Marvel Admits MCU Timeline Was Wrong in Spider-Man: Homecoming

The new MCU Timeline book talks about everything of what has been happening in the Marvel Universe, including the timeline error that occurred in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'

Marvel Studios has had its fair share of hiccups along the way. Fans have taken notice and the studio has also come to terms with them in the new Marvel Studios’ The Marvel Cinematic Universe: An Official Timeline book. One of the biggest errors that was found was in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.


According to the book, in the opening flashback from the Spider-Man: Homecoming film, Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) is seen with his crew cleaning up the alien tech that was left behind in the clash between the Avengers and Loki from The Avengers. The scene takes place in 2012 but the timecard displays the words “8 Year Later” as it jumps to the present day.

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This would be impossible due to Homecoming being set in the Fall of 2016, only 4 years later. In the book, the events of Toomes’ flashback and the rest of the film were placed in Spring 2012 and Fall 2016. A small text box can be seen in the book where the TVA’s Miss Minutes shows up to call out the discrepancy, blaming it on a misplaced case file by saying: “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.”

Courtesy of Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios

It should also be mentioned that in that same scene, Toomes is holding a child’s crayon drawing of the Avengers fighting the Chitauri which indicates that it was created by his daughter Liz. In the film, Liz is 17 but the quality of the work seems more child-like.

This would make sense if the age gap between The Avengers and Homecoming were eight years different when it actually wasn’t. There’s a possibility that the child who made that drawing was probably another child of Toomes, a younger sibling of Liz’s but there hasn’t been any indication.

Hannibal Burress Spider-Man 3 Homecoming


In 2017 with CinemaBlend, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige referenced the timecard from Homecoming by saying that “it wasn’t meant to flummox anybody.” But flummox audiences it did. Kevin Feige said at the time:

“All of that debate has made us go, ‘Okay, at some point, I’m not sure exactly when, we’re going to publish a timeline and see what it all is. ‘It wasn’t meant to flummox anybody exactly, and I’m not sure I’d do it again the same way, but it does all connect to where we placed it. Other than very particular instances where there’s a newspaper, or verbal references to the year, we never date the films. And I think there’s a presumption, ‘Well if the movie came out in November 2017, it must take place in November 2017’ — which is not the case.”

-Kevin Feige-
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Producer Amy Pascal

Joe Russo, one of the directors of Avengers: Infinity War has also chimed in about the wrong timeline. During the Avengers: Infinity War world tour, he admitted that it was a mistake after he was being quizzed on it. The Marvel Studios filmmaker stated, “Oh it was 8 years, I believe. A very incorrect 8 years.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently available to stream on Disney+. Marvel Studios’ The Marvel Cinematic Universe: An Official Timeline is also available for purchase on Amazon and at other popular book sites as well.

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SOURCE: The Direct | CinemaBlend | MCUExchange

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