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"Now, I was here in 2012 when the sky tore open and the Chitauri rained down on us."
Glenn Talbot to the United Nations[src]

This is a timeline of events that occurred in 2012.

2012

January

2nd

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Lucy Bauer and her husband find the Darkhold

  • Lucy Bauer and her husband, Joseph Bauer find the Darkhold in the basement of the home's former owner and open it. When Lucy touches it, she discovers that she can read the text in English while Joseph can read it in German.[2]

9th

  • Phil Coulson tries to convince Nick Fury that Project T.A.H.I.T.I. must be shut down because of horrific side effects the drugs have on test subjects, which can only be mitigated by erasing the victim's memory. Despite his concerns, Project T.A.H.I.T.I. was not shut down.[3]
  • In Dubai, Iron Man (in the Mark VI armor) agrees to race women in similar suits. Eventually, the suits of the Dubai men malfunction and are destroyed.[4][5]

10th

12th

19th

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Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff talk to Nick Fury

  • As part of a training exercise, Hawkeye disguises himself as a spy and breaks into the Helicarrier to trick the Black Widow into thinking he is stealing information about the Avengers Initiative. After the exercise, Nick Fury tells them the Initiative will only be put into action when the world needs the team most.[4][5]

20th

February

8th

10th

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Mikhail Fjodorov is killed by Sofia

  • Black Widow is sent to a mission in Moscow, Russia, where she searches for missing Stark Industries technology. Disguised as Tatiana Sokolova, she works at a night club. While she tries to interrogate Mikhail Fjodorov, one of the world's most successful illegal arms dealers, Fjodorov is killed by an unknown woman. Romanoff is forced to leave the club, fighting several security men in the process. After she returns to a hotel, she is attacked by a team of masked mercenaries, but she defeats them and receives a SIM card to reach the mysterious woman she saw in the night club.[13][14]

11th

  • Later, in the very early hours of the morning, Black Widow talks to the woman named Sofia, and learns that she is a "fan" and wants to take over the name "Black Widow". Romanoff agrees to meet with Sofia and breaks all her contacts with S.H.I.E.L.D.[13][14]

15th

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Natasha Romanoff is saved by Phil Coulson

  • A few days later, Romanoff confronts Sofia in a sport hall in Sochi, where she is defeated and almost drowned but she is saved at the last moment by Phil Coulson, who is following a pair of goons working for the arms dealer General Starodoub. Coulson gives Romanoff the necessary equipment to infiltrate the yacht belonging to Yuri Klementiev, one of General Starodoub's business partners, where she meets Sofia again, an encounter which costs them the life of agent Gennady Markov.[13][15]

19th

  • Phil Coulson discovers that Sofia's employer is the billionaire Richard Frampton, Romanoff infiltrates his headquarters in Vladivostok. She discovers that Frampton works for the Ten Rings terrorist organization and that he has made a Jericho missile that will explode near the border between Russia and North Korea, greatly destabilizing the world peace. Romanoff infiltrates the launching area and destroys the missile. Both Frampton and Sofia are killed in the explosion.[13][16]

29th

April

1st

  • The first "Mandarin bombing" occurs, masquerading as a terrorist attack, and beginning the conflict later known as Aldrich Killian's War.[17]

12th

15th

Darkhold Lockup

The Darkhold

17th

21st

22nd

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Robbie Reyes is caught stealing the Hell Charger

However, Johnny Blaze, Ghost Rider, contacts Robbie's soul and asks if he wants Gabe to live, in which Reyes responds yes. Soon after, Blaze pulls Gabe to safety and revives Reyes by transforming him into the next Ghost Rider.[19]

23rd

30th

May

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

"Humans. They are not the cowering wretches we were promised. They stand. They are unruly, and therefore cannot be ruled. To challenge them is to court... Death."
The Other[src]
  • In the early hours of morning, Natasha Romanoff interrogates Loki in his cell, but he refuses to give in. However, in a moment of cruelty towards her, Loki accidentally lets slip that he is interested in Banner, and Romanoff realizes he intends to use the Hulk to escape.[25][26][28]
  • Steve-Rogers-HYDRA-Avengers-SHIELD

    Rogers discovers HYDRA's equipment and weapons

    Meanwhile, Rogers finds several HYDRA weapons and uniforms from the 1940s in crates in the weapons room he had just discovered.[25][26][28]
  • Attack on the Helicarrier:
    • As the sun is coming up, Rogers confronts Nick Fury, who confesses S.H.I.E.L.D. wants the Tesseract to develop weaponry.[24][25][26][28]
    • Loki's mind-controlled agents led by Hawkeye invade the Helicarrier and damage one of its engines.[24][25][26][28]
    • While Iron Man and Captain America race to repair the engine before the ship crashes, Bruce Banner loses control, turns into the Hulk and goes on a rampage through the ship.[24][25][26][28]
    • Hulk-fights-Thor-Avengers

      Hulk fights Thor

      Black Widow frees Hawkeye of his mind-control by knocking him out. Thor distracts the Hulk, while Fury and Maria Hill hold off the other mind-controlled agents. The Hulk jumps out of the Helicarrier to attack a hovering F-35 jet, but ends up falling from the sky and crashing into an abandoned warehouse on the ground below. Thor tries to stop Loki from escaping, but gets trapped in Loki's cell and ejected from the ship, landing in a field. Phil Coulson confronts Loki, armed with a weapon made from the Destroyer's parts, but Loki stabs him to death with his scepter.[24][25][26][28]
  • Following his escape from the Helicarrier, Loki commandeers Stark Tower. The mind-controlled Erik Selvig uses a machine powered by the Tesseract to open a portal into space, allowing the Chitauri to invade Earth.[25][26][29][28]
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The Avengers are assembled for the first time

Timeline
Time Heist
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      Iron Man just intercepts the nuclear missile

      While the Avengers battle the invading forces, Iron Man grabs the missile and throws it through the portal, destroying the remaining Chitauri fleet. His suit fails and he falls back through the portal as Black Widow closes the portal. Hulk catches Stark to slow his fall, and wakes him from his unconsciousness.[25][26][29][28]
    • Loki is apprehended, with the Hulk finding him and beating him into submission, and the Tesseract is reclaimed, ending the Chitauri Invasion.[24][25][26][34][29][28]
  • Theft of the Mind Stone: Iron Man, Ant-Man and Captain America head for Stark Tower.
    • Rogers intercepts the STRIKE team and Jasper Sitwell in an elevator. Once he whispers "Hail HYDRA" to Sitwell, the agent is convinced and gives the crate with the Scepter to Rogers. Following a brief altercation with his past self, who mistook future Captain America for an impersonation by Loki, Rogers goes down to the rendezvous point at the lobby.[33]
    • At the lobby, the past Avengers minus the Hulk find Alexander Pierce and have an argument with him regarding the Tesseract - the undersecretary thinks it should return to SHIELD custody even if the heroes already arranged its departure to Asgard. Ant-Man enters the miniature Arc Reactor in past Stark's chest and breaks a fuse, making Stark have a brief heart arrest that makes the briefcase with the Tesseract fall down. Future Stark, disguised as a security guard, gets the briefcase.[33]
    • As Iron Man is walking away, he is hit by a door - slammed by the past Hulk, angry at having to walk down all those flights of stairs - and the briefcase is opened by the impact, making the Tesseract fly away and arrive at Loki's feet. With everyone distracted by past Stark's medical incident, that is fixed only as Thor electrifies the Arc Reactor with Mjolnir, Loki uses the commotion to open a portal with the Cube and teleports away.[33]
    • Outside the tower, Ant-Man is angry that only one Stone was retrieved, given each member only has enough Pym Particles for one more trip. Iron Man and Captain America eventually think of the one place where both the Tesseract and more Particles would be found: 1970s Camp Lehigh. They give the Scepter for Lang to deliver in the future and head for the past.[33]
  • Steve Rogers returns the Mind Stone to the moment it was removed, erasing the splinter reality that had been created.[33]
Timeline

5th

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Tony Stark and Pepper Potts rebuild Stark Tower

  • Tony Stark and Pepper Potts look at plans for reconstructing the damaged Stark Tower, which has lost the "S", "T", "R", and "K" on the outside from the battle. They choose to repurpose the remaining "A" to stand for the newly formed group, rebranding as "Avengers Tower".[25][26]
  • Meanwhile, the Toomes Salvage Company recovers Chitauri technology from the wreckage.[37]
  • They are interrupted when a woman leading a group of officials arrives and tells them that from now on, their Department of Damage Control will be overseeing the cleanup of major events such as this, as sanctioned by Tony Stark and the government.[37]
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Adrian Toomes learns that Tony Stark is to blame.

  • Toomes is angered for having lost his business with no compensation, and punches one, before being forced to leave the site.[37]
  • The Other confers with his master about Loki's defeat, the loss of the Tesseract, and Earth's new protectors. He claims attacking Earth again would be an act of suicide. His master, Thanos simply turns and smiles, thinking of things to come.[24][25]
  • Odin sentences Loki to an eternity of imprisonment in the Asgardian Dungeons.[23]
  • Jane Foster and Darcy Lewis arrive in New York in search of Thor, but Erik Selvig, freed from Loki's mind control but still in shock from the battle, reveals Thor has already left.[23]
    Thor giving the Tesseract to Heimdall

    Thor gives Heimdall the Tesseract

  • Heimdall tells Thor that Vanaheim has been attacked. He gives Heimdall the Tesseract so he can repair the Bifrost Bridge. They then spend the next year assembling an army.[23]
  • Foster is frustrated about spending two years of her life searching for Thor, and gives up her research of the Nine Realms.[23]
  • Toomes and his crew lament the loss of their company. When they realize they have a lot of equipment left, Toomes convinces them to turn to the black market and make weapons from the technology to sell, noting that the world is changing, and they need to change to match it.[37]
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    Tony Stark building the Iron Legion

  • Tony Stark begins making the Iron Legion to keep himself occupied during periods of anxiety following his near-death experience in space.[12]

6th

7th

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The Guest House

8th

9th

  • Pollack and Wise prepare to rob a bank in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but Pollack is worried their plan will fail. Wise reassures him, and they successfully rob the bank. [39]
  • Resurrection of Phil Coulson:
    • The final procedure to resurrect Phil Coulson takes place. To restore his former personality, the scientists remove part of his skull to change his memories of the painful process, as Coulson begs them to let him die during the operation.[40]
    • Pleaseletmedie

      Phil Coulson receiving false memories

      One of the scientists, Dr. Streiten, realizes how brutal these surgeries are and tells the others they should let Coulson die, but they ignore him. The scientists give Coulson false memories of a grass shack in Tahiti.[40]

11th

13th

14th

15th

16th

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Jasper Sitwell with a Chitauri Gun

  • Jasper Sitwell is dispatched to stop Pollack and Wise's bank robberies and retrieve the Chitauri weapon. He locates and confronts them at a hotel in South Florida, but Wise attacks him with the weapon. She accidentally drops it, causing it to activate and destroy all of the stolen money.[39]
  • Sitwell interrogates them, and Wise admits Pollack successfully got the weapon to work. Despite being sent to kill them, Sitwell gives them the chance to join S.H.I.E.L.D. and help restore the other Chitauri technology collected from New York.[39]

17th

Shield new recruits

Pollack and Wise recruited to S.H.I.E.L.D.

June

1st

  • To cover up the explosive nature of the Extremis virus, Aldrich Killian hires actor Trevor Slattery to pose as a terrorist leader called the Mandarin, so whenever Extremis causes a patient to explode, the media and government will assume they are suicide bombings.[17]

3rd

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Trevor Slattery as the Mandarin

  • Slattery gets plastic surgery so he is not recognized when he appears on television as the Mandarin.[17]

4th

  • Following his return to the modern world as a renowned hero, Steve Rogers is snatched up to be the face of many campaigns. One of these, not long after the Battle of New York, includes a set of videos for students in schools. He records many videos, including a fitness challenge, a video for students in detention, and one on the importance of patience.[37]

5th

  • The third Mandarin bombing occurs.[17]

7th

July

8th

  • The fourth Mandarin bombing occurs.[17]

12th

  • Scott Lang is fired from Vistacorp due to inadvertently fixing what he believed was a code mistake that was illegally overcharging customers.[45]

14th

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Scott Lang breaks into Geoff Zorick's Mansion

  • Scott Lang infiltrates the Vistacorp Headquarters to return about four million dollars to the customers who had been defrauded by the company. Lang then breaks into the mansion of his former boss, Geoff Zorick. He steals many of Zorick's belongings and drives Zorick's car into the mansion's pool.[45][46]

15th

17th

August

9th

  • The fifth Mandarin bombing occurs.[17]
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    Iron Man fights the Melter

    Bruno Horgan, also known as the Melter, attacks Iron Man during a press conference at Stark Tower. After a quick victory, the Melter announces he will be selling his Melter technology to the highest bidder in a few days.[47]

11th

12th

  • War Machine tries several attempts to find Melter, but they all turn out to be dead ends.[47]
  • Tony Stark spots the Melter near Stark Tower.[47]
  • Stark and Rhodes deduce the most likely place for Horgan to be is the junkyard. Stark modifies the Iron Man and War Machine armors so they resist the Melter's attacks.[47]
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The Melter before his defeat

  • Iron Man and War Machine investigate the junkyard and find the Melter. They fight, and the Melter is taken into custody of the United States Army.[47]

16th

September

10th

October

13th

November

11th

  • WHiH World News holds a 10 kilometer race to support reconstructing buildings lost during the Battle of New York. The company raised millions of dollars.[49]
  • WHiH World News posts on Google+ saying "WHiH's 10K race was a massive success. Millions were raised for reconstruction on buildings lost in the NYC invasion."[49]

15th

December

20th

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James Rhodes as Iron Patriot

21st

22nd

  • The Iron Legion creates friction between Stark and his girlfriend Pepper Potts. Pepper feels Stark is not paying enough attention to her, but Stark's encounters during the Battle of New York has left him traumatized and he built the Iron Legion with her protection in mind.[17][50][51]
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Happy Hogan is injured

23rd

Battle at Rose Hill

Eric Savin threatens Harley Keener

  • Battle of Rose Hill: Teaming with Harley Keener, Stark investigates the remains of a local explosion bearing the hallmarks of a Mandarin attack. He discovers the "bombings" were triggered by soldiers subjected to Extremis, which at this stage of development causes certain subjects to explosively reject it. After veterans started exploding, their deaths were used to cover up Extremis' flaws by manufacturing a terrorist plot. Mandarin agents Ellen Brandt and Eric Savin arrive in Tennessee and attack Stark. He kills Brandt, but Savin escapes.[17][50][51]

24th

25th

28th

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Tony Stark shortly before his heart surgery

  • Stark undergoes surgery to remove the shrapnel embedded near his heart. He throws his obsolete chest Arc Reactor into the sea, musing he will always be Iron Man.[17][50][51]

References

  1. The Punisher: 1.09: Front Toward Enemy
  2. 2.0 2.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.05: Lockup
  3. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.20: Nothing Personal
  4. 4.0 4.1 In The Avengers: The Avengers Initiative, Fury's language implies that Steve has already woken, the World Security Council is just unsure if he'll be accustomed enough to join the Avengers. It is therefore set anywhere between October 9, 2011 and April 30, 2012 inclusive. Halfway between these dates would be January 19, 2012. The Iron Man Dubai incident is said to be "recent", placing it around 10 days prior, roughly January 9, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Avengers: The Avengers Initiative
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 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.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ant-Man and the Wasp
  8. 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.
  9. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  10. Luke Cage: 1.06: Suckas Need Bodyguards
  11. 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.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Iron Man 3 Prelude
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 In The Avengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes it is said, "Note: This story takes place between the events of Iron Man 2 and Marvel's The Avengers". This lines up with what Natasha says in Volume 2, "They're connecting the capital to Sochi on the coast, where the Winter Olympics will be held in two years." This is referring to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which happened from February 7-23, 2014. 2 years prior would put this scene around February 15, 2012, and therefore the comic would revolve around this in February 2012, also lining up with it being set after Iron Man 2 in 2010, before The Avengers in May 2012.
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Avengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes, Volume 1
  15. The Avengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes, Volume 2
  16. The Avengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes, Volume 3
  17. 17.00 17.01 17.02 17.03 17.04 17.05 17.06 17.07 17.08 17.09 17.10 17.11 17.12 17.13 17.14 17.15 17.16 17.17 17.18 17.19 17.20 17.21 17.22 17.23 17.24 Iron Man 3
  18. Runaways: 1.08: Tsunami
  19. 19.00 19.01 19.02 19.03 19.04 19.05 19.06 19.07 19.08 19.09 19.10 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.06: The Good Samaritan
  20. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.07: Deals With Our Devils
  21. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.02: Meet the New Boss
  22. In Deals With Our Devils, as the team discuss what could have happened to Fitz and Coulson, it is said, "Impossible things happen all the time. That machine ghosted that Lucy woman." Agent Mackenzie replies, "So what, Coulson and Fitz come back in 5 years, bloody and insane?" The implication from this is that Mackenzie has been told that Bauer spent 5 years in the box, before her release on the reasoned day of March 19, 2017.
  23. 23.00 23.01 23.02 23.03 23.04 23.05 23.06 23.07 23.08 23.09 23.10 Thor: The Dark World Prelude
  24. 24.00 24.01 24.02 24.03 24.04 24.05 24.06 24.07 24.08 24.09 24.10 24.11 24.12 24.13 24.14 24.15 24.16 24.17 24.18 24.19 24.20 24.21 24.22 24.23 24.24 The Art of the Avengers timeline
  25. 25.00 25.01 25.02 25.03 25.04 25.05 25.06 25.07 25.08 25.09 25.10 25.11 25.12 25.13 25.14 25.15 25.16 25.17 25.18 25.19 25.20 25.21 25.22 25.23 25.24 25.25 25.26 25.27 25.28 25.29 25.30 25.31 25.32 25.33 25.34 25.35 25.36 25.37 25.38 The Avengers
  26. 26.00 26.01 26.02 26.03 26.04 26.05 26.06 26.07 26.08 26.09 26.10 26.11 26.12 26.13 26.14 26.15 26.16 26.17 26.18 26.19 26.20 26.21 26.22 26.23 26.24 26.25 26.26 26.27 26.28 26.29 26.30 26.31 The Avengers Adaptation
  27. The Avengers Extended Scene
  28. 28.00 28.01 28.02 28.03 28.04 28.05 28.06 28.07 28.08 28.09 28.10 28.11 28.12 28.13 28.14 28.15 28.16 28.17 28.18 28.19 28.20 28.21 28.22 28.23 28.24 28.25 28.26 28.27 28.28 28.29 28.30 28.31 In The Avengers, during the Stuttgart scene, the museum's exhibition is shown on banners to begin on "4 MAI". The gala behind held would be an opening ceremony, and thus this scene would be the night before, on May 3, 2012. This lines up with the release date of The Avengers (May 4, 2012) being the date of the Battle of New York, and the fact that it is months (roughly 6, works out as 7) before Iron Man 3, which picks up in December 2012.
  29. 29.00 29.01 29.02 29.03 29.04 29.05 29.06 29.07 29.08 29.09 29.10 Avengers: Infinity War Prelude
  30. Jessica Jones: 1.04: AKA 99 Friends
  31. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.09: Broken Promises
  32. Luke Cage: 1.01: Moment of Truth
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 33.5 33.6 33.7 33.8 Avengers: Endgame
  34. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Fractured House
  35. Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude - This Scepter'd Isle
  36. Daredevil: 1.03: Rabbit in a Snowstorm
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 37.5 Spider-Man: Homecoming
  38. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.06: FZZT
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 39.5 39.6 39.7 39.8 Marvel One-Shot: Item 47
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.11: The Magical Place
  41. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.14: T.A.H.I.T.I.
  42. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.15: Rise and Shine
  43. In The Bridge, it is said on the reasoned date of December 2, 2013 that Po "reappeared 18 months ago at a diner in Boston."
  44. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.10: The Bridge
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 Ant-Man - Scott Lang: Small Time
  46. In the 2015 WHiH Newsfront web series, Christine Everhart says that Scott Lang was imprisoned three years ago for a 5 years sentence.
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 47.5 Iron Man: The Coming of the Melter
  48. Luke Cage: 1.04: Step in the Arena
  49. 49.0 49.1 Google+ Profile/WHiH World News
  50. 50.00 50.01 50.02 50.03 50.04 50.05 50.06 50.07 50.08 50.09 50.10 50.11 50.12 50.13 50.14 50.15 50.16 50.17 50.18 50.19 50.20 50.21 50.22 Captain America: Civil War Prelude
  51. 51.00 51.01 51.02 51.03 51.04 51.05 51.06 51.07 51.08 51.09 51.10 51.11 51.12 51.13 51.14 51.15 51.16 51.17 51.18 51.19 51.20 51.21 According to Kevin Feige, Iron Man 3 takes place about 6 months after the Battle of New York.