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

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

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

1905-07-05

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

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

31

Phase 1

Film

Zak Penn

2008-06-13

32

One-Shot

Short Film

Eric Pearson

1905-07-03

33

Phase 1

Film

Justin Theroux

2010-05-07

34

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Christos N. Gage

2012-12-05

35

One-Shot

Short Film

Eric Pearson

1905-07-03

36

Phase 1

Film

Ashley Edward Miller
Don Payne
Zack Stentz

2011-05-06

37

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Christos N. Gage

2013-02-20

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

1905-07-05

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

1905-07-06

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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    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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