Marvel Studios Has An Actual Timeline Scroll

When J. Michael Straczynski created his heavily serialised five-season sci-fi series “Babylon 5,” he famously started out by crafting a timeline for his onscreen world from the birth to the death of the the universe. It turns out Marvel Studios not only adopted the idea for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but took it a step further.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” director Jon Watts spoke with EW this week and revealed that the company has crafted an “actual scroll” of events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which creators can use for reference. Watts says he got a look at it at the time he signed on to helm the film and it was longer than a conference room table:

“There’s an actual scroll that they unrolled for me. One of my producers, Eric Carroll, it was his first job at Marvel to work on a timeline and see where things line up and see where things didn’t quite line up. Like, ‘Oh, that’s when Captain America is born.’

It’s very long. It’s the most amazing thing because it starts, honestly, at the beginning of time – I don’t remember specifically, but I think it has something to do with Thor. It is truly an amazing document.”

The quotes come as both “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther” are in post-production, “Avengers: Infinity War” is wrapping up filming, a fourth “Avengers” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” are gearing up to begin filming imminently, and development is underway on “Captain Marvel,” “Spider-Man Homecoming 2” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”.