Marvel Comics Timelines

Welcome to the Marvel Trade Paperbacks Chronology and other various timelines related to Marvel Comics. This list compiles all of the Marvel trade paperbacks in a chronological reading order. Additionally, this page also includes fan favorites like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We hope you enjoy!


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.

Marvel Events Timeline and Recommended Reading

What’s in the Marvel Events Timeline? This Marvel events timeline and recommended reading list attempts to give you the most essential stories from the Marvel universe. Obviously, the Marvel universe has been around for a very long time. In that time, thousands of trade paperbacks have been released with these stories. We’re working on assembling…

Marvel Timelines by Category

Obviously most of the Marvel timelines are comic-book related. But there are many (most notably the MCU) that fit into various categories like Film or Television. Here are some of those timelines.

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999) – Yes, Marvel considers the MCU a part of the Marvel multiverse. It takes place on Earth – 199999. There are currently no crossovers with other universes, but who knows, that doesn’t have to remain that way. The MCU does not include X-Men, but does include Sony’s version of Spider-man with Tom Holland in the leading role.

The X-Men Cinematic Universe (Earth 10005) – Fox owns the X-Men universe, which only includes the X-Men, X-Force, and the Fantastic Four movie rights, though FF may or may not be linked to the same universe.

Marvel’s Netflix Episode Order – Part of the MCU, but a unique corner of that universe that stands on its own.

Marvel Animated Universe Timeline – An animated television universe that started with the original X-men and Spider-man cartoons, but including a few other lesser-known shows as well.


The Primary Continuity (Earth-616) – This is the primary continuity for all of the Marvel comics. Most Marvel trade paperbacks fit into this timeline. It does not include “Age of..” timelines, What If stories, or alternate earths. Some of these extra universes can be found elsewhere on this site. We’re still working on assembling all of the comics for this portion of the site, but you can see what we have here:

The Amalgam Universe (Earth 9602) – This universe is where Marvel and DC Comics collide. Therefore, they can theoretically be said to exist in the same multiverse. There are elements from both that mash up into the Amalgam Universe.


As always, if you have questions or comments about these timelines, we recommend you visit our contact page.

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