Ultimate Guide to Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) The Avengers & More!

Ultimate Guide to Marvel Cinematic Universe

Guide to Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

 

Guide to Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Black Widow
Complete guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers
In 2008, Marvel released it’s first official movie. That movie, Iron Man, went on to gross over a half a billion dollars. It also set the stage for Marvel to finally build its cinematic universe: Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). With two films being released annually, Marvel has built a hugely rich (& hugely successful) world filled with the world’s greatest superheros and the world’s worst villains.
With ThorIron ManCaptain AmericaThe Hulk, and Nick Fury being the leading characters in the First Phase of the MCU, Marvel has created a powerhouse basis to move forward and continue expanding their hugely successful franchise. Weaving recurring characters like Black Widow and Hawkeye help keep continuity and build awareness for lesser known characters. With Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel is taking us out of this world and to a whole new level.
They have set up their lineup by Phases with individual character movies being released before leading up to an Avengers movie. We have compiled the details on each and every entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe so you can make sure you haven’t missed a thing. From recurring characters, Marvel One-Shots and the famous Post Credits Scenes to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and everything in between, we’ve got your ultimate guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One: Avengers Assembled

PHASE ONE: AVENGERS ASSEMBLED (2008-2012)

Phase One is the first wave of Marvel films which established the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) by releasing films centered on the individual Avengers.

IRON MAN

The first film to be released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was Iron Man which was released in 2008. Iron Man (played perfectly by Robert Downey, Jr.)  introduced us to billionaire Tony Stark as he must build an armored suit to survive after being kidnapped. When he decides to continue fighting against injustice using the suit, we witness the birth of Iron Man.

Post-Credits Scene: Nick Fury (see below) approaches Tony Stark about The Avengers Initiative.

Recurring Characters
Pepper Potts – Tony Stark’s personal assistant, and love interest, is played by Gwyneth Paltrow.
Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes – One of Tony Stark’s best friends who serves as the liaison between Stark Industries and the United States Air Force. Played by Terrence Howard.
Nick Fury – The post-credits scene introduced us to Nick Fury, the leader of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who mentions the “Avenger Initiative”.
Agent Phil Coulson – Played by Clark Gregg, this character was created specifically for the MCU, but was so popular he now appears in Marvel Comics. Agent Coulson works for S.H.I.E.L.D.
Howard Stark – Tony Stark’s father

Iron Man grossed over $585 million in worldwide box office receipts.

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THE INCREDIBLE HULK

The Incredible Hulk, released in 2008, essentially ignores the 2003 Hulk (which was not done by Marvel), and established how Bruce Banner (played by Edward Norton) became The Hulk through a military initiative that goes wrong.

Post-Credits Scene: Tony Stark approaches General Thaddeus mentioning how the failed program that produced The Hulk also produced Captain America. He also tells him a team is being put together.

Recurring Characters
Tony Stark – In the post-credits scene.

The Incredible Hulk grossed over $263 million in worldwide box office receipts.

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IRON MAN 2


Iron Man 2
, released in 2010, has the world pressuring Tony Stark to share his Iron Man technology with the military. He faces his toughest opponent yet in Whiplash (Mickey Rourke), who has vowed to avenge his father’s death at the hands of Tony’s father.

Post-Credits Scene: Agent Coulson arrives at a crater in New Mexico where he has located Thor’s hammer.

Recurring Characters
Nick Fury
Pepper Potts
Natasha Romanoff  / Black Widow – An undercover spy for S.H.I.E.L.D. that poses as Tony Stark’s assistant (played by Scarlett Johansson).
Howard Stark

Iron Man 2 grossed over $623 million in worldwide box office receipts. It was released in 3D.

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THOR

Released in 2011, the God of Thunder, Thor, is set to take over the throne of his father until he makes a vital mistake that brings his world to the brink of war. In turn, his father casts him out of Asgard and forces him to live amongst the humans on Earth.

Post-Credits Scene: Nicky Fury takes Dr. Erik Selvig to S.H.I.E.L.D. to study a cube shape object, the Tesseract. We see that Loki is controlling Selvig and makes him agree to helping.

Recurring Characters
Clint Barton / Hawkeye – Has an uncredited cameo.
Nick Fury
Loki – Thor’s brother
Doctor Erik Selvig
Jasper Sitwell – An Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel One-Shot
“The Consultant” – Released exclusively on the Thor Blu-Ray, this short film finds Agent Coulson informing Jasper Sitwell to sabotage a meeting to have Emil Blonsky / Abomination remain in prison. Their consultant is none other than Tony Stark. It takes place after the events of Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk.

Thor grossed over $449 million in worldwide box office receipts. It was released in 3D.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

Released in 2011. In 1942, after Steve Rogers is found unfit for military service he volunteers for a secret military project that turns him into super soldier Captain America.

Post-Credits Scene: Steve Rogers is working out when Nicky Fury approaches him about a new initiative.

Recurring Characters
Nick Fury
Howard Stark

Marvel One-Shot
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer” – Released exclusively on the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray and set before the events of Thor, Agent Coulson stops at a gas station while traveling to New Mexico. When the gas station is robbed, Agent Coulson must take care of the assailants himself.

Captain America: The First Avenger grossed over $370 million in worldwide box office receipts. It was released in 3D.

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MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS

Released in 2012, Marvel’s The Avengers finds Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally assembling a team of earth’s mightiest heroes to save Earth from Loki and his evil army. This blockbuster film brings together Thor, The Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow and Hawkeye.

Post-Credits Scene: It is revealed that Loki’s return was orchestrated by Thanos.

Recurring Characters
Phil Coulson
Nick Fury
Loki
Pepper Potts
Jasper Sitwell
Maria Hill – An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel One-Shot
“Item 47” – Released exclusively on Marvel’s The Avengers Blu-Ray and set after the events in Marvel’s The Avengers. A couple find a Chitauri gun from the aftermath of the attack on New York City. Once they begin robbing banks, it catches the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D. who send Agent Sitwell to take care of the couple.

Marvel’s The Avengers grossed over $1.5 billion in worldwide box office receipts. It was released in 3D.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition) [Blu-Ray]
This 10 disc limited edition set collects all six movies from the MCU’s Phase One including an all new bonus disc. It comes in a beautiful S.H.I.E.L.D. metal suitcase and is definitely aimed right at the collectors and super-fans.

Proceed for Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two 

MCU Phase Two
Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two

PHASE TWO (2013 – 2015)

IRON MAN 3

Released in 2013, Iron Man 3 finds Tony Stark has built up multiple Iron Man armored suits to relieve his anxiety from the events in New York City. Meanwhile, he must face up against a terrorist called The Mandarin.

Post-Credits Scene: Tony Stark is telling his issues to a doctor, who happens to be Dr. Bruce Banner.

Recurring Characters
Bruce Banner
Pepper Potts
James Rhodes / War Machine

Marvel One-Shot
“Agent Carter” – Released exclusively on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray and set one year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. Agent Carter is fed up with being marginalized and decides to go on an unauthorized solo mission.

Iron Man 3 grossed over $1.2 billion in worldwide box office receipts. It was released in 3D.

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MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (SEASON 1)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is a TV show airing on ABC that is set in the MCU. The pilot takes place after the events in Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3 and concurrently with the events in Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and sets up part of Guardians of the Galaxy. The show follows Agent Coulson as he puts together a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to investigate new cases. The series weaves in stories, characters and events from the MCU directly into the episodes.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Post-Credits Scene: The Collector is brought The Aether by Asgardian warriors Sif and Volstagg who explain that the Tesseract is already on Asgard and two Infitity Stones shouldn’t be kept so close together. The Collector tells them that The Aether will be safe with him.

Recurring Characters
Loki
Captain America
Black Widow
Howard Stark
Jasper Sitwell

The Collector – Played by Benicio del Toro 
The Collector’s Aide – Played by Ophelia Lovibond

Marvel One-Shot
“All Hail the King” – Released exclusively on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray and set after the events in Iron Man 3. A documentary filmmakers interviews the now infamous Trevor Slattery in his high security prison cell.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released on April 4, 2014 in 3D and IMAX. Now in the present day, Steve Rogers struggles with his role in modern society while battling a threat from the past: a Soviet agent known as The Winter Soldier. Read our Review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Post-Credits Scene: There are two post-credits scenes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The first has Baron von Strucker examines Loki’s sceptre while talking about no one understanding its power at a Hydra facility before talking to an aide about the twins – Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch. The second scene has Bucky at the Smithsonian looking at historical photos of himself before he became The Winter Soldier – realizing that Steve Rogers was right.

Recurring Characters
Nick Fury
Black Widow
Maria Hill
Peggy Carter
Jasper Sitwell
Sharon Carter
Baron von Strucker
Quicksilver
The Scarlet Witch

Marvel One-Shot

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

 


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 
Guardians of the Galaxy was released on August 1, 2014 in 3D and IMAX. Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord, joins together with a band of misfits in prison to stop Ronan who is hellbent on destroying the planet Nova. Read our Review of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Post-Credits Scene: The Collector sits in the rubble of his once astonishing collection when Cosmo the dog featured earlier in the film comes up and licks his face. We then hear a voice speak to The Collector which winds up being none other than Howard The Duck.

Recurring Characters
The Collector
Thanos

Marvel One-Shot

See the trailer for The Guardians of the Galaxy

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (SEASON 2)
Began airing September 23, 2014 on ABC.

Following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier which found the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Coulson and his team try to restore trust from the government and the public while dealing with Hydra and a group of super powered people called The Inhumans. The first half of the season sets up Marvel’s Agent Carter, which ran after the first 10 episodes of S.H.I.E.L.D. The final episodes of Season 2 lead directly into Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (SEASON 1)
Began airing January 2015 on ABC.Agent Carter is based off of the Marvel One-Shot titled Agent Carter that appeared on the Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray release. The show features Peggy Carter as she balances her life as an office worker for the Strategic Scientific Reserve while secretly working for Howard Stark on special missions leading to the eventual formation of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel’s Agent Carter 8 Season 1 episodes aired after the first 10 episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, before it resumed it’s final 12 episodes for the season.

Recurring Characters

Howard Stark

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON


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Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron was released on May 1, 2015. In 1942, after Steve Rogers is found unfit for military service he volunteers for a secret military project that turns him into super soldier Captain America.

Post-Credits Scene: Steve Rogers is working out when Nicky Fury approaches him about a new initiative.

Recurring Characters
Nick Fury
Howard Stark

Marvel One-Shot
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer” – Released exclusively on the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray and set before the events of Thor, Agent Coulson stops at a gas station while traveling to New Mexico. When the gas station is robbed, Agent Coulson must take care of the assailants himself.

Captain America: The First Avenger gross
ANT-MAN

Ant-Man was released on July 17, 2015.

Post-Credits Scene:

Recurring Characters

Marvel One-Shot

MCU Phase 3

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3

CAPTAIN AMERICA: Civil War
Set for release on May 6, 2016

DOCTOR STRANGE
Set for release on November 4, 2016

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Vol. 2
Set for release on May 5, 2017

Untitled Spider-Man Film
Set for release on July 28, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok
Set for release on November 3, 2017

Marvel’s The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1
Set for release on May 4, 2018

Black Panther
Set for release on July 6, 2018

Captain Marvel

Set for release on November 2, 2018

Marvel’s The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2

Set for release on May 3, 2019

The Inhumans
Set for release on July 12, 2019



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