We used to think we knew where we stood with Marvel's movie timeline. Each film was set in the year it came out, right? Simple.
But recent releases have shown us that can't possibly be the case. Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 (2017) is set only months after the first Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and, most recently, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) was established as being set eight years after Avengers (2012).
But fear not! Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has heard our cries of confusion over the MCU timeline, and he's promising an official solution.
"All of that debate has made us go, 'Okay, at some point, I'm not sure exactly when, we're going to publish a timeline and see what it all is'," he told Cinema Blend.
"It wasn't meant to flummox anybody exactly, and I'm not sure I'd do it again the same way, but it does all connect to where we placed it. Other than very particular instances where there's a newspaper, or verbal reference to years, we never date the films.
"And I think there's a presumption, 'Well, if the movie came out in November 2017, it must take place in November 2017' – which is not the case."
Although Feige would not say whether Avengers is set in 2012 or not, he definitely didn't sound reluctant about codifying events in the movies. He even has a keystone event to base it around.
"The specifics of the timeline, looking at... I've loved timelines, I love the Star Wars timeline, with the Battle of Yavin, everything is either After The Battle of Yavin, Before The Battle of Yavin.
"We're doing that, and the origin point for us is Tony saying, 'I am Iron Man'.
"So everything will be years after that, years before that – to the Big Bang, which is where it starts!
"It will look very cool and complex like Doc Brown on a chalkboard by the time it's published."
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