The Sacred MCU Timeline: Every Movie In Chronological Order

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As a sci-fi and fantasy geek who enjoys a feel-good and fun blockbuster from time to time.

The MCU timeline gets complicated quickly – especially with the Loki TV series introducing multiple timelines and Doctor Strange introducing multiverses.

So, I created a list of all the MCU movies according to the MCU timeline, so you can binge all the movies of the Infinity Saga (Phase 1-3) and the Multiverse Saga (Phase 4-6) in chronological order.

Phase 1 (2008 to 2012): The Infinity War Saga

Movie NameMCU TimeRelease Date
Captain America: The First Avenger1942-1945July 22, 2011
Captain Marvel1995March 8, 2019
Iron Man2010May 2, 2008
Iron Man 2After ‘Iron Man’May 7, 2010
The Incredible HulkRoughly the same time as ‘Iron Man 2’June 13, 2008
ThorRoughly the same time as ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’May 6, 2011
The Avengers2012May 4, 2012

Phase 2 (2013 to 2015): The Infinity War Saga

Movie NameMCU TimeRelease Date
Iron Man 3Six months after ‘The Avengers’May 3, 2013
Thor: The Dark WorldAfter ‘The Avengers’, before ‘Age of Ultron’November 8, 2013
Captain America: The Winter Soldier2014April 4, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy2014August 1, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2A few months after ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’May 5, 2017
Avengers: Age of Ultron2015May 1, 2015
Ant-Man2015July 17, 2015

Phase 3 (2016 to 2019): The Infinity War Saga

Movie NameMCU TimeRelease Date
Captain America: Civil War2016May 6, 2016
Black Widow2016, shortly after ‘Civil War’July 9, 2021
Black PantherA week after ‘Civil War’February 16, 2018
Spider-Man: HomecomingA few months after ‘Civil War’July 7, 2017
Doctor Strange2016-2017November 4, 2016
Thor: Ragnarok2017, around the same time as ‘Civil War’ and ‘Homecoming’November 3, 2017
Ant-Man and The WaspShortly before and during ‘Infinity War’July 6, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War2018April 27, 2018
Avengers: Endgame2018, then jumps to 2023April 26, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From HomeEight months after ‘Endgame’July 2, 2019

Phase 4 (2021 to 2022): The Infinity War Saga

Movie NameMCU TimeRelease Date
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsPresumably takes place after ‘Endgame’September 3, 2021
EternalsAfter ‘Endgame’November 5, 2021
Spider-Man: No Way HomeShortly after ‘Far From Home’December 17, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessAfter ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’May 6, 2022
Thor: Love and ThunderAfter ‘Endgame’ and likely after ‘Multiverse of Madness’July 8, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverAfter ‘Endgame’November 11, 2022

Phase 5 (2023 to 2026): The Multiverse Saga

Movie NameMCU TimeRelease Date
Captain America: Brave New WorldImmediately after The Falcon and The Winter Soldier TV mini-series, which was set in 2023-24July 26, 2024
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniabetween December 2025 and July 2026February 17, 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Early 2026 (after the events in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special set in December 2025)May 5, 2023
The MarvelsTBA but sometime after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 2026November 11, 2023
ThunderboltsTBADecember 20, 2024

Phase Six (2026-?):The Multiverse Saga

Movie NameMCU TimeRelease Date
BladeTBAFebruary 14, 2025
Deadpool 3TBAMay 3, 2025
Fantastic FourTBAMay 2, 2025
Avengers: The Kang DynastyTBAMay 1, 2026
Avengers: Secret WarsTBAMay 7, 2027

MCU TV Series and Shows

Then, of course, there are the MCU TV series and shows that are also part of the canon and also fits into the overall timeline.

Here’s a list of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) TV shows in chronological order.

Please note that the timeline can be subjective due to overlapping events in different series, and Marvel Studios may release new series or provide new information that could adjust this timeline.

TV Series NameMCU TimeRelease Date
Agent Carter (Seasons 1 & 2)1946-19472015-2016
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Seasons 1-7)Starts in 20132013-2020
Daredevil (Seasons 1-3)Begins in 20152015-2018
Jessica Jones (Seasons 1-3)Begins in 2015, shortly after Daredevil Season 12015-2019
Luke Cage (Seasons 1 & 2)Begins in 20162016-2018
Iron Fist (Seasons 1 & 2)Begins in 20162017-2018
The Defenders (Season 1)20162017
The Punisher (Seasons 1 & 2)Begins in 20162017-2019
WandaVisionThree weeks after the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in 20232021
The Falcon and the Winter SoldierSix months after ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in 20232021
Loki (Season 1)Starts immediately after ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in 2012 from Loki’s perspective, but spans across various times2021
What If…? (Season 1)Various alternate timelines2021
HawkeyeLate 20242021
Moon KnightUnclear, but presumed to be around 2024-20252022
Ms. MarvelLate 20242022
She-Hulk: Attorney at LawUnclear, but presumed to be around 2024-20252022

Movies and series part of Marvel and maybe connected to the MCU

Shows like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and the Netflix series (“Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” “The Defenders,” “The Punisher”) were initially promoted as part of the MCU, but their connections to the film universe have become more tenuous over time, especially with the introduction of newer Disney+ series.

There’s also the question of Deadpool (2016), Deadpool 2 (2018), and the upcoming Deadpool 3 (2024), which is produced under Disney through Marvel Studios.

If they become connected to the MCU, the two first movies must occur sometime between 2018 – 2020 (MCU time). And if Deadpool gets connected, then we might also see Wolverine get connected, which opens the door for mutants of X-men also be tied into the MCU in the future.

Then there’s the question of Morbius (2022), which shares both Spider-Man and Vulture (Michael Keaton), who have a foot in both the MCU and Sony’s depiction of Spider-Man and enemies like Venom.

Morbius seems to occur sometime after Spider-Man: Far From Home events if they’re somehow connected.

Finally there’s the question of Blade and Fantastic Four of Phase 6 – and if these will somehow tie the older movies of those franchises to the MCU similar to what we saw Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Studios trying to do with The Flash (2023).

So that’s it

I’ll keep updating this list as new Marvel films will be released. Until then, happy binging.

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    Jan Sørup is a indie filmmaker, videographer and photographer from Denmark. He owns filmdaft.com and the Danish company Apertura, which produces video content for big companies in Denmark and Scandinavia. Jan has a background in music, has drawn webcomics, and is a former lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.

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