The MCU Timeline and How the Tesseract Is the Key

We’ve seen a lot of notable objects in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but one of the most noteworthy has been the Tesseract. The Tesseract is known throughout the MCU as an incredibly powerful object that was used across multiple generations, boasting amazing abilities that allowed for instantaneous travel across the universe. Eventually, the Infinity Stone the Tesseract housed, the Space Stone, was used by Thanos as part of his infamous Infinity Gauntlet, in conjunction with the five other Infinity Stones.

The Tesseract’s latest onscreen appearance was its surprise inclusion in Captain Marvel. The 1990s-set film gave us a major new piece of information on the history of the Tesseract. Let’s take a look at what we know about where the Tesseract’s been, where it ultimately went…


The Tesseract played a key role in the World War II-set Captain America: The First Avenger

The MCU Timeline and How the Tesseract Is the Key


As first glimpsed in a post-credit scene in Thor and then later greatly elaborated on by The Avengers, Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. have possession of the Tesseract by 2012, but not for long…

The MCU Timeline and How the Tesseract Is the Key


Set in 1995, Captain Marvel adds a big new component to the Tesseract’s history when Carol Danvers, Nick Fury, and their Skrull allies discover the object onboard the ship that belonged to the Kree scientist Mar-Vell before her death…

The MCU Timeline and How the Tesseract Is the Key


Thanos may have destroyed the Tesseract, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see it again. In fact, there are some unanswered questions that we’d love to see Marvel address. With most franchises, one might assume we’d never get to see the specifics of how the Tesseract went from Howard to Mar-Vell, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand in almost unprecedented ways, with many more films and TV series in the works. So we may see more of that blue cube yet.

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Brian Linder

Sr. Content Producer at FANDOM, Brian has been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. He loves space sagas and superheroes.

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