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The Marvel Universe Sliding Timeline

See this post for how I determined the dates. This page will be updated as new events are suggested.




April – Fantastic Four are formed.

May – Hank Pym bombards himself with Pym Particles, becoming Ant-Man.

June – Hulk is created.

July – Thor is cast down from Asgard.

August – Peter Parker (age 15) is bitten by a radioactive spider, becoming Spider-Man.

September – Tony Stark dons the Iron Man suit for the first time.

December – Professor Charles Xavier rounds up a bunch of precocious teenagers and forms the X-Men.


January – Matt Murdock takes up the mantle of Daredevil.

June – Sue Storm and Reed Richards are married.

November – Galactus appears to destroy Earth, but is repelled by the Fantastic Four.


February – Kingpin steps up as a criminal overlord.

June – Aliens murder the secret X-Man Changeling who was in the form of Professor X at the time.


April – Captain Stacy is killed by Doctor Octopus.


February – Spider-Man (age 19) witnesses Gwyn Stacy’s death.

October – Professor X assembles a new X-Men team, including Wolverine and Colossus.


Peter Parker graduates college at the age of 20.

Tony Stark slips into heavy alcoholism.


June – She-Hulk is created.

July – Jean Grey becomes possessed by a primordial cosmic force known as Dark Phoenix. To nourish herself, she consumes a distant star, which supernovas and kills billions of confused aliens. Another alien race known as the Shi’ar condemns Jean to death in a trial by combat. Jean commits suicide to prevent herself from destroying the universe.


February – Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters is wrecked by an alien race known as the Sidri.

May – After malevolent extraterrestrial parasites known as the Brood transform Professor X into the giant insect, he transfers his consciousness to a cloned body and can walk again.

June – Wolverine’s fiancée Mariko Yashida is mind-controlled, stands him up at the altar.

July – Cyclops marries Madelyne Pryor, a clone of his dead girlfriend. He is unaware of this at the time.

November – She-Hulk joins the Fantastic Four.

December – Spider-Man dons the Symbiote suit in the Secret Wars: The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are transported to another planet to battle.


July – The Mutant Massacre — the Morlocks, a group of homeless mutants who live in the sewers of New York, are systematically eradicated by Sabretooth and the villainous Mr. Sinister. The winged X-Men Angel is crucified and his wings are amputated.

August – Jean Grey’s alive again when her body is found in a healing capsule at the bottom of Jamaica Bay. Turns out Dark Phoenix was never Jean.

September – Peter Parker proposes to Mary Jane Watson.

December – Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson are wed.


January – Eddy Brock becomes Venom.

May – Mister Sinister blows up the X-Mansion. Madelyne Pryor realizes she’s a clone of Jean Grey, goes crazy, and then helps open a gate to Hell over New York. Demons pour into Manhattan and mailboxes eat people. Madelyne tries to kill the X-Men and Cyclop’s new girlfriend, Jean Grey. When that fails, Madelyne commits suicide.

July – Atlanteans, influenced by Set, attack the surface world.

August – Scarlet Witch realizes her twin children are just magical figments of her imagination.


January – The X-Men and New Mutants are captured by Genosha. Genosha’s government is overthrown.

November – Magneto rips out Wolverine’s Adamantium skeleton. Professor X lobotomizes Magneto in return.


November – Professor X and Magneto form Onslaught, and most heroes are sent to a parallel universe.


February – The heroes return from the parallel universe.

April – Karen Page dies.


August – The Legacy Virus is stopped by Colossus sacrificing his life.


May – Secret War: Nick Fury attacks Latveria

July – Avengers Disassembled: Scarlet Witch destroys the Avengers.

August – Colossus comes back from the dead.

September – The New Avengers are formed.

November – Scarlet Witch reforms the world, creating House of M.


January – Extremis: Iron Man’s suit is upgraded significantly.

Most mutants in the world are stripped of their powers.

April – Civil War: The heroes take sides, and war between them leads to Captain America’s Death.

June – Peter Parker and Mary Jane’s marriage is erased.

August – The Initiative is established, creating teams in every state in America.

September – World War Hulk: Hulk returns after his exile, and nearly conquers the earth.

November – Secret Invasion: The Skrulls make their move, revealing themselves to the world. The heroes stop them but at the cost of Norman Osborn taking over SHIELD.


January – Dark Reign: Norman Osborn founds the Dark Avengers.

March – The X-Men form Utopia off the coast of California.

June – Daredevil takes over as leader of The Hand and builds The Shadowland.

July – Norman Osborn invades Asgard, but is destroyed. The Superhero Registration Act is repealed.

September – Fear Itself: The Asgardian God of Fear is sowing fear and doubt among Marvel’s Superheroes to use it against them.

October – Spider-Island: The Jackal has given to every New Yorker spider-like powers, even heroes and villains.

3 comments on “The Marvel Universe Sliding Timeline

  1. Given that one of the event books will be Annihilation, could you work in some Cosmic events into this timeline?

  2. Roman Virtue
    April 10, 2013

    Instead of actual years, it may be less work to mark the time as “One Year Ago”, “Two Years Ago”, etc. That way you won’t have to update the page as the years go on and you can just focus on the events themselves.

  3. Thiago Shinken
    August 18, 2014

    This is a very nice idea.
    I know this hasn’t been updated in a while, but I wanted to let you know that the current volume of Amazing Spider-Man stablished that Peter became Spidey 13 years ago (therefore, in 2001)

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