Hi, I'm BEJT.
I am a huge fan of the MCU and I love how everything links together in order.
I work with other users to form the most reliable MCU timeline possible by considering every piece of evidence for time frames in all MCU released media.
If you have any queries about timelines or evidence you think I have missed, or want a discussion with me about the timeline, be sure to visit the General Discussion Board for the Timeline Discussion, or drop me a message on my wall. Be sure to check the timeline pages' references, or my blogs (once they are up), for the evaluation of evidence if you wonder how we came to a certain conclusion.
I am slowly working on my blogs.
- List of Canon Content (under construction)
- MCU Chronological Order (still to come)
- The Full and Complete MCU Timeline Project (still to come)
- Why The Avengers Has to Be in 2012, Civil War (and Thus Homecoming) Has to Be in 2016, and "8 Years Later" Cannot Work (purpose fulfilled, but still relevant)
- Time Travel, Timelines, the Multiverse, and Related Topics: The Marvel Cinematic Universe's Rules (in need of update)
- Full Analysis of All Evidence for Phase One's Timeline, Plus New Suggestion for Timeline Placements (proposed changes have been made, purpose fulfilled, but still relevant; in need of update & rewrite)
Other blogs for placing events:
- Fury's Big Week Exact Full Chronology (still to come)
- Luke Cage Past Dates (purpose fulfilled, but still relevant)
- Black Panther Past Dates (in need of update)
- Asgardian Ageing Calculations (under construction & in need of update)
- Winter Soldier in January 2014 (proposed changes have been made, purpose fulfilled, no longer relevant)
Other helpful blogs:
Out of personal interest:
- List of Character Ages and Dates of Birth/Death (still to come)
- Thanos' Snap Survivors and Victims (in need of update)
- Predicting First Trailers' Release Dates (under construction & in need of update)
- Predicting Marvel Netflix Release Dates (purpose fulfilled, no longer relevant)
My Favourite MCU Content
The Films from Weakest to Strongest
- 23) The Incredible Hulk
- The Incredible Hulk is decent, and there's not a lot more that can be said. The film can feel a bit flat and lacking in dynamics, which isn't helped by the Hulk's dull brownish-grey-green design, but Edward Norton and Liv Tyler both do a reasonable job, and the film is entertaining and solid enough - even if it falls into generic "character faces bigger, evil counterpart of themselves as they smash up a city" territory.
- 22) Iron Man 2
- Iron Man 2 is not a bad film, but it's not a particularly good one either. Tony is not given a particular character arc in the film or anywhere near as much development as the first. Whiplash is a boring villain. Justin Hammer is suitably smarmy and well-played, but both over-the-top and underused. The film can also feel at times like it is only trying to move pieces into place for Marvel Avengers Assemble, and there isn't too much to be engaged by during the film. However, it is kept afloat by an enjoyable performance by Robert Downey, Jr. (even if the character is a little less likeable), good chemistry with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Sam Rockwell giving it his all, Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johansson bringing some freshness to the series, a small emotional core with Tony's revelations about his father, and exciting sequences such as the suitcase "Mark V" armour in Monaco and Black Widow's skirmish with Hammer's men.
- 21) Thor
- A light and simple but reasonably good film about an arrogant man learning to love, and Shakespearean sibling rivalry. Thor delivers laughs, adequate romance, and a general sense of light-hearted pleasantry. There is a slight sense of putting on a high-budget school play through some of it, but Hemsworth and Hiddleston are great casting in their respective roles - even if they are still maturing along with their characters - and the film is a nice way to spend 2 hours, but it won't change your life.
- 20) Thor: The Dark World
- Thor: The Dark World is probably the MCU's most forgettable film, but it's not bad. It can feel a little slow and uninteresting when it focuses too much on its human characters, and the villain is likely to make very little lasting impact on the viewer, but something the film does well is build on the first film's mythology. The fantasy world and the sets and costumes all become bigger, grander, richer, with Asgard feeling like a much more real and impressive place, and while it falls short of its aim to become a heavy, The Lord of the Rings-esque mythology, the grandeur of Asgard and the space battles are enjoyable to watch. Frigga's funeral is a beautiful, highly underrated MCU scene, and the dynamic between Thor and Loki is still fun.
- 19) Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Coming in the strong Phase Three, Ant-Man and the Wasp felt like a little bit of a backtrack to a more basic time. Basic isn't always bad and can be refreshing, though in this case, it did feel a little underwhelming. This is a sequel more even than its predecessor, with lows not as weak as the silliest (Darren Cross) parts of Ant-Man (with a better villain in Ghost), but also lacking the sharpness of the first film's wit, or many particular highlights. It's great to see Wasp come into her own, and better-looking, but it's admittedly lacking some spark, as well as much of a sense of progress and purpose. Very close in quality to the first, but perhaps a hair shy.
- 18) Iron Man 3
- With Iron Man 3, Marvel had the opportunity to give Iron Man a formidable villain "behind everything so far" for the character, and follow up on some interesting anxiety story threads from Marvel Avengers Assemble. Did it succeed? For a large amount of the film, yes, but towards the end, absolutely not. The Mandarin is imposing, there's a reasonable mystery, and anxiety is an interesting direction to take this charming-but-narcissistic billionaire who seemingly cannot be fazed - an emotional weakness and vulnerability. But the controversial twist of the Mandarin's identity, while funny and risky, does not service the rest of the story, as Killian is a far less interesting character and villain. There are odd moments of humour in supposedly tragic circumstances, and the anxiety storyline gets resolved far too easily. Tony's interactions with Harley are fun and somewhat heartwarming, and the script is very sharp in the first half, though the Iron Man armours also start to feel weightless and disposable, and the film falls itself into fairly trite territory by the end.
- 17) Ant-Man
- Ant-Man is another fun Marvel story, with creative uses of/filming of the shrinking effect, a hilarious character in Luis, and a potent theme of parents' love, which the MCU had not yet explored. The film does fall into the trappings of repeating story beats from Iron Man, quite noticeably in places, which can make it feel a little familiar - however, it does enough to justify its distinct nature and doesn't waste its premise, amounting to a safe but solidly entertaining instalment in the series.
- 16) Guardians of the Galaxy
- Guardians of the Galaxy is a fixture in many people's MCU top 5s. Personally, it's never quite fully resonated. I have grown to be a big fan of James Gunn and his passion, and really appreciate what this film has done for expanding the universe. I find the Guardians themselves very endearing and the adventure a lot of fun - plus, of course, the music is fantastic. However, I personally find it hard to get over Ronan as a somewhat ridiculous villain with childish dialogue, and find at many points that the film oversteps the line into silliness. That said, the film is still a grand, imaginative, and most of all fun space opera adventure.
- 15) Spider-Man: Far from Home
- A fun film that is nonetheless the most distinctly weaker MCU sequel since Iron Man 2. Spider-Man: Far from Home starts strong, continuing its predecessor's impressive grip on teenage behaviour to set the scene beautifully. But as the film goes on, it starts to feel more focused on laughs than anything else, and copies many of Spider-Man: Homecoming's beats without ever being as smart, funny, well-done, relatable, emotional, or fresh. Mysterio as a villain has mixed results, with Gyllenhaal giving everything he has to a very odd character, who certainly doesn't live up to Vulture. The film also has a slightly muddled message about being the next Iron Man, doesn't take Peter on much of a character journey beyond the last film, and delivers what should be great credits scenes in a clunky fashion. Nonetheless, Holland remains great, Ned is still fantastic (though underused), MJ is well-developed from the first film, the romance is sweet, and the film has some standout sequences, while also always being a pleasant and enjoyable watch.
- 14) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 better than the first? Personally, I do not love the first as much as most, and while this film has a noticeably less tight story structure, it has a better villain and overall feels more fun, edging out the first by a tiny margin. It can feel a little meandering in the middle and predictable in many places, but seeing the team interact more brings great enjoyment, the new additions also bring new tones to the franchise, and the much brighter colour palette and funnier, more quotable script makes it overall a more enjoyable film.
- 13) Captain Marvel
- A really enjoyable semi-origin story for a cool new character. Captain Marvel doesn't do much massively striking or new, but is nonetheless a fun and occasionally moving adventure. The space sequences are suitably entertaining, and the Carol/Fury buddy team-up dynamic is delightful (plus, Goose!). Brie Larson delivers a great performance, remarkably subtle for such a bold character, as she imbues the cocksure and closed off character with a clear repressed well of emotion. The film has a nice message not only about a woman overcoming systemic oppression on two fronts - brought to a supremely satisfying conclusion when Carol rises above Yon-Rogg's taunts - but also the importance of memory, bonds, and growth to what defines our humanity, expressed in the deeply stirring moments between Carol and the Rambeaus. Carol's arrived with a bang, and she's here to stay.
- 12) Doctor Strange
- Doctor Strange is a fun origin story with magnificent special effects work. It can feel like it is rehashing too much of a familiar story in Strange's arc, but the magic and mystical nature of it feels more fresh and interesting. Kaecilius may not be too memorable, but the ending is a clever twist on the standard city-destroying affair, and the film feels solidly likeable throughout.
- 11) Captain America: The First Avenger
- Captain America was a very difficult character to bring to the screen. How does one get the balance right between being faithful to this 1940s cheesy patriotic propaganda-piece, and a genuinely interesting and non-pompous character? But the film this gets it spot on, poking fun at the propaganda while revelling in it, and simultaneously telling the story of a brave and endearing man with good ideals and no desire to be a symbol of America - simply to do the right thing. The Peggy storyline is heartwarming and the friendship with Bucky is effective. While the film rushes through some parts and can get a bit simplistic with the Hydra storyline, Captain America: The First Avenger serves as a fun period-piece adventure with a pure hero and a well-acted, suitable villain.
- 10) Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Horrendous timeline errors aside, Spider-Man: Homecoming succeeds in its aim to show the life of a teenager who also happens to be a new superhero, living in this world of aliens and gods and super-people, and does it with charm and sharp wit. Tom Holland continues to be delightful in the lead role, and perfect casting for both sides of the web-crawler, and the film is breezy and comic-accurate while telling the story of a very likeable character in relatable circumstances, going up against an interesting villain.
- 9) Iron Man
- The one that started it all. Iron Man is effortlessly cool and well-written with an incredibly charming performance from Robert Downey, Jr. in a role that could otherwise be considered unlikable. The third act may let the film down slightly, but the development of the character and armour is great, and establishes the character perfectly. This film is the solo triumph which sets the bar for how to start a cinematic universe.
- 8) Marvel Avengers Assemble
- The unprecedented bringing together of four film series could have failed completely, but it succeeds in great fashion. The story is based around a simple MacGuffin item, the colours are often too bland and blue/grey, and while Loki is a well fleshed-out villain, he can come across as too silly in many places. However, seeing the cast interact for the first time is very rewarding, and Marvel Avengers Assemble completed the MCU's first phase on a thoroughly entertaining high note, while setting up for things to come.
- 7) Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Avengers: Age of Ultron may not surpass its predecessor in story structure, but it takes the original film and doubles the fun, while adding a great dose of some more vibrant and warm colours in places. Watching the Avengers interact with one another from the offset and throughout the film is just a joy, and new additions Scarlet Witch and Vision each bring something extra to the cast.
- 6) Black Panther
- With Black Panther, Marvel delivered their strongest one-hero-only story. Ryan Coogler directs the film with fantastic skill, telling a slow but very compelling story, filled with vibrancy, culture, tradition, and heart. T'Challa is further established as an incredibly likeable lead, and the rest of the cast is filled with fleshed-out, interesting, and memorable characters - Okoye, Nakia, Shuri, and M'Baku being the standouts. And then there are the villains - Andy Serkis delivers a very fun performance as Ulysses Klaue, but Michael B. Jordan really shines as Erik Killmonger, a compelling villain with interesting motivations and a fantastic performance. The pacing can feel a little slow in places and then suddenly rushed, and the final battle fails to stir much excitement, but the world-building of Wakanda is excellent, and the story feels very engaging throughout.
- 5) Thor: Ragnarok
- Taika Waititi follows up small, quirky Kiwi indie comedies with his first huge superhero blockbuster, and makes the transition really well. Waititi's unique style of humour shines through - especially in his character of Korg, a quotable highlight of the film - as the film makes you laugh and grin from start to finish. On top of the humour, Thor: Ragnarok is a visually stunning, grand adventure with gods, fire demons, dragons, sorcerers, and an alien junk planet where Jeff Goldblum hosts a gladiatorial competition for weird and wonderful creatures from all across the universe. Cate Blanchett chews the scenery in the best way as one of the MCU's best villains, Hela, and while the film could have used a few more moments of sincerity and genuine heart (something Waititi achieved the balance of superbly in Hunt for the Wilderpeople), it still achieves some stirring moments, and will keep you thoroughly entertained throughout.
- 4) Avengers: Infinity War
- The Russos and Markus & McFeely had an impossible task with Avengers: Infinity War: wrangle 20 + main heroes with varying tones, settings, and styles into one narrative while maintaining consistency, still manage to tell a compelling story that is driven by character growth and not mere wisecracking, successfully make a sequel to about six different films in one go which furthers different characters' stories, make a big purple villain who has been the butt of jokes for several years become a genuinely moving and developed character and threat, somehow fit genuine shock and surprises into the run time among everything else, raise the stakes for the Marvel films in a way which feels sincere... and somehow live up to the title of being the culmination of 10 years and nineteen films in the MCU. And yet they somehow succeeded on most fronts. It's a miracle that this film does not buckle under its ambition, let alone that it is so great to behold. As a huge fan who has followed the films for so long and put so much dedication into the series, watching it all come to its climax is exhilarating and incredibly rewarding. The choice to make Thanos the main character is interesting, but mostly works - developing him to the point where he is worthy of being the culminating villain. However, this does mean that some character time is sacrificed. There is perhaps a little too long spent with Thor on his side-quest, and not enough time spent on the repercussions of the Avengers' civil war, with Steve Rogers and his friends in particular not getting enough to do. It would have been nice to get a few more supporting characters from the MCU to appear, to really fully feel like every film character's worlds were coming together, and to have spent a bit more time on Earth - but part of this comes down to it only being the first half of a story, and the promise that some of the characters with less screen time here will have more to do in the second half. Nonetheless, the thrilling experience is hard not to love, and the ending is shocking and heart-stopping, really highlighting this film as a truly special event in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- 3) Avengers: Endgame
- The Infinity Saga's grand conclusion (Spider-Man: Far from Home aside) lived up to expectations in most ways, and those were high expectations. the film is a truly remarkable, unprecedented cinematic achievement from the Russos and Markus & McFeely. The film kicks off with a near-perfect, sombre, mature, and emotionally rich opening half hour. It is admittedly then followed by an uneven, sometimes moving, sometimes funny, sometimes slightly awkward second half hour. The middle hour then uses its premise to brilliantly revisit aspects of the 11 years of buildup, in a way that is mostly just very fun, but with clever usage of time travel to give characters closure. Finally, Black Widow's moving sacrifice takes us into the final act, which is pure glorious wish-fulfillment containing some of the most gleeful moments in my cinematic viewing history and phenomenal payoffs, followed by two very fitting main character sendoffs for Tony and Steve, ending a set of films so monumental on a simple beautiful, human moment. I have mixed feelings about the time travel logistics, believing the film to have been clear, logical, and scientific until the Russos stepped in with problematic comments contradicting the writers' logical and satisfying picture. There are some issues with the humour and pace, and Thor and Hulk are not handled quite perfectly - with Hulk not quite getting the satisfying arc one would want and having imperfect digital effects which do not quite feel real, while an interesting idea in exploring Thor's depression often strays into easy jokes at his expense and his personality regressing to being babyish. If not for this, the film would be a competitor for the best film in the franchise. Still, while Avengers: Endgame is a much more uneven film than Avengers: Infinity War, its different approach allows for some slowed down, human, great character moments such as Steve's support group, Steve and Natasha's conversation, and Tony and Morgan. An impressive triumph of a finale that, all things considered, is a miracle.
- 2) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- A film which is exhilarating, sinister, and very well-made, with possibly the best action choreography in any superhero film, ever. The chemistry and the script are electric and the themes it explores are well-done. Captain America: The Winter Soldier makes Steve Rogers one of the best MCU heroes, the Winter Soldier one of the best MCU villains, and has massive implications on the universe as a whole. It delivers twists sensationally, and elevates all its characters, while exuding a sense of awesomeness throughout, and giving great time with Black Widow and a great introduction to Falcon.
- 1) Captain America: Civil War
- A masterclass in superhero film-making, which has the perfect balance of light and dark, wit and severity, a thoroughly well-written script, an incredible score, finely crafted character motivations, and real stakes. It endeavours to achieve deeper themes, with some superb mature scenes, and succeeds gloriously, as well as giving every single hero an arc and change from start to finish, while managing to keep the focus on the characters that matter most to the story. Zemo is an inspired choice for a villain - a normal man, who knows he cannot defeat the Avengers, so attempts to tear them apart from the inside - and Tony's remorse makes him the most likeable he has been since Iron Man. The airport fight is 17 minutes of pure excitement, with a score both triumphant and lamenting, and the emotional finale and ending really bring the film to heights the MCU has not reached before, as well as setting the stage for five films of ramifications. Captain America: Civil War is the MCU's crowning jewel so far, showing the full benefits of a built-up story and emotional attachment to characters through a cinematic universe.
Favourite ABC Season and Episode
- The best ABC season: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 4
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. built itself up over its first few years, before hitting its best season so far with Season 4. Smartly split into three "pods" to keep the show well-paced and moving, the Ghost Rider arc is dark and engaging, the LMD arc fun and interesting, and the Agents of Hydra arc clever and emotional. Robbie Reyes is a highlight, Aida is a great villain, Self Control the best episode of the show, and the Framework a brilliant concept that they make good use of. A strong season through and through.
- The best ABC episode: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 4, Episode 15 - Self Control
- The Season 4 LMD pod finale delivers as a tense siege paranoia thriller. Revelations abound, danger could lurk around any corner, and the situation brings out a raw level of emotion from the hero characters, while exploring some interesting discussions between the LMDs. The episode is gripping, the action great, and it leads us into the great Framework arc. A terrific episode.
Favourite Netflix Season and Episode
- The best Netflix season: Marvel's Daredevil: Season 1
- Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 1 and Marvel's Daredevil: Season 3 came close, but it ultimately never quite got better than the first Marvel Netflix season out of the gate. Marvel's Daredevil: Season 1 felt so fresh. Dark, complex, and adult was new for the MCU, and so gripping. Vincent D'Onofrio provides one of the best villains in the entire MCU, with a terrifying performance as Wilson Fisk. Foggy and Karen are likeable side characters, Ben Urich provides the heart of the season, and Matt Murdock is one of the most compelling and interesting leads in the franchise. Combined with captivating legal drama, grounded and intimate stakes, engaging themes of morality and religion, and fantastic action that made itself unique among the MCU at the time, the season delivers fantastic television.
- The best Netflix episode: Marvel's Daredevil: Season 2, Episode 3 - New York's Finest
- While Marvel's Daredevil: Season 2 had some missteps, it also had some high highs, and its highest was New York's Finest. The show takes an episode to give us a pure ethical debate between two characters with strong, opposing ethical codes, and it does so in an enthralling way that gets to the hearts of both men. It wraps the debate in tense sequences, and culminates in one of the best Marvel Netflix action set pieces as Daredevil fights his way out of the building with Castle.
Favourite Hulu/Freeform Season and Episode
- The best Hulu/Freeform season: Marvel's Cloak & Dagger: Season 2
- Marvel's Cloak & Dagger improved slightly on its first season with Season 2. The show gets further into the lead characters and delivers an interesting antihero with Mayhem and strong villain with Andre. While the season does not service Mina or Delgado particularly well, it nonetheless feels a little more consistent and driven, giving a solid season.
- The best Hulu/Freeform episode: Marvel's Runaways: Season 3, Episode 8 - Devil's Torture Chamber
- There's something wonderful about crossovers. Seeing the Runaways finally meet Cloak and Dagger is delightful to watch, staying true to Tandy and Tyrone as they cross over and delivering a really nice dynamic between the groups. It's a shame the further crossovers they set up will not come to pass.