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

408

ABC

TV Episode

Brent Fletcher
Jed Whedon

2019-08-02

407

ABC

TV Episode

Lilla Zuckerman
Nora Zuckerman

2019-08-02

406

ABC

TV Episode

James C. Oliver
Sharla Oliver

2019-07-26

405

ABC

TV Episode

Drew Z. Greenberg

2019-07-19

404

ABC

TV Episode

Iden Baghdadchi

2019-07-12

403

ABC

TV Episode

Craig Titley
Jeffrey Bell

2019-07-05

402

ABC

TV Episode

Mark Leitner

2019-06-28

401

ABC

TV Episode

DJ Doyle

2019-06-21

400

ABC

TV Episode

George Kitson

2019-06-14

399

ABC

TV Episode

Lilla Zuckerman
Nora Zuckerman

2019-05-31

398

ABC

TV Episode

Brent Fletcher
Craig Titley

2019-05-24

397

ABC

TV Episode

James C. Oliver
Sharla Oliver

2019-05-17

396

ABC

TV Episode

Jed Whedon
Maurissa Tancharoen

2019-05-10

395

Phase 3

Film

Chris McKenna
Erik Sommers

2019-07-05

394

Phase 3

Film

Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

2019-05-03

393

ABC

TV Episode

Jed Whedon
Maurissa Tancharoen

2018-05-18

392

ABC

TV Episode

Craig Titley
Drew Z. Greenberg

2018-05-11

391

ABC

TV Episode

Brent Fletcher

2018-05-04

390

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Corona Pilgrim

2019-04-03

389

Phase 3

Film

Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

2018-05-04

388

Phase 3

Film

Andrew Barrer
Gabriel Ferrari and Paul Rudd

2018-07-06

387

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Will Corona Pilgrim

2018-02-28

386

Phase 3

Film

Eric Pearson

2017-11-03

385.013

Netflix

TV Episode

Lisa Randolph
Melissa Rosenberg

2019-06-14

385.012

Netflix

TV Episode

Scott Reynolds

2019-06-14

385.011

Netflix

TV Episode

Jane Espenson

2019-06-14

385.01

Netflix

TV Episode

Hilly Hicks
Jamie King
Jr.

2019-06-14

385.009

Netflix

TV Episode

Lisa Randolph

2019-06-14

385.008

Netflix

TV Episode

Scott Reynolds

2019-06-14

385.007

Netflix

TV Episode

Nancy Won

2019-06-14

385.006

Netflix

TV Episode

Jesse Harris

2019-06-14

385.005

Netflix

TV Episode

J. Holtham

2019-06-14

385.004

Netflix

TV Episode

Jamie King

2019-06-14

385.003

Netflix

TV Episode

Lisa Randolph

2019-06-14

385.002

Netflix

TV Episode

Hilly Hicks Jr.

2019-06-14

385.001

Netflix

TV Episode

Melissa Rosenberg

2019-06-14

385

ABC

TV Episode

Lila Zuckerman
Nora Zuckerman

2018-04-27

384

ABC

TV Episode

George Kitson

2018-04-20

383

ABC

TV Episode

James C. Oliver
Sharla Oliver

2018-04-13

382

ABC

TV Episode

Mark Leitner

2018-04-06

381

ABC

TV Episode

Iden Baghdadchi

2018-03-30

380

ABC

TV Episode

Matt Owens

2018-03-23

379

ABC

TV Episode

Craig Titley

2018-03-16

378

ABC

TV Episode

Jed Whedon
Jeffrey Bell
Maurissa Tancharoen

2018-03-09

377

ABC

TV Episode

Drew Z. Greenberg

2018-03-02

376

Netflix

TV Episode

Steve Lightfoot

2019-01-18

375

Netflix

TV Episode

Dario Scardapane

2019-01-18

374

Netflix

TV Episode

Laura Jean Leal

2019-01-18

373

Netflix

TV Episode

Angela LaManna
Steve Lightfoot

2019-01-18

372

Netflix

TV Episode

Ken Kristensen
Steve Lightfoot

2019-01-18

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    Matt

    When will this list be updated next?

    1. Avatar
      Jason Hamilton

      Very soon

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