When Spider-Man: Homecoming hit theaters, it raised several questions about the Marvel Cinematic Universe's timeline. Now, in the wake of that, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has promised that the studio will publish an official MCU timeline.
Jon Watts' Spidey reboot was set eight years after 2012's The Avengers, which would have chronologically stamped Homecoming at 2020. However, the movie's events occurred right after the events of 2016's Captain America: Civil War, which was speculated to have taken place in the MCU around 2017 or 2018. Speaking to ScreenRant, Feige revealed this discrepancy will be cleared up in due course and that time passes very differently in the movies than it does in the real world.
"All of that debate has encouraged us. We are going to be publishing an official, and I'm not sure when, or in what format, an official timeline. It'll probably be a part of ah, I don't know, a part of an in print that you can fold out and look at," he said. "But suffice to say, only in limited cases do we ever actually say what the actual years are because we never want to be tied down to a particular year and I think people assume that whenever the movie is released is when is when the movie is taking place, and that is not the case."
Such issues with the MCU timeline arose when it was revealed that Peter Parker actually made a cameo in Iron Man 2 as the young boy Tony Stark saved at his expo, while Thor's absence in Civil War was chalked up to him going off to hunt Thanos and the Infinity Stones after his vision in Age of Ultron, which now leads directly into Thor: Ragnarok. Additionally, this year's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was set in 2014. Suffice it to say, an official timeline -- which Watts previously said he has seen -- would be very well-received for those looking to interconnect all the movies.
Arriving November 3, director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok -- the next MCU installment -- stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.