– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has generally been pretty easy to follow. The first Iron Man happened in 2008, the next few films happened over the course of a week, The Avengers soon after, and while it becomes very clear what order these films happen in, a couple recent entries have muddied the water.

First off was Doctor Strange, where the duration of the film’s timeline was unclear (just how long was he training?). And then there was Spider-Man: Homecoming, which picks up immediately after Avengers before getting pushed to several years later. Some see this as proof that these films take place in the future (though that’s generally based on the assumption that The Avengers takes place in 2012, not in 2009).

So what’s the answer? Marvel will soon have an answer. Speaking with Screen Rant, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said:

“All of that debate has encouraged us. We are going to be publishing an official, and I’m not sure when, or in what format, an official timeline. It’ll probably be apart of ah, I don’t know, apart of an in print that you can fold out and look at. But suffice to say, only in limited cases do we ever actually say what the actual years are because we never want to be tied down to a particular year and I think people assume that whenever the movie is released is when is when the movie is taking place, and that is not the case.”

That’s good news and bad news. It’s good that we’ll eventually be getting an official answer, but bad in that we just don’t know when. Plus, with Marvel now churning out 3 movies a year, it won’t take long for that official slate to become obsolete.

But still, better some answer than no answer, right?

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

  • TheOct8pus

    The timeline never really bothered me…I just figured everything fits in more or less Chronologically, save for a few flashbacks and Dr. Strange… the one thing that’s bothered me since I saw Spider-Man Homecoming is: when did Tony build Spidey’s suit? Based on the 2 films with Spidey in them, the suit was built sometime between the time Tony met Peter Parker in his apartment in Civil War and the time Happy picked Peter up to bring him to Germany for the airport fight. That’s some pretty amazing manufacturing skill there!

    • Kindofabigdeal

      He simply applied a few Iron Man gadgets to a pair of spandex and voila.

      • TheOct8pus

        Seems legit

  • Dakkar

    A timeline belongs on their official site, so they can periodically update it.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    It will be when they announce the new deal between Fox and MCU. We will have the FF4 set in the 60’s. it will also include cameos references to Agent Carter and original Ant man and Wasp. They will have been covert operatives who worked under the radar to avoid widespread panic. Can you imagine if Cold War era Earth found out a giant alien wanted to eat the planet? They would fire every nuke into space. This timeline will show the time period when they operated to pave the way for Marvel Studios made FF4 movie.

  • Brian Moran

    Why do I get the feeling they’re not going to be including the TV stuff?

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.