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- "Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same... and now, it's here."
This is a timeline of events that occurred during 2018.
- Scott Lang, currently on house arrest, spends the weekend with his daughter Cassie. While there, Luis visits inviting Scott to help in a pitch for a potential costumer for X-Con Security Consultants, but Scott, knowing he cannot leave the house, refuses. Her mother Maggie arrives to pick her up just as the FBI, led by Scott's "parole officer" Jimmy Woo, is checking on him.
- Liberation of Leo Fitz.
- Escape from the HYDRA Preparatory Academy.
- Infiltration into the HYDRA Herefordshire Facility.
- With his HYDRA conditioning activated, Glenn Talbot mutters to himself confusedly that he has to complete his programmed mission.
- Talbot goes to disable security feeds, thus allowing him to roam the Lighthouse without hindrance. Alphonso Mackenzie catches him and questions what he is doing, but Talbot explains that he is simply confused from his 6 months imprisoned by Hale, and Mackenzie shows him sympathy, letting him go.
- Ruby Hale continues to threaten Jemma Simmons' life to motivate Leo Fitz, having spent several hours working on fixing the Particle Infusion Chamber, but not yet sorted the problem. Fitz is stressed, worried for Simmons and yet wanting to stall the chamber's completion. He requests that Hale let Simmons go, stating that he needs her help. Releasing Simmons, Hale admires their relationship, and Fitz responds to remind her that everyone she loves will die if they go ahead with making her the Destroyer of Worlds. Ruby shows little care for this, remarking that there are not many people left who she cares about. Werner von Strucker returns to the room, having found Anton Ivanov's dead body, which gives Fitz and Simmons some hope that Yo-Yo Rodriguez escaped. They tell Hale that the remainder of the process will take some time, but Hale simply threatens that if they do not hurry, she will begin to dismember them, like she did to Rodriguez.
- After a day trying to keep himself busy, Scott falls asleep in the bathtub and has a vivid memory-like dream where he sees a young Hope van Dyne from the perspective of her mother Janet.. Intrigued, Scott uses a hidden phone to contact Hank Pym.
- Having stumbled through the night in agony from her uncalibrated prosthetic arms, Rodriguez finally reaches the Quinjet as morning arrives in Herefordshire. She stumbles on-board for protection from the Sleeper Mechs hunting her.
- Phil Coulson tries to talk to Melinda May about her confession of love for him the day before, but she rejects the conversation, walking away.
- Daisy Johnson tells the agents the plan to fly to General Hale's base in the Appalachian Mountains. Coulson praises her leadership in his absence.
- Candice Lee informs General Hale that Ivanov is dead. When Hale asks if Carl Creel's state has improved, Lee informs her that in actuality, Creel has worsened significantly.
- With morning arriving at the Appalachian Mountain base, Hale goes to see Creel and finds him losing control, unable to deal with the arguing of Franklin Hall and Ian Quinn's consciousnesses within the gravitonium he absorbed. Creel goes so far as to use his abilities to turn his skin into cement then proceed to bang his head against the wall, hoping to rid himself of the voices.
- Coulson and Mackenzie talk with Deke Shaw. Mackenzie mentions that Shaw admitted his feelings for Johnson the night before when on painkillers. When Shaw denies these feelings, Coulson adds that Shaw has made it all-too-obvious, and they are all aware. Shaw asks for advice in showing his feelings, but both agents point out their current relationship issues. He then decides his best option is "lemons", confusing the agents. Seeing this, he explains how, in the future, people would leave lemons on the bed of the person they fancy to express their feelings. Asking if this is something people also did in 2018, the other two lie, saying it is, looking forward to seeing his actions.
- Talbot enters Robin Hinton's empty room, looking to examine her drawings for HYDRA while under conditioning. He finds the drawings and begins to look through.
- Attack on the HYDRA Preparatory Academy:
- Johnson and May enter a Containment Module as the Zephyr One passes over the Appalachian Mountains. They have Agent Thomas fire a missile down to the HYDRA Preparatory Academy as their Containment Module is jettisoned. Moments after the missile blows a hole in the base's ceiling, the Module lowers through the hole and into the building.
- As May and Johnson go to accost General Hale, they are surprised when Hale hands herself over. At first, they do not trust Hale's willingness, but Hale explains that she wants to go with them to save Ruby, scared that her daughter will make a reckless decision.
- Meanwhile, in England, Ruby Hale and Werner von Strucker continue to threaten Fitz and Simmons to hurry with fixing the Particle Infusion Chamber.
- A Sleeper Mech finds Yo-Yo Rodriguez in the Quinjet. She shoots the android and continues to wait for her pain to subside.
- Robin and Polly Hinton return to their room in the Lighthouse, and find Glenn Talbot looking through Robin's drawings.
- Daisy Johnson and Melinda May report back to Phil Coulson. They inform him of what has happened to Carl Creel, and their discovery that gravitonium not only absorbs physical bodies, but also people's consciousnesses.
- Realising he has to stop Polly Hinton from reporting his intrusion, Talbot panics and attacks her. He chokes Polly until she passes out, and tells Robin to come with him. Robin replies that she already saw this was going to happen.
- Johnson, May, and General Hale land in Herefordshire, England, to apprehend Ruby Hale and Werner von Strucker. General Hale asks Johnson to refrain from attacking her daughter if at all possible, and Johnson agrees. Despite this, Johnson takes the opportunity to criticize Hale's parenting, blaming her for the way Ruby turned out.
- Von Strucker tells Ruby Hale that a S.H.I.E.L.D. plane has just landed nearby. Hale goes to start dismembering Fitz and Simmons to hurry their final modifications, but Fitz quickly tells her that they have finished the machine, and she need not attack them. While they claim they have no way of transferring the gravitonium into the machine, von Strucker uses a tube and tap to move it over into the chamber.
- Deke Shaw goes to talk to Alphonso Mackenzie and Phil Coulson as they monitor the security feeds. As he arrives, they notice the security feed of the Hintons' room has been paused. Reactivating it, they see that the Hintons' door has been left open.
- Arriving at the Hintons' room, they find Polly Hinton on the floor. Coulson goes over to her and checks her breathing, finding that she is only unconscious. Mackenzie recalls his encounter with Glenn Talbot at the security feeds several hours prior, and realizes that Talbot must have paused the feed to allow him to go after Robin. Coulson also comes to the realization that this makes sense, with General Hale having had plenty of time during her 6 months with Talbot in her custody to have conditioned him.
- With S.H.I.E.L.D. moments away from stopping her, Ruby Hale hurries to enter the Particle Infusion Chamber and become the Destroyer of Worlds. She kisses von Strucker, the chamber closes, and the gravitonium-infusion begins. While happy at first, as the process continues, she begins to scream.
- S.H.I.E.L.D. and General Hale, now inside the HYDRA Herefordshire Facility, hear Ruby's screams, and Hale runs to get to her daughter before it is too late. She orders Leo Fitz to shut down the machine, and von Strucker lowers his gun, allowing Fitz to do so. The process is stopped at only 8% infusion, and the chamber opens. Ruby leaves the machine floating from the gravitonium in her body.
- Ruby Hale struggles to deal with the voices in her head from the gravitonium. Werner von Strucker crouches to comfort her, but without control over her powers, Hale accidentally uses the gravitonium to crush his skull, killing him. On seeing what she has done, she begins to further lose control.
- Coulson and Mackenzie find Talbot at the Lighthouse's hangar door, with Robin Hinton by his side. They confront him, and Talbot becomes confused, trying to distinguish between his actual thoughts and conditioning. Deciding he is unsafe, he holds his gun to his head, considering killing himself and ending the threat he poses.
- Ruby Hale continues to struggle with the voices, but Daisy Johnson begins to talk to her. She is kind and encouraging, trying to tell Hale that it is alright to not be comfortable with her powers yet.
- Melinda May arrives at the building as Yo-Yo Rodriguez also returns from the Quinjet. When Rodriguez sees May and hears the screams, she asks what is happening, but May simply replies that Johnson is handling the situation.
- Talbot tells Mackenzie and Coulson that he cannot trust his thoughts. While he holds the gun to his head, Mackenzie ushers Robin Hinton away from Talbot and to safety. Coulson resorts to using Talbot's trigger words to attempt to control him. Talbot manages to resist, so Coulson changes the orders to be more in line with HYDRA's motivations; he asks Talbot to turn the gun on him. As he does so, Mackenzie returns with an I.C.E.R. to quickly incapacitate Talbot, ending the risk.
- Ruby Hale begins to user her powers to crush Daisy Johnson. As she struggles to breathe, General Hale gets involved. Ruby tells her mother that she has always felt inadequate, and that she made her feel like she was a disappointment. General Hale is saddened to hear this, telling her daughter that all she ever wanted was for Ruby to meet her full potential.
- Just as Ruby Hale is beginning to calm down, Elena Rodriguez enters the room. She exclaims as she recognizes Hale as the person who sliced off her arms, and hearing this, Hale slips back into a distressed, frenzied, and dangerous state.
- Seeing the potential outcome of Ruby Hale losing control and becoming the Destroyer of Worlds, Rodriguez makes a quick decision. Using her super-speed, she runs and steals Ruby's Ring Blades, using them to then slice the teenager's throat and kill her. Returning to her position, everyone is left in shock as Ruby suddenly falls, her neck bleeding as she dies quickly.
- Ruby Hale's dead body begins to rise into the air as the gravitonium inside tries to escape its host. The substance is then expelled from her in a burst of energy that knocks everyone in the vicinity to the ground.
- Simmons, Fitz, and May arrive as Johnson and Rodriguez get back up. They find that in the aftermath of the blast, General Hale managed to escape. When Simmons asks what happened to Ruby, Johnson angrily says that she had the situation under control before Rodriguez killed her, but Rodriguez claims her actions have just saved the world.
- Hope invades Scott's house, tranquilizes him, and puts his ankle bracelet in a human-sized ant, who is instructed to repeat Scott's daily routine to tell off the FBI.
- General Hale uses the Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device to visit Qovas. She tells him that S.H.I.E.L.D. still have the gravitonium he wants, but that she can tell him where they are hiding. He asks if she wants them to be killed, and, mourning for Ruby, she says that she now has no reason to stop him.
- Hope takes Scott to the research facility where she and Hank have been developing a tunnel for the Quantum Realm in the hopes of bringing Janet back. After Scott describes his dream in full detail, Hank and Hope deduce that he and Janet are connected because of the time he spent in the Quantum Realm. They leave, with Hank shrinking the laboratory down to a suitcase size to bring it along to the van. They drive to the restaurant Oui, where Hope arranged a meeting with gangster Sonny Burch to pick up a necessary component of the tunnel.
- Battle at the Oui: After Burch refuses to give in the component and she in turn turns down an offer to work for him, Hope engages in battle with Burch's men using the Wasp Suit. Hope picks up the piece, but afterwards is attacked by the intangible Ghost. Scott joins Hope as Ant-Man in a new suit to help her, but Ghost escapes and makes her way to the van and steals the lab from Hank.
- Scott brings Hope and Hank to hide at X-Con. There they develop a plan to get the laboratory back, with Hank realizing it can only be done with the help of an estranged ex-partner.
- Scott, Hope and Hank go after professor Bill Foster at Berkeley University. The meeting is interrupted once Scott realizes Woo and the feds are outside, but not before Bill tells them that they can locate the lab by modifying a defractor on one of the suit's regulators. The only regulator that would be feasible to use is the one in the old Ant-Man suit, which Scott reveals that he hid instead of destroying.
- Scott and Hope go to Cassie's school to retrieve the suit from its hiding place, a trophy Cassie had taken from her father's house for show-and-tell. During the infiltration, Scott discovers his current suit is experiencing problems with the regulator.
- Ambush at Ghost's Hideout: The trio locate Ghost's home and find the lab, but she knocks all three of them out and has them tied up. She reveals she is working with Bill, who reveals her background as Ava Starr, daughter of deceased scientist Elihas Starr, and that they hope to use Janet's quantum energy to help turn Ava normal, even if it might kill Janet. After Hank tricks Bill into releasing giant ants from an Altoids tin, the trio runs away, getting the laboratory back in the process.
- After regrowing the lab, Scott becomes connected to Janet, who proves herself to Hope and Hank as she helps stabilize the tunnel and enter the coordinates to locate her, but she warns them that they only have two hours before the Quantum Realm becomes so unstable they won't be able to reach her for another century.
- Burch keeps Luis and his friends hostage and eventually discovers where Pym's lab is hidden. While Burch calls infiltrated FBI agent Stoltz, Luis warns Scott, who is currently visiting Cassie.
- Arrest of Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne: Hope and Hank are caught by FBI agents once they shrink the lab. Stoltz grabs it but he is knocked out by Ava, who then takes the lab herself.
- Chase at San Francisco: Using trained ants, Scott breaks Hope and Hank from the FBI's custody and takes them to the lab's current location. Hank gets the old Ant-Man suit from Bill to go into the Quantum Realm. The lab is shrunken again, and Luis grabs it. However, the laboratory repeatedly changes hands in a chase through the streets of San Francisco, only solved when Giant-Man picks it up from Burch in a ship.
- Rescue of Janet van Dyne: Inside the shrunken lab, Hank goes through the Quantum Realm and nearly loses his signal, but he finally manages to locate Janet at her coordinates, and they reunite with a kiss. As they are returning to the normal world, Ava and Bill start to drain Janet's quantum energy, but are stopped by Scott and Hope. Once Janet is back in her normal size, she uses her energy to stabilize Ava.
- Outside the lab, Dave and Kurt help Luis incapacitate Burch and his goons as the cops arrive, leading to their arrest. The Pyms leave with the lab, Bill and Ava run away while splitting up, and Scott runs back home, while leaving the giant-sized suit as a decoy. Once Woo arrives at Scott's house and finds him there, he releases him at the end of his house arrest.
- Groot is now approaching the maturity and attitude of a human teenager, as he continues to grow up.
- Quill enters Groot's room in the Benatar and complains that he needs to tidy up after himself and stop wasting his time playing video games. Groot rudely tells him to go away, and Quill takes a moment to feel sorry for Yondu Udonta, who died almost 4 years earlier, realizing what Yondu had to put up with when raising him.
- Massacre of the Xandarians: Beginning his acquisition of the Infinity Stones, Thanos and his forces attack the planet of Xandar, where the Nova Corps are guarding the Orb, containing the Power Stone. He has half of its population slaughtered in accordance with his plans for the universe and retrieves the Power Stone, placing it into the Infinity Gauntlet.
- Attack on the Statesman:
- Thanos, who is travelling on the Sanctuary II, tracks down the ship Thor and the Asgardians are using to travel to Earth.
- As they travel with the remainder of the Asgardians in the Statesman, Loki tells Thor that he cannot help but wonder how he might be received when they return to Earth, considering the intentions of his visit in 2012. Thor, however, assures him everything is going to be fine. Unbeknown to them, a much larger ship has been following them: the Sanctuary II. The ship suddenly appears before the Asgardians', blocking its path.
- The Asgardians send a distress call as Thanos and the Black Order board the Statesman, breaking it apart with the help of the Power Stone. They go about slaughtering half of its passengers, allowing the other half to escape, in accordance with Thanos' ethos. Thor and Heimdall are defeated and left helpless on the ground.
- Thanos walks to Thor and picks him up by the head. He threatens Loki, telling him that if he does not hand over the Tesseract, containing the Space Stone, then he will use the Power Stone to brutally murder Thor. While Thor insists that the Tesseract was destroyed along with Asgard, Loki reveals the truth: that he stole it before awakening Surtur. As he breaks the illusion he is conjuring to hide it, he distracts Thanos for long enough that the Hulk can attack him.
- At first taken by surprise, Thanos nonetheless gathers himself in the duel and begins to overpower the Hulk with targeted and skilful attacks. He beats Hulk down until he is unable to fight. Seeing that Banner is about to be killed, Heimdall uses the last of his strength to summon dark magic and channel the Bifrost to transport Hulk back to Earth. Noticing Heimdall because of this action, and feeling owed a life, Thanos impales Thor's best friend, killing him.
- Ebony Maw gives Thanos the Tesseract. The Titan takes the cube and breaks it in his hand, revealing the Infinity Stone it encased, then places the Stone into the Infinity Gauntlet. Loki steps out again, pretending to offer his services to Thanos in order to get close to him, then swiftly moves with a knife to attack the Titan. Thanos, however, uses the newly acquired powers of the Space Stone to immobilize Loki's arm, and proceeds to grab Loki by the neck. As the life is choked out of him, Loki spitefully tells Thanos that he will never be a god, but the strangling eventually kills Loki, and Thanos throws his body aside. He uses the Power Stone to set off a chain of explosions on the ship, then he and the Black Order use the Space Stone to teleport away. Thor is left cradling his dead brother's body as the ship collapses around him.
- The Bifrost continues to transport Hulk to Earth, heading specifically to New York City in the United States of America.
- Just as Doctor Strange and Wong are about to leave the New York Sanctum, Bruce Banner crashes through the ceiling. Worried that they might be under attack, Strange and Wong run to where Banner has landed, only to find him shocked and in fear. Banner simply warns them, "Thanos is coming."
- Pepper Potts and Tony Stark are out running in New York City and discuss their upcoming wedding. Stark tells Potts that he had a dream in which they had a child called Morgan, and wondered if it might be a sign that she is pregnant, but she denies this. They are suddenly interrupted when Doctor Strange opens a portal next to them and steps out to tell Stark that they need his help, and the universe is at stake. Stark is not sure whether to trust Strange until Bruce Banner steps out from behind the sorcerer, reuniting with his friend after 3 years in space. Stark is stunned, but agrees to go through the portal with them to the Sanctum.
- Stark is brought up-to-date as Wong, Strange, and Banner explain about the Infinity Stones and Thanos. The group realize they need to contact Vision, who has the Mind Stone embedded in his head, but Stark explains that he has been off-the-radar for a fortnight, and that the only way to find him might well be calling Steve Rogers. When Banner is confused by why this might be a problem, Stark explains what happened in 2016, when the Avengers were broken by the conflict between him and Rogers. However, Banner still insists that Stark should put the grudge aside considering the stakes at play, and Stark reluctantly gets out the burner flip-phone Rogers had left him.
- Attack on Greenwich Village:
- At that moment, winds become stronger in the area and a commotion is heard from outside. The group leave the Sanctum and find that a strange "Q"-shaped spaceship has arrived over Greenwich Village and people are running in fear.
- On the way to the Museum of Modern Art on a field trip, Peter Parker looks out of the window of the Midtown School of Science and Technology bus and spots the Q-Ship. Realizing he has to get involved in helping citizens as Spider-Man, Parker asks Ned Leeds to create a distraction so people don't notice him leaving the vehicle. When he sees the ship, Leeds is shocked and exclaims to the rest of the bus, naturally creating a distraction anyway, and Parker jumps out of the window, donning the Spider-Man suit.
- Black Order members Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian are beamed down from the Q-Ship outside the Sanctum Santorum and demand the Time Stone from Doctor Strange. Strange refuses to give in and prepares to defend the stone with his life if necessary. Stark encourages Banner to transform into the Hulk and help in a fight against Cull Obsidian, but when he tries, he is surprised to find himself incapable of the transformation. Stark activates his nanotech Mark L armor and Strange and Wong engage two mandala shields, and a battle ensues.
- Iron Man and Cull Obsidian fight, but Iron Man begins to lose due to the alien's immense strength. As Cull Obsidian swings at Stark, however, Spider-Man arrives and stops his fist.
- Meanwhile, Ebony Maw engages the sorcerers in battle as he attempts to steal the Time Stone, meeting their magical attacks with his own. He binds Strange to the wall but is unable to touch the Eye of Agamotto without being burned, since Strange has cast a spell preventing anyone else from taking it so long as he survives. The Cloak of Levitation allows him to escape from the bindings, but Maw gives chase.
- Spider-Man goes after Ebony Maw to stop him from getting to Strange again. However, the Q-Ship's beam activates and catches Strange, lifting him up to the ship. Parker worries as he finds himself inescapably also caught in the beam.
- Wong helps Iron Man fight Cull Obsidian and conjures a portal to drop Cull Obsidian through, closing it off as the alien reaches back through, thus severing his arm and leaving him stranded in a snowy environment.
- As Ebony Maw brings an immobilized Strange into the Q-Ship, Spider-Man clings onto the side of the ship, desperately trying not to fall from such a great height. He communicates with Iron Man to tell him he is running out of breath in the thinner, high-altitude air, and Stark has F.R.I.D.A.Y. send the Iron Spider armor from the New Avengers Facility up to Parker. It wraps itself around him and gives him breathing capability just in time to stop him falling to his death. However, as Stark arrives at the ship, he engages a parachute in Spider-Man's suit to safely take him back to Earth, not wanting to endanger the teenager further.
- As Stark cuts a hole in the ship to get inside, Pepper Potts calls him, worried he is on-board the ship. He reluctantly confirms her fears, just as the ship reaches too high an altitude and his signal is lost, as well as his connection to F.R.I.D.A.Y.. Meanwhile, unbeknown to him, Parker has managed to grab hold of the Q-Ship and stow away inside.
- On the ground, Wong tells Banner that he has to return to the Sanctum in Strange's absence, so as to protect it from any potential threats. Banner finds Stark's flip-phone and calls Steve Rogers to warn him about Vision.
- Aboard the Benatar, the Guardians of the Galaxy travel across space to answer the distress call sent by the Asgardian ship. However, on arrival, they are shocked to find the Statesman in ruins and debris floating in all directions. As they look at the wreckage, an unconscious Thor floats in front of them and hits their windscreen.
- After bringing him inside, Mantis uses her powers to wake Thor so the Guardians can question him. Thor jolts awake and is surprised by his surroundings, but proceeds to explain what has transpired, telling them of the attack on Xandar, the destruction of his ship, the deaths of his best friend, his brother, and half his people, and Thanos' acquisition of two Infinity Stones. He tells the Guardians that he needs to leave and travel to Nidavellir in an escape pod, hoping to forge a new Uru weapon capable of killing Thanos, and warns them that they should check the Reality Stone is still safely in the possession of the Collector on Knowhere. Interested in the weaponry, Rocket Raccoon decides to go with Thor to the Dwarven forge, and brings Groot along.
- In the Lighthouse, Glenn Talbot is trying to sleep. However, he finds his rest disturbed by a set of coordinates repeating in his head that he does not understand.
- After several days spent apart, with Deke letting his arm heal, Fitz, Mackenzie, and Simmons working on giving the Quinjet space capabilities with gravitonium, May and Johnson working on saving Coulson, and Johnson and Coulson preparing to deal with the remaining gravitonium, Coulson's team finally come together for the first time since Yo-Yo Rodriguez killed Ruby Hale. They convene to discuss the finalized plan to slingshot the remaining gravitonium into the Sun, but when General Hale is mentioned, Mackenzie asks for someone to explain how they lost her in Herefordshire. This sparks an argument about the morality of Rodriguez's decision, with her standing by her decision to kill Ruby Hale as necessary for saving the world and Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons backing her up, but the others believing it was not justified. Coulson dismisses them to pursue their own individual tasks, thus breaking up the argument.
- Knowing that Coulson would object to their actions, May takes Daisy Johnson aside to talk in secret about their pursuit of a cure for his affliction. She tells Johnson that Tony Caine says he has found something to help, and that when she delivers Polly and Robin Hinton to him, she should ask him for what he has found.
- Deke Shaw talks to his future grandparents, Fitz and Simmons, about the possibility that if they change the future, he will stop existing. Shaw, however, suggests once again that the multiverse theory may be true, and he is from an alternate universe - that this would make him safe if, indeed, the future of this universe is different.
- Glenn Talbot continues to mutter coordinates, but comes to a realization of what they mean. He calls for Phil Coulson.
- Coulson visits Talbot, and Talbot tells him about the coordinates. He says that he has realized why his HYDRA programming had led him to the hangar - he was broadcasting the location of the Lighthouse to Hale. Coulson is shocked as he realizes this means they could be under attack by Qovas and the Remorath.
- Sure enough, Qovas' ship materializes over the Lighthouse in New York, preparing to attack.
- Coulson's team realize that the Remorath above have cut off all their communication signals to the outside world. In reaction to the threat, the Lighthouse programming automatically triggers "Project: Reclamation" - the project for which it was built, giving options for extra protection against a threat or catastrophic event. Another video of Rick Stoner begins, walking them through the options for defense. As Stoner lists the options, Coulson decides that the one most befitting their situation is "nuclear attack", prematurely selecting it before Stoner then states that there was, in fact, another option specifically for alien invasion. The nuclear attack selection locks the building down, with Stoner informing them that they are locked in for 15 years. Coulson tries to stay calm despite his mistake. He takes the tannoy to hesitantly inform the other agents of the situation they are in, adding that all being well, there should be a way out of their predicament.
- Qovas contacts Coulson with a live feed from his ship. Coulson tries to stay defiant and despite Qovas' threats, he insists that him and his agents are safe, and that as soon as the government find out about the ship, they are likely to shoot it down.
- Talking properly for the first time in days, Yo-Yo Rodriguez tries to explain her actions to Alphonso Mackenzie, knowing that he is angry at what she did. He tells her that he, too, has had violent urges, but that as part of S.H.I.E.L.D., they should know better than to lose control and act on them.
- Rodriguez comes across Melinda May, who guesses what Mackenzie told her. Understanding Rodriguez's position after having had to kill Katya Belyakov 10 years prior, she says that it will change people's perception of her, but that all she can do is to learn to live with her actions.
- The two agents get back to the control room, and Phil Coulson says he is worried as to why Daisy Johnson has not yet returned. May confesses the truth to him, that she had ordered Johnson to go dark while she performed their secret side-mission that might help save him. On hearing this, Rodriguez begins to panic, saying that she thinks she killed Ruby Hale for nothing.
- As the sun sets, Qovas' Ship looms over the Lighthouse. His Remorath marauders gather inside, and he nods to send them on their way.
- Rodriguez tells Coulson about what her future self said in 2091, warning that they need to let him die. May argues that since Robin Hinton said Coulson will "put the pieces back together", they need to save him. However, the argument is interrupted when Coulson realizes that through the Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device, the alien attackers are able to go wherever they want, and could arrive any moment.
- The Remorath marauders use the Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device to teleport into the building.
- The marauders materialize in the Lighthouse and the lights in the corridors go out. They begin to stab agents they find, and Deke Shaw dives into a ventilation shaft to hide.
- Energy fluctuations occur throughout the Lighthouse as a result of the Remorath's presence. Shaw gets back to the control room through the ventilation shafts.
- Shaw explains that he knows the Remorath from 2091, warning the agents about their tendency to successfully hunt down everyone they target. Phil Coulson sends Yo-Yo Rodriguez to get Glenn Talbot to safety, and via video call, Leo Fitz lets the agents know that there is an analogue override in the building that will be able to get to get them out of the Project Reclamation lock-down. Shaw asks why Daisy Johnson cannot help them, then realizes that she never returned. When he asks why, Coulson bitterly tells him to ask May.
- Johnson talks to Tony Caine after he has finished getting the Hintons settled in safely. He mentions that Robin drew him a picture of a blue alien lady, and remarks how strange it is dealing with aliens, asking her if she has seen the weird alien events happening in New York, to which she replies that she is unable to watch the news these days as it bothers her. He moves on to telling her what he has found for Coulson, explaining that his research took him back to John Garrett's work, and that he has found what kept Garrett alive during the Deathlok programme: Centipede Serum, which he has the last remaining unit of. He hands her the unit but explains that the serum is missing a healing component designed and developed by the Nazis, and that the only clue he has to its source, a name, could not be found on any map. When Johnson looks at the name, however, she sees that it is "Jiaying", and realizes that HYDRA used her mother's healing ability to complete the serum.
- Siege of the Lighthouse:
- Rodriguez gets to Talbot's cell and asks him to put on handcuffs. He is reluctant to, claiming that he can be trusted to cooperate and wants to make up for his actions, but she tells him that while she trusts him, they cannot know for sure that he is not still under HYDRA conditioning. She asks that he follow her lead.
- Fitz makes his way to Floor 17, where the analogue override is held, accompanied by another agent. The lights begin to flicker and Fitz's walkie-talkie stops working, making them realize that Remorath marauders must be nearby. Fitz's fellow agent then walks ahead but is ambushed by a marauder, killed on the spot. Fitz runs and comes across Deke Shaw, who had gone to find him as he was afraid that if Fitz died, he would never exist. Shaw uses a fire extinguisher to ward off the marauder and the two of them run to the override room. However, when they get there, Fitz is horrified to find that the override has been ripped apart, meaning they no longer have any way out.
- Qovas sends sends more marauders from his ship to the Lighthouse.
- Coulson explains to May and Mackenzie about the override being destroyed. Agent Kim offers to go to the armory for them and Coulson decides that they have to take a stand and defend the control room. He instructs Yo-Yo Rodriguez to pick up any weaponry she can and take Talbot to them. Deke Shaw works on fixing an elevator to allow Simmons, Piper, and Davis to transport the gravitonium to the control room. Fitz warns them that the aliens have technology like EMPs that affects technology, and informs Coulson that they need to find combustible items to use as sources of light if they are going to be able to see the attackers.
- Rodriguez and Glenn Talbot encounter two Remorath marauders and hide, waiting for an opportunity to get past.
- Shaw and Fitz get into the fixed elevator. Shaw begins to panic, not wanting to die without having seen the wider world.
- Piper, Davis, and Simmons barricade themselves in the lab and prepare to fight. The door begins to rattle and they raise their guns, but it is only Rodriguez and Talbot. They enter and inform Simmons that their route to the control room has been cut off, and Simmons tells Fitz on the walkie-talkie that she will have to make her stand where she is, in the lab. Rodriguez heads out with Davis and Piper to hunt their attackers, leaving Simmons and Talbot as the last line of defense.
- Alphonso Mackenzie joins Leo Fitz and Deke Shaw at the elevator exit as they get out. A marauder arrives in their corridor and Mackenzie shoots him, but he is unfazed. He is joined by two further marauders, who chase the agents as they run for safety.
- Rodriguez, Piper, and Davis struggle with the darkness in the building as they cannot see if there are marauders nearby. They shoot down the corridor in case but find nothing. However, Rodriguez uses her super-speed to scout ahead and reports back that there are several that they are about to encounter. She insists on leading the way, telling the two agents that she cannot be killed.
- Coulson uses the walkie-talkies to let Simmons know that he and the others are surrounded in the control room, and so she and Rodriguez should not try to get to them. Simmons is unable to warn Rodriguez, however, as she has left and Simmons is unable to exit the lab without being swarmed by attackers. Talbot picks up an I.C.E.R. to prepare to help her if any Remorath get in, but then finds the Particle Infusion Chamber chamber in the lab. Believing he can help if he is infused with the gravitonium, but knowing Simmons will not let him, he I.C.E.-es her and enters the machine.
- Fitz gets back to the control room with a combustible cocktail he has made. He and May light fires and the team prepares for the Remorath's attack. The doors begin to shake as they try to get in, but they suddenly go quiet. The team become suspicious, then realize the Remorath are heading upwards as noises resume from above. The marauders enter from an upper floor door and the team being to shoot at their attackers.
- Yo-Yo Rodriguez, Piper, and Davis meanwhile shoot at the marauders attacking the lab, but realize they are swarmed from all sides. Rodriguez attempts to contact Simmons but gets no response from the walkie-talkie and becomes concerned. Piper begins reminding Rodriguez that she need not be worried because the technology around them is just not working, when suddenly the lab doors are blown open. They watch as a marauder who has been knocked to the ground by the blast is dragged out of view, followed by their blood splattering across the hall. Glenn Talbot emerges, empowered by the gravitonium infused in his body.
- In the control room, the team run out of ammunition, with no success in having taken down the seemingly bulletproof Remorath. They begin to fight hand-to-hand, but Coulson finds himself quickly knocked to the ground. Dazed, he notices the control room door opening despite the lock-down, and is surprised to see Glenn Talbot enter. Talbot uses his newly acquired ability of manipulating the effects of gravity on people and objects to lift the marauders into the air and then crush them as they float, crumpling their bodies inwards on themselves and killing them all swiftly.
- Rodriguez runs into the lab and helps Jemma Simmons off the floor. They find the Particle Infusion Chamber with the reading marking it "100%", and realize, to their dismay, what Talbot has done.
- Talbot proudly proclaims to the agents in the control room that he has fixed things as he promised. He then uses his powers to break the ceiling of the Lighthouse and detach the portion of the floor Coulson is lying on, standing on it with him as he lifts the piece of floor up into the air and through the ceiling. The remaining agents are astonished, but the electricity comes back online and the breaking of the lock-down and lack of contamination in the scans of the atmosphere trigger a new Rick Stoner recording informing them that Project: Reclamation is over.
- Knowing she needs her mother's DNA to acquire the necessary healing component of the Centipede Serum, Daisy Johnson visits Jiaying's grave and begins to dig up the body.
- Glenn Talbot continues to lift Phil Coulson up higher and higher into the sky, taking him to Qovas' ship in order to end the alien situation.
- Arriving at Qovas' docking station, Talbot and Coulson are met by Remorath who declare them prisoners. Coulson asks Talbot what his plan is, and he says that they are going to show the aliens his position of authority over them to force them to leave, again saying he will "fix" things, which concerns Coulson.
- The team at the Lighthouse discuss their concern about Talbot. Simmons informs them that Talbot took in all of the gravitonium, and mentions the fact that it has catastrophic consequences, having driven Ruby Hale insane with just 8%, highlighting that with Talbot's brain injury this could cause him a major psychotic break. Melinda May declares that they need to find him and Coulson, but Leo Fitz points out that the building has only just come back online and it could be hours before the systems are fully functional. Rodriguez asks where Alphonso Mackenzie is, and Piper explains he has gone to check for any remaining Remorath.
- Mackenzie scouts the hallways and finds one remaining marauder. The alien ingests the same odium liquid the team encountered in 2091, giving him a burst of adrenaline and making rabid and super resilient. Mackenzie shoots at him, but the bullets are once again ineffective, and he has to engage the alien hand-to-hand. He manages to outsmart the alien and beat him down with his Shotgun-Axe, but before he can kill him, May arrives and tells him to stop, as they need the marauder alive to attempt to acquire any information they can about what Coulson and Talbot are facing. Mackenzie knocks him out instead.
- Talbot and Coulson are taken before Qovas, and Talbot claims the ship for himself. Qovas dismisses his claim, but Talbot uses his new powers to crush one of the Remorath the same way he had in the Lighthouse. Realizing that Talbot has the power to end their lives in an instant, Qovas and his marauders reluctantly kneel before him as he demands.
- Yo-Yo Rodriguez finds Mackenzie and asks if he is okay. However, when she tries to further the conversation to talk again about forgiving her, he explains that May and Simmons are waiting for him and walks away.
- May, Mackenzie, and Simmons interrogate the marauder they found, keeping him chained to the floor and ceiling. He rants about the liquid he consumed, telling them it is called the odium, and exclaiming that it gives them the powers of the gods. He grows increasingly rabid, shaking and straining in his chains until one chain breaks, but as he does so, the odium finishes taking effect and his heart stops, dying with odium dripping out of his mouth. Simmons explains that to understand the odium better, she would have to dissect him, and the other two encourage her to do so.
- Glenn Talbot expresses his pride in his work, but Phil Coulson warns him that they need to plan more thoroughly and not make rash decisions. Talbot says he is saving the world, but Qovas calmly tells him that he is being ignorant, as the Confederacy will not stand for his actions, noting that HYDRA were never so foolish. This prompts Coulson to realize that Hale must be how Qovas found out their location, and requests to be taken to see her.
- Coulson visits Hale, and finds her repentant, having spent time alone wallowing in her grief. She explains that she has always been too angry, and never stopped to consider her love for Ruby until it was too late - that she blindly carried out HYDRA's agenda to the point where it got her daughter killed, and that makes it her fault. Coulson expresses his condolences, but asks for her help, telling her of Talbot undergoing Project Destroyer of Worlds.
- Coulson takes Hale back to Talbot and Qovas, and she tells them what she knows of the Confederacy. He is reluctant to trust his captor, but she apologizes for her treatment of him, and Coulson tells him they need her knowledge. Hale tells Talbot that now he is laced with the gravitonium, he is the only one who can save them all, and he decides to listen. She reveals that HYDRA's deal with the Confederacy was for them to protect the Earth from attack in return for Inhumans and gravitonium, the latter of which Qovas adds is a very valuable substance due to its exceptional powers that can be used to bend space and build and destroy empires. The humans decide they have to meet with the Confederacy to make a new arrangement, which Qovas argues is against Confederacy protocol, noting they would also have nothing to bargain with. Coulson, however, argues that Talbot himself is their bargaining chip due to the gravitonium in his body.
- In the Lighthouse, Leo Fitz worries that it could take hours to get the power working again, but it suddenly switches back on, as Deke Shaw steps out from behind the monitors and explains that he fixed it, as it was what he was good at in the future. The team receive a transmission from Daisy Johnson, who explains that she has been trying to contact for 30 minutes to let them know she is arriving. Shaw tells her why they were unable to pick up, explaining about the attack they underwent.
- Yo-Yo Rodriguez goes to meet Johnson when she arrives, wanting to confront her for keeping her mission secret and, in her opinion, abandoning them.
- Johnson enters and Rodriguez demands to know what is in the bag she is carrying. When Johnson refuses, she uses her super-speed to grab the bag for herself and finds the skeleton within. She asks Johnson what is wrong with her, and Johnson hits her, starting a fight. Rodriguez uses her super-speed to repeatedly punch Johnson, but Johnson takes advantage of the moment in which Rodriguez returns to her starting point, hitting her with a quake before she can run again. Melinda May arrives and breaks up the fight, informing them that they have picked up a signal of a spaceship outside of the atmosphere, believing it to be Qovas' ship, and that once the artificial gravity is installed on Zephyr One, they will be flying up to board it. She tells Rodriguez that they will continue working to help Coulson, and she can either help or leave.
- Glenn Talbot, having trimmed his shaggy hair and beard, dons robes to prepare for the visit to the Confederacy. Coulson reminds him to be careful, but he insists he knows what he is doing. Qovas takes him to the Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device, and they teleport to the Confederacy meeting.
- The Confederacy are surprised by Talbot's presence, and Qovas explains that he is there to renegotiate the terms of Earth's protection. The aliens are reluctant to listen, but Talbot confidently claims he is much more than the amateurs they have dealt with in the past, calling himself "Earth's mightiest hero".
- Deke Shaw goes to see Daisy Johnson. She comments on the lemons she found in her bed, believing it to be a prank, and Shaw, embarrassed that his attempt at showing affection went wrong, deflects it by saying it was probably Fitz. He says he has been meaning to tell her something since they became closer, and she tells him not to get close to her, as people close to her die, mentioning her mother and Lincoln Campbell. Shaw asks who Campbell is, and she explains his sacrifice and how much she loved him, saying she sometimes wonders if she still does. She asks what he was going to say, and he tells her of their discovery: that Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons are his grandparents.
- Talbot asks to be added to the Confederacy, but is told that there can never be more than six members. He uses his powers to engulf Confederacy member Crixon with the gravitonium from his body, proving his might, and arrogantly proclaims that he has just freed a space for himself in the group.
- Alphonso Mackenzie works on Zephyr One, and Leo Fitz arrives to insert the gravitonium into the ship's system to use for artificial gravity once they head to space. Fitz tries to apologize to Mackenzie for complying with locking him up before, but Mackenzie refuses to accept his support of Yo-Yo Rodriguez killing Ruby Hale, telling him that the things he was saying about the predetermined future led Rodriguez down the wrong path. Fitz stands up for himself, saying that sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice a life for the sake of many, and that Hale was just too dangerous, but Mackenzie tells him he needs to take a look at his actions and think about what kind of person he wants to be, because lately he has been morally questionable.
- Wanda Maximoff and Vision are staying in a bedroom in Edinburgh together, with Vision having mastered his phasing abilities to make himself appear human. Vision feels a pain from the Mind Stone in his forehead. He has Maximoff use her powers, which stem from the stone, to connect with the stone and see if she can feel anything, but she tells him that all she feels is him. They share a kiss.
- Jemma Simmons is dissecting the Remorath marauder's heart when Daisy Johnson enters, showing her the Centipede Serum she has acquired and delivering the bag with Jiaying's skeleton. Simmons is reluctant to help, saying that the morality of what they are doing needs to be considered, but Johnson tells her that if she wants Phil Coulson to survive, which she affirms that she obviously does, this has to be her top priority.
- Melinda May and Davis sit in the cockpit and launch Zephyr One for its flight into space.
- Three Confederacy members leave via the Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device, so that Qovas, Glenn Talbot, and the Kree representative, who announces himself to be Taryan of the house Kasius - the father of the Kree noblemen the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had to face in 2091. He reveals that the Confederacy never intended to honor their agreement of protection, nor did they have the ability to, as is being exemplified as they speak; Taryan explains that an alien far beyond the Confederacy's might, known as Thanos, is currently leading his forces in an assault on the planet. Talbot insists that he must face Thanos, but Taryan says he is nowhere near capable enough, but that there might be a way to strengthen him so he can face the Titan.
- Attack on Vision:
- Maximoff and Vision go for a walk through the Edinburgh streets, and Vision suggests that this time, after 2 years of only meeting for a couple of weeks at a time, they stay together for longer and start to settle. However, before they can make a decision, Maximoff notices a television in a shop behind Vision broadcasting the news of the attack on Greenwich village and the disappearance of Tony Stark. Turning to look, Vision recognizes that the aliens who attacked New York are the threat that the Mind Stone is warning him of. He tells her will have to leave, but is suddenly ambushed as Corvus Glaive, another of Thanos' Black Order, steps out from a street corner and stabs him through the chest with a glaive.
- The injury stops Vision's ability to phase and he reverts to his android form. The Black Order's Proxima Midnight arrives and hits Maximoff with a blast from her spear to get her out of the way, as Glaive begins trying to prise the gem from Vision's head. Maximoff gets back up and uses her powers to throw balls of energy at the aliens and knock them aside, then telekinetically pull Vision away from them and fly to a nearby square.
- Maximoff starts to use her abilities to help heal Vision's wound, but the Black Order catch up with them and manage to separate the couple, with Corvus Glaive fighting Vision and Proxima Midnight fighting Maximoff. Vision begins to shoot a beam from the Mind Stone, but Corvus Glaive uses his glaive's abilities to fire at back at him. He again tries to prise the stone from Vision's head, but Maximoff overpowers Proxima Midnight and flies to his aid, blasting him aside with another ball of energy.
- Maximoff begins to fly herself and Vision away, but Proxima Midnight fires a blast from her spear that knocks them out of the sky, tumbling into Edinburgh Waverley railway station. Vision lies helpless on the floor as the aliens return, and Maximoff prepares to defend him, outnumbered. However, when a train passes by, Maximoff is relieved when from behind it appears Steve Rogers, who has arrived with Sam Wilson and Natasha Romanoff on Bruce Banner's warning to help defend the couple.
- Proxima Midnight throws her spear at Rogers, but his fast reflexes allow him to simply catch it. Wilson then takes advantage of the alien's surprise and ambushes her, kicking her through a shop window then firing small missiles at Corvus Glaive, occupying him as he tries to deflect them, and allowing Romanoff a window to attack him. Rogers throws the spear to her and she catches it, then thrusts it into Corvus Glaive's side, knocking him down and kicking the glaive from his hand. Proxima Midnight summons the spear back to her hand to attack Romanoff, but Rogers rolls in front of her, picking up the glaive and parrying. He works with Rogers to overpower Proxima Midnight, and Wilson returns to kick her down again. She scuttles to Corvus Glaive's side, and Romanoff threatens to kill them, but before they can act, a transportation beam from a Q-Ship overhead lifts the aliens away to safety.
- Wanda Maximoff and Sam Wilson help Vision to his feet and carry him to Rogers' Quinjet.
- General Hale and Phil Coulson look out at space from Qovas' ship, when Talbot and Qovas return through the Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device. Talbot passes on Taryan's news of "Thanos" and says that the only option they have left is for him to make himself "invincible", which he will do by tapping into an untapped deposit of gravitonium under the Earth's surface. Coulson tries to talk him down, warning of how dangerous the gravitonium is and that it could cause him to lose control, but Talbot accuses him of always doubting him and says he trusts the Confederacy member who told him about the deposit, revealing him to have been called "Kasius". Coulson pleads with Talbot to stop, explaining that the Kree ruling the remnants of humanity in the future was a Kasius, and that Talbot is being played, but Talbot tells him he is in charge now and is Earth's last hope, forcing Coulson to kneel before him under threat of crushing him just like the Remorath he killed.
- Zephyr One reaches the outer atmosphere and engages its newly installed artificial gravity, then twisting to fly vertically, using thrusters to escape the atmosphere and reach outer space. Piper and Alphonso Mackenzie help them through communication devices from the control room of the Lighthouse, and the agents get through to space, turning on cloaking as they turn in the direction of Qovas' ship.
- Sam Wilson pilots the Quinjet as the group take off from Edinburgh with Maximoff and Vision in tow. Romanoff scolds the couple for taking the risk of dropping out of contact just to appreciate more alone time, and Maximoff apologizes. When Wilson asks Rogers where they should fly to, Rogers replies, "Home," the New Avengers Facility in New York.
- Jemma Simmons congratulates Leo Fitz on the success of his work on Zephyr One allowing the team to reach space, but he shows no happiness, still bothered by Mackenzie's words. He addresses the Centipede Serum with her, asking if she really thinks it could work as he is concerned. She simply replies that the less they think about it the better.
- Infiltration into Qovas' Ship:
- May gets up to prepare with Johnson to infiltrate Qovas' ship, and Davis pilots them onto the spaceship's hull, docking so the agents can board.
- Glenn Talbot reports that he can hear Ian Quinn's consciousness in the gravitonium, and that Quinn is saying his team originally found gravitonium at the bottom of a mine. A Remorath then reports that an unseen object has breached their hull, and Talbot realizes it is S.H.I.E.L.D., using cloaking. He turns on Coulson, accusing him of contacting the team behind his back. When he asks General Hale if she had a part in it, Hale claims to have known that Coulson was making contact, and that she attempted to dissuade him. Coulson again states that this is a lie, but Talbot refuses to believe him, feeling he has been betrayed.
- Daisy Johnson and Melinda May make their way through Qovas' ship. When they encounter Remorath guards, Johnson quakes them out of the way.
- Johnson and May get to the control room, and Talbot uses his powers to lift Coulson into the air, threatening to kill him if she attacks. May exclaims that they are here to save him, not attack, and Johnson tries to calm him down, but Talbot refuses to trust them. Hale speaks up for Johnson, however, saying that after the way she treated Ruby, she trusts her.
- Hale attempts to activate Talbot's HYDRA conditioning to stop him. He lowers Coulson back to the floor, seemingly under her control, but then reveals himself to be free of the conditioning's effects and turns on her. He says that she is traitor and uses his powers to crush her, just like the Remorath he killed.
- Horrified, Johnson starts to quake Talbot to take him down, but is surprised when it has little effect on him as he uses his abilities to keep himself grounded. He then uses his powers to throw her quickly into the ceiling, knocking her out. May and Coulson are forced to surrender, and Talbot calls them prisoners of war, requesting that Qovas treat them accordingly. He tells Coulson that he has finally realized S.H.I.E.L.D. were always the enemy.
- Taryan has Agent Johnson delivered to him, remarking that he looks forward to taking her back home with him.
- Johnson wakes in a dark unfamiliar room, and meets Taryan. He introduces himself, mentioning that he is master of the House Kasius, worrying her. Taryan explains that he believes Inhumans deserve "something better" than the way humans treat them, but Johnson suspects she knows his true motives, having seen Kasius' Inhuman trade in 2091. She asks where her friends are, but he says not to worry, as they are her past, and he is now her "future".
- Qovas tells Coulson and May they will be kept as prisoners, but they insist that they will be taking him down soon enough. He considers their threat meaningless given their imprisonment, but warns them nonetheless that if they try anything, he will release ionizer missiles on the Lighthouse. He leaves and reunites with Glenn Talbot, who says that he knows someone who may be able to help them acquire gravitonium.
- Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons review the Centipede Serum and its potential to save Coulson. Fitz suggests that the 2091 Rodriguez's comment about the Earth's destruction came about from trying to save Coulson could be reframed with the assertion that if they do not just "try", but actually succeed, then perhaps that breaks the chain of events. Simmons is glad to hear this optimistic view, pointing out that Fitz has always believed time cannot be changed, but Fitz suggests it is time to take bold risks.
- Deke Shaw and Agents Davis and Kim talk as they run maintenance on Zephyr One, with Shaw being amazed as Davis tells him how he survived Aida's attack. Glenn Talbot then suddenly enters through the floor, boarding the plane, and on seeing Kim, he uses his powers to kill him without a second thought. Shaw and Davis hide for safety as Talbot, along with two Remorath marauders, heads for the Quinjet.
- Alphonso Mackenzie watches WHiH World News in the Lighthouse as it reports on the attack on Greenwich Village. Shaw calls him and lets him know of Kim's death, and of Talbot's state of mind.
- Talbot gets to the Quinjet, using his powers to fly it himself instead of using the jet's power. He detaches it from Zephyr One and heads back to Earth.
- Mackenzie wonders why the Quinjet's tracker is not showing up, but Yo-Yo Rodriguez realizes that if Talbot is not using the jet's power, then the tracker would not be activated. Mackenzie decides to try and force the tracker to work by remote.
- Phil Coulson and Melinda May discuss Talbot in their cell. Coulson says he feels responsible, with Talbot having entered the machine for their sake. May points out the absurdity that they have now come to care for Talbot, having detested him when they first met 4 years prior, but Coulson states that this is an example of how people do change, and that they still need to try to help. He begins to scan their cell wall with his prosthetic hand.
- Having returned to Earth, Talbot visits his old bodyguard Carl Creel in hospital. He tells Creel that he has come into contact with gravitonium and has learned how to silence the voices it inflicts, saying he can silence them for him as well.
- Daisy Johnson talks with Taryan in the dark room. He says he sympathizes with the fact that "lesser" humans hunted her, but she tells him that despite having experienced some discrimination, humans should not be generalized by this. When he replies that she will come with him willingly or not, she tries to attack him but is surprised to find herself incapable of using her powers. Taryan reveals that she is not in fact conscious, and is currently being taken by Remorath to be delivered to him, with a device planted on her forehead to allow her unconscious self to converse with him ahead of them meeting physically.
- Alphonso Mackenzie goes to Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons, and they tell him that they might have found a way to revive Coulson's necrotic tissue. He is pleased, but informs them that Glenn Talbot is killing people, asking if they can find a way to reverse the process he underwent.
- Coulson continues to scan the wall and begins to construct a plan for an attempted escape. However, before he can take any action, the door opens and he and May find Deke Shaw at the entrance, knocking out the guard and letting them out. The agents are grateful, but tell him that they need to find Johnson next.
- Talbot offers to help Creel, extending his hand and asking for Creel to "join" him. Creel is cautious, but eventually does so, and the gravitonium in Talbot extends from his fingers to envelop him. Creel happily says that he has found peace, but Talbot then proceeds to use the gravitonium to absorb him entirely, effectively killing his old bodyguard.
- Soon after midnight, Alphonso Mackenzie and Yo-Yo Rodriguez review the security footage from the hospital of Talbot killing Creel. He tells her that while Creel had killed his friend, Isabelle Hartley, once he had understood that Creel was not in his right mind and got to know the man, he had forgiven him and found him to be a good person. Mackenzie finds new determination to take down Talbot, and Rodriguez suggests that it might unfortunately be necessary to kill him. He replies that if that is the case, he will be the one to do it.
- On their way to Knowhere, Gamora looks at her switchblade and reminisces sadly on the day her mother died, when Thanos massacred her people and abducted her. When Peter Quill returns to the cockpit, she tells him she needs to ask a favor. She states that she knows they will soon encounter Thanos whatever happens, and that if he gets a hold of her, she needs him to kill her. Quill is confused, but she says that she knows something vital that Thanos cannot find out about, and that if he gets hold of her alive he will almost certainly manage to force it out of her. She makes him swear, on his mother, that he will kill her if the time comes, and Quill reluctantly, solemnly, eventually agrees. She kisses him, but they are interrupted by the sound of a crunch beside them. They turn and find Drax, who informs them he has been standing there for an hour, claiming that he has mastered the ability of moving so slowly that he is invisible to the eye. Quill and Gamora exchange quizzical looks, telling him that they can see him perfectly well, but he insists his movement is imperceptible - until Mantis enters and greets him, disappointing him bitterly.
- Taryan tells Johnson that the device on her forehead, the Astralscope, is projecting her consciousness. She insists that she will get out of the situation, but Taryan mocks her, saying she has already lost track of how long she has been there and that without water, food, and sleep, she will be physically too weak to put up a fight. However, Johnson retorts by telling him that she knows his sons will die as cowards, and proceeds to use her force of will to wake herself up. The Astralscope on her head is broken and she returns to consciousness, kicking the two Remorath marauders carrying her to the ground and turning and tackling a third, then quaking them.
- Fitz and Simmons talk as they finish the Centipede Serum modifications to save Coulson. They consider how to stop Glenn Talbot, and Simmons suggests that drinking the odium might stop him, but that it would be too difficult to make him drink and even then it might not be strong enough. She posits that the Centipede Serum could perhaps be used to deliver the odium straight into his cells instead.
- The Guardians of the Galaxy arrive at Knowhere. They detect movement in the planet's third quadrant and go to land nearby.
- Ambush in Knowhere:
- The team hear Thanos' voice in the Collector's Museum and approach quietly. They watch in silence as Thanos threatens the Collector, questioning the whereabouts of the Reality Stone, saying he will kill him.
- Drax is overcome with his desire for revenge and moves to attack Thanos. Quill tries to stop him, but when he insists, Mantis rushes over and puts him to sleep. Her action, however, causes Drax to keel over and cause a loud thud as he hits the floor, alerting Thanos to their presence.
- Ignoring Quill's attempts to construct a plan, Gamora rushes to make her attack. She manages to surprise Thanos and stab him both with Godslayer and her switchblade. Thanos falls to the ground and dies, and Gamora cries, feeling a swell of mixed emotion at killing the man who was so cruel to her and yet treated her with care nonetheless.
- Gamora is shocked to suddenly hear Thanos' voice coming from behind her, despite his dead body at her feet. The reality around them begins to crumble into red dust, revealing the fiery ruins of the Collector's Museum as Thanos removes the effects of the Reality Stone on the area, which he has already acquired and has been using to alter the apparent reality around the Guardians to lure them in, including the rake version of himself that Gamora killed.
- Drax and Mantis move to attack Thanos, but the Titan simply uses the Reality Stone to temporarily turn Drax to stone blocks and Mantis into ribbon-like pieces. He grabs hold of Gamora, and Quill rushes to her defence, holding his Quad Blaster to Thanos and demanding he let her go.
- Gamora reminds Quill that he has no hope of harming Thanos, but that he promised he would kill her if Thanos got hold of her. Quill is distraught and Thanos taunts him, urging him to try and believing he is incapable. Holding to his solemn promise, Quill eventually summons the courage to painfully pull the trigger and end his girlfriend's life, only for Thanos to use the Reality Stone to turn the blast into bubbles, rendering the shot useless. He smiles as he opens a portal with the Space Stone and takes Gamora away with him.
- Drax and Mantis reform following Thanos' departure, and the team are left shell-shocked in the ruins of the museum.
- Deke Shaw, Phil Coulson, and Melinda May wander the corridors of Qovas' ship, not knowing where to go. The agents ask Shaw to translate the Kree language, but he reveals that he does not know it, only being able to count from 0 to 5. He decides on a direction to take them, but they stumble upon two Remorath. May prepares to fight, but Daisy Johnson arrives in time to help, quaking the aliens. Shaw wants to now leave the ship, but Coulson warns that they have to deal with Qovas first, otherwise the ionizer missiles could destroy River's End.
- Yo-Yo Rodriguez and Alphonso Mackenzie discuss Talbot and consider where he might have headed. Rodriguez tells him that before going into the machine, Talbot had kept repeating that he wanted to "fix" things. She speculates that he could be trying to prove that he is still a good man, and Mackenzie realizes that there is a high chance he specifically wants to prove he is a good father, and could have returned home.
- Soon after dawn, Steve Rogers' Quinjet lands at the New Avengers Facility.
- Inside the facility, James Rhodes is on a holographic conference call with Thaddeus Ross when the five heroes enter, with Maximoff and Wilson helping the injured Vision. Ross tells Rhodes to arrest the fugitives, but he ends the call to greet his old friends. Rhodes shows no hostility to the group, many of whom he had fought with, happily reuniting with them. He pokes fun at their tattered clothes, but Bruce Banner emerges from a nearby room, telling them he thinks they look great and awkwardly revealing that he has returned after his 3-year disappearance. Romanoff gives a wry smile back and greets him.
- The heroes discuss what to do about the Mind Stone in Vision's forehead. While Vision insists that the stone should be destroyed, Wanda Maximoff, the only one with the power to do it, refuses since it would kill her lover. Rogers agrees, saying they do not trade lives when making decisions, and Banner notes that the stone might be removable, but that it will not be easy given its complex connections within the android's neural network. He says he cannot do it alone with just the facility's resources, but Rogers suggests that if anywhere can help, it would be Wakanda.
- Carla and George Talbot are watching the WHiH World News coverage of the attack on Greenwich Village when the phone rings. Carla goes to take the call and when there is a knock at the door, George is left to answer. When he opens it, he is surprised to find his father.
- Glenn Talbot enters his home and Carla is cautious, concerned by his attire and attitude. Glenn demonstrates his powers to George, exciting him as he uses them to levitate his LEGO. Carla encourages George to leave the room so she can talk to him, and explains to Glenn that S.H.I.E.L.D. told her about his transformation. He becomes angry with her trust of the organization over him, and uses his powers to throw her against the wall.
- Qovas finds out about the agents' escapes and orders for Quake to be taken alive, but the others to be killed, using their own human weapons to dishonor them.
- Melinda May suggests that Phil Coulson and Daisy Johnson return home on Zephyr One while she and Deke Shaw deal with the missiles. Coulson refuses but May is insistent, when suddenly they are attacked by a Remorath marauder shooting at them. Coulson activates his energy shield to protect them and in the heat of the moment, decides to pull May into a kiss, after years of tension between them. Johnson is taken aback to see them kissing, but quakes the attacking alien away. Coulson heads off with her as May asked, while May leaves with Shaw, smirking to herself.
- Attack on Glenn Talbot:
- George Talbot pleads with his father to let his mother go, but Glenn insists that Carla cannot be trusted. He suddenly hears cars outside and lets Carla drop to the floor as he heads out to confront the arriving agents.
- Alphonso Mackenzie and Yo-Yo Rodriguez step out with two other agents and hold guns to Talbot, insisting they do not want to hurt him, only to talk. Talbot, however, insists that S.H.I.E.L.D. declared "war" on him when they tried to stop him, and uses his powers to lift the S.H.I.E.L.D. SUVs into the air, before crashing them down.
- The two agents accompanying Mackenzie and Rodriguez begin firing at Talbot, but he uses his abilities to control the bullets, stopping them mid-air before hurling them back at the agents. They dive for cover, but one of the accompanying agents is caught by one of the bullets.
- Two Remorath marauders move to activate the ionizer missiles, but Deke Shaw steps out to talk to them, luring them away from the control panel and around a corner, where Melinda May is waiting. She and Shaw together manage to defeat the aliens, strangling them until they pass out. May steals their weapons and instructs Shaw to find the target coordinates of the Lighthouse so they can transfer them to the Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device as their teleport destination. Shaw also finds the launch codes and asks May if he should deactivate the missiles, but she says instead to give them a new target.
- George Talbot steps out from the house, telling his father that he is no hero and is causing hurt. Rodriguez attempts to use her super-speed to get George to safety, but finds that the gravity field Glenn is generating is too strong, repelling her. Glenn assures his son that he will prove himself a hero once he gets more resources, and tells him to keep watching the news as he starts to levitate, then flies away.
- Coulson and Johnson board Zephyr One, but notice the flickering of the lights indicating Remorath marauders in the proximity. They contact Agent Davis, but he reports back that he is under attack, and they rush to his aid. Together, Johnson and Coulson take out the aliens on-board, with Coulson shoving one through a window, and reunite with Davis. Johnson points out that the broken glass has caused Coulson to bleed. He dismisses it and instructs Davis to start flying, explaining how May and Shaw will be getting back.
- Deke Shaw relays the coordinate symbols to Melinda May to programme into the Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device. As she prepares to put in the final symbols, Qovas arrives and tells her he will kill her before she ever leaves the ship. Using the stolen Remorath weapons, she engages Qovas in a fight. Shaw runs between the control panel and device to finish inputting the symbols while she fights.
- Johnson helps bandage Coulson's bleeding hand and teases him about kissing May, as Davis starts the plane's engine.
- May keeps Qovas occupied as Shaw finishes inputting the symbols. Qovas gets free of her and taunts her as he presses the button to fire the ionizer missiles to destroy River's End, but May and Shaw make it to the Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device and smile as they explain that they changed the target, before teleporting away to safety. Qovas realizes his mistake as the missiles turn back towards him, and his ship is exploded with him on-board.
- Coulson and Johnson watch from Zephyr One as Qovas' ship is destroyed, desperately hoping May and Shaw made it to safety. Jemma Simmons video calls them and May and Shaw run to the camera, showing themselves to be alive and well. Simmons tells them that Mackenzie and Rodriguez have just returned as well, informing them about Talbot killing Carl Creel. She hangs up, and Coulson begins to say that he feels they need to stop being careful with how they treat Talbot, when Johnson notices his hand has started bleeding profusely. He looks at it and is confused, then suddenly begins to go feint. Coulson collapses, and Johnson desperately tries to help him, telling Davis to contact for a medical team to meet them when they get back.
- Rescue of Doctor Strange:
For the continuation of the original timeline, see here.
- On the way to Nidavellir, Rocket gives Thor a prosthetic eye.
- Once they arrive, the forge has been powered down and only a Dwarf remains, Eitri. Eitri explains that after the Gauntlet was forged for Thanos, he destroyed the place and killed everyone else, while also cutting Eitri's hands, and nothing can be done until the neutron star in the center of the forge is reignited.
- Shortly afterwards, Nebula knocks out the guard watching over her to escape imprisonment, on the way sending a message for Mantis to meet her in Titan.
- Sacrifice of Gamora:
- On Vormir, Thanos and Gamora meet the Stone's guardian for the last seven decades, the Red Skull. It is explained that the Stone can only be given to whoever sacrifices a beloved one, "a soul for another". Thanos tearfully throws Gamora, his favorite adoptive daughter, down a cliff, and is rewarded with the Soul Stone.
- With the help of Rocket, Thor restarts the forge, and Eitri proceeds to create the axe Stormbreaker, whose handle is provided by Groot from his own arms.
- Battle of Wakanda:
- T'Challa, his family, and Bucky Barnes welcome the Avengers to Wakanda's capital Golden City. While Shuri is assigned to remove the Mind Stone from Vision's head under Wanda's supervision, T'Challa gathers the rest of Wakanda's tribes to prepare for the Black Order's attack.
- Proxima Midnight and Cull Obsidian arrive outside the barrier that protects Wakanda, behind of which are the Wakandans and the Avengers, that now include Banner in the Hulkbuster armor. She sends in an army of aliens, some of whom break through the barrier before T'Challa orders it to be removed so the army will remain in front of the resistance (instead of trying to find another way to get to Vision). During the battle, where the resistance eventually gets the additions of Thor, Rocket, Groot, and Scarlet Witch, Cull Obsidian is defeated by Banner by being thrown into the barrier, while Proxima Midnight is thrown by Wanda onto a large war machine.
- Just as Shuri was about to remove the Mind Stone, Corvus Glaive takes advantage of Wanda's absence to invade the laboratory, forcing her to leave Vision and push the assailant out the window. In the jungle outside, Corvus Glaive impales Vision before engaging Captain America in a fight, which ends as Vision kills Corvus Glaive with his own blade.
- Battle of Titan:
- Strange, Stark and Parker crash-land the Q-Ship on Titan. Shortly afterwards, the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and after a brief confrontation everyone realizes they're on the same side, against Thanos. They proceed to concoct a plan to ambush Thanos and remove the Gauntlet from his hand.
- Once Thanos, now owning four Infinity Stones, arrives on Titan, the Earth heroes and the Guardians attack him, eventually being joined by Nebula once she crashes her Necrocraft on Thanos. Once Thanos was restrained and put on his knees, Mantis used her powers to put him in a trance, while Iron Man and Spider-Man attempted to remove the Infinity Gauntlet. Once Quill and Nebula conclude that Thanos has killed Gamora, an angry Quill hits Thanos in the face and accidentally breaks Mantis's grip, making Thanos regain consciousness just as the Gauntlet was leaving his fist.
- Thanos uses his powers to throw one of Titan's moons on the planet, forcing everyone to run for their lives. Eventually Thanos has Iron Man pinned down and is about to kill him, but Strange offers the Time Stone in exchange for letting Stark live. Holding all but one of the Stones, Thanos leaves for Earth.
- Thanos arrives in Wakanda, and the Avengers and Guardians do their best to keep him away from Vision. Wanda eventually uses her powers to destroy the Mind Stone, but Thanos uses the Time Stone to revert time and remove it from Vision's head, killing the android in the process.
- Thor arrives and attacks Thanos with all of his power, impaling him with Stormbreaker, but the still alive Titan uses the full powers of the Infinity Stones to warp away to his homeworld while also causing his intended endgame: the death of half the living beings in the universe. Soon, many of the heroes disintegrate; the original six Avengers, War Machine, Rocket, Okoye, Nebula, and M'Baku are shown having survived.
- Nick Fury and Maria Hill are driving when the destructive wave starts disintegrating random people, including the driver of the car in front of theirs, and a helicopter pilot whose aircraft crashes on a nearby building. Desperate, Fury activates an emergency communication beacon just as he and Hill crumble as well. Once the distress call is sent, the beacon shows the emblem of Captain Marvel.
- In San Francisco, Scott Lang, Hank Pym, Janet van Dyne and Hope van Dyne are testing a new portable Quantum Realm teleporter to collect Quantum healing materials to help Ava Starr with her treatment. After Scott finishes collecting the healing material inside the Quantum Realm, he requests to be pulled back. However, Scott gets no response, as Hank, Janet and Hope are disintegrated by Thanos' actions, leaving Scott stranded in the Quantum Realm.
- Following the Battle of Wakanda, an injured Thanos settles down on a mysterious planet where he overlooks a sunset in satisfaction.
- An Emergency Alert System message is sent out following the aftermath of half of the Earth's population suddenly disappearing. The oversized ant in Scott Lang's house continues to play his drum set unaware of the chaos as the alert echoes through the house.
- ↑ 1.000 1.001 1.002 1.003 1.004 1.005 1.006 1.007 1.008 1.009 1.010 1.011 1.012 1.013 1.014 1.015 1.016 1.017 1.018 1.019 1.020 1.021 1.022 1.023 1.024 1.025 1.026 1.027 1.028 1.029 1.030 1.031 1.032 1.033 1.034 1.035 1.036 1.037 1.038 1.039 1.040 1.041 1.042 1.043 1.044 1.045 1.046 1.047 1.048 1.049 1.050 1.051 1.052 1.053 1.054 1.055 1.056 1.057 1.058 1.059 1.060 1.061 1.062 1.063 1.064 1.065 1.066 1.067 1.068 1.069 1.070 1.071 1.072 1.073 1.074 1.075 1.076 1.077 1.078 1.079 1.080 1.081 1.082 1.083 1.084 1.085 1.086 1.087 1.088 1.089 1.090 1.091 1.092 1.093 1.094 1.095 1.096 1.097 1.098 1.099 1.100 1.101 1.102 1.103 1.104 1.105 1.106 1.107 1.108 1.109 1.110 1.111 1.112 1.113 1.114 1.115 1.116 1.117 1.118 1.119 1.120 1.121 1.122 1.123 1.124 1.125 1.126 1.127 1.128 1.129 1.130 1.131 1.132 1.133 1.134 1.135 1.136 1.137 1.138 1.139 1.140 1.141 1.142 1.143 1.144 1.145 1.146 1.147 1.148 1.149 1.150 1.151 1.152 1.153 1.154 1.155 1.156 1.157 1.158 1.159 1.160 1.161 1.162 1.163 1.164 1.165 1.166 1.167 1.168 1.169 1.170 1.171 1.172 1.173 1.174 1.175 1.176 1.177 1.178 1.179 1.180 1.181 1.182 1.183 1.184 1.185 1.186 1.187 The placements for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 5, Episodes 14-22 and Ant-Man and the Wasp both connect with the placement of Avengers: Infinity War. It should first be established that Avengers: Infinity War takes place over a little under 24 hours, from Wednesday (as shown on Tony Stark's flip phone) to Thursday.
The main events of Ant-Man and the Wasp begin on a Sunday, with Cassie saying, "I had a fun weekend Daddy." On that day, Scott has 3 days remaining of his house arrest sentence, and the sentence finishes right after the climax, making that Wednesday. Scott replies to her, "Me too, Peanut. Just wait until next weekend!" This means the next time he will pick her up will be Saturday. After he is released following the climax of the film, we see Scott picking up Cassie, meaning it is a Saturday, at a minimum the Saturday 3 days after the climax. Following this, the X-Con group get the deal they wanted, Hank and Janet set up their house by the beach, and Hope and Scott watch Them! with Cassie in a shrunken car, acting like a drive-in theatre. This final scene with Cassie should also be a weekend. At a minimum, the final scene of the film is the Saturday or Sunday 3-4 days after the end of the climax. Following this final scene, the mid-credits scene takes place at the same time as the ending of Avengers: Infinity War on a Thursday. As will later be explained, the gap between Ant-Man and the Wasp needs to be as short as possible, so assuming the 4 epilogue scenes all take place during the weekend 3-4 days after the climax, the mid-credits scene could then take place on the Thursday after that - 8 days after the climax of the film. Therefore:
- Sunday Week 1 - Beginning of Ant-Man and the Wasp main events.
- Monday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp main events continue.
- Tuesday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp main events continue.
- Wednesday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp climax and end of main events.
- Saturday-Sunday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp epilogue.
- Wednesday Week 3 - Beginning of Avengers: Infinity War events.
- Thursday Week 3 - End of Avengers: Infinity War events/Ant-Man and the Wasp credits scenes.
So, considering a 9-day gap before Option Two, which is set during the early events of Avengers: Infinity War on Wednesday, All Roads Lead... must end the prior Monday. Working backwards, the episode begins the day before, the Sunday, Episode 17 - The Honeymoon is earlier that Sunday, and Episode 16 - Inside Voices is earlier that Sunday. In Inside Voices, Ruby Hale says, "So then why not talk to Coulson about it? He has experience with it. I think after 2 days in isolation, maybe an olive branch..." which places the "24 hours ago" portion of Episode 15 - Rise and Shine as being 2 days prior, Friday, thus meaning that Rise and Shine spans from Thursday-Saturday. Finally, Episode 14 - The Devil Complex, takes place earlier on Thursday.
Overall, adding this to the timeline:
- Thursday Week 1 - Episode 14 - The Devil Complex. Beginning of Episode 15 - Rise and Shine events.
- Friday Week 1 - Episode 15 - Rise and Shine "24 hours ago" events.
- Saturday Week 1 - End of Episode 15 - Rise and Shine events.
- Sunday Week 1 - Episode 16 - Inside Voices events, Episode 17 - The Honeymoon events, beginning of Episode 18 - All Roads Lead... events/Beginning of Ant-Man and the Wasp main events.
- Monday Week 2 - End of Episode 18 - All Roads Lead... events/Ant-Man and the Wasp main events continue.
- Tuesday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp main events continue.
- Wednesday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp climax and end of main events.
- Saturday-Sunday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp epilogue.
- Wednesday Week 3 - Beginning of Avengers: Infinity War events/Episode 19 - Option Two events, Episode 20 - The One Who Will Save Us All events, beginning of Episode 21 - The Force of Gravity events.
- Thursday Week 3 - End of Episode 21 - The Force of Gravity events, Episode 22 - The End events/End of Avengers: Infinity War events/Ant-Man and the Wasp credits scenes.
First, there is a latest possible date for the events of Avengers: Infinity War. The Wednesday of Avengers: Infinity War is still during school time, as Peter is on a school field trip. It is during Peter's junior year, since Spider-Man: Far From Home will be set after Avengers: Endgame, itself set after Avengers: Infinity War, and will take place in the summer vacation between Parker's junior and senior years (1, 2). With Parker beginning sophomore year in Spider-Man: Homecoming in September 2016, he would finish junior year in June 2018. This means that the Wednesday of Avengers: Infinity War should be before Tuesday, June 26, 2018, when New York high schools finished for summer (1, 2, 3). If necessary, it can be assumed that either Parker's school finished 1 day later than most, or the New York high schools in the MCU finished 1 day later than those in the real world, making Wednesday, June 27, 2018 the absolute latest that Avengers: Infinity War could begin.
The earliest possible is January 2018, as all these events must take place in 2018. This is evidenced by many things:
- Avengers: Infinity War takes place 2 years after the main events of Captain America: Civil War, which are firmly placed in June 2016 (see 2016 references).
- In Avengers: Infinity War, Vision says, "Wanda, for 2 years, we've stolen these moments, trying to see if this could work."
- Later, Rhodes says to Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon, "You guys really look like crap. Must've been a rough couple years."
- A set visit claimed that the film is set "years" after the mid-credits scene of Captain America: Civil War, placing it in at least 2018, and as mentioned, June 2018 is the latest possible, so again, this suggests 2 years.
- Scarlett Johansson stated the film is "2 or 3 years" after Captain America: Civil War in June 2016, suggesting a 2018 or 2019 placement, and as mentioned, June 2018 is the latest possible, so again, this suggests 2 years.
- The Russo brothers stated the film is "roughly 2 years" after Captain America: Civil War, specifying that it is roughly the amount of time that has passed in the real world between the release dates of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
- Chris Evans said it has been a "couple years" since Captain America: Civil War.
- Scarlett Johansson said in Avengers: Infinity War - The Official Movie Special, "There is a two-year period between [Captain America:] Civil War and the start of [Avengers:] Infinity War.
- Avengers: Infinity War takes place 3 years after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which are firmly placed in Spring 2015 (see 2015 references).
- Avengers: Infinity War takes place 4 years after the main events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which are placed in October 2014 (see 2014 references).
- Avengers: Infinity War takes place 6 years after the events of The Avengers, which are firmly placed in May 2012 (see 2012 references).
- In Avengers: Infinity War, Tony says to Doctor Strange, "It's you who doesn't understand that Thanos has been inside my head for 6 years, since he sent an army to New York - and now he's back!"
- Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place 2 years after the main events of Captain America: Civil War, which are firmly placed in June 2016.
- In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott is finishing a house arrest sentence. Jimmy Woo says, "As a part of his joint plea deal with Homeland Security and the German government, he was allowed to return to the U.S., provided he served 2 years under house arrest followed by 3 years of probation," meaning the sentence was 2 years
- Later, Scott says to Hope, "Give me a break, I haven't driven in 2 years," referring to the time since he left for Germany in Captain America: Civil War and got arrested.
- At the end of his sentence, Scott asks Woo, "Are my 2 years up already?"
- Kevin Feige stated, "[Scott Lang] answered a call when heroes needed him and now he's been under house arrest for 2 years."
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 5, Episodes 14-22 take place in 2018.
- In Episode 8 - The Last Day, a flashforward is shown with events that, as shown in Episode 22 - The End, would take place on the Thursday of Avengers: Infinity War, and the on-screen text specifically says "2018".
- The agents return to the present day in Episode 11 - All the Comforts of Home. Later that day, Yo-Yo Rodriguez has her arms sliced off. The agents perform surgery on her amputated arms, and she begins to heal. 2 days later, in Episode 12 - The Real Deal, the monitor by her bed shows "12-06-2017", making it December 6, 2017. This fits with Hale saying, "This is the first time Ms. Johnson's been sighted in months," referring to the time since she went traveled to the future in May 2017, and thus suggesting it is no later than December 2017. It fits as being soon after the main events of Episode 5 - Rewind, which take place on November 25, 2017, 197 days (as given by the number of monkey faces Fitz has drawn on his cell wall) after Fitz was incarcerated on May 12, 2017, and then November 26, 2017. It lines up with the fact that the events of Thor: Ragnarok are referenced as being recent in All the Comforts of Home, with Thor: Ragnarok taking place around November 2017, and All the Comforts of Home beginning on December 4, 2017. It also lines up with the fact that in Episode 13 - Principia, Coulson jokes with Fitz, asking if he comes bearing "tidings of comfort and joy". It would indeed be Christmas time, a couple of weeks since The Real Deal. By Episode 14 - The Devil Complex, the skin on Rodriguez's arm stumps has healed over, which takes 4 weeks to 2 months (1, 2). With Rodriguez having lost her arms and had surgery performed on them on December 4, 2017, earliest that The Devil Complex can take place is January 2018, thus meaning that from Episode 14 onward, it is 2018.
- In Episode 15 - Rise and Shine, events set at the time of Season 3, Episode 17 - The Team and Episode 18 - The Singularity in April 2016 are shown on-screen to have been "2 years ago".
- In Episode 16 - Inside Voices, events set immediately after Season 1, Episode 22 - Beginning of the End in January 2014 are shown on-screen to have been "four years ago".
The evidence from Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp is mainly based on Scott Lang's house arrest. His 2-year sentence coming to an end would imply that it has been 24 months since the end of the main events of Captain America: Civil War. In that film, Scott is arrested on June 24, 2016 (a firmly established date - see 2016 references). Steve Rogers breaks him out of the Raft 2 days later, on June 26, 2016, and very soon after (as shown in Avengers: Infinity War Prelude), Scott returns home after making his deal. The exact date that the sentence would end depends on a few factors, such as when the sentence counts as beginning from: the date of his initial imprisonment, the date of his deal being made, or the date he returned home - and, if it counts from his initial imprisonment, whether each day spent in prison counts as double towards his sentence, hence removing a couple of days from the term. At the latest, if the deal counted from him returning home and he didn't return until around June 28th, Lang's house arrest would finish on June 27, 2018. Seemingly, at the earliest, if the deal counted from the start of his incarceration on June 24th and each day incarcerated counted as double, plus Scott spent an extra day incarcerated after turning himself over and before the deal was finished and he returned home, thus totalling 3 days incarcerated and therefore 3 days off of his sentence, Lang's house arrest would finish on June 20, 2018.
As explained, the arrest finishes on a Wednesday, and at the very shortest, the events of Avengers: Infinity War start 1 week later on the following Wednesday. And as also mentioned, the very last day that the events of Avengers: Infinity War can possibly begin is Wednesday, June 27, 2018. So, with what is seemingly the very earliest day that Lang's house arrest can possibly end being Wednesday, June 20, 2018, these would have to be the dates taken - the only possible dates to use: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Lang's house arrest finishes, and Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War begins. This would also line up well with the references to the time between previous films and Avengers: Infinity War, with them placing it ideally around mid-2018.
However, there are several things in Thor: Ragnarok and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suggesting it is much earlier in the year.
- Firstly, Thor: Ragnarok is firmly set in 2017 (see 2017 references). At the very latest, it takes place in November-December 2017, before All the Comforts of Home on December 4, 2017, which features a reference to the events of the film. There is a jump in time between the end of the main events of the film and the film's mid-credits scene, which is set mere minutes before the opening of Avengers: Infinity War. However, the gap should be minimal, for several reasons:
- The film finishes with Thor deciding to head back to Earth. Only in the mid-credits scene do he and Loki seem to actually begin discussing the problems with bringing Loki back to the planet. This would imply that it is very soon after the decision was made.
- Thor's hair is exactly the same in Avengers: Infinity War as it is in Thor: Ragnarok, including the streak on the side from the Watcher Informant's poor cutting. While it's possible that Asgardian hair grows slower than humans', it nonetheless implies very little time has passed.
- The Statesman has a few hundred Asgardians on board that need food and water and other general living standards, and the ship itself is highly unlikely to have enough on board to sustain a few hundred people for very long. It is possible that they could have gone a little longer if one assumes they stopped at other places for resources on the way and/or that Asgardians need less sustenance than humans, but nonetheless, the longer the gap, the more and more assumptions have to me made.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Episode 12 - The Real Deal is firmly set on December 6, 2017, as given by the "12-06-2017" date on Rodriguez's monitor, and which lines up with all the other evidence as mentioned above. Episode 13 - Principia takes place shortly after and, as is evidenced by Coulson's mention of "tidings of comfort of joy", it is Christmas. When Episode 14 - The Devil Complex begins, it is heavily implied to be merely another few days later:
- Coulson's condition has severely worsened in the few days it has been for the agents since facing Aida by Episode 12 - The Real Deal, but is not noticeably worse by Episode 13 - Prinicipia, suggesting no more than a day or 2.
- The Fear Dimension rift is still an urgent problem. The agents managed to temporarily close it on December 6, 2017 in Episode 12 - The Real Deal, but as Fitz knows, it was only temporary and is still very much a pressing issue. He is still trying to find a way to close it permanently, knowing it is rapidly reopening, suggesting it has been absolutely no more than a few weeks since Episode 12 - The Real Deal.
- Yo-Yo Rodriguez is still recovering from her arms being sliced off. This would take no more than a few weeks.
- The robotic arms recovered in Principia, at Christmas time, from Hale's sleeper mechs are still only just being programmed for Rodriguez. With geniuses such as Fitz and Simmons, who have created and programmed similar things very fast, this would not take more than a couple of weeks, maximum.
- Nothing has progressed or changed for the agents. They are still hiding in the Lighthouse and working on the issues with Hale and with Rodriguez's arms. Similarly, nothing has progressed with Hale, who deploys a plan in The Devil Complex that would not have taken very long to come up with. The lack of events or change between the episodes considering the rapidity at which events unfold once the agents return from the future and the urgency of saving the world from destruction means that it cannot be more than several days since Principia.
- In The Devil Complex, snow is shown on the ground, suggesting it is still winter.
- In Episode 15 - Rise and Shine, Coulson says to Hale, "Listen, my team wasn't hiding all these months. We traveled to the future." From this, it can be taken that it has only been "months" since May 12, 2017, when the agents were sent to the future. While it has to now be 2018, it should not be later than early 2018. As well as this, this piece of dialogue suggests that the amount of time that his team have been back in the present is negligible, because he is generalizing the whole time since May 12, 2017 as the time that they were not around, but in the future.
However, a further complication comes from The Punisher: Season 2, which firmly places itself in May 2018 (see other references). Jeph Loeb stated in July 2018, "The short answer is that the stories that you're seeing, unless otherwise noted, all happen before [...] what is affectionately referred to as "The Thanos Snap". And we'll continue to be in that place until we find out what happens in Avengers 4," referring to all Marvel Cinematic Universe television released before April 26, 2019. This would place The Punisher: Season 2 (released in January 2019) before Avengers: Infinity War (save for the "three months later" epilogue of The Whirlwind, which is August 2018, so has to be after Avengers: Infinity War no matter what), thereby making Avengers: Infinity War set in at least May 2018. However, this is also the only answer Loeb could feasibly give, and he does not explicitly cover every single season, nor The Punisher: Season 2 (saying only that the shows will be set before "for the most part" on a prior occasion), so it is possible that the one season being set after Avengers: Infinity War is not a hard contradiction to Loeb's comments, but this also relies on the effects of Thanos' finger-snap not being permanent, which we cannot know until the release of Avengers: Endgame.
Ultimately, we do not have sufficient information to place Ant-Man and the Wasp, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 5, Episode 14 - The Devil Complex to Episode 22 - The End, and Avengers: Infinity War currently, other than that the earliest their connected events can begin is Sunday, March 18, 2018 and the latest their connected events can end is Thursday, June 28, 2018. To fall in this gap means we can only define it as spring (with only the opening of Ant-Man and the Wasp falling outside the officially beginning of spring on March 20, 2018 but still within the informal beginning on March 1st) or early summer (with summer officially beginning on June 21, 2018 and informally beginning on June 1st) currently, until further information is given.
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.14: The Devil Complex
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 Ant-Man and the Wasp
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.16: Inside Voices
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.17: The Honeymoon
- ↑ 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 6.25 6.26 6.27 6.28 6.29 6.30 6.31 6.32 6.33 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.18: All Roads Lead...
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 James Gunn confirmed that the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Groot mid-credits scene is years after the film, shortly before Avengers: Infinity War. It has been placed 1 week before the start of Avengers: Infinity War.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- ↑ In Avengers: Infinity War, Thor says on Wednesday that Xandar was attacked "last week". The middle of the previous week would be Thursday, the day after the end of Scott Lang's house arrest.
- ↑ 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 10.18 10.19 10.20 10.21 10.22 10.23 10.24 10.25 10.26 10.27 10.28 10.29 10.30 10.31 10.32 10.33 10.34 10.35 10.36 10.37 10.38 10.39 10.40 10.41 10.42 10.43 10.44 10.45 10.46 10.47 10.48 10.49 10.50 10.51 10.52 10.53 10.54 10.55 10.56 Avengers: Infinity War
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Thor: Ragnarok
- ↑ 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 12.15 12.16 12.17 12.18 12.19 12.20 12.21 12.22 12.23 12.24 12.25 12.26 12.27 12.28 12.29 12.30 12.31 12.32 12.33 12.34 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.19: Option Two
- ↑ 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 13.13 13.14 13.15 13.16 13.17 13.18 13.19 13.20 13.21 13.22 13.23 13.24 13.25 13.26 13.27 13.28 13.29 13.30 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.20: The One Who Will Save Us All
- ↑ 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 14.15 14.16 14.17 14.18 14.19 14.20 14.21 14.22 14.23 14.24 14.25 14.26 14.27 14.28 14.29 14.30 14.31 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.21: The Force of Gravity
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.08: The Last Day
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.22: The End
- ↑ Avengers: Infinity War Post-credits scene
- ↑ Ant-Man and the Wasp Mid-credits scene
- ↑ Ant-Man and the Wasp Mid-credits scene