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"Now, I was here in 2012 when the sky tore open and the Chitauri rained down on us."
Glenn Talbot to the United Nations[src]

This is a timeline of events that occurred in 2012.

2012

January

2nd

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Lucy Bauer and her husband find the Darkhold

  • Lucy Bauer and her husband, Joseph Bauer find the Darkhold in the basement of the home's former owner and open it. When Lucy touches it, she discovers that she cand read the text in English while Joseph can read it in German.[1]

9th

  • Phil Coulson tries to convince Nick Fury that Project T.A.H.I.T.I. must be shut down because of horrific side effects the drugs have on test subjects, which can only be mitigated by erasing the victim's memory. Despite his concerns, Project T.A.H.I.T.I. was not shut down.[2]
  • In Dubai, Iron Man (in the Mark VI armor) agrees to race women in similar suits. Eventually, the suits of the Dubai men malfunction and are destroyed.[3][4]

19th

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Barton and Romanoff talk to Fury

  • As part of a training exercise, Hawkeye disguises himself as a spy and breaks into the Helicarrier to trick the Black Widow into thinking he is stealing information about the Avengers Initiative. After the exercise, Nick Fury tells them the Initiative will only be put into action when the world needs the team most.[3][4]

20th

February

8th

10th

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Mikhail Fjodorov is killed by Sofia

  • Black Widow is sent to a mission in Moscow, Russia, where she searches for missing Stark Industries technology. Disguised as Tatiana Sokolova, she works at a night club. While she tries to interrogate Mikhail Fjodorov, one of the world's most successful illegal arms dealers, Fjodorov is killed by an unknown woman. Romanoff is forced to leave the club, fighting several security men in the process. After she returns to a hotel, she is attacked by a team of masked mercenaries, but she defeats them and receives a SIM card to reach the mysterious woman she saw in the night club.[9][10]

11th

  • Later, in the very early hours of the morning, Black Widow talks to the woman named Sofia, and learns that she is a "fan" and wants to take over the name "Black Widow". Romanoff agrees to meet with Sofia and breaks all her contacts with S.H.I.E.L.D.[9][10]

15th

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Romanoff is saved by Coulson

  • A few days later, Romanoff confronts Sofia in a sport hall in Sochi, where she is defeated and almost drowned but she is saved at the last moment by Phil Coulson, who is following a pair of goons working for the arms dealer General Starodoub. Coulson gives Romanoff the necessary equipment to infiltrate the yacht belonging to Yuri Klementiev, one of General Starodoub's business partners, where she meets Sofia again, an encounter which costs them the life of agent Gennady Markov.[9][11]

19th

  • Phil Coulson discovers that Sofia's employer is the billionaire Richard Frampton, Romanoff infiltrates his headquarters in Vladivostok. She discovers that Frampton works for the Ten Rings terrorist organization and that he has made a Jericho missile that will explode near the border between Russia and North Korea, greatly destabilizing the world peace. Romanoff infiltrates the launching area and destroys the missile. Both Frampton and Sofia are killed in the explosion.[9][12]

29th

April

1st

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Killian, the mastermind behind the attacks

  • The first "Mandarin bombing" occurs, masquerading as a terrorist attack, and beginning the conflict later known as Aldrich Killian's War.[13]

15th

17th

21st

22nd

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Reyes is caught stealing the Hell Charger

  • Robbie Reyes steals the car that belongs to his uncle Eli Morrow, when Gabe Reyes catches him. However, Gabe decides to join him.[14][15]
  • Attack on Robbie and Gabe Reyes:
    • However, as the Reyes brothers are cruising along the neighborhood, the Fifth Street Locos, who were hired to murder Eli Morrow, shoot up the car with Robbie Reyes and Gabe Reyes in it.[14]
    • The car flips and sends Reyes flying through the air, as he prays to anyone to keep his brother safe. Reyes is killed on impacting the ground and Gabe loses control of his legs.[14]
    • Blaze

      Johnny Blaze revives Robbie Reyes

      However, Johnny Blaze, AKA the Ghost Rider, contacts Robbie's soul and asks if he wants Gabe to live, in which Reyes responds yes. Soon after, Blaze pulls Gabe to safety and revives Reyes by transforming him into the next Ghost Rider.[14]

23rd

30th

May

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

"Humans. They are not the cowering wretches we were promised. They stand. They are unruly, and therefore cannot be ruled. To challenge them is to court... Death."
The Other[src]

5th

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The D.O.D.C. is born

  • Toomes is angered for having lost his business with no compensation, and punches one, before being forced to leave the site.[30]
  • The Other confers with his master about Loki's defeat, the loss of the Tesseract, and Earth's new protectors. He claims attacking Earth again would be an act of suicide. His master, Thanos simply turns and smiles, thinking of things to come.[19][20]
  • Odin sentences Loki to an eternity of imprisonment in the Asgardian Dungeons.[18]
  • Jane Foster and Darcy Lewis arrive in New York in search of Thor, but Erik Selvig, freed from Loki's mind control but still in shock from the battle, reveals Thor has already left.[18]
    Thor giving the Tesseract to Heimdall

    Thor gives Heimdall the Tesseract

  • Heimdall tells Thor that Vanaheim has been attacked. He gives Heimdall the Tesseract so he can repair the Bifrost Bridge. They then spend the next year assembling an army.[18]
  • Foster is frustrated about spending two years of her life searching for Thor, and gives up her research of the Nine Realms.[18]
  • Toomes and his crew lament the loss of their company. When they realize they have a lot of equipment left, Toomes convinces them to turn to the black market and make weapons from the technology to sell, noting that the world is changing, and they need to change to match it.[30]
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    Tony Stark building the Iron Legion.

  • Tony Stark begins making the Iron Legion to keep himself occupied during periods of anxiety following his near-death experience in space.[8]

6th

7th

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The Guest House

9th

  • Pollack and Wise prepare to rob a bank in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but Pollack is worried their plan will fail. Wise reassures him, and they successfully rob the bank. [32]
  • Resurrection of Phil Coulson: The final procedure to resurrect Phil Coulson takes place. To restore his former personality, the scientists remove part of his skull to change his memories of the painful process, as Coulson begs them to let him die during the operation. One of the scientists, Dr. Streiten, realizes how brutal these surgeries are and tells the others they should let Coulson die,
    Pleaseletmedie

    Phil Coulson receiving false memories

    but they ignore him. The scientists give Coulson false memories of a grass shack in Tahiti.[33]

11th

13th

14th

15th

16th

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Sitwell with a Chitauri Gun

  • Jasper Sitwell is dispatched to stop Pollack and Wise's bank robberies and retrieve the Chitauri weapon. He locates and confronts them at a hotel, but Wise attacks him with the weapon. She accidentally drops it, causing it to activate and destroy all of the stolen money.[32]
  • Sitwell interrogates them, and Wise admits Pollack successfully got the weapon to work. Despite being sent to kill them, Sitwell gives them the chance to join S.H.I.E.L.D. and help restore the other Chitauri technology collected from New York.[32]

17th

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Pollack and Wise recruited to S.H.I.E.L.D.

June

1st

  • To cover up the explosive nature of the Extremis virus, Aldrich Killian hires actor Trevor Slattery to pose as a terrorist leader called the Mandarin, so whenever Extremis causes a patient to explode, the media and government will assume they are suicide bombings.[13]

3rd

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Slattery as the Mandarin

  • Slattery gets plastic surgery so he is not recognized when he appears on television as the Mandarin.[13]

4th

  • Following his return to the modern world as a renowned hero, Steve Rogers is snatched up to be the face of many campaigns. One of these, not long after the Battle of New York, includes a set of videos for students in schools. He records many videos, including a fitness challenge, a video for students in detention, and one on the importance of patience.[30]

5th

  • The third Mandarin bombing occurs.[13]

7th

July

8th

  • The fourth Mandarin bombing occurs.[13]

12th

  • Scott Lang is fired from Vistacorp due to inadvertedly fixing what he believed was a code mistake that was illegally overcharging customers.[37]

14th

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Lang breaks into Geoff Zorick's Mansion

  • Scott Lang infiltrates the Vistacorp Headquarters to return about four million dollars to the customers who had been defrauded by the company. Lang then breaks into the mansion of his former boss, Geoff Zorick. He steals many of Zorick's belongings and drives Zorick's car into the mansion's pool.[37][38]

15th

17th

August

9th

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Iron Man fights the Melter

  • The fifth Mandarin bombing occurs.[13]
  • Bruno Horgan, also known as the Melter, attacks Iron Man during a press conference at Stark Tower. After a quick victory, the Melter announces he will be selling his Melter technology to the highest bidder in a few days.[39]

11th

12th

  • War Machine tries several attempts to find Melter, but they all turn out to be dead ends.[39]
  • Tony Stark spots the Melter near Stark Tower.[39]
  • Stark and Rhodes deduce the most likely place for Horgan to be is the junkyard. Stark modifies the Iron Man and War Machine armors so they resist the Melter's attacks.[39]
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The Melter before his defeat

  • Iron Man and War Machine investigate the junkyard and find the Melter. They fight, and the Melter is taken into custody of the United States Army.[39]

16th

September

10th

October

13th

November

11th

  • WHiH World News holds a 10 kilometer race to support reconstructing buildings lost during the Battle of New York. The company raised millions of dollars.[41]
  • WHiH World News posts on Google+ saying "WHiH's 10K race was a massive success. Millions were raised for reconstruction on buildings lost in the NYC invasion."[41]

15th

December

17th

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"Iron Patriot"

18th

19th

  • The Iron Legion creates friction between Stark and his girlfriend Pepper Potts. Pepper feels Stark is not paying enough attention to her, but Stark's encounters during the Battle of New York has left him traumatized and he built the Iron Legion with her protection in mind.[13][42][43]
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Hogan is injured

20th

22nd

23rd

  • J.A.R.V.I.S. follows a flight plan from Stark's investigation into the Mandarin bombings, and the Mark XLII lands in Rose Hill, Tennessee. The armor runs out of power, and the world believes Tony Stark to be dead.[13][42][43]
Battle at Rose Hill
  • Battle of Rose Hill: Teaming with Harley Keener, Stark investigates the remains of a local explosion bearing the hallmarks of a Mandarin attack. He discovers the "bombings" were triggered by soldiers subjected to Extremis, which at this stage of development causes certain subjects to explosively reject it. After veterans started exploding, their deaths were used to cover up Extremis' flaws by manufacturing a terrorist plot. Mandarin agents Ellen Brandt and Eric Savin arrive in Tennessee and attack Stark. He kills Brandt, but Savin escapes.[13][42][43]

24th

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Stark infiltrates Killian's Mansion

  • Infiltration into Aldrich Killian's Mansion:
    • With Harley Keener's help, Stark traces the Mandarin to Miami and infiltrates his headquarters using makeshift weapons.[42][43]
    • Inside, he discovers the Mandarin who appears on television is actually an actor, Trevor Slattery, who is oblivious to the actions carried out in his name.[42][43]
    • The Mandarin is a creation of Aldrich Killian, who appropriated Maya Hansen's Extremis virus as a cure for his own disabilities and expanded the program to include injured war veterans.[42][43]
    • Stark-MockedByKillian-IM3

      Stark's life is threatened by Aldrich Killian

      Killian captures Stark and reveals he has also kidnapped Pepper Potts. To gain Stark's aid in fixing Extremis' flaws, Killian injects Pepper with the virus. Hansen has a change of heart about Killian's plans, but he murders her.[42][43]
  • Kidnapping of President Ellis:
    • Aldrich Killian has also manipulated American intelligence agencies regarding the Mandarin's location, luring the Iron Patriot into a trap to steal the armor.[42][43]
    • Stark escapes and reunites with Rhodes, discovering Killian's plan to attack U.S. President Matthew Ellis aboard Air Force One. Disguised in the Iron Patriot armor,
      Air force one rescue

      Kidnapping of President Ellis

      Eric Savin infiltrates Air Force One and detonates an explosive.[42][43]
    • Remotely controlling the Mark XLII armor, Stark saves some surviving passengers and crew, but cannot stop Killian from abducting Ellis. They trace them to an impounded oil tanker, the Norco, where Killian intends to kill Ellis on live television.[42][43]
    • The Vice President Rodriguez (who is secretly working for Killian) will become a puppet leader, following Killian's orders in exchange for Extremis to cure his daughter's disability.[13][42][43]

25th

27th

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Stark shortly before his heart surgery

  • Stark undergoes surgery to remove the shrapnel embedded near his heart. He throws his obsolete chest Arc Reactor into the sea, musing he will always be Iron Man.[13][42][43]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.05: Lockup
  2. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.20: Nothing Personal
  3. 3.0 3.1 In The Avengers: The Avengers Initiative, Fury's language implies that Steve has already woken, the World Security Council is just unsure if he'll be accustomed enough to join the Avengers. It is therefore set anywhere between October 9, 2011 and April 30, 2012 inclusive. Halfway between these dates would be January 19, 2012. The Iron Man Dubai incident is said to be "recent", placing it around 10 days prior, roughly January 9, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Avengers: The Avengers Initiative
  5. Sometimes the Marvel Cinematic Universe alludes to events which happened in our world, and it is assumed they happened on the same dates in the universe, for timeline purposes.
  6. Luke Cage: 1.06: Suckas Need Bodyguards
  7. In the Iron Man 3 Prelude comic, it is shown as beginning a while after Iron Man 2, with the damage from the Expo having been cleared up and Stark Tower having been fully planned, laid its foundations, and several levels into its construction. It then jumps to 2 months later, Mumbai, then 3 months later, Afghanistan, then 2 months later, Sudan, then 3 months later, Hong Kong, and this is shown to be the date of the Battle of New York, May 4, 2012. 3 months back from there would put Sudan around February 2012, 2 months further back would put Afghanistan around December 2011, 3 months further back puts Mumbai around September 2011, and a final 2 months back places the beginning in July 2011. This allows plenty of time, just over a year, for the Expo to be cleared completely and for the planning, foundations, and beginning of construction of Stark Tower. Several months prior to the beginning of the comic, work would have begun on the tower, around December 2011.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Iron Man 3 Prelude
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 In The Avengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes it is said, "Note: This story takes place between the events of Iron Man 2 and Marvel's The Avengers". This lines up with what Natasha says in Volume 2, "They're connecting the capital to Sochi on the coast, where the Winter Olympics will be held in two years." This is referring to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which happened from February 7-23, 2014. 2 years prior would put this scene around February 15, 2012, and therefore the comic would revolve around this in February 2012, also lining up with it being set after Iron Man 2 in 2010, before The Avengers in May 2012.
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Avengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes, Volume 1
  11. The Avengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes, Volume 2
  12. The Avengers Prelude: Black Widow Strikes, Volume 3
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 13.13 13.14 13.15 13.16 13.17 13.18 13.19 13.20 13.21 13.22 13.23 13.24 Iron Man 3
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.06: The Good Samaritan
  15. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.07: Deals With Our Devils
  16. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.02: Meet the New Boss
  17. In Deals With Our Devils, as the team discuss what could have happened to Fitz and Coulson, it is said, "Impossible things happen all the time. That machine ghosted that Lucy woman." Agent Mackenzie replies, "So what, Coulson and Fitz come back in 5 years, bloody and insane?" The implication from this is that Mackenzie has been told that Bauer spent 5 years in the box, before her release on the reasoned day of March 19, 2017.
  18. 18.00 18.01 18.02 18.03 18.04 18.05 18.06 18.07 18.08 18.09 18.10 Thor: The Dark World Prelude
  19. 19.00 19.01 19.02 19.03 19.04 19.05 19.06 19.07 19.08 19.09 19.10 19.11 19.12 19.13 19.14 19.15 19.16 19.17 19.18 19.19 19.20 Marvel's Timeline
  20. 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 20.11 20.12 20.13 20.14 20.15 20.16 20.17 20.18 20.19 20.20 20.21 20.22 20.23 20.24 20.25 20.26 20.27 20.28 20.29 20.30 20.31 20.32 20.33 The Avengers
  21. 21.00 21.01 21.02 21.03 21.04 21.05 21.06 21.07 21.08 21.09 21.10 21.11 21.12 21.13 21.14 21.15 21.16 21.17 21.18 21.19 21.20 21.21 21.22 21.23 21.24 21.25 21.26 The Avengers Adaptation
  22. The Avengers Extended Scene
  23. In The Avengers, during the Stuttgart scene, the museum's exhibition is shown on banners to begin on "4 MAI". The gala behind held would be an opening ceremony, and thus this scene would be the night before, on May 3, 2012. This lines up with the release date of The Avengers (May 4, 2012) being the date of the Battle of New York, and the fact that it is months (roughly 6, works out as 7) before Iron Man 3, which picks up in December 2012.
  24. Jessica Jones: 1.04: AKA 99 Friends
  25. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.09: Broken Promises
  26. Luke Cage: 1.01: Moment of Truth
  27. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Fractured House
  28. Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude - This Scepter'd Isle
  29. Daredevil: 1.03: Rabbit in a Snowstorm
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 Spider-Man: Homecoming
  31. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.06: FZZT
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 32.5 32.6 32.7 32.8 Marvel One-Shot: Item 47
  33. 33.0 33.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.11: The Magical Place
  34. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.14: T.A.H.I.T.I.
  35. In The Bridge, it is said on the reasoned date of December 2, 2013 that Po "reappeared 18 months ago at a diner in Boston."
  36. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.10: The Bridge
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 Ant-Man - Scott Lang: Small Time
  38. In 2015, Christine Everhart says that Scott Lang was imprisoned three years ago for a 5 years sentence.
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 39.5 Iron Man: The Coming of the Melter
  40. Luke Cage: 1.04: Step in the Arena
  41. 41.0 41.1 WHiH World News: Google+ Posts
  42. 42.00 42.01 42.02 42.03 42.04 42.05 42.06 42.07 42.08 42.09 42.10 42.11 42.12 42.13 42.14 42.15 42.16 42.17 42.18 42.19 42.20 42.21 42.22 Captain America: Civil War Prelude
  43. 43.00 43.01 43.02 43.03 43.04 43.05 43.06 43.07 43.08 43.09 43.10 43.11 43.12 43.13 43.14 43.15 43.16 43.17 43.18 43.19 43.20 43.21 According to Kevin Feige, Iron Man 3 takes place about 6 months after the Battle of New York.