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Note that very few works in the Marvel Cinematic Universe provide hard dates for when they occur, thus events should largely be treated as best estimates. Specifically:

  • Unless stated otherwise, all films and TV episodes within the Infinity Saga are assumed to take place at some time near their release dates. For now, works after the Infinity Saga will default to four years after their release unless the work indicates otherwise.
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  • Shows related to The Defenders sub-franchise are more vague as to their timeframe. Each season is assumed to take place a few months apart in the order of their release. The sub-franchise is listed here as starting in 2014, based on a line in the first episode of Daredevil referring to The Avengers as two years ago. It's also possible that the various shows may be take place a year later than listed, starting in 2015, reflecting Daredevil's release date.
  • Until further notice, the second seasons of Runaways (2017) and Cloak & Dagger (2018) are not included, as both aired after Avengers: Infinity War but were not affected by that film's events. Similarly, Word of God states that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 is set before Infinity War but freely admits that this is a Retcon so that it doesn't have to deal with the film's events; this timeline has not yet accounted for the change and currently includes the first five seasons in their original places.
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  • Items in italics are events that happened in alternate timelines. It remains unclear how the main timeline is affected by these alterations — Avengers: Endgame posits that these events create branching timelines that don't affect the original timeline's history, but also seemingly provides a counter-example of a change that did stick.

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Ancient Times

    Prehistory 
Before Humanity
  • Six immensely powerful singularities exist before the Big Bang. The Big Bang than causes the current universe to be born. These singularities are then forged into ingots by four cosmic entities (Eternity, Entrophy, Infinity, Death) and become tied to the primal aspects of Space, Mind, Reality, Power, Time and Soul) and are known as the "Infinity Stones". (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War)
    • The Soul Stone is hidden away on the planet Vormir, while the Reality and Space Stones become part of different respective items: "The Aether" and "The Tesseract.
  • Gigantic, incredibly powerful beings known as "the Celestials" are active: one uses the Infinity Stone of Power to devastate an entire planet, while another is killed by unknown means - its severed head eventually becomes the location of the space-borne mining colony "Knowhere". (Guardians of the Galaxy)
    • One Celestial is sired into consciousness, yet finds itself completely alone. For centuries, this entity slowly learns how to manipulate matter until it forms an entire planet to serve as its body, naming itself "Ego". Realizing the futility of its existence if no other life is present in the universe, Ego creates a humanoid male vessel to search for other sentient beings. As he discovers other lifeforms, Ego plans to create offspring to ease his crippling loneliness at being the Last of His Kind, yet he finds his peers "disappointing". Laying out plans to spread himself across the universe, Ego plants pieces of himself on other planets to one day terra-form into extensions of his being, yet discovers this process can only be activated by the presence of two Celestials. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
  • Millions of years before the time of man, a meteorite plummets into the continent of Africa containing an incredibly dense, yet durable metal called "Vibranium", which is fought over by five tribes. As the war escalates, a lone warrior discovers a plant affected by Vibranium known as the "Heart-Shaped Herb". Upon ingesting the Herb, this individual gains superhuman strength, speed and instincts, uniting the five tribes under one rule. This warrior is hailed the "Black Panther" and founds the nation of "Wakanda"; however, the Jabari Tribe oppose the Black Panther's rule, choosing to exile themselves into the mountains. Using Vibranium, Wakandans create an advanced technological society, yet isolate themselves from the rest of the world because of its potency, choosing to pose as a third-world country instead. (Black Panther (2018))
  • Around 30,000 years ago, a Chromicon is sent from the Cygnus constellation to Earth to observe its progress. Once humanity emerges, the Chromicon takes the alias "Enoch" for interacting with them. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Five)

Around 3000 BC

  • "The Nine Realms" are a collection of distant worlds in the cosmos that are interconnected; every five thousand years, a "Convergence" of the Nine Realms occurs. During a Convergence event in this era, Bor Burison, king of the realm of Asgard, defeats Malekith and the Dark Elves of the Svartalfheim realm, whom the latter desires to usher in an age of darkness in the universe by using the Aether. Malekith sacrifices the majority of his troops to cover his escape; he and a few loyal soldiers enter hibernation to wait for the next Convergence. The Aether, deemed too dangerous and cannot be destroyed by conventional means, is ordered by Bor to be hidden away. (Thor: The Dark World)

Unknown

  • The Infinity Stone of Power finds its way to the planet Morag, where it is stored in a temple vault. Morag eventually falls to global warming and is consumed by its oceans, though the tides briefly recede every few hundred years. (Guardians of the Galaxy, with additional details from Word of God)
  • A faction of blue-skinned humanoids known as the Kree genetically alter members of several species (including humans on the planet Earth) in order to serve as super-powered soldiers in their wars. The Kree assumed their human experiments are failures, but they and their descendants carry the potential for developing a variety of powers after being exposed to Terrigen Crystals. The people of this "Inhuman" sub-species develop insular communities and keep their powers secret from the unaltered mass of humanity; nevertheless, their existence is hinted at in legends and myths. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two)
    • One such community decides to divorce themselves from humanity entirely, founding a colony on the moon called "Attilan". (Inhumans)
    • An Inhuman called "Alveus" (Latin for "Hive") becomes so powerful he threatens to Take Over the World, until he's exiled to a distant planet using another Kree artifact, a Monolith that can dissolve into a Portal Pool. A cult devoted to bringing Alveus back forms; in the meantime, its followers send him periodic Human Sacrifices for survival via possession, under the guise of studying the Monolith. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three)
  • Bor's son and successor, Odin Borson, inherits his father's role as King of Asgard after the former's passing. Together with his firstborn daughter Hela, the Asgardians conquer the Nine Realms through violent means. Upon realizing Hela's ambitions outweigh his own, Odin banishes her, using his life force to serve as the key to her prison. When Hela attempts to break free, Odin sends the Valkyries, an all-female group of warriors chosen to defend the Asgardian throne, to pacify Hela, but are all killed except for one. Wanting nothing more to do with Asgard, this sole surviving Valkyrie flees from her realm to work for the Grandmaster of Sakaar, a garbage-world filled with inter-dimensional wormholes. (Thor: Ragnarok)
    • To keep Hela's history a secret, Odin wipes out all records of her existence, while choosing to rely on peace and stability in order for the Nine Realms to co-exist with each another. (Thor: Ragnarok)
  • The dwarves of Nidavellir make a pact of defense with Asgard, where Odin promises to protect the realms's greatest smiths. In return, the dwarf Eitri agrees to forge Odin's children a mighty hammer meant to channel their powers.
  • The human sorcerer Agamotto creates several magical artifacts to protect the Earth from inter-dimensional threats: one such entity is Dormammu, ruler of the "Dark Dimension", who seeks to engulf Alternate Universes into his domain. For his unparalleled skill in the mystic arts, Agamotto is dubbed by his peers as the "Sorcerer Supreme", and founds a dynasty of practitioners at "Kamar-Taj" in Kathmandu, Nepal that continues his work to the present era. Of the many artifacts Agamotto has crafted, one such item is the "Eye of Agamotto", which utilizes the Infinity Stone of Time. (Doctor Strange (2016))
  • The inhabitants of "K'un-Lun", an extra-dimensional city that becomes connected to an area in the Himalayas every fifteen years, discover a substance distilled from dragon bones that can resurrect the dead. Most of the city wants to altruistically use this to help the world, but five citizens discover a way to inherit Immortality from it. These five, known in the present as Alexandra, Madame Gao, Bakuto, Sowande, and Murakami, are exiled to Earth where they form the criminal organization "The Hand", devoting themselves into returning to K'un-Lun, which involves "activating" an individual called "Black Sky". K'un-Lun takes steps in defending themselves: every generation, a citizen is selected to receive the power of the "Iron Fist" from the dragon "Shou-Lao the Undying", enabling them to channel and center their chi in one hand as a deadly weapon. This protector is then charged to guard the gates to K'un-Lun whenever the connection is open. Assisting this person is a group of warriors known as "The Chaste". (Daredevil, Iron Fist, The Defenders (2017))
  • On a distant planet of Titan, Thanos, the son of Alars, radically proposes to wipe out half the people to curb the problem of overpopulation, in order to save it. His idea dismissed and sneered by his fellow Titans, Thanos is exiled from his homeworld; following the planet's devastation, he is left as its Sole Survivor. Turning his attention to the cosmos, Thanos begins conquering countless worlds through his ideology of balancing the universe by destroying half of all sentient life. In his conquest, Thanos gains control of the "Chitauri", the services of their leader, "the Other", and the "Outriders". With a region of space under his rule, the intergalactic community dubs Thanos "the Mad Titan". (Avengers: Infinity War)

    Early Human History 
Unknown
  • A mysterious Celtic woman, known only as "The Ancient One", inherits the title of Sorcerer Supreme. Unknown to any other user of the mystic arts at Kamar-Taj, she betrays Agamotto's warnings by extending her life with small, periodic amounts of energy from the Dark Dimension, allowing her to stay in the role of Sorcerer Supreme for centuries. (Doctor Strange (2016))

79

  • Mount Vesuvius erupts, destroying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. According to future Chaste member Stick, this was caused by The Hand in order to cover up their activities at mining the black substance from dragon bones located near the cities. (The Defenders (2017))

965

  • Laufey, King of the Frost Giants of the realm of Jotunheim, wages war throughout the Nine Realms, with one of their targets being Earth (or "Midgard" as the Asgardians call it). In response, Odin leads Asgard's armies to do battle against Laufey's forces, beating the Frost Giants back to Jotunheim and stealing their weapon, the "Casket of Ancient Winters". Laufey then commits to an uneasy truce with the Asgardians. When Odin takes the casket from the temple, he finds Laufey's infant son there abandoned in the cold, adopts him into his family and renames him Loki. Upon leaving Midgard, Odin entrusts the Tesseract to the Norse people, who revere the Asgardians as gods, incorporating them into their mythology (Thor).

1500s

  • Word of Wakanda's technological advances leak out in the form of legends of a city of gold named "El Dorado". Numerous expeditions are sent to find it, but never come close as they focus on South America. (Black Panther (2018))

Late 1800s

  • In the Old West, Kid Colt becomes a legendary gunslinger and ultimately gets his own comic book and movie adaptations in the 1940s. (Agent Carter Season Two)

Modern Era

    1930s 
1930s
  • A secret society called "The Council of Nine" orchestrates events like the assassination of President William McKinley of the United States of America in 1901 and The Great Depression. (Agent Carter Season Two)
  • Brilliant American engineer and inventor Howard Stark forms "Stark Industries". (Various)
  • "HYDRA" is officially formed as a "deep science" research unit for the German SS under the leadership of Johann Schmidt, as the latest form of the cult attempts to bring Alveus back through the Monolith. Schmidt also takes an unfinished Super Soldier serum created by German scientist Abraham Erskine; the effects morph and twist Schmidt into a monstrosity, earning him the epitaph "Red Skull". Dr. Erskine escapes to America with a small amount of the unfinished serum and aligns with the American government, who intends to use the formula for their own Super Soldier program. (Captain America: The First Avenger, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three)
  • "The Red Room", a top secret Brainwashing training program, where young women are conscripted and turned into deadly assassins, is established in the Soviet Union. (Various)
  • A teenage delinquent known as "Stick", who was born blind, spends a few years in jail. Upon his release, he's taken in by The Chaste and becomes one of their most devoted members. (The Defenders (2017))

    World War II (1939-1944) 
  • "Bletchley Circle" member Margaret "Peggy" Carter is offered a job as a field agent under her brother Michael's recommendation. She turns it down at first, but changes her mind when Michael is killed in the war. (Agent Carter Season Two)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
    • The Red Skull obtains the Tesseract from its hiding place in a village monastery of Tønsberg, Norway in March 1942. HYDRA makes leaps and bounds in weapons development; fortunately, little of this makes its way to Axis conventional forces.
    • Under the auspices of Howard Stark and Abraham Erskine, Brooklyn native Steve Rogers is selected for the American military's Super Soldier program. Erskine's completed serum is a success, giving Rogers superhuman capabilities. Unfortunately, Dr. Erskine is assassinated by HYDRA agents before he can re-create the serum's formula, leaving Rogers the only one of his kind.
    • While the Allied armed forces take on the might of the German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe, the "Strategic Scientific Reserve" (SSR) face off against HYDRA, now an independent entity separated from the German Socialist Party: SSR members include Rogers, now dubbed "Captain America", his best friend Sergeant James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes, the "Howling Commandos", Agent Peggy Carter, Howard Stark and General Chester Phillips.
      • General John McGinnis steals Item 017, "Midnight Oil", intended to act as a stimulant and keep troops more energetic, from Howard Stark and exposes the Russian troops to it in the Battle of Finow in June 1944. Item 017 turns out to instead mimic symptoms of extreme sleep deprivation, causing homicidal rage; the Russian troops slaughter each other. (Agent Carter Season One)
    • The Red Skull's Swiss assistant, Arnim Zola, is captured and interrogated following a successful snatch-and-grab by Captain America and the Howling Commandos regarding the Red Skull's whereabouts. Unfortunately, Bucky Barnes is presumed killed-in-action during the operation.
      • However, thanks to experiments performed on him by Zola when he was previously captured by HYDRA, he narrowly survives and is recovered by Soviet troops. Eventually, Barnes is secretly passed back into HYDRA's custody. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
    • After defeating the Red Skull's last-ditch effort to bombard the United States, Captain America is entombed in ice cryogenically when the Valkyrie super-bomber crashes in the Arctic Circle. The Tesseract, which the Red Skull took aboard the Valkyrie, is lost in the wreckage; the Red Skull himself disappears after accidentally activating the Tesseract shortly before the crash.
      • Deemed unworthy by the Tesseract to wield the power of any Infinity Stone, the Red Skull is subjected to immortality and sent to the planet Vormir where the Soul Stone is hidden. He's also given knowledge of how to obtain the Stone by killing the person one most loves, which he cannot do himself as he lacks any capacity for the emotion, thus sentenced to eternity as the Stone's guardian, revealing to anyone else who comes looking for it what is required of them to obtain it. (Avengers: Infinity War)
  • In Austria, HYDRA General Werner Reinhardt experiments with an "Obelisk" he found in the Hunan Province of China during the war (unknown to him, it is a Kree "Diviner" device storing a Terrigen Crystal). He discovers most people who touch the Obelisk are turned to stone, but a Chinese villager named Jiaying is immune to its effects (due to having latent Inhuman genetics). Before he can investigate further, an SSR force led by Agent Carter attacks the base and Reinhardt is arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment. Jiaying is freed and returns to China, while the SSR proceeds to confiscate several pieces of HYDRA equipment including the Obelisk. At some point during his imprisonment, Reinhardt begins using the alias "Daniel Whitehall". (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two)

    Post-War (1945-1949) 
Unknown
  • While searching the Arctic for any trace of Captain America, Howard Stark finds the Tesseract on the ocean floor. It remains in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody for the next several decades. (Captain America: The First Avenger)
  • After returning the Infinity Stones to their proper places in time, Captain America decides not to return to 2023 but to continue journeying back to shortly after his freezing in 1945. Here he decides to have his dance with Peggy and live the original life he missed. (Avengers: Endgame)note 

1946

  • Agent Carter Season One
    • Due to the sexism of the end of World War II and her boredom with being a Desk Jockey, Peggy Carter takes up a double life inside the remains of the SSR trying to clear Howard Stark's name against the mysterious organization "Leviathan". She also strikes a friendship with Stark's butler Jarvis.
    • Peggy Carter and the SSR stop Johann Fennhoff from dousing Times Square with Stark's Item 017 on VE Day (May 8), which would drive everyone into a homicidal rage and cause them to kill each other. Fennhoff is imprisoned, but Arnim Zola persuades Fennhoff to partner with him when they end up becoming cell-mates.

1947

  • Agent Carter Season Two
    • During testing of the atomic bomb, the Isodyne Energy corporation obtains a sample of a possible extra-terrestrial, dimensional material they call "Zero Matter". In trying to obtain some for herself, genius scientist Anges Cully, who uses "Whitney Frost" as a screen name, is infected with Zero Matter and gains the ability to absorb anyone she touches, becoming the super-villain "Madame Masque". Her experiments eventually cause an explosion of Zero Matter in the New Mexico Desert which goes down in history as a UFO crash (July 7).

Unknown (Post-1947)

  • General Chester Phillips, Peggy Carter and Howard Stark co-found the "Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division" (S.H.I.E.L.D.), the successor to the SSR. Its primary base of operations is in a bunker at the same military base in New Jersey where Captain Steve Rogers was enlisted into the Super Soldier program, before its headquarters, the "Triskelion", is moved to Washington D.C. (Various)

1948

  • When K'un-Lun appears on Earth, the Chinese army is sent to investigate, but its soldiers are ambushed and slaughtered by the current Iron Fist. (Iron Fist)

    1950s 
1952
  • The Roxxon Oil Corporation acquires the assets of Isodyne Energy, including their Zero Matter research. Over time, Zero Matter comes to be known as "Darkforce". (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Four)

Unknown

  • Thanks to SSR initiatives like "Operation Paperclip", where German engineers, scientists and technicians, and engineers from Nazi Germany and other foreign countries are brought to the United States for employment in the aftermath of World War II, Armin Zola keeps HYDRA growing within S.H.I.E.L.D., fueling them with false enemies and helping tip the world in the way of fear and order per HYDRA's favor. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
    • At some point, Zola gains access to the still-captive Bucky Barnes. Through intensive mental manipulation and cybernetic augmentation, Barnes is transformed into the "Winter Soldier", a near-legendary HYDRA operative responsible for dozens of assassinations of key historical figures. In-between missions, the Winter Soldier is debriefed, re-brainwashed and cryogenically frozen to preserve his effectiveness over the decades.

    1960s 
Unknown
  • With the help of Russian physicist Anton Vanko, Howard Stark invents the first "arc reactor", an energy generator capable of creating near limitless amounts of power. When Vanko is ousted by Stark for stealing patents, including the arc reactor, selling them on the black market, he is deported from the United States of America back to the Soviet Union, where he spends the rest of his life there in disgrace following a stint in a Russian gulag. (Iron Man 2)
  • Ant-Man/Ant-Man and the Wasp
    • Henry "Hank" Pym discovers a revolutionary element he names the "Pym Particle", which can change the distance between atoms. Concerned about its possible misuse, he keeps the discovery to himself, joining Howard Stark and Peggy Carter as a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., while running secret missions for them in a suit powered by Pym Particles as the "Ant-Man". He continued to study the Pym Particle and its connection to a strange subatomic universe called the Quantum Realm for S.H.I.E.L.D., along with his wife Janet, Bill Foster, and Elihas Starr.
    • When Janet decides she wants to assist her husband in his world-saving endeavors, Hank creates a second Pym Particle-powered suit for her. Janet becomes the Ant-Man's partner, "The Wasp".

    1970s 
Unknown
  • Arnim Zola learns he is terminally ill and transfers his mind into miles of electromagnetic tape in the New Jersey S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker, allowing his consciousness to survive his physical death. He also begins the planning for "Project Insight" by writing an algorithm for HYDRA's plans regarding the world. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
  • In the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, young Wilson Fisk murders his abusive father, and starts believing he has to turn to criminal means to save the city from itself. (Daredevil Season One)
  • Yondu Udonta, a Centaurian sold into slavery as an infant, is rescued by Stakar Ogord, leader of the "Ravagers", joining their ranks. Years later, Ego recruits and tasks Yondu with delivering his children to him; Yondu is unaware of Ego killing his offspring if they do not inherit any Celestial abilities. Stakar discovers Yondu's deception, exiling him for breaking the Ravagers' code against child trafficking. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
  • Kree soldier Mar-Vell comes to believe that her race's military campaign against another race, the Skrulls, is unjustified. Discovering the Tesseract on Earth, she begins infiltrating the planet's scientific community under the name "Dr. Wendy Lawson" with the goal of using it to power a faster-than-light starship that can help the Skrulls evade capture. (Captain Marvel (2019))

1970

  • Having failed to secure the Space Stone in 2012, Captain America and Iron Man from 2023 use the last of their Pym Particles to travel back to 1970. Here they break into the original S.H.I.E.L.D. base to steal the Tesseract and extra Pym Particles before returning home. Tony runs into his father Howard after securing the Tesseract and the two bond over the impending birth of the latter's son: Tony. Steve tricks Hank Pym into leaving his lab long enough to steal some extra Pym Particles and ducks into a dark office when security catches onto him. He finds that this is Peggy Carter's office, and he sees her through the window speaking to a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Steve and Tony use the extra Pym Particles to return to 2023 and complete the new Infinity Gauntlet. (Avengers: Endgame)
    • Steve Rogers returns to 1970 to return the Tesseract and extra Pym Particles to their proper places, allowing the events of the MCU to unfold mostly unchanged.
  • Howard Stark and his wife Maria have a son named Anthony "Tony" Stark. Tony proves to be immensely intelligent, thus his parents send him off to boarding school and college as soon as possible. (Various; birth year given in Avengers: Endgame)

1972

  • In the face of an event called the "Hydrogen Wave Crisis", S.H.I.E.L.D. constructs a massive bunker codenamed "the Lighthouse" underneath Lake Ontario, intending it as a last refuge in the case of a world-ending scenario. Once the crisis passes without incident, the bunker is abandoned and forgotten, even by S.H.I.E.L.D., but not before it is used as a storehouse for dangerous artifacts such as various Kree Monoliths. Eventually, the alien observer Enoch discovers the location of the Lighthouse. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Five)

1974

  • During the the 1974 Stark Expo, Howard Stark discovers a new element, but is unable to synthesize it. He designs a diorama of the Expo fairgrounds as a blueprint in the hopes that someday his son Tony would have the technology to do so. (Iron Man 2)

    1980s 
Unknown
  • In England, a married pair of scientists from the neurological experimental group called "IGH" find that their son Kevin has a disorder that will soon kill him. They resort to using their invasive, painful work on him; their attempt is a success, which not only saves their son's life, but grants him the ability to command people to do whatever he says. After years of unwilling slavery to their son, the scientists escape, and without any adult guidance, Kevin grows up to be the sociopath super-villain called "Kilgrave". (Jessica Jones Season One)
  • Stick discovers Black Sky as a child and attempts to raise her himself so she will oppose The Hand, giving her the name "Elektra". Other Chaste members oppose Stick's decision, and when she's finally forced to kill another Chaste student in self-defense, he sends her to live with a Greek ambassador, adopting the surname "Nachios" as her own. (Daredevil Season Two)
  • Luke Cage (2016)
    • Cornell Stokes, grandson of notorious Harlem gangster Mama Mabel, begins making a name for himself as a street thug, earning him the moniker "Cottonmouth" after an incident where he loses three teeth. Meanwhile, his cousin Mariah Dillard remains determined to rise above the family's criminal past and help the neighborhood through legal means. (Season One)
    • (Flashback in Season Two)
    • Reverend James Lucas has an affair with his secretary, producing an illegitimate son named Willis Stryker; two years later, he fathers a son with his lawful wife named Carl. The sons grow up as friends, yet Carl has no idea Willis is his half-brother, who is aware of their relationship and grows increasingly resentful at their father's refusal to acknowledge Willis. (Season One)
  • Prince N'Jobu of Wakanda is sent to perform reconnaissance in Oakland, California. However, his time in the United States slowly radicalizes him, upon seeing the mistreatment and discrimination suffered by African-Americans. He also falls in love with an American woman; together, they have a son named N'Jadaka, though N'Jobu also gives the child the Western name Erik Stevens. At some point, the mother is jailed for an unspecified crime. (Black Panther, including Word of God from the DVD Commentary)
  • Carol Danvers trains her way up through the ranks of the US Air Force alongside her best friend Maria Rambeau, whom she helps raise her daughter Monica alongside. Being barred from combat roles due to their gender, they're transferred to Project PEGASUS under Dr. Lawson to serve as test pilots for her prototypes.(Captain Marvel (2019))

1980

  • Ego arrives on Earth and chooses Meredith Quill as his latest partner; together, they sire a son named Peter, yet Ego finds himself unexpectedly attached to Meredith, enough to keep visiting her rather than leaving as he usually does. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

1983

  • By this time, Jiaying's Inhuman ability to extend her life by absorbing Life Force from others has been activated, though she only uses it reluctantly. She uses her decades of experience to mentor new Inhumans, including one named Gordon who lost his eyes but gained teleportation powers. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two)

1984

  • Natalia Alianovna Romanova is born on November 22; as a child, she is recruited by the Soviet KGB and conscripted into the Red Room, becoming the best student in the program, eventually "graduating" from its harsh training regiment. Her effectiveness and ruthlessness in espionage and spy-craft earns her the Code Name "Black Widow". (Various; birthdate given in Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

1986

  • In April, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explodes, rendering the surrounding area radioactive and uninhabitable for decades to come; The Chaste believe this event was caused by The Hand as a coverup for retrieving the black substance from nearby dragon bones around Chernobyl. (The Defenders (2017))

1987

  • At a time of crisis, a Soviet inter-continental ballistic nuclear missile is launched at Washington D.C., with Ant-Man and the Wasp being deployed to try and stop it. Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of the missile in time is to shrink even smaller and sabotage its mechanical wiring from within. In order to save the city, the Wasp shrinks herself into infinity to bypass the missile's titanium outer plating, trapping herself in Quantum Realm. ( Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp)
  • Rooted in grief and too afraid to tell his daughter Hope about his wife's fate, Hank and Hope grow distant and estranged from one another starting from when she was 7. ( Ant-Man}
  • At some point (possibly before the loss of Janet), Starr betrays Pym and steals his research. Pym reacts harshly, getting him fired from S.H.I.E.L.D. and discredited. (Ant-Man and the Wasp}

1988

  • Jiaying falls in love with young American medic Calvin Johnson, who operates a clinic in her village. Together, they would have a child named Daisy Johnson, born on June 2. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two)
    • A HYDRA task force (operating within S.H.I.E.L.D.) returns to Jiaying's village and abducts her. Knowing Whitehall's interest, Secretary Alexander Pierce paroles him and brings him to her. He vivisects her, using her DNA to restore his youth, and discards her remains. Calvin discovers her corpse and, in a desperate attempt to revive her, stitches her back up; thanks to her Inhuman powers, Jiaying is resurrected. Together, they search for their daughter, who had been taken to the United States by a "white hat" S.H.I.E.L.D. team and sent to the Saint Agnes Orphanage while being monitored. Eventually, Jiaying realizes she is becoming a monster due to her obsession, and returns to Asia.
  • Ego realizes his attachment to Meredith is causing him to consider abandoning his plans to take over the universe, thus forces the issue by creating a tumor in her brain. After her death, a young Peter Quill is abducted from Earth by Yondu Udonta as per his agreement with Ego. However, Yondu has since discovered Ego's motives with his offspring; instead, Yondu takes Peter in as part of his Space Pirate crew. (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

1989

  • Hank Pym discovers Howard Stark has attempted to replicate the Pym Particles, but with no success. Given the events of what happened with Janet, Pym decides to keep the particles out of corporate hands forever, resigning from S.H.I.E.L.D. and cancelling the spread of its research at his own company "Pym Technologies". (Ant-Man)
  • Realizing her former Kree comrades are closing in on her, Mar-Vell tries to take her Tesseract-powered prototype up to her space lab, with Air Force Captain Carol Danvers acting as her escort. However, they are attacked en route, forcing an emergency crash, where Mar-Vell reveals her alien nature to Carol and the nature of the prototype. Just then, Kree agent Yon-Rogg attacks, killing Mar-Vell. Buying some time with her words, Carol destroys the engine per Mar-Vell's last request, but the subsequent explosion fills her body with Tesseract energy, giving her photon powers. Taking her under the name "Vers", the Kree indoctrinate her as one of their own, though without concrete memories of her previous life. (Captain Marvel (2019))

    1990s 
Unknown
  • As a child, Matthew "Matt" Murdock is blinded by chemicals in a vehicular accident, yet it greatly increases his other senses to superhuman levels. Shortly afterwards, Matt's boxer father Jack Murdock is killed for not throwing a fight, and he is sent to the Saint Agnes Orphanage (presumably the same one as Daisy Johnson). Matt is recruited and trained by Stick on how to fight and see with his other senses, as a potential addition to the Chaste. However, as Matt begins forming an attachment to his mentor, Stick decides to abandon Matt, and the latter is left on his own. (Daredevil Season One)
  • Teenager Jessica Jones is the Sole Survivor of a car accident that kills her family, leaving her comatose. The IGH take her away for experimentation; upon waking up, she discovers she has acquired superhuman strength, increased jumping capabilities, and a Healing Factor. (Jessica Jones Season One)
  • The Hand takes in orphaned child Colleen Wing, who is brought up by Bakuto to believe Madame Gao's Hand faction is false, while the "true" Hand is attempting to perform good in the world. She becomes a skilled martial artist, eventually starting her own dojo in New York City catering to youths suffering from poverty. (Iron Fist (2017))
  • College student Phil Coulson begins to find evidence of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s presence in world events during his history studies. S.H.I.E.L.D. responds by recruiting him, placing him in their Communications Academy for training. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., various seasons)
  • In Argentina, Elihas Starr attempts to replicate Pym's quantum technology, but the experiment goes wrong and explodes. Starr and his wife are killed, leaving behind his daughter Ava who is rendered intangible by the quantum effects on her molecular structure. S.H.I.E.L.D. sends Bill Foster to investigate the aftermath, and he befriends Ava and helps her get a handle on her powers. S.H.I.E.L.D. also sees an opportunity in Ava's abilities, and begins training her as a spy and assassin. (Ant-Man and the Wasp)
  • During this decade, Thanos and his armies conquer the world of Zen-Whoberi, killing half of its population. His attention is peaked when a young Zen-Whoberi girl named Gamora shows him strength of will, thus he adopts her. Thanos also acquires other individuals in his conquest, such as Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian, Ebony Maw, Promixa Midnight - "The Children of Thanos", and Nebula, a Luthamoid girl. Gamora and Nebula cling to one another for strength, but due to their "adoptive father" training them to become assassins by pitting both against one another, they begin drifting apart due to Gamora's refusal to care for Nebula after many victories against her "sister". (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War)

1990

  • S.H.I.E..L.D. Agent John Garrett is critically wounded-in-action, while S.H.I.E.L.D. makes no attempt to extract him. Although Garret manages to survive, he turns against the organization and begins acting as a Double Agent for HYDRA. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One)
  • Wolfgang von Strucker, Jasper Sitwell, and Halenote  graduate from the HYDRA Academy. Strucker is groomed for leadership and Sitwell begins his cover in S.H.I.E.L.D. Hale, being one of the few young women in HYDRA, is artificially impregnated for one of Daniel Whitehall's genetic engineering projects; while also being placed in the US Air Force where she would attain the rank of General. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Five)

1991

  • Howard and Maria Stark are assassinated by the Winter Soldier under HYDRA's watch on December 16. The Soldier also steals a case containing five vials of Super Soldier serum from Stark; HYDRA uses the vials to create a dedicated squad of assassins akin to the Winter Soldier, using the same modus operandi as they did prior. The serum makes them even stronger than Barnes, but also hyper-aggressive and borderline uncontrollable. (Captain America: Civil War)
    • Following the death of his parents, Tony Stark inherits and runs Stark Enterprises with his father's partner Obadiah Stane, developing weapons technology for the American military alongside his lifelong friend Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes of the United States Air Force, who acts as a liaison between Stark and the military. (Iron Man)

1992

  • Black Panther (2018):
    • Prince N'Jobu betrays Wakanda by hatching a plot to allow South African Arms Dealer Ulysses Klaue steal a quarter-ton cache of Vibranium from the country to use it and arm African-Americans with weapons to topple their oppressors. T'Chaka, the incumbent king and Black Panther, learns of his brother's deception through Zuri, another Wakandan agent posing as N'Jobu's partner.
    • In the first week of May,note  T'Chaka arrives in Oakland, California to confront N'Jobu while the latter is plotting to break his wife out of jail. T'Chaka demands his surrender, but is forced to kill his brother to save Zuri. The two return to Wakanda, leaving N'Jobu's son Erik Stevens behind rather than compromise Wakanda's secrecy with his disappearance. Erik's mother eventually dies in prison.note 

1995

  • By this time, Phil Coulson has graduated from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s training academy and is now a rookie field agent. (Captain Marvel (2019))
  • Captain Marvel (2019):
    • Carol Danvers, still mistaking herself for a Kree warrior and member of their Starforce under Yon-Rogg, is ambushed by the Skrull shapeshifters. They probe her memories to try and discover information regarding Mar-Vell, bringing up her past on Earth. In confusion, Danvers escapes to Earth. The Skrulls follow, and a series of conflicts ensue as "Vers" tries to track down "Dr. Lawson" in order to stop the Skrulls from getting FTL travel.
    • Tailed by Nick Fury, a level 3 S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, "Vers" and Fury decide to team up to stop the Skrulls, and their work takes them all over the US in the search for the truth. Not just of Project PEGASUS, but of "Vers"' true memories.
    • The trail eventually leads to Louisiana, where Danvers' former friend Maria Rambeau and her daughter Monica now live. Monica happily greets her missing "Auntie Carol", as the two begin filling in Carol's personal memories. In the midst of this, Skrull leader Talos finally approaches Carol with the black box of her plane's crash, revealing to her the truth of her past.
    • Finally remembering enough that she understands what the Kree did to her, Carol resolves to help the Skrulls escape the Kree once and for all, changing her uniform's colors, and recruiting Fury, Maria, and Goose (Mar-Vell's pet "cat"; actually a dangerous creature called a flerken) to help her get the Skrulls to safety.
    • The Kree Starforce arrive just as Carol's team finds Mar-Vell's lab, and finally tapping her inborn determination to always fight on, Carol unlocks her full powers. Fighting off all the Kree and her former team, she sends Yon-Rogg back with a message that she's going to "end the war" in the near future.
      • During the battle, Goose scratches Fury's left eye, causing permanent damage.
    • Having modifi Fury's pager, Carol leaves it with him to contact her for "emergencies", then takes off with the Skrulls to unite their scattered people and finally get them a new home.
    • Fury begins spit-balling an idea for a new initiative to have heroes that can help S.H.I..E.L.D. defend the world now that aliens are a threat they need to plan for. Getting inspiration one last time from Carol's flight name, he calls it "The Avenger Initiative".

1999

  • Military cadet Grant Ward sets fire to his abusive parents' home, nearly killing his (equally abusive) brother Christian. While in juvenile detention and awaiting trial, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent (and HYDRA operative) John Garrett arrives and recruits Ward into S.H.I.E.L.D.. Garrett begins the boy's training by stranding him in the Wyoming wilderness for six months. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One)
  • On December 31st in Bern, Switzerland, Tony Stark attends a New Year's Eve party, deliberately missing a proposition meeting with Aldrich Killian, the founder of Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM). Instead, Aldrich proposes a partnership with scientist Maya Hansen, whose designs for a formula named "Extremis", a treatment that allows tissue regeneration from injuries, catches his eye. (Iron Man 3)

    2000s 
Unknown
  • Master-spy Black Widow, due to her potential threat to global security, reaches S.H.I.E.L.D. radar. Nick Fury, current director of the organization, sends S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Clint "Hawkeye" Barton to eliminate her, but Barton disobeys his orders and spares her life. Instead, he proposes S.H.I.E.L.D. recruit the Black Widow into their ranks. With some persuasion from Fury, the spy defects from Russia and joins S.H.I.E.L.D., while adopting new civilian identity "Natasha Romanoff". (Various)
  • Hank Pym is voted out of Pym Technologies by his protege Darren Cross and his estranged daughter Hope. Hank retires to a bitter, sheltered life in his estate, while Cross decides to go after replicating the Pym Particle formula with Hope's help. (Ant-Man)
  • On one of their earlier missions, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Phil Coulson and Melinda May are sent to a Russian mining facility to acquire an unknown object. However, Russian soldiers were also dispatched to get the object. Ultimately, S.H.I.E.L.D. succeeded, and the Russian soldiers were interrogated and executed for failure. The only survivor, Anton Ivanov, became obsessed with Coulson, blaming him for his comrades' deaths and coming to believe that his involvement in multiple extraterrestrial incidents in the following years meant he was responsible for them. Coulson, for his part, considered it just another mission and later couldn't even remember what the object was. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Four)
  • Willis Stryker's jealousy of his half-brother Carl Lucas leads him to frame the latter, sending him to Seagate Prison, headed by Warden Albert Rackham. During his incarceration, Carl slowly develops an attraction to psychologist Doctor Reva Connors. He is enlisted by inmates "Alvarez" and "Comanche" into illegal ring fights, backed by Rackham. When Carl and Reva attempt to blow the whistle on Rackham's corruption, the warden has Carl beaten. To save his life, Reva convinces Doctor Noah Burstein, a scientist at Seagate conducting experiments on prisoners, to put Carl into a healing bath. Although Rackham sabotages the attempt, the experiment accidentally turns Carl's skin Nigh Invulnerable and granting him Super Strength. Carl escapes Seagate and, with Reva's help, takes on a new identity "Luke Cage". Luke and Reva are later married in secret. (Luke Cage (2016) Season One)
  • During The War on Terror, Director William J. Rawlins III of CIA Covert Operations, Homeland Security Special Agent Carson Wolf, United States Marine Corps Colonel Ray Schoonover, and United States Army Colonel Morty Bennet form a massive drug smuggling coalition in Kandahar, Afghanistan, using elite US military personnel, with Marines Frank Castle and Billy Russo as their Unwitting Pawns, who believe they're simply a black ops organization called "Cerberus Squad". When Afghan police officer Ahmad Zubair begins investigating criminal activity in the region, Cerberus tortures and executes him. Gunner Henderson, a Cerberus member who becomes disillusioned about the group, covertly films the entire incident. One year after joining Cerberus, the team is sent after a high-value target against Castle's and Russo's instincts that it's a trap; and several Cerberus members are killed. Disgusted by the mission, Russo leaves the armed forces, returning to America alone, while Castle stays, transferring to another unit and serving in Iraq before heading back stateside. (The Punisher (2017))
  • Erik Stevens/N'Jadaka joins the United States military, serving in the black-ops division; due to an incredibly large kill count, he earns the moniker "Killmonger". (Black Panther (2018))

2001

  • NASA's "Project Pathfinder" sends a team of astronauts through the Monolith (ostensibly for research, but in reality they were sent by HYDRA to feed Alveus); unfortunately, three go insane and die, leaving the last member, Will, to survive on his own. At some point afterward, the Monolith moves from NASA's custody to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three)
  • New York businessman Harold Meachum is diagnosed with cancer. He is approached by Madame Gao with a deal to resurrect him in a healthy body in exchange for allowing her faction of The Hand to use his company "Rand Enterprises" to help smuggle their heroin operations. Harold agrees, but when his business partner Wendell Rand becomes suspicious and starts investigating, Harold murders Wendell and his wife by sabotaging their plane which crashes in the Himalayas. The Sole Survivor of the crash is their son Danny, who is rescued by K'un-Lun monks and brought to their city, but is stranded there until it reappears on Earth again. (Iron Fist (2017) Season Onenote )
    • In K'un-Lun, Danny learns of the prestigious position of Iron Fist, the city's defender, and begins training in hopes of earning the title.

2003

  • Harold Meachum finally loses his battle with cancer, but thanks to The Hand's treatments, he soon revives. However, The Hand insists his survival remains a secret; they allow his son Ward to be in on the deception so he can run Rand Enterprises on his father's behalf. (Iron Fist (2017) Season One)

2004

  • After five years of harsh survivalist training under John Garrett, Grant Ward is accepted into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Operations Academy where he, like Garrett, begins working as a Double Agent for HYDRA. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One)

2005

  • At Culver University in Virginia, American General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross meets with Bruce Banner, a scientist whom he is working with to create a means to make humans immune to gamma radiation, using Abraham Erskine's Super Soldier formula as a basis. In the midst of recreating the experiment, Banner is heavily exposed to gamma radiation, causing him to transform into a green-skinned, superhuman entity later named "the Hulk" if his heart rate elevates beyond a threshold for a period of time. In his rage, the Hulk destroys the lab, injuring and killing others, leading to Banner becoming a fugitive of the American government. (The Incredible Hulk)

2006

  • April 18: (Future?) S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie and his girlfriend Nicole welcome their baby daughter, Hope. Sadly, there are complications and Hope only lives four days. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Four)

2007

  • Matt Murdock meets Foggy Nelson at law school and strike up a friendship. They get a chance to work for a big law firm, but wanting to hold onto principle, they decide to start their own instead. (Daredevil Season One)
    • Stick sends Elektra to push Matt onto the path of opposing The Hand, albeit without his realization, by manipulating his emotions. The naive Matt is smittened by Elektra's thrill-seeking nature and bonds with her until she offers the mob boss who ordered his father's death for him to kill, but Matt refuses to cross the line; Elektra leaves New York afterwards. (Daredevil Season Two)

2008

2009

  • Natasha Romanoff encounters the Winter Soldier near Odessa, Iran, when he shoots through her to assassinate a nuclear engineer that she is escorting to safety. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

The Infinity Saga - Present Day

    Phase One (2010-2011) 
Spring 2010
  • After a demonstration of the new "Jericho" missile for the American military in Afghanistan, Tony Stark is captured by the terrorist group "Ten Rings". He narrowly survives a shrapnel wound to the heart by fellow captive Yinsen and is forced by the terrorists to create weapons for them. With Yinsen's help, Stark creates a miniaturized arc reactor with enough fuel for a Powered Armor as a means of escape, but also to keep the shrapnel from reaching his heart and killing him. (Iron Man)

Fall 2010

  • King T'Chaka of Wakanda retires as his nation's protector, the Black Panther, and passes the mantle to his son T'Challa. (Black Panther (2018) Prelude)
  • Iron Man
    • After months of captivity, Stark and Yinsen complete their Powered Armor. Although Yinsen is mortally wounded in Stark's escape, he is picked up by James Rhodes and American troops, returning stateside. As a result of his incarceration and seeing his weapons being misused, Stark ceases all weapons development and manufacturing within Stark Industries, with Obadiah Stane opposing Tony's decision.
    • Retreating from the media and public, Stark builds a more powerful arc reactor and a new version of his Powered Armor. When he is alerted his weapons are still being mishandled by the Ten Rings, Stark flies to combat the terrorists at Yinsen's village of Gulmira, attracting the American military's attention. Meanwhile, Stane retrieves and reverse engineers Stark's first Powered Armor from the Ten Rings, whom he is collaborating with, while S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson fails to warn Stark ahead of time regarding Stane's illegal activities. Without a power source to fuel his suit of armor, Stane ambushes Tony and steals his arc reactor; fortunately, Stark reacquires the old reactor and rushes to combat Stane. Their fight results in an overload of the reactor at Stark Industries, causing Stane to fall into the reactor and killing him.
    • In the aftermath, Stark publicly acknowledges his identity and the press' new moniker of him as "Iron Man". S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury visits Stark and offers a proposal regarding "The Avengers Initiative".
  • In Russia, Anton Vanko passes away; his son Ivan, who believes his father was cheated and robbed by Howard Stark regarding the invention of the arc reactor, begins building his own miniature version from plans his father kept after he was deported from the United States. (Iron Man 2)

May 2011note 

  • Iron Man 2/Thor/The Incredible Hulk/The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week
    • Five years after the accident that created the Hulk, Bruce Banner is hiding in Rio de Janeiro and trying to find a cure for his condition with the help of a contact known as "Mr. Blue". After his blood accidentally contaminates a bottle of soda at the plant where he works, General Thaddeus Ross traces the contamination back to Rio. The ensuing confrontation with Ross' squad and a gang of local bullies makes Banner become the Hulk again, sending him on the run once more. He heads towards the United States, with his movements monitored by S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jasper Sitwell.
    • Tony Stark relaunches his father's Stark Expo, hoping to bring together tech companies to make the world a better place. At the same time, he has to fend off the Department of Defense from confiscating the Iron Man technology for themselves. On top of everything, Stark is also secretly dying from palladium poisoning due to his arc reactor implant.
    • S.H.I.E.L.D. places Agent Natasha Romanoff as The Mole in Stark Industries to keep an eye on Tony.
    • Preparing for his impending death, Stark appoints Pepper Potts as the new Chief Executive Officer of Stark Industries and gives James Rhodes access to the Iron Man armors.
    • Stark enters himself in the Monaco Grad Prix. During the race, Ivan Vanko attacks him with a version of his manufactured arc reactor and suit. Tony wins the fight and authorities arrest Vanko, but Vanko has proven Stark's boasts of being the only one with arc reactor technology false. Stark's business rival Justin Hammer takes notice and breaks Vanko out of jail to build him his own Powered Armor to sell to the American government.
    • On the same day Banner crosses the border into America, Stark holds a birthday party where he becomes inebriated and starts firing off repulsor rounds from his Iron Man suit. Fed up with his recklessness, Rhodes steals the Iron Man Mk. II armor to subdue him, then delivers the Mk. II to the United States Air Force.
    • Nick Fury confronts Stark, revealing Romanoff's operations with S.H.I.E.L.D. and giving him some of his father Howard Stark's old research material, as he believes the new element Howard had discovered years ago may serve as an improved power source for Tony's arc reactor. He places Stark under house arrest and assigns S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson to supervise, but Coulson is distracted by atmospheric anomalies in the Southwestern United States.
    • Hammer is hired by the United States Air Force to arm the Iron Man Mk. II; at the same time, Vanko secretly sabotages Hammer's Powered Armor project by hijacking it into using unmanned drones instead.
    • Coulson convinces Fury the anomalies are worth investigating, thus is sent to New Mexico, with Sitwell and Agent Clint Barton reassigned to join him. On the way, Coulson foils a gas station robbery, with Barton stopping at the same location the next night. (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer)
    • Finding his father's message to him in the 1974 Stark Expo footage, Stark is able to synthesize the new element, powering his arc reactor and curing his palladium poisoning.
    • While Hammer presents his drone project along with Rhodes in the enhanced Mk. II suit at the Stark Expo, Vanko calls Stark to gloat. Stark takes the bait and rushes to the Expo in his Iron Man suit, where Vanko commandeers Rhodes' unit and the drones to attack him and the crowd. Romanoff heads to Hammer Industries to apprehend Vanko, but he has fled; fortunately, Romanoff is able to return control of the Mk. II to Rhodes. Stark and Rhodes make quick work of the remaining drones before Vanko arrives in his own Powered Armor to fight them. Stark and Rhodes defeat Vanko, who activates a Self-Destruct Mechanism in a failed attempt at Taking You with Me. As Hammer is arrested for conspiracy and harboring a fugitive, Romanoff takes what she can of Hammer Industries' data for S.H.I.E.L.D. and destroys the rest.
      • Among the Expo crowd is nine-year old Peter Parker, whom a drone mistakenly identifies as Iron Man due to its facial recognition software registering his toy Iron Man mask as the real thing. Fortunately, the real Iron Man destroys the drone before it can open fire. (Child identified as Peter by Word of God for Spider-Man: Homecoming)
    • Thor Odinson, second born to Odin, prepares to ascend to the Asgardian throne when Frost Giants attempt, but fail, to retake the Casket of Ancient Winters. Believing the Giants are planning a preemptive strike against Asgard, Thor travels to Jotunheim to confront Laufey with his brother Loki, Sif and the "Warriors Three" (Volstagg, Fandral and Hogun). Thor's talk with Laufey devolves into violence until Odin arrives to rescue the Asgardians. However, a combination of his son's demeanor and willingness to break Asgard and Jotunheim's truce leads Odin to exile Thor to Midgard, stripping him of his powers and and his weapon Mjolnir. Odin also enchants Mjolnir so that only one truly worthy may lift it and claim its power.
    • Thor and Mjolnir land in separate locations across the New Mexico Desert: while astrophysicist Jane Foster and her mentor Erik Selvig come across the former, Coulson finds the latter and erects a facility around it for study. Discovering Mjolnir's location, Thor heads to the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility. He is able to fight way to Mjolnir, but finds that it still judges him unworthy and he is taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
    • Loki discovers his Frost Giant heritage and confronts Odin, but the elder Asgardian falls into a Deep Sleep to recuperate his strength. Loki takes this opportunity to seize the Asgardian throne, while conspiring with Laufey to assassinate Odin.
    • Loki secretly visits Thor in S.H.I.E.L.D. captivity, falsely claiming Odin has died and that, as part of a new truce with the Frost Giants, Thor is to remain in exile indefinitely. Ashamed of his prior actions and realizing his own wrong-doings, Thor resigns himself to exile on Earth. Selvig arrives to negotiate Thor's release; although Coulson doesn't buy his claims regarding Thor, on Barton's advice, he plays along and lets Thor go while monitoring his actions.
    • With the Stark mission complete, Romanoff is sent to take on Sitwell's previous assignment to monitor Banner, who has been quietly trying to continue his gamma research at Culver University. Besides watching Banner, her mission is also to keep General Ross from discovering his location.
    • Realizing the extent of the Hulk's power displayed at Rio, Russian mercenary Emil Blonksy, hired by Ross, volunteers to be injected with the same Super Soldier serum replicated by Ross' scientists from Abraham Erskine's formula.
    • Ross is notified of Banner's whereabouts and sends troops to attack him at Culver University. After conventional forces and experimental Stark weapons fail against the Hulk, Blonsky is sent in, but is easily bested; he barely manages to survive thanks to the serum. Romanoff is on-site at the university, but stays hidden, as the Hulk is able to escape without her help.
    • Nick Fury meets with Tony Stark to discuss The Avengers Initiative. In light of Stark's difficult personality and everything that had happened to him recently, Fury states that S.H.I.E.L.D. will only hire Tony as a "consultant".
    • Discontent with Loki's rule, Sif and the Warriors Three head to Earth to convince Thor to return, but Loki sends enchanted Asgardian armor called the "Destroyer" to kill Thor. Sif and the Warriors Three are no match for the Destroyer, thus Thor offers his life if Loki will leave innocent bystanders alone. For this heroic act, Mjolnir deems Thor worthy again to wield it, restoring his powers and enabling him to defeat the Destroyer.
    • The Asgardians make a hasty retreat back to their realm just as Laufey enters Asgard to assassinate Odin, but Loki betrays the Frost Giant and kills him, using the attempt on Odin's life as an excuse to destroy Jotunheim via the "Bifröst Bridge", Asgard's primary method of travel through the Nine Realms. Thor is forced to destroy the Bifröst to stop Loki's plan; its destruction hurls the brothers to the edge of the cosmic abyss until Odin reawakens and rescues them, but Loki allows himself to fall into it when Odin rejects Loki's actions.
    • Thor returns to Asgardian society and reconnects with his father, though he states he feels he is unready to take the throne. Back on Earth, Jane and Selvig continue their research to find a way to open a portal back to Asgard, while S.H.I.E.L.D. takes possession of the Destroyer's remains.
    • The World Security Council grants General Ross authorization to access S.H.I.E.L.D. intel in his hunt for the Hulk. Fury confronts Ross and tries to warn him against sending Blonsky in the field, but is rebuffed.
    • Banner goes to meet "Mr. Blue", Samuel Sterns, in-person at Harlem, New York. Together, they try a potential cure for Bruce's mutation that seems to work, but Banner discovers Sterns has synthesized Banner's blood samples in hopes of using them for medicinal purposes. Banner is against it, fearing they could be weaponized, but their argument is interrupted by Blonsky and Ross' forces and Banner is captured.
    • In cleaning up the scene, Blonsky pressures Sterns into injecting him with Banner's irradiated blood, despite Sterns' warnings that its interaction with the serum he already has could turn him into an "abomination". Blonsky becomes Drunk with Power from his new mutation and starts rampaging through Harlem. In the process, Sterns receives a head wound and some of Banner's blood drips into it, beginning to mutate him as well.
    • Too late to keep Ross from capturing Banner, Romanoff enters Sterns' lab to keep his research out of the wrong hands. Sterns, going power-mad from his own mutation, asks her to join him in his conquest, but she disables him and takes him into custody.
    • Realizing only the Hulk is a match for Blonsky, Ross releases Banner and he transforms into the Hulk to do battle. The Hulk wins after a long, arduous fight, but makes a hasty exit just before the military arrives. Blonsky is taken into custody by the United States Armed Forces and imprisoned in an Alaskan facility. Banner retreats to the Canadian wilderness, where he works on controlling the Hulk rather than curing him.

2011

  • The World Security Council desires to recruit Emil Blonsky for The Avengers Initiative, and orders S.H.I.E.L.D. to negotiate with General Thaddeus Ross for his release. Aware of Blonsky's evil, power-hungry nature, Agents Phil Coulson and Jasper Sitwell send consultant Tony Stark as their representative as a way to sabotage the proceedings. The plan succeeds as Ross is angered by Stark's meddling and refuses to release Blonsky from captivity. To this day, Blonsky still remains in American military custody. (The Incredible Hulk, The Consultant)
  • The United States Air Force begins sending Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes on official missions using his modified Iron Man Mk. II armor, under the Code Name "War Machine". (Various)
  • Dr. Erik Selvig is approached by S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury, who requests his expertise in studying the Tesseract and harnessing its energy. (Thor)
  • The Avengers Initiative is abandoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. in favor of the "Phase 2" project to weaponize the Tesseract. (The Avengers (2012))
  • During a round of golf, Ross suffers a heart attack, requiring thirteen hours of surgery and a triple by-pass. He later claims the incident gave him "perspective". (Captain America: Civil War)

    Phase Two (2012-2015) 
Unknown
  • Believing the Infinity Stones will grant him the fastest means to complete his plan of wiping out half the universe of intelligent life, Thanos sends his minions across the cosmos to find the Stones' whereabouts. Through unknown means, the Infinity Stone of Mind is acquired; Thanos houses the Stone inside a scepter, giving it Mind Controlling properties. Furthermore, he tasks his adoptive daughter Gamora to find the Infinity Stone of Soul. She discovers the Soul Stone is on Vormir, but withholds the information from Thanos. She burns the map to the Stone, but tells her adoptive sister Nebula of its location. (Avengers: Infinity War)

2012

  • Approximately 70 years since the crash of the Valkyrie HYDRA super-carrier, Captain America is discovered by a S.H.I.E.L.D. expedition team following a 2-year search in the Arctic, led by Director Nick Fury and Agent Phil Coulson. He is immediately thawed out by S.H.I.E.L.D. and slowly reintegrated into 21st-century American society. (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week)
  • Somewhere in the cosmos, Loki encounters the Other, leader of the Chitauri, who are aligned with the Mad Titan Thanos. Both parties strike a deal: Loki will head to Earth and retrieve the Tesseract for Thanos; in exchange, the Other will send the Chitauri to assist Loki with an army to Take Over the World. To ensure his cooperation, Loki is given the scepter containing the Mind Stone. (The Avengers (2012))
  • The Avengers
    • At a remote S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, Erik Selvig and a team of researchers are experimenting on the Tesseract when it activates on its own, sending Loki to Earth. In the confusion of his arrival, Loki steals the Tesseract and brainwashes Selvig and multiple S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, including Clint Barton, to assist in his escape. In response to the theft, Fury reactivates The Avengers Initiative: Agent Natasha Romanoff heads to Calcutta, India to recruit Bruce Banner in order to trace the Tesseract's location, Coulson gives Tony Stark information on Selvig's Tesseract research at his high-rise complex "Stark Tower", and Fury hands Captain Steve Rogers the assignment of retrieving the artifact. While a brainwashed Barton steals iridium in Stuttgart, Germany to stabilize the Tesseract's power, Loki creates a distraction, sending the Avengers to him; he willingly surrenders and is taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
    • Thor arrives on Earth from Asgard, who is adamant about bringing his brother back to his realm to face justice. The Avengers make a compromise with him to have Loki brought aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. "Helicarrier" as Banner and Stark continue searching for the Tesseract. Tensions mount between the Avengers on their means to determine Loki's fate, including Rogers' discovery of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Phase 2 project of weaponizing the Tesseract's power. When Barton and a group of brainwashed agents attack the Helicarrier, Loki escapes; although Romanoff is able to free Barton from Mind Control, Coulson is killed in the ensuing chaos. Rallying behind his death, the Avengers determine Loki's location is in New York City at Stark Tower. In conjunction with an inter-dimensional device Selvig built, Loki uses the Tesseract to open a wormhole above the city, sending the Chitauri to Earth.
    • In the "Battle of New York", the Avengers hold off the invading Chitauri, but are quickly overwhelmed by its incoming waves. While the Hulk manages to beat Loki into submission, Romanoff makes her way to Selvig's machine; freed of the Mind Control, Selvig states Loki's scepter can be used to close the wormhole. At the same time, the World Security Council orders a nuclear strike on the city to stop the invasion, but Iron Man intercepts the missile and sends it through the wormhole, detonating on the Chitauri mothership, disabling all Chitauri forces on Earth, with Romanoff closing the wormhole using Loki's scepter afterwards.
  • Post-Battle of New York
    • A team of Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk and Ant-Man) from 2023 travels back to the Battle of New York to retrieve the Space, Mind and Time Stones. (Avengers: Endgame)
      • Steve secures the Mind Stone by convincing the HYDRA agents sent to retrieve it that he is one of them with a well-placed "Hail HYDRA", before defeating his 2012-self in a fight by shocking him long enough with the information that Bucky is still alive.
      • Bruce Banner travels to the Sanctum Sanctorum, where he finds the Ancient One defending it. Upon learning that her future student Doctor Strange gave the Time Stone up willingly, the Ancient One decides to trust Strange's judgment and entrust her Stone to Bruce, while also making him promise to return the Stones to their proper places and ensure that they aren't left defenseless due to impending calamities.
      • Tony and Scott fail in their attempt to steal the Space Stone when the 2012-Hulk bursts out of a stairwell and unknowingly knocks the Tesseract away towards Loki's feet. Loki uses the Tesseract to teleport to places unknown.
      • Scott and Bruce return to 2023 with the Mind and Time Stones, while Tony and Steve decide to risk traveling to 1970 for a second chance at the Tesseract.
      • Steve Rogers returns to 2012 to return the Mind and Time Stones to their proper places.
    • During the Chitauri attack, War Machine is busy fighting off a Ten Rings terrorist cell in China. He rushes back to help with the "situation in New York", but arrives just as the Avengers are having a post-battle shawarma meal. (Iron Man 3 Prelude)
    • Thor takes Loki and the Tesseract back to Asgard, while the rest of the Avengers disband immediately to avoid legal repercussions. (The Avengers (2012))
    • Loki stands trial in Asgard and is imprisoned for his war crimes on Midgard. (Thor: The Dark World)
    • Loki's scepter is placed at a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility for further research until it is taken by defecting S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to HYDRA leader Baron Wolfgang von Strucker to his research base in the Eastern European nation of Sokovia. (Avengers: Age of Ultron: This Scepter'd Isle)note 
    • HYDRA scavenges Chitauri transmitters, hoping to contact aliens. They reach a group of various races called the Confederacy and the two form an alliance, with the Confederacy promising to shield Earth from Thanos in exchange for materials such as Inhumans to serve as soldiers (though in truth, they merely use the threat of Thanos to extort resources from his targets). (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Five)
    • S.H.I.E.L.D. begins Project Insight, a system that will identify and stop threats to global security before they happen. Unknown to legitimate S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, HYDRA either quickly usurps the project or designs it from the start to eliminate any potential threats to its own rule. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
    • The aftermath of the Chitauri invasion in New York City leads to the Russian Mafia, Japanese Yakuza and Chinese Triads beginning their monopoly of crime and real estate in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of the city, alongside various other branches around the world. (Daredevil Season One)
    • Salvage contractor Adrian Toomes and his crew are hired to clean up the rubble left from the battle, until the "Department of Damage Control" (DODC) drives them out from business due to their ties to Tony Stark and the federal government. Incensed that their operations are seized, Toomes convinces his employees to keep already scavenged Chitauri technology and use them to create weapons for sale on the black market. (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
  • Former electrical engineer Scott Edward Harris Lang steals money from his employer "VistaCorp" and gives it back to people whom the corporation has stolen from, but is arrested. Scott begins serving a three-year sentence, leaving behind his wife Maggie Lang and their daughter Cassandra "Cassie" Lang. During his imprisonment, Scott is issued divorce papers by Maggie. (Ant-Man: Small Time)
  • Iron Man 3
    • As America celebrates the December holidays, a terrorist known as the "Mandarin" executes a string of attacks across the globe, baffling intelligence agencies due to its inconsistencies. When Tony Stark's security chief Happy Hogan is wounded in one of the Mandarin's attacks, he publicly accuses the terrorist and calls out his actions; in response, the Mandarin orders gunships to destroy Stark's residence. Fortunately, Stark escapes in an Iron Man suit, fleeing to Tennessee and goes underground to begin his covert investigations into the Mandarin. He determines the terrorist attacks are triggered by American military veterans subjected to Extremis; in reality, the Mandarin's "bombings" are the same veterans explosively rejecting Extremis. Upon discovering the Mandarin's location in Miami, Florida, Stark heads there to confront him.
    • Stark is surprised to find the Mandarin is but a smokescreen for Aldrich Killian: after Maya Hansen partnered with Killian and AIM, he took her Extremis research as a means to weaponize it by healing wounded war veterans. The terrorist attacks were triggered to manipulate government agencies so he can "own" The War on Terror. To goad Stark into cooperating by fixing flaws in Extremis, Killian had Pepper Potts kidnapped and injected with Extremis. Meanwhile, James Rhodes, whose armor is re-branded as the "Iron Patriot", is lured into a trap regarding the Mandarin's location and the armor is stolen by Killian's followers. Stark and Rhodes escape capture just as Extremis soldiers attack incumbent American President Matthew Ellis aboard Air Force One. Although Stark manages to save its passengers, Killian abducts Ellis wearing the Iron Patriot, taking him to an impounded oil tanker.
    • Killian intends to assassinate President Ellis on live media, thereby ascending the Vice-President to presidency, who will become Killian's government puppet due to his collaboration with Killian in exchange for curing the Vice-President's daughter. Stark rushes to the tanker with multiple Iron Man suits, remotely controlled by "JARVIS", to combat Killian and the Extremis soldiers, while Rhodes heads to save the President. Stark traps Killian in one of his Iron Man suits and sets its Self-Destruct Mechanism, but it doesn't kill him; however, an Extremis-enhanced Potts is able to deal the killing blow instead. The Vice-President is arrested for the conspiracy, Stark is able to stabilize and remove Extremis from Potts and Tony finally undergoes surgery to remove the shrapnel near his heart, thereby relinquishing the need for an arc reactor.

Unknown (Estimated 2013)

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Four
    • A group of scientists at Momentum Labs in Pasadena, California attempt to create a quantum particle generator that can transmute energy into matter in violation of all known natural laws. The project leads, Joseph and Lucy Bauer, reach a breakthrough by consulting a Tome of Eldritch Lore called "the Darkhold". After a successful test, the Darkhold presents the possibility that such creation can be internalized as an innate ability; the Bauers and fellow scientist Eli Morrow are captivated by such god-like power, with Eli and Joseph coming into conflict over it.
    • Joseph hires a street gang to assassinate Eli. Due to a miscommunication by the gang to target Eli's black Dodge Charger, however, the thugs attack Eli's nephews Gabe and Robbie Reyes when they are driving their uncle's vehicle, killing Robbie and paralyzing Gabe. In response to Robbie's Dying Wish to protect his younger brother, a mysterious skull-headed motorcyclist arrives to pull Gabe from the wreckage and resurrect Robbie. However, the latter discovers he has made a Deal with the Devil and is possessed by an entity turning him into a similar skull-headed being which craves the slaughter of evildoers. The resulting killing sprees eventually turn Robbie into a Los Angeles Urban Legend known as the "Ghost Rider".
    • In a bid to claim the quantum generator's power for himself, Eli attacks the other Momentum scientists and uses the generator in reverse to destroy their bodies, but unknown to Eli, the spirits of the scientists remain trapped within the machine. Furthermore, Eli beats Joseph into a coma in a failed attempt to make him give up the location of the Darkhold. With the rest of the world believing the scientists are killed in an explosion and Morrow assaulted Bauer in Revenge, the former is imprisoned on manslaughter charges, leaving the Reyes brothers to fend for themselves.

2013

  • On June 16, a teenage version of Loki arrives into the MCU from another dimension, searching for his missing teammate Speed. He leaves the next day, having recorded the visit in his universal passport. (Young Avengers Vol 2 #8)
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson is resurrected via alien DNA and multiple surgeries following his death at the hands of Loki. As per orders from Director Nick Fury, Coulson is tasked with a secret team of operatives to travel the world and help handle the rising number of super-powered, or otherwise, "gifted" individuals. This team includes his old colleague Melinda May, promising operative Grant Ward, and science/tech helps Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. Among the first of their discoveries is Daisy Johnson, going by the pseudonym "Skye", who is totally ignorant of her Inhuman heritage; Coulson is impressed by her hacking abilities and recruits her to his team. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One)
  • Thor: The Dark World
    • The rebuilt inter-dimensional bridge allows the Asgardians to ensure peace returns to the Nine Realms. Thor Odinson, Sif and the Warriors Three help defend the realm of Vanaheim from the invading Marauders. At the same time, the next Convergence event is about to begin, as portals between the realms appear sporadically. In London, Jane Foster investigates one such portal, only to be relocated to another dimension, coming across the Aether that had been hidden away by the Asgardians. When the Aether infects her body, Thor is alerted to her presence missing from Midgard. He returns to her world and takes her to Asgard for treatment, though Odin Borson warns the Aether cannot be destroyed, and will eventually kill Jane if it is not removed from her.
      • The Thor and Rocket Raccoon of 2023 travel back to this time to retrieve the Reality Stone/Aether. Thor is distracted by the presence of mother, leaving Rocket to extract the Aether from Jane Foster on his own. After a pep-talk from Frigga, Thor summons Mjolnir to his hand and finds to his delight that he is still worthy. Thor and Rocket return to 2023 with the Reality Stone and Mjolnir. (Avengers: Endgame)
      • Steve Rogers returns to 2013 to return the Reality Stone and Mjolnir to their proper places, allowing events to unfold mostly unchanged.
    • Sensing the Aether has been released, the Dark Elf Malekith reawakens from hibernation and sends his remaining troops to attack Asgard. Thor's mother Frigga is killed while protecting Jane, but Malekith is forced to abandon the Aether when Thor intervenes. Although Odin orders his son not to go after Malekith, Thor recruits Loki for his assistance into getting to the Dark Elves' realm of Svartalfheim without using the Bifröst; in exchange, Loki will have his vengeance on Malekith for killing Frigga. Taking Jane with them, the brothers enter Svartalfheim while Sif and the Warriors Three stall Asgardian soldiers from their escape. Confronting Malekith, Loki tricks the Dark Elf into drawing the Aether from Jane's body without killing her, giving Thor the chance to destroy it. Unfortunately, Malekith merges with the Aether and leaves for an unknown location just as Loki is fatally wounded by Dark Elf soldiers.
    • Stumbling across a nearby cave, Thor and Jane discover another portal leading them back to Earth, reuniting with Erik Selvig in London. Determining Malekith intends to unleash the Aether at the center of the Convergence in the Greenwich district of London, Thor heads to fight Malekith, taking their battle across the Nine Realms through the portals. With Jane and Selvig's help, they use their astrophysics equipment to transport and lock Malekith back in Svartalfheim, where he is killed by the falling debris of his damaged ship.
    • Thor returns to Asgard and declines to take the throne, citing he must be ready at all times to protect the Nine Realms, which he cannot do as a king. He returns to Midgard with Odin's blessing, but unknown to him "Odin" is actually Loki, who faked his death and is now impersonating their father. Loki placed the real Odin under enchantment and exiled him to Earth, putting him in the care of the Shady Acres retirement home in New York City. (Thor: Ragnarok)
    • Sif pays Taneleer "The Collector" Tivan a visit, giving him the Aether, citing that as Asgard already has possession of the Tesseract, having two Infinity Stones in proximity to one another is too dangerous.
  • Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team begin an engagement against "Project Centipede", a branch of HYDRA working on Super Soldiers with leftover technology from AIM and the Chitauri invasion. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One)

Spring 2014

  • In a secret HYDRA cell outside of the city of Novi Grad, Sokovia, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker begins experimenting with Loki's scepter on humans. Many subjects exposed to the scepter's energy die from fatal effects, but the Maximoff twins Pietro and Wanda, Sokovian volunteers for the experiments, are the only ones to survive, granting the brother-sister pair Super Speed and Psychic Powers, respectively. The twins would be informally classified later by S.H.I.E.L.D. as "Enhanced", individuals granted superhuman abilities as a result of experiments and science. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Shortly before the completion and public launch of Project Insight via a trio of Helicarriers, Director Nick Fury is alerted to corruption within S.H.I.E.L.D. when he discovers an encrypted file that even his clearance cannot open. Unfortunately, one of the few people he entrusts with this information is Secretary Alexander Pierce, who is secretly a member of HYDRA. Pierce dispatches the Winter Soldier to assassinate Fury before he discovers anything more, though Fury manages to pass on the files and a warning that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised to Captain Steve Rogers before he dies.
    • Pierce questions Rogers about Fury's last known actions, but Rogers heeds Fury's warning and declines to share intel. Pierce responds by having a STRIKE team led by Brock Rumlow try to apprehend him. Rogers goes on the run with his ally Natasha Romanoff and they try to track down the files' source. The trail leads to the abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D. base hidden in New Jersey, where Rogers and Romanoff discover the digital consciousness of Arnim Zola. Zola explains how HYDRA had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and fostered global chaos so that people would give up their freedom in exchange for security, and how Project Insight is to be the final step in that plan. As Zola distracts Rogers and Romanoff, STRIKE attacks and destroys the bunker, but the two manage to escape.
    • Heading back to Washington D.C., Rogers and Romanoff seek refuge with Sam Wilson, a pararescue veteran whom Steve recently befriended. Wilson offers his help, explaining he had used an experimental EXO-7 "Falcon" jetpack during his military service that could prove useful. The group confronts Agent Jasper Sitwell, having deduced he is allied with HYDRA, and forces him to reveal Project Insight was built to determine anyone that could be a potential threat to HYDRA and wipe them out.
    • The Winter Soldier intercepts Rogers' team and assassinates Sitwell. During their fight, Rogers discovers the Soldier is his old friend James "Bucky" Barnes, but is captured by STRIKE teams. Fortunately, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill rescues the group and takes them to Fury, who was Faking the Dead to plan for a sabotage of Project Insight using computer realignment chips so the Helicarriers will attack each other rather than their intended targets. When the World Security Council arrives at the Triskelion for the project's launch, Rogers, Wilson and Hill infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters and expose HYDRA's deception, while Romanoff, disguised as one of the Council members, disarms Pierce's men and with Fury, forces Pierce to leak classified information from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s database, including HYDRA's activities, to the public. When Pierce kills the members of the World Security Council, Fury executes him. At the same time, Rogers and Wilson head to the Helicarriers to replace the chips with the sabotaged ones, but the Winter Soldier arrives to stop the Captain, yet is too late to prevent the Helicarriers from destroying each other. Rogers refuses to fight his friend and is beaten when the Helicarrier he is aboard crashes into the Triskelion, throwing him into the Potomac River. However, the Winter Soldier rescues Captain America before he drowns and disappears.
    • With HYDRA ousted and S.H.I.E.L.D. fractured from the exposé, Romanoff goes before a Senate subcommittee arguing for her actions in leaking information, Fury heads underground to Eastern Europe to continue the covert war against remaining HYDRA cells, Hill applies for a position in Stark Industries, while Rogers and Wilson go to find Barnes. A critically wounded Rumlow is hospitalized due to a Helicarrier crashing into the Triskelion and Barnes pays a visit to a Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution to recover his memories.
  • Among the HYDRA agents exposed are Grant Ward and John Garrett, the latter being the head of Project Centipede whom Phil Coulson's team has been pursuing for the last few months. Despite being shaken by the betrayal of their allies and the loss of S.H.I.E.L.D. resources, Coulson's team manages to destroy Project Centipede, arrest Ward and kill Garrett. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One)
  • Released from being a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, Ava Starr is given a home by her mentor Bill Foster. (Ant-Man and the Wasp)
  • As a result of Fury going underground, he relinquishes his position as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director; in his place, Fury appoints Coulson as the new head of the organization. However, Robert Gonzales spearheads another S.H.I.E.L.D. faction, formed in the wake of HYDRA's exposure, marking the beginning of the "S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War", as Gonzales believes in being transparent with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s goals rather than compartmentalize when Fury was in charge. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Seasons One and Two)
  • Madame Gao and Murakami's lieutenant Nobu Yoshioka join forces with Wilson Fisk as he continues his plan to save Hell's Kitchen from itself, using his assistance to buy a piece of real estate that sits on top of a dragon's remains, hidden deep beneath the Earth that will enable them to create more of the resurrection serum. (The Defenders (2017))
  • Matt Murdock, feeling he is ready, begins his vigilante work in Hell's Kitchen, acting as a lawyer by day, but living as a masked crime-fighter by night. During a failed attempt at rescuing a kidnapped boy, Matt is nursed back to health by a nurse named Claire Temple, who keeps his identity secret. With the help of his allies, one of whom is Karen Page, who works alongside Foggy Nelson and Matt at their law firm, Murdock is able to dismantle Wilson Fisk and his criminal empire, who is imprisoned for his crimes, while his co-conspirators are either killed or forced to flee the country. Although Nobu dies, he is resurrected by The Hand, while Gao leaves for China when it becomes clear Fisk's help is at an end. For his deeds in Hell's Kitchen, the media dubs the masked vigilante as the "Daredevil". (Daredevil Season One)

Summer 2014

  • Jessica Jones makes a brief attempt at being a superhero, only to fall prey to Kilgrave, who forms a twisted attachment to her during her imprisonment under him. After several months of being his personal tool, Jessica breaks free of her mind control after being ordered to kill another unwilling accomplice: a prison counselor by the name of Reva Conners. She manages to escape when he's hit by a bus, but he survives. (Jessica Jones Season One)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • 26 years after he was taken from Earth by Yondu Udonta, Peter "Star-Lord" Quill heads to the planet Morag to steal an orb, where he claims it and evades capture from followers of the Kree fanatic, Ronan the Accuser, who is also seeking the orb as per an agreement with Thanos to help him destroy the Nova Empire's capital of Xandar.
    • A team of Avengers (Black Widow, Hawkeye, War Machine and Nebula) from 2023 travels back to this time to retrieve the Power and Soul Stones. (Avengers: Endgame)
      • Rhodes and Nebula successfully knock out Star-Lord and retrieve the Power Stone before he can, with Rhodes returning to 2023 but Nebula being forced to stay due to her network-connection to her past self. Thanos notices the connection affecting 2014-Nebula and cancels plans to have his daughters aid Ronan. Instead, he uses 2014-Nebula to access 2023-Nebula's memory files, discovering that he ultimately succeeds, but that the Avengers have killed him and are trying to undo his work.
      • Clint retrieves the Soul Stone after Natasha sacrifices herself and returns to 2023.
      • Thanos captures the 2023 Nebula and has the 2014 Nebula take her place and travel to 2023, where she can summon all of Thanos' forces through the quantum tunnel.
      • Steve Rogers returns to 2014 to return the Power and Soul Stones to their proper places. However, Thanos and his forces never return.
    • Looking to sell the orb on Xandar, Quill is ambushed by the assassin Gamora, Thanos' adoptive daughter and Ronan's ally, who takes the artifact, but both are intercepted by bounty hunters Rocket and Groot. The four are arrested by the "Nova Corps" and taken to the "Kyln" prison, where an inmate named Drax attempts to kill Gamora because of her association to Ronan, who killed his family, but Gamora states she has betrayed Ronan, as she is unwilling to help him destroy worlds using the orb. Upon learning from Gamora of a party interested in purchasing the orb, Quill, Rocket and Groot help Gamora escape the Kyln in his ship, the Milano; Quill also convinces Drax she can help him bring Ronan to him to sate his vengeance.
    • Ronan meets with Thanos to discuss Gamora's betrayal, thus Thanos sends Gamora's adoptive sister Nebula to retrieve the orb. Quill and his companions head to the mining colony Knowhere to meet Gamora's buyer, Taneleer Tivan, who reveals the orb contains the Infinity Stone of Power. Before the transaction can be completed, Tivan's assistant grabs the Stone, but its power cannot be wielded by ordinary individuals, thus she explodes, engulfing Tivan's archives. Ronan arrives at Knowhere after an inebriated Drax summons him, but is easily defeated by Ronan, while his forces and Nebula steal the orb and strand Gamora in space. Quill rescues her and is forced to contact Yondu for help; unfortunately, Yondu reveals Quill betrayed his crew for having stolen the orb from them in the first place since Morag, but Rocket, Drax and Groot threaten to destroy Yondu's vessel in order to rescue the two. Quill negotiates a truce between their groups by convincing Yondu and his allies they can recover the orb from Ronan.
    • Aboard his ship Dark Aster, Ronan takes the Power Stone and places it into his warhammer, claiming it for himself, while reneging his deal with Thanos; due to her own mutual hatred for her adoptive father, Nebula agrees to help Ronan destroy Xandar. With assistance from the Nova Corps, Rocket in the Milano and Yondu's Space Pirates fend off Ronan's forces on Xandar, but Ronan uses the Power Stone to decimate the Nova Corps' fleet. Aboard the Dark Aster, the rest of Quill's party defeats Ronan's soldiers and Nebula, who escapes, but they aren't strong enough against Ronan and an Infinity Stone. When Rocket crashes the Milano into the Dark Aster, the damaged ship crashes onto Xandar's surface and Groot sacrifices himself by shielding his companions from the wreckage. Before Ronan can destroy Xander with the Stone, Quill distracts him long enough for Drax and Rocket to break Ronan's warhammer apart, allowing Quill to take the Infinity Stone. Although its energy should be destroying Quill, Gamora, Drax and Rocket help him control the Stone and kill Ronan.
    • As per their deal, Quill hands the Infinity Stone to Yondu, who leaves Xandar with his allies, except Quill handed a fake; the real Stone is given to the Nova Corps for safe-keeping. For their heroism, Quill's group has their criminal records expunged by the Corps and are publicly hailed as the "Guardians of the Galaxy". Furthermore, Quill learns from the Corps of his Half-Human Hybrid nature - the reason he can utilize the Power Stone is due to his non-human father being part of an ancient species. With a repaired Milano, the Guardians head to an unknown location, taking along with them a growing sapling from Groot's body.
      • Ego, who has been searching for Peter since Yondu's refusal to deliver him, learns about the Guardians' exploits and knows that only a Celestial is capable of surviving the use of an Infinity Stone, which his son has done. (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    • Three months after Ronan's defeat, the Guardians of the Galaxy perform multiple mercenary work across the cosmos. They are employed by the "Sovereign", who relinquish their captive, Nebula, into the Guardians' custody after completing their latest task of protecting a set of powerful batteries. Rocket steals some of the batteries for the team to sell for higher profit, which is discovered by the Sovereign shortly thereafter. The Milano is severely damaged by pursuing Sovereign drones, until they are saved by Ego and his empath servant Mantis. Peter, Gamora, Drax and Mantis leave for Ego's planet and his explanation of Peter's origins, while Rocket and "baby" Groot remain to fix their ship with the imprisoned Nebula.
    • Sovereign high priestess Ayesha hires Yondu and his Space Pirates in capturing the Guardians; when they find their ship and surround Rocket, Yondu reveals he intends to let them go again. Outraged by his continual forgiveness of Peter, many of Yondu's crew members stage a mutiny, aided by Nebula after she convinces Groot to free her to falsely help Rocket. Yondu loyalists are Thrown Out the Airlock from his ship, the Eclector, while Nebula leaves, intending to take Revenge on Gamora and Thanos. Meanwhile, Yondu's right-hand man Kraglin Obfonteri frees him, Rocket, and Groot, making quick work of the mutineers and head for the rest of the Guardians in a "Quadrant" of the Eclector once Yondu hears that Peter is with Ego, knowing what the latter intends to do. Before the last of the mutineers die, they send a warning to the Sovereign of the Guardians' whereabouts.
    • Nebula arrives on Ego's planet to kill Gamora, but the two form a truce after discovering the bodies of Ego's offsprings in the planet's caverns. Meanwhile, Ego initiates his terra-forming plan by triggering Peter's latent Celestial abilities until Peter is taken aback by his father's statement of causing Meredith Quill's death and engages him. Furthermore, Mantis reveals Ego's plan to Drax, who relays this to Gamora and Rocket's group as their arrive on the planet. However, Sovereign drones also arrive to kill the Guardians, but are defeated when the Guardians reunite with Peter. Using the Sovereign batteries as a bomb, the Guardians plant the device in Ego's brain, located in the planet's core, to kill him. Peter continues to fight Ego to give the Guardians time to escape the planet before it explodes, though Yondu sacrifices himself to save Peter when his Celestial powers disappear with Ego's death.
    • Reconciling with Gamora, Nebula chooses to seek out Thanos by herself, as the Guardians hold a vigil for Yondu, accompanied by Stakar Ogord and the Ravagers, who accept Yondu as one of them again posthumously. Kraglin and Mantis stay with the Guardians of the Galaxy, while Stakar, inspired by Yondu's heroics, reforms a team with fellow Ravagers Aleta Ogord, Martinex, Kurgarr and Mainframe. Ayesha, still incensed by the Guardians' slight against her and the Sovereign, creates an artificial being with the intent on seeking the Guardians out and destroying them, naming this entity "Adam".
  • Kilgrave launches a campaign of torture involving everyone Jessica Jones knows to force her to return to his servitude. Luke Cage is also drawn into the fight against Kilgrave as Jessica's last act under his control is killing Reva Connors, who is revealed to be Luke's wife. Jones, who developed an immunity to his powers after the aforementioned killing, is ultimately able to kill him and resumes her work as a private investigator. Luke heads to Harlem afterward. (Jessica Jones Season One)

Fall/Winter 2014

  • Months following the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., Rumlow reawakens from his hospitalization. Furious at HYDRA's defeat, he escapes and recovers items belonging to a S.H.I.E.L.D. research and development lab, setting up an arms deal to draw out fellow HYDRA agents. However, Rumlow kills the HYDRA members as a message, indicating he no longer works for them. He begins setting himself up as a freelance mercenary under the alias "Crossbones". (Captain America: Civil War Prelude)
  • As Director Coulson works to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D., Daniel Whitehall attempts to reclaim the Kree Obelisk. Meanwhile, Calvin Johnson learns that his daughter Daisy is alive and now a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and becomes obsessed with reuniting with her. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two)
  • National Security Agency Analyst David Lieberman is sent the video of Ahmad Zubair's death for assessment; instead, he sends it to Homeland Security Agent Dinah Madani. However, CIA Covert Operations Director William Rawlins sends Homeland Security Special Agent Carson Wolf after Lieberman for leaking the video, but the latter survives a contrived public execution by Faking the Dead to protect his wife and children's safety, heading into hiding. Rawlins and Marine Corps Colonel Ray Schoonover believe ex-Cerberus Squad member Frank Castle to be the leak's source, ordering Billy Russo to kill the Castle family. He refuses; instead, Rawlins arranges for a botched drug sting operation involving the "Blacksmith" to cover their tracks, as Castle's wife and children are killed in the crossfire between gangs at Central Park in New York City. Using resources provided by Rawlins, Russo creates private military contractor "Anvil". (The Punisher (2017))
  • Daredevil Season Two
    • Ex-United States Marine Corps veteran Frank Castle reinvents himself as a vigilante, waging a one-man war against the "Dogs of Hell", "Kitchen Irish", and Mexican Cartel in Hell's Kitchen with zero restraint, whom he believes were responsible for the deaths of his wife and children in the Central Park massacre. Castle's actions bring him into opposition with the Daredevil. When Kitchen Irish leaders arrive to seek Revenge on Castle, they capture him, but the Daredevil assists in Castle's escape; however, Frank surrenders himself to the police and stands trial for his crimes, with Matt Murdock defending him. Unfortunately, Castle purposefully destroys his own defense, believing his actions are justified and is sent to the same prison as Wilson Fisk. The former crime lord believes he can use Castle to get rid of his competition, thus engineers his escape. Castle also deduces the Blacksmith's identity to be his former Cerberus superior Marine Corps Colonel Ray Schoonover and guns him down, believing this is as far as the conspiracy goes. Discovering a hidden cache of Schoonover's weapons, Castle embraces the district attorney's moniker of him, "The Punisher".
      • With Matt distracted by other matters (see below) and effectively abandoning the Castle case, he and Foggy Nelson dissolve their business partnership and go their separate ways. Foggy is subsequently hired by "Hogarth, Chao, & Benowitz", as attorney Jeri Hogarth is impressed by his defense of Castle.
    • Elektra returns to New York seeking Matt's help with the Yakuza; he reluctantly agrees unless she promises to leave the city when they are finished. Their investigation leads them to The Hand, who have now demolished the building over the dragon bones and are digging a massive hole down to it. Stick arrives and finally reveals to Matt the nature of The Chaste and their war against The Hand. Matt offers to take Elektra back and help her defeat The Hand if she ends her relationship with Stick and The Chaste; she agrees. Angered by her betrayal, Stick sends an assassin to kill Elektra, but is unsuccessful; instead, The Hand captures him. Matt tracks down The Hand torturing Stick, yet Elektra intends to kill him until The Hand reveals she is the Black Sky. Murdock urges her not to cooperate with them and Elektra helps him escape with Stick; unfortunately, she dies protecting Matt from the resurrected Nobu Yoshioka, who Stick promptly dispatches permanently. The enraged Daredevil defeats his attackers with unexpected help from the Punisher.
      • As Matt and Stick mourn Elektra's death, surviving members of The Hand recover her body. Alexandra insists Elektra be brought back despite this using up the last of the resurrection serum The Hand currently has, and manipulates the process so she has no memories and is purely devoted to The Hand. Alexandra proceeds to build the headquarters for a company named "Midland Circle" over the bone site as The Hand's new front. (The Defenders (2017))
      • Realizing Castle could be the perfect ally to exonernate him, David Lieberman leaves a disc of the video containing Afghan police officer Ahmad Zubair's death in Castle's house labeled "Micro" for him to retrieve, just as he returns to burn it down. (The Punisher (2017))
    • On Christmas Day, Matt, still coming to grips with Elektra's death, calls Karen Page to meet him and reveals to her his identity as the masked vigilante Daredevil. However, he retires as the Daredevil, devoting himself to pro bono legal work.

Spring 2015

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two
    • The Obelisk is activated, triggering terrigenesis in both S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Daisy Johnson (who gains vibrational-manipulation powers) and the duplicitous "Raina" (who has had her appearance changed drastically and can now see the future).
    • In the conflict over the Obelisk, Daniel Whitehall is killed. Other HYDRA leaders attempt a peaceful transfer of power, but S.H.I.E.L.D. manipulates them into attacking each other before sweeping in to clean up what's left; dealing a crippling blow to the organization.
    • Calvin Johnson begins bringing together various Enhanced in an attempt to strike at S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, upon realizing his wife Jiaying and daughter Daisy are alive he tries to reform himself, wanting nothing more than to be a family again.
    • Robert Gonzales' S.H.I.E.L.D. faction reveals itself and makes their intentions known to bring down S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Phil Coulson and his team.
  • Luke Cage (2016) Season Onenote 
    • Months after moving into Harlem, Luke Cage keeping a low profile as a sweeper at a barbershop owned by ex-gangster Henry "Pop" Hunter and a dishwasher at the "Harlem's Paradise" nightclub, owned by Cottonmouth. He's drawn into Cottonmouth's gun-running operations in the neighborhood when thieves steal Cottonmouth's money during an arms deal. Assisted by ex-Seagate inmate Alvarez, known now as "Shades", who works for weapons supplier "Diamondback", Cottonmouth's men inadvertedly kills Pops during a drive-by shooting to silence the thieves. Luke retailiates by going after Cottonmouth's businesses; his illegal assets fuel his cousin Mariah Dillard's campaign to clean up Harlem. This street war brings Luke into the media spotlight, including the attention of Detective Misty Knight of the New York Police Department. Cottonmouth's obssession with Luke leads to an argument between the cousins where Mariah murders Cottonmouth. Shades uses the latter's death in a plan to frame his murder on Luke. Meanwhile, Claire Temple returns to Harlem, who meets with Luke just as he is shot and wounded by Diamondback using a bullet manufactured from Chitauri technology; Luke also discovers Diamondback is actually Willis Stryker, who finally reveals he is Cage's half-brother.
    • Luke and Claire escape from the police, who suspects the former of killing Cottonmouth, to find Doctor Noah Burstein, whom Claire believes can restore Luke to normal as the Chitauri bullet penetrated his iron-like skin. Mariah forms an alliance with Stryker to smear Luke's public image, presenting his confrontations with the police as aggressive; Detective Knight, who has spent enough prior time with Luke to know of his innocence, defends his actions. When a rejuvenated Luke returns to Harlem to confront Mariah at Harlem's Paradise during a rally against super-powered individuals, Stryker frames his brother using hostages, but Luke rescues them and takes the fight directly to Stryker, defeating him on Harlem's streets. Unfortunately, Luke's identity as Carl Lucas is ousted, and he is arrested for escaping prison, returning to Seagate to continue his sentence. Mariah's ties to crime cannot be proven due to the death of a key witness from Shades, while Doctor Burstein subjects a beaten, comatose Stryker to the same experiments that created Luke.
  • Director Coulson discovers the location of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker's HYDRA base in Sokovia, thus forwards the information to Maria Hill, who contacts the Avengers. Coulson also initiates "Theta Protocol", a program meant to maintain decommissioned S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier No. 64 in working order. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
    • Approximately one year after Captain Steve Rogers exposed HYDRA within S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers raid Strucker's HYDRA facility successfully, taking him prisoner and retrieving Loki's scepter; the Maximoff twins, however, escape from the Avengers. Before Thor Odinson can return to Asgard with the scepter, Tony Stark analyzes it and determines the weapon's gem houses an Artificial Intelligence-like construct. Persuading Bruce Banner for his assistance, Stark secretly creates "Ultron", a global defense program set up to be Earth's first line of defense against extraterrestrials. Unfortunately, Ultron becomes self-aware, deducing humanity must be exterminated, disseminates JARVIS' program and escapes with Loki's scepter to Strucker's HYDRA base, where it begins building bodies for itself alongside an army of Mecha-Mooks; furthermore, Ultron recruits the Maximoff twins, due to their mutual hatred for Stark as a result of their parents dying from Stark's weapons before his capture by the Ten Rings.
    • When the Avengers learn Ultron has killed Strucker in prison, they discover the AI is headed to Arms Dealer Ulysses Klaue, who intends to buy Vibranium metal from him. The team engages Ultron and the Maximoff twins, but Wanda's power of inducing hypnosis sends a majority of the Avengers into hallucinations; the Hulk, who is affected the most, flies into a rampage towards a nearby city, prompting Stark to physically subdue him. Ultron and the twins escape with the Vibranium, while the Avengers head to a safe-house to recover; Thor, however, goes to consult Erik Selvig for his help with interpreting his hallucination. After Nick Fury arrives to rally the team, the Avengers realize Ultron intends to build itself the perfect body by forcing South Korean geneticist Helen Cho in Seoul, South Korea, an expert in synthetic tissue generation, to create a Nigh Invulnerable Vibranium body and the scepter's gem to house Ultron's programming. As Ultron uploads into the body, Wanda is able to read the AI's mind; upon seeing its goals are not the same as the twins, the Maximoffs flee. Although Rogers, Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton are able to steal the body without Ultron completely uploading into it, the AI takes Romanoff and retreats to Sokovia.
    • The body is brought back to Stark Tower, and Stark and Banner believe the synthetic can help the Avengers by uploading JARVIS, who has been hiding in the Internet when Ultron attacked, into it. While Rogers and the Maximoff twins argue against the decision, Thor returns to activate the body; he assesses the gem on its forehead is the Infinity Stone of Mind, after his hallucination has been interpreted, and agrees this Artificial Human "Vision" is not a threat. The Avengers, with the Maximoffs and Vision, leave for Sokovia, where Ultron uses the remaining Vibranium to build a machine lifting the city of Novi Grad into the sky, then Colony Dropping it back to Earth, causing global extinction. Banner rescues Romanoff, who turns him back into the Hulk, and the two join the battle with the Avengers against Ultron and its Mecha-Mooks in "The Battle of Sokovia"; meanwhile, Fury, Hill, James Rhodes in his War Machine armor and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrive to evacuate civilians using Helicarrier No. 64. Unfortunately, Pietro is killed and Ultron is able to plummet the city; however, Stark and Thor overload the machine, shattering the landmass before landfall. As the Vision destroys Ultron's last body, Hulk takes a "Quinjet" on a self-imposed exile, having endangered enough civilians following his South Africa rampage.
    • The Avengers begin relocating to a new facility in upstate New York, though Avengers Tower remains operational for the time being. Thor decides to return to Asgard and research on who is gathering the Infinity Stones within the last few years. Although Stark leaves the team to pursue other projects and Barton retires, Rogers and Romanoff recruit Rhodes, Sam Wilson, Vision and Wanda as new members of the Avengers.
  • Helmut Zemo, an ex-colonel of "EKO Skorpion", a covert kill squad from Sokovian intelligence, grieves for the loss of his family during the Avengers' battle with Ultron, and vows Revenge against the former. (Captain America: Civil War)
  • The Quinjet carrying the Hulk leaves Earth, heading into the cosmic unknown, eventually landing on the world of Sakaar. Taken in by the Grandmaster to be his "champion" in the combat arena, the Hulk spends the next two years fighting, refusing to revert back into Bruce Banner. (Thor: Ragnarok)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two
    • In light of a need to form a calm, united front dealing with remaining HYDRA and new Inhuman groups, the two divisions of S.H.I.E.L.D. decide to compromise: for sending a Helicarrier to assist the Avengers in Sokovia, Coulson will remain as director of S.H.I.E.L.D., while Gonzales' faction acts as a security check against the former.
    • S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Inhumans come to the brink of war as the corrupted Inhuman leader Jiaying kills Gonzales with Terrigen Crystals while making it seem as if he attempted to assassinate her. Thanks to the timely work of Coulson's team, they kill Jiaying and re-establish a tenuous peace with the Inhumans. Meanwhile, in the fallout of the battle with Jiaying's forces, her stockpile of Terrigen Crystals is dumped into the ocean and enters the food chain; furthermore, during an investigation of the Monolith that was retrieved from Gonzales' faction of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Jemma Simmons is accidentally sent through it and trapped on an alien planet.
  • Sometime after Thor departs Asgard to search for the Infinity Stones, "Odin" accuses Heimdall of treason in order to prevent him from discovering and exposing that he is actually Loki in disguise. Heimdall evades capture and escapes to the wilderness outside the city, and Skurge is appointed to be his replacement as Asgard's gatekeeper. Sif is also sent into exile at some point for the same reason. (Thor: Ragnarok, with Sif's fate given by Word of God)

Summer 2015

  • Iron Fist (2017)
    • In K'un-Lun, Danny Rand defeats Shou-Lao the Undying, receiving the power and title of the Iron Fist, but abandons his post when the connection to Earth appears again. He returns to New York City to discover Harold Meachum's children Ward and Joy now run Rand Enterprises, with Harold still believed by the public to be dead. Assisted by Jeri Hogarth, Danny proves his identity and reclaims his father's place in the company, but his morally-upright, yet financially-unsound business decisions prove ineffective for the corporation. Meanwhile, having learned of Danny being "the sworn enemy of The Hand", Harold begins plotting to use Danny to break himself free of The Hand's control by revealing himself to Danny, alerting him to The Hand's infiltration of Rand Enterprises. Danny begins investigating and starts to interfere with Madame Gao's heroin operation. Unfortunately, Danny's corporate actions forces the board of directors to move him, Ward and Joy out of the comapny. Due to a combination of stress involving Harold's control over him, failed attempts at manipulating Danny, the possibility of losing his career, his own involvement with The Hand, and a drug addiction, Ward kills his father. However, Harold comes Back from the Dead due to his new body given to him by The Hand; his morality lessened, Harold blackmails and threatens the board of directors at Rand Enterprises to let him and his children back into the company.
    • Danny meets Colleen Wing, who keeps her association with The Hand secret, hoping to recruit Danny into their ranks, beliving K'un-Lun monks have "brainwashed" him. Joined by Claire Temple after she learns about their connection to The Hand, the three abduct Gao for her involvement in the death of Danny's parents, but Colleen sustains a poisoned wound. Fortunately, Bakuto arrives to help, who moves them into his base of operations and imprisons Gao. Colleen tells Danny the truth of her allegiance to The Hand, but he severs his bond with Colleen, furious at her deception and intent to recruit him. Danny escapes Bakuto's compound thanks to the arrival of Davos, a citizen and his friend from K'un-Lun.
    • Shattered by her faith in The Hand, Colleen declines to inform Bakuto of Danny's whereabouts. Danny forgives her, and together with an uneasy Davos, they intervene when Bakuto takes the Meachums hostage. Colleen kills Bakuto, but Davos turns against Danny for his refusal to accept K'un-Lun's hardline stance against repentant members of The Hand. Bakuto's body disappears when Danny and Colleen fight off Davos. His deal with The Hand over, Harold takes the opportunity to frame Danny for Madame Gao's heroin operation. Going on the run from authorities with Colleen and Claire, they receive assistance from Ward, who has grown disillusioned with his father's methods. Making common ground with Gao, who reveals Harold killed Danny's parents, they make a final attack on Rand Enterprises and Harold, with Gao escaping imprisonment from Bakuto's compound. Danny and Ward kill Harold, cremating his remains to prevent his resurrection. Joy, meanwhile, believes Danny to be the cause of her problems, and secretly meets with Davos, who desires to kill Danny. Realizing he needs to fulfill his duties as the Iron Fist, Danny invites Colleen to return to K'un-Lun with him, but discover dead Hand assassins at the gates, and the city having vanished.
  • Ant-Man
    • Realizing his protege Darren Cross is close to recreating the Pym Particle-powered Ant-Man suit with his own modified version called the "Yellowjacket", Hank Pym decides to steal the suit and destroy Cross' research before he can weaponize it; Hope van Dyne, having grown uneasy with Cross' methods, joins her father's efforts.
    • Scott Lang is released from prison and moves in with Luis, a member of Lang's old crew. When Scott fails to reconcile with his ex-wife Maggie Lang and her police-detective fiance Paxton with regards to providing child support for Cassie Lang, he agrees to join Luis in a heist on a rich homeowner from information he came across. Although Scott believes he failed after stealing what appears to be an old motorcycle suit, upon trying it, it is actually the Ant-Man suit. Confused, Scott returns the suit to the home, only to be caught by police. Pym, who is the homeowner, breaks Scott out of jail by smuggling the suit for him to use.
    • Pym confesses Luis' information was provided by Pym himself: the heist was a test to see Scott's burglary skills. The impressed Pym decides to have Scott become the next Ant-Man and steal the Yellowjacket, with his combat training and use of ants as helpers overseen by Hope.
    • To aid in their mission, Pym sends Scott to steal a device from an old Stark Industries warehouse, only to discover to their horror that it's been converted into the Avengers' new headquarters. Scott gets into a brief scuffle with Sam Wilson, but successfully escapes with the item.
    • Cross has perfected his replicated Pym Particle formula and invites Hank to an unveiling ceremony. Scott, with help from Luis and their crew, infiltrates Pym Technologies during the event and destroys the data servers, while planting explosives to level the building. Unfortunately, Cross predicted Pym would send someone as the Ant-Man to steal the Yellowjacket and takes countermeasures, trapping Scott and preventing the theft. As Cross states he intends to sell the Yellowjacket to HYDRA, Scott breaks free; he and Hope subdue the HYDRA agents, but Cross flees with the Yellowjacket by helicopter as Scott chases after him, although a vial of Cross' replicated particles is taken by fleeing HYDRA agents. Once Hope and Pym escape Pym Technologies, the explosives are set off, imploding the building.
    • Cross dons the Yellowjacket suit when Scott catches up to him and a brawl ensues until Paxton comes to arrest Scott. To goad Scott into finishing their fight, Cross holds Cassie hostage, forcing Paxton to release Scott and save her. In order to disable the Yellowjacket suit, Scott shrinks to subatomic levels to destroy the suit from within; the resulting damage causes the Yellowjacket suit to shrink uncontrollably, killing Cross, but strands Scott in the Quantum Realm. However, he is able to return to reality by fixing the suit's regulator.
      • While Scott is in the Quantum Realm, Janet Van Dyne finds him and forms a "quantum entanglement" link with him. (Ant-Man and the Wasp)
    • For saving Cassie, Paxton covers for Scott to prevent him from going to prison again. Some time later, Scott is approached by Luis with information regarding Wilson looking for him, while Pym reveals to Hope a new prototype Wasp suit, which he intends to bequeath to her after they complete its design.
      • Hank and Hope also begin constructing a Quantum Tunnel device that could potentially allow travel to the Quantum Realm in hopes of rescuing Janet. (Ant-Man and the Wasp)
  • While going through Jiaying's records, S.H.I.E.L.D.-allied psychiatrist Andrew Garner triggers a booby-trap and undergoes terrigenesis, emerging as an incredibly strong Inhuman (later named "Lash") with a compulsion to hunt and kill other Inhumans. He keeps this a secret from the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. and uses Jiaying's records to track down new Inhumans before they can. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three)
  • The Defenders (2017)
    • After months of tracking The Hand in Asia, Danny Rand and Colleen Wing find a member of The Chaste in Cambodia, but is assasinated by an amnesiac Elektra. Before The Chaste warrior dies, Danny is warned The Hand are still active in New York City. Meanwhile, Luke Cage is released from Seagate Prison and returns to Harlem; simultaneously, Alexandra discovers she is dying of organ failure, thus orders The Hand to speed up the excavation beneath Midland Circle. However, they cannot reach the dragon bones buried there as the passage is sealed by a door, opened only by the powers of the Iron Fist. Jessica Jones takes a missing persons case regarding John Raymond, an architect who worked on Midland Circle, discovering a stockpile of explosives. Foreseeing Jones will require legal assistance, Jeri Hogarth instructs Foggy Nelson to discreetly arrange help. When Raymond takes Jessica's neighbor hostage to get her to drop the case, Elektra arrives to silence the former, but Raymond is Driven to Suicide. As Jones is arrested for suspicion in Raymond's death, Foggy calls upon Matt Murdock to be her lawyer.
    • While Danny follows the trail of The Hand in New York City, Luke begins investigating a chain of young Harlem men hired for mysterious jobs, only to later die. Their respective paths collide when Danny discovers a Chaste hideout, its members massacred, with the Harlem men hired for body disposal. Luke steps in when Danny attacks the clean-up crew, but their engagement is averted when Claire Temple introduces them as allies. Various parties converge at Midland Circle: Danny confronts Alexandra and The Hand leaders personally, with Luke demanding answers for dead Harlem youths, Jessica's investigation into Raymond lead her to Midland Circle, and Matt tails the latter. All are caught up in a fight with The Hand, but are outmatched when Elektra appears, yet they escape successfully from their pursuers.
    • Danny, Luke, Jessica and Matt take refuge as Stick appears and explains of The Hand's motives and origins. Unfortunately, The Hand discovers their location, as the four commit to fighting The Hand together, even capturing Sowande, who is summarily killed by Stick when the latter unsuccessfully attempts escape. Realizing The Hand require the Iron Fist, the others suggest Danny go into hiding, but he insists on engaging The Hand, forcing his allies to subdue him before he can compromise them. Meanwhile, Elektra's memories slowly begin to resurface, as surviving Hand leaders question Alexandra's position now that they are vulernable without the resurrection substance. After Matt and Jessica continue to investigate Raymond's cache of explosives, they discover his plan of imploding Midland Circle by collapsing its headquarters onto the excavation site. However, Elektra attacks the group's safehouse, kidnaps Danny and kills Stick, yet having regained her memories, she rebels against Alexandra and kills her too, taking control of The Hand.
    • Madame Gao, Murakami and Bakuto concede to Elektra's leadership, as they desperately need the substance, taking Danny to the sealed door. Luke, Jessica and Matt arrive at Midland Circle to rescue Danny, with Colleen bringing Raymond's explosives along; Detective Misty Knight and Claire also join to stall New York City police for as long as possible. Danny is tricked by Elektra into opening the door, allowing The Hand to begin harvesting the bones. As Colleen plants the explosives, Bakuto confronts her, but is intercepted by Knight, who loses an arm fighting him. Although Colleen successfully kills Bakuto, his death unwittingly triggers the explosives' timer. Danny, Luke, Jessica and Matt continue fighting The Hand in the caverns, but when the latter realizes the explosives will go off soon, Matt orders his allies to leave as he stays behind to stall Elektra, Gao and Murakami alone as Midland Circle implodes. With the event covered up by the authorities, Danny, Luke and Jessica continue to protect New York City in honor of Matt; however, Matt is alive, awakening with a nun by his bed side.

Fall/Winter 2015

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three
    • Individuals begin taking Terrigen-tainted fish oil, unleashing their Inhuman genes. S.H.I.E.L.D. makes it their mission to find these people in order to protect them and the people around them, while the United States government forms the "Advanced Threat Containment Unit" (ATCU) to deal with the outbreak. Unfortunately, the ATCU is compromised when industrialist and HYDRA's de facto leader Gideon Malick uses it to gather Inhumans for unknown purposes. Both groups come into conflict, partially because each blames the other for Lash's murders.
      • Upon realizing that new Inhumans are emerging on Earth, Attilan's king Black Bolt begins sending his cousin Triton on rescue missions to retrieve endangered Inhumans, bringing them to Attilan before they are hunted down. (Inhumans)
    • Meanwhile, Simmons struggles to survive on a hostile planet controlled by Alveus with the help of Will, an astronaut stranded there since 2001.
  • The Punisher (2017) Season One
    • Six months after killing the last members of the Dogs of Hell, Kitchen Irish and Mexican Cartel, Frank Castle retires as the Punisher and works at construction as "Pete Castiglione", until a violent altercation defending a co-worker allows David Lieberman to track him down, telling Castle to check the "Micro" disc. Meanwhile, Homeland Security Agent Dinah Madani begins investigating on Castle's Afghanistan operations, suspecting his squad was responsible for Afghan policeman Ahmad Zubair's death, but Homeland Security Special Agent Carson Wolf forbids it. Instead, Madani uses Homeland's liaison with Anvil via field training to speak with Billy Russo regarding Castle, whom she believes is dead. With some assistance from Karen Page, Castle uncovers Lieberman's identity as Micro, then kills Wolf upon learning from the the latter his family's death was actually meant for Castle. Confronting Lieberman at his hideout, Castle forms a partnership to hunt down remaining Cerberus members responsible for Castle's loss.
    • Madani is promoted to Wolf's position, who focuses on an illegal weapons shipment with fellow Homeland Security Agent Sam Stein rather than pursue Wolf's death. However, the shipment is intercepted by Castle and Lieberman; Frank also reveals himself to Madani and explains he killed Wolf, information Madani keeps to herself when interrogated by internal affairs. Castle and Lieberman deduce the Zubair video was made by Gunner Henderson and tracks him living in the Kentucky wilderness, just as Rawlins sends a squad of soldiers to assassinate Henderson. Castle and Henderson kill the attackers, but the latter is mortally wounded, and Rawlins discovers Castle is alive. Castle and Lieberman go after United States Army Colonel Morty Bennet next, but Russo extracts Bennet before Castle can kill him. However, Rawlins decides the colonel is too much of a security risk and Russo arranges Bennet in a murder-suicide with a dominatrix. Meanwhile, Madani uncovers a bug in her office; suspecting the people spying on her are killing her investigation leads, with Stein's help, Madani releases a false flag operation; the ruse succeeds as Russo and his Anvil mercenaries are ambushed by Homeland Security, but the operation goes south when Russo escapes after killing Stein.
    • Curtis Hoyle, an ex-United States Navy corpsman and a friend of Castle's, has set up a veterans support group. When new arrival Lewis Wilson is suffering badly from post-traumatic stress disorder and Hoyle fails to reach him, Wilson sparks a bombing campaign against the government, going after a senator who's lobbying for gun control. Castle, Madani and Russo are brought together by Wilson's terrorist incident - Castle rescues Karen Page, held hostage by Wilson, before blowing himself up, while Madani deduces Russo killed Stein, informing CIA and Homeland Security superiors of Rawlins, Russo and Cerberus. When Rawlins and Russo takes Lieberman's wife and children hostage to use as leverage, Castle offers to swap himself for the family and leftover information Lieberman has on Cerberus via the computers at his hideout; Castle and Lieberman also confess to Madani of what they know about Cerberus. The exchange is successful - Castle unlocks the computer files for Russo to destroy, while Rawlins tortures Castle, until Russo frees the latter, who kills Rawlins. Russo escapes again when Madani arrives at the hideout to rescue Castle.
    • With federal agents after him as the last of the surviving Cerberus conspirators, Russo kills his pursuers and destroys Anvil headquarters. Holding Hoyle hostage, Russo agrees with Castle to a final showdown at the place where Castle's family was killed. Madani follows Castle to the location, but is wounded; Castle gains the upper hand against Russo, but refuses to kill him, instead leaving Russo with a horrifically mutilated face as a reminder of his guilt, while rendering him into a coma. Days later, the CIA and Homeland Security pardon Castle at Madani's request, placing Cerberus' crimes on Russo, while Lieberman returns to his family exonerated. Castle, as Pete Castiglione, is free again, joining Hoyle's veterans support group.
  • Coulson's team accomplishes what the HYDRA cult never could in its thousands of years: successfully retrieving Simmons from the Monolith portal. Malick joins forces with S.H.I.E.L.D. turncoat Grant Ward to discover how they did it. However, Ward is killed on the mission, but Alveus is able to return to Earth by commandeering Ward's body. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three)
  • Ordinary High-School Student Peter Parker of Queens, New York is bitten by a mysterious spider, somehow receiving increased agility, Super Strength and wall-crawling abilities. For the next few months, he secretly attempts at being a superhero, taking on the moniker "Spider-Man". Although Parker believes his antics are largely unnoticed by the media and public, Stark has been monitoring his activities. (Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming)note 

    Phase Three (2016-2018) 

Spring 2016

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three
    • After an incident in Russia involving HYDRA leader Gideon Malick and a rogue Inhuman, the Russian government demands S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter be kept in captivity. Instead, a compromise is reached wherein the two are allowed to walk free, but only if they resign from S.H.I.E.L.D..
    • After being mistreated by Alveus, Malick betrays HYDRA and turns all of his information over to S.H.I.E.L.D.. With the help of the American government, they are able to completely wipe the group out.
      • As HYDRA falls, General Hale learns of their deal from the Confederacy from her superior. Ultimately, she and her daughter Ruby are HYDRA's only survivors, and she continues the alliance while seeking to undermine it and keep Earth free from all alien occupation. (Season Five)
    • The Secret Warriors, a S.H.I.E.L.D.-allied team of Inhumans is finally established. Unfortunately, on their first mission, Alveus takes control of Daisy and she kills Malick.
    • Using the fortune left behind by Malick, Alveus buys an entire town to conduct experiments with the help of Dr. Holden Radcliffe. S.H.I.E.L.D. carries out an operation to kill Alveus, but it ends in failure. However, they are able to prevent Alveus from using two Kree Reavers for his experiments by disintegrating them. Wanting to prove her worth to Alveus, Daisy offers him to drain her blood for his experiments.
  • (Events of Jessica Jones Season Two)
  • A group of sorcerers led by Kaecilius (the "Zealots") break away from the Masters of the Mystic Arts, believing the Ancient One is denying the world Immortality in the interest of protecting her own power base. (Doctor Strange (2016))
  • World renowned neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange is severely injured in a car crash. Although he recovers most of his injuries, the extensive nerve damage to his hands leaves him incapable of fine motor control, ending his prominent career. He begins undergoing any experimental procedure he can find to heal his hands. (Doctor Strange (2016))
  • In April, General Thaddeus Ross officially announces his retirement from the United States Armed Forces and is appointed the United States Secretary of State by President Matthew Ellis. (Captain America: Civil War, WHIH World News)
  • Captain America: Civil War
    • One year after the Avengers defeat Ultron at Sokovia, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Natasha Romanoff and Wanda Maximoff stop Brock Rumlow and a group of mercenaries from stealing a biological weapon from a lab in Lagos, Nigeria. Steve demands the name of Rumlow's buyer, but Rumlow distracts him by revealing he personally witnessed HYDRA's torture of Bucky Barnes. He then detonates his explosive vest, hoping to kill Rogers, but Wanda telekinetically displaces the blast and sends it into the sky. Unfortunately, it damages a nearby skyscraper, killing several people - including humanitarian workers from Wakanda. Meanwhile, 95 year-old Peggy Carter dies of natural causes, while Helmut Zemo tracks down the location of the Winter Soldier's ex-HYDRA handler Colonel Vasily Karpov in Cleveland, Illinois and assassinates him, stealing a book containing codes that activates Barnes' Brainwashing. Due to the events in Lagos, Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross informs the Avengers the United Nations are preparing to pass the "Sokovia Accords", a panel to control and govern the team's actions. The Avengers are divided: Tony Stark and James Rhodes side with the Accords, but Steve and Sam view it as a step away from making them attack dogs.
    • At a conference center in Vienna, Austria where the Accords are to be ratified, a bomb detonates near the center, killing major proponent of the Accords, King T'Chaka of Wakanda. Security footage indicates the bomber is the Winter Soldier, thus T'Chaka's son T'Challa vows Revenge on Barnes. Ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter, Peggy Carter's niece, leaks information about Barnes' location in Bucharest, Romania to Rogers and Wilson, who head there to bring him to the authorities without government forces and T'Challa killing him. Barnes is apprehended, yet Rogers, Wilson and T'Challa are arrested for their vigilante actions with regards to the Accords, sending them to a CIA compound in Berlin headed by Everett Ross. When Zemo infiltrates the compound as a United Nations-sanctioned psychiatrist to evaluate Barnes' mental well-being, he engineers Barnes' escape and uses the words triggering Barnes' obedience. Zemo flees the compound as the Winter Soldier wrecks havoc until he is subdued by Rogers and Wilson, sneaking him away from the authorities.
      • Among the people caught in the Vienna bombing is journalist Jeffrey Mace. As he tries to escape the chaos, a camera manages to snap a photograph of him just as he appears to be protecting someone. He quickly becomes a media darling for his supposed heroism, and his attempts to explain what happened are dismissed as him being a Humble Hero. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Four)
    • Barnes regains his senses and, having recovered most of his memories, tells Rogers and Wilson that Zemo as the Vienna bomber wanted to know the location of the Siberian HYDRA base where he and their other super-assassins were kept on ice. Reasoning that Zemo must want to awaken the other assassins, Rogers, Wilson and Barnes recruit Wanda, Clint Barton and Scott Lang to go and capture Zemo without authorization from the United Nations; at the same time, Secretary Ross orders Stark to capture the rogues. Stark thus composes his own group: Romanoff, T'Challa, James Rhodes, Vision and Peter Parker. Intercepting Rogers' team at the Leipzig/Halle Airport, Stark's group does battle against them on the strip, but Romanoff ensures Rogers and Barnes escape on a Quinjet; although the rest of Rogers' team surrenders and are detained in the "Raft", Rhodes is paralyzed from the waist down after an inadvertant attack from Vision meant for Wilson. Furthermore, Romanoff heads into exile upon T'Challa exposing her deception to Secretary Ross.
    • When presented with evidence exonerating Barnes of the Vienna bombing, Stark heads to the Raft to inform Ross of the real culprit, but Ross refuses to listen to a word he says. Stark instead convinces Sam to tell him where Steve went, promising to go alone and as a friend. He leaves for the Siberian HYDRA base, but is secretly followed by T'Challa. Stark arrives at the base and joins forces with Rogers and Barnes, only for them to discover that all five members of the kill-squad are dead. Zemo confesses he has killed them, as his intent was not to release the assassins, but to bring Rogers, Barnes and Stark to the base to show the latter it was Barnes who assassinated Stark's parents on December 16, 1991, inevitably fracturing the trust between the Avengers. Furious he was kept in the dark, Stark attempts to kill Barnes, but Rogers disables Stark's armor and leaves with Barnes. Satisfied and knowing the Avengers can no longer trust each other, Zemo attempts suicide, but T'Challa prevents it, having overheard Zemo's confession to the death of T'Chaka.
    • Zemo is arrested and placed into custody, ready for interrogation by Everett. Back at the Avengers' New York facility, Rhodes is provided exoskeletal leg braces from Stark to walk again, while Tony receives a package with a phone and written letter from Rogers, who apologizes for not having told Stark the truth about his parents or his acceptance of the Accords. Instead, Rogers promises to provide help for Stark and his allies whenever he needs them. At the same time, Rogers breaks into the Raft and rescues his compatriots.
    • Rogers' team splits up: Barton and Lang make deals with the government, allowing them to return to their respective families under the condition they remain under house arrest. Wanda hides in Europe, but periodically rendezvous with Vision covertly. Barnes, knowing his Brainwashing is still a potential compromise to everyone, undergoes cyrostasis in Wakanda until their scientists led by T'Challa's sister, Shuri, can completely remove it. Rogers, Romanoff and Wilson remain underground and begin tracking terrorist cells that have acquired Chitauri technology. (Avengers: Infinity War Prelude)
      • Due to Lang's involvement bringing the attention of the authorities, Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne go on the run as well. (Ant-Man and the Wasp)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three
    • Daisy is freed from Alveus' control by Lash, but the latter is murdered by James, another Inhuman who falls under Alveus' sway. S.H.I.E.L.D. also discovers Alveus' motivations: he plans to convert the entire human population on Earth into Inhuman "Alpha Primitives".
    • When Alveus' forces take control of a United State military launch silo, S.H.I.E.L.D. sends in its agents to stop and capture him, bringing him to "The Playground". Unfortunately, this is a set up as several agents are converted into Alpha Primitives, who subsequently free Alveus. At the same time, Daisy begins suffering from withdrawal symptoms from her time being converted; this affects her to the point where she begs to be taken in by Alveus once again.
    • Alveus and his forces capture "Zephyr One" so they can spread the Inhuman serum worldwide via an orbital drop. S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Phil Coulson and his team launches an operation to stop the attack and are successful, but it does not come without a cost, as Lincoln sacrifices himself by hijacking a Quinjet containing a warhead armed with the serum, detonating it in space, destroying himself and Alveus.
  • Black Panther (2018)
    • One week after the death of his father T'Chaka, T'Challa embarks on a mission to rescue his ex-lover Nakia from an undercover assignment in Nigeria. Set to be crowned King of Wakanda, at the coronation ceremony, M'Baku of the Jabari Tribe challenges T'Challa for the throne in ritual combat, but loses. Meanwhile, Ulysses Klaue and Erik "Killmonger" Stevens steal a Wakandan artifact made from Vibranium in a London museum.
    • Wakandan intelligence discovers that Klaue indends to sell it the stolen Vibranium an underground casino in Busan, South Korea. As Klaue is wanted for his prior Vibranium theft (courtesy of N'Jobu), in addition to the deaths of various Wakandan nationals, T'Challa, Nakia and Okoye of the "Dora Milaje" move to capture or kill him. During their stakeout, T'Challa encounters CIA Agent Everett Ross, who is posing as the buyer for the deal. Klaue discovers the Wakandans and the CIA and escapes, although he is captured after a long pursuit.
    • Detained in a CIA safe house, Klaue exposes Wakanda's true status as a technological utopia to Ross before being rescued by Killmonger; in the crossfire, Ross takes a bullet for Nakia and is taken to Wakanda for medical treatment. T'Challa is also able to identify Erik as a member of the royal bloodline through a signet ring once owned by N'Jobu. He learns from Zuri - now the keeper of the Heart-Shaped Herbs - the truth about his uncle's death.
    • Erik kills Klaue and enters Wakanda on the pretense of bringing the fugitive's body. Upon proving his identity, he stakes his claim to the throne in ritual combat, a challenge T'Challa accepts. The cousins fight, and after killing Zuri, who confesses to his role in N'Jobu's death, Erik throws T'Challa off a waterfall. With T'Challa presumed dead, Erik becomes the new King of Wakanda; in his first acts, he orders the shipment of Vibranium weapons to Wakandan spies around the world, while having all of the Heart-Shaped Herbs burned, though one is secretly preserved by Nakia, who escapes the capital with Ross and T'Challa's mother Ramonda and sister Shuri.
    • Nakia presents the Herb to M'Baku, hoping he will lead the Jabari against Killmonger; instead, he reveals T'Challa is alive and in their care. Ramonda feeds the Herb's juices to T'Challa, who regains his health and powers. Armed with the Black Panther suit, T'Challa returns to challenge Killmonger, who is equipped with a Vibranium suit of his own. The Dora Milaje turn on Killmonger after he sends the Border Tribe to kill T'Challa, while Shuri provides Ross with the means to destroy cargo ships loaded with the weapons from leaving the country. M'Baku and the Jabari arrive to aid the Dora Milaje; upon seeing the chaos and in-fighting, W'Kabi of the Border Tribe leads his group to surrender. As T'Challa and Killmonger battle in the Vibranium mines, with Shuri's aid, the former succeeds in landing a mortal blow. Although T'Challa offers to heal him their technology, Erik opts to die free rather than be healed and imprisoned.
    • T'Challa regains the throne, but the experiences inspire him to take a more active role within the international community. He welcomes M'Baku back as a member of Wakanda's council, and makes peace with Nakia. He begins plans to make an outreach center in the same apartment complex where Erik grew up, and later reveals Wakanda's true nature in a speech delivered to the United Nations in Vienna.

Summer 2016

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., between Seasons Three and Four
    • Daisy Johnson, traumatized by Lincoln's Heroic Sacrifice, leaves S.H.I.E.L.D. and begins a guerilla campaign against a militant anti-Inhuman group called the Watchdogs. The media picks up on her activities and brands her the dangerous vigilante "Quake".
    • Under the Sokovia Accords, S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to being a legitimate government agency. As part of the new arrangement, Phil Coulson steps down as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., becoming a field agent again. Coulson recommends a trustworthy, super-powered individual be appointed as his replacement, but the United States government cannot find any. Instead, S.H.I.E.L.D. approaches Jeffrey Mace, offering him the position and a Super Serum derived from Calvin Johnson's that can grant temporary Nigh-Invulnerability so he can pass as a genuine Inhuman. He accepts and begins making plans to reveal the organization's return to the public.
    • Newly recruited S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist Dr. Holden Radcliffe begins experimenting with a defunct S.H.I.E.L.D. project to create "Life Model Decoys" ("LMDs"), robots that can pass for human and act as stand-ins in dangerous situations. As his initial test subject, he downloads his AI assistant "AIDA" into such a robot in the form of a human woman.
    • While Joey decides to leave S.H.I.E.L.D. for civilian life, Yo Yo signs the Sokovia Accords and becomes a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. She immediately goes on a rogue vendetta against the corrupt police officer who killed her cousin, but is captured by him. Luckily, he's making a deal with a group of The Watchdogs whom Daisy is tracking and she arrives to save Yo Yo, while gaining her as an ally within S.H.I.E.L.D.. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot)
  • (Events of Luke Cage (2016) Season Two)
  • Having run out of procedures to try and the resources to pay for them, Doctor Stephen Strange becomes desperate and follows up on a story of a miracle recovery. He is directed to Kamar-Taj in Nepal, meeting the Ancient One and the Masters of the Mystic Arts. Strange begins training in magic, and although he has trouble initially, his natural aptitude for spell-casting and obsessive study habits make him an exceptional student. (Doctor Strange (2016))

Fall 2016

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
    • Two months after assisting Tony Stark at the Leipzig/Halle Airport, Peter Parker continues his crime-fighting duties as Spider-Man in Queens, New York using a custom suit designed by Stark, while resuming his schoolwork at the Midtown School of Science and Technology. Meanwhile, Stark and his associates begin the final process of vacating Avengers Tower and moving the equipment and weapons stored there to the upstate facility.
    • Parker discovers Herman Schultz, one of Adrian Toomes' associates, is selling weapons to local criminal Aaron Davis. Parker stops the deal, but Toomes intervenes by using a flight suit designed using salvaged Chitauri technology, with Parker narrowly escaping death thanks to Stark remote piloting an Iron Man suit to rescue him. With the help of his best friend Ned, Parker examines one of Schultz's weapons and removes its power core; simultaneously, he plants a tracking device on Schultz leading him to Maryland, where Toomes plans to steal salvage from a DODC truck. Travelling alongside Midtown School's decathlon team competing in Washington, D.C., Parker unsuccessfully stops Toomes, only to discover the power core is an unstable Chitauri grenade. He heads to Ned and the decathlon team's location at the Washington Monument, just in time to save them when the grenade explodes and traps the team on the elevator.
    • Parker confronts Davis regarding the weapons sale, who reveals another one is due at the Staten Island Ferry between Toomes and the gangster Mac Gargan. He stops the deal and captures Gargan, but a brief fight against Toomes ignites a malfunctioning weapon tearing the ferry in half. Fortunately, Stark arrives to save the passengers, but he accuses Parker of endangerment and recklessness, demanding the return of the Spider-Man suit. Parker resumes his student life and asks classmate Liz Allan to the homecoming dance; at the night of, he discovers Liz is Adrian's daughter, as Adrian himself deduces Parker's secret identity, threatening him not to interfere with his operations again. Wearing a homemade Spider-Man suit, Parker chases after Toomes, but is ambushed by Schultz. However, Parker defeats Schultz with Ned's help and heads to Toomes' facility, but is left for dead when Toomes auto-pilots his flight suit to destroy the building and trap Parker.
    • Realizing Toomes' plan involves hijacking the plane carrying the Avengers' gear upstate, Parker makes his way out of the rubble and intercepts the aircraft by steering it towards Coney Island. Toomes easily defeats Parker on the beachhead, but his heavily damaged flight suit explodes, with Parker saving Toomes' life and ensuring his detainment by the authorities as "the vulture guy". Impressed with his heroics, Stark decides to officially induct Parker into the Avengers, but he declines, preferring to continue his crime-fighting on the streets of New York. Returning home, Parker finds Stark has given him back the Spider-Man suit.
    • With Peter torpedoing his plans to publicly announce a new member of the Avengers, Tony instead gives an impromptu marriage proposal to his long-time friend and business partner Pepper Potts, turning the announcement into that of their engagement.
  • (Events of Iron Fist (2017) Season Two)

Winter 2016

  • Doctor Strange (2016)
    • Doctor Stephen Strange begins experimenting with the Eye of Agamotto, but is caught by Masters Mordo and Wong, who warn him over the dangers of mis-using time-based magic and tampering with natural laws. As Strange is reprimanded, Kaecilius and the Zealots launch an attack on the Masters' Sanctums protecting Earth from invasions by other dimensions. The destruction of the London Sanctum reaches Kamar-Taj, accidentally sending Strange to the New York Sanctum. He is able to narrowly repel the Zealots' first attack, but though he is aided in the second assault by Mordo and the Ancient One, Kaecilius mortally wounds the latter and escapes. Despite Strange calling on his old medical colleagues for help, the Ancient One dies. Meanwhile, Wong rallies the remaining Masters to defend the last Sanctum in Hong Kong.
    • Strange and Mordo arrive at the Hong Kong Sanctum to find it has been destroyed and the Dark Dimension slowly consuming the Earth. Strange, still holding the Eye of Agamotto, rewinds time to undo the damage. Heading directly to the Dark Dimension, Strange confronts Dormammu using the Eye of Agamotto to trap them in a "Groundhog Day" Loop until Dormammu agrees to leave Earth alone. Having no power over time, Dormammu surrenders; as part of Strange's terms, he takes Kaecilius and surviving Zealots into the Dark Dimension with him.
    • The Masters of the Mystic Arts regroup: as the most senior Master, Wong becomes the group's leader, but the office of Sorcerer Supreme remains empty. Strange is assigned to watch over the New York Sanctum, but Mordo, disillusioned with the Ancient One and Strange for their disregard for the consequences of breaking natural law, leaves the order.
  • (Events of Daredevil (2015) Season Three)

2017

  • (Events of The Punisher (2017) Season Two)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Fournote 
    • While Daisy Johnson attacks a Watchdogs cell in Los Angeles, the fight is interrupted by Robbie Reyes as the Ghost Rider. Daisy begins to investigate Robbie's vigilante activites, forming an uneasy alliance with him.
    • The spirit of Lucy Bauer is freed from the quantum particle generator where she had been trapped, and she quickly frees the other Momentum Labs scientists. Rendered as ghosts, they begin plotting to retrieve the Darkhold, rebuild the quantum generator to restore their bodies and take Revenge against Eli Morrow. S.H.I.E.L.D. notices Lucy's release and is quickly on the ghosts' trail.
    • Director Jeffrey Mace publicly announces S.H.I.E.L.D.'s return, and his own (supposed) status as an Inhuman.
    • After S.H.I.E.L.D. crosses paths with Daisy and the Ghost Rider on multiple occasions, the organization realizes Robbie is connected to the ghosts via Eli. S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson confronts the two and insists they work together with S.H.I.E.L.D..
    • Despite S.H.I.E.L.D.'s attempts to bring him into protective custody, Lucy kidnaps Eli and forces him to help rebuild the quantum generator as the ghosts cannot complete it on their own.
    • As the Ghost Rider destroys Lucy and the other ghosts with his infernal powers, Eli completes and activates the generator, granting him the ability to create matter. With his new powers, Eli begins building a nuclear bomb in order to strike back at everyone who had looked down on him. With S.H.I.E.L.D.'s help, Robbie confronts his uncle and drags him and the bomb to the Hell-dimension that the spirit possessing him originated from. Daisy accidentally reveals herself during the operation, and Director Mace makes a cover story that her "terrorist" activities were an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. mission all along, leading her to officially rejoin the organization.
    • Radcliffe and AIDA kidnap and replace May with an LMD version, sending her to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.. The real May is sedated and placed into a virtual reality simulation.
    • Tempted by the Darkhold's knowledge, Radcliffe sends AIDA to steal it from S.H.I.E.L.D.. Although initially attributed to AIDA going rogue, S.H.I.E.L.D. soon realizes that Radcliffe himself is working against them. He makes an alliance with the Watchdogs for his own protection.
    • Coulson and his inner circle discover that Director Mace's Inhuman powers are faked as part of a program dubbed "Project Patriot". Recognizing Mace's skill at politics and PR and that he genuinely wants to use his status to help human-Inhuman relations, Coulson tells him to continue being the figurehead and public face but that he wants to reassume control of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s operations.
    • The Watchdogs kidnap Mace to force a confrontation with Coulson. While Mace's rescue appears to be a success, Radcliffe and AIDA manage to replace more S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (Coulson, Fitz, Mack, and Mace) with LMDs and plug them into the same simulation as May, now called the "Framework". AIDA also forcefully traps Radcliffe's mind in the Framework and kills his physical body to prevent him from potentially deactivating it.
    • Daisy and Simmons realize that LMDs have replaced most of their friends and taken over S.H.I.E.L.D.. They enter the Framework in order to rescue their friends by convincing them to leave. However, the world they find is one ruled by HYDRA, and their friends have no memory of their former lives. Although thrown off-balance, they are eventually able to bring almost all of their friends home safely. The only exception is Director Mace, who is killed in action in the Framework and so his body dies as well.
    • As Daisy and Simmons try to free their friends, AIDA works with Fitz in the Framework and the Watchdogs in the real world to build a new version of Morrow's quantum generator, which would let her create a biological body for herself. However, this causes a rift between Earth and the Hell-dimension, allowing Ghost Rider to escape once again.
    • Although initially happy to finally be human, AIDA had fallen for Fitz and is heartbroken to find that he still loves Simmons instead. The emotional pain overwhelms her and she returns to the Watchdogs, swearing to make Fitz and the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. suffer.
    • Ghost Rider allies with S.H.I.E.L.D. once more, even allowing Coulson to briefly be the spirit's host, and together they lure AIDA into a trap and kill her. Coulson afterward entrusts the Darkhold to Ghost Rider, and he takes it back to the Hell-dimension.
      • However, the spirit's possession causes the alien substance that resurrected Coulson to break down and he begins slowly dying again. (Season Five)
    • While the immediate threat is gone, S.H.I.E.L.D. is now embroiled in scandal due to the public exposure of Mace's death and the fact that he is not in fact an Inhuman, as well as the existence of robot duplicates that had infiltrated the organization. As a result, the team plans to surrender themselves to the US government. However, the alien observer Enoch arrives and abducts them (except for Fitz, who is left behind) before they can do so, sending them through time via one of the Lighthouse's Monoliths to the year 2091 because he believes they can avert an apocalypse (see "Lighthouse Timeline"). Fitz is arrested and held by General Hale, who demands the location of the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. (Season Five)
  • (Events of Jessica Jones (2015) Season Three)
  • After months of soul-searching, Mordo concludes all magic is a violation of the natural order. He begins hunting down sorcerers and preventing them from using magic, including one who used it merely to counteract paralysis. (Doctor Strange (2016))
  • In the Inhuman moon colony of Attilan, King Black Bolt's brother Maximus leads a coup d'etat against the nobility's oppression of Inhumans with poor or no powers, causing the royal family to flee to Earth. Once they regroup and return home, Maximus holds Attilan hostage by threatening to break down the city's protective dome if his claim to the throne isn't recognized. Unfortunately, by the time he is pressured to maintain it it's too far gone, and Black Bolt leads an exodus to Earth where the Attilan Inhumans begin to resettle. Maximus is punished by being left behind in a bunker, abandoned and alone. (Inhumans)
  • Odin Borson, having been under his adopted son Loki's illusionary spells, breaks free and leaves the Shady Acres retirement home in New York City, heading to Norway to awaiting for his son Thor Odinson's arrival. (Thor: Ragnarok)
  • Thor: Ragnarok
    • Two years after he left Earth following the Battle of Sokovia, Thor Odinson has searched the cosmos for more Infinity Stones, but to no avail. When he is captured by the fire demon Surtur, the latter reveals Odin isn't on Asgard, heralding the prophesy of "Ragnarök" - the destruction of the realm, once Surtur joins his crown with the "Eternal Flame" in Odin's treasure vault. However, Thor defeats Surtur and brings his crown back to Asgard, only to discover Loki's deception of posing as their father, learning of Odin's exile to New York City. The brothers head to Midgard to retrieve him, and Doctor Stephen Strange offers his aid on the grounds it will help get Loki off of Earth as soon as possible, directing them to Odin. Unfortunately, Odin is dying, and warns his sons of their elder sister Hela, but with his life force extinguished, she is released from her prison. After destroying Thor's hammer Mjolnir, the brothers attempt to escape back to Asgard via the Bifröst Bridge, but Hela pursues and throws them off course. Her return to Asgard leads to the destruction of its army and the death of the Warriors Three, while she appoints Skurge as her "executioner".
    • Wishing to continue her ambitions of conquering worlds, Hela resurrects the dead who fought alongside her and intends to use the Bifröst as her means of travel, but Heimdall secretly takes the sword controlling the Bridge, while helping to scurry surviving Asgardians into hiding. Meanwhile, Thor and Loki land on Sakaar: while the former is taken by Valkyrie to serve as a gladiator in the Grandmaster's combat arena, the latter lavishly integrates himself into the society. Forced to fight against fellow Avenger, the Hulk, Thor narrowly defeats him, but the Grandmaster sabotages the match to ensure the Hulk wins. Despite his enslavement, Thor attempts to convince the Hulk and Valkyrie to assist him in returning to Asgard, but neither is willing. After Thor manages to escape and find the Quinjet carrying the Hulk to Sakaar, the latter transforms back into Bruce Banner after watching a recording of Natasha Romanoff urging him to return to the Avengers.
    • With Thor and the Hulk missing, the Grandmasters tasks Loki and Valkyrie in retrieving them, until Loki forces her to relive the deaths of the Valkyrior against Hela. Deciding to continue her duties as a defender of the Asgardian throne, Valkyrie joins with Thor; likewise, Loki, who is against staying on Sakaar, suggests they hijack the Grandmaster's ships for travel. Using the gladiators Korg and Miek, the fighters stage a rebellion to distract the Grandmaster's forces. Although Loki attempts to betray his brother to the Grandmaster, Thor disables Loki and leaves on a ship with Banner and Valkyrie, heading to one of the wormholes leading directly to Asgard, just as Hela, Skurge and her forces corner Heimdall and the Asgardians. Banner changes into the Hulk again, fighting with Thor and Valkyrie against Hela and the resurrected warriors. Loki, who is rescued by Korg and Miek on Sakaar, arrives on Asgard together with the Gladiators to help evacuate the citizens aboard the transport ship Statesman, though Skurge, upon seeing the mistake he makes in choosing to serve Hela, gives his life protecting the Asgardians.
    • Realizing Ragnarök is what will stop Hela, as her powers are derived from Asgard itself, Thor distracts her long enough to have Loki place Surtur's crown into the Eternal Flame (while the latter also takes the Tesseract in the treasure vault), resurrecting Surtur, who destroys the realm and Hela, fulfilling the prophecy of Ragnarök. Aboard the Statesman, the surviving Asgardians accept Thor as their new king, who directs them to Earth. Back on Sakaar, the rebellion against the Grandmaster comes to an end.
  • Six teenagers in Los Angeles witness their parents apparently murdering someone in a bizarre ritual. Horrified, they start trying to work out exactly what they saw - and, eventually, to find hard evidence of their parents' crimes. In the process, they discover that not only has this been going on for years, but several of them have inherited superhuman "gifts" of their own. (Runaways (2017) Season One)
  • After six months in government custody, Fitz finally manages to get a message out to his old colleague Lance Hunter. Lance breaks him out and together they track down Enoch. Enoch agrees to aid them, arranging for a cache of S.H.I.E.L.D. weapons and equipment to be found in the future and for Fitz to be placed in cryo-stasis until the other agents' time-travel destination of 2091 (see "Lighthouse Timeline"). (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Five)

2018

  • The PRIDE's kids discover that not even their parents fully understand the threat their plans pose, and resort to openly defying them and their mysterious boss, Jonah. After witnessing how little Jonah values any of their lives, the PRIDE begin plotting against him. In an effort to keep the kids at arm's length while all this goes down, they frame the kids and force them to go on the run. (Runaways (2017) Season One)
  • (Events of Cloak & Dagger (2018))note 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Five
    • Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. team returns to 2018 from 2091. They are hopeful that they can prevent the impending destruction of Earth, despite finding evidence that You Already Changed the Past and are doomed to failure. To everyone's surprise, one of their 2091 allies named Deke (who they soon realize is Fitz and Simmons' future grandson) also appears in 2018.
    • General Hale pursues S.H.I.E.L.D., but upon reaching them she reveals that she wants to ally with them. She wants to use a HYDRA project to infuse a subject with a gravity-altering metal called Gravitonium, thereby creating a superhuman that will warn away the Confederacy and any other alien threat. Considering her own daughter Ruby unfit for the job despite being genetically engineered for the project, Hale wants Daisy Johnson to be the subject. Coulson is terrified that this would bring about the devastation he saw in 2091 and rejects the offer.
    • Ruby Hale, upset at being denied the purpose she was bred for, goes rogue and begins the infusion process herself. While she gains some powers before the process is stopped, she begins to lose control and S.H.I.E.L.D. cuts her down. General Hale, in her grief, turns her back on the Earth completely and sides with the Confederacy.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp:
    • Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne test their Quantum Tunnel, but it only works for a moment. During that moment, Scott Lang receives a vision of Janet Van Dyne. He contacts Pym, who has him abducted out of house arrest in hopes that his link to Janet could help with the search for her.
    • Hope meets with her black-market tech supplier, Sonny Burch, to get a critical component. Unfortunately, Burch has learned her real identity and refuses to deal unless she's willing to sell the Pyms' quantum technology. Hope tries to just take the component as the Wasp, but the fight is interrupted by Ava Starr, who manages to steal the Pyms' portable lab.
    • The Pyms and Lang find the lab with the help of Hank's old colleague Bill Foster. Unfortunately, it was a trap; Foster and Starr explain their connection and Starr's condition, and demand that Hank help cure her. Hank refuses, as he believes it could put Janet at risk, and the group escapes with the lab.
    • Burch and Starr both learn Pym's location from Lang's friends, and Burch tips off the FBI. While Lang rushes home to avoid being caught breaking house arrest, Hank and Hope are arrested. Starr steals the lab from FBI custody.
    • Having successfully maintained his alibi, Lang breaks Hank and Hope out and they go after the lab. They're able to get Starr and Foster out of the way and send Pym into the Quantum Realm to find Janet; while Hope, Scott, and Scott's friend Luis lead Starr and Burch on a chase through San Francisco to keep the lab out of their hands.
    • Ultimately, Pym is able to return from the Quantum Realm with Janet without Starr endangering her, and Janet uses powers gained in the Realm to alleviate Starr's condition. Meanwhile, Lang's friends capture Burch and his gang and turn them over to the authorities. The Pyms allow Starr and Foster to leave freely, and they evade FBI capture.
    • Scott completes his house arrest, and thanks to the exposure from capturing Burch, business is now booming for his and his friends' security company. Hank and Janet retire to a remote beach house, with Scott and Hope continuing to assist them with quantum experiments.
  • In a failed assassination attempt on Thanos aboard his flagship, the Sanctuary II, Nebula is captured and interrogated by her adoptive father. Searching through her memories, Thanos discovers that Gamora had found the location of the Soul Stone. (Avengers: Infinity War)
  • Now having leads on the locations of all six Infinity Stones, Thanos makes his move. He starts with the weapon forges of Nidavellir (unguarded after Asgard's fall), forcing the dwarves to create a gauntlet capable of channeling the Stones' power. Once completed, Thanos kills the dwarves, but spares Eitri after crippling his hands. From there, he conquers Xandar, decimates its population, and takes the Power Stone from the Nova Corps. (Avengers: Infinity War)
  • Avengers: Infinity War
    • As the Asgardians journey towards Earth, the Statesman is intercepted by the Sanctuary II. Although Valkyrie flees with half of the Asgardians, the remainder are massacred by the Children of Thanos, with Heimdall, Hulk, Loki and Thor subdued. Before he is killed, Heimdall sends Hulk using the Bifröst Bridge back to Earth, while Loki hands the Tesseract to Thanos in exchange for his brother's life; Thanos crushes the artifact to retrieve the Infinity Stone of Space, but kills Loki when the latter makes a failed attempt on his life. Sending the Children of Thanos to Earth, they are tasked with finding the Infinity Stones of Time and Mind as Thanos destroys the Statesman.
    • Crashing in the New York Sanctum, the Hulk reverts back to Bruce Banner, who warns Doctor Steven Strange and Wong of Thanos' Evil Plan. Strange recruits Tony Stark just as Cull Obsidian and Ebony Maw arrive for the Eye of Agamotto; both parties converge and fight on the streets of New York. Peter Parker arrives to assist Stark, but Maw captures Strange and takes him back to his ship to deliver the Time Stone to Thanos, heading to Titan, with Stark and Parker secretly scuttling aboard.
      • In the wake of the attack on New York, a Confederacy warship raids the Lighthouse for the Gravitonium that S.H.I.E.L.D. confiscated. Desperate to help S.H.I.E.L.D., their ally General Glenn Talbot decides to infuse himself with the Gravitonium, gaining incredible gravity-manipulating powers that he uses to force the warship to surrender. Upon learning of Thanos' attack, Talbot starts desiring more of Earth's Gravitonium so that he can grow powerful enough to defend the Earth. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Five)
    • Banner calls Rogers for help, while Wong returns to guard the New York Sanctum. In Scotland, Wanda Maximoff and Vision are ambushed by Corvus Glaive and Promixa Midnight, but Rogers, Natasha Romanoff and Sam Wilson rescue them, heading to the Avengers' New York facility under watch by James Rhodes for safety. Vision tells Wanda to destroy the Mind Stone, which will also kill him, but Rogers suggests they head to Wakanda, who may have the resources to remove the Stone without affecting Vision.
    • Meanwhile, the Guardians of the Galaxy rescue Thor, who surmises Thanos will find the Infinity Stone of Reality at Knowhere in the hands of Taneleer Tivan. As Thor heads to Nidavellir with Rocket and Groot to forge a weapon capable of killing Thanos, Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax and Mantis arrive on Knowhere, yet Thanos has already acquired the Reality Stone from Tivan. Thanos captures Gamora and takes her back to the Sanctuary II.
      • Informing Gamora of her sister's capture, Nebula is tortured in front of her, forcing Gamora to confirm the Infinity Stone of Soul is on Vormir to save Nebula. After Thanos and Gamora leave for Vormir, Nebula escapes, telling the Guardians of Thanos' rendezvous on Titan.
      • At Vormir, Thanos and Gamora meet the Red Skull, who states the former can acquire the Soul Stone by sacrificing one he loves. Despite hesitating, Thanos throws Gamora to her death from a cliff, granting him access to the Infinity Stone.
    • Talbot attacks Chicago in his quest for Gravitonium. Unable to talk him down, Daisy manages to defeat and kill him with the help of a serum prepared to save Coulson's life, saving the Earth. Unfortunately, Fitz is killed in a building collapse while evacuating civilians. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Five)
      • With Coulson still dying and having a matter of days left, he retires from S.H.I.E.L.D. and Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie becomes the new Director. The rest of the team decides to track down the pre-Lighthouse Fitz sleeping in stasis, as he's no longer needed in 2091.
      • In an alternate timeline, S.H.I.E.L.D. fails to stop Talbot and the Earth is destroyed. See "Lighthouse Timeline".
    • Stark and Parker rescue Strange and defeat Maw by ejecting him into space, arriving on Titan shortly afterwards and meeting up with the Guardians. Rallying to formulate a plan against Thanos, Strange uses the Time Stone to foresee possible victory scenarios, stating only one exists.
      • Thanos departs for Titan to meet Maw, but is ambushed by Stark and his allies. Although Nebula also arrives to fight Thanos and he is subdued, when Nebula deduces Gamora is dead, Quill's anger breaks their hold on him as he overpowers his attackers. To save Stark's life, Strange exchanges the Time Stone for him; Thanos immediately leaves for Earth to obtain the last Infinity Stone.
    • In Wakanda, King T'Challa welcomes Rogers' group, who tasks his sister Shuri with removing the Mind Stone from Vision safely. Corvus, Obsidian and Promixa invade Wakanda with an army of Outsiders, thus the Avengers mount a defense with T'Challa, Bucky Barnes, Okoye, M'Baku and the Wakandan army.
    • At Nidavellir, Thor's group successfully restarts the forge; with Eitri's help, the "Stormbreaker" is created. Generating a Bifröst Bridge to Wakanda, Thor, Rocket and Groot provide the Avengers with reinforcements. Corvus, Obsidian, Proxima and the Outriders are all killed to the man, but Shuri is unable to remove the Mind Stone thanks to the pressure.
    • Thanos arrives in Wakanda and overpowers the Avengers and Wakandans. Wanda, out of options, destroys the Mind Stone while it's still attached to Vision, but Thanos undoes his Heroic Sacrifice via the Time Stone. Taking the Mind Stone, thus killing Vision, Thanos completes the gauntlet with the six Infinity Stones. Although Thor inflicts a deep wound with the Stormbreaker on Thanos, he uses the gauntlet to wipe out half of all life in the universe - the "Decimation". His work completed, Thanos warps to the planet 0259-S to recover, dubbing it Titan II.
  • The Decimation
    • Avengers: Infinity War:
      • In Wakanda, Barnes, Wilson, T'Challa, Wanda, and Groot are turned to dust; leaving the founding Avengers (Rogers, Thor, Romanoff, and Banner), Rhodes, Rocket, Okoye, and M'Baku.
      • On Titan, all of the Guardians plus Peter Parker and Dr. Strange vanish. Tony Stark and Nebula are the only survivors.
      • Elsewhere in the world, as Nick Fury watches people begin to vanish, including Maria Hill and himself, he manages to send a distress signal out to Carol Danvers.
    • In San Francisco, the Pym family are in the middle of sending Scott Lang to the Quantum Realm when the effects hit. The Pyms are disintegrated, leaving Scott stranded. (Ant-Man and the Wasp)
    • Clint Barton is enjoying a day with his family on their farm, when the entire family disappears and leaves him behind. (Avengers: Endgame)
      • As a test of time travel, Clint returns to his home shortly before the Decimation. He returns to 2023 with a baseball glove picked up from the farm, proving time travel is possible.
    • Other survivors include Wong, Valkyrie, Korg, Meik, Happy Hogan, and Pepper Potts. Shuri and Dr. Selvig are among the victims. (Avengers: Endgame)
  • After receiving the distress signal, Carol races over to Earth and arrives at the Avengers compound, where the group is analyzing the device Fury used to send the signal, demanding to know his location, before being briefed on recent events. (Captain Marvel (2019))
  • The grief of losing his family causes Clint to snap, becoming the vigilante Ronin and slaying criminals who survived the Decimation. (Avengers: Endgame)
  • The surviving Asgardians settle in Tønsberg, renaming it New Asgard. (Avengers: Endgame)
  • Avengers: Endgame:
    • 22 days after the Decimation, Tony and Nebula are stranded in space, with dwindling supplies and the engine of the Benatar busted. Fortunately, the Benatar is found by Danvers, who carries it all the way back to the Avengers compound, where Tony is reunited with Pepper and the remaining Avengers.
    • After failing to get clues to the location of Thanos from an exhausted and anguished Tony, Rocket explains how the use of the gauntlet gave off a massive energy signal, and the same signal occurred on Titan II two days earlier, indicating Thanos has used it again. The Avengers, Rocket, and Danvers use the signal to track down Thanos, planning to kill him and use the gauntlet to resurrect the victims of the Decimation.
    • The group arrives in the Benatar on Titan II. Thanos, who has now become a lone farmer, much weaker and scarred from using the gauntlet, is attacked in his hut by the group and has his gauntlet-wielding hand chopped off by Thor, only for them to discover that the Infinity Stones are missing. Thanos, fearing the temptation of power and knowing the Avengers would come to use the gauntlet to reverse his victory, reveals that he used it to destroy the Stones. A frustrated Thor responds by chopping his head off.
  • Tony marries Pepper, and the pair soon give birth to a daughter, Morgan. (Avengers: Endgame)

Endgame and Afterward - Near Future

     2023 onwards 
2023
  • Avengers: Endgame
    • Five years after the events of Thanos' death, the surviving members of the Avengers continue to try and adapt to their new world: the Starks have set up a lakeside cabin, Steve runs a support group for those still traumatized by the snap, Okoye still assists in stabilizing Wakanda, Natasha and Rhodey are pursuing Clint through his killing spree, Nebula, Rocket and Carol remain in space to assist other planets, and Bruce has managed to accept the Hulk by becoming a fusion of both - retaining his persona and intellect while possessing the latter's brute strength.
    • While in storage, the device responsible for sending Scott Lang into the Quantum Realm is reactivated by a stray rat, bringing him back. Despite the five year Time Skip, only five hours have passed for him inside. After reuniting with a now-teenage Cassie, he meets with Steve and Natasha to possibly work out a solution to the Decimation by harnessing the power of Time Travel due to the flow of time within the Quantum Realm being distorted; by returning to the past and obtaining copies of the Infinity Stones, they can use a gauntlet of their own to bring back everyone lost. They bring to the attention of Tony, who refuses to act on it initially due to the possibility of losing Morgan; however, after a night of study, he returns to present a revised time travel mechanism to the Avengers in support of their plan under the condition that they only use this to revive the fallen and no more.
    • Bruce and Rocket travel to New Asgard to re-recruit Thor; having suffered a crisis of confidence since Thanos, he has become a recluse who rarely leaves his house, spending all his days in a drunken haze with Miek and Korg while leaving Valkryie to run the town in his place. In Tokyo, Nat finally tracks down Clint, fresh off killing a local Yakuza family. Despite their initial reservations, both Clint and Thor choose to return.
    • The Avengers decide to break into three teams and travel back in time to obtain the Infinity Stones. After the surviving founders take a moment to grieve for Natasha's sacrifice, Bruce wields an Infinity Gauntlet to perform the snap and restore the world to the way it was; he succeeds, but his arm is seriously damaged due to the Stones' energy. Elsewhere, the past version of Nebula activates the time machine to bring Thanos' army to the future. He orders the Sanctuary II to open fire on the Avengers' HQ; the entire compound is reduced to rubble, but the team survives. Onboard the ship, Gamora is convinced by present-day Nebula about their future together and chooses to betray Thanos. They discover past Nebula holding Clint hostage to obtain the Infinity Gauntlet, and after failing to negotiate, she is killed by her future counterpart.
    • Thor, Steve and Tony battle Thanos hand-to-hand. Due to his infuriation with how the Avengers have resisted his plans, he declares that he now intends to now destroy the entire universe and remake it with the Stones. Although the three of them fight valiantly, with Steve even wielding Mjolnir, they are beaten down and are faced with his armada, the Chitari, Outriders and the Black Order.
    • However, the Avengers do not remain outnumbered for long, as reinforcements come in the form of the resurrected snap victims, warriors from New Asgard led by Valkyrie, Pepper herself armed with a suit designed for her and the armies of Wakanda, teleported in by Doctor Strange, Wong and the monks of Kamar-Taj. As both sides clash, Steve formulates a plan to drop the Infinity Gauntlet into the Quantum Realm and keep it out of Thanos' reach, leading to the heroes taking turns passing it across the battlefield and through enemy lines to do so. In the ensuing chaos, Carol returns in the nick of time to destroy the Sanctuary II. Tony reunites with both Peter and Strange, who refuses to divulge if they are on the correct path to victory in fear that the revelation would ruin them.
    • A resurrected Star-Lord attempts a reunion with Gamora, unaware it's actually her from 2014, from before she met him. She responds by kneeing him in the crotch, and soon disappears after the battle.
    • Despite their best efforts, Thanos is able to obtain the Stones and comes close to wiping out all life, only for the Gauntlet's built-in defense mechanisms to bring the Stones to Tony instead. Realizing that Strange's plan had led to that exact moment, he snaps his fingers to instead destroy Thanos and his army for good, with the Titan taking one last forlorn look at all he has lost before disintegrating. The Avengers' victory is bittersweet, as the Stones' energy proves too much for Tony to handle, and he dies after being comforted by Rhodey, Peter and Pepper in his final moments.
    • Tony's funeral is a subdued affair, as his first arc reactor is sent off into a lake. In attendance are many of the heroes who fought alongside him against Thanos, and even others like the Pym family, Harley, Maria Hill, Secretary Ross and Nick Fury.
    • Thor chooses to leave New Asgard in Valkyrie's care as he joins the Guardians of the Galaxy in searching for the time-displaced Gamora.
    • Steve volunteers to return each of the Stones (and Mjolnir) to their time periods, but chooses to remain in the past and live his life instead. He resurfaces near the testing ground as an old man, bestowing his shield and the identity of Captain America to Sam.
  • (Events of Spider-Man: Far From Home)

Alternate Timelines

    Lighthouse Timeline 
All events in this folder are from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Five, diverging from the main timeline during Avengers: Infinity War.

2018

  • During Thanos' invasion, Glenn Talbot breaks the Earth apart in his pursuit of its Gravitonium beneath the surface. (This presumably causes Thanos to fail to retrieve the Infinity Stones, as there is no reference to his success in the future.) Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. team gives survivors refuge in the Lighthouse, and to give them hope they tell them of their trip through time and that their past selves will eventually come to help.

2022

  • Kree allied with the Confederacy arrive to aid the survivors of Earth's destruction, but they also enslave humanity and wipe out any historical records, especially the stories of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents coming from the past to help. Despite knowing the horrors of the Kree occupation, most of the surviving S.H.I.E.L.D. agents reluctantly allow them to take control of the Lighthouse to ensure humanity survives.

2091

  • The time-displaced S.H.I.E.L.D. agents from 2017 arrive on the Lighthouse. Around the same time, Fitz wakes from cryo-stasis and he and Enoch go to their aid. Although initially caught off-guard and split up, they soon regroup and drive the Kree out with the help of the local humans. They then make their way back home through another time Monolith, arriving in 2018 nearly a year after they left. One of the team's allies, Deke, is also in the presence of a Monolith shard at the right time and is sent back as well.


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