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Are 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Fantastic Four' and 'Avengers' movies set in the same timeline?

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I assume you're referring to the movies and not the comics? – phantom42 Feb 20 '14 at 15:34
Yes. I know that the comics are set in the same timeline but are the movies set in the same timeline? – LoneChaos Feb 20 '14 at 15:38
What about the the upcoming Fantastic Four movie which is in production? – LoneChaos Feb 20 '14 at 15:49
Avengers 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy: yep. Fantastic Four: nope. – Paul D. Waite Apr 17 '14 at 6:55

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The following movies and TV shows are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth 19999). They share a common timeline.

  • Iron Man (1,2,3)
  • Captain America (The First Avenger, Winter Soldier, Civil War)
  • Thor (1, The Dark World, Ragnarok)
  • The Avengers (1, Age of Ultron, Infinity War Part 1, Infinity War Part 2)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (1,2)
  • Ant-Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Marvel's Agent Carter
  • Doctor Strange
  • Black Panther
  • Inhumans
  • Daredevil
  • Jessica Jones
  • Luke Cage
  • Iron Fist
  • Spider-Man*

*As of 2015, a special deal was struck between Sony and Marvel allowing Spider-Man to appear within the MCU, and Marvel will be involved with the production of solo movies including the new Spider-Man movie.

The following existing movies/franchises are NOT part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as their movie rights are NOT owned by Marvel and thus not allowed to crossover without special agreements. Each separate universe has its own timeline (in the case of the X-Men movies, multiple timelines).

The new Fantastic Four movie is being rebooted/made by Fox Studios and will likely receive a new universe designation.

Since rights for Ghost Rider, Punisher, and Daredevil have now reverted back to Marvel, any new movies featuring them will likely be folded into the MCU (Earth 19999).

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Wow - I knew about the MCU designation but didn't realize the Fox/Sony franchises had their own. Nice answer. – Omegacron Feb 20 '14 at 15:49
@Omegacron, As discussed here, the non-MCU universes don't technically exist as far as Marvel is concerned. I haven't found exactly who designated those universe numbers. The real point is that each one is completely separate from the next. – phantom42 Feb 20 '14 at 15:52
Note: The Hulk, the Ang Lee film, is not part of the MCU. The Incredible Hulk is though. – Keen Feb 20 '14 at 15:59
@Keen, IIRC, that was a weird case though. The Incredible Hulk was a sort of reboot that went to great lengths to not contradict the Ang Lee film. – phantom42 Feb 20 '14 at 16:02
@Keen you may be right though. I'm not an expert on the original Hulk movie because it was incredibly boring and I may have fallen asleep. The producers/writers tried to keep them in line where they could. They see it as a "re-quel" – phantom42 Feb 20 '14 at 21:33

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