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

131

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2015-07-13

127

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2015-07-07

126

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2015-07-02

194

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2016-04-26

196

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2016-04-28

199

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2016-05-03

132

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2015-07-16

128

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2015-07-10

200

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2016-05-03

52

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Chris Yost

2013-07-10

53

Phase 2

Film

Christopher Markus
Christopher Yost
Stephen McFeely

2013-11-08

54

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Will Corona Pilgrim

2017-07-05

386

Phase 3

Film

Eric Pearson

2017-11-03

37

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Christos N. Gage

2013-02-20

36

Phase 1

Film

Ashley Edward Miller
Don Payne
Zack Stentz

2011-05-06

60

Preludes

Comic Issue

Peter David

2014-01-28

229

Netflix

TV Episode

Steve Lightfoot

2017-11-17

228

Netflix

TV Episode

Dario Scardapane

2017-11-17

227

Netflix

TV Episode

Felicia D. Henderson

2017-11-17

226

Netflix

TV Episode

Ken Kristensen

2017-11-17

225

Netflix

TV Episode

Angela LaManna

2017-11-17

224

Netflix

TV Episode

Felicia D. Henderson

2017-11-17

223

Netflix

TV Episode

Bruce Marshall Romans

2017-11-17

222

Netflix

TV Episode

Christine Boylan

2017-11-17

221

Netflix

TV Episode

Michael Jones-Morales

2017-11-17

220

Netflix

TV Episode

Dario Scardapane

2017-11-17

219

Netflix

TV Episode

Steve Lightfoot

2017-11-17

218

Netflix

TV Episode

Steve Lightfoot

2017-11-17

217

Netflix

TV Episode

Steve Lightfoot

2017-11-17

31

Phase 1

Film

Zak Penn

2008-06-13

32

One-Shot

Short Film

Eric Pearson

1905-07-03

124

Phase 2

Film

Joss Whedon

2015-05-01

40

Phase 1

Film

Joss Whedon

2012-05-04

30

Other

Web

Marvel Studios

2010-04-27

211

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Will Corona Pilgrim

2017-04-05

216

Phase 3

Film

Chris McKenna
Christopher Ford
Erik Sommers
John Francis Daley
Jon Watts
Jonathan Goldstein

2017-07-07

216.001

Preludes

Graphic Novel

Peter David
Will Corona Pilgrim

2019-06-04

395

Phase 3

Film

Chris McKenna
Erik Sommers

2019-07-05

279

Hulu

TV Episode

Quinton Peeples

2018-12-21

278

Hulu

TV Episode

Warren Hsu Leonard

2018-12-21

277

Hulu

TV Episode

Tracy McMillan

2018-12-21

276

Hulu

TV Episode

Ashley Wigfield

2018-12-21

275

Hulu

TV Episode

Kirk A. Moore

2018-12-21

274

Hulu

TV Episode

Kendall Rogers

2018-12-21

273

Hulu

TV Episode

Quinton Peeples

2018-12-21

272

Hulu

TV Episode

Ashley Wigfield

2018-12-21

271

Hulu

TV Episode

Jake Fogelnest

2018-12-21

270

Hulu

TV Episode

Tracy McMillan

2018-12-21

269

Hulu

TV Episode

Kirk A. Moore

2018-12-21

268

Hulu

TV Episode

Warren Hsu Leonard

2018-12-21

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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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