'Iron Man 2' Occurs Before 'Incredible Hulk' In Marvel Movie Timeline, Says Jon Favreau

Iron Man 2The two-hour season premiere of "Lost" got everyone's timeline senses tingling, but it only took "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau one word to clarify fans' understanding of Marvel movie continuity.

When asked via Twitter where (or rather, when) "Iron Man 2" falls in relation to 2008's "Incredible Hulk," Favreau said the upcoming sequel actually falls "before" Edward Norton's adventure as the green goliath.

Of course, this seems to make perfect sense, given what we know of "Iron Man 2" and the final scene of "Incredible Hulk," in which Tony Stark approaches General Ross in a bar to talk with him about his "unusual problem."

In the final "Hulk" scene, Stark asks Ross, "What if I told you we were putting a team together?" — inferring that he's not only aware of Nick Fury's "Avengers" team, but is also a member. This would seem to indicate that the armored superhero's status as a solo act in "Iron Man 2" plays nice with Favreau's timeline for the Marvel movie universe, despite the order in which the films were released.

However, that doesn't mean the brief comment hasn't spawned some questions, too. With Stark appearing to become a member of the Avengers in the time between the finale of "Iron Man 2" and "Incredible Hulk," one has to wonder which of the other Marvel films might fill in the gap in the overall continuity.

Additionally, if "The Avengers" shows us the team's origin, it stands to reason that the 2012 superhero team-up film could actually fall before "Incredible Hulk," too (or possibly run parallel to the "Hulk" timeline).

Got all that? Yeah, me neither... but I think we can all agree that May 7 can't come soon enough.

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