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- "Before creation itself, there were six singularities. Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of this system were forged into concentrated ingots... Infinity Stones."
This is a timeline of events that occurred before the 20th century.
c. 13,800,000,000 B.C.
- Before the universe began, six singularities existed. These were formed into the six Infinity Stones (Space, Mind, Reality, Power, Soul, and Time) by the Cosmic Entities some time after the universe came into existence.
c. 83,000,000 B.C.
- The Celestials use the Power Stone to impose judgment upon enemy civilizations. Over time, the Beings are overwhelmed by the Stone's power and attempt to dispose of it by encasing it in an Orb and storing it away in the Temple Vault on Morag.
- The Celestial Ego is born. After gaining self-consciousness, Ego creates layers of matter around himself, eventually forming a new planet over millions of years. Ego explores the universe in an attempt to find life besides himself, and feels disappointed in what he finds. Eventually, he begins planting seeds within many of these worlds with the intent of using them to absorb all life until only he remains.
c. 5700 B.C.
- Agamotto forms the Masters of the Mystic Arts as a league of magic practitioners, dedicated to learning Magic so to safeguard the Earth from dimensional evils.
c. 3500 B.C.
- In order to raise their chances in the war against their enemies, a rogue Kree faction visits numerous planets, genetically altering a number of sentient life forms in order to create biological weapons. One of the planets visited is Earth, and the Kree's experiments give rise to an unique caste of genetically altered Humans. When these humans are deemed ready for war, the Kree expose them to Terrigen Mist, which activates their special genetic ability of Terrigenesis; a process which imbues the human with a power unique to them. They construct the Diviners, containment devices built to hold Terrigen Crystals.
- The Diviners will only open if one of these genetically altered humans brings them to a cityscape built beneath the planet's surface, releasing the mist so as to "divine" those who have the altered Terrigen Gene. The Kree hierarchy discovers the faction's illegal activities and the operation is abandoned. The Kree disperse from Earth, leaving behind six Diviners, the city, and at least one of their deceased kin. These genetically altered humans eventually start to call themselves "Inhumans".
- A powerful Inhuman, referred as Alveus, is created by the Kree to dominate the rest of his race, but eventually overpowered his own creators and banished them from Earth. The humans and other Inhumans, afraid of his powers, banished him to a distant planet through a Kree Monolith. Followers of the exiled Inhuman founded a secret society and start planning its return to Earth in order to let him rule it.
- On the distant planet, the Inhuman finds nine powerful and advanced, yet very divided, civilizations. The Inhuman consumes all life in these civilizations until they are completely wiped out.
- Odin defeats Surtur in battle. The Fire Demon would then spend nearly 5500 years recovering in Muspelheim, before his encounter with Odin's son, Thor, in 2017.
- The Convergence occurs. The gravitational anomalies that it causes allows the construction of several megalithic monuments, particularly Stonehenge.
- First Battle of Svartalfheim: The Dark Elves led by Malekith try to destroy the Nine Realms with the power of the Aether. They are stopped by the Asgardian army led by Bor, who successfully seized the Aether. In an effort to save his race, Malekith kills most of his army and much of Bor's army, then puts his remaining forces into a sleep which lasts for millennia. Bor orders for the Aether to be hidden in the deepest area possible, where no one can access it.
- Hela Odinsdottir is born to Odin Borson, becoming the rightful heir to the throne of Asgard as his firstborn.
- Subjugation of the Nine Realms: As Hela reaches adulthood, she begins to fight alongside her father, Odin. Over the years, together, they build Asgard's empire across the realms and build its glory.
- Hela's ambition begins to grow too large, and Odin is forced to imprison his daughter in the realm of Hel, for the safety of the Asgardians. There she was kept for nearly 2700 years, until her escape in 2017. Odin would spend the next several centuries burying her history and pretending she never existed. When his next child, Thor, was born over 1600 years later, he claimed him to be his actual firstborn.
c. 16 A.D.
- The elders of K'un-Lun study how to harness the Chi for medical purposes, but five of them wish to use it to gain immortality. The five are banished from the Order of the Crane Mother and later they found the Hand. The Hand learns how to use dead Dragon bones for the Resurrection Elixir, and starts conquering East Asia. A group called the Chaste stands against the way and a rivalry of thousands years begins.
- The Hand causes the destruction of the city of Pompeii, which is later covered up as a natural volcanic eruption.
- Massacre of the Valkyrie:
- After nearly 1600 years of imprisonment, Hela attempts to escape from her prison of Hel.
- Her father and the man who imprisoned her, Odin, sends his army of Valkyries on their flying steeds to keep her at bay.
- They prevent her escape, but Hela massacres the whole army, save for Brunnhilde, who is saved by one of her teammates.
- Odin intervenes and manages to overpower and reimprison Hela.
- Brunnhilde escapes to the junk planet of Sakaar, where she intends to live out the rest of her days drinking and salvaging, attempting to leave her old Valkyrie life behind her.
- Thor Odinson is born to Odin Borson and Frigga, and claimed to be Odin's firstborn child, and thus the heir to the throne of Asgard. He is not told about his imprisoned older sister until the day of his father's death in 2017.
- Battle of Tønsberg: The Frost Giants of Jotunheim attempt to conquer Midgard/Earth, starting their invasion in Tønsberg, Norway. The Asgardians hear of the attack, assemble their army and prepare for battle.
- A son is born to Laufey, king of the Frost Giants. He is left out to die in Jotunheim.
- Battle of Jotunheim: Odin leads the Asgardian army in an epic battle against the Frost Giants, to repel their invasion and protect Midgard.
- The Asgardians force the Frost Giants back to Jotunheim, where Odin discovers an abandoned Frost Giant infant. He adopts the child, names him Loki, and raises him alongside his own son, Thor. He later negotiates a truce with Jotunheim's king, Laufey.
- Loki uses his sorcery to turn himself into snakes, enticing his older brother, Thor, to go and pick him up. Once Thor has done so, Loki turns back into his usual form and stabs Thor, considering it a practical joke.
- In Asgard, Odin tells his sons Loki and Thor of his success in the battle in Jotunheim, and that they were both born to be kings.
- A warrior from Asgard's Berserker Army defects from Asgard to live on Earth. He decides his weapon, the Berserker Staff, which greatly enhances the wielder's strength, is too powerful for anyone to possess, so he breaks it into three pieces and hides each one in different locations across Europe.
- The Berserker Warrior receives food and shelter at a monastery in Ireland, where he is venerated as a saint. He shares his true identity with the priests, who have a vow of silence, and hides a piece of the Berserker Staff in the monastery.
- The Berserker Warrior hides the second piece of his staff inside a tree in the future location of Trillemarka National Park, Norway.
- The Berserker Warrior hides the final piece of his staff in the catacombs under a church in Seville, Spain.
- Lorelei terrorizes the Nine Realms, using her power of enthrallment to enslave hundreds of men. She is eventually defeated by Sif and imprisoned in Asgard's dungeons.
- In Asgard, Haldier, the Blacksmith finds the legendary Cup of Glory. He returns to his shop leaving the treasure behind in the Old Mine.
- Haldier decides he will bring it back from the Old Mine. Loki overhears him, and comes up with his own plan stealing the Cup making Haldier as a liar.
- Loki is chased by Brunok, the son of Haldier, because Loki insulted his father.
- Thor stops the chase by grabbing the two of them. Loki suggests they hold a contest of virtue, cleverness and skill the next day to settle the matter, and that they should choose teams.
- Thor states that the contest will follow the traditional rules of the Virtue Challenge, which they all passed when they became adults. Loki's team and Brunok's team set off riding, until they reach the first challenge of valor they have to retrieve a treasured bone from the Wolves' Treasureyard. Loki wins the challenge and Brunok is incarcerated.
- Having spent hundreds of years living on Earth, the Berserker Warrior tells his story to a French girl. Her brother, a priest, adapts the story into the legend of "The Warrior Who Stayed".
- Construction on one of the first sentry boxes at Castillo San Cristóbal is finished. Over time, this particular guerite would be called "The Devil's Sentry" ("La Garita del Diablo"), becoming the subject of a legend in which soldiers disappeared from the sentry box.
- A record is made of a shipment made in New York by the Hand in one of their many company names. "Abigail King" signs the form.
- A group of English noblemen, members of HYDRA Society, meet to choose one of them to enter a portal inside a stone monolith.
- Elliot Randolph visits a castle in England while following rumors of a group of lords who traveled across the stars.
- Around seven hundred men of one of the militias of the United States Military slaughter a peaceful village of Cheyenne in Sand Creek, Colorado, killing and mutilating around one hundred Indians, mostly women and children. The militiamen waited for the men of the tribe to leave the village, and they attacked the families left behind to claim their land.
- ↑ The age of the universe in 2017 is estimated to be 13.799 billion years, to 5 significant figures. 13,799,000,000 years before 2017 puts the beginning of the universe very approximately at 13,798,997,984 B.C. - or c. 13,800,000,000 B.C. to 3 significant figures (to signify that it is an approximation).
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Guardians of the Galaxy
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ego says he has been building his planet, since he came into existence, for "millions of years". "Millions" would technically refer to a minimum of 2 million years, and a maximum realistically of 9.99999 - up to 19.99999, which is just before it becomes "tens of millions" - so a weighted average of roughly maximum 13.33333 million years. This would mean that "millions" strictly refers to approximately (2 + 13.33333) ÷ 2 = 7.66667 million years. However, it is rare for people to refer to "tens of millions" or "hundreds of millions", and this needs to be taken into account - that Ego may simply be referring to any number ending in "millions", be it units, tens, or hundreds. The middle of these is tens of millions, which is absolute minimum 10, realistic minimum 20, to realistic maximum 99.99999, absolute maximum 199.99999 - therefore about (((10 × 1 + 20 × 2) ÷ 3) + ((99.99999 × 2 + 199.99999 × 1) ÷ 3)) ÷ 2 = 75 million years. Finally, averaging these two figures, you get around (7.66667 + 75) ÷ 2 = 41.33333 million years, as an approximation for "millions".
Ego then later says "millions and millions". This is also a hard number to quantify, but can be boiled down to either meaning millions + millions (so × 2), or millions on top of millions, like building to the power of 2 (so × 2², or × 4). From this, one could say that it is around × 3. Therefore, one could approximate that "millions and millions" means roughly 41.33333 × 3 = 124 million years.
The average of these two is (41.33333 + 124) ÷ 2 = 82.66667 million years, meaning overall, Ego was born approximately 82,666,666.66667 years before late 2014, so around late 82,664,653 B.C. - or c. 83,000,000 B.C. to 2 significant figures (to signify that it is a very rough approximation).
The Celestial scenes shown by the Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy can be assumed to have occurred around the same era.
- ↑ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 In Thor: The Dark World, Odin says, "We are not gods. We are born, we live, we die. Just as humans do," to which Loki replies, "... Give or take 5000 years." The implication from this is that Asgardians live approximately 5000 years longer than humans. It is also known that Asgardians age at the same rate as humans until adulthood, before their ageing slows down. Based on weighted averages of Tom Hiddleston (whose figures have less weight, considering Loki is not actually Asgardian, but ages a rate very close to them) and Chris Hemsworth's ages when they shot the films they feature in, and weighted averages of the dates those films are set, working with Loki's known date of birth in 965 A.D. and Thor's strongly implied of around 964 A.D., and then taking another weighted average of these two actors/characters' figures, the result is that Asgardians age like humans up to roughly the age of 19.5, before ageing about 97.6 × slower. The exact details are explained in detail, here.
- ↑ Based on the Asgardian ageing calculations (see other references), Bor would have been born around early 5289 B.C., Odin around late 3471 B.C., and Hela around mid-to-late 718 B.C. This means that Bor had Odin, his first born, at around 1818.9 years old, and Odin had Hela, his first born, at around 2752.7 years old. A weighted average of these gives 2130.2, which can be used as an approximation for Buri's age when he had his first born, Bor. 2130.2 years before early 5289 B.C. places Buri's birth around 7420 B.C. The exact details are explained here.
- ↑ In Doctor Strange, Wong says that Agomotto founded the Masters of the Mystic Arts "thousands" of years ago. "Thousands" would strictly refer to a minimum of 2000 years, and a maximum of 9999.99999 - up to 19,999.99999, just before it becomes "tens of thousands", so a weighted average of roughly maximum 13,333.33333. This would mean that "thousands" strictly refers to approximately (2000 + 13,333.33333) ÷ 2 = 7666.66667 years, suggesting the Masters were formed approximately 7666.66667 years before early 2017, around mid-5651 B.C. - or c. 5700 B.C. to 2 significant figures (to signify that it is a very rough approximation).
- ↑ Doctor Strange
- ↑ Tony Curran was around 42.9 when he filmed his scenes for Thor: The Dark World. These scenes are set in late 2988 B.C., 5000 years before November 2013. Based on the Asgardian ageing calculations (see other references), the result is that Asgardians age like humans up to roughly the age of 19.5, before ageing about 97.6 × slower. Tony Curran's age in human years would therefore make Bor around 2301.8 in actual years. Working back from late 2988 B.C., Bor would have been born around early 5289 B.C. The exact details are explained here.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Thor: The Dark World
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.08: The Things We Bury
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 In Failed Experiments, it is shown that when the Kree experiment and create Alveus/Hive, he appears to have been a Mayan hunter-gatherer. These were most likely around in the early Archaic Era, which was c. 3500 B.C. (1, 2).
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.19: Failed Experiments
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.16: Paradise Lost
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.08: Many Heads, One Tale
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.10: Maveth
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 A weighted average of Anthony Hopkins' ages when shooting the films in which he appears is 75.5, and the weighted average of the dates on which the films are set is October 22, 2013. Based on the Asgardian ageing calculations (see other references), the result is that Asgardians age like humans up to roughly the age of 19.5, before ageing about 97.6 × slower. Anthony Hopkins' age in human years would therefore make Odin around 5482.8 in actual years on the averaged date. Working back from October 2013, Odin would have been born around very late 3471 B.C. The exact details are explained here.
- ↑ In Thor: Ragnarok, set in 2017, Thor jokes that Odin defeated Surtur "like, half a million years ago". This is not literally possible, as in Thor: The Dark World, Odin says, "We are not gods. We are born, we live, we die. Just as humans do," to which Loki replies, "... Give or take 5000 years." The implication from this is that Asgardians live approximately 5000 years longer than humans, and this matches what we see in Thor, where Odin is shown to be roughly a decade or so younger in 965 A.D. than in 2010, 1045 years later - also proving that Odin does not have an especially longer lifespan than other Asgardians. Loki's dialogue also matches nicely with the understanding that Asgardians age at a normal human rate until adulthood before slowing down significantly, as it lines up perfectly with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston's ages when calculated.
Overall, it can be assumed that Thor's jokey nature when he says the line goes to show he knows he is exaggerating the dates. The earliest this event can possibly be, with Odin's date of birth calculated for very late 3471 B.C. (see other references), is 3451 B.C., when Odin is 19 (by both human and Asgardian age, the approximate age at which Asgardians reach adulthood) - only 5467 years before Thor: Ragnarok.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 Thor: Ragnarok
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Thor: Ragnarok Prelude
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 Cate Blanchett was around 47.3 when she filmed Thor: Ragnarok, and the film is set around June 2017. Based on the Asgardian ageing calculations (see other references), the result is that Asgardians age like humans up to roughly the age of 19.5, before ageing about 97.6 × slower. Cate Blanchett's age in human years would therefore make Hela around 2733.8 in actual years. Working back from June 2017, Hela would have been born around mid-to-late 718 B.C. The exact details are explained here.
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Cate Blanchett is quoted as saying that Hela was imprisoned for 5000 years. This is not quite possible, as in Thor: The Dark World, Odin says, "We are not gods. We are born, we live, we die. Just as humans do," to which Loki replies, "... Give or take 5000 years." The implication from this is that Asgardians live approximately 5000 years longer than humans, and this matches what we see in Thor, where Odin is shown to be roughly a decade or so younger in 965 A.D. than in 2010, 1045 years later - also proving that Odin does not have an especially long lifespan. Loki's dialogue also matches nicely with the understanding that Asgardians age at a normal human rate until adulthood before slowing down significantly, as it lines up perfectly with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston's ages when calculated. For Hela to have been imprisoned for 5000 years, she would have to have been a child when imprisoned, and an elderly woman now - and even if she had not aged in her imprisonment for whatever reason, she would have to be a few thousand years old when she was imprisoned, which would have been only a few hundred years after Odin, her father's birth.
Overall, it can be assumed that Blanchett is rounding up, intending "a few thousand years". The earliest this event can possibly be, with Hela's date of birth calculated for mid-to-late 718 B.C. (see other references), is Hela beginning fighting with her father in 698 B.C., when Hela is 19 (by both human and Asgardian age, the approximate age at which Asgardians reach adulthood), and then 677 B.C., after about a minimum of 20 years of building the empire, for her imprisonment - only 2714 years before Thor: Ragnarok.
- ↑ Iron Fist: Felling Tree with Roots
- ↑ The Art of War, Big Pun, Blackalicious, Boogie Down Productions, Crazy in Love, iPod 1st Generation, Priesthood, So Fresh, So Clean, Summertime '06, Uptown Saturday Night, Malibu
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 The Defenders: 1.04: Royal Dragon
- ↑ The Defenders: 1.08: The Defenders
- ↑ Daredevil: 2.08: Guilty as Sin
- ↑ In Guilty as Sin, Stick says that the war of the Hand and the Chaste "all began centuries ago. Nobody knows how many." "Centuries" would technically refer to a minimum of 200 years, and a maximum of 999.99999 - up to 1999.99999, just before it becomes "milennia", so a weighted average of roughly maximum 1333.33333. This would mean that "centuries" strictly refers to approximately (200 + 1333.33333) ÷ 2 = 766.66667 years, suggesting the Hand were formed approximately 766.66667 years before November 2015, around early 1249.
In Royal Dragon, Stick says of Alexandra and the Hand's plots, "Nobody knows when it started. Centuries ago? Millennia? It doesn't matter." The mix of the two implies that it is around the upper limit of centuries, and the lower limit of millennia, which is 2000 years, suggesting the Hand were formed approximately 2000 years before May 2016, around 16 A.D.
While an average of these two figures would usually be taken, this average would place the formation around 632 A.D., which is too late, as they are said to have been responsible for Vesuvius' eruption, which was in 79 A.D. Therefore, the second, later information will be the only reference used to approximate the formation of the Hand, as it does not contradict the first either - Stick is approximating both times. Therefore, it can be estimated that the Hand was formed c. 16 A.D., as a very rough approximation.
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 29.2 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.
- ↑ 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 In Thor: Ragnarok, it is shown that the Massacre of the Valkyries was during Hela's imprisonment, and Thor implies that the Valkyries were all gone before he was born. Brunnhilde's age is not indicative of how long ago it was, as she may well have aged slower on Sakaar, which is said to be a location where time "runs funny", and where there is no linear correlation to real time. However, Hela looks to be a similar age - as close to her age in Thor: Ragnarok as possible. With this being before Thor's birth in 964 A.D., there is a minimum of 1053 years, about 10.8 human years (as once they reach adulthood, Asgardians age around 97.6 × slower than humans - for full details, see here). To achieve an arbitrary exact year, it can then be assigned to exactly 11 human years before Thor: Ragnarok (making it before Thor's birth, but when Hela is about 36.3 in human years, which is still plausible), which translates to approximately 1073.6 actual years. 1073.6 years before June 2017 places this scene around late 943 A.D., 21 years before Thor's birth.
- ↑ 31.0 31.1 In Thor, Odin says that Thor is his "firstborn". This is during a time when he is pretending that Loki is his biological son (and that Hela never existed), and so despite Loki not technically being "born" of Odin, this is still a statement showing that Thor is older than Loki. Tom Hiddleston is actually older than Chris Hemsworth, and the actors who play them as children in the flashback in the film are within a few months of each other in age. That scene is also set at a time when the brothers are ageing at the same speed as humans, before they have reached adulthood. From all of this, it can be assumed that Thor is not much older than Loki, with the child actors placing them within a maximum of about 2 years apart in age, but both the child and adult actors placing them as close as possible. With Asgardians ageing as normal until adulthood, it can be assumed that they also have the same gestation period of around 9 months. Therefore, for the adoption of Loki not to arouse suspicion, the brothers should be at least around 13 months apart, a realistic minimum gap between siblings. Therefore, with Loki's date of birth dated to June 965 A.D., it can be assumed that Thor was born around May 964 A.D.
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 Thor
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 Marvel's Timeline
- ↑ Dakota Goyo, who plays young Thor, was born on August 22, 1999, making him approximately 10.5 at the middle of filming for Thor. With Thor's date of birth dated to approximately May 964 A.D., this places the scene at roughly December 974 A.D.
Ted Allpress, who plays young Loki, was 9 on May 21, 2009, meaning he was born between May 22, 1999 and May 21, 2000, born in 1999, meaning he was born between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 1999, and likely still 13 on June 18, 2013, suggesting he was born between June 19, 1999 and June 18, 2000. So, Allpress was born approximately between June 19, 1999 and December 31, 1999, around September 24.5, 1999, making him also approximately 10.5 at the middle of filming. With Loki's date of birth dated to June 965 A.D., this places the scene at roughly December 975 A.D.
Taking a weighted average of the two exact suggested dates gives July 10, 975 A.D. as the approximate date for the flashback scene, making Thor roughly 11.1, and Loki 10.0 in the scene. For full details, see here.
- ↑ 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.08: The Well
- ↑ Doctor Strange’s Screenwriter Explains the Movie’s Biggest Twists
- ↑ On Marvel's timeline, it is shown that this occurred 600 years before "I am Iron Man," which is dated to November 25, 2009, putting it around October 1409.
- ↑ Captain America: The First Avenger
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.15: Yes Men
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.04: Face My Enemy
- ↑ 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 Thor, The Mighty Avenger
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.09: Ye Who Enter Here
- ↑ Iron Fist: 1.09: The Mistress of All Agonies
- ↑ 44.00 44.01 44.02 44.03 44.04 44.05 44.06 44.07 44.08 44.09 44.10 44.11 44.12 44.13 44.14 44.15 44.16 Sometimes the Marvel Cinematic Universe alludes to people who existed in our world, and it is assumed they were born on the same day in the universe, for timeline purposes.
- ↑ 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 45.4 Luke Cage: 1.01: Moment of Truth
- ↑ 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 The Defenders: 1.02: Mean Right Hook
- ↑ 47.0 47.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.02: Purpose in the Machine
- ↑ Iron Man 3
- ↑ Luke Cage: 1.03: Who's Gonna Take the Weight?
- ↑ S.H.I.E.L.D. Files
- ↑ Luke Cage: 1.09: DWYCK
- ↑ 52.0 52.1 Luke Cage: 1.11: Now You're Mine
- ↑ Avengers: Age of Ultron
- ↑ Strategic Scientific Reserve