Every Marvel Film & TV Show in Chronological Order

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Watch The Entire Marvel Universe In Chronological Order

In the beginning, characters such as the X-men (part of the X-men film series universe), Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four and others were sold as options to various studios to produce their own corresponding films. Therefore several studios own the rights to these various characters and they all lived in their own separate film universe.

Fans demanded [dt_tooltip title=”continuity”]In fiction, the consistency of people, plot, objects, and places over a period of time.[/dt_tooltip].

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was then created as a shared universe centered mainly on the characters portrayed in The Avengers, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and upcoming Spider-Man, Black Panther and Captain Marvel films.

Then came the new wave of Marvel Web/TV series connected to the MCU. Things got confusing really fast.

For the superhero film cinephile, comic movie connoisseur and comic-book film geek there has never been an official list of how to watch every Marvel Film and TV show ever produced in the chronological order of events in which they occurred. You’ll find plenty of Avengers-only (MCU) or X-Men-only (X-men film series universe) lists with none being a complete chronology.

So after putting in a ton of research and using a little creativity, I was able to arrange every Marvel film, series and short ever produced in an order based on the time their events take place. My sources are listed at the end and any corrections/questions please leave them in the comments. Let’s jump in.

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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011 movie) takes place in the 1940s, during [dt_tooltip title=”World War II”]A global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945 involving the majority of the world’s countries. It is said to have begun on 1 September 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany.[/dt_tooltip]. ⬤ Introduction of the [dt_tooltip title=”Space Stone”]In the MCU the Space Stone is also known as the Tesseract, which allows its controller power over space such as creating portals from one part of the universe to another.[/dt_tooltip] (Tesseract). Trivia: There were two Captain America pilot episodes for an unproduced TV series in 1979.

Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter – accompanied the Iron Man 3 (2013 movie) Blu-ray release as a follow-up and spin-off to Captain America: The First Avenger. It takes place one year after the events of The First Avenger.

Marvel’s Agent Carter (2015 series) Season 1 takes place in 1946.

Marvel’s Agent Carter (2016 season) Season 2 takes place in 1947.

X-Men: First Class (2011 movie) Mostly takes place in the 1960’s around the [dt_tooltip title=”Cuban Missile Crisis”]The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 13-day confrontation (October 16–28, 1962) between the United States and the Soviet Union concerning American ballistic missile deployment in Italy and Turkey with consequent Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba[/dt_tooltip] (1962).

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014 movie) takes place mainly in 1973 (Wolverine travels back from 2023). This film reset the entire franchise as Wolverine changed the timeline. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006 movie) events were definitely erased and never happened, X2 (2003 movie) events probably occurred somewhat differently, and the first X-men (2000 movie) events probably did occur. The majority of the events from The Wolverine (2013 movie) were likely erased. The earliest parts of X-Men Origins (2009 movie) did occur but the remaining story is erased from continuity. The entire First Class (2011 movie) and Days of Future Past’s 1970s events did occur. Assume everything prior to 1973 is the same but everything after has been erased and reset. This film essentially split the X-men franchise into two timelines – one where Days of Future Past occurs in the future after The Last Stand (2006 movie) and one where it occurs after First Class. Pretty confusing eh?

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009 movie) takes place partially in the 1800s, [dt_tooltip title=”Vietnam War”]A war fought between North and South Vietnam, that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.[/dt_tooltip] 1960s, in the mid-1970s around the time Wolverine becomes part of [dt_tooltip title=”Weapon X Program”]In Marvel comic fiction, a code name for a secret US government genetic engineering project intended to deliberately trigger the manifestation of mutations in humans and superhuman abilities for military purposes.[/dt_tooltip], and also partially in the 1980s.

Hulk (2003 movie) explores the origins of Bruce Banner portraying Bruce through various actors at the ages of 2, 4, 5, 9, 16 years old and eventually an adult. There is no specific mention of dates but one can assume this film takes place in the mid-to-late 70s and moves forward into the 80s, 90s etc as Bruce gets older. It doesn’t matter much since its continuity was rebooted in 2008 to bring the Hulk franchise into the MCU.

The Incredible Hulk (1978 series) is the classic TV series starring Bill Bixby as David Banner based on the comic book version of Bruce Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk. The series ran on CBS from 1978 to 1982, therefore we can assume it takes place during that time. There were also several other [dt_tooltip title=”made-for-TV movies”]A feature-length motion picture that is produced for, and originally distributed by or to, a television network as opposed to a theatrical film made for showing in movie theaters.[/dt_tooltip] based on the series made thereafter from 1977 through 1990 made as revival attempts of the original series.

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016 movie) — In the NEW timeline created by Days of Future Past (2014 movie), this is the chronological start of the X-men as a group after the events of Days of Future Past changed the timeline. So, therefore it takes place in 1983, ten years after.

Howard the Duck (1986 movie) takes place in 1986.

The Punisher (1989 movie) takes place in 1989.

The Fantastic Four (1994 movie) an unreleased film but we can assume it takes place in 1994, you can still view it online.

Fantastic Four (2015 movie) this film serves as a [dt_tooltip title=”Continuity Reboot “]A technique used frequently in comic books, films and series to disregard all previous events in an established series in order to recreate its characters, timeline and backstory from the beginning.[/dt_tooltip] for the 2005 film. The story depicts Reed Richards and Ben Grimm as childhood friends meeting initially at the ages of 11 years old but has many contradictions in terms of its chronology. Ben is shown as a 10-year old 5th-grade student in 2007, but in 2015 his military file lists him as born in 1986. So to be accurate I placed this film in the late 90’s initially (c. 1997) moving forward into the mid to late 2000s.

Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1998 movie) — television film that takes place in 1998 and is not connected to any of the current Marvel timelines. David Hasselhoff is cast as Nick Fury.

Blade (1998 movie) takes place in 1998.

X-Men (2000 movie) takes place in 2000.

Blade II (2002 movie) takes place in 2000, two years after the events in Blade (1998 movie).

Mutant X (2001 series) Season 1 takes place in 2001.

Spider-Man (2002 movie) takes place in 2002. Trivia: There were two previous Spider-Man [dt_tooltip title=”made-for-television films”]A feature-length motion picture that is produced for, and originally distributed by or to, a television network as opposed to a theatrical film made for showing in movie theaters.[/dt_tooltip] in 1977 and 1978.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 movie) is a reboot of the 2002 film so the events take place during the same time.

Mutant X (2002 season) Season 2 takes place in 2002.

Daredevil (2003 movie) takes place in 2003.

X2: X-Men United (2003 movie) takes place in 2003.

Mutant X (2003 season) Season 3 takes place in 2003.

The Punisher (2004 movie) takes place in 2004.

Spider-Man 2 (2004 movie) takes place in 2004.

Blade Trinity (2004 movie) takes place in 2004. Interestingly enough this was Ryan Reynolds first collaboration with Marvel Entertainment prior to being cast later as Wade Wilson (Deadpool). He was also cast as Hal Jordan in the [dt_tooltip title=”DC Comics”]An American comic book publisher, often seen as the rival of Marvel Comics, responsible for some of the most recognizable super heroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash[/dt_tooltip] film Green Lantern (2011 movie). Ryan sure gets around.

Elektra (2005 movie) takes place after the events in Daredevil (2003 movie).

Man-Thing (2005 movie) — we can assume it takes place in 2005.

Fantastic Four (2005 movie) takes place in 2005. Chris Evans’ first appearance as the Marvel character Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) prior to being cast as Captain America.

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006 movie) – takes place somewhere between 2005-2006.

Blade: The Series (2006 series) takes place after the events of Blade Trinity (2004 movie). The TV series did not cast Wesley Snipes as Snipes had been unhappy with the previous Blade Trinity film. [dt_tooltip title=”Kirk Sticky Fingaz Jones”]Sticky Fingaz is a rapper, actor, film director and record producer. He is widely known as a member of the multi-platinum record selling group Onyx.[/dt_tooltip] starred in the title role. The two-hour pilot was titled Blade: House of Chthon and was also later released on DVD in unrated expanded format with harsher language and frontal nudity.

Ghost Rider (2007 movie) takes place primarily in 2007 with some events involving [dt_tooltip title=”The Devil, Mephistopheles”]Mephistopheles is the father of Blackheart who tricked Johnny Blaze into selling his soul, which turned him into Ghost Rider. [/dt_tooltip] taking place over one hundred years prior and some also taking place in 1986.

Spider-Man 3 (2007 movie) takes place in 2007.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007 movie) takes place in 2007.

Iron Man (2008 movie) definitely takes place in 2008 backed up by the fact that in Captain America: Civil War (2016 movie), Vision said Stark announced himself as Iron Man 8 yrs ago.

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Iron Man 2 (2010 movie) | Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (2011 short)| The Incredible Hulk (2008 movie) | Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant (2011 short) | Thor (2011 movie) — ALL take place at the same time over a period of 7 days. Note: The Incredible Hulk (2008 movie) is a [dt_tooltip title=”Continuity Reboot “]A technique used frequently in comic books, films and series to disregard all previous events in an established series in order to recreate its characters, timeline and backstory from the beginning.[/dt_tooltip] of the Hulk (2003 movie). Three different actors have been cast as Bruce Banner in the 2003, 2008 and The Avengers (2012 movie) films.

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Punisher: War Zone (2008 movie) takes place in 2008.

The Avengers (2012 movie) takes place in 2012. The [dt_tooltip title=”Space Stone”]In the MCU the Space Stone is also known as the Tesseract, which allows its controller power over space such as creating portals from one part of the universe to another.[/dt_tooltip] now appears in the form of the Tesseract.  The [dt_tooltip title=”Mind Stone”]In the MCU the Mind Stone allows its user the power of mind control.[/dt_tooltip] makes its debut. ***SPOILER*** The Tesseract as of the events of this film is being kept safely in Odin’s vault and the Mind Stone appeared within a powerful scepter given to Loki by Thanos was not known to be the Mind Stone to the audience at the time.

Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 (2012 short) accompanies The Avengers (2012 movie) Blu-ray release as a follow-up and spin-off to the film. Takes place right after the events in the film. This short led to ABC ordering the television series spin-off, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013 series).

Iron Man 3 (2013 movie) takes place in 2013.

Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King (2014 short) – Released with Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray as a follow-up spin-off to Iron Man 3.

The Wolverine (2013 movie) takes place in 2013, seven years after X-Men: The Last Stand (2006 movie) in the first timeline.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013 series) Season 1 (ep. 1-7)

Thor: The Dark World (2013 movie) takes place in 2013.  The [dt_tooltip title=”Reality Stone”]In the MCU the Reality Stones appears in liquid form as the Aether and presumably is used to alter the nature of reality.[/dt_tooltip] (The Aether) makes its debut in liquid form as it was revealed that originally Malekith, lord of the Dark Elves, attempted to use it to blot out all light in the universe. ***SPOILER*** It was ultimately turned over by the Asgardians to The Collector in the end credits. 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013 series) Season 1 (ep. 8-16)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014 movie) is a sequel in the The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2012 movie) reboot of the 2002 trilogy but the events take place in 2013.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014 movie) takes place in 2014, two years after the Battle of New York as depicted in The Avengers (2012 movie)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013 series) Season 1 (ep. 17-22) takes place in 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014 movie) takes place primarily in 2014.  The [dt_tooltip title=”Power Stone”]In the MCU the Power Stone grants unlimited destructive capabilities to its owner.[/dt_tooltip] (The Orb) makes its debut. ***SPOILER*** The [dt_tooltip title=”Power Stone”]In the MCU the Power Stone grants unlimited destructive capabilities to its owner.[/dt_tooltip] is procured in an ancient temple by Star Lord and plays an important role throughout the film. It is ultimately handed off to the Nova Corps by the Guardians and resides on the planet Xandar.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017 movie) takes place late 2014 to early 2015. James Gunn specifically wanted this to take place just a few months after the first Guardians, presumably to keep Baby Groot in the picture.

Marvel’s Daredevil (2015 series) Season 1 takes place in 2015.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014-2015 season) Season 2 (ep. 1-19) takes place in 2015.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015 movie) takes place in 2015.  The [dt_tooltip title=”Mind Stone”]In the MCU the Mind Stone allows its user the power of mind control.[/dt_tooltip] makes its second appearance as it fell into the hands of HYDRA to be used in the creation of a powerful sentient android, the Vision.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 (2014-2015 season) (ep. 20-22) takes place in 2015.

WHIH Newsfront Ant-Man Campaign (2015 short) Season 1 takes place in 2015.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011 film) takes place in 2015, 8 years after the events in the first film and is also known as Ghost Rider 2.

Ant-Man (2015 movie) takes place in 2015.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015-2016 season) Season 3 (ep. 1-10) takes place in 2015. The events take place 6 months after the events that concluded the second season.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones  (2015 series) Season 1 takes place in 2015.

Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 (2016 season) takes place in 2016.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015-2016 season) Season 3 (ep. 11-19) takes place in 2016, three months after the events of episode 10.

WHIH Newsfront Captain America: Civil War Campaign (2016 short) Season 2 takes place in 2016.

Deadpool (2016 movie) Takes place in 2016 based on the new timeline. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014 movie) changed the previous portrayal of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009 movie). It is possible that this film could take place sometime after X2 where Colossus was first introduced but the new timeline makes most of the X-men film series irrelevant. Wade Wilson isn’t an experiment of William Stryker in this film and is instead a mercenary who kills for money. There are also references in the film to other films such as The Avengers (2012 movie). Colossus also appears older and larger in this film than he did in X2 and the exterior scenes, cars, and backgrounds depict a modern world so one could assume the events in this film take place in 2016.

Captain America: Civil War (2016 movie) takes place in 2016.  The [dt_tooltip title=”Mind Stone”]In the MCU the Mind Stone allows its user the power of mind control.[/dt_tooltip] makes its third appearance as the stone embedded in the VIsion’s headpiece, and grants sentience to Tony Stark’s AI assistant, Jarvis.

Team Thor (2016 short) is a [dt_tooltip title=”mockumentary”]A mock documentary, usually of a serious motion picture, subject or film, that takes the form of a parody presented as a documentary recording of real life[/dt_tooltip], released with the Civil War (2016 movie) Blu-ray, of what Thor was doing during the events of ‘Civil War’. You can watch it here.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015-2016 season) Season 3 (ep. 20-22) takes place in 2016.

Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 1 (2016 series) takes place in 2016.

Most Wanted (2016 pilot) a spin-off to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and part of the MCU but not ordered to be a series. Takes place in 2016.

Doctor Strange (2016 movie) takes place in 2016. The [dt_tooltip title=”Time Stone”]In the MCU the Time Stone is embedded in a pendant known as the Eye of Agamotto and grants its user the power to control the flow of the space-time continuum[/dt_tooltip] (Eye of Agamotto) makes its debut.***SPOILER*** It was left safely guarded inside the majestic library of Kamar-Taj, the headquarters of the Masters of the Mystical Arts. Trivia: There was a pilot episode produced in 1979 for an unproduced TV series.

Team Thor 2 (2016 short) Sequel to the previous Team Thor [dt_tooltip title=”mockumentary”]A mock documentary, usually of a serious motion picture, subject or film, that takes the form of a parody presented as a documentary recording of real life[/dt_tooltip] released with the Doctor Strange Blu-ray. You can see it here.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot (2016 series) Season 1 – a spin-off of the original Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013 series)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 (2016 season) takes place in late 2016.

Marvel’s Iron Fist (2017 season) Season 1 – takes place in 2017.

Legion (2017 series) is based on the Marvel Comics character David Haller/Legion, the mutant son of Professor Charles Xavier, but interestingly enough is not part of the MCU or the X-men film series universe. The series was stated to be set in a universe parallel to the X-men films where “the US government is in the early days of being aware that something called mutants exist but the public is not.” There was talk of Legion possibly connecting to future X-men universe films. This would most likely take place in the new timeline created by Days of Future Past (2014 movie) since Xavier’s wheelchair from X-Men: Apocalypse (2016 movie) was shown in a brief flashback.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017 movie) premiered in NYC on June 28, 2017, and was released on July 7, 2017. It is interesting to note that Peter Parker is portrayed much younger than in previous films as he is still enrolled in high school. This film is part of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. Various artifacts and events are referenced from the aftermath of the The Avengers (2012 movie) which takes place in 2012 and Captain America: Civil War (2016 movie) which takes place in 2016. The majority of the film can be assumed to take place in 2017 with all previous depictions of Peter Parker rendered null and void. In the film the character Aaron Davis makes a reference to his nephew Miles Morales.

The Defenders (2017 series) is scheduled to be released August 18, 2017, is set in the MCU and interconnected with Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher series.

The Punisher (2017 series) has an unannounced release date in 2017 and is interconnected with Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders series.

Inhumans (2017 series) will premiere on [dt_tooltip title=”IMAX“]Billed as The World’s Most Immersive Movie Experience using widescreen cinematography, state-of-the-art sound and sometimes immersive 3D technology to display films[/dt_tooltip] screens September 1st, 2017 before premiering on ABC September 22nd.

Thor: The Dark World (2017 movie) will premiere in theaters on November 3rd, 2017.

The Runaways (2017 series) will premiere on HULU on November 21st, 2017.

The Gifted (2017 series) is said to be connected in some way to the X-men film series universe but is not part of the MCU.

Black Panther (2018 movie) is set to be released in the United States on February 16, 2018, in [dt_tooltip title=”IMAX”]Billed as The World’s Most Immersive Movie Experience using widescreen cinematography, state-of-the-art sound and sometimes immersive 3D technology to display films[/dt_tooltip] and takes place after the events in Captain America: Civil War (2016 movie).

Deadpool: No Good Deed (2017 movie) A short film available on both Ryan Reynolds and 20th Century Fox YouTube Channels made to debut exclusively before the U.S. and Canadian release of Logan (2017 movie). The sequence serves as a first-look at the Deadpool sequel but is not intended to be a teaser or trailer so we can reasonably assume that it takes place 1-2 years after the events of Deadpool (2016 movie).

Logan (2017 movie) Takes place primarily between 2024-2029 with parts from the past. Its events are likely based on the new timeline created by Wolverine himself in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014 movie).

Currently Unknown in the Timeline

New Mutants (2018 movie)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018 movie)

Deadpool 2 (2018 movie)

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018 movie)

Untitled Venom film (2018 movie)

Dark Phoenix (2018 movie)

Cloak & Dagger (2018 Series)

New Warriors (2018 series)

Runaways (2018 series)

Captain Marvel (2019 movie)

Untitled Avengers film (2019 movie)

Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (2019 movie)

Untitled X-Force film (TBA)

Untitled Gambit film (TBA)

Untitled Deadpool 3 film (TBA)

Untitled Laura Kinney/X-23 film (TBA)

Untitled Alpha Flight film (TBA)

Untitled Exiles film (TBA)

Hellfire Club (currently unproduced but part of the X-men film series universe)

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2 Comments Every Marvel Film & TV Show in Chronological Order

  1. Enrico Mitchell Ferrari July 8, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Interesting but… How can I watch all these series and movies? Would I have to download all from the internet? Also, is this the best order to watch the movies? No information will be lost between movies and series?

    1. Rio Rocket July 21, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      For the MCU and X-Men Universe you would have to use a combination of Cable TV, an On-Demand movie service and/or iTunes, and Netflix. If you’re an avid collector of DVD’s or Blu-ray then you would be able to see all the One Shot features as well.

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