If you’re tired of the increasingly complex nature of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), do I have some good news for you.
Yesterday (Feb. 8), Marvel announced that it had added a bunch of new MCU timelines to Disney Plus — but don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it seems. The launch of three new timelines actually makes it easier for longtime fans and newcomers alike to enjoy every Marvel flick (read our best Marvel movies guide while you’re here), and it shows that they they want to see.
So what are these new timelines? According to Marvel.com, the first is the MCU Infinity Saga. It includes Marvel’s Phases 1 through 3, which consists of the first 21 films and a series of short television spin-offs known as One Shots. The second timeline is the MCU Multiverse Saga, which is currently ongoing, and features Marvel Phase 4 and Marvel Phase 5. It will also include Marvel’s Phase 6 when that batch of movies and TV series eventually begins.
The final addition is the MCU Movie Timeline. As the name suggests, this collection includes every Marvel movie to date, starting in 2008 The iron Man and currently ends with 2023 Marvels. You can learn more about watching all 31 movies either chronologically or by their release dates by reading our Marvel movies ranking guide.
As for the MCU’s so-called Sacred Timeline, which existed before the genesis of the Multiverse Saga, and was the only timeline that existed on Disney Plus until recently, it has been renamed. It’s now known as The Complete Runtime and features everything Marvel Studios has ever made (or had a hand in developing). That means you’ll find all 31 movies, 10 MCU TV shows, every One Shot, and Netflix Marvel TV shows, which will be music to the ears of anyone (including me) who adored the Netflix Marvel output, as p .sh. Daredevil AND Jessica Jones.
A win for MCU access
The debut of three new MCU timelines on Disney Plus, known as one of the best streaming services in the world, is sure to be welcomed by fans new and old.
Indeed, if you’re a first-time viewer who’s daunted by the prospect of jumping into the MCU’s range of productions, you don’t have to watch everything right off the bat. For example, you can start with Infinity Saga Timelines, which ‘only’ includes 21 movies. Okay, there are eight One Shots included in this timeline, but, Agent Carter aside, they don’t really add to the experience, so you can skip them.
Alternatively, die-hard MCU fans can watch every single MCU and adjacent MCU project in ‘end order’ fashion with Full Time. This is the first time Marvel has officially confirmed that Netflix’s TV offerings are canon in the MCU, though it-Hulk AND echo had already confirmed all-but that this was the case. If you’ve been planning the Marvel marathon to end all marathons, you can finally do so with the help of Marvel and Disney Plus. Once you’re done, you’ll want to read our Best Disney Plus Movies and Best Disney Plus Shows guide to see if you agree with the MCU movies and series we’ve picked.
Some people might say that these additions make things even more confusing. Personally, though, I couldn’t be happier with their arrival. Marvel’s cinematic slate is becoming more and more underwhelming and, for newcomers to the franchise, almost impossible to get into and/or follow. The debut of this trio makes the studio’s content library easier to consume for first-time viewers, with the hope that they’ll stick around for the foreseeable, rather than feeling daunted by how many projects they need to reach Meanwhile, die-hard fans can also stream Infinity Saga Timeline with greater ease if they’re just after a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Marvel has been doing a lot of things wrong lately, but this is one of those times where it should be applauded for making the MCU more accessible. So hats off to you, Marvel – you’ve made streaming movies and TV shows easier, even for veterans like me.