagger, Runaways, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, have all been confirmed Non-Canon by Marvel President Kevin Feige who is in charge of Movies, Comics, and shows, and only the new Disney+ shows will be canon such as Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and What If?, so that means all the netflix shows are in their own universe, Agents of Shield, Agent Carter. and Inhumans are their own due to Agent Carter flashback cameos, and Inhumans being AoS spinoff, and Runaways and Cloak and Dagger are their own due to crossover.
    In the website column I left the link to the proof.

  8. Brah

    The release dates have gone all wrong… it’s showing season 5 episodes of AoS ahead of season 4, and the rest is all jumbled up!

    1. Jason Hamilton

      Yeah, having some technical issues. We’re working on it.

  9. Kyle P

    I want to say that iron Man 2 should be before Incredible Hulk and the consultant cause the events in the Hulk on the campus are on the news at the end of the movie when Fury is talking to stark and naming Stark ‘The Consultant’

  10. The Emperor

    Hi man. Some of the Marvel “Infinite Comics” that are a part of the MCU are included here but not all of them. Can you include the rest that are part of it?

  11. Griff1361

    Kevin Feige DID NOT confirm that the tv shows are not canon, he said for the first time they will be connected which is kind of stupid as Agents of SHIELD has been connected to the movies multiple times in earlier seasons, Nick Fury, Sif & Maria Hill have all made cameos, they cleaned up after Thor Dark Worlds, hell the whole reason the Avengers: Age of Ultron starts with them attacking that base to get the Tesseract is because SHIELD found the location in a previous episode, Agent Carter is directly linked to Captain America, you could argue that the other shows only have subtle references but to say that ‘for the first time’ shows will be linked to movies just makes him look stupid

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