What's under Asgard MCU

So it's no problem at all that the tesseract appears in "Captain Marvel"

Spoiler for "Captain Marvel" and other MCU films

In “Guardians Of The Galaxy” the collector (Benicio del Toro) explains the history of the infinity stones: Before there was even a universe, there were six singularities. After the Big Bang, the so-called Cosmic Entities formed from it the six mighty stones, each of which controls one aspect of the universe: space, mind, reality, power, soul and time. But the stones do not necessarily have to have the shape of jewels, as they can be seen in Thanos' Infinity glove: The space stone, for example, was contained for a long, long time in a blue cube, the so-called tesseract, which is now also in "Captain Marvel" plays a role.

But in view of the previous MCU timeline, does it even work that the tesseract appears in "Captain Marvel"? We already answered this question with “yes” in an article about the apparent contradictions in the prequel, but at this point we want to go into the history of the tesseract in more detail.

After its creation, the tesseract resides in Odin's treasury in Asgard for a long period of time, but at some point the Asgardians (or Aesir) bring it to earthwhere legends about the blue cube will soon emerge.

1940s

In March 1942, Johann Schmidt alias Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) from the Nazi secret society HYDRA found the Tesserakt in Tønsberg, Norway and begins to research it (as seen in "Captain America"). In the further course of the Second World War, Schmidt and HYDRA manufacture powerful weapons with the help of the cube, but the world domination plans of the Nazis can be thwarted by Captain America (Chris Evans). Schmidt takes off his giant Valkyrie plane in March 1945 to attack the United States, but Captain America defeats him and crashes the plane. The Red Skull himself is teleported to the planet Vormir, by the way, after he has picked up the blue cube, where we see him again in "Avengers 3: Infinity War".

The tesseract, however, falls into the sea and is recovered some time later by Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). After Stark researched it himself for some time (in "Iron Man 2" Tony Stark finds sketches in one of Howard's notebooks), the cube finally ends up at Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. - a research facility owned by NASA and the United States Air Force.

approx. 1989-1995

At P.E.G.A.S.U.S. the Kree Mar-Vell (Annette Bening) used the tesseract in the late 80s to use the code name Dr. Wendy Lawson developing an engine for a group of Skrull refugeeswith which the speed of light can be reached. The Skrulls want to go in search of a new home beyond the reach of the Kree.

At the time, the cube was hidden in a camouflaged Kree spaceship in Earth orbit, where Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) found it in 1995. Danvers ‘Cat Goose, who is actually a cat-like alien from the Flerken species, swallows the cube to hide it from the Kree and then strangles it on Nick Fury's (Samuel L. Jackson) desk. We see all of these events in "Captain Marvel".

2010 and after

Sometime after that, S.H.I.E.L.D. the research on the tesseract again and works in the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility with NASA to use the tesseract to manufacture weapons. The next time the cube appears in the MCU chronology is 2010: In the post-credit scene for Thor, Fury hires Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) to research the cube. Selvig is already under the control of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) at this time. In 2012 the tesseract played an important role again when Loki finally stole it from the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility in "The Avengers" in order to open a portal for the Chitauri.

After Loki is defeated, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) takes the tesseract back to Asgard, where we see him again in Odin's treasury in "Thor 3: Day of Decision". Before Asgard is destroyed, Loki takes the cube, before he finally falls into the hands of Thanos (Josh Brolin) at the beginning of "Avengers 3: Infinity War"when he attacks the Asgardians' escape starship. Thanos destroys the tesseract to get to the space stone and has been wearing it in his infinity glove ever since.

As you can see, the appearance of the tesseract in "Captain Marvel" is not a problem for the MCU timeline. We will then find out how the space stone and the remaining infinity stones will continue from April 25, 2019 in “Avengers 4: Endgame“.