There have been a lot of questions lately regarding the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. While Phase 2 largely saw events happening in sequential order, it sounds like more recent offerings are starting to happen around different points in the overall story. Doctor Strange is still a huge question mark in terms of when it takes place, and over the course of how long of a period, Spider-Man: Homecoming supposedly happens a few months after Captain America: Civil War, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes place relatively soon after the first film (in other words, a couple years in the past).
Gone are the days where we can just assume that each film happens in sequential order. Given the scope of the universe as a whole, and the stories that are being told about each individual character, it seems highly likely that each film will be set in a time more fitting for its own story than how it fits into the timeline. In short, get used to these films having scrambled timelines, because it’ll likely be the way of the future.
Previously, Gunn confirmed that Avengers: Infinity War would take place four years after Guardians 2, and with that in mind, it’s likely that Guardians 3 will take place 1-2 years after Avengers 4. Of course, for all we know, the story could take place directly after Avengers 4, so even saying that is jumping the gun a bit.
But no matter how you look at it, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be taking place closer to real time than the more recent offering. While we’d love to speculate what this could mean going forward for the characters going forward, the fact is there are just too many damn movies between now and then. Including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we have at least three films that will feature our heroes, and that leaves plenty of room for growth, betrayal, and everything in between.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters this Friday!
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SOURCE: James Gunn (via Twitter)