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27th Oct 2023

Marvel finally addresses and fixes biggest error in MCU movies

Rory Cashin

Fans have waited six years for an answer to this biggest unanswered MCU question.

As the MCU (the Marvel Cinematic Universe) closes in on its 33rd movie with The Marvels in cinemas this November, which will also mark 15 years since the first MCU movie – the first Iron Man movie, WAY back in 2008 – there will, of course, be plenty of opportunities for small plot holes and timeline errors to arise.

From the reveal in Thor: Ragnarok that Odin’s version of Infinity Gauntlet was a fake (so why have it at all?) to the fact there has been a giant stone alien god poking out of the Earth’s crust since the events of Eternals (but nobody seems to notice or care in the two years since that happened), without a doubt, the biggest error within the entire MCU so far was within 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The opening scene of Homecoming takes place immediately after the climax of 2012’s The Avengers, before a title card informs us that the next scene is set 8 Years Later… which would put the rest of the events of Homecoming in the year 2020. This would corrupt the timeline of the MCU as a whole, placing the events of Homecoming even after Avengers: Endgame.

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And so Marvel have officially cleared it up in their new book, Marvel Studios’ The Marvel Cinematic Universe: An Official Timeline, with the assistant of Loki TV character Miss Minutes, who informs us of the following on Page 173:

“Redline alert! Hi again! Adrien Toomes says the Battle of New York was eight years ago, but that event was only four years prior. This one’s a real head scratcher for us – I reckon an analyst misplaced the case file.”

So there you go, plot hole filled in. Now if they could only explain why Nick Fury got freaked out by the arrival of aliens in Thor… when he had already crossed paths with aliens decades earlier in Captain America… yeah, we know, best not to think too hard about these things…

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