(Warning: Mild chronology-based SPOILERS for the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be found below, albeit largely in a sufficiently non-specific context as to not actually ruin anything. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise, though...)
Now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe may have largely taken place in "real time" up till now (i.e. Iron Man is set in 2008, and Captain America: Civil War in 2016), but that doesn't actually mean that the whole expanded MCU is quite as chronologically consistent as that sounds.
Thankfully, though, intrepid Imgur-er spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccee recently posted a full chronological breakdown of the MCU, thus saving us all the trouble of working out just when the heck it's best to watch the final four episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 on our next full Marvel run through. And, as it turns out...
The Marvel Cinematic Universe Makes Way More Sense In Chronological Order
Or, at least, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s place within it sure does.
First up, then?
(note: all images and data below are via the original Imgur-er)
March 1942 - May 1945: Captain America: The First Avenger
December 1945 - May 1946: Agent Carter, Season 1
July 1947: Agent Carter, Season 2
Late 1940s: Agent Carter One-Shot
January - May 2008: Iron Man
May - June 2011: Iron Man 2
May - June 2011: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor's Hammer One-Shot
May - June 2011: Thor
May - July 2011: The Incredible Hulk
June 2011: The Consultant One-Shot
May 2012: The Avengers
May 2012: Item 47 One-Shot
December 2012: Iron Man 3
2013: All Hail The King One-Shot
September 2013: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episodes 1-7
September 2013: Thor: The Dark World
September 2013 - April 2014: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episodes 8-16
April 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
April - May 2014: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episodes 17-22
August 2014: Guardians Of The Galaxy
October - November 2014: Daredevil, Season 1
January 2015: Jessica Jones, Season 1
January - May 2015: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, Episodes 1-19
May - June 2015: Avengers: Age Of Ultron
May 2015: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, Episodes 20-22
July - October 2015: Ant-Man
November 2015: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episodes 1-10
November - December 2015: Daredevil, Season 2
December 2015 - April 2016: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episodes 11-19
March - April 2016: Captain America: Civil War
April 2016: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episodes 20-22
Which, barring this coming weekend's arrival of Luke Cage, brings us pretty much up to date. Nicely played, spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccee. Nicely played indeed.
Still want more on the MCU, though? How about some secret Stan Lee cameos, a Spidey/Star-Lord dance-off, and an explanation for a giant Doctor Strange-related plot-hole? And, of course, some unusual sightings of the good doctor...
In the meantime, though, what do you think? Do you agree with the chronological order above, or is it in need of some tweaking? Let us know below!