Thor: Ragnarok's Place in the MCU Timeline, Explained

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A section of eagle-eyed Marvel Cinematic Universe fans love to ponder when films take place in comparison to each other. While it was easier to decipher when the Phase One slate of films happened in the MCU timeline, the process has been murkier with the launch of Phase Three.

Speaking of Phase Three, the next film lined up is Thor: Ragnarok, and the filmmakers revealed when it takes place in comparison to previous films like Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming, along with information on how long Thor's been traveling the cosmos since Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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“It’s not like, five minutes after Ultron ends we start this movie. It’s a couple years later," producer Brad Winderbaum told Screen Rant. "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 ballpark."

If you'll remember, Captain America: Civil War was slotted as taking place approximately a year after Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Spider-Man: Homecoming beginning around the same time before moving a few months ahead. Which makes it difficult for Thor: Ragnarok to be set two years after Age of Ultron, while also happening on top of Civil War, unless the film takes place over a large chunk of time. It looks like the MCU may have borrowed another facet from the comics, and that's a slightly confusing timeline of events.

Arriving Nov. 3, Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and 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.

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