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?

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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

101

Netflix

TV Episode

Liz Friedman
Scott Reynolds

2015-11-20

102

Netflix

TV Episode

Hilly Hicks
Jr.

2015-11-20

103

Netflix

TV Episode

Dana Baratta

2015-11-20

104

Netflix

TV Episode

Edward Ricourt

2015-11-20

105

Netflix

TV Episode

Jenna Reback
Micah Schraft

2015-11-20

106

Netflix

TV Episode

Scott Reynolds

2015-11-20

107

Netflix

TV Episode

Dana Baratta
Jamie King

2015-11-20

108

Netflix

TV Episode

Dana Baratta
Micah Schraft

2015-11-20

109

Netflix

TV Episode

Liz Friedman
Scott Reynolds

2015-11-20

110

Netflix

TV Episode

Hilly Hicks
Jr.

2015-11-20

111

Netflix

TV Episode

Melissa Rosenberg
Scott Reynolds

2015-11-20

112

ABC

TV Episode

DJ Doyle

2014-11-18

113

ABC

TV Episode

Paul Zbyszewski

2014-12-02

114

ABC

TV Episode

Jeffrey Bell

2014-12-09

115

ABC

TV Episode

Jed Whedon
Maurissa Tancharoen

2015-03-03

116

ABC

TV Episode

Drew Z. Greenberg

2015-03-10

117

ABC

TV Episode

Monica Owusu-Breen

2015-03-17

118

ABC

TV Episode

Brent Fletcher

2015-03-24

119

ABC

TV Episode

Lauren LeFranc
Rafe Judkins

2015-03-31

120

ABC

TV Episode

Craig Titley

2015-04-07

121

ABC

TV Episode

DJ Doyle

2015-04-14

122

ABC

TV Episode

Monica Owusu-Breen
Paul Zbyszewski

2015-04-21

123

ABC

TV Episode

Brent Fletcher
Drew Z. Greenberg

2015-04-28

124

Phase 2

Film

Joss Whedon

2015-05-01

125

ABC

TV Episode

Lauren LeFranc
Rafe Judkins

2015-05-05

126

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2015-07-02

127

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2015-07-07

128

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2015-07-10

129

ABC

TV Episode

Jeffrey BellJed Whedon
Maurissa Tancharoen

2015-05-12

130

ABC

TV Episode

Jeffrey BellJed Whedon
Maurissa Tancharoen

2015-05-12

131

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2015-07-13

132

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2015-07-16

133

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Corona Pilgrim

2019-02-06

134

Preludes

Comic Issue

Will Corona Pilgrim

2015-03-03

135

Phase 2

Film

Adam McKay
Edgar Wright
Joe Cornish
Paul Rudd

2015-07-17

136

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Will Corona Pilgrim

2018-06-06

137

Netflix

TV Episode

Douglas Petrie
Marco Ramirez

2016-03-18

138

Netflix

TV Episode

Douglas Petrie
Marco Ramirez

2016-03-18

139

Netflix

TV Episode

Mark Verheiden

2016-03-18

140

Netflix

TV Episode

John C. Kelley

2016-03-18

141

Netflix

TV Episode

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich

2016-03-18

142

Netflix

TV Episode

Sneha Koorse

2016-03-18

143

Netflix

TV Episode

Luke Kalteux

2016-03-18

144

Netflix

TV Episode

Whit Anderson

2016-03-18

145

Netflix

TV Episode

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Marco Ramirez

2016-03-18

146

Netflix

TV Episode

Sneha Koorse
Whit Anderson

2016-03-18

147

Netflix

TV Episode

Mark Verheiden

2016-03-18

148

Netflix

TV Episode

Douglas Petrie
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich

2016-03-18

149

Netflix

TV Episode

Douglas Petrie
Marco Ramirez

2016-03-18

150

Netflix

TV Episode

Cheo Hodari Coker

2016-09-30

Comments
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    Matt

    When will this list be updated next?

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      Jason Hamilton

      Very soon

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    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?

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      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.

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    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?

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