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Is it ever made clear officially what the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is and where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D falls on it?

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I haven't seen a single episode of those, but from the questions here I at least gathered that it takes place after Coulson was supposed to have died in The Avengers (though I might be totally wrong). –  Napoleon Wilson Nov 19 '13 at 10:50
    
@ChristianRau that's sure that it falls after Avenger but not sure about its relation with Iron Man 3 and where does later films fall on the timeline with agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. –  Ankit Sharma Nov 19 '13 at 10:52
    
Yeah, just seen this other question. They might perhaps indeed be combined (using the Extremis-thing as an example/hint). But I'll leave that to an actual Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. expert. –  Napoleon Wilson Nov 19 '13 at 10:54
    
@ChristianRau i am also confused on merging them and even addressed it in chat post –  Ankit Sharma Nov 19 '13 at 11:01
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Pulling from the The Comic Board Forum (and IM3 in movie references):

  • December 31, 1999, Tony Stark learns about Extremis from Maya Hansen (Beginning of IM3)
  • 2008, Tony Stark demonstrates the Jericho outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. (exact date unsure - Beginning of IM1)
  • May 5, 2012, Battle of New York. (Avengers)
  • December 27, 2012, With Stark's help, Potts' Extremis effects are stabilized. (End of IM3)
  • September 24, 2013, Agents Fitz and Simmons discover the explosion which occurs was from a person, as well as that it comes from the Extremis within the Centipede. (First AoSHIELD episode)

The AoSHIELD episodes are based after IM3.

EDIT: After reading points in the comment made by Oliver_C, I did some more checking on several other websites. There is a very specific timeline given up to the time of The Avengers given by Marvel Studios which comes from Art of the Avengers. This is the only "official" Marvel release I can find showing a timeline. On this webpage (albeit not official), there is a very specific timeline which shows a video chapter-by-chapter timeline showing the AoSHIELD happening after IM3. (I have updated the timeline above to reflect this.) This makes more sense than my original timeline and accounts for discrepancies as described by Oliver_C. The notes in the two wikis which provide the "6 month" and "1 year" references are an "about".

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The dates seem off, The Battle of New York happened in 2012, and Iron Man 3 is supposedly set 6 months after. Thor 2 takes place 1 year after the Battle of New York. - So MAoS beginning in late 2014 doesn't seem right. –  Oliver_C Nov 19 '13 at 14:52
    
The same website shows the Battle of New York happening in May 2011, while the page you are showing shows it May 2012. Same site ... definitely a discrepancy. –  Paulster2 Nov 19 '13 at 15:13
    
"6 months" and "1 year" from @Oliver_C's comment are quotes from the writers IIRC, so go with that –  Izkata Nov 19 '13 at 15:20
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Further to Paulster's great answer - considering the next episode of Agents of SHIELD takes place immediately after the events of Thor: The Dark World, and will not only be referencing it but will also incorporate a possible piece of Asgardian (or other realm) technology, I believe the AoS storyline is running concurrent to the Marvel cinematic universe.

From an interview with executive producer Jeffrey Bell :

So our team shows up in the wake of what happened in Greenwich, and we’re cleaning up. We’re looking for other Asgardian or alien -- we don’t use the words “dark elves” or anything like that -- but we’re looking for other alien material, because as we’ve learned from other episodes, if a Chitauri or somebody leaves something laying around, it can lead to trouble.

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It's good they are making the storylines work within the MCU. –  Paulster2 Nov 19 '13 at 13:57
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Indeed - from the sound of it, there will be quite a lot of cross-over potential with Captain America: The Winter Soldier next year due to the huge role SHIELD plays in that film. –  Nobby Nov 19 '13 at 14:17
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