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Tracing the MCU Timeline of That Important Captain Marvel Artifact –

 

So, now that Captain Marvel has hit theatres, we’ve got one more film to go, before the MCU as we know it, changes for good. And boy, did that movie have some serious repercussions for the MCU. I mean, holy shit, where did that twist even come from?

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Hopefully, you’ve seen it and you know that the Tesseract was behind Carol Danvers getting her Photonic powers and becoming the most powerful person in the universe. But while that film filled in some gaps in the history of the containment vessel for the Space Stone, it also got me a little confused on some ‘where’s’ and ‘why’s.’So I figured I’d map out the journey for you, to hopefully clarify some things, from the dawn of time, until the Snap.

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At the dawn of the UniverseAccording to the Collector, the Big Bang created 6 primal elemental singularities, which were forged into concentrated ingots. Cosmic entities turned those into the Infinity Stones: Time, Reality, Soul, Mind, Power and Space.It’s the last one, the Space Stone, that becomes the Tesseract.– Guardians of the Galaxy

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Ancient civilizations using the TesseractMultiple cosmic civilizations, including the Celestials, wield the power of the stones, and at some point, the Space Stone is contained in a crystalline cube known as the Tesseract.After millennia, Odin encounters the Tesseract on his conquest to take over the galaxy, and takes it. It becomes the crown jewel of his vault on Asgard.– Guardians of the Galaxy

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Odin moves it in 10th Century, NorwayWhether it was intentional or not, the Asgardians leave the Tesseract on Earth, in Tønsberg, Norway. It’s placed the care of human worshippers, behind a carving of Yggdrasil. It remains hidden for centuries.– Captain America: The First Avenger

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It’s found in 1942, by HydraJohann Schmidt recovers the Tesseract from inside a church, during the Nazi occupation of Norway. He takes it to Hydra HQ, where scientist Arnim Zola taps into its powers to create weapons for Hydra.– Captain America: The First Avenger

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It’s lost in the Arctic Ocean, in 1945In a battle between Red Skull and Captain America in the Valkyrie, Skull attempt to wield the power of the Tesseract himself, and it throws him through a rift in space, to Vormir.The Tesseract burns a hole through the floor of the plane and plunges into the ocean. Captain America and the plane follow shortly after, and are frozen for the next 70 years.– Captain America: The First Avenger

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In an undisclosed period after WWII, the Tesseract is recoveredHoward Stark, as a member of the SSR, goes looking for Rogers’ body and finds the Tesseract. He recovers it and brings it to the surface.After founding SHIELD, he spends years trying to research it.– Captain America: The First Avenger & Iron Man 2

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It ends up in Nevada at Project PEGASUSThere’s not much known about the Tesseract for the 35+ years between its recovery and the events of Captain Marvel. Despite it being in SHIELD custody, it ends up at Project PEGASUS, a joint operation between the US Airforce and NASA, which suggests the US government somehow took possession of it.Under the guise of researching it for it’s energy/weapons applications (much like what Hydra was up to), Kree scientist Mar-Vell disguises herself as Dr. Wendy Lawson and begins exploring its properties. After relocating it to her hidden base in Earth’s orbit, she starts looking into lightspeed travel, to help the refugee Skrulls escape the Kree. Carol Danvers joins her as a test pilot, unaware of the true mission.– Captain Marvel

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Carol Danvers and Mar-Vell are shot down by Yon-Rogg over Nevada, in 1989Yon-Rogg, of the the Kree Starforce, shoots down a test plane powered by the Tesseract’s energy. He murders Mar-Vel and Danvers attempts to shoot the lightspeed engine to incapacitate him, but instead, gets imbued with Photonic power.Yon-Rogg takes her to Hala to research her transformation, while the Tesseract stays in orbit over Earth.– Captain Marvel

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The Tesseract is discovered in Earth’s Orbit in 1995After Captain Marvel escapes the Skrulls, crashes on Earth and rediscovers here past, she confiscates the Tesseract to keep it from Kree hands.To keep it even safer, Goose the cat/Flerken stores it in a pocket dimension in her stomach.– Captain Marvel

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SHIELD regains custody of of the TesseractAfter Danvers leaves the planet, the Tesseract remains in the hands of Goose, until she spits it out on Fury’s desk, in an undisclosed SHIELD location.Project PEGASUS is revived to study the properties of the Tesseract, under the SHIELD umbrella.– Captain Marvel

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In 2011, Eric Selvig is tapped by Nick Fury to research the TesseractAfter the events of Thor, Fury brings Selvig to an undisclosed facility to mine his knowledge about the cube. Unbeknownst to him, Loki’s there and learns about the Tesseract.– Thor

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In 2012, Loki and Thanos come for the TesseractAfter years in SHIELD’s possession, Loki takes the Tesseract and uses it to open a portal to allow Thanos and the Chitauri to attack Earth.– The Avengers

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Thor takes the Tesseract back to AsgardAfter the Battle of New York, Thor uses the powers of the Tesseract to take Loki and himself back to Asgard.The Tesseract is then restored to Odin’s vault for the first time in thousands of years.– The Avengers

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Prior to Ragnarok, Loki swipes the TesseractWhile he’s on his way to grab Surtur’s crown to start Ragnarok, Loki steals the Tesseract back and takes it aboard the Sakaaran spaceship The Statesman that has now become the new Asgard.– Thor: Ragnarok

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Thanos attacks The Statesman, and recovers the TesseractThe Mad Titan, as well as his Black Order, infiltrate the ship, slaughter half the Asgardians, beat down the Hulk, and kill Loki.Thanos then crushes the Tesseract to reveal the Space Stone and adds it to his gauntlet.– Avengers: Infinity War

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Status of the Tesseract in/after Endgame is unknownWhile the Tesseract is effectively destroyed, the Space Stone helped Thanos wipe out half the universe. That done, he then uses it one last time to travel to an unknown alien world to retire.Given the rumours of time travel, duplicating the Infinity Stones, etc… odds are, we haven’t seen the end of this powerful object.–Avengers: Infinity War & Avengers: Endgame

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