While the MCU is deep in Phase 4, Marvel series and big-screen movies aren’t always released in chronological order. To know what events have occurred, Disney+ has become the definitive source for Marvel fans of the MCU’s own Sacred Timeline; and due to some new additions to the streamer, as well as the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessthe chronology has shifted more than once in recent weeks.
While Mrs. Marvel‘s debut on Disney+ confirmed that her series is the latest in the MCU, Doctor Strange‘s slot in the timeline shifted when Spider-Man: Homecoming was released on Disney+ UK.
The fact that Peter Parker’s solo film happened before Doctor Strange’s was interesting because it paralleled the 2021 release sequence Spider-Man: No Way Home, which led to Doctor Strange 2†
But now that Multiverse of madness arrived on Disney+, its timeline placement has raised a few new questions.
When will Doctor Strange 2 be on the MCU timeline?
With the arrival of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on Disney+, the streamer’s Marvel Cinematic Universe in timeline order now shows the Doctor Strange sequel takes place after Eternals and before hawk eye†
According to Disney+, Doctor Strange 2 is now the twenty-ninth project within the MCU.
The updated timeline order of Marvel Studios movies and Disney+ series is as follows:
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Captain Marvel
- Iron Man
- Iron Man 2
- The Avengers
- Thor: The Dark World
- Iron Man 3
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Guardians of the Universe
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- ant man
- Captain America: Civil War
- Black Widow
- Black Panther
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Doctor Strange
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Avengers: Endgame
- What if…?
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- hawk eye
- Moon Knight
- Mrs. Marvel
The only movies or shows that are excluded from this list include: The Incredible Hulk† Spider-Man: Far From Homeand Spider: No way home.
Did Doctor Strange 2 Perform During Spider-Man: No Way Home?
Given their Multiversal themes, most Marvel fans believed that Spider-Man: No Way Home led directly to Doctor Strange 2† and admittedly, that may still be the case. But now that I know Multiverse of madness happened before hawk eye raises a number of questions.
First of all, hawk eye is a Christmas story; and the last scene of No way home shows Spidey in his new suit in New York City during the holidays.
Now that we know Doctor Strange 2 takes place before hawk eyeis it possible that the end of No way home happened afterMultiverse of madness†
If this turns out to be the case, it means: Multiverse of madness happened before Peter Parker moved into that New York City apartment and swung through the snow in his new suit. It will certainly be interesting to see where the Spider Man threequel will fall into the chronological timeline when it comes to Disney+ eventually.
And since Doctor Strange did refer to the events of No way home in Multiverse of madnessThis newly confirmed timeline once again raises the question of why Marvel heroes haven’t discussed what happened in Eternals†
At the end of the film, the Celestial Arishem seemingly split the atmosphere and took Sersi, as well as several other Eternals, to judge humanity. Dane Whitman, as well as others, saw this happen.
You would think that such an event would be considered an Avengers-level threat. This is why it’s strange that Hawkeye, Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel and now Doctor Strange never referenced it; but hopefully that timeline problem will be solved in future stories.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now available to stream on Disney+.