The 'Captain Marvel' movie is set in the 1990s, injecting into the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). A key plot point is the use of the Tesseract as (once again) a power source.

The Tesseract has changed hands repeatedly throughout the MCU movies, and the movies are not set strictly in chronological order.

Please could someone set out the history and movements of the Tesseract (including who has had ownership at particular times) in chronological order for the MCU, taking into account the events of 'Captain Marvel'?


So, official Tesseract timeline:

Captain America: The First Avenger

• hidden for thousands of years in Asgardian mural, uncovered by Red Skull

• burned through hull of plane, fell into ocean

• recovered by Howard Stark soon afterward, taken into possession by Strategic Scientific Reserve, later to become SHIELD

Captain Marvel

• given to Dr. Wendy Lawson to research for Project PEGASUS, a secret multi-billion dollar SHIELD research project. she was secretly Mar-Vell, a rogue Kree secretly using the tesseract to build a secret lightspeed engine to secretly save the Skrulls. secretly.

• kept on Mar-Vell's ship in orbit above earth, used to power lightspeed engine

• in SHIELD's possesion after being swallowed by Goose, vomited onto Fury's desk

The Avengers

• presented to Dr. Selvig to research just before The Avengers

• incorporated into portal machine, used by Loki to open portal for Chitauri

• after Loki's defeat, used to transport Thor and Loki to Asgard, kept in Odin's vault

Thor: Ragnarok

• stolen from vault by Loki while he was there to summon Surtur to cause Ragnarok

• on Asgardian escape ship on path to Earth

Avengers: Infinity War

• taken by Thanos, breaks casing to expose Space Stone, incorporates into Infinity Gauntlet

• used for The Snap

• chilling on the back of Thanos's hand on a farm somewhere

Link - by u/the_infinite

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    Besides the fact that the timeline itself is correct, I still have trouble with a little detail. In Captain Marvel, Fury gains knowledge about the tesseract the first time. In Avengers, chronologically after Captain Marvel, when he visits the science lab, he looks at the tesseract and asks what it is, which looks like he's never seen it before. But he has. – frank42 Mar 18 '19 at 11:39
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    @frank42 Security clearance can be weird that way. If you're working on a classified project, you aren't allowed to talk about or acknowledge classified info even if that info appears elsewhere or is leaked so it could be that Fury isn't at liberty to admit that he's seen it before, because the mission where he saw it is still classified. – Jared K Mar 18 '19 at 19:25
  • A further point: In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark appears to accidentally create a new timeline where Loki escapes with the Tesseract in the events immediately following Avengers Assemble. – EleventhDoctor Jun 12 '19 at 18:38

According to The Captain America: The First Avenger and Iron Man 2, the Tesseract was found by Howard Stark post-World War II and studied by Stark. Eventually, Nick Fury comes to possess it.

This is where Captain Marvel starts to fill in some of the blanks. In Captain Marvel, we learn that the Tesseract was somehow possessed by Mar-Vell in 1989 (and perhaps some years prior) — the year she died and that Carol Danvers was captured by the Kree army.

It gives us a hint of what was going on with the Tesseract before we witnessed Loki stealing it from Fury in 2012’s The Avengers (which takes place around 2008 or 2012 in the MCU ) Fury defended his decision to allow Thor to take the Tesseract back to Asgard along with Loki.

Later, the Tesseract was locked in the Odin's Vault. During Ragnarök, where Loki was about to resurrect Surtur in order to defeat Hela, he decided to take the Tesseract before taking the Crown of Surtur

Thanos and the Black Order attacked Thor's the ship and captured Thor and Loki. Thanos tortured Thor in order to make Loki give him the Tesseract. Afterward, Ebony Maw retrieved the Tesseract and presented it to Thanos, who proceeded to effortlessly crush the Tesseract in his hand and placed the Space Stone in his Infinity Gauntlet.

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