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 a more comprehensive list, but for now, here is a list of recommended reading (in chronological order), for those who don’t have the time to read everything (probably most of you). To boost readership, Marvel would often create special “events” that usually held some lasting significance for the timeline. Those events often served as crossover opportunities for many of the characters as well. In short, it’s much easier to get a broad idea of the story by reading just the events stories.

This list omits the author and the date for each trade paperback, as each may have several authors, and the date of publication for the trade does not necessarily reflect the same publication date as the original comic issues. Furthermore, if you know of any stories that should be listed here but aren’t, make sure to let us known on our contact page. And with that out of the way, please enjoy our recommended reading of the Marvel events timeline.

Buy"}">BuyAvengers: The Contest
Buy"}">BuySecret Wars Omnibus
Buy"}">BuySecret Wars Omnibus II
Buy"}">BuyEvolutionary War
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: Inferno
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: Inferno Crossovers
Buy"}">BuyAtlantis Attacks Omnibus
Buy"}">BuyActs of Vengeance Omnibus
Buy"}">BuyActs of Vengeance Crossovers
Buy"}">BuyEssential Punisher – Vol. 4
Buy"}">BuyInfinity Gauntlet Omnibus
Buy"}">BuySilver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos
Buy"}">BuyInfinity Gauntlet Aftermath
Buy"}">BuyIncredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 7
Buy"}">BuyInfinity War
Buy"}">BuyInfinity War Aftermath
Buy"}">BuyInfinity Crusade, Vol. 1
Buy"}">BuyInfinity Crusade, Vol. 2
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: The Age of Apocalypse Omnibus
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: Age of Apocalypse Omnibus Companion
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: Age of Apocalypse Vol. 1: Alpha
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: Age of Apocalypse Vol. 2
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: Prelude to Onslaught
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic, Book 1
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic, Book 2
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic, Book 3
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic, Book 4
Buy"}">BuyHeroes Reborn: Avengers
Buy"}">BuyHeroes Reborn: Captain America
Buy"}">BuyThe Fantastic Four: Heroes Reborn
Buy"}">BuyHeroes Reborn: Fantastic Four
Buy"}">BuyHeroes Reborn: Iron Man
Buy"}">BuyHeroes Reborn: The Return
Buy"}">BuyContest Of Champions II
Buy"}">BuyAvengers / X-MEN: Maximum Security
Buy"}">BuyAvengers: Celestial Quest
Buy"}">BuyThor, Vol. 4
Buy"}">BuyThanos: Infinity Abyss
Buy"}">BuyThanos: Redemption
Buy"}">BuyAvengers Disassembled
Buy"}">BuyAvengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Buy"}">BuySpectacular Spider-Man Vol. 4: Disassembled
Buy"}">BuyFantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo Ultimate Collection, Book 4
Buy"}">BuySecret War
Buy"}">BuyThe Pulse, Vol. 2: Secret War
Buy"}">BuyHouse of M Prelude: Excalibur
Buy"}">BuyHouse of M
Buy"}">BuyHouse of M: No More Mutants
Buy"}">BuyHouse of M: Spider-Man, Fantastic Four & X-Men
Buy"}">BuyHouse of M: Wolverine, Iron Man & Hulk
Buy"}">BuyHouse of M: Avengers
Buy"}">BuyHouse of M: Civil War
Buy"}">BuyHouse of M: Masters of Evil
Buy"}">BuyDecimation: X-Men – The Day After
Buy"}">BuyDecimation: X-Men – Generation M
Buy"}">BuyDecimation: X-Men – Son of M
Buy"}">BuyThe 198
Buy"}">BuyDecimation: Sentinel Squad O.N.E
Buy"}">BuyNew Avengers Vol. 4: The Collective
Buy"}">BuyAnnihilation Classic
Buy"}">BuyThanos Vol. 5: Samaritan
Buy"}">BuyAnnihilation Omnibus
Buy"}">BuyNova Vol. 1
Buy"}">BuyCivil War
Buy"}">BuyCivil War: Avengers
Buy"}">BuyCivil War: Fantastic Four
Buy"}">BuyCivil War: Front Line
Buy"}">BuyCivil War: Spider-Man
Buy"}">BuyCivil War: The Underside
Buy"}">BuyCivil War: X-Men
Buy"}">BuyThe Death of Captain America Omnibus
Buy"}">BuyFriendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Vol. 2: Mystery Date
Buy"}">BuyCivil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man
Buy"}">BuySpider-Man: One More Day
Buy"}">BuySilent War
Buy"}">BuyHulk: Planet Hulk Prelude
Buy"}">BuyShe-Hulk Vol. 5: Planet Without A Hulk
Buy"}">BuyIncredible Hulk: Planet Hulk
Buy"}">BuyWorld War Hulk
Buy"}">BuyHeroes For Hire Vol. 3: World War Hulk
Buy"}">BuyThe Incredible Hercules
Buy"}">BuyWorld War Hulk: Front Line
Buy"}">BuyWorld War Hulk: Gamma Corps
Buy"}">BuyWorld War Hulk: X-Men
Buy"}">BuyHulk, Vol. 1: Red Hulk
Buy"}">BuyIncredible Hercules: Against the World
Buy"}">BuyWorld War Hulk: Damage Control
Buy"}">BuyWorld War Hulk – Warbound
Buy"}">BuyAnnihilation: Conquest, Book 1
Buy"}">BuyAnnihilation: Conquest, Book 2
Buy"}">BuyNova Vol. 2: Knowhere
Buy"}">BuySecret Invasion: The Infiltration
Buy"}">BuySecret Invasion
Buy"}">BuyDark Reign: Accept Change
Buy"}">BuyDark Reign: The List
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: Deadly Genesis
Buy"}">BuyUncanny X-Men Vol. 1: Rise & Fall of the Shi’ar Empire
Buy"}">BuyX-Men: Emperor Vulcan
Buy"}">BuySecret Invasion: Inhumans
Buy"}">BuyRoad to War of Kings
Buy"}">BuyWar of Kings
Buy"}">BuyRealm of Kings
Buy"}">BuySiege Prelude
Buy"}">BuyThor: Siege Aftermath
Buy"}">BuyOsborn: Evil Incarcerated
Buy"}">BuyAge of Heroes
Buy"}">BuyHeroic Age
Buy"}">BuyChaos War
Buy"}">BuyChaos War: Avengers
Buy"}">BuyChaos War: Incredible Hulks
Buy"}">BuyChaos War: X-Men
Buy"}">BuyAvengers: The Children’s Crusade
Buy"}">BuyFear Itself
Buy"}">BuySpider-Man: Spider-Island
Buy"}">BuySpider-Man: Spider Island Companion
Buy"}">BuyAvengers vs. X-Men: It’s Coming
Buy"}">BuyAvengers vs. X-Men
Buy"}">BuyAvengers vs. X-Men Companion
Buy"}">BuyAvengers vs. X-Men: Consequences
Buy"}">BuyAge of Ultron
Buy"}">BuyInfinity Companion
Buy"}">BuyOriginal Sin
Buy"}">BuyOriginal Sin Companion
Buy"}">BuyAvengers & X-Men: Axis
Buy"}">BuySecret Wars
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