Template:Inuniverse For decades Marvel Comics has been telling noteworthy fictional stories. The following is a list of the major plotlines, detailing such things as first appearances of characters, character deaths (though those tend to be less permanent in superhero comics) and other important developments. Note that all of these events take place within a sliding timescale, which means that they are assumed to have taken place in a period of up to fifteen years before the current date, regardless of when they were actually published.

For a list of events before the "Modern Era" see Timeline of the Marvel Universe.


Golden Age[]

Event Date Developments
Emergence of the Original Human Torch 1939 The Original Human Torch appears in Marvel Comics #1
Emergence of Namor 1939 Namor appears as a back up feature in Marvel Comics #1
Emergence of Captain America 1941 Captain America arrives in a real life protest against the actions of Adolf Hilter leading up to WWII with the cover showing Cap punching Hitler in the Jaw. Meanwhile in the comic world Steve Rogers receives the Super Soldier Serum, his classic shield, and a partner by the name of Bucky.
World War 2 1945 Captain America, The Original Human Torch, and Namor enter German Concentration Camps
Emergence of the All-Winners Squad 1946 A short lived creation this team was the inspiration for the Invaders, Fantastic Four, and Avengers, and was comprised of Captain America, Bucky, The Original Human Torch, Toro, Sub-Mariner, The Whizzer, and Miss America.
Namor Hurt 1955 Namor is injured during WWII and doesn't reappear until after the formation of the Fantastic Four.


Event Date Developments
Emergence of the Fantastic Four 1961 After a trip to space, Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm develop fantastic powers.
Re-emergence of Namor 1962 the Sub-Mariner gets his memories back after a meeting with the Human Torch.
Emergence of the Incredible Hulk 1962 After being bombarded by gamma rays in a nuclear explosion, Dr. Bruce Banner becomes a rampaging creature.
Emergence of Spider-Man 1962 Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and embraces a super-hero career.
Emergence of Thor 1962 The thunder god Thor awakens inside the body of mortal Donald Blake.
Emergence of Iron Man 1963 Tony Stark creates his first suit of Iron Man armor.
Emergence of Doctor Strange 1963 After years of mystical training, Stephen Strange becomes Earth's greatest defender against supernatural threats.
Emergence of the X-Men and Magneto 1963 Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Beast, and Angel are brought together for the first time by Professor X. They go public while fighting mutant criminal Magneto for the first time.
Emergence of the Avengers 1963 Iron Man, Thor, Ant Man, the Wasp and Hulk assemble for the first time.
Emergence of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. 1963 Colonel Nick Fury and his espionage agency get involved in super-human affairs for the fist time.
Re-emergence of Captain America 1964 Steve Rogers is awakened from suspended animation by the Sub-Mariner and found by the Avengers. He becomes a member of the team.
Emergence of Daredevil 1964 As a young boy, Matthew Murdock was blinded in a tragic accident, which also honed his senses to super-human levels. Now an adult, he embraces a super-hero career.
Cap's Kooky Quartet 1965 With the exception of Captain America all of the Avengers resign, and he recruits a new team consisting of the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Hawkeye.
The Galactus Trilogy 1966 The Silver Surfer arrives on Earth with plans for his master Galactus to destroy it.
Emergence of Captain Marvel 1967 The Kree Empire sends Captain Mar-Vell to Earth as a spy. Coming to empathize with humanity, Mar-Vell betrays his orders and is welcomed as a hero by the people of Earth.


Event Date Developments
Emergence of The Defenders 1971 The Defenders are first Organized, originally led by Dr. Strange and including The Hulk, Namor, and the Silver Surfer.
Emergence of Ghost Rider 1971 Johnny Blaze summons Mephisto and makes a deal with him to save his mentor's life.
Kree-Skrull War 1971 - 1972 The Avengers are involved in a millennia-old interstellar war.
Death of Gwen Stacy 1973 During a fight with the Green Goblin, Gwen Stacy is killed when Spider-man is unable to save her.
Secret Empire 1974 Captain America follows a conspiracy all the way to the White House.
Emergence of Wolverine 1974 Wolverine appears to attack the Hulk but is knocked out.
Giant-Size X-Men 1975 Professor X assembles a new team to rescue the original X-Men. First appearance of several major characters.
The Magus Saga 1975-1976 The Magus first appears as an evil future version of Adam Warlock.
Phoenix Saga 1976 - 1977 The Phoenix is released for the first time in the Marvel Universe, in the form of Jean Grey.
The Korvac Saga 1978 The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy track down a mysterious threat from the future.
The Proteus Saga 1979 Proteus, the son of Moira McTaggart, attempts to escape his imprisonment on Muir Island in order to find his father.


Event Date Developments
Dark Phoenix Saga 1980 Jean Grey becomes the Dark Phoenix after being controlled by the Hellfire Club
The Kingpin Must Die 1981 The former Spider-Man villain the Kingpin encounters Daredevil for the first time.
Days of Future Past 1981 Kitty Pryde from a dystopian future travels back in time to prevent the event that created her timeline.
Contest of Champions 1982 The Grandmaster and Death manipulate the heroes of Earth in a game to decide the fate of The Collector.
Death of Captain Marvel 1982 The original Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) falls victim to what the Kree call "the Blackend", or what is called Cancer on Earth.
Secret Wars 1984 - 1985 The Beyonder kidnaps Earth's heroes and villains to battle on a planet of his creation. Spider-Man finds his Symbiote costume.
Hulk in Exile 1985 The Hulk had come to control his rage, but when it begins to slip away from him and he goes on an uncontrollable rampage, Dr. Strange banishes him to another dimension, while the Hulk and Bruce Banner become separated.
Surtur Returns 1985 Surtur forges a powerful mystic sword and returns to destroy Asgard against Thor, Loki, Beta Ray Bill, and Odin.
Secret Wars II 1985 - 1986 A contest of champions with the Beyonder.
Daredevil: Born Again 1986 Karen Page returns as a heroin addict and the Kingpin learns of Daredevil's secret identity.
Mutant Massacre 1986 The Marauders kill most of the Morlocks.
The Fall of the Mutants 1987 The X-Men are slain in Dallas during a cataclysmic battle against the Adversary.
Kraven's Last Hunt 1987 The final battle between Kraven the Hunter and Spider-Man.
Armor Wars 1988 Iron Man embarks on a mission to destroy armored suits that were created from his own stolen technology.
The Evolutionary War 1988 The High Evolutionary unleashes attacks all over the world to guide the way of human evolution.
Inferno 1988 - 1989 Demons from Limbo invade earth.
Atlantis Attacks 1989 Under the influence of Set the Serpent God, the Atlanteans launch a massive assault on the surface world.
Acts of Vengeance 1989 - 1990 Major villains unite to fight each others' enemies.


Event Date Developments
The X-Tinction Agenda 1990 The New Mutants and the X-Men are kidnapped and taken to Genosha, which culminates in their escape; the Genoshan government is overthrown.
Infinity Gauntlet 1991 Thanos uses the power of the Infinity Gems to become Supreme Being.
Thor gains the Odin Force 1991 At long last Thor becomes the Ruler of Asgard, but at the cost of his father Odin who dies in a final battle with Surtur.
Operation: Galactic Storm 1992 The Avengers become involved in a war between the Kree and the Shi'ar.
Infinity War 1992 Magus, Adam Warlock's "Evil Side", creates evil doppelgangers of Earth's heroes to gain ultimate power.
X-Cutioner's Song 1992 Stryfe arrives in the present to take vengeance against Cable & the X-men, and also finds time to release the Legacy Virus.
Infinity Crusade 1993 Goddess, Adam Warlock's "Good Side", recruits an army of heroes to fight her holy war.
Maximum Carnage 1993 The Carnage Family massacres downtown New York only to have Spider-Man and Venom in their way.
Fatal Attractions 1993 Magneto returns more powerful and determined than ever, ripping the adamantium from Wolverine's bones and enraging Professor X.
Phalanx Covenant 1994 The Phalanx race attacks earth.
Clone Saga 1994 - 1996 The clone of Spider-Man, who was long thought dead, returns. His creator, the Jackal also returns to wreak havoc in Spider-Man's personal life.
Age of Apocalypse 1995 Legion travels back in time to kill Magneto, but accidentally kills his own father, Charles Xavier, creating a dystopian alternative timeline in which Apocalypse rules the world.
Atlantis Rising 1995 The Fantastic Four and others battle against forces who are literally raising the city of Atlantis from the depths of the ocean.
Avengers: The Crossing 1995 One of the Avengers is brainwashed and turns into a murderer.
Ultimate Nullification 1995 The Silver Surfer battles his own demons, while Morg, Tyrant, and Galactus head towards a showdown with the Ultimate Nullifier.
Onslaught 1996-1997 The seed was planted when Xavier mind-wiped Magneto during Fatal Attractions, and he was born by the time warp of the Age of Appocalypse. Onslaught has arrived.
Operation: Zero Tolerance 1997 In the aftermath of Onslaught the U.S. government begins to round up mutants.
Heroes Reborn 1997 The heroes who died during the Onslaught saga return from a Limbo created by Franklin Richards.
Contest of Champions II 1998 Earth's heroes are abducted and brainwashed with nanoprobes to participate in a fighting competition.
The Hunt for Xavier 1998 Xavier has gone missing after he was imprisoned following Operation: Zero Tolerance. The X-Men move to find him, but so does a rogue Cerebro.
The Magneto War 1999 Magneto's destiny is determined when his mindless body goes missing, and a mysterious man arrives by the name of Joseph.
Avengers Forever 1998 - 2000 Avengers from different time periods are assembled to participate in the Destiny War, a conflict between Kang the Conqueror and his future self, Immortus.


Event Date Developments
Apocalypse: The Twelve 2000 Apocalypse emerges once more, along with a mysterious prophecy of 12 powerful mutants capable of destroying him.
Maximum Security 2000 Fed up with Earth's interference in intergalactic affairs, the starfaring alien community quarantines the Sol System and turns Earth into a prison for the universe's worst criminals.
Dream's End 2001 Mystique, leading the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, plots an assassination against anti-mutant presidential candidate Robert Kelly, and releases a new strain of the Legacy Virus.
Eve of Destruction 2001 A cure for the Legacy Virus has been released, providing Magneto with a brand new army of healthy mutants ready to wage a final battle against humanity.
The Kang Dynasty 2001-2002 Kang and his son Marcus declare war on present-day Earth, killing everyone in Washington DC and briefly taking over the planet.
Infinity Abyss 2002 Mad partial-clones of Thanos try to destroy the universe.
Avengers Disassembled 2004 Scarlet Witch goes insane and kills or incapacitates the current Avenger-roster, bringing to an end the Avengers as we knew them. In addition Captain America and Iron Man face individual crisis', while Thor brings about the end of Asgard
Secret War 2004 - 2005 Nick Fury brainwashes several heroes in secret to start a secret war against Latveria, who he believes has been selling high-tech weaponry to super villains.
Spider-Man: The Other 2005 Spider-Man goes through a mysterious, life changing event after facing the super villain Morlun.
House of M 2005 Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver alter reality, creating a world in which mutants are in charge, and ultimately resulting in M-Day. The aftermath is revealed in the events of Decimation.
New Avengers 2005 Captain America reforms the Avengers after a mysterious attack at The Raft, a supermax prison, which freed dozens of super powered criminals.
Deadly Genesis 2005-2006 Secrets from Giant Sized X-men #1 are revealed, Vulcan arrives, Professor X regains his telepathy, and Cyclops claims leadership of the X-men. All of this results in the Rise & Fall of the Shi'ar Empire.
Planet Hulk 2006 Hulk is exiled to a far-off planet of Sakaar by the mysterious Illuminati.
Annihilation 2006 - 2007 Silver Surfer, Super-Skrull, Nova, and Ronan face the Annihilation Wave.
Civil War 2006 - 2007 Heroes are divided when the U.S. government passes the Super-human Registration Act. Captain America seeks freedom, while Iron Man seeks to institute The 50 State Initiative.
Death of Captain America 2007 In the Aftermath of Civil War, Captain America is murdered by henchmen of the Red Skull.
Annihilation: Conquest 2007 - 2008 Nova, Starlord, Wraith, & a new Quasar (Phyla-Vell) lead a group of cosmic heroes against the Phalanx, who threaten to conquer and annihilate all of Kree space.
World War Hulk 2007 The Hulk returns to Earth to exact revenge on those who exiled him.
Messiah Complex 2007 - 2008 Beast had spent several months leading up to this event searching for a cure to mutant extention during Endangered Species, when the first new mutant since M-Day is suddenly born and the X-Men, Purifiers, and Mr Sinister go after it.
One More Day 2007 - 2008 Spider-Man accepts a devilish choice to rewrite his own history in order to save the greatest love of his life while sacrificing his other great love forever in the process.
Secret Invasion 2008 A stealthy invasion by the Skrull race has gone unnoticed for years, but there is an even more secret purpose behind it.
War of Kings 2009 Vulcan and Black Bolt come into conflict at the end of Secret Invasion leading to a war between their peoples, drawing in the likes of Nova and the Guardians of the Galaxy who attempt to control the fallout.[1]


  1. CCI: DnA and Rosemann on “War of Kings”, Comic Book Resources, July 27, 2008

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