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- "Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same... and now, it's here."
This is a timeline of events that occurred during 2018.
- Scott Lang, currently on house arrest, spends the weekend with his daughter Cassie. While there, Luis visits inviting Scott to help in a pitch for a potential costumer for X-Con Security Consultants, but Scott, knowing he cannot leave the house, refuses. Her mother Maggie arrives to pick her up just as the FBI, led by Scott's "parole officer" Jimmy Woo, is checking on him.
- Liberation of Leo Fitz.
- Escape from the HYDRA Preparatory Academy.
- Infiltration into the HYDRA Herefordshire Facility.
- With his HYDRA conditioning activated, Glenn Talbot mutters to himself confusedly that he has to complete his programmed mission.
- Talbot goes to disable security feeds, thus allowing him to roam the Lighthouse without hindrance. Alphonso Mackenzie catches him and questions what he is doing, but Talbot explains that he is simply confused from his 6 months imprisoned by Hale, and Mackenzie shows him sympathy, letting him go.
- Ruby Hale continues to threaten Jemma Simmons's life to motivate Leo Fitz, having spent several hours working on fixing the Particle Infusion Chamber, but not yet sorted the problem. Fitz is stressed, worried for Simmons and yet wanting to stall the chamber's completion. He requests that Hale let Simmons go, stating that he needs her help. Releasing Simmons, Hale admires their relationship, and Fitz responds to remind her that everyone she loves will die if they go ahead with making her the Destroyer of Worlds. Ruby shows little care for this, remarking that there are not many people left who she cares about. Werner von Strucker returns to the room, having found Anton Ivanov's dead body, which gives Fitz and Simmons some hope that Yo-Yo Rodriguez escaped. They tell Hale that the remainder of the process will take some time, but Hale simply threatens that if they do not hurry, she will begin to dismember them, like she did to Rodriguez.
- After a day trying to keep himself busy, Scott falls asleep in the bathtub and has a vivid memory-like dream where he sees a young Hope van Dyne from the perspective of her mother Janet.. Intrigued, Scott uses a hidden phone to contact Hank Pym.
- Having stumbled through the night in agony from her uncalibrated prosthetic arms, Rodriguez finally reaches the Quinjet as morning arrives in Herefordshire. She stumbles on-board for protection from the Sleeper Mechs hunting her.
- Phil Coulson tries to talk to Melinda May about her confession of love for him the day before, but she rejects the conversation, walking away.
- Daisy Johnson tells the agents the plan to fly to General Hale's base in the Appalachian Mountains. Coulson praises her leadership in his absence.
- Candice Lee informs General Hale that Ivanov is dead. When Hale asks if Carl Creel's state has improved, Lee informs her that in actuality, Creel has worsened significantly.
- With morning arriving at the Appalachian Mountain base, Hale goes to see Creel and finds him losing control, unable to deal with the arguing of Franklin Hall and Ian Quinn's consciousnesses within the gravitonium he absorbed. Creel goes so far as to use his abilities to turn his skin into cement then proceed to bang his head against the wall, hoping to rid himself of the voices.
- Coulson and Mackenzie talk with Deke Shaw. Mackenzie mentions that Shaw admitted his feelings for Johnson the night before when on painkillers. When Shaw denies these feelings, Coulson adds that Shaw has made it all-too-obvious, and they are all aware. Shaw asks for advice in showing his feelings, but both agents point out their current relationship issues. He then decides his best option is "lemons", confusing the agents. Seeing this, he explains how, in the future, people would leave lemons on the bed of the person they fancy to express their feelings. Asking if this is something people also did in 2018, the other two lie, saying it is, looking forward to seeing his actions.
- Talbot enters Robin Hinton's empty room, looking to examine her drawings for HYDRA while under conditioning. He finds the drawings and begins to look through.
- Attack on the HYDRA Preparatory Academy:
- Johnson and May enter a Containment Module as the Zephyr One passes over the Appalachian Mountains. They have Agent Thomas fire a missile down to the HYDRA Preparatory Academy as their Containment Module is jettisoned. Moments after the missile blows a hole in the base's ceiling, the Module lowers through the hole and into the building.
- As May and Johnson go to accost General Hale, they are surprised when Hale hands herself over. At first, they do not trust Hale's willingness, but Hale explains that she wants to go with them to save Ruby, scared that her daughter will make a reckless decision.
- Meanwhile, in England, Ruby Hale and Werner von Strucker continue to threaten Fitz and Simmons to hurry with fixing the Particle Infusion Chamber.
- A Sleeper Mech finds Yo-Yo Rodriguez in the Quinjet. She shoots the android and continues to wait for her pain to subside.
- Robin and Polly Hinton return to their room in the Lighthouse, and find Glenn Talbot looking through Robin's drawings.
- Daisy Johnson and Melinda May report back to Phil Coulson. They inform him of what has happened to Carl Creel, and their discovery that gravitonium not only absorbs physical bodies, but also people's consciousnesses.
- Realising he has to stop Polly Hinton from reporting his intrusion, Talbot panics and attacks her. He chokes Polly until she passes out, and tells Robin to come with him. Robin replies that she already saw this was going to happen.
- Johnson, May, and General Hale land in Herefordshire, England, to apprehend Ruby Hale and Werner von Strucker. General Hale asks Johnson to refrain from attacking her daughter if at all possible, and Johnson agrees. Despite this, Johnson takes the opportunity to criticize Hale's parenting, blaming her for the way Ruby turned out.
- Von Strucker tells Ruby Hale that a S.H.I.E.L.D. plane has just landed nearby. Hale goes to start dismembering Fitz and Simmons to hurry their final modifications, but Fitz quickly tells her that they have finished the machine, and she need not attack them. While they claim they have no way of transferring the gravitonium into the machine, von Strucker uses a tube and tap to move it over into the chamber.
- Deke Shaw goes to talk to Alphonso Mackenzie and Phil Coulson as they monitor the security feeds. As he arrives, they notice the security feed of the Hintons' room has been paused. Reactivating it, they see that the Hintons' door has been left open.
- Arriving at the Hintons' room, they find Polly Hinton on the floor. Coulson goes over to her and checks her breathing, finding that she is only unconscious. Mackenzie recalls his encounter with Glenn Talbot at the security feeds several hours prior, and realizes that Talbot must have paused the feed to allow him to go after Robin. Coulson also comes to the realization that this makes sense, with General Hale having had plenty of time during her 6 months with Talbot in her custody to have conditioned him.
- With S.H.I.E.L.D. moments away from stopping her, Ruby Hale hurries to enter the Particle Infusion Chamber and become the Destroyer of Worlds. She kisses von Strucker, the chamber closes, and the gravitonium-infusion begins. While happy at first, as the process continues, she begins to scream.
- S.H.I.E.L.D. and General Hale, now inside the HYDRA Herefordshire Facility, hear Ruby's screams, and Hale runs to get to her daughter before it is too late. She orders Leo Fitz to shut down the machine, and von Strucker lowers his gun, allowing Fitz to do so. The process is stopped at only 8% infusion, and the chamber opens. Ruby leaves the machine floating from the gravitonium in her body.
- Ruby Hale struggles to deal with the voices in her head from the gravitonium. Werner von Strucker crouches to comfort her, but without control over her powers, Hale accidentally uses the gravitonium to crush his skill, killing him. On seeing what she has done, she begins to further lose control.
- Coulson and Mackenzie find Talbot at the Lighthouse's hangar door, with Robin Hinton by his side. They confront him, and Talbot becomes confused, trying to distinguish between his actual thoughts and conditioning. Deciding he is unsafe, he holds his gun to his head, considering killing himself and ending the threat he poses.
- Ruby Hale continues to struggle with the voices, but Daisy Johnson begins to talk to her. She is kind and encouraging, trying to tell Hale that it is alright to not be comfortable with her powers yet.
- Melinda May arrives at the building as Yo-Yo Rodriguez also returns from the Quinjet. When Rodriguez sees May and hears the screams, she asks what is happening, but May simply replies that Johnson is handling the situation.
- Talbot tells Mackenzie and Coulson that he cannot trust his thoughts. While he holds the gun to his head, Mackenzie ushers Robin Hinton away from Talbot and to safety. Coulson resorts to using Talbot's trigger words to attempt to control him. Talbot manages to resist, so Coulson changes the orders to be more in line with HYDRA's motivations; he asks Talbot to turn the gun on him. As he does so, Mackenzie returns with an I.C.E.R. to quickly incapacitate Talbot, ending the risk.
- Ruby Hale begins to user her powers to crush Daisy Johnson. As she struggles to breathe, General Hale gets involved. Ruby tells her mother that she has always felt inadequate, and that she made her feel like she was a disappointment. General Hale is saddened to hear this, telling her daughter that all she ever wanted was for Ruby to meet her full potential.
- Just as Ruby Hale is beginning to calm down, Elena Rodriguez enters the room. She exclaims as she recognizes Hale as the person who sliced off her arms, and hearing this, Hale slips back into a distressed, frenzied, and dangerous state.
- Seeing the potential outcome of Ruby Hale losing control and becoming the Destroyer of Worlds, Rodriguez makes a quick decision. Using her super-speed, she runs and steals Ruby's Ring Blades, using them to then slice the teenager's throat and kill her. Returning to her position, everyone is left in shock as Ruby suddenly falls, her neck bleeding as she dies quickly.
- Hope invades Scott's house, tranquilizes him, and puts his ankle bracelet in a human-sized ant, who is instructed to repeat Scott's daily routine to tell off the FBI.
- Hope takes Scott to the research facility where she and Hank have been developing a tunnel for the Quantum Realm in the hopes of bringing Janet back. After Scott describes his dream in full detail, Hank and Hope deduce that he and Janet are connected because of the time he spent in the Quantum Realm. They leave, with Hank shrinking the laboratory down to a suitcase size to bring it along to the van. They drive to the restaurant Oui, where Hope arranged a meeting with gangster Sonny Burch to pick up a necessary component of the tunnel.
- Battle at the Oui: After Burch refuses to give in the component and she in turn turns down an offer to work for him, Hope engages in battle with Burch's men using the Wasp Suit. Hope picks up the piece, but afterwards is attacked by the intangible Ghost. Scott joins Hope as Ant-Man in a new suit to help her, but Ghost escapes and makes her way to the van and steals the lab from Hank.
- Scott brings Hope and Hank to hide at X-Con. There they develop a plan to get the laboratory back, with Hank realizing it can only be done with the help of an estranged ex-partner.
- Scott, Hope and Hank go after professor Bill Foster at Berkeley University. The meeting is interrupted once Scott realizes Woo and the feds are outside, but not before Bill tells them that they can locate the lab by modifying a defractor on one of the suit's regulators. The only regulator that would be feasible to use is the one in the old Ant-Man suit, which Scott reveals that he hid instead of destroying.
- Scott and Hope go to Cassie's school to retrieve the suit from its hiding place, a trophy Cassie had taken from her father's house for show-and-tell. During the infiltration, Scott discovers his current suit is experiencing problems with the regulator.
- Ambush at Ghost's Hideout: The trio locate Ghost's home and find the lab, but she knocks all three of them out and has them tied up. She reveals she is working with Bill, who reveals her background as Ava Starr, daughter of deceased scientist Elihas Starr, and that they hope to use Janet's quantum energy to help turn Ava normal, even if it might kill Janet. After Hank tricks Bill into releasing giant ants from an Altoids tin, the trio runs away, getting the laboratory back in the process.
- After regrowing the lab, Scott becomes connected to Janet, who proves herself to Hope and Hank as she helps stabilize the tunnel and enter the coordinates to locate her, but she warns them that they only have two hours before the Quantum Realm becomes so unstable they won't be able to reach her for another century.
- Burch keeps Luis and his friends hostage and eventually discovers where Pym's lab is hidden. While Burch calls infiltrated FBI agent Stoltz, Luis warns Scott, who is currently visiting Cassie.
- Arrest of Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne: Hope and Hank are caught by FBI agents once they shrink the lab. Stoltz grabs it but he is knocked out by Ava, who then takes the lab herself.
- Chase at San Francisco: Using trained ants, Scott breaks Hope and Hank from the FBI's custody and takes them to the lab's current location. Hank gets the old Ant-Man suit from Bill to go into the Quantum Realm. The lab is shrunken again, and Luis grabs it. However, the laboratory repeatedly changes hands in a chase through the streets of San Francisco, only solved when Giant-Man picks it up from Burch in a ship.
- Rescue of Janet van Dyne: Inside the shrunken lab, Hank goes through the Quantum Realm and nearly loses his signal, but he finally manages to locate Janet at her coordinates, and they reunite with a kiss. As they are returning to the normal world, Ava and Bill start to drain Janet's quantum energy, but are stopped by Scott and Hope. Once Janet is back in her normal size, she uses her energy to stabilize Ava.
- Outside the lab, Dave and Kurt help Luis incapacitate Burch and his goons as the cops arrive, leading to their arrest. The Pyms leave with the lab, Bill and Ava run away while splitting up, and Scott runs back home, while leaving the giant-sized suit as a decoy. Once Woo arrives at Scott's house and finds him there, he releases him at the end of his house arrest.
- Groot is now approaching the maturity and attitude of a human teenager, as he continues to grow up.
- Quill enters Groot's room in the Benatar and complains that he needs to tidy up after himself and stop wasting his time playing video games. Groot rudely tells him to go away, and Quill takes a moment to feel sorry for Yondu Udonta, who died almost 4 years earlier, realizing what Yondu had to put up with when raising him.
- Massacre of the Xandarians: Beginning his acquisition of the Infinity Stones, Thanos and his forces attack the planet of Xandar, where the Nova Corps are guarding the Orb, containing the Power Stone. He has half of its population slaughtered in accordance with his plans for the universe and retrieves the Power Stone, placing it into the Infinity Gauntlet.
- Attack on the Statesman:
- Thanos, who is travelling on the Sanctuary II, tracks down the ship Thor and the Asgardians are using to travel to Earth.
- As they travel with the remainder of the Asgardians in the Statesman, Loki tells Thor that he cannot help but wonder how he might be received when they return to Earth, considering the intentions of his visit in 2012. Thor, however, assures him everything is going to be fine. Unbeknown to them, a much larger ship has been following them: the Sanctuary II. The ship suddenly appears before the Asgardians', blocking its path.
- The Asgardians send a distress call as Thanos and the Black Order board the Statesman, breaking it apart with the help of the Power Stone. They go about slaughtering half of its passengers, allowing the other half to escape, in accordance with Thanos' ethos. Thor and Heimdall are defeated and left helpless on the ground.
- Thanos walks to Thor and picks him up by the head. He threatens Loki, telling him that if he does not hand over the Tesseract, containing the Space Stone, then he will use the Power Stone to brutally murder Thor. While Thor insists that the Tesseract was destroyed along with Asgard, Loki reveals the truth: that he stole it before awakening Surtur. As he breaks the illusion he is conjuring to hide it, he distracts Thanos for long enough that the Hulk can attack him.
- At first taken by surprise, Thanos nonetheless gathers himself in the duel and begins to overpower the Hulk with targeted and skilful attacks. He beats Hulk down until he is unable to fight. Seeing that Banner is about to be killed, Heimdall uses the last of his strength to summon dark magic and channel the Bifrost to transport Hulk back to Earth. Noticing Heimdall because of this action, and feeling owed a life, Thanos impales Thor's best friend, killing him.
- Ebony Maw gives Thanos the Tesseract. The Titan takes the cube and breaks it in his hand, revealing the Infinity Stone it encased, then places the Stone into the Infinity Gauntlet. Loki steps out again, pretending to offer his services to Thanos in order to get close to him, then swiftly moves with a knife to attack the Titan. Thanos, however, uses the newly acquired powers of the Space Stone to immobilize Loki's arm, and proceeds to grab Loki by the neck. As the life is choked out of him, Loki spitefully tells Thanos that he will never be a god, but the strangling eventually kills Loki, and Thanos throws his body aside. He uses the Power Stone to set off a chain of explosions on the ship, then he and the Black Order use the Space Stone to teleport away. Thor is left cradling his dead brother's body as the ship collapses around him.
- The Bifrost continues to transport Hulk to Earth, heading specifically to New York City in the United States of America.
- Just as Doctor Strange and Wong are about to leave the New York Sanctum, Bruce Banner crashes through the ceiling. Worried that they might be under attack, Strange and Wong run to where Banner has landed, only to find him shocked and in fear. Banner simply warns them, "Thanos is coming".
- Pepper Potts and Tony Stark are out running in New York City and discuss their upcoming wedding. Stark tells Potts that he had a dream in which they had a child called Morgan, and wondered if it might be a sign that she is pregnant, but she denies this. They are suddenly interrupted when Doctor Strange opens a portal next to them and steps out to tell Stark that they need his help, and the universe is at stake. Stark is not sure whether to trust Strange until Bruce Banner steps out from behind the sorcerer, reuniting with his friend after 3 years in space. Stark is stunned, but agrees to go through the portal with them to the Sanctum.
- Stark is brought up-to-date as Wong, Strange, and Banner explain about the Infinity Stones and Thanos. The group realize they need to contact Vision, who has the Mind Stone embedded in his head, but Stark explains that he has been off-the-radar for a fortnight, and that the only way to find him might well be calling Steve Rogers. When Banner is confused by why this might be a problem, Stark explains what happened in 2016, when the Avengers were broken by the conflict between him and Rogers. However, Banner still insists that Stark should put the grudge aside considering the stakes at play, and Stark reluctantly gets out the burner flip-phone Rogers had left him.
- Attack on Greenwich Village:
- At that moment, winds become stronger in the area and a commotion is heard from outside. The group leave the Sanctum and find that a strange "Q"-shaped spaceship has arrived over Greenwich Village and people are running in fear.
- On the way to the Museum of Modern Art on a field trip, Peter Parker looks out of the window of the Midtown School of Science and Technology bus and spots the Q-Ship. Realizing he has to get involved in helping citizens as Spider-Man, Parker asks Ned Leeds to create a distraction so people don't notice him leaving the vehicle. When he sees the ship, Leeds is shocked and exclaims to the rest of the bus, naturally creating a distraction anyway, and Parker jumps out of the window, donning the Spider-Man Suit.
- Black Order members Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian are beamed down from the Q-Ship outside the Sanctum Santorum and demand the Time Stone from Doctor Strange. Strange refuses to give in and prepares to defend the stone with his life if necessary. Stark encourages Banner to transform into the Hulk and help in a fight against Cull Obsidian, but when he tries, he is surprised to find himself incapable of the transformation. Stark activates his nanotech Mark L armor and Strange and Wong engage tao mandala shields, and a battle ensues.
- Iron Man and Cull Obsidian fight, but Iron Man begins to lose due to the alien's immense strength. As Cull Obsidian swings at Stark, however, Spider-Man arrives and stops his fist.
- Meanwhile, Ebony Maw engages the sorcerers in battle as he attempts to steal the Time Stone, meeting their magical attacks with his own. He binds Strange to the wall but is unable to touch the Eye of Agamotto without being burned, since Strange has cast a spell preventing anyone else from taking it so long as he survives. The Cloak of Levitation allows him to escape from the bindings, but Maw gives chase.
- Spider-Man goes after Ebony Maw to stop him from getting to Strange again. However, the Q-Ship's beam activates and catches Strange, lifting him up to the ship. Parker worries as he finds himself inescapably also caught in the beam.
- Wong helps Iron Man fight Cull Obsidian and conjures a portal to drop Cull Obsidian through, closing it off as the alien reaches back through, thus severing his arm and leaving him stranded in a snowy environment.
- As Ebony Maw brings an immobilized Strange into the Q-Ship, Spider-Man clings onto the side of the ship, desperately trying not to fall from such a great height. He communicates with Iron Man to tell him he is running out of breath in the thinner, high-altitude air, and Stark has F.R.I.D.A.Y. send the Iron Spider armor from the New Avengers Facility up to Parker. It wraps itself around him and gives him breathing capability just in time to stop him falling to his death. However, as Stark arrives at the ship, he engages a parachute in Spider-Man's suit to safely take him back to Earth, not wanting to endanger the teenager further.
- As Stark cuts a hole in the ship to get inside, Pepper Potts calls him, worried he is on-board the ship. He reluctantly confirms her fears, just as the ship reaches too high an altitude and his signal is lost, as well as his connection to F.R.I.D.A.Y.. Meanwhile, unbeknown to him, Parker has managed to grab hold of the Q-Ship and stow away inside.
- On the ground, Wong tells Banner that he has to return to the Sanctum in Strange's absence, so as to protect it from any potential threats. Banner finds Stark's flip-phone and calls Steve Rogers to warn him about Vision.
- Aboard the Benatar, the Guardians of the Galaxy travel across space to answer the distress call sent by the Asgardian ship. However, on arrival, they are shocked to find the Statesman in ruins and debris floating in all directions. As they look at the wreckage, an unconscious Thor floats in front of them and hits their windscreen.
- After bringing him inside, Mantis uses her powers to wake Thor so the Guardians can question him. Thor jolts awake and is surprised by his surroundings, but proceeds to explain what has transpired, telling them of the attack on Xandar, the destruction of his ship, the deaths of his best friend, his brother, and half his people, and Thanos' acquisition of two Infinity Stones. He tells the Guardians that he needs to leave and travel to Nidavellir in an escape pod, hoping to forge a new Uru weapon capable of killing Thanos, and warns them that they should check the Reality Stone is still safely in the possession of the Collector on Knowhere. Interested in the weaponry, Rocket Raccoon decides to go with Thor to the Dwarven forge, and brings Groot along.
- In the Lighthouse, Glenn Talbot is trying to sleep. However, he finds his rest disturbed by a set of coordinates repeating in his head that he does not understand.
- After several days spent apart, with Deke letting his arm heal, Fitz, Mackenzie, and Simmons working on giving the Quinjet space capabilities with gravitonium, May and Johnson working on saving Coulson, and Johnson and Coulson preparing to deal with the remaining gravitonium, Coulson's team finally come together for the first time since Yo-Yo Rodriguez killed Ruby Hale. They convene to discuss the finalized plan to slingshot the remaining gravitonium into the Sun, but when General Hale is mentioned, Mackenzie asks for someone to explain how they lost her in Herefordshire. This sparks an argument about the morality of Rodriguez's decision, with her standing by her decision to kill Ruby Hale as necessary for saving the world and Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons backing her up, but the others believing it was not justified. Coulson dismisses them to pursue their own individual tasks, thus breaking up the argument.
- Knowing that Coulson would object to their actions, May takes Daisy Johnson aside to talk in secret about their pursuit of a cure for his affliction. She tells Johnson that Tony Caine says he has found something to help, and that when she delivers Polly and Robin Hinton to him, she should ask him for what he has found.
- Deke Shaw talks to his future grandparents, Fitz and Simmons, about the possibility that if they change the future, he will stop existing. Shaw, however, suggests once again that the multiverse theory may be true, and he is from an alternate universe - that this would make him safe if, indeed, the future of this universe is different.
- Glenn Talbot continues to mutter coordinates, but comes to a realization of what they mean. He calls for Phil Coulson.
- Coulson visits Talbot, and Talbot tells him about the coordinates. He says that he has realized why his HYDRA programming had led him to the hangar - he was broadcasting the location of the Lighthouse to Hale. Coulson is shocked as he realizes this means they could be under attack by Qovas and the Remorath.
- Siege of the Lighthouse:
- Sure enough, Qovas' ship materializes over the Lighthouse in New York, preparing to attack.
- Coulson's team realize that the Remorath above have cut off all their communication signals to the outside world. In reaction to the threat, the Lighthouse programming automatically triggers "Project: Reclamation" - the project for which it was built, giving options for extra protection against a threat or catastrophic event. Another video of Rick Stoner begins, walking them through the options for defense. As Stoner lists the options, Coulson decides that the one most befitting their situation is "nuclear attack", prematurely selecting it before Stoner then states that there was, in fact, another option specifically for alien invasion. The nuclear attack selection locks the building down, with Stoner informing them that they are locked in for 15 years. Coulson tries to stay calm despite his mistake. He takes the tannoy to hesitantly inform the other agents of the situation they are in, adding that all being well, there should be a way out of their predicament.
- Qovas contacts Coulson with a live feed from his ship. Coulson tries to stay defiant and despite Qovas' threats, he insists that him and his agents are safe, and that as soon as the government find out about the ship, they are likely to shoot it down.
- Talking properly for the first time in days, Yo-Yo Rodriguez tries to explain her actions to Alphonso Mackenzie, knowing that he is angry at what she did. He tells her that he, too, has had violent urges, but that as part of S.H.I.E.L.D., they should know better than to lose control and act on them.
- Infiltration into Qovas' Ship.
- Attack on Vision:
- Vision and his partner Scarlet Witch, currently hidden in Edinburgh, are found by the other two Black Order members, Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight. During their fight that ends up in a railway station, Corvus Glaive injures Vision but is himself wounded once Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon arrive. The Black Order runs away, promising to return soon.
- Ambush in Knowhere:
- The Guardians arrive in the Collector's Museum and find Thanos beating up the Collector, who denies being in possession of the Reality Stone. They attack and Gamora stabs Thanos with a knife, which leads to the reveal that the situation was an illusion created by Thanos, who already destroyed the place to retrieve the Stone. He grabs Gamora, who years before he had assigned with finding the Soul Stone, and teleports away with her.
- Captain America's group goes to the New Avengers Facility, where James Rhodes hangs up on an angry Thaddeus Ross. While Vision insists that the Mind Stone should be destroyed, the others think it should just be removed, though Banner notes that it will not be an easy task given the Stone's complex connections to the android's neural network. Rogers and Romanoff realize there is one place that might perform this extraction: Wakanda.
- Attack on Glenn Talbot.
- Rescue of Doctor Strange:
For the continuation of the original timeline, see here.
- On the way to Nidavellir, Rocket gives Thor a prosthetic eye.
- Once they arrive, the forge has been powered down and only a Dwarf remains, Eitri. Eitri explains that after the Gauntlet was forged for Thanos, he destroyed the place and killed everyone else, while also cutting Eitri's hands, and nothing can be done until the neutron star in the center of the forge is reignited.
- Shortly afterwards, Nebula knocks out the guard watching over her to escape imprisonment, on the way sending a message for Mantis to meet her in Titan.
- Sacrifice of Gamora:
- On Vormir, Thanos and Gamora meet the Stone's guardian for the last seven decades, the Red Skull. It is explained that the Stone can only be given to whoever sacrifices a beloved one, "a soul for another". Thanos tearfully throws Gamora, his favorite adoptive daughter, down a cliff, and is rewarded with the Soul Stone.
- With the help of Rocket, Thor restarts the forge, and Eitri proceeds to create the axe Stormbreaker, whose handle is provided by Groot from his own arms.
- Battle of Wakanda:
- T'Challa, his family, and Bucky Barnes welcome the Avengers to Wakanda's capital Golden City. While Shuri is assigned to remove the Mind Stone from Vision's head under Wanda's supervision, T'Challa gathers the rest of Wakanda's tribes to prepare for the Black Order's attack.
- Proxima Midnight and Cull Obsidian arrive outside the barrier that protects Wakanda, behind of which are the Wakandans and the Avengers, that now include Banner in the Hulkbuster armor. She sends in an army of aliens, some of whom break through the barrier before T'Challa orders it to be removed so the army will remain in front of the resistance (instead of trying to find another way to get to Vision). During the battle, where the resistance eventually gets the additions of Thor, Rocket, Groot, and Scarlet Witch, Cull Obsidian is defeated by Banner by being thrown into the barrier, while Proxima Midnight is thrown by Wanda onto a large war machine.
- Just as Shuri was about to remove the Mind Stone, Corvus Glaive takes advantage of Wanda's absence to invade the laboratory, forcing her to leave Vision and push the assailant out the window. In the jungle outside, Corvus Glaive impales Vision before engaging Captain America in a fight, which ends as Vision kills Corvus Glaive with his own blade.
- Battle of Titan:
- Strange, Stark and Parker crash-land the Q-Ship on Titan. Shortly afterwards, the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and after a brief confrontation everyone realizes they're on the same side, against Thanos. They proceed to concoct a plan to ambush Thanos and remove the Gauntlet from his hand.
- Once Thanos, now owning four Infinity Stones, arrives on Titan, the Earth heroes and the Guardians attack him, eventually being joined by Nebula once she crashes her Necrocraft on Thanos. Once Thanos was restrained and put on his knees, Mantis used her powers to put him in a trance, while Iron Man and Spider-Man attempted to remove the Infinity Gauntlet. Once Quill and Nebula conclude that Thanos has killed Gamora, an angry Quill hits Thanos in the face and accidentally breaks Mantis's grip, making Thanos regain consciousness just as the Gauntlet was leaving his fist.
- Thanos uses his powers to throw one of Titan's moons on the planet, forcing everyone to run for their lives. Eventually Thanos has Iron Man pinned down and is about to kill him, but Strange offers the Time Stone in exchange for letting Stark live. Holding all but one of the Stones, Thanos leaves for Earth.
- Thanos arrives in Wakanda, and the Avengers and Guardians do their best to keep him away from Vision. Wanda eventually uses her powers to destroy the Mind Stone, but Thanos uses the Time Stone to revert time and remove it from Vision's head, killing the android in the process.
- Thor arrives and attacks Thanos with all of his power, impaling him with Stormbreaker, but the still alive Titan uses the full powers of the Infinity Stones to warp away to his homeworld while also causing his intended endgame: the death of half the living beings in the universe. Soon, many of the heroes disintegrate; the original six Avengers, War Machine, Rocket, Okoye, Nebula, and M'Baku are shown having survived.
- Nick Fury and Maria Hill are driving when the destructive wave starts disintegrating random people, including the driver of the car in front of theirs, and a helicopter pilot whose aircraft crashes on a nearby building. Desperate, Fury activates an emergency communication beacon just as he and Hill crumble as well. Once the distress call is sent, the beacon shows the emblem of Captain Marvel.
- In San Francisco, Scott Lang, Hank Pym, Janet van Dyne and Hope van Dyne are testing a new portable Quantum Realm teleporter to collect Quantum healing materials to help Ava Starr with her treatment. After Scott finishes collecting the healing material inside the Quantum Realm, he requests to be pulled back. However, Scott gets no response, as Hank, Janet and Hope are disintegrated by Thanos' actions, leaving Scott stranded in the Quantum Realm.
- Following the Battle of Wakanda, an injured Thanos settles down on a mysterious planet where he overlooks a sunset in satisfaction.
- An Emergency Alert System message is sent out following the aftermath of half of the Earth's population suddenly disappearing. The oversized ant in Scott Lang's house continues to play his drum set unaware of the chaos as the alert echoes through the house.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.43 1.44 1.45 1.46 1.47 1.48 1.49 1.50 1.51 1.52 1.53 1.54 1.55 1.56 1.57 1.58 1.59 1.60 1.61 1.62 1.63 1.64 1.65 1.66 1.67 1.68 1.69 1.70 1.71 1.72 1.73 1.74 The placements for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 5, Episodes 14-22 and Ant-Man and the Wasp both connect with the placement of Avengers: Infinity War. It should first be established that Avengers: Infinity War takes place over a little under 24 hours, from Wednesday (as shown on Tony Stark's flip phone) to Thursday.
The main events of Ant-Man and the Wasp begin on a Sunday, with Cassie saying, "I had a fun weekend Daddy." On that day, Scott has 3 days remaining of his house arrest sentence, and the sentence finishes right after the climax, making that Wednesday. Scott replies to her, "Me too, Peanut. Just wait until next weekend!" This means the next time he will pick her up will be Saturday. After he is released following the climax of the film, we see Scott picking up Cassie, meaning it is a Saturday, at a minimum the Saturday 3 days after the climax. Following this, the X-Con group get the deal they wanted, Hank and Janet set up their house by the beach, and Hope and Scott watch Them! with Cassie in a shrunken car, acting like a drive-in theatre. This final scene with Cassie should also be a weekend. At a minimum, the final scene of the film is the Saturday or Sunday 3-4 days after the end of the climax. Following this final scene, the mid-credits scene takes place at the same time as the ending of Avengers: Infinity War on a Thursday. As will later be explained, the gap between Ant-Man and the Wasp needs to be as short as possible, so assuming the 4 epilogue scenes all take place during the weekend 3-4 days after the climax, the mid-credits scene could then take place on the Thursday after that - 8 days after the climax of the film. Therefore:
- Sunday Week 1 - Beginning of Ant-Man and the Wasp main events.
- Monday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp main events continue.
- Tuesday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp main events continue.
- Wednesday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp climax and end of main events.
- Saturday-Sunday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp epilogue.
- Wednesday Week 3 - Beginning of Avengers: Infinity War events.
- Thursday Week 3 - End of Avengers: Infinity War events/Ant-Man and the Wasp credits scenes.
So, considering a 9-day gap before Option Two, which is set during the early events of Avengers: Infinity War on Wednesday, All Roads Lead... must end the prior Monday. Working backwards, the episode begins the day before, the Sunday, Episode 17 - The Honeymoon is earlier that Sunday, and Episode 16 - Inside Voices is earlier that Sunday. In Inside Voices, Ruby Hale says, "So then why not talk to Coulson about it? He has experience with it. I think after 2 days in isolation, maybe an olive branch..." which places the "24 hours ago" portion of Episode 15 - Rise and Shine as being 2 days prior, Friday, thus meaning that Rise and Shine spans from Thursday-Saturday. Finally, Episode 14 - The Devil Complex, takes place earlier on Thursday.
Overall, adding this to the timeline:
- Thursday Week 1 - Episode 14 - The Devil Complex. Beginning of Episode 15 - Rise and Shine events.
- Friday Week 1 - Episode 15 - Rise and Shine "24 hours ago" events.
- Saturday Week 1 - End of Episode 15 - Rise and Shine events.
- Sunday Week 1 - Episode 16 - Inside Voices events, Episode 17 - The Honeymoon events, beginning of Episode 18 - All Roads Lead... events/Beginning of Ant-Man and the Wasp main events.
- Monday Week 2 - End of Episode 18 - All Roads Lead... events/Ant-Man and the Wasp main events continue.
- Tuesday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp main events continue.
- Wednesday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp climax and end of main events.
- Saturday-Sunday Week 2 - Ant-Man and the Wasp epilogue.
- Wednesday Week 3 - Beginning of Avengers: Infinity War events/Episode 19 - Option Two events, Episode 20 - The One Who Will Save Us All events, beginning of Episode 21 - The Force of Gravity events.
- Thursday Week 3 - End of Episode 21 - The Force of Gravity events, Episode 22 - The End events/End of Avengers: Infinity War events/Ant-Man and the Wasp credits scenes.
First, there is a latest possible date for the events of Avengers: Infinity War. The Wednesday of Avengers: Infinity War is still during school time, as Peter is on a school field trip. It is during Peter's junior year, since Spider-Man: Far From Home will be set after Avengers: Endgame, itself set after Avengers: Infinity War, and will take place in the summer vacation between Parker's junior and senior years (1, 2). With Parker beginning sophomore year in Spider-Man: Homecoming in September 2016, he would finish junior year in June 2018. This means that the Wednesday of Avengers: Infinity War should be before Tuesday, June 26, 2018, when New York high schools finished for summer (1, 2, 3). If necessary, it can be assumed that either Parker's school finished 1 day later than most, or the New York high schools in the MCU finished 1 day later than those in the real world, making Wednesday, June 27, 2018 the absolute latest that Avengers: Infinity War could begin.
The earliest possible is January 2018, as all these events must take place in 2018. This is evidenced by many things:
- Avengers: Infinity War takes place 2 years after the main events of Captain America: Civil War, which are firmly placed in June 2016 (see 2016 references).
- In Avengers: Infinity War, Vision says, "Wanda, for 2 years, we've stolen these moments, trying to see if this could work."
- Later, Rhodes says to Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon, "You guys really look like crap. Must've been a rough couple years."
- A set visit claimed that the film is set "years" after the mid-credits scene of Captain America: Civil War, placing it in at least 2018, and as mentioned, June 2018 is the latest possible, so again, this suggests 2 years.
- Scarlett Johansson stated the film is "2 or 3 years" after Captain America: Civil War in June 2016, suggesting a 2018 or 2019 placement, and as mentioned, June 2018 is the latest possible, so again, this suggests 2 years.
- The Russo brothers stated the film is "roughly 2 years" after Captain America: Civil War, specifying that it is roughly the amount of time that has passed in the real world between the release dates of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
- Chris Evans said it has been a "couple years" since Captain America: Civil War.
- Scarlett Johansson said in Avengers: Infinity War - The Official Movie Special, "There is a two-year period between [Captain America:] Civil War and the start of [Avengers:] Infinity War.
- Avengers: Infinity War takes place 3 years after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which are firmly placed in Spring 2015 (see 2015 references).
- Avengers: Infinity War takes place 4 years after the main events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which are placed in October 2014 (see 2014 references).
- Avengers: Infinity War takes place 6 years after the events of The Avengers, which are firmly placed in May 2012 (see 2012 references).
- In Avengers: Infinity War, Tony says to Doctor Strange, "It's you who doesn't understand that Thanos has been inside my head for 6 years, since he sent an army to New York - and now he's back!"
- Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place 2 years after the main events of Captain America: Civil War, which are firmly placed in June 2016.
- In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott is finishing a house arrest sentence. Jimmy Woo says, "As a part of his joint plea deal with Homeland Security and the German government, he was allowed to return to the U.S., provided he served 2 years under house arrest followed by 3 years of probation," meaning the sentence was 2 years
- Later, Scott says to Hope, "Give me a break, I haven't driven in 2 years," referring to the time since he left for Germany in Captain America: Civil War and got arrested.
- At the end of his sentence, Scott asks Woo, "Are my 2 years up already?"
- Kevin Feige stated, "[Scott Lang] answered a call when heroes needed him and now he's been under house arrest for 2 years."
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 5, Episodes 14-22 take place in 2018.
- In Episode 8 - The Last Day, a flashforward is shown with events that, as shown in Episode 22 - The End, would take place on the Thursday of Avengers: Infinity War, and the on-screen text specifically says "2018".
- The agents return to the present day in Episode 11 - All the Comforts of Home. Later that day, Yo-Yo Rodriguez has her arms sliced off. The agents perform surgery on her amputated arms, and she begins to heal. 2 days later, in Episode 12 - The Real Deal, the monitor by her bed shows "12-06-2017", making it December 6, 2017. This fits with Hale saying, "This is the first time Ms. Johnson's been sighted in months," referring to the time since she went traveled to the future in May 2017, and thus suggesting it is no later than December 2017. It fits as being soon after the main events of Episode 5 - Rewind, which take place on November 25, 2017, 197 days (as given by the number of monkey faces Fitz has drawn on his cell wall) after Fitz was incarcerated on May 12, 2017, and then November 26, 2017. It lines up with the fact that the events of Thor: Ragnarok are referenced as being recent in All the Comforts of Home, with Thor: Ragnarok taking place around November 2017, and All the Comforts of Home beginning on December 4, 2017. It also lines up with the fact that in Episode 13 - Principia, Coulson jokes with Fitz, asking if he comes bearing "tidings of comfort and joy". It would indeed be Christmas time, a couple of weeks since The Real Deal. By Episode 14 - The Devil Complex, the skin on Rodriguez's arm stumps has healed over, which takes 4 weeks to 2 months (1, 2). With Rodriguez having lost her arms and had surgery performed on them on December 4, 2017, earliest that The Devil Complex can take place is January 2018, thus meaning that from Episode 14 onward, it is 2018.
- In Episode 15 - Rise and Shine, events set at the time of Season 3, Episode 17 - The Team and Episode 18 - The Singularity in April 2016 are shown on-screen to have been "2 years ago".
- In Episode 16 - Inside Voices, events set immediately after Season 1, Episode 22 - Beginning of the End in January 2014 are shown on-screen to have been "four years ago".
The evidence from Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp is mainly based on Scott Lang's house arrest. His 2-year sentence coming to an end would imply that it has been 24 months since the end of the main events of Captain America: Civil War. In that film, Scott is arrested on June 24, 2016 (a firmly established date - see 2016 references). Steve Rogers breaks him out of the Raft 2 days later, on June 26, 2016, and very soon after (as shown in Avengers: Infinity War Prelude), Scott returns home after making his deal. The exact date that the sentence would end depends on a few factors, such as when the sentence counts as beginning from - the date of his initial imprisonment, the date of his deal being made, or the date he returned home - and if it counts from his initial imprisonment, whether each day spent in prison counts as double towards his sentence, hence removing a couple of days from the term. At the latest, if the deal counted from him returning home and he didn't return until around June 28th, Lang's house arrest would finish on June 27, 2018. Seemingly, at the earliest, if the deal counted from the start of his incarceration on June 24th and each day incarcerated counted as double, plus Scott spent an extra day incarcerated after turning himself over and before the deal was finished and he returned home, thus totalling 3 days incarcerated and therefore 3 days off of his sentence, Lang's house arrest would finish on June 20, 2018.
As explained, the arrest finishes on a Wednesday, and at the very shortest, the events of Avengers: Infinity War start 1 week later on the following Wednesday. And as also mentioned, the very last day that the events of Avengers: Infinity War can possibly begin is Wednesday, June 27, 2018. So, with what is seemingly the very earliest day that Lang's house arrest can possibly end being Wednesday, June 20, 2018, these would have to be the dates taken - the only possible dates to use: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Lang's house arrest finishes, and Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War begins. This would also line up well with the references to the time between previous films and Avengers: Infinity War, with them placing it ideally around mid-2018.
However, there are several things in Thor: Ragnarok and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suggesting it is much earlier in the year.
- Firstly, Thor: Ragnarok is firmly set in 2017 (see 2017 references). At the very latest, it takes place in November-December 2017, before All the Comforts of Home on December 4, 2017, which features a reference to the events of the film. There is a jump in time between the end of the main events of the film and the film's mid-credits scene, which is set mere minutes before the opening of Avengers: Infinity War. However, the gap should be minimal, for several reasons:
- The film finishes with Thor deciding to head back to Earth. Only in the mid-credits scene do he and Loki seem to actually begin discussing the problems with bringing Loki back to the planet. This would imply that it is very soon after the decision was made.
- Thor's hair is exactly the same in Avengers: Infinity War as it is in Thor: Ragnarok, including the streak on the side from the Watcher Informant's poor cutting. While it's possible that Asgardian hair grows slower than humans', it nonetheless implies very little time has passed.
- The Statesman has a few hundred Asgardians on board that need food and water and other general living standards, and the ship itself is highly unlikely to have enough on board to sustain a few hundred people for very long. It is possible that they could have gone a little longer if one assumes they stopped at other places for resources on the way and/or that Asgardians need less sustenance than humans, but nonetheless, the longer the gap, the more and more assumptions have to me made.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Episode 12 - The Real Deal is firmly set on December 6, 2017, as given by the "12-06-2017" date on Rodriguez's monitor, and which lines up with all the other evidence as mentioned above. Episode 13 - Principia takes place shortly after and, as is evidenced by Coulson's mention of "tidings of comfort of joy", it is Christmas. When Episode 14 - The Devil Complex begins, it is heavily implied to be merely another few days later:
- The Fear Dimension rift is still an urgent problem. The agents managed to temporarily close it on December 6, 2017 in Episode 12 - The Real Deal, but as Fitz knows, it was only temporary and is still very much a pressing issue. He is still trying to find a way to close it permanently, knowing it is rapidly reopening, suggesting it has been absolutely no more than a few weeks since Episode 12 - The Real Deal.
- Yo-Yo Rodriguez is still recovering from her arms being sliced off. This would take no more than a few weeks.
- The robotic arms recovered in Principia, at Christmas time, from Hale's sleeper mechs are still only just being programmed for Rodriguez. With geniuses such as Fitz and Simmons, who have created and programmed similar things very fast, this would not take more than a couple of weeks, maximum.
- Nothing has progressed or changed for the agents. They are still hiding in the Lighthouse and working on the issues with Hale and with Rodriguez's arms. Similarly, nothing has progressed with Hale, who deploys a plan in The Devil Complex that would not have taken very long to come up with. The lack of events or change between the episodes considering the rapidity at which events unfold once the agents return from the future and the urgency of saving the world from destruction means that it cannot be more than several days since Principia.
- In The Devil Complex, snow is shown on the ground, suggesting it is still winter.
- In Episode 15 - Rise and Shine, Coulson says to Hale, "Listen, my team wasn't hiding all these months. We traveled to the future." From this, it can be taken that it has only been "months" since May 12, 2017, when the agents were sent to the future. While it has to now be 2018, it should not be later than early 2018. As well as this, this piece of dialogue suggests that the amount of time that his team have been back in the present is negligible, because he is generalizing the whole time since May 12, 2017 as the time that they were not around, but in the future.
This means that:
- There is a 4-month time jump between Thor: Ragnarok and its mid-credits scene. Not ideal, a bit too long, but manageable.
- There is a 3-month time jump between Principia and The Devil Complex. Much, much longer than is implied or ideal, but necessary. It does mean that it is still 10 months since Coulson's team were taken to the future, which works well enough with "all these months" - better than 13 months, which would be the case if it were June. It also just about fits with the snow in The Devil Complex, which would not work at all in June.
- Scott's sentence is 3 months shorter than what is heavily implied. Also far from ideal, but necessary.
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.14: The Devil Complex
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 Ant-Man and the Wasp
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.16: Inside Voices
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.17: The Honeymoon
- ↑ 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 6.25 6.26 6.27 6.28 6.29 6.30 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.18: All Roads Lead...
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 James Gunn confirmed that the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Groot mid-credits scene is years after the film, shortly before Avengers: Infinity War. It has been placed 1 week before the start of Avengers: Infinity War.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- ↑ In Avengers: Infinity War, Thor says on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (see other references for the date), that Xandar was attacked "last week". The middle of the previous week would be Thursday, March 22, 2018.
- ↑ 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 10.18 10.19 10.20 10.21 10.22 10.23 10.24 10.25 10.26 10.27 10.28 10.29 10.30 10.31 10.32 10.33 10.34 10.35 10.36 10.37 10.38 10.39 Avengers: Infinity War
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Thor: Ragnarok
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 12.9 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.19: Option Two
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.20: The One Who Will Save Us All
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.21: The Force of Gravity
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.08: The Last Day
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.22: The End
- ↑ Avengers: Infinity War Post-credits scene
- ↑ Ant-Man and the Wasp Mid-credits scene
- ↑ Ant-Man and the Wasp Mid-credits scene