The Marvel Cinematic Universe seemed to have a cohesive timeline that never felt too complicated. That is, until Spider-Man: Homecoming came out and the text “Eight Years Later” appeared onscreen following a scene right during the aftermath of the Battle of New York in The Avengers. Well, it looks like Thor: Ragnarok will continue that trend of confusing the MCU timeline.
When we last saw Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), it was at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. They are last seen departing away from their fellow Avengers which is why they are unseen in Captain America: Civil War.
Apparently, by the time Thor and Hulk reunite for their upcoming adventure it takes place a couple years after Ultron unleashed his wrath upon Earth. During a set visit, Brad Winderbaum elaborated on where the film fits chronologically:
“It’s not like, five minutes after Ultron ends we start this movie. It’s a couple years later… This movie takes place basically… You know, it’s hard. In the timeline of the MCU, things kind of happen on top of each other, especially now in Phase Three. They’re not as interlocked as they were in Phase One, you know, during Fury’s Big Week and everything. So [Thor: Ragnarok] happens maybe on top of Civil War, on top of Spider-Man [Homecoming]. Somewhere in that ball park.”
Perhaps there will be some captions or time cards that will give audiences a sense as to the timeline of these events. It is also worth noting that Thor: Ragnarok takes place after the events of Doctor Strange, knowing that film’s mid-credits scene revealing that Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) would appear alongside Thor in the new film.
Hopefully, Marvel will release a tangible visual that spans the chronology of the MCU in the near future. Audiences would naturally assume that the events of the MCU would take place in order of each respective film’s release date. However, a few films within the franchise take place during certain time periods that are set many years before the modern timeline. In fact, Captain Marvel will be a prequel set in the 1990s.
What do you think of Winderbaum’s comments? Is the MCU going to have a timeline as confusing as 20th Century Fox’s X-Men timeline? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news regarding Thor: Ragnarok and the rest of the MCU.
5 Best Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains So Far
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a branching property. With its stories being told across film and television this juggernaut of a franchise has introduced many characters throughout the years, including superheroes, side characters and anti-heroes, but some of the most interesting are certainly the villains.
Villains are important to give the hero someone to face and to allow them to be heroic, but they should also be their own characters. They shouldn’t exist solely for the hero, but on their own terms. While the MCU has had some bumps along the road when it comes to villains there have been a few that have really shined as unique and interesting.
Here are the 5 best villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. This list contains spoilers. Click Next to continue.