Multiple continuity errors that have popped up in the MCU have been clarified in a new Marvel Studios book that’s been released this week.

Today saw the release of Marvel Studios The Marvel Cinematic Universe An Official Timeline, a 344-page book published by DK. The title aims to cover everything from the Big Bang right up to the Blip and beyond and is packed with enough facts to impress even diehard fans of the franchise films.

Marvel Studios The Marvel Cinematic Universe An Official Timeline offers a complete breakdown of the MCU to date, covering all 32 movies and 20 TV shows released so far. The book has been co-written by senior Hollywood correspondent for Vanity Fair, Anthony Breznican,managing editor of Nerdist, Amy Ratcliffe, and entertainment columnist at, Rebecca Theodore-Vachon.

However, even with meticulous planning, the odd error has managed to slip into a handful of MCU releases over the years, leaving some continuity fans scratching their heads. The good news is that Marvel Studios The Marvel Cinematic Universe An Official Timeline does at least attempt to offer up explanations for a number of potential mistakes of the past, although the answers contained within might not be to everyone’s satisfaction.

For starters, in the opening of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Adrian Toomes (aka The Vulture) states that the Battle of New York, as seen in The Avengers, took place in 2012. An ‘8 Years Later’ title card confirms that, bringing the film (and viewers) up to 2020. Things then start to get a little tricky with Captain America: Civil War taking place in 2016, as Spidey is recruited by Cap to fight Iron Man and that sequence is also included in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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That would mean the events shows in Spider-Man: Homecoming should have taken place in 2016, despite the film being released in 2017. Fortunately, Marvel Studios The Marvel Cinematic Universe An Official Timeline is here to save the day, with Miss Minutes, the animated computer assistant from the Disney+ show, Loki, popping up now and again to offer a variety of partial explanations.

The malfunctioning Time Variance Authority character states that the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming did in fact occur in 2016 and that Toomes was incorrect. “Adrian Toomes says the Battle of New York was eight years ago,” comments Miss Minutes, “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.”

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That answer may seem like Marvel Studios The Marvel Cinematic Universe An Official Timeline is attempting to paper over the cracks of a sprawling multiverse, but the explanation and others like it in the book at least offer some sort of clarity for more obvious continuity errors that have occurred.

If that’s the sort of Marvel minutiae that floats your boat, then Marvel Studios The Marvel Cinematic Universe An Official Timeline could well be the book for you. You can pick up the DK title from all good book stores now, with Amazon currently selling it for a reduced price of £26.55.

Speaking of Peter Parker’s alter ego, a recent rumour emerged stating that 76285 Spider-Man Helmet or bust may be releasing in January 2024. The set has yet to be revealed or confirmed by the LEGO Group to date, so treat that information with a pinch of salt for now.

Every LEGO Marvel set rumouredfor release in 2024

LEGO setPricePiecesRelease date76275 Venom and Doc Ock$9.9977January 202476276 Venom Mech$14.99134January 202476277 War Machine Mech$14.99154January 202476278 Rocket Raccoon’s Warbird$34.99290January 202476279 Spider-Man Car$29.99227January 202476280 Spider-Man vs. Sandman: Final Battle$34.99347January 202476281 X-Men Jet$79.99359January 202476282 Buildable Rocket Raccoon$54.99566January 202476284 Buildable Green Goblin$34.99471April 202476292 Captain America: Brave New World$49.99223April 202476296 Sam Wilson Captain America Buildable Figure$34.99359April 202476298 Spider-Man Buildable Figure$34.99303April 2024

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Matt Yeo
From video game journalism to kids’ publishing, I’ve been there, seen it, done it and worn the T-shirt. I was also the editor of the first-ever official LEGO magazine way back when, LEGO Adventures. I have a passion for movies, comic books, tech and video games, with a wallet that’s struggling to keep up with my LEGO set wish list.

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