We’ve seen the films, we know they share the same universe but how does the Marvel Cinematic Universe all fit? Well, wonder no longer!!
Is there a reason no one informed me about this. I mean. I’ve seen the timeline graphic
but oh my god
oh my god guys
this is fantastic
ANSWERING QUESTIONS I NEEDED ANSWERING
This thing is GOLD! I just spent way too much time checking it out from start to finish!
This has several inaccuracies. Steve Rogers wasn’t found and defrosted one WEEK before The Avengers, come on. There was no date during the last Captain America scenes taking place at Times Square, nor anything to indicate what time of year it was when he was actually found and defrosted. He was, however, unconscious for long enough that Coulson had time to visit him and “watch him while he was sleeping,” not to mention - there was time to design and create a whole new costume for him.
The movies leading up to The Avengers have a jumbled timeline, with several of them happening at once or otherwise overlapping (Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor - this is supported by the tie-in comic, Fury’s Big Week, as well as events in the actual movies), but starting with The Avengers, the MCU happens more or less parallel with real time.
According to this timeline, The Avengers takes place in May 2011, while Iron Man 3 doesn’t take place until December 2013. There was not two and a half years between the events of The Avengers and Iron Man 3. The Avengers happening in the spring of 2012, and Iron Man 3 happening at Christmas 2012 is a lot more likely.
Agents of SHIELD is also happening in more or less real time, [x] and by the time of the Pilot, Extremis is already known - plus, they have episodes that tie into MCU movies.
The idea of Iron Man 3 being placed at Christmas 2013 stems from one single thing: The newspaper Harley holds up when he tells Tony he’s thought to be dead. It’s dated December 2013 - but isn’t there maybe, maybe just a teeny tiny chance that’s a goof from whoever made the prop???
It’s been reported multiple times that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set two years after The Avengers. [x] [x] I think it makes a lot more sense, and circumstantial evidence supports this, that after The Avengers, the movies moved into a real time timeline:
- The Avengers takes place spring 2012.
- Iron Man 3 takes place Christmas 2012.
- Tony narrates the events of Iron Man 3 to Bruce spring 2013 (when Iron Man 3 opened).
- Coulson assembles his team in the Agents of SHIELD Pilot, early fall 2013.
- Thor returns and fights Malekith, fall 2013 (which then sees the Agents of SHIELD team being deployed for cleanup, also fall 2013).
- Captain America 2 takes place spring 2014 - two years after The Avengers.