Since Spider-Man: Homecoming (or even before that film released) comic book movie fans of all sorts have debated which movies take place at what time, especially with the confusing ambiguity of the Phase Two movies, which came out after the very well streamlined and sensible Phase One timeline. Now, thanks to an interview from ScreenRant, we have confirmation from Kevin Feige that some form of an official timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be released by Marvel Studios in the (hopefully) near future.
While speaking with the executive producer, ScreenRant posed an interesting and frequently asked question regarding the time placement of the more recent movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s coherency as a whole, thanks to the “Eight Years Later” title card from Homecoming that sparked so much of the recent discussion about timelines. Feige had this to say on the matter:
All of that debate has encouraged us. We are going to be publishing an official, and I’m not sure when, or in what format, an official timeline. It’ll probably be apart of ah, I don’t know, apart of an in print that you can fold out and look at. But suffice to say, only in limited cases do we ever actually say what the actual years are because we never want to be tied down to a particular year and I think people assume that whenever the movie is released is when is when the movie is taking place, and that is not the case.
While some fans have had faith in the system that Feige had helped jumpstart in 2008 and believe that there is coherency in all of the films, others believe that the Marvel Studios slate as a whole has no sense of tine or hardly makes any sense. Now that Kevin Feige himself has stated that an Official Timeline is in the works, hopefully some fears are alleviated regarding the order the films take place in, as well as giving fans a bigger picture to look at in regards to how the whole story of the MCU plays out, from Iron Man to Avengers: Infinity War. – Ernesto Valenzuela