Tony Goldmark is a really good person. I met him at a few “Weird Al” Yankovic fan conventions (yes, I go to “Weird Al” Yankovic fan conventions, deal with it), and Tony’s created several different podcasts and YouTube features over the years. He’s an expert on Walt Disney’s theme parks, and he’s written detailed synopses and theories regarding every time an ABC sitcom has had a “let’s go to Disneyland” episode (and apparently, nearly every TGIF series had at least one of those episodes).
He also enjoys the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and one of his biggest projects has been to take all the motion pictures in the MCU (as well as the televised MCU and the Spider-Man Sony universe) and blend them into what would be a true chronology of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe story. Of course, now with TV shows like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the recently completed Loki, he’s had to add new stems to his Marvel Sacred Timeline.
This is not easy. You can watch the MCU in the order in which they were released in theaters (starting with Iron Man), but in that time you’re going to get episodes that have flashbacks, or are set in different time eras (Captain Marvel, for example, was released late in the series, but most of that storyline takes place way before the founding of the Avengers).
So how do you pull this off?
Okay. First, you’re going to need copies of every Marvel movie. You’ll also need a Disney+ subscription for the shows on that channel. And it wouldn’t hurt to snag the Spider-Man “Homecoming / Far from Home” movies, because the Tom Holland Spider-Man does interact with MCU characters.
Now what does this list NOT include?
For now, it does NOT have the Fox X-Men / Fantastic Four / Deadpool movies. It also does not include the Netflix Marvel series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist or The Defenders. It also does not include the other Marvel TV shows, including the 1970’s Spider-Man or The Incredible Hulk, or the more recent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Clock and Dagger, Runaways or The Gifted. It also does not bring in the pre-MCU films like Ghost Rider, the Ben Affleck Daredevil, the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man series, the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man series, the Venom film, the Blade trilogy, the Republic Captain America serials, or any of the animated shows. And no nit-picking about this list not having the Toei Supaidaman with his robot fighting vehicle Leopardion, ya nerds.
But I’ve seen what Tony’s achieved here. We’re talking over 250 different edits and connections spanning nearly two dozen films and three television runs. This is not easy. You try it. No, seriously, you try it.
And if you click on the Google Docs link to this project…
Prepare to have your mind blown. Like the opening scene in Scanners.
And if you think this is going to be a Herculean accomplishment … wait until the other time-traveling, universe-hopping films like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Ant-Man and the Wasp in Quantumania or the new Spider-Man: No Way Home films come out.
250+ edits to the Marvel Sacred Timeline?
I’m betting it’ll surpass over 1,000 different cuts when those three films are added to the blend.