So where does Marvel Studios’ latest film, Thor: Ragnarok, fall on the timeline? Ragnarok producer Brad Winderbaum spoke about the movie’s placement within the MCU:
“It’s not like, five minutes after Ultron ends we start this movie. It’s a couple of years later… This movie takes place basically… You know, it’s hard. In the timeline of the MCU, things kind of happen on top of each other, especially now in Phase Three. They’re not as interlocked as they were in Phase One, you know, during Fury’s Big Week and everything. So [Thor: Ragnarok] happens maybe on top of Civil War, on top of Spider-Man [Homecoming]. Somewhere in that ballpark.”
Since the third phase of the MCU has seen the importance of the timeline’s cohesiveness slightly wane, what impact could that possibly have in Phase 4? Moviegoers can only speculate as Phase 3 comes to a close with long-awaited films such as Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. Perhaps, by the time the MCU ends, Marvel Studios will begin merchandising replicas of the timeline scroll.