It’s no secret that the ‘8 years later’ title card at the beginning of Spider-Man: Homecoming was one of the most controversial issues to come out of the MCU. It completely reframed the timetable of events of the films and it totally threw out the placement of the TV shows in the timeline. In an interview during their Avengers: Infinity War world tour, director Joe Russo admitted that the ‘8 years later’ card was a mistake.
Playing a Marvel Cinematic Universe trivia game with interviewer Ashish Chanchlani, Russo was put to the test with trivia questions about the MCU, and one of them was the time-gap between The Avengers and Homecoming. To which Joe Russo responded:
“It was eight years, I believe. It was a very incorrect eight years.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming starts off with Adrian Toomes amid the rubble of a devastated New York after the events of The Avengers, with a title card then placing the main events of the film “eight years later.” The Avengers was released in May 2012, five years before Spider-Man: Homecoming in July 2017, which leaves fans confused as to when, exactly, both films took place.
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentioned that an official MCU timeline would be published down the line. It’ll be weird to see how they work their way through the ‘8 years later’ card knowing it wasn’t meant to be a huge mistake. Still, it makes one wonder how such a blunder made its way to a film.