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S.S Avengers Timeline
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Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22, 2011) The first Captain America release serves as one big flashback scene, so arguably it could be first, or it could slide in before The Avengers. This is all a matter of preference since the final scene shows Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) awakening from his 70-year slumber.
Iron Man (May 2, 2008) The origin story of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) was the world’s first introduction to the MCU and, thanks to the film’s now iconic post credits sequence, we also got to meet Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, who tells Stark that he has just become part of a bigger universe.
Iron Man 2 (May 7, 2010) The Marvel saga continues as Tony Stark clashes with Sam Rockwell’s rival tech mogul, Justin Hammer, and Mickey Rourke’s Russian villain, Whiplash. Also introduced is Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and a recast War Machine with Don Cheadle stepping into the role originated by Terrence Howard.
The Incredible Hulk (June 13, 2008) Edward Norton played Bruce Banner and his jolly green alter ego in Louis Leterrier’s MCU-set Hulk reboot. Some of the film’s action overlaps with the timing in Iron Man 2 and Thor, but the stories are entirely separate. There is, however, the first Marvel One-Shot, The Consultant, which takes place before The Incredible Hulk‘s final scene and explains why Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) decides to send Tony Stark to deal with William Hurt’s General Ross.
Thor (May 6, 2011) Although Thor may be the next film, the Marvel One-Shot A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer happens just before, bridging the gap between Coulson’s departure from Malibu in Iron Man 2 and his arrival in New Mexico in Thor.
The Avengers (May 4, 2012) Nick Fury brings the gang together in a quest to fight evil, but it’s just the beginning. The Hulk is recast with Mark Ruffalo, who continues for subsequent films. The Avengers marks the end of the first phase of the Marvel Universe. Although it isn’t revealed until later, The Avengers introduces a second Infinity Stone with Loki’s staff containing the Mind stone. He uses its power to brainwash characters like Hawkeye.
Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013) Phase Two of the MCU begins with Shane Black’s Iron Man adventure. Set at Christmas time, I ron Man 3 happens in the wake of The Avengers‘ “Battle of New York” and deals with Tony Stark’s post traumatic stress issues as he faces off against the international terrorist, The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley).
Thor: The Dark World (November 8, 2013) The Dark World introduces a third Infinity Stone with the Aether. Christopher Eccleston’s Dark Elf Malekith seeks to use its power to bring darkness by reshaping reality itself. Naturally, he’s defeated by Thor, but the story ends with Loki having secretly stolen Asgard’s throne.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014) Captain America and Black Widow find themselves on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D. itself when the organization gets taken over by the villainous HYDRA. There’s also the matter of the mysterious Winter Soldier, revealed to be Cap’s brainwashed best friend, Bucky (Sebastian Stan).
Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1, 2014) The cosmic side of the MCU expanded with James Gunn’s assembly of intergalactic misfits. It also i ntroduced a fourth Infinity Stone, the Power gem.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017) Though released three years after the first film, this sequel takes place just six months after the original film concludes, so pairing t hem together not only gives viewers a complete picture of the Guardians of the Galaxy but also sets up their appearance in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015) Age of Ultron continues the Avengers movies timeline with the full introduction of Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany’s Vision. Aaron Taylor Johnson’s Quicksilver, however, doesn’t make it out of the film alive.
Ant-Man (July 29, 2015) Ant-Man concluded the “Phase Two” wave in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the introduction of Paul Rudd’s size-shifting superhero. There’s not a whole lot to ground Ant-Man to a specific date, but the story seems to fall somewhere between Age of Ultron and Civil War.
Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016) 2016’s epic superhero showdown proves exactly how big the MCU can get. The “Phase Three” launcher introduces both Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7, 2017) Though released over a year after Civil War, the film overlaps with the Phase Three opener by showing Peter's time in Germany during the film as he waited for his call from Iron Man. After that, it's a hard crash back to reality for the webslinger as he's back in New York and in high school.
Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016) Benedict Cumberbatch’s master of the mystic arts made his debut in 2016's Doctor Strange. It’s unclear exactly how much time Strange’s early life, multiple surgeries, and subsequent training at Kamar-Taj take
hor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017) The latest entry in the MCU brings back the likes of Thor, Hulk, Loki, and introduces new characters like Hela and Valkyrie.
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