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Disney Confirms Doctor Strange 2’s Place on MCU Timeline

Following the premiere of the recently released Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on Disney+, the film’s official place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s timeline has been confirmed.

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Thanks to Disney+’s tool that allows users to see the MCU in a timeline order — a chronological list that shows which films and television series come before and after one another inside of the MCU — we now know that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness takes place after the 2021 film Eternals, and just before the Disney+ series Hawkeye, Moon Knight, and the ongoing Ms. Marvel.

The fully updated timeline order of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is as follows:

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger
  2. Captain Marvel
  3. Iron Man
  4. Iron Man 2
  5. Thor
  6. The Avengers
  7. Thor: The Dark World
  8. Iron Man 3
  9. Captain America: The First Avenger
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  12. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  13. Ant-Man
  14. Captain America: Civil War
  15. Black Widow
  16. Black Panther
  17. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  18. Doctor Strange
  19. Thor: Ragnarok
  20. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  21. Avengers: Infinity War
  22. Avengers: Endgame
  23. Loki
  24. What If…?
  25. WandaVision
  26. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  27. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  28. Eternals
  29. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  30. Hawkeye
  31. Moon Knight
  32. Ms. Marvel

Currently, three projects that are also set in the MCU — The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Spider-Man: No Way Home — have yet to appear on Disney+, making this an incomplete list as of now. The placement of the Doctor Strange sequel also leaves fans continuing to theorize on just where 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home takes place.

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Prior to its official placement in a timeline, many assumed Multiverse of Madness took place following the events of No Way Home. However, with the film slotting in before Hawkeye (which takes place during the holiday season), it leaves fans wondering how it might connect to No Way Home, which also ended with the holiday season beginning. However, due to their connection and introduction of the multiverse in the MCU, it does seem more likely than not that the films do take place very close to one another, at the very least.

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