Updated: A Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

Update: We now have a completely revamped timeline to include Iron Man 1 & 2, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers. Click here for Timeline 2.0.

Update: We’ve now added Thor into the timeline.

We’ve known for some time that Marvel Studios’ films are all set in an interconnected universe. Much bandwidth has been burned discussing the puzzle pieces, both obvious and hidden, that help to make up the bigger picture. But no one, up until now, has pieced those pieces together in quite this way. After spending hours and hours of watching and rewatching Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Incredible Hulk, here is the result – a possible chronology for all the events mentioned and depicted in three films and providing a possible framework for how they overlap.

While many historical dates have been derived from various documents and newspapers glimpsed in the films, the dates for the modern section all spread outward from the May 1-2, 2010 running of the Historic Grand Prix Of Monaco and are extrapolated from internal evidence and dialogue. For further information on canonicity of sources and a key to sources used see the notes at the end. Where exact dating for sequences have proven to be impossible, I’ve gone with my best guess.

The Time Line

965 AD – The frost giants of Jotunheim attempt to conquer Midgard/Earth. Their invasion point in Norway becomes the site of an epic battle as Asgard’s ruler Odin leads an army to repeal the invasion and protect the planet. Odin and his force push the frost giants back to Jotunheim where the AllFather discovers an abandoned frost giant infant whom he adopts, names Loki and raises as his own alongside his own son Thor. A truce is negotiated between Odin and the frost giant king Laufey.

1939 – 1945 – World War Two

Young, budding industrialist Howard Stark launches Stark Industries producing planes for war effort following attack on Pearl Harbor. His innovations later earn him a spot working on the Manhattan Project. (IMN, IM2) Stark was also involved with Super Soldier Program. Was his working on Manhattan Project a cover story for his work on Super Soldier Program? (IM, IM2P, CAP)

Dr. Abraham Erskine, working under the code name of “Dr. Reinstein” develops Super Soldier Serum as part of the Weapons Plus program. (IH 0:44:33. Although the Super Soldier Serum seen in Incredible Hulk is credited to a Dr. Reinstein, Stanley Tucci has been cast as Erskine in Captain America. The codename retcon is a solution similar to one found in the comics to reconcile two different names that have been given to the Super Soldier Serum developer over the decades.)

Steve Rogers is recruited into the Weapons Plus program. Injected with the Super Soldier Serum, he becomes Captain America and helps fight the Nazis alongside members of the Howling Commandos.

At some point Howard Stark helps to found SHIELD. (IM2) Would this have stemmed from his work on Manhattan Project/ Super Soldier program? Is SHIELD an outgrowth of Super Soldier Program or a separate entity?

1954 – Stark World Exposition

1963 – Anton Vanko defects to the US and begins work with Howard Stark in developing ARC Reactor technology.

1964 – Stark Expo held in conjunction with the World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, Queens, NY

1967 – Stark has Anton Vanko deported as a spy. Vanko returns to Soviet Union but is sent to exile in Siberia for two decades. Presumably he is able to return to Moscow following Premier Gorbachev’s call for democratization in January 1987.


December 18 – Bruce Banner born  (IH 0:02:02)


May 10 – Tony Stark born (The Iron Man novelization states that Tony Stark was born in 1973, but in order for young Tony to be the age we briefly see him in Iron Man 2 and to still not be old enough to assume of Stark Industries when Howard Stark dies in 1991, I have moved his birth year to here.)

1974 – Last Stark Expo until 2010. Howard Stark hides secret to perfecting ARC reactor in layout of the Expo for Tony to find.  (IM2)

1975 – Tony Stark Builds his first circuit board.

1977 – Tony Stark builds his first engine.

1988 – Tony Stark graduates MIT at age 17 at top of class (IM)

1988 – 1991 -Bruce Banner meets Betty Ross while undergrads at Harvard. They begin dating and at one point volunteer for an experiment involving hallucinogenics.


December 16 – Howard and Maria Stark die in car accident on Long Island. (IM)

Speculation – Was Howard Stark’s death orchestrated/ordered by Obadiah Stane in order to gain control of Stark Industries?

1992 – Tony Stark inherits Stark Industries becoming, at age 21, the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. (IM) In addition to the company’s numerous military contracts, Stark Industries also does pioneering work in medical technology and in combating world hunger with their Intelli-Crops program. In the process he becomes somewhat of a media celebrity.

2002 – 2006 – In the wake of 9/11 attacks (Speculation), General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross convinces military to revive the BioForce Enhancement Project, aka the “Super Soldier” program, as a subprogram of the Infantry Weapons Development Program. (IH 0:32:15, 0:32:36)

Dr. Bruce Banner joins the group at Culver University in Willowdale, VA in southwestern Virginia working on way to strengthen cellular resistance to radiation, possibly at insistence of girlfriend Dr. Elizabeth “Betty” Ross, daughter of General Ross.

Ross lies to the scientists on the project, informing them that their work will help protect soldiers from depleted uranium. (IHD)


Unspecified Thursday in January – Under the threat of funding cuts, Banner volunteers to test process on himself resulting in the accident that turns him into Hulk. (IH, 0:02:04, partially obscured Washington Times newspaper dateline reading “Friday  (Obstructed) 2006”; see also below February 7)

Gamma pulse combined with serum that Betty was developing triggers mutation. Later, gamma pulses somehow stored in Banner’s brain’s amigdala and released during high stress moments will trigger mutation.

Betty is injured and hospitalized. Ross admits to Banner that project is being developed as weapon, not just defense. Banner goes on the run. In the wake of the accident, the military closes the entire lab building for a year and shuts down the entire Bio Tech Force Enhancement project. General Ross secretly holds onto some material, Dr. Betty Ross also secretly holds onto project data, remaining at Culver University as a professor of cellular biology. Betty also ceases speaking with her father (IH 0:44:00), angry at his treatment of Banner.

February 7 – Banner tries to contact Betty one last time, but the email is intercepted by the military. She never receives it. (IH 0:02:41)

At some point during his run from the military, Banner travels through the Dakotas (IH 0:02:06), possibly on his way towards the arctic.

May 27-28 – Banner spotted via satellite recon photo in Canada (IH 0:02:10) and Hulk sighted by locals who mistake him for a “green Sasquatch.” (IH 0:02:27)

The military looses Banner, who eventually arrives in the Arctic Circle to commit suicide in a place where his body would not be found. The attempt fails and Banner/Hulk dislodges frozen body of Steve Rogers/Captain America in suspended animation (IHD)

October 21 – Last sighting of Banner for at least five months (IH 0:02:54, I’m placing Banner’s suicide attempt before this date, or even possibly at this date, as I’m sure that the Hulk’s rampage in the Arctic would have been detected by satellite.)

2007 – 2010

At some point, the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistic Division (SHIELD) is brought in to help Ross and his task force recover Banner. Ross requisitions some high tech weaponry he knows will be required to bring Banner/Hulk down. (IH 0:02:35) Stark Industries sells them Jeep-mounted sonic cannons. (IH 0:02:36) (Is the sonic cannon an off-shoot of the same technology behind the sonic weapon used by Stane to paralyze his Ten Rings collaborators?)

Banner wanders the world avoiding population centers, eventually heading to South America.


May – Following the successful demonstration of the new Jericho missile weapons system outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, the military convoy escorting Stark is attacked by the Ten Rings terrorist group under the leadership of Raza, who were working at least in part on the part of Obadiah Stane. Stark is wounded by Stark Industries-manufactured weapons and is captured.

During his three months of capture, Stark is forced to build version of Jericho for the Ten Rings terrorist group. He instead builds an armored, exo-skeleton battle suit (Iron Man armor, MK I) and uses it to escape. Following his being found by the US military, Stark is taken to Germany where he is checked out by Army doctors and then subjected to debriefings from the CIA, NSA and others.

Late August – Upon his return to the US, Stark buys cheeseburgers and then pulls Stark International out of the weapons business, terminating all contracts with the military. SI stock prices tumble nearly 60 percent. Hammer Industries maneuvers itself to pick up many new contracts.

September – Stark continues to develop a more refined version of the armor he used to escape from the Ten Rings. Stane uses Stark’s change of heart concerning what business he is in as leverage for a takeover attempt. Besides boardroom maneuvering, Stane develops his own high tech battle armor using the remains of the MK I armor recovered by his Ten Rings confederates.

October 21 – Stark tests his Mk III armor by driving Raza’s Ten Rings group out of the Afghan village of Gulmira.

October 23 – Under Stark’s direction, Pepper Potts uncovers proof of Stane’s collaboration with the Ten Rings. Stane and Stark eventually come to blows in their respective armors. Stane is killed. The conflict is seen by the public and the press name the mysterious hero “Iron Man.”

At a press conference the day following his showdown with Stane, Stark rejects SHIELD’s constructed alibi for the events of the previous evening and admits to the world that he is Iron Man. That evening, SHIELD director Nick Fury approaches Stark about a project called the “Avengers Initiative.” Stark declines, Fury calls in Black Widow (IM, IMC2).

Anton Vanko dies in poverty in Moscow. His son Ivan vows revenge on Stark. He begins building his own portable ARC reactor to power an energized whip/body harness.

October 24 – Unspecified Hulk incident. (See April 1, 2010) Soon after, Banner heads into the Rio De Janeiro favela known as Rocinha, to find a way to clandestinely contact Dr. Samuel Sterns, professor in Cellular Biology Department at NYC’s Grayburn College (IH 1:09:11) on the Upper East Side, for help in developing a cure. They communicate using codenames of “Mr. Blue” and “Mr. Green.” Sterns is noted for his work with trimethadiones, used in the treatment of epileptic conditions. (IHD)

Acting on a suggestion from Mr. Blue/Sterns, Banner starts to research Amazonia Tracheophytes (plants that have lignified tissues for conducting water, minerals, and photosynthetic products through the plant) for a lead on a cure. – (IH 0:02:16, IHD )

Banner also studies calming techniques at a nearby temple, gets a job at a soda bottling plant as a handyman and begins teaching himself Portuguese.

December 16– Iron Man named Time magazine’s Person Of The Year, narrowly beating out Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve. (IM2, In real life, Bernanke was named PotY in Time’s December 16th issue.)


As Tony Stark continues to operate as Iron Man, he manages to bring about a period of relative peace and is credited by some press as having stabilized East-West relations. Stark realizes that the Paladium core of Stark’s ARC reactor is slowly poisoning him. He begins searching for a cure but keeps his condition a secret.  (IM2)

April 1 – 158 Days since last “incident” – Banner has accident that leaves drop of blood in soda.  (IH 0:32:12) Also, he  sends sample of blood to Sterns who will conduct further experiments with it outside of the analysis that Banner needs.

April 25 – Stark Expo 2010 opens with plans to run for one year. (IM2, “Six Months Later”)

April 26 – Stark appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Weaponized Suit Defense Program Hearings chaired by Pennsylvania Senator Stern. Stern pushes Stark to turn the Iron Man suit and technology over to the military but Stark refuses. Stern calls Justin Hammer, CEO of Hammer Industries and Lt. Rhodes to testify against Stark. Stark testifies that although other countries, including North Korea and Iran are working to replicate the technology, they are years away from being able to do so. He also reveals that Hammer Industries have also had their share of lack-of-success, leading to the cancellation of Hammer Industries’ contacts with the Department of Defense. (IM2)

April 27 – Stark appoints Potts Chairman and CEO of Stark Industries. (IM2 0:20:44, Stark Expo website displaying “362 Days Left” to attend Expo) An agent of the Ten Rings supplies Vanko assistance in infiltrating the Monaco Grand Prix.

April 29 – Stark signs paperwork to transfer power to Potts, meets “Natalie Rushman” unaware that she is SHIELD agent Natasha Romanoff. Stark hires her as his new personal assistant.

May 2 – Stark arrives at the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco and in a moment of spontaneity quips “What’s the point of having a car if you don’t drive it,” and replaces Team Stark’s regular driver DiFilipo in Race G. Ivan Vanko attacks Stark along the section of the Circuit de Monaco between turns 16 and 17 along the harbor. Switching into a portable, lightweight Iron Man armor (Mark V), Stark defeats Vanko.

Later that evening, Stark visits Vanko in prison before flying back to US with Potts.

Meanwhile, General Ross’s task force raids Rochina favela is search of Banner under the field command of Emil Blonski. Banner transforms into Hulk, defeats the raiding party and escapes. (IH 0:29:02 Days with out incidence counter moves from 190 days backwards.)

May 3 – Senator Stern appears on several news channels to spin support for the military seizing the Iron Man armor technology.

May 4 –Banner wakes up in Guatemala. Over the next 17 days, he will make his way through Chiapas, Mexico to Willowdale, VA and Culver University to see if any data still remains from his original experiment.

May 5 – Hammer orchestrates Vanko’s escape from prison to have him work on Hammer Industries own weapons suit program.

May 6 – Media speculation continues about Stark’s fitness to continue as Iron Man. Rhodes tries to convince Stark to hand over the Iron Man technology to the US military, but Stark continues to refuse.

May 7 – Hammer and Vanko arrive at the Hammer Industries facility in Queens, NY. Vanko begins revamping Hammer’s own battle suit prototypes into unmanned, remote-controlled drones.

May 10 – Tony Stark’s Birthday. Depressed over his inability to solve his palladium poisoning dilemma, he gets drunk which leads to a confrontation with Rhodes, who dons the Mark II Iron Man armor. The ensuing fight wrecks a portion of Stark’s Malibu home. Rhodes leaves with the Mk II suit. (IM2N pg 136 places the night of Stark’s party three days after Vanko’s arrival at Hammer’s Queens facility.)

May 11 – Rhodes delivers the Mk II suit to the military at Andrews Air Force Base. Stark goes for donuts and has a conversation with SHIELD director Nick Fury. Fury mentions a situation in the southwest but confines Stark to house arrest.

At Hammer Industries, Vanko continues revamping the battle suits in to unmanned, remote-controlled drones.

May 13 – The Mk II suit is turned over to Justin Hammer for weapons upgrading on the order of General Meade, though not before Rhodes secretly removes the suit’s ARC reactor.

May 14 – Evening. Physicist Jane Foster, working in the small town of Punete Antiguo, New Mexico, detects a possible Einstein-Rosen Bridge (wormhole) in the nearby desert. Racing to the site with her mentor Dr. Selvig and her assistant Darcy, they discover Thor, having been stripped of his powers and cast out of Asgard by his father Odin for nearly provoking a war with the frost giants of Jotunheim. Thor is tasered by Darcy and taken to a local hospital.

May 15 – Tony visits Potts at Stark Industries, makes intuitive breakthrough on how to fix his palladium/ARC reactor problem through the creation of a new element theorized by his father and hidden in the layout of Stark Expo. Stark builds a small cyclotron to create the element.

A Punete Antiguo, New Mexico local discovers Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, in a crater about 50 miles east of town. Unable to lift it, he calls several other people to give it a try.

The arrival of the Mjolnir is also noticed by SHIELD. Nick Fury reassigns Agent Coulson from his detail with Tony Stark to investigate. Coulson leaves that afternoon from California for New Mexico.

May 16 – Hammer’s Stark Expo presentation is hijacked by Vanko, who uses drones to attack crowd and Stark. After receiving a call from Vanko, Stark skips over tests on new ARC reactor element in order to race across country and stop Vanko. Stark/Iron Man defeat Vanko’s drones with help from Rhodes in modified Mk II armor, SHIELD Agent Romanoff and Stark’s driver Happy Hogan. Vanko apparently killed in explosion that destroys the Oracle Pavilion. Hammer is arrested for his part in engineering Vanko’s escape.

Coulson arrives in New Mexico and discovers the site of Thor’s fallen hammer, Mjolnir. SHIELD quickly quarantines the area and erects a portable laboratory over the site to study the hammer. Agent Clint Barton is one of the agents assigned to the operation.

May 17 – Jane helps Thor escape from the hospital where he is being held. That evening they head towards the site of the SHIELD installation erected around Mjolnir. Thor is captured trying to sneak in.

May 18 – Loki appears before Thor being held at the SHIELD installation and lies to him that Odin is dead. In the evening, Dr. Selvig goes to the installation and manages to get Coulson to release Thor into his custody. Later in the evening, Thor explains the concept of the Nine Worlds to Jane.

May 19 –The Warriors Three and Sif head to Midgard to find Thor. Loki sends the Destroyer after them. Thor and his fellow Asgardians fight the Destroyer. During the battle, Thor proves himself worthy of his godly heritage and his powers are restored, allowing him to turn back the Destroyer. Thor, Sif and the Warriors Three head back to Asgard where Thor reveals Loki’s plan to seize the throne of Asgard. Unfortunately, in the ensuing battle between the two, Thor is forced to destroy the Bifrost to prevent Loki from destroying Jotunheim and committing genocide against the frost giants. This action strands him in Asgard, unable to return to Midgard/Earth.

Banner arrives at Culver University and spies Betty. He goes to old friend and pizzeria owner Stanley to hide out. He offers him the Pizza Shop’s upstairs spare bedroom. (IH 0:34:25)

May 20 –Banner poses as a pizza delivery man to get access to Culver University’s computer labs and research database. He decides to leave that evening but as he prepares to leave Stanley’s he is accidentally seen by Betty. She has him stay the night at the home she shares with new lover Dr. Leonard Sampson. Sampson informs the military of Banner’s whereabouts. Meanwhile, Blonski receives an unauthorized “low dose” injection of Super Soldier Serum from General Ross.

May 21 – At Culver University, Betty walks Banner to bus station in the early morning. As they are crossing the campus, they are attacked by the military and Betty becomes aware of the true extent of Banner’s condition. Blonski seems to adapt well to Super Soldier upgrade, but still gets beaten by transformed Banner, getting nearly every bone in his body pulverized. Banner/Hulk escapes the military with an unconscious Betty to a cave deep in the Smokey Mountains.

News of the battle can not be contained and quickly spreads across cable news channels and the internet. Culver U. journalism student and campus newspaper reporter Jack McGee, who witnessed and captured the fight on cell phone video, names the transformed Banner “the Hulk” in an interview with WHIH news. His remarks will be played repeatedly over the next several days. (IH 1:04:42, IM2 1:53:10)

Meanwhile, Stark has a debrief with SHIELD Director Fury. Stark is offered an advisory position with the Avengers Initiative.

SHIELD continues to monitor the Hulk incident, the situation that Agent Coulson is investigating in New Mexico as well as several other hot spots in Europe, Africa (Wakanda?) and the Atlantic Ocean.

May 22 – Banner and Betty hide out in a small town motel, as news of the previous day’s battle continues to spread. Within 36 to 40 hours of his injuries, Blonski has recovered. (IH 1:07:30)

May 23-25 – Ross has meeting with taskforce staff. (IH 1:08:51, Ross states that Banner has been on the run “for five years” but I’m assuming that Ross is rounding up.)

SHIELD helps with search by adding the recently discovered “Mr. Blue” and “Mr. Green” code names to their email searches and quickly detect communication between Banner and Sterns.

Banner continues to rest and recoup. He and Betty plan their trip to New York and Sterns. Betty pawns her mother’s necklace to finance purchase of beat-up pickup truck. They drive to NYC.

May 26 – A Wednesday. Banner and Betty arrive in NYC, bypassing roadblocks at the Holland Tunnel by bribing a boat owner to take them across the Hudson River, leaving them in lower Manhattan. They head uptown to meet with Sterns.

Sterns and Banner try an experimental process to cure him, though it only succeeds in reversing the transformation, not ridding Banner of it completely.  Supposition – Does this give Banner more of a control over Hulk? (This is based on the fact that this is the first time that Hulk speaks and the more disciplined way he fights. Also, Banner’s seeming control of transformation on July 8.)

The military captures Banner, but Blonsky forces Sterns to inject him with blood products Sterns had developed from Banner’s blood sample. Blonsky is driven insane and mutates into the Abomination. Sterns is infected with Banner’s blood through an open wound, possibly gaining his own mutation.

Banner convinces Ross to let him try and stop Blonsky. The two fight in Harlem, with the Hulk finally defeating Blonski before being allowed by Ross to flee.

Following the NYC Hulk incident, Tony Stark arrives in NYC with a quickly designed containment system to hold Blonski (IHN) and approaches Ross about “putting a team together.”

May 28 – Impressed with his work on Einstein-Rosen bridges and other cutting edge theoretical physics, Nick Fury approaches Dr. Selvig to join SHIELD in an advisory capacity to study a powerful cube-like object in their possession. Fury is unaware that Selvig is under the control of Loki. (This is a rather arbitrary date. I’m allowing a few days for Fury to hear about Selvig’s work with Jane Foster and for him to be verted for a security clearance.)

July 8 – Banner has settled in a cabin deep in the woods of Bella Coola, British Columbia. He apparently is gaining control over the Hulk.




IM – IRON MAN movie
IMD – IRON MAN deleted scene
IMN – IRON MAN novelization by Peter David
IMC1 – IRON MAN comic adaptation issue 1
IMC2 – IRON MAN comic adaptation issue 2

IM2 – IRON MAN 2 movie
IM2N – IRON MAN 2 novelization
IM2P- promotional/viral
IM2F- IRON MAN 2 filmmaker comment

IHD – INCREDIBLE HULK deleted/extended scene
IHN – INCREDIBLE HULK novelization by Peter David

A Note On The Canonicity of Sources: As this is a chronology of the united Marvel Movie universe*, the films themselves are the final authority as to what is “official” in this unofficial timeline. Of secondary authority are comments from the filmmakers clarifying things presented in the films. Finally, other sources such as deleted scenes, novelizations, viral promotions and comic adaptations are considered tertiary and can be revised or completely discarded if later contradicted by a primary or secondary source. Example – While the events of the deleted opening sequence of INCREDIBLE HULK are currently included in the timeline, events in either the upcoming CAPTAIN AMERICA and/or AVENGERS films may call for some revision.

* This is only for the properties that Marvel Studios owns film rights to and intend on including in their shared universe. Unfortunately, this means no X-Men, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Blade, Punisher or Howard The Duck.

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83 Comments on Updated: A Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

  1. Awesome work… someone needs to make a website specifically for this and allow people to submit updates.

    As suggested Thor info needs including but also there are some other small updates like info from the Thunberbolt Files on the TIH Blu-Ray which gives info on the satalite readings from the Artic Suicide attempt

    and that the SHIELD group grew out of the Stretigic Scientific Reserve (the WW2 supersoldier program)


  2. Coty – As you can see, we’ve updated the timeline to reflect the events of THOR. We were just waiting to see it!

    Paully – Thanks for the kind words. I’m holding off on more CAPTAIN AMERICA-related material until later this summer after the movie comes out. Hopefully, the IH Blu-ray stuff will line up with the film, but if not, the movie will take precedence.

    Frank – Damn! Thanks for catching that. Consider it fixed.

  3. This is great– thank you for compiling it! One possible correction; I think Tony Stark was back to the States in IM in late April– the date on the screen during the Mad Money broadcast just before Tony called Pepper down to help swap out the Arc Reactor is May 4th. I would think that would have been a live broadcast.

  4. Actually, ignore the above and chalk it up as a continuity error since I think it also says 2008 in that shot there. :)

  5. Kim – No problem. The on-screen date that you point out is something I debated over for a while before throwing it out. Using it would have either necessitated a much longer gap between Stark’s return from captivity by the Ten Rings and his final showdown with Stane or put IM2 (“Six Months later”) in 2009 and the real world running of the Historic Grand Prix only happens every other year in years ending in an even number, and I thought that the car race date was the safest point from which to build the rest of the timeline.

    As of now, I’m thinking that this timeline will only be viable until THE AVENGERS movie. The next movie after that is IRON MAN 3 in 2013 and unless they purposely set it in 2011 or have a “Three years later” type title card at the beginning of the film, I’m guessing we’re going to have to start looking at the movie continuity the same way we look at comics continuity. After all, Peter Parker isn’t depicted as actually graduating college in the 1970s and is now in his 50s is he? ;)

    Thanks for reading.

  6. You have Rhodes listed as a lieutenant under April 26. If memory serves, he was a lieutenant colonel in Iron Man 2.

  7. Hulk does speak before Sterns’ experiment, in the bottling plant in Rio he says to Blonski’s team “Leave me alone.”

    Also, a better sentence structure for the Maj 2009 entry would be “who were working at least in part on the behalf of Obadiah Stane” rather than repeating “part” twice in the same sentence block. ;)

  8. Rich Drees – I kinda hope they stay away from the comics trend to drag out the timeline.. id love to see this grow and evolve into its own thing rather than becoming stale and static… plus if this goes for a couple of decades then these actor are gonna look old no matter how much they try and say they are not.

    Im hoping there will be some kind of compromise instead where new actor get taken on but a reason is given for there regeneration (think Doctor Who) for Thor, Captain America, Hulk its easy enough.. throw in an extremist storyline and there’s Iron Man sorted.

    Anyway here to them keeping with your timeline atleast until the end of Avengers 3!!

  9. Fascinating article. I’ve been obsessing over the MCU timeline myself, and to see it laid out so well is fantastic.

    If you update with some Thor screencaps, and then when Cap comes out, it’ll probably become my new favourite webpage.

    Again, congratulations!

  10. Nice work!

    Would like to see more info from Thor concerning his timeline on Asgard. Especially in regard to Loki having killed Laufrey and (potentially) taking ove the lands of Jotenheim.

    I think these facts will play a major role in The Avengers.

  11. I would like to point out that the video game Thor: God of Thunder is a prequel of sorts to Thor (In the sense that it takes place before the film sometime); Captain America: Super Soldier will be a game set during the events of the film; There are several tie-in comics to Captain America: The First Avenger coming out. One is already released called “First Vengeance”; The comics Fury Files: The Incredible Hulk#’s 1 & 2, Iron Man: Fast Friends#’s 1 & 2, Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas#’s 1-4, Iron Man 2: Public Identity#’s 1-3, Iron Man 2: Agents of SHIELD#’s 1-3, and the video game Iron Man 2 are all set on events either prior or after the events of the films their continuity is set in.
    Just to let the guy who made this know that… There’s more to the continuity than what the films have given us so far…

  12. I’m thinking the events of May 16th with Iron Man may have happened a few days later. It’s obvious that Coulson leaves his detail of Stark and heads out to New Mexico. There is a point in the movie where Stark and Fury are talking and says he has a bigger problem in the southwest (Thor). Coulson leaves and does his business with Thor and then returns to Stark. In Iron Man 2 after Stark rediscovers the new element Coulson comes back in and says he heard Stark broke the perimeter. Stark asks where Coulson has been and he says he was doing some stuff (Thor). In context with Thor I would put when Couslon shows up at Starks lab in IM2 to be around May 20th.

  13. Great stuff! Have been wondering about some of this recently, and you lay it all out very well.

    Just a quick correction: you have the small NM town in which “Thor” takes place spelled “Punete Antiguo” both times, above. It should be “Puente Antiguo”: “Ancient Bridge”. (The film writers having a bit of fun with us, or an intentional clue as to why, when Bifrost connects with Midgard, it connects in that particular place?)

  14. Been thinking about Thor a little more. Would seem that 14th May 2010 would be a particularly busy day for him!

    That would be the day of his interupted coronation with the frost giant break-in (morning). Then his decision to go to Jotunheim with his friends (Dusk). And then eventual banishment (Night).

    Busy, busy!

  15. @Jarhead

    As far as i know video games are not in-canon to the movieverse.. they are set in similar timelines but are not part of the universe.

    And only a most of the comic titles are strictly stated as being part of the continuity of the films Captain America “First Vengeance”, Fury Files: The Incredible Hulk#’s 1 & 2, Iron Man: Fast Friends#’s 1 & 2,, Iron Man 2: Public Identity#’s 1-3, Iron Man 2: Agents of SHIELD#’s 1-3… However, the incomplete Viva Las Vegas isnt.

  16. I was just wondering if the ‘unspecified hulk incident’ that takes place on October 24th 2009 could be a reference to the comic Fury Files: The Incredible Hulk’s #1 & 2?

  17. Also I have noticed that Fury mentions in IM2 in the ‘Donuts House’ scene that he has “Bigger problems than you (Tony Stark) in the South West region.”

    But at that point, according this timeline, neither Thor nor Mjolnir have been cast down to Midgard.

    Is there a way to explain this (as in Selvig is giving Fury info prior to Thors banishment)? Or do some dates need a rejig?

  18. Hopefully, we’ll have a revamped timeline which will include CAPTAIN AMERICA and a couple of rethinks of what’s above by the end of the weekend.

  19. There’s an error in this timeline. Banner becomes Hulk at least in 2004.

    At 2:51 (using the digital copy on my computer) you can see Banner on a security camera. The date in the camera is 4/18/04.

  20. @ Robert

    Can’t find that one when scrolling through. I did, however, find in that montage at the beginning of TIH info relating to a sighting of Banner in the artic circle on the 27/03/2007 and then a month later in April in Rome, Italy.

    That would tie in with the ‘last sighting was five months ago’ statement from Oct 2006.

  21. @ Orphix

    The shot is actually a still frame (though it looks like video camera footage). It looks like a photo negative. It appears ~2:52 into the film, immediately after the screenplay credit for Zak Penn)

    Also, another issue for the timeline (though not the fault of the creators). The newspaper in the beginning of Iron Man says that Stark’s father died in 1991, however, the picture of him and Obadiah that immediately follows has a logo for 1997. In my opinion, the best course of action would be to ignore both dates (since they contradict their own continuity) and make Tony Stark as old as Robert Downey Jr for the time being.

  22. @ Robert

    Ah yes – spotted that frame! Because only Banner appears in that shot you could argue that Hulk doesn’t neccessarily exist yet – but you’re right, it makes no real logical sense to have that shot.

    Never noticed the 1997 logo in IM1 either. Will have to check that out too.

  23. This needs to be renamed. You missed all of the other Marvel movies, good and bad in present day. Including X-Men, F4, etc. “An Marvel Cinematic Universe Avenger Member Timeline”…. which is also good for SEO.

  24. Isn’t Thor in Monaco during the race getting his mugshot taken as stark walks down the corridor to meet venko? Thought that would be in the timeline.

  25. Dbo Says:
    August 1st, 2011 at 12:59 pm e
    This needs to be renamed. You missed all of the other Marvel movies, good and bad in present day. Including X-Men, F4, etc. “An Marvel Cinematic Universe Avenger Member Timeline”…. which is also good for SEO.

    The only films that hold to the same continuity are the Avengers films. The X-Men films, the Fantastic Four films, and the Spider-Man films are done by other studios, not Marvel studios. Not to speak for Rich, but that is why they weren’t included in this timeline.

  26. One (The studio perhaps) should make a re-cut of all films set in the MCU using this timeline and make it into a one long-a** film or multi-episode mini series! Better way of understanding it chronologically HAHA.

  27. Great job! I had no idea these stories were that tightly wrapped together. That Thor actually ends before Hulk and Abomination have their final smashy blam in NYC.

    Can’t wait for you to incorporate Captain America (which is excellent) in. And I hope we get to read lots and lots of more timeline with tons of characters for years to come, yo! (Been on Breaking Bad spree, sorry.)

    Oh if only Fox and Sony would wise up and let Spidey and the mutants come in and play.

  28. Correction – The fight of Iron Man and Stane was on the night of October 24th. Sttark said to Agent Coulson to schedule a meeting on the 24th and the press conference the next day. That’s why he was there when Pepper discovered Stane’s plans.

  29. @Orphix

    I think what Nick Fury means by “I have problems in the southwest regions” is Bruce Banner. Because at that point in the timeline, Bruce Banner was running around Rio and then turning into the Hulk for the first time in 100 something days.

  30. Damn! I wish the movies were released in chronological order because this is confusing, the only exception should be “Captain America” because the ending takes place after the “Incredible Hulk” movie. (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The First Avenger, The Avengers)

  31. This is great! When are you giving us the Captain America stuff in the timeline! Also, there is a scene on thor dvd where agent coulson explains the tony stark general ross meeting, definitely factor that into it!

  32. My only concern, other than Cap (as other people have stated) is the beginning of Thor, starting from where his coronation ceremony gets interrupted and ending with the battle with the Frost Giants and Thor getting exiled. When is that supposed to take place? Obviously before Jane hits him with the van, but when does it happen on relation to the events of Iron Man 2

  33. How do you establish the date of Tony’s birth as being May 10th? The entry that refers to the novelization only clarifies the year issue.

    I’ve always thought that since the movie is most likely set in 2010 (its release year) and the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix was held on May 16, that Tony’s birthday party was held the next day:

    Rhodey reminds Tony that “..you said no one would have suits like these for twenty years.. Someone had one yesterday.” This puts the party (later that evening) at May 17th.

  34. Just a little thing you could add: when the hulk escape with betty and they hid in a cave during a thunderstorm, you can clearly see a human shape falling from the sky on the right hand corner, during a lightning. I guess this would be Thor being banished from asgard.

  35. @ Sage.

    The GP that Tony Stark attends is the Historic GP of Monaco – which is held two weeks before the Formula One GP in Monaco.

    In 2010 it took place on the 1st and 2nd of May. It is also held every other year. The years 2008 and 2012 the Historic GP takes place much further in the month so can be ruled out once you check out the scene with Tony Stark looking at press cuttings on his monitor on the Vanko family.

    If you look at the top right hand corner you get a date which is the 6th May 2010.

    So this makes the GP date fit in with 2nd of May and the birthday party on the 10th. They’re fairly solid dates to go with.

    I always took the comment “Yesterday” by Rhodey as a term of speach as opposed to being completely factual.

  36. @Sthenurus

    If you line up the timelines of the two films you can see that Thor has been banish a couple of days prior to that event in the mountains.

    Also Thor is banished to New Mexico – whereas Hulk and Betty are hunkered down in the smokey mountains. Thats quite a distance away.

    All I will say though is that the storm that takes place and forces Betty and Banner to seek refuge in the mountains is described by news anchors as arriving unexpectedly and being surprisingly fierce. Maybe film makers will make a link somehow with Asgard it they felt it necessary.

  37. What a fantastic timeline. In addition to putting Cap in, might I suggest also adding the “Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant” short, and the events of the following comics:

    I Am Iron Man, Iron Man: Security Measures, Iron Man 2: Public Identity, Iron Man 2: Agents of SHIELD and Captain America: First Vengeance.

    All of those are being collected by Marvel into a trade paperback to be released sometime soon called “Road to The Avengers” so I’d assume each of them is viewed by Marvel to be canon.

    Just some suggestions.

  38. Please add that howard stark’s studying of a cosmic cube bit lef him to the discovery of the element he hid in the small-scale model. He probably never succeeded in recreating this element and thus left it to his son Tony, confident he would be able to create it with modern resources. Previously mentioned bit’s location is unknown, which is interesting enough.
    Captain america’s shield’s is made of vibranium. The biggest marvel Universe (not MCU) reserve of vibranium is in Wakanda. This gives further proof of a link with Black panther (hurray!). The black panther will probably be part of the team (maybe in the stinger after The Avengers and/or in the second avengers movie).

  39. Please add that howard stark’s studying of a cosmic cube bit lef him to the discovery of the element he hid in the small-scale model. He probably never succeeded in recreating this element and thus left it to his son Tony, confident he would be able to create it with modern resources. Previously mentioned bit’s location is unknown, which is interesting enough.
    Captain america’s shield’s is made of vibranium. The biggest marvel Universe (not MCU) reserve of vibranium is in Wakanda. This gives further proof of a link with Black panther (hurray!). The black panther being part of the team (probably in the stinger after The Avengers and/or in the avengers 2)

  40. @gabarise

    He will not add the Black Panther to it. Because:

    A. He doesn’t even have a movie
    and B. He is not part of the MCU

    but if he will have a movie it will probably be part of another MCU after Avengers

    and that MCU will not have Iron Man in it.

  41. I think the events of May 17 are supposed to be on May 15 with the Local finding the hammer in between Thor getting out of the hospital and Thor breaking in SHIELD

  42. @ Anton

    Who knows? They COULD make a trip to Wakanda during The Avengers and meet with the Black Panther or even have a cameo or a mention or something of him. We’ll have to wait and see. Also, all of the movies made by Marvel Studios are going to be part of the same universe. This includes Doctor Strange, Nick Fury, Ant-Man and I’m sure others.

  43. Also, Dr. Strange is referenced in ‘Thor’ as ‘The Eye of Agamotto’ (a very powerful magical amulet used by Dr. Strange), can be seen in Odin’s treasure room.
    Black Panther- Some suggest there is a reference to the location of Black Panther’s African nation of Wakanda near the end of ‘Iron Man 2’ on the TV Monitors… It is stated in Captain America that his shield is made of Vibranium – a rare metal only found in Wakanda…
    There are also Iron Fist, Luke Cage (which may end up as a T.V. series instead of a movie..), Guardians of the Galaxy and a possibilty of an Inhumans movie that will be a part of the same universe.

  44. @Bruce

    I know, I am very optimistic about a Black Panther movie and a Doctor Strange (non-animated) movie, just saying. The announced Universe now is Iron Man 1 and 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. But not very enthusiastic about an Ant-Man movie

  45. First off, brilliant timeline.

    Did anyone else notice that the end credits of Thor appear to be the “Foster Bridge” connecting Earth to Asgard?

  46. Please add the captain america stuff, the iron man /road to avengers comics, and the marvel one shots!

    Only question I have… why is the cosmic cube in Norwa? I know Asgard warriors fought a battle in Norway but why would the cube be hanging out there.

  47. Just another post of props for this brilliant timeline. Can’t wait to have the Captain America stuff added in, even though it will mostly just sit in front of everything else.

    Is it possible that someone will cut together all of these movies, deleted scenes, and shorts (i.e., The Consultant, and …On the Way to Thor’s Hammer) chronologically, referencing this timeline as a guide? I know it might not flow that well and there would probably be jarring music cue discrepancies, but I would still love to see that at some point. I hope someone takes a stab at it!

  48. I’ve done it. It is quite the project I will say. Granted I haven’t been able to get a hold of the deleted scenes/shorts to incorporate into it as well, so it’s missing some stuff. The file is well over 100gb long.

  49. @ mattn: Wow! You mean you’ve actually compiled all the movies into one? Awesome. How long is it total? Does it play well in terms of story flow? Are you going to add in the short films? (The deleted scenes aren’t particularly relevant to my knowledge) Is there any possible way I could obtain the file? I do find it odd that it’s over 100gb considering I have full seasons of tv on my hard drive and they’re usually around 5gb. Still, interesting project.

  50. I completed an HD (720p) version too in October that only incorporates the films, short films, and the Avengers trailers. I call it The Ultimate Avengers (Pre-Assembled Edition), as the Avengers is not out yet. I had to take some liberties with the edit to make it flow (also Captain America: The First Avenger is not fully updated on this timeline yet), but let me tell you that mine does flow, perfectly. I got mine down to 19.29 GB and it is exactly 9h27m07s. I am a professional television editor, so I am apprehensive to putting this up online. Any ideas on how to safely upload this much copyrighted material without getting in trouble and losing my job?

  51. Thanks for making this awesome timeline, it clarifies some confusion. If someone does make a single chronological cut film, contact:

  52. I’m pretty sure that the “event in the Southwest” that Fury mentions was the events in the Thor movie. Also, Agent Coulson is away long enough for Tony to escape his house arrest and synthesize the new element for the arc reactor. When Coulson gets back, he states, “I was doing some stuff,” or something along those lines. I’m 99% sure he is referring to his activities during “Thor”. All of that, as well as the events in Captain America, should be worked in. (:

  53. Being a Norse man i would tell you Thor was about 5000 years old in 965 and so the scenes of Loki and Thor as children predate the Battle of the Ice Giants. it was Thor fighting the Ice Giants and missing a Hammer toss that created the Mountains of Norway….

  54. Awesome (and damn accurate) timeline!
    I was just wondering if it’ll be updated at some time with the following:

    -Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant (Thor BD Extra — has info on Stark’s encounter with Gen. Ross)

    Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer (Cap BD extra — has an easter egg that references Roxxon and ties into Coulson’s journey towards New Mexico)

    -Captain America: The First Avenger (lost of info in this movie that wasn’t mentioned in the time line)

    Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week (so far… fills the gap between Cap: TFA and The Avengers and references how they find Cap in the ice and thaws him out — I’m betting this comic book mini series will have many other references that should be included in this awesome time line)

    Marvel’s The Avengers (the movie hasn’t been released yet, but I just wanted to know if it’ll be added to the time line at one point)

  55. 1. This list is awesome!! As a Marvel fanatic, this is a great tool to have.

    2. Can you please add Captain America: The First Avenger, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer, and The Consultant?

  56. @pooisfuntoeat: Just checked back in here. Your chronological cut of the movie sounds awesome. Any chance you’ve figured out a way to make it un-officially available? I would love to see it…feel free to contact me at firewhale (at) hotmail (dot) com. No problem if you’re apprehensive about the legal issues…totally understand. I’m thinking I’m probably just going to have to suck it up and take a stab at this myself, since sharing any such project has a lot of logistical hurdles involved.

  57. ere is my planned viewing order for the lead up to Marvel’s Avengers For the most part it reflects chronological events in the series leading up to Avengers.

    1. Captain America: The First Avenger (Introduces Cap, Dr. Erskine, Nick Fury, Howard Stark, The Cosmic Cube, References Odin, Stark Expo, No mention of The Avengers)

    2. Iron Man (Introduces Tony Stark, Agent Coulson, SHIELD, features a cameo by Nick Fury, Hints at Avengers)

    3. The Incredible Hulk (Introduces Bruce Banner/Hulk, References Stark Equipment, Super Soldier Serum, Dr. Erskine, Tony Stark Recruitment Cameo, Hints at Avengers)

    4. Iron Man 2 (Introduces Black Widow, Features Nick Fury, Howard Stark, Agent Coulson, SHIELD, References Cap Shield, Mjilnor, Stark Expo, several Avengers References including the rejection of Tony Stark from Avengers, keeping the balance of his interest in recruitment from Incredible Hulk cameo)

    5. Thor (Introduces Thor, Hawkeye, Odin, Loki, Dr. Selvig, Features Agent Coulson, Nick Fury, Cosmic Cube, References Infinity Gauntlet)

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  59. I too have been working on an MCU timeline for the past few years. There are some things I have figured out that make my timeline work somewhat different from yours. I’ve found things that lead me to believe that TIH takes place in 2008, but IM is in 2010, IM2 & Thor in 2011, which puts The Avengers in 2012. Which would push the TIH scene with Stark a full three years after the end of that movie in order to make it match up with the end of IM2 and the timing of The Consultant. New info keeps changing my timleine around constantly. I used to insist that TIH, IM2, & Thor all took place simultaneously. It’s a lot of fun to try to figure out but it crosses my eyes at the same time. heh

  60. Incredibly detailed, virtually flawless, given the facts. Saw The Avengers last nite and it too, was virtually flawless, & I owe Joss Whedon a coke. Now here’s a more simple question: What order would you watch all 6 movies?
    Obviously, they were released as such:
    The Incredible Hulk
    Ironman 2
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    The Avengers

    It’s pretty solid in that order, don’t think it needs to be changed.
    BUT- you could do it as such:
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    Ironman 2
    The Incredible Hulk
    The Avengers

    Given your radicle and precise timeline, Captain America would be the logical choice to start with. (spoiler alert) It ends with him meeting Nick Fury, roughly 70 years laterand no other characters are shown (Tony, Banner & Thor) in order to establish timeline connection.
    Ironman commences and (spoiler alert) Tony meets Nick Fury post credits in regards to The Avengers Initiative. Now, I originally wanted to make just one change (putting Captain America first and letting the rest play out from the original release timeline) but I would have to say that Ironman 2 is next. While Incredible Hulk plays out roughly alongside Ironman/Ironman 2, (spoiler alert) Stark becomes the consultant to S.H.I.E.L.D at the end of Ironman 2, leads into Incredible Hulk, (spoiler alert) and reveals Tony at the conclusion to be that consultant to General Ross about “the group being put together” After Incredible Hulk, Thor is next, alluding to (spoiler alert) the scenes in Ironman 2 with Coulsen investigating Thor’s hammer in New Mexico, etc. Post credits scenes in Thor reveal (spoiler alert) the Joss Whedon directed scenes of Dr. Selvig and Nick Fury, Loki, and the Tesseract (cosmic cube), leading you back to (spoiler alert) the start with Captain America, Red Skull, featuring the Tesseract, and forwards, to Loki, the Tesseract, and ultimately, The Avengers.

  61. This is awesome but why no Spidey or X-Men timeline additions? With the Origins and First Class movies it would be fun/frustrating to see how they fit.

    • The reason why those films aren’t included is because they don’t (as of yet) share the same continuity as these films. There is no cross-pollination between those films and the ones listed here. Until someone shows that the X-Men, FF or Spider-Man films fit in to the same world as the Avengers films, they won’t be included.

  62. This I don’t get in Avengers movie:
    The Tesseract or the cosmic cube has been the source of power of the jotuns or the frost giants until Asgard defeated Jotunheim, the tesseract now is in the safekeeping of the Asgardians. But how come in the Captain America: The First Avenger movie, Hydra has taken hold of the Tesseract taken from some Scandinavian folks? Which was the reason why Loki went to Earth at present day in the Avengers movie.

    Cpt.America movie – the cube was in the possession of Red Skull which was in the late 1940’s during the WWII
    Thor movie – the cube was in Asgard (present day, relative to Iron Man 2)
    Avengers movie – the cube was found by Howard Stark and as a continuation of Cpt.America, the tesseract is in the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D

    If there’s something wrong and you know the answer please comment, because the movie timeline seem to be misleading.

    I don’t get it, If you think I’ve missed something please enlighten me for this keeps me awake at night.

    NOTE: You might say that there would be different rates of time in each realm of the cosmos, But no, in the Thor movie both events from Asgard an Earth are happening simultaneously and so does the events that occurred in Iron Man 2.

  63. Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely useful info especially the last part I care for such info much. I was looking for this specific info for a long time. Thanks and best of luck.

  64. Someone should Fan Edit the timeline into a single narrative. All movies combined. Especially cool would be to see the events occurring starting April 1, 2010. Three films with events occurring concurrently in April – May. (TIH, IM2, Thor).

    I’d love to see a Fan Edit edition of those 3 films. That would be sweet.

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