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.

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ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

407

ABC

TV Episode

Lilla Zuckerman
Nora Zuckerman

2019-08-02

408

ABC

TV Episode

Brent Fletcher
Jed Whedon

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

395

Phase 3

Film

Chris McKenna
Erik Sommers

2019-07-05

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

385.001

Netflix

TV Episode

Melissa Rosenberg

2019-06-14

385.002

Netflix

TV Episode

Hilly Hicks Jr.

2019-06-14

385.003

Netflix

TV Episode

Lisa Randolph

2019-06-14

385.004

Netflix

TV Episode

Jamie King

2019-06-14

385.005

Netflix

TV Episode

J. Holtham

2019-06-14

385.006

Netflix

TV Episode

Jesse Harris

2019-06-14

385.007

Netflix

TV Episode

Nancy Won

2019-06-14

385.008

Netflix

TV Episode

Scott Reynolds

2019-06-14

385.009

Netflix

TV Episode

Lisa Randolph

2019-06-14

385.01

Netflix

TV Episode

Hilly Hicks
Jamie King
Jr.

2019-06-14

385.011

Netflix

TV Episode

Jane Espenson

2019-06-14

385.012

Netflix

TV Episode

Scott Reynolds

2019-06-14

385.013

Netflix

TV Episode

Lisa Randolph
Melissa Rosenberg

2019-06-14

400

ABC

TV Episode

George Kitson

2019-06-14

216.001

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Peter David
Will Corona Pilgrim

2019-06-04

399

ABC

TV Episode

Lilla Zuckerman
Nora Zuckerman

2019-05-31

296

Freeform

TV Episode

2019-05-30

398

ABC

TV Episode

Brent Fletcher
Craig Titley

2019-05-24

295

Freeform

TV Episode

2019-05-23

397

ABC

TV Episode

James C. Oliver
Sharla Oliver

2019-05-17

294

Freeform

TV Episode

Joy Kecken
Kate Rorick

2019-05-16

396

ABC

TV Episode

Jed Whedon
Maurissa Tancharoen

2019-05-10

293

Freeform

TV Episode

Joe Pokaski

2019-05-09

394

Phase 3

Film

Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely

2019-05-03

292

Freeform

TV Episode

Kate Rorick
Pornsak Pichetshote

2019-05-02

291

Freeform

TV Episode

Niceole R. Levy
Peter Calloway

2019-04-25

290

Freeform

TV Episode

J. Holtham
Joy Kecken

2019-04-18

289

Freeform

TV Episode

Kate Rorick
Marcus J. Guillory

2019-04-11

287

Freeform

TV Episode

Joe Pokaski

2019-04-04

288

Freeform

TV Episode

Niceole R. Levy
Peter Calloway

2019-04-04

390

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Corona Pilgrim

2019-04-03

24

Phase 3

Film

Meg LeFauve
Nicole Perlman

2019-03-08

133

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Corona Pilgrim

2019-02-06

364

Netflix

TV Episode

Steve Lightfoot

2019-01-18

365

Netflix

TV Episode

Steve Lightfoot

2019-01-18

366

Netflix

TV Episode

Ken Kristensen

2019-01-18

367

Netflix

TV Episode

Angela LaManna

2019-01-18

368

Netflix

TV Episode

Dario Scardapane

2019-01-18

369

Netflix

TV Episode

Christine Boylan

2019-01-18

370

Netflix

TV Episode

Felicia D. Henderson

2019-01-18

371

Netflix

TV Episode

Bruce Marshall Romans

2019-01-18

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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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