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Captain Marvel: Exploring the MCU in the 90’s

The latest MCU film, Captain Marvel, is a prequel to the entire MCU this far. So where does that put us?

This weekend sees the release of Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel. The film is a prequel to the more recent films set in 1995. We’ve seen a lot of flashbacks to years past, but what takes place before Captain Marvel, and what does the MCU look like at that time? We’re gonna take a look at that today. (SPOILERS for a lot of the MCU films ahead.)

On the cosmic side of the MCU, the nine realms are at peace thanks to the work of Odin. Thor and Loki are living on Asgard with their parents. Peter Quill is living and working with Yondu and the Ravagers, not knowing the truth of his parentage. The Kree and Nova Empires are nearing the end of a thousand-year war. Red Skull is on the planet Vormir, having been transported there by the tesseract aka the Space Infinity Stone.

On Earth, Captain America is frozen within the Hydra bomber, Valkyrie, off the coast of Greenland. Tony Stark has just lost his parents after their murder at the hands of the Winter Soldier. Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff are living ordinary lives. Hydra has secretly infiltrated SHIELD. Hank Pym has left the covert agency after the apparent death of his wife. And the king of Wakanda, T’Chaka has just returned home after killing his brother while questioning him over his involvement in Ulysses Klaue’s theft of Vibranium.

The MCU is in an interesting time. It’s a point where a lot of groundwork has been laid, and many important people are close to life-changing events. In many ways, it’s a dark time, a time where horrible things lurk in the shadows. But things may be close to changing, as Carol Danvers is about to enter the MCU in a big way.

Check out the full pre 1995 timeline of major events below, and be sure to keep following us for all of our Captain Marvel coverage. Captain Marvel hits theatres Friday, March 8th.

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Pre 1800’s

  • The universe began billions of years ago, and with it, the creation of the Infinity Stones.
  • A meteorite full of Vibranium lands on earth in what would eventually become Wakanda, Africa.
  • A rogue faction of Kree aliens land on Earth and use Terrigen Mists to create altered humans who begin calling themselves “Inhumans.”
  • Odin of Asgard (Anthony Hopkins) defeats Surtur, the fire demon, who will then spend 5500 years recovering in Musphelheim before meeting Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
  • The Dark Elves attempt to destroy the nine realms and are defeated by Bor, king of Asgard. The Aether, the Reality Infinity Stone, is hidden away by Bor.
  • Hela is born to Odin and Frigga and eventually, fights alongside her father before being banished to Hel. Hela attempts to escape and defeats all but one lone Valkyrie, Brunnhilde (Tessa Thompson)
  • Thor Odinson is born to Odin and Frigga.
  • Odin leads two battles against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their leader Laufey (Colm Fiore). Odin takes Laufey’s son and raises him as his own, naming him Loki.
  • The Kree and Nova Empires begin a thousand-year war.


  • The great-grandfather of Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) is killed by the Black Panther of Wakanda.
  • Hydra is formed by a group of English n


  • Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) are born.
  • Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) begins work on a Super Soldier Serum while working in a German u
  • Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) joins the Nazi party, recruits Arnim Zola (Toby Jones), forces Erskine to work for them, and Hydra begins to grow within the Nazi party.
  • The Red Room program, which turns young girls into lethal assassins, begins in the Soviet Union.
  • World War 2 begins.
  • Howard Stark founds Stark Industries.

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  • Peggy Stark becomes an MI-5 operative and is loaned to America’s Strategic Scientific Reserve.
  • Erskine injects Schmidt with a prototype of the Super Soldier Serum turning him into the Red Skull. Erskine is then rescued by Peggy Carter and the SSR.
  • Erskine works with the SSR to replicate the super soldier serum under codename Project Rebirth, with the help of Howard Stark.
  • Schmidt finds the Tesseract, the Space Infinity Stone, in Tønsberg, Norway.
  • Steve Rogers is injected with the super soldier serum and becomes “Captain America.” Immediately afterwards, Erskine is killed.
  • Captain America assembles a team known as the Howling Commandos, an elite force which works to take down Nazi and Hydra bases and free POW’s.
  • Bucky Barnes is believed to be killed after falling from a train in the Austrian Alps while the Commandos capture Arnim Zola.
  • Captain America stops Red Skull from flying the aircraft known as the Valkyrie to the US. In the process, Schmidt is transported via the Space Stone to the planet of Vormir, while Steve Rogers crashes the aircraft off the coast of Greenland.
  • After multiple missions working together, Peggy Carter and Howard Stark found SHIELD.
  • Arnim Zola is released from prison and begins working with SHIELD.
  • Zola works with other former Hydra agents to rebuild Hydra with SHIELD. In the process, they find Bucky Barnes and turn him into a Hydra assassin known as the Winter Soldier.


  • Yondu Udonta is sold into Kree slavery as a small child.
  • The first Stark World Expo takes place.


  • Anton Vanko defects to the US.
  • The Winter Soldier kills President John F. Kennedy.
  • Anton Vanko and Howard Stark create the Arc Reactor.
  • Anton Vanko is accused of being a spy and is deported. Howard Stark takes full credit for the Arc Reactor technology and works with Obediah Stane to turn Stark Industries into a weapons manufacturer again.
  • Bruce Banner is born.

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  • Tony Stark is born.
  • Arnim Zola moves his consciousness into a supercomputer deep within a secret Hydra base before dying of a terminal illness.
  • Howard Stark leaves a message for his son containing clues of a new element.
  • Yondu Udonta is freed from Kree slavery and becomes a Ravager. Soon after, he goes against Ravager code and begins delivering children to Ego the Living Planet.
  • Ego comes to Earth multiples times to spend time with Meredith Quill.


  • Hope Van Dyne is born to Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne.
  • Ego returns to Earth for a final time and impregnates Meredith Quill. He leaves Earth, leaving behind a seedling on the planet and a cancerous tumor within Meredith.
  • T’Challa is born to Prince T’Chaka of Wakanda and his wife, Ramonda.
  • Peter Quill is born.
  • T’Chaka becomes king of Wakanda after the death of his father, Azzuri.
  • Maria Hill is born.
  • Erik Stevens, later known as Killmonger, is born to N’Jobu, the brother of T’Chaka.
  • Natasha Romanoff is born.
  • Hank Pym begins work on a suit that will become the Ant-Man suit.
  • Gamora is born.
  • Hank Pym begins working with SHIELD, and goes on a mission in East Berlin.
  • Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne attempt to stop a Russian ICBM, Janet is lost in the process. Hank would be torn apart by the loss and sends their daughter, Hope, to boarding school.
  • Yondu and his group of Ravagers kidnap Peter Quill for Ego and keep him as part of their crew.
  • Ulysses Klaue steals a large amount of Vibranium out of Wakanda.
  • Hank Pym resigns from SHIELD.


  • Peter Quill is given an M-Ship which he names the Milano.
  • Howard and Maria Stark are killed by the Winter Soldier.
  • King T’Chaka travels to Oakland, California and is forced to kill his brother N’Jobu.
  • Ivan Vanko is imprisoned for 15 years for selling weapons-grade plutonium.

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Written by Alex Lancaster
(Alex is a life long film fan, and has dedicated his life to watching, making and obsessing over films. His favorite film is Big Fish, and he despises Avatar. He has a 4 year old son. And a bad habit of saying more than he needs to. Follow @alex5348 on Twitter)

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