A Marvel timeline certainly seems like a handy tool to have for anyone interested in the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe experiment. The series is deeply concerned with continuity and canon, and a timeline of events would definitely help anyone who might be wondering when certain Marvel Cinematic Universe entries take place.
Well, if you are specifically wondering what order all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies fall into in the Marvel timeline, you do not have to look any further. Disney+ has just arranged all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films available on their platform in an easy-to-understand timeline.
Here is the Marvel timeline as presented by Disney+:
As is noted in the provided image, this is not the entire catalog of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Spider-Man: Far From Home are not included since they are not available on Disney+. So, to do some additional work, let’s see exactly where those movies would fall on the Marvel timeline.
The Incredible Hulk would happen almost simultaneously with Iron Man 2, so you can watch it before or after that entry. Spider-Man: Homecoming likely takes place after the events of Black Panther, and Spider-Man: Far From Home pretty clearly takes place only a short while after the events of Avengers: Endgame. That should help tidy up the Marvel timeline.
What is really interesting about this newly accepted order is that it is being offered to subscribers on Disney+. When you look at the options to stream the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can either do so by their previously categorized “phases”, which will give you the chronological release order, or this new Marvel timeline feature. It is going to be interesting to see how fans use this new official timeline to compare and contrast events that take place across the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It’s going to be doubly interesting to see how future Marvel Cinematic Universe entries get added to this new official Marvel timeline. Will we get more projects that find unique periods within the timeline to exploit? We’ve seen that done with specific period pieces like Agent Carter and Captain Marvel. Will other Marvel Cinematic Universe entries attempt something similar? Or will the majority of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe entries only be added to the forward-moving future of the franchise?
And how nutty is this Marvel timeline going to get once we start adding kooky multiverse shenanigans into the mix? We have already seen the Marvel Cinematic Universe be willing to play with time in wacky ways after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Are we in for even more mind-bending alterations to time in the near future?
Regardless, this is a fun way for fans to approach one of their favorite movie franchises. If you have been thinking about giving the Marvel Cinematic Universe series a rewatch, maybe this new timeline order could be a fun way to switch it up. If you do end up watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies this way, tell us what you think of it!