Marvel Cinematic Universe: Timeline of Events (Phase 1 to 3) Laid Out
A story as intricate as the one created in the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be quite confusing for people who never read the comics. All the characters and their origins somehow mix, and they all cross paths at some point, so how are fans supposed to keep track? Well, don’t worry because we have created the perfect timeline with all the significant events included. All information was found on the Marvel Cinematic Universe Wikia.
13.8 Billion Years Ago - The Infinity Stones were created
These are six gems that control different parts of existence, and they were created by the Cosmic Entities, a group of powerful cosmic beings that most people think are a myth. The power of the stones has been changed by several groups of aliens throughout all these years. Originally, only the Celestials were able to wield, but now we know that Thanos could too with the Infinity Gauntlet.
80 Million Years Ago - Eson the Searcher annihilates a world
Eson, the Searcher was a Celestial that once controlled the Power Stone. Most of the celestials were considered megalomaniac and lacked compassion, and he decided to destroy a planet with the gem with no regard for the people. The Celestials were alien entities similar to brains, and they could create matter out of nothing and wield it to their agendas.
2.5 Million Years Ago - A Vibranium meteorite falls in Wakanda
According to legend, a meteorite fell on the country that would one day be named Wakanda. This celestial object held 10,000 tons of the most powerful metal in comic book lore, and the people soon figured out how to use it. It became the center of their society, and they made the Black Panther suits out of it. The new films say that metal absorbs kinetic energy.
10,000 Years Ago - Bashenga turns into the first Black Panther
Bashenga was the warrior-shaman of Wakanda, who discovered an herb in the earth when all the tribes were fighting for Vibranium after the meteorite hit their lands. The weed had grown in the soil fertilized by the powerful metal, and Bast told Bashenga to eat the plant so that he would get the power to stop the war. He was named king of Wakanda, and his people were the Golden Tribe.
3460 B.C. - Odin battles Surtur and wins
Surtur, the fire demon from Muspelheim, one of the Nine Realms, waits for men at the end of the world to kill them. In a flashback from Journey into Mystery #97, we see that Odin and he had a long history of hating each other, and Odin sent him inside the Earth after he had tried to destroy the world after aligning with the Trolls.
2988 B.C. - Bor of Asgard defeats Malekith
Malekith was the leader of the Dark Elves, an alien race older than the universe. They fought against Asgard with a weapon called Aether, though they were eventually defeated by King Bor. However, Malekith survived and came back during the Convergence, hoping to steal the Aether to plunge the universe into darkness, but he was finally defeated by Thor later on.
659 B.C. – Odin and Hela take over the Nine Realms
When King Bor died, Odin took over Asgard and had his first daughter, Hela. She was trained in combat from an early age. Together, they started a war against other kingdoms, hoping to take over all of the realms, and with the help of Fenris and the Berserkers, they succeeded and thus began the empire of Asgard.
639 B.C. – Odin banishes Hela
When Odin became more about peace than war, it was clear that Hela wanted more power. She even tried to take the throne, killing many Asgardians in the Palace and fought against her father. He defeated her in battle but could not destroy her, so Odin sent her to Hel, banished from Asgard to live in Hel, locked in there by his own force. He also made her disappear from their history.
950 A.D. – Hela kills all the Valkyries
Of course, Hela tried to escape her jail, so Odin sent the Valkyries to fight her. Hela saw them coming and got ready for a fight, using her Necroswords to slice them when they came close, and she was several times more powerful than the ancient female warriors. She killed all of them except Brunhilde, and Odin had to intervene, imprisoning her again until he died.
964 A.D. – Thor is born
Odin first son was born, and he was adored by his father and wife, Frigga. They later adopted Loki and grew up together as good friends, despite both being contenders for the throne. Frigga taught Loki magic, and Odin taught Thor how to fight like a true warrior. In his childhood, Thor really wanted to be a Valkyrie until he understood that it was for girls only.
965 A.D. – Odin battles the Frost Giants
The Asgardians faced the Frost Giants on Jotunheim during their war, and they won in the end after Odin made a truce with Laufey, the Frost Giant leader. Odin took the Casket of Ancient Winters and an abandoned baby, Loki (but that was kept secret until much later). The Frost Giants tried to steal the Casket back during Thor’s coronation, and Thor faced against them on Earth.
1942 – Red Skull finds out about the Tesseract
Tesseract was lost on Earth during Thor’s battles against the Frost Giants. This object contains the Space Stone, and it was found by humans and hidden in Norway. Red Skull discovered and used to fuel HYDRA’s weapons. They drop into the Atlantic, and Howard Stark collects it. Later on, it was kept by S.H.I.E.L.D. and found by Loki.
1942 – Captain America is created
Steve Rogers was born in Brooklyn, and due to several health issues, he was rejected from the army when the U.S. entered World War II. He volunteered for a Super Soldier secret government program and was enhanced. He became the war mascot Captain America and later joined real combat when he liberated Allied POWS.
1945 – S.H.I.E.L.D. is founded
S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for The Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division, and it’s a governmental military and intelligence agency focused on maintaining global security. It was founded when the Allies won over the Axis powers and HYDRA in WWII. Nick Fury and the World Security Council lead it in modern times.
1980 – Ego falls in love with Meredith Quill on Earth
Meredith and Ego became lovers. One day, he took to a forest where he had planted a seedling, which would soon spread along Earth. That same year, she gets pregnant and gives birth to Peter, but Ego was forced to leave Earth to obtain more life force. Meredith was the reason Peter Quill loved songs so much as she gave him a Walkman.
1982 – Ant-Man and the Wasp defuse a nuclear missile
Hank Pym and his wife, Janet van Dyne, were tasked to intercept a missile coming to the U.S., but they could not reach inside to disarm it. Pym decides to go subatomic but cannot due to damage on his suit. Janet decides to do it herself, succeeded in disabling the bomb but was lost in the Quantum Realm for many years.
1988 – Peter Quill gets abducted
His mother dies, but right before, she gave him a gift and a letter. His grandfather took him outside but went back to take care of the body. Peter remained outside and cried until he saw Yondu’s approach and kidnap him. Yondu raised him, disobeying Ego’s orders, and trained him to be a great thief. Peter adopted his mother’s nickname for him, Star-Lord.
1991 – The Winter Soldier Kills Howard Stark
After WWII, the U.S. hired a bunch of scientist for Operation Paperclip. Arnim Zola, a former HYDRA member, was among them, and he wanted to rebuild that terrorist group from inside S.H.I.E.L.D. The new HYDRA found out about Stark’s Super Soldier Serum in 1991, and Vasily Karpov revived the Winter Soldier to get it.
Howard and his wife, Maria were driving towards the Pentagon with a new form of the product when the Winter Soldier intercepted their car and made them crash against a tree. Stark recognized Barnes, who then punched him repeatedly until he died with his new robot arm. He placed the body in the car again and choked Maria to death.
1993 – Thanos adopts Gamora
When Gamora was a child, Thanos killed half her people, The Zehoberei. She was discovered by Thanos’ minions and taken to him. She fought, and the Mad Titan was impressed by her skill, so he took her aside and taught her about balance. Her parents were killed, and Thanos took her in, raised her, and altered her body with cybernetics so she would become a warrior.
2003 – Hulks appears for the first time
Robert Bruce Banner was a scientist interested in Biochemistry, Nuclear Physic, and Gamma Radiation. He was commissioned to make the Super Soldier Serum again by General Thaddeus Ross. Therefore, Banner was working with Gamma Radiation, and due to the exposure, he discovered that he turned into a green giant when he was upset. This form became known as the Hulk.
2009 – Iron Man’s first appearance
Anthony Edward Stark was head of Stark Industries, and he enjoyed his comfortable life until he was abducted by the Ten Rings. He later made a suit to escape, and when he returned home, he became Iron Man, a hero who would fight against terrorists and his business partner Obadiah Stane. Tony announced to the world that he was Iron Man because he liked the fame.
After battling enemies around the globe, Stark was dying from the Arc Reactor in his body, and he was facing against the terrorist Ivan Vanko. Therefore, he decided to join forces with Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D., upgraded his technology, and started dating Pepper Potts. The events of the first Avengers would mark him considerably.
2009 – T’Challa becomes Black Panther
If you remember correctly by the events of Civil War, T’Challa was already Black Panther, but his father was still the king. Typically, the King of Wakanda is the Black Panther, but it’s revealed that T’Chaka stepped down from the superhero role and passed the mantle to his son almost ten years before he died.
2010 – Thor is sent to Earth
Odin punished Thor after the attacks against the Frost Giants, deeming him a spoiled boy who was not suited to be a king. Odin takes Mjolnir from Thor and his powers. He used the Bifrost to send him to Earth for betraying Asgard and its people. The events of the first Thor movie happen with him meeting Dr. Jane Foster, Erik Selvig, and Darcy Lewis.
2012 – The Avengers are formed to stop the Chitauri
The first Avengers were gathered by S.H.I.E.L.D. when Loki came to Earth with the Chitauri to conquer everything on behalf of Thanos. They were called the Heroes of New York and were to protect the United States of America mostly, but they also collaborated around the globe. When S.H.I.E.L.D. fell, Tony remodeled the Stark tower into the Avenger Tower.
2013 – Thor battles the Dark Elves
After the events of Avengers, Thor went back to Asgard to help protect the Nine Realms during the Marauders’ War, but he had to face the Dark Elves when they wanted to turn the realms into darkness. He reunited with his girlfriend, who became a target of the Dark Elves because she housed the Aether. Thor had to free Loki to get help. They defeated the Elves and Malekith, and Thor went to Earth to be with Jane.
2013 – Iron Man defeats the Mandarin
After creating the Iron Legion, Tony was hoping to retire when the Mandarin became a threat. His loved ones were in danger due to his sense of duty, but he went on to discover that Aldrich Killian was responsible for the attacks and Trevor Slattery was acting as the Mandarin. He almost lost Pepper while battling Killian but managed to defeat him.
2014 – The Guardians of the Galaxy get together
A former group of outlaws got together after a series of events where they end up saving the planet of Xandar from the Kree warlord named Ronan. The Nova Empire recognized them. Sometime after that, they went against the Abilisk, gaining Ayesha and the Sovereign race as enemies, and they also defeated the Celestial Ego, Quill’s father.
2015 – Ultron and Vision are made
Once the Avengers dealt with HYDRA once again, they took Loki’s Scepter, containing the Mind Stone, but Tony was influenced by Wanda’s power, so he worked with Bruce Banner to design Ultron, an A.I. meant to protect the world. Things got out of hand, and they used the Mind Stone to create Vision. Many lives were lost, which influenced Tony to support the Sokovia Accords later on.
2016 – The events of Captain America: Civil War
Steve Rogers is leading the reunited Avengers once again, but during a battle, they caused too much damage in Sokovia, so they are pressured to work under the leadership of a governing party and have to sign the Sokovia accords. Stark is all for it, but Rogers does not believe in it, so they battle it out. Meanwhile, someone was trying to frame the Winter Soldier, and it was revealed that he killed Stark’s parents years ago.
2016 – Dr. Strange battles Dormammu
Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange is a prominent surgeon, who loses everything when a car accident destroyed his hands. Standard medicine could not help him, so he turned to Kamar-Taj, where he discovered magic and alternate dimensions. The doctor started training under the Ancient One while learning the mystic arts. He helped defeat Kaecilius, and his plan to bring Dormammu to Earth and Strange became the protector of the New York Sanctum.
2017 – The events of Thor: Ragnarok
Thor hoped to return peace to Asgard after discovering that Loki had usurped the throne. He went to Dr. Strange for help, but in the end, Odin dies, freeing Hela, his unknown sister. She destroyed Mjolnir and sent him to Sakaar, where he was forced into the Contest of Champions. He joined forces with the Hulk and a Valkyrie to go to Asgard, where he lost an eye fighting Hela. Loki unleashed Ragnarok, and they took the people away on a ship.
2018 – The events of Avengers: Infinity War
Finally, we reach the catastrophic story of Infinity War, where Thanos destroyed Thor’s ship, obtained the Power stone from the Tesseract, and proceeded to search for the rest in order to annihilate half of the universe. Despite our heroes’ best efforts, the Mad Titan managed his mission, killing Loki and Gamora even before snapping his fingers and turning many of them to dust. We were left with the biggest cliffhanger in cinematic history.
What did you think of our definite timeline of the MCU? Does it help you understand this massive universe better? It’s to summarize this large world, especially because the comic books differ in many ways, but we hope this list cleared many things up. If you liked this article share it with your friends while discussing all the theories regarding Avengers 4. See you next time!