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Far From Home is messing up the MCU timeline on Disney+

Far From Home is messing up the MCU timeline on Disney+

Spider-Man: Far From Home has been added to Disney+ in some overseas markets, but unfortunately it has become a mess in the MCU Disney+ timeline.


Spider-Man: Far From Home causing even more problems with the official MCU timeline on Disney+. The MCU’s Spider-Man films have been associated with a number of continuity issues in the shared universe, with Spider-Man: Homecoming falsely claimed that it was set eight years after the events of The Avengers – when in fact it was only four years later. That prompted Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to suggest that Marvel would one day publish an official MCU timeline, an idea that eventually became part of the MCU’s offering on Disney+.

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However, the Disney+ timeline is considered broken, and Spider-Man: Far From Home makes matters worse. The film has been added to Disney+ in some international territories, starting with Japan in June. Viewers referencing the MCU in chronological order will see it added in between The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which would put it in the spring of 2024 in the MCU timeline. This can’t possibly be right, because the film tells the story of Peter Parker’s summer vacation to Europe.

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Far From Home makes Disney+’s broken MCU timeline worse

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Spider-Man: Far From Home added to a section of the Disney+ timeline that was already incorrect. Dialogue in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier explicitly sets the Disney+ TV show six months after Avengers: Endgamewhich will mean that it will take place in late April and early May 2024. The end of Shang-Chi takes place on the day of Qingming, a Chinese festival that takes place in early April. The Disney+ MCU timeline has clearly placed these two entries back and forth, and now Spider-Man: Far From Home – a summer holiday movie that claims to be eight months behind Avengers: Endgame – has been placed between them. That whole part of the timeline is clearly wrong.

Where Spider-Man: Far From Home SHOULD go in the MCU timeline

There are many occasions where the MCU timeline is a matter of interpretation. Moon Knight, for example, contains few explicit clues to its location—though, fittingly, some observant viewers have noted that the phases of the moon can be used to date the show. The location of Thor: Love and Thunder is particularly problematic, and there is intense debate about how Thor’s final adventure fits into the MCU timeline. However, what is surprising is that the section of the timeline contains Spider-Man: Far From Home is actually one of the easiest to figure out.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings must come first, simply because it builds to a climax in early April (probably April 4, the date of Qingming in 2024). It is then followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldierwhich explicitly dates to late April or early May, six months after Thanos’ snap was reversed – an event confirmed many times to take place on October 17, 2023. Spider-Man: Far From Home would come next, beginning another two months after Blip and telling the story of Peter Parker’s summer vacation. This part of the MCU display order is one of the most clearly defined, but the very wrong placement of Shang-Chi gets worse by putting Spider-Man: Far From Home before. Marvel has made changes to the Disney+ timeline before now, swapping out the order of Black Widow and Black pantherso hopefully they will eventually set Shang-Chi in the right place too.

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