Chris Martin from Evil Starship Factory, asked me in my review of Age of Ultron. “Do you need to see Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D to know what going on in the movies?”
To put it simply the answer is a big fat No!
After all the movie have to be done in a way that anyone that does not follow all the movies let alone the TV shows as well. Needs to be able to sit down and watch them and enjoy them without seeing everything else in the MCU. (Marvel Cinematic Universe.)
After looking online to see if there was an official one form Marvel. I could not find anything.
Marvel did produce one for Phase 1 after the Avengers came out. If you look for anything after this you just get the releases dates for Phase 3 films.
So I have decided to put together a timeline that show all the major events and how they affect each movie and the TV shows. There was no real dates stated in the Phase 1 films and the official Marvel timeline. So when I started putting this together I used Tony Stark announcing to the word “I am Iron Man” as point Zero. So everything before is marked as ___ Years BIAIM (Before I am Iron Man).
Everything after is marked as ___ Years AIAM (After I am Iron Man.)
When Guardians of the Galaxy came out we know that Peter Quill was abducted in 1988 and the main story take place 26 years later. (2014) with that I was able to determine what year events took place. This allowed me to put in the year of the event.
**Edit 26/05/15, Correction made for Iron Man 3.**
Here is the MCU timeline to date.
Eons ago – Bor, father of Odin, clashes with the Dark Elf Malekith, who seeks to destroy the universe using a weapon known as the Aether. After conquering Malekith’s forces, including enhanced warriors called the Kursed, on their home world of Svartalfheim, Bor safeguards the Aether within a stone column. (Thor: The Dark World)
(1009) 1000 years BIAIM – Jotunheim invades Midgard/ Earth (Tonsberg, Norway). Odin defeats Laufey and Jotuns and captures the Casket of Ancient Winters (Thor)
(1409) 600 years BIAIM – Odin leaves the Tesseract on Earth.
(1942) 67 years BIAIM –
Johann Schmidt invades Tonsberg, Norway and steals the Tesseract. (Captain America: The Frist Avenger.)
Steve Rodgers becomes the first and only successful Super-Solider from Project Rebirth. (Captain America: The Frist Avenger.)
(1944) 65 Years BIAIM- during a Mission Bucky Barnes is believed to be killed. He is rescued by Hydra and later the Russians (Captain America: The Frist Avenger & Captain America: The Winter Solider)
(1945) 64 years BIAIM – Captain America defeats Johann Schmidt (The red Skull) and crashes the suborbital bomber into the Artic. (Captain America: The Frist Avenger.)
(1946) 63 Years BIAIM – Season 1 of Agent Carter. (Marvel’s Agent Carter)
(1964) 45 Years BIAIM – Howard Stark works with Anton Vanko on development of the Arc Reactor (Iron Man 2)
(1976) 33 Years BIAIM – Stark Industries unveils the first Arc Reactor.
(1988) 21 Years BIAIM – Peter Quill is abducted from Earth by the Ravagers. (Guardians of the Galaxy)
(2004) 5 years BIAIM – Bruce Banner working on recreating the Super-Solider is bombarded with Gamma Radiation, changes into the Hulk and escapes.
(2009) 9 months BIAIM – Tony Stark is kidnapped by the Ten Rings, he invents a miniaturized Arc Reactor to keep Shrapnel out of his hart and the Iron Man Mark 1 armor to escape. (Iron Man)
(2009) 1 day BIAIM – Iron Man battles the Iron Monger on the Howard Stark Memorial Freeway. (Iron Man)
(2009) I am Iron Man –
Tony Stack announces to the world he is Iron Man. (Iron Man)
Nick Fury approaches Tony Stark about the Avengers Initiative. (Iron Man)
(2010) 6 months and after AIAIM –
Banner “Hulks” out at a bottling planet While chased by General Ross and Emil Blonsky in Rochina, Rio De Janerio.(The Incredible Hulk)
Tony Stack is attacked by Ivan Vanko at the Monaco Historical Grand Prix and defeats him using the Mark V Armor. (Iron Man 2)
Tony Stack Build the Mark IV Armor and Rhodey Mark II Battle Armor, after a fight between the two Rhodey delivers the Mark II Battle Armor to US Air Force. (Iron Man 2)
Thor is banished from Asgard to Midgard/Earth. (Thor)
Banner goes to Culver U (The Incredible Hulk)
Agent Coulson travels from Malibu to Roswell (Iron Man 2 / Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s)
Iron Man and War Machine save Stark Expo from Ivan Vanko (Iron Man 2)
Blonsky becomes a Super-Solider (The Incredible Hulk)
Fury meets with Tony Stark and offers him a consultant role with S.H.E.I.L.D (Iron Man 2)
Thor returns to Asgard and Battles Loki, the Bifrost is destroyed during the battle and Loki falls into void of space. (Thor)
Banner is captured by General Ross, Blonsky becomes the Abomination. Banner is airdropped into Harlem, New York to take down the Abomination. After the Battle Hulk goes back on the run and Abomination is taken into custody by General Ross. (The Incredible Hulk)
Dr Erik Selvig is hired by S.H.E.I.L.D to work with the Tesseract at Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S (Thor)
Tony Stack Visits General Ross. (The Incredible Hulk & Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant)
(2011) 1 year AIAM – Captain America is found in the artic and taken to New York to recover (Captain America: The Frist Avenger.)
(2012) 2 years AIAM –
The Events of The Avengers
Two kids have been able to get a Chitauri weapon to work and are hired by S.H.E.I.L.D (Marvel One-Shot: Item 47)
Agent Coulson has been brought back to life using Project T.A.H.I.T.I. (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)
(Christmas 2012) 2 Years and 6 Months AIAIM – The Events of Iron Man 3
(2013) 3 years AIAM – Trevor Slattery is broken out of prison by agents working for the real Mandarin who is not please with Trevor Slattery. (Marvel One-Shot: All Hail The King)
(2013) 3 Years and 6 Months AIAIM –
Events from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 episode 1 (Pilot) to 7 (The Hub)
The Events of Thor: The Dark World.
(2013-2014) Events from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 episode 8 (The Well) to 16 (End of the Beginning)
(2014) 4 Years AIAIM –
The Events of Captain America: The Winter Solider. The events shown in Marvels Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. episode 16 End of the Beginning. Happen at the same time. (Captain America: The Winter Solider and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)
The Events of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Events of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 episode 17 (Turn Turn Turn) to 22 (Beginning of the End)
(2015) 5 Years AIAIM –
Events from Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1.
Events from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2, episode 1 (Shadows) to 19 (The Dirty Half Dozen)
Events from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Events from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2, episode 20 (Scars) to 22 (S.O.S Part 2)
Events from Ant-Man
So there it is the MCU timeline to date. I could go into more details but that would take a lot longer to put together. With the exception of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk & Captain America: The Frist Avenger all films take place in the year of their release.
Daredevil has not been given a date (I sure it on one of the newspapers.) but following the films and Agent of S.H.E.I.L.D taking place in the year of release it will be the same for this.
We do know that it take place after the Battle of New York. Given the damage New York took it not hard to believe that time for building to be knocked down start of construction of new ones. Daredevil season 1 happening in 2015 would fit.