|For the timeline where Peggy Carter took the Super Soldier Serum, see 2011|
This is a timeline of events that occurred in 2011.
- British television series Downton Abbey begins to air in the United States of America, becoming one of Happy Hogan's favorite shows.
- Demetri Patseras and his wife Fiona are clients of Peter Lyonne's, and close friends of Lyonne and his wife, Kith. However, Kith notices bruising on Fiona's shoulders, and Kith helps Fiona leave her husband. Demetri blames Kith for the breakup. Peter and Kith's teenage son Laurent is aware something happened between his parents and the Patserases, but is not sure what.
- Skirmish at the Pakistani Border: After managing to refrain from having an incident during his 8½ months of travel from British Columbia, Bruce Banner crosses the Pakistani border into India. He is attacked by local bandits and turns into the Hulk.
- Learning that the defeat of Loki could potentially put the Nine Realms in peril, Thor warns Hogun that his people in Vanaheim are in danger of attack from Marauders.
- In New Mexico, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents help with Jane Foster's research to find Thor.
- They discover a possible chance at accessing the same wormhole Thor used to travel to Earth, but, when Foster informs Erik Selvig of this breakthrough, he warns her that it might be a bad idea.
- Around midnight, Foster, Darcy Lewis, and a few S.H.I.E.L.D. agents try to open the wormhole. At first the portal stabilizes, but it eventually fails. Foster is undeterred by this failure, and vows not to give up looking for Thor.
- Game of Thrones airs its first episode, including Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, as well as the characters of Robb Stark and Tyrion Lannister. The show would go on to include Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth.
- Lance Hunter participates in an operation in Sierra Leone.
- Kim Hwang is taken by the Church of Gibborim's runaway project and given help, but also considered by Leslie Dean as a candidate for the next Rite of Blood sacrifice.
- Thaddeus Ross suffers a heart attack and undergoes 13 hours of surgery and a triple bypass to save his life.
- The New York Bulletin presents a philanthropy award to Rand Enterprises for "dedication and contributions to others".
- WHiH World News posts late at night on Google+ saying "Catch our exclusive interview with Tony Stark and his thoughts after revealing his "true" identity to the public, tonight at 10."
- An interview with Tony Stark on revealing himself as Iron Man is broadcasted on WHiH World News.
- Pepper Potts gives an interview on Stark Tower.
- Tony Stark gives James Rhodes a new version of the War Machine armor.
- A peaceful march of protest against the police in Tottenham turns into a series of riots that spread across London and many other cities in England.
- Tony Stark and Pepper Potts have a romantic dinner in Tony Stark's Mansion where she gives him a set of magnets that can keep magnetic power permanently and were made in Japan.
- Stark investigates the magnets that Potts gave him last night in order to improve it in his new armor.
- In the Arctic, a Russian oil team discovers the crashed Valkyrie. Eighteen hours later, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are dispatched to the area, and exploring the wreckage they find the body of Steve Rogers, who is still alive and cryogenically preserved in the ice.
- Steve Jobs dies of pancreatic cancer.
- S.H.I.E.L.D. continues their analysis of Ivan Vanko's "Whiplash" technology, Samuel Sterns' mutation, and Jane Foster's Nine Realms theory. Scavenged parts from the Destroyer are used to craft a hand-held weapon.
- Hawkeye is sent to join Erik Selvig at S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility to assist with his research of the Tesseract.
- Steve Rogers' body is thawed out of the ice, and he is taken to New York City. Phil Coulson watches as Rogers is thawed.
- Rogers wakes up, he listens to the radio in his room, hearing a baseball game from 1941. Rogers remembers this game, and realizes that something is wrong. Running through the wall, Rogers tries to run away from S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters building. Rogers finds himself in Times Square, taken aback by what he sees.
- Nick Fury arrives and breaks the news to Rogers: that he has been asleep for almost 70 years. Concerned, Fury asks Rogers if he will be okay, to which Rogers replies that he had a date.
- Billy Russo, egged on by his friend Frank Castle, participates in a game of "down the line" with army comrades, attempting to get to the end of a line of them while being punched and kicked. He is kicked down by the end. Castle then goes and takes a beating, eventually ending up in the mud with his friend. The two get up and Russo tells him he loves him, before jokingly punching him himself.
- Escape from Sokovian Prison:
- After 22 months in Sokovian prison, Mary Walker has a third alter personality of hers, which she had not been aware of, triggered. The third alter is vicious, ruthless, and bloody, tearing through her captors and escaping, leaving a bloodbath in her wake.
- Mary Walker is found, with her Mary personality back at the fore, as United States Armed Forces close in on her location after hearing reports of the carnage. She is clueless as to how she escaped, not retaining the memories of her other alters, and assumes her Walker alter got her out. However, Walker would go on to assume that, since she, too, was not involved in their escape, Mary must have convinced someone to get them out.
- Rite of Blood: PRIDE has a meeting, performing their tenth Rite of Blood ritual, where they sacrifice 20-year-old runaway Kim Hwang to revitalize Jonah.
- The Punisher: 1.10: Virtue of the Vicious
- Iron Man 3
- In Ant-Man and the Wasp, several moments are shown from Ava Starr's past at S.H.I.E.L.D.. Hannah John-Kamen was 28.05 at the middle of filming and should not be playing Starr at an age any younger than ⅔ of her actual age, so 18.70, meaning, based on Starr's approximated date of birth (see 1980s references), that the scenes should be after April 26, 2007. One moment appears to say "01-8 Thu", suggesting it is Thursday, January 8, 2009. Evenly distributing between these two dates, the first set of scenes should be approximately September 29, 2007, March 4, 2008, and August 7, 2008, before then January 8, 2009. Then after that, the remaining scenes are between then and the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. on January 12, 2014 (see 2014 references). Evenly distributing again, the remaining scenes should be January 9, 2010, January 11, 2011, January 12, 2012, and January 12, 2013.
- Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Sometimes the Marvel Cinematic Universe alludes to events which happened in our world, and it is assumed they happened on the same dates in the universe, for timeline purposes.
- Luke Cage: 1.01: Moment of Truth
- Jessica Jones: 3.10: AKA Hero Pants
- Jessica Jones: 3.09: AKA I Did Something Today
- In AKA I Did Something Today, Laurent Lyonne says he "was maybe 15" when his parents fell out with Demetri Patseras. Based on Michael Hsu Rosen's age at the time of filming Jessica Jones: Season 3, working back from the setting of the season, Laurent Lyonne would have been born around 1992. However, his parents only got together in 1993 (see 1990s references), married December 1994 (see 1990s references), and in AKA I Have No Spleen, when asked, "How long have you and Peter been married?", Kith says, "A year after you dumped me [...] turned into 23 years and a family," implying their family only began after the marriage. So, it can be taken that Laurent was not born until September 1995 at the earliest. Given he would otherwise be born around 1992, the closest possible date of September 1995 may be used as an estimate. Therefore, Laurent was 15 from around September 2010-September 2011, meaning the middle of his time aged 15, as an approximation for when this occurred, would be March 2011.
- The Art of the Avengers timeline
- In The Avengers, on May 2, 2012, Natasha says, "You've been more than a year without an incident." This fits with Bruce's British Columbia incident being July 2010, and then "more than a year" back from May 2, 2012 would imply around 13½ months, roughly March 18, 2011.
- The Avengers: The Avengers Initiative
- The Avengers
- In Gunner, Frank Castle, Sr. says his son was "barely 8 years old" when he returned from one his tours. Frank, Sr. is approximated to have done a military tour October 2006-January 2008 and another September 2013-April 2015. Frank Castle, Jr.'s approximate age would put him turning 8 somewhere between these tours, so we must approximate another another tour in between. The midpoint between is November 2010, and this tour is said to have been cut short, so likely 14 months or so instead of the usual 15 (as mentioned in Crosshairs), suggesting approximately April 2010-June 2011. With this, Frank, Sr. would have returned in June 2011, and if Frank, Jr. was "barely 8", he would have been born around June 2003. However, Lisa Castle, his older sister, was born in June 2003 (see other references), so the earliest Frank Jr. would have been born realistically is June 2004. This earliest realistic month of birth should be taken, to be as close as possible to the ideal.
This would then mean Frank, Sr.'s tour ended around June 2012, so started around April 2011.
- S.H.I.E.L.D.'s file on the Mjølnir
- The beginning of Thor: The Dark World Prelude picks up a while after the end of Thor, with the universe still shifting as the inhabitants of numerous realms realize that the Bifrost is gone. It then goes to "one year later", to the beginning of The Avengers. With it seeming like it has not been more than several months since the Duel at the Bifrost Bridge, together with the fact that it is a year before April 30, 2012, this places the opening of the comic around April 14, 2011.
- Thor: The Dark World Prelude
- Luke Cage: 2.10: The Main Ingredient
- Jessica Jones: 3.01: AKA The Perfect Burger
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Luke Cage: 2.07: On and On
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.02: Heavy is the Head
- In Heavy is the Head, it is said on the reasoned date of June 22, 2014 that the Sierra Leone mission was "3 years ago".
- Through Runaways it is said that PRIDE sacrificed someone to Jonah once a year for 15 years (Fifteen: "One a year for 15 years", Hostile: "You ever notice that every year one of your young parishioners goes missing?", "Same time of year, every year", Last Rites: "One a year"), resulting in fifteen sacrifices (Fifteen: fifteen names are listed, Kingdom: "Fifteen kids have died in this room", Doomsday: "How could you murder fifteen kids?", Last Rites: "Like you killed fifteen runaways"). Fifteen annual sacrifices would amount in fact to 14 years start to finish, and with the last one in December 2017 (see 2017 references), that would make the first sacrifice around 2003.
However, there is evidence for 15 + years of sacrifices, not 14 years. In Fifteen, it is said they have taken runaways for "over 15 years". In Doomsday it is said that PRIDE has had a grip on the parents' "lives for the last 15 years". As well as this, Season 3 suggests there was in fact a further sacrifice (Smoke and Mirrors: "I only sacrificed seventeen innocent kids" (including Andre Compton, which the previous counts did not), Rite of Thunder: "She helped murder seventeen teenagers", Enter The Dreamland: "We are the seventeen"). Plus "one a year for 15 years" could be taken as "one a year, and we've been doing that for 15 years" rather than "one a year fifteen times, amounting to 15 years". So, it would seem overall that yes, the sacrifices started around 15 years before 2017, not 14. This, then, would make the first sacrifice 2002.
However, in Doomsday, a flashback to "fifteen years ago" before December 2017, set shortly after the first sacrifice. While this would align with 2002, Nico Minoru is shown to be a baby only about 3-4 months old. With Nico born around January 2001 (see other references), this would make it roughly April-May 2001. Amy Minoru is also shown to be about 2½. With Amy born around December 1998 (see 1990s references), this would make it roughly mid-2001. Given this, and the lack of flexibility to the children's ages, particularly baby Nico, then the latest this scene can be is June 2001. So, taking this latest possible time, the "fifteen years ago" must be taken to be a rounding from 16 years, and the first sacrifice, Brooks Watten, must also be moved from 2002 to June 2001. With the Metamorphosis flashback to "fifteen years ago" of the Wilders getting their house set not long before this and particularly given it is also stretched already to 16 years prior, but enough time to get Brooks Watten, it can be assumed that Watten did not undergo 6 months at the Church of Gibborim like the other Runaways, and was procured in May 2001, with the house scene set that same month.
With it said in Hostile that the sacrifices are the "same time of year, every year", it should be assumed that almost all the sacrifices were in early December, like the one on December 4, 2015 (see 2015 references) and the one on December 8, 2017 (see 2017 references), so likely the Friday closest to December 6th. With fourteen sacrifices prior to Destiny Gonzalez and not including Brooks Watten, the second sacrifice would therefore, however, be 14 years prior in December 2003, 2½ years after the first. Given Jonah deteriorates over a year, it should be taken that there were never two sacrifices more than 18 months apart. So, it may be taken that the second sacrifice was in fact December 2002, the third June 2004, and then the fourth December 2005, with the fourth to sixteenth (Gonzalez) all being annually in December from 2005 to 2017, and the first few negligible enough to be discounted in the statement of "same time of year, every year".
Fifteen names, up to and including Gonzalez, are shown in Fifteen, meaning there is a bonus sacrifice not listed on the computer somewhere between Brooks Watten and Destiny Gonzalez, making them between the second and fifteenth sacrifice, so it may be guessed that they were the eighth/ninth. To decide which, taking halfway between June 2001 and December 2017, it would have been roughly late 2009, making it closer to the eighth sacrifice than the ninth. So, it may have been taken to have been the eighth.
Therefore, overall, the sacrifices were: Brooks Watten June 2001, Adam Cooper December 6, 2002, Jamie Baxter June 8, 2004 (halfway between December 6, 2002 and December 9, 2005), Tim Bennett December 9, 2005, Xavier Marquez December 8, 2006, Karly Scolari December 7, 2007, James Braswyck December 5, 2008, unknown runaway December 4, 2009, Anthony Rocha December 3, 2010, Kim Hwang December 9, 2011, Bridget Bynum December 7, 2012, John Donahue December 6, 2013, Emily Wong December 5, 2014, Yvonne Taylor December 4, 2015, Brian Geparhart December 9, 2016, and finally Destiny Gonzalez (failed sacrifice) December 8, 2017 and Andre Compton December 11, 2017 (see 2017 references). Adam Cooper to Destiny Gonzalez would have been taken 6 months in advance.
- Runaways: 1.04: Fifteen
- In Captain America: Civil War, on June 19, 2016, Ross says, "5 years ago I had a heart attack." 5 years prior to June 19, 2016 gives roughly June 23, 2011.
- Captain America: Civil War
- Marvel Television Live Auction Lot #747: New York Bulletin Philanthropy Award
- Google+ Profile/WHiH World News
- In Iron Man 3 Prelude, it is shown as beginning a while after Iron Man 2, with the damage from the Expo having been cleared up and Stark Tower having been fully planned, laid its foundations, and several levels into its construction. It then jumps to 2 months later, Mumbai, then 3 months later, Afghanistan, then 2 months later, Sudan, then 3 months later, Hong Kong, and this is shown to be the date of the Battle of New York, May 4, 2012. 3 months back from there would put Sudan around February 2012, 2 months further back would put Afghanistan around December 2011, 3 months further back puts Mumbai around September 2011, and a final 2 months back places the beginning in July 2011. This allows plenty of time, just over a year, for the Expo to be cleared completely and for the planning, foundations, and beginning of construction of Stark Tower. Several months prior to the beginning of the comic, work would have begun on the tower, around December 2011.
- Iron Man 3 Prelude
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.11: Bouncing Back
- The Punisher: 2.01: Roadhouse Blues
- Luke Cage: 2.02: Straighten It Out
- Runaways: 1.01: Reunion
- Ms. Marvel: 1.02: Crushed
- The ending of The Avengers: Iron Man Mark VII is set a while after the end of Iron Man 2, a little while before The Avengers, as it is just as Stark begins work on the new idea for his Mark VII suit. It can be assumed that it is about two thirds of the way between the last we see of Stark on June 2, 2010 and the first we see of him in The Avengers on May 2, 2012, so around September 11 and 12, 2011.
- The Avengers: Iron Man Mark VII
- Black Widow
- In Black Widow, an opening montage shows several scenes of the Red Room training girls, including Natasha Romanoff, and operating through history, which is implied to be occurring after Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova were separated on September 6, 1995 (see other references) and before the beginning of the 2016 events of the movie on June 25, 2016 (see 2016 references).
The first collection of scenes is of a braid receiving a bow, a group of girls being brainwashed by cartoons, and a group of girls ice skating. In the ice skating scene, the girls appear to be roughly middle school age, and can be taken to be approximately 12.5 years old. This scene can therefore be approximated to when Romanoff was 12.5 years old, so approximately June 3, 1997. The scenes with the braid and the cartoons can therefore be distributed between Romanoff and Belova being separated and the ice skating scene, so on April 7, 1996 and November 8, 1996, respectively.
The montage also features two shots of girls marching, one of which is when they are roughly middle school age and can be taken to be approximately 13 years old, so on December 3, 1997.
The second shot of girls marching, two shots of girls preparing weapons, a group of soldiers in a drum line, and Dreykov watching a group of girls fire at targets occur in the movie when the girls are roughly high school age. Similarly, Black Widow Prelude features a scene of a group of high school age girls doing ballet and one of Romanoff firing at a target. These can be distributed throughout the years in which Romanoff was 14 through 18 years old, placing the comic firing scene on September 19, 1998, the second marching shot on April 1, 1999, the first shot of girls preparing weapons on November 16, 1999, the ballet scene on February 13, 2001, the drum line on September 30, 2001, and the second shot of girls preparing weapons on May 16, 2002.
Two scenes, one from Black Widow Prelude, and several flashback scenes from Avengers: Age of Ultron, both featuring Romanoff being nervous for her graduation ceremony, can be placed near the ceremony. The ceremony itself can be taken to be when Romanoff was 21, analogous to a college graduation, so May 27, 2005. Similarly, Black Widow has two scenes in which the girls are in their early twenties: one of a group of girls doing ballet, and one of a girl doing gymnastics. These scenes can be distributed between January 1, 2003, the year Romanoff turned 20, and May 27, 2005, approximately when she would graduate. This would place the Black Widow ballet scene on May 6, 2003, the gymnastics scene on September 8, 2003, the Avengers: Age of Ultron ballet flashback on May 15, 2004, the scene of Romanoff pretending to lose on September 17, 2004, Romanoff shooting on January 20, 2005.
The montage in Black Widow then features several members of the Black Widows being spotted throughout the world, starting with Romanoff, as well as shots of a Widow putting on a Widow's Bite and a belt, and a group of Widows lining up. These scenes can be placed between the graduation and the 2016 events in Morocco on June 18, 2016 (see 2016 references), while ensuring that Romanoff's scene is before January 1, 2008, when she defected from the Red Room and joined S.H.I.E.L.D. (see 2000s references). This would place Romanoff's scene on December 25, 2006, and the rest on July 24, 2008, February 21, 2010, September 21, 2011, and April 20, 2013. A scene in this montage which is attached to this last scene can then be placed to the last day, April 20, 2013. The scene with the Widow putting on her belt and accessory, as well as the Widows marching, can then be placed on November 18, 2014.
Three scenes from the montage feature Dreykov influencing two political events, as well as a shot of him watching his monitors. The two scenes of him influencing political events must be before Dreykov is thought dead in January 2008, and can therefore be distributed between then and Romanoff and Belova being separated. This places the first scene on October 14, 1999 and the second on November 22, 2003.
Two events are mentioned to have happened during this period of time in The Avengers: Romanoff killing people in São Paulo and another instance of her setting a hospital on fire. These can be distributed between Romanoff's graduation and her defection, and can therefore be placed on April 8, 2006 and February 18, 2007, respectively. The Avengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes describes an incident involving Romanoff which is described as having occurred "long before [Romanoff] defected to S.H.I.E.L.D.." This can therefore be taken to have happened within the first half of the time between graduation and defection, so on approximately January 19, 2006.
Black Widow Prelude features a scene of Romanoff looking over New York City after joining S.H.I.E.L.D.. This would likely occur within a month of Romanoff joining S.H.I.E.L.D., so in approximately February 2008.
The montage goes on to feature several clips of Melina Vostokoff's experiments being conducted, beginning with someone reading the information which Alexei Shostakov had stolen, a scene of pigs being studied, and a failed surgery. Later in the movie, Belova mentions that Romanoff was not subject to Vostokoff's chemical mind control, meaning that the experiment was completed after Romanoff defected and before the events in Morocco, so on approximately April 9, 2012. The person reading the stolen information can be approximated to the day after it was received, so September 6, 1995. The remaining scenes can be distributed between then and the completion of the experiment, placing the pigs on December 22, 2003 and the failed surgery on February 14, 2008.
Finally, a group of scenes of war and a scene of a person sewing a Black Widow logo onto a piece of cloth are shown. These can be distributed throughout Romanoff and Belova being separated and the first scene and the events in Morocco, resulting in each conflict happening on July 26, 1997, June 16, 1999, May 6, 2001, March 27, 2003, February 14, 2005, January 5, 2007, November 25, 2008, October 16, 2010, and September 5, 2012, and the sewing scene on July 27, 2014.
- The timeline placement for the modern day placement of Captain America: The First Avenger comes from reasoning out the evidence to find what fits best.
In Captain America: The First Avenger, it is said that Steve has been asleep for "almost 70 years". In The Avengers, Steve says, "I slept for 70 years." The 70 can easily be simply interpreted as a rounded decade, and this is corroborated by what he says in Spider-Man: Homecoming, "slept for 65 years." This is more specific than the 70, so overall it seems that the suggestion is that he slept for around 66¾ years. With him going into the ice in February 4, 1945, this would imply that he woke around December 2011. In the Fury's Big Week comic, it is shown that Steve was found "one year later" after Day 7 of Fury's Big Week, which is June 4, 2010. This would imply that he woke around June 2011. The general, approximate real time setting of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would suggest that he woke around July 2011. In The Avengers, when Steve is brought into the mission on May 2, 2012, it seems he has been awake only a few months, implying that he woke around late 2011-early 2012.
The best solution possible, to satisfy the most evidence with the most importance possible, is reasoned out as the modern day events of Captain America: The First Avenger being set from October 5-8, 2011. To see a full, detailed description, calculation, and explanation of the reasoning, see here.
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Captain America: The First Avenger Adaptation
- Steve Rogers' Notebook
- The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.14: Love in the Time of HYDRA
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.03: The Asset
- Runaways: 3.08: Devil's Torture Chamber
- Jessica Jones: 3.13: AKA Everything
- Runaways: 2.02: Radio On
- In The Dark Hearts of Men, a flashback is shown of Billy Russo and Frank Castle playing a game of "down the line", seemingly while on a military tour. They do not look much younger than in the present events (2018), so should be a late tour. It should not be the 2013-2015 Cerberus tour, given the horrible nature of that tour and jovial nature of the scene, so can be taken to be the tour before that, approximated to April 2011-June 2012 (see other references). Therefore, approximating with the middle of the tour, it can be estimated as November 15, 2011.
- The Punisher: 2.10: The Dark Hearts of Men
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.05: Girl in the Flower Dress
- WandaVision: 1.06: All-New Halloween Spooktacular!
- In A Duel of Iron, Walker says she was freed after "22 months". On Marvel Television Live Auction Lot #886: Mary Walker's Classified Papers, it says Walker "served 8 years in various locals" before being "captured and held in isolation". Taking Alice Eve's age at the time of filming and working back from the setting, Mary Walker would have been born around September 1981. Given that she then could have joined the army no earlier than September 1998, the earliest she could have been kidnapped then would be January 1, 2006 (and calling it "8 years" in the general sense of "2006 - 1998 = 8") making the middle of her imprisonment roughly early December 2006 at the earliest. In Citadel on the Edge of Vengeance, it is said that Walker's escape was "years ago", making it roughly late 2015 at the latest, so the middle of her imprisonment roughly January 2015 at the latest. Using the mid-point of this window to approximate, the middle of her imprisonment can therefore be calculated to be roughly December 21, 2010, making her imprisonment roughly January 21, 2010-November 21, 2011. The specifics of the calculation can be found here.
- Iron Fist: 2.10: A Duel of Iron
- Iron Fist: 2.08: Citadel on the Edge of Vengeance
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Luke Cage: 2.06: The Basement
- Marvel Television Live Auction Lot #602: Mariah Dillard's Scrapbook