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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), (also referred as Earth-199999 in various Marvel storylines), is a major media franchise and shared fictional universe that is the setting of many superhero films independently produced by Marvel Studios, based on characters that appear in publications by Marvel Comics. The shared universe of the films, much like the Marvel Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters.
The first film to be released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was Iron Man (2008), followed by The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Marvel's The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). Five upcoming films including a second sequel to Thor is slated for release in 2017 and following years.
The films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe have received both critical and commercial success, and the franchise as a whole ranks as the second highest-grossing film franchise of all time. Outside of feature films, the franchise has expanded into comic books, a series of short films called Marvel One-Shots, and the television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.
Phase One: Avengers Assembled
|Iron Man||May 2, 2008||Jon Favreau||Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby||Avi Arad, Kevin Feige||Released|
|The Incredible Hulk||June 13, 2008||Louis Leterrier||Zak Penn||Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd, Kevin Feige|
|Iron Man 2||May 7 2010||Jon Favreau||Justin Theroux||Kevin Feige|
|Thor||May 6, 2011||Kenneth Branagh||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Don Payne|
|Captain America: The First Avenger||July 22, 2011||Joe Johnston||Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely|
|The Avengers||May 4, 2012||Joss Whedon||Zak Penn and Joss Whedon|
|Iron Man 3||May 3, 2013||Shane Black||Drew Pearce and Shane Black||Kevin Feige||Released|
|Thor: The Dark World||November 8, 2013||Alan Taylor||Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely|
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||April 4, 2014||Joe and Anthony Russo||Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely|
|Guardians of the Galaxy||August 1, 2014||James Gunn||Nicole Perlman and James Gunn|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||May 1, 2015||Joss Whedon|
|Ant-Man||July 17, 2015||Peyton Reed||Paul Rudd, Gabriel Ferrari, Andrew Barrer, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish and Adam McKay|
|Captain America: Civil War||May 6, 2016||Joe and Anthony Russo||Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely||Kevin Feige||Released|
|Doctor Strange||November 4, 2016||Scott Derrickson||Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||May 5, 2017||James Gunn|
|Spider-Man: Homecoming||July 7, 2017||Jon Watts||John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein and
Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers
|Kevin Feige & Amy Pascal|
|Thor: Ragnarok||November 3, 2017||Taika Waititi||Stephany Folsom||Kevin Feige||Post-Production|
|Black Panther||February 16, 2018||Ryan Coogler||Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler|
|Avengers: Infinity War||May 4, 2018||Joe and Anthony Russo||Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely|
|Ant-Man and the Wasp||July 6, 2018||Peyton Reed||Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari and Paul Rudd||Filming|
|Captain Marvel||March 8, 2019||Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck||Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve||In development|
|Avengers 4||May 3, 2019||Joe and Anthony Russo||Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely||Filming|
|Spider-Man: Homecoming 2||July 5, 2019||TBA||Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal||In development|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3||TBA||James Gunn||Kevin Feige|
|Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||4||September 24, 2013 - Present||88||Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell||Ongoing|
|Marvel's Agent Carter||2||January 6, 2015 - March 1, 2016||18||Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, and Chris Dingess||Canceled|
|Marvel's Inhumans||1||September 1, 2017 (IMAX Theaters)|
September 29, 2017 (ABC)
|Marvel's Damage Control||1||TBA||TBA||Ben Karlin||In development|
|Marvel's Daredevil||2||April 10, 2015 - Present||26||Steven S. DeKnight (Season 1), Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez||Ongoing|
|Marvel's Jessica Jones||1||November 20, 2015 - Present||13||Melissa Rosenberg|
|Marvel's Luke Cage||1||September 30, 2016 - Present||13||Cheo Hodari Coker|
|Marvel's Iron Fist||1||March 17, 2017 - Present||13||Scott Buck (Season 1), Raven Metzner|
|Marvel's The Defenders||1||August 18, 2017||8||Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez||Released|
|Marvel's The Punisher||1||2017||13||Steve Lightfoot||Post-Production|
|Marvel's Cloak and Dagger||1||Winter 2018||10||Joe Pokaski||Filming|
|Marvel's New Warriors||1||2018||10||Kevin Biegel||Filming|
|WHIH Newsfront||10||July 2, 2015 - May 3, 2016||Hiatus|
|Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot||6||December 13, 2016||Released|
|Marvel's Runaways||1||November 21, 2017||10||Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage||Post-production|
|Film||Release Date||Director||Screenwriter||Producer||Released with|
|The Consultant||September 13, 2011||Leythum||Eric Pearson||Kevin Feige||Marvel's Thor|
|A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer||October 25, 2011||Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger|
|Item 47||September 25, 2012||Louis D’Esposito||Marvel's The Avengers|
|Agent Carter||September 3, 2013 (Digital)|
September 24, 2013 (Physical)
|Marvel's Iron Man 3|
|All Hail the King||February 4, 2014 (Digital)|
February 25, 2014 (Physical)
|Drew Pearce||Marvel's Thor: The Dark World|
|What Thor Was Doing During Civil War||August 28, 2016||Taika Waititi||Marvel's Captain America: Civil War|
|Team Thor: Part 2||February 14, 2017||Marvel's Doctor Strange|
|"It is daunting but it's fun. It's never been done before and that's kind of the spirit everybody's taking it in. The other filmmakers aren't used to getting actors from other movies that other filmmakers have cast, certain plot lines that are connected or certain locations that are connected, but I think ... everyone was on board for it and thinks that it's fun. Primarily because we've always remained consistent saying that the movie that we are making comes first. All of the connective tissue, all of that stuff is fun and is going to be very important if you want it to be. If the fans want to look further and find connections, then they're there. There are a few big ones obviously, that hopefully the mainstream audience will able to follow as well. But...the reason that all the filmmakers are on board is that their movies need to stand on their own. They need to have a fresh vision, a unique tone, and the fact that they can interconnect if you want to follow those breadcrumbs is a bonus."|
—Kevin Feige, President of Production for Marvel Studios, on constructing a shared film universe.
Marvel's The Avengers
- Main article: The Avengers
In June 2007, Zak Penn, who wrote The Incredible Hulk, was hired to write a script for The Avengers. In April 2010, Joss Whedon closed a deal to direct the film, and to rework Penn's script. Marvel announced that Edward Norton would not be reprising the role of Bruce Banner aka the Hulk, and in July 2010, Mark Ruffalo was cast in his place. In October 2010, The Walt Disney Company agreed to pay Paramount at least $115 million for the worldwide distribution rights to Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, although the deal allowed Paramount to continue to collect a box office fee and receive credit for distribution. Principal photography began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in August, and New York City in September.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who portrayed Pepper Potts in Iron Man and Iron Man 2, was cast at Robert Downey Jr.'s insistence; prior to this, Whedon had not intended the film to include supporting characters from the heroes' individual films, commenting, "You need to separate the characters from their support systems in order to create the isolation you need for a team." Sony Pictures and Disney discussed incorporating the OsCorp Tower from the The Amazing Spider-Man into the climax of The Avengers, but the idea was eventually dropped because The Avengers's Manhattan skyline had already been rendered before the OsCorp building design had been completed. The supervillain Thanos appeared in a post-credits scene, portrayed by Damion Poitier.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
- Main article: Iron Man 3
In late 2010, Marvel and Disney scheduled Iron Man 3 for release on May 3, 2013. In February 2011, Marvel hired Shane Black to direct Iron Man 3. Black co-wrote the film's script with Drew Pearce. Filming began in May 2012, in North Carolina. Filming also took place in southern Florida, China, and Los Angeles.
In the film Tony Stark experiences PTSD like symptoms following the Battle of New York. Black explained, "that's an anxiety response to feeling inferior to The Avengers, but also to being humbled by sights he cannot possibly begin to understand or reconcile with the realities he's used to... There's a line in the movie about ever since that big guy with the hammer fell out of the sky, the rules have changed. That's what we're dealing with here." Mark Ruffalo also reprised his role as Dr. Bruce Banner in a cameo appearance during a post-credits scene.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Main article: Thor: The Dark World
A sequel to Thor was first announced in June 2011. Alan Taylor signed on to direct the film in December 2011. The film's title was announced as Thor: The Dark World in July 2012 at San Diego Comic-Con International. Production started in September 2012 in Bourne Wood, Surrey. Filming also took place in Iceland and London. The film premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on October 22, 2013. It was internationally released on October 30, 2013 and on November 8, 2013 in the United States.
Chris Evans briefly makes a cameo appearance in the film as Captain America when Loki shapeshifts into him while mocking Thor. Tom Hiddleston wore the Captain America costume while standing in for Evans, before Evans came to shoot the scene. Hiddelston said, "I did an impression of Loki in the Captain America costume, and then they showed Chris [Evans] my performance on tape. It's him doing an impression of me doing an impression of him. And it's brilliant." James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, directed the mid-credits scene in which Sif and Volstagg encounter The Collector, played by Benicio del Toro. Asked about shooting the scene, Gunn said, "I got the script that morning, and I did it in two hours at the end of a day of second unit shooting [for Guardians of the Galaxy]," he said. "That's how this little bit came together with Benicio."
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Main article: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
A sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger was announced in April 2012. Joe and Anthony Russo were hired to direct in June 2012, and in July 2012 it was officially titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson are set to reprise their respective roles as Captain America and Nick Fury, and Scarlett Johansson will again play the Black Widow. Production started in April 2013 in Manhattan Beach. The film was released on April 4, 2014 in 2D and 3D.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- Main article: Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel Studios announced it was developing a Guardians of the Galaxy film in July 2012, with a release date of August 1, 2014. The film is to be directed by James Gunn, based on a screenplay written by Nicole Perlman, Chris McCoy, and Gunn. In February 2013, Chris Pratt was cast in the lead role, as Star-Lord. The film iwas released on August 1, 2014 in 3D and IMAX 3D.
- Main article: Ant-Man
Ant-Man is to be script written by Wright and Joe Cornish, who plan to include Henry Pym and Scott Lang as major characters. Test footage for the film was screened at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International during the Marvel Studios panel. It is set for release on November 6, 2015, and Feige confirmed that it will be the first film in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Edgar Wright was originally to direct the film but left due to creative differences.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Following the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.
Doctor Strange (2016)
Marvel's Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Strange Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, travels to a hidden world mysticism to use his hands again.
Recurring cast and characters
- This table only includes characters which have appeared in multiple franchises within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in that medium, or that the character's presence in that medium has not yet been announced.
- A V indicates a voice-only role.
- A C indicates an uncredited cameo role.
- A P indicates the actor or actress appears via pictures only.
- A Y indicates the actor portrayed the role in a flashback scene when the character was younger.
- An A indicates the actor or actress appears via archived footage.
|Character||Phase One: Avengers Assembled||Phase Two||Phase Three||Phase Four||Marvel One-Shots||TV Shows||Web-Series|
|Iron Man||The Incredible Hulk||Iron Man 2||Thor||Captain America:|
The First Avenger
|Iron Man 3||Thor:|
The Dark World
The Winter Soldier
|Guardians of the Galaxy||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Ant-Man||Captain America: Civil War||Doctor Strange||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||Spider-Man: Homecoming||Thor: Ragnarok||Black Panther||Avengers: Infinity War||Ant-Man and the Wasp||Captain Marvel||Untitled Avengers Sequel||Untitled Spider-Man Sequel||Untitled Movie||Untitled Movie||Untitled Movie||The Consultant||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer||Item 47||Agent Carter||All Hail the King||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Agent Carter||Daredevil||Jessica Jones||Luke Cage||Iron Fist||The Defenders||The Inhumans||The Punisher||Cloak and Dagger||WHIH Newsfront||Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot|
|Robert Downey, Jr.||Robert Downey, Jr. C||Robert Downey, Jr.|
Davin Ransom Y
|Robert Downey, Jr.||Robert Downey, Jr. P||Robert Downey, Jr.||Robert Downey, Jr.||Robert Downey, Jr.||Robert Downey, Jr.||Robert Downey, Jr.||Robert Downey, Jr. A||Robert Downey, Jr. A|
|Nick Fury||Samuel L. Jackson C||Samuel L. Jackson||Samuel L. Jackson C||Samuel L. Jackson||Samuel L. Jackson||Samuel L. Jackson||Samuel L. Jackson||Samuel L. Jackson||Samuel L. Jackson|
|Phil Coulson||Clark Gregg||Clark Gregg||Clark Gregg||Clark Gregg||Clark Gregg||Clark Gregg|
|Howard Stark||Gerard Sanders P||John Slattery||Dominic Cooper||Dominic Cooper P||John Slattery||Dominic Cooper||Dominic Cooper|
|James "Rhodey" Rhodes|
|Terrence Howard||Don Cheadle||Don Cheadle||Don Cheadle||Don Cheadle||Don Cheadle P|
|JARVIS||Paul Bettany V||Paul Bettany V||Paul Bettany V||Paul Bettany V|
|Virginia "Pepper" Potts||Gwyneth Paltrow||Gwyneth Paltrow||Gwyneth Paltrow|
|Harold "Happy" Hogan||Jon Favreau||Jon Favreau||Jon Favreau||Jon Favreau|
|Christine Everhart||Leslie Bibb||Leslie Bibb||Leslie Bibb|
|Edward Norton||Mark Ruffalo||Mark Ruffalo C||Mark Ruffalo||Mark Ruffalo A||Mark Ruffalo||Mark Ruffalo||Mark Ruffalo||Edward Norton P|
|General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross||William Hurt||William Hurt||William Hurt A||William Hurt A|
|Tim Roth||Tim Roth A||Tim Roth P||Tim Roth A|
|Scarlett Johansson||Scarlett Johansson||Scarlett Johansson||Scarlett Johansson||Scarlett Johansson||Scarlett Johansson||Scarlett Johansson A|
|Senator Stern||Garry Shandling||Garry Shandling|
|Justin Hammer||Sam Rockwell||Sam Rockwell|
|Anton Vanko||Yevgeni Lazarev||Costa Ronin|
Dakota Goyo Y
|Chris Hemsworth||Chris Hemsworth||Chris Hemsworth||Chris Hemsworth||Chris Hemsworth||Chris Hemsworth||Chris Hemsworth A|
|Jasper Sitwell||Maximiliano Hernández||Maximiliano Hernández||Maximiliano Hernández||Maximiliano Hernández||Maximiliano Hernández||Maximiliano Hernández|
Ted Allpress Y
|Tom Hiddleston||Tom Hiddleston||Tom Hiddleston||Tom Hiddleston||Tom Hiddleston||Tom Hiddleston A|
|Jeremy Renner C||Jeremy Renner||Jeremy Renner||Jeremy Renner||Jeremy Renner||Jeremy Renner||Jeremy Renner A|
|Erik Selvig||Stellan Skarsgård||Stellan Skarsgård||Stellan Skarsgård||Stellan Skarsgård|
|Jane Foster||Natalie Portman||Natalie Portman P||Natalie Portman|
|Heimdall||Idris Elba||Idris Elba||Idris Elba||Idris Elba|
|Sif||Jaimie Alexander||Jaimie Alexander||Jaimie Alexander||Jaimie Alexander|
|Chris Evans||Chris Evans C||Chris Evans||Chris Evans||Chris Evans C||Chris Evans||Chris Evans||Chris Evans||Chris Evans A||Chris Evans A||Chris Evans A|
|Peggy Carter||Hayley Atwell||Hayley Atwell V C A||Hayley Atwell||Hayley Atwell||Hayley Atwell||Hayley Atwell|
|James "Bucky" Barnes|
The Winter Soldier
|Sebastian Stan||Sebastian Stan||Sebastian Stan C||Sebastian Stan||Sebastian Stan||Sebastian Stan A||Sebastian Stan A|
|Arnim Zola||Toby Jones||Toby Jones||Toby Jones|
|Dum Dum Dugan||Neal McDonough||Neal McDonough C A||Neal McDonough||Neal McDonough|
|Jim Morita||Kenneth Choi||Kenneth Choi|
|Maria Hill||Cobie Smulders||Cobie Smulders||Cobie Smulders||Cobie Smulders||Cobie Smulders|
|Thanos||Damion Poitier||Josh Brolin C||Josh Brolin||Josh Brolin|
|Councilwoman Hawley||Jenny Agutter||Jenny Agutter|
|The Other||Alexis Denisof||Alexis Denisof|
|Gideon Malick||Powers Boothe||Powers Boothe|
|Matthew Ellis||William Sadler||William Sadler P||William Sadler||William Sadler|
|Trevor Slattery||Ben Kingsley||Ben Kingsley|
|Benicio del Toro C||Benicio del Toro||Benicio del Toro|
|Carina||Ophelia Lovibond C||Ophelia Lovibond|
|Anthony Mackie||Anthony Mackie||Anthony Mackie A|
|Elizabeth Olsen C||Elizabeth Olsen||Elizabeth Olsen||Elizabeth Olsen||Elizabeth Olsen||Elizabeth Olsen A|
|List||Henry Goodman||Henry Goodman||Henry Goodman|
|Frank Grillo||Frank Grillo||Frank Grillo A|
|Aaron Taylor-Johnson C||Aaron Taylor-Johnson|
|Baron Wolfgang von Strucker||Thomas Kretschmann C||Thomas Kretschmann|
|Chris Pratt||Chris Pratt||Chris Pratt||Chris Pratt|
|Nebula||Karen Gillian||Karen Gillian||Karen Gillian||Karen Gillian|
|Gamora||Zoe Saldana||Zoe Saldana||Zoe Saldana|
|Drax the Destroyer||Dave Bautista||Dave Bautista||Dave Bautista|
|Groot||Vin Diesel V||Vin Diesel V||Vin Diesel V|
|Rocket Raccoon||Bradley Cooper V||Bradley Cooper V||TBA|
|Vision||Paul Bettany||Paul Bettany||Paul Bettany|
|F.R.I.D.A.Y.||Kerry Condon V||Kerry Condon V|
|Ulysses Klaw||Andy Serkis||Andy Serkis|
|Paul Rudd||Paul Rudd||Paul Rudd|
|Hope Van Dyne|
|Evangeline Lilly||Evangeline Lilly||Evangeline Lilly|
|Corey Stoll||Corey Stoll|
|Tom Holland||Tom Holland||Tom Holland||Tom Holland|
|May Parker||Marisa Tomei||Marisa Tomei|
|Chadwick Boseman||Chadwick Boseman|
|Ayo||Florence Kasumba||Florence Kasumba|
|T'Chaka||John Kani||John Kani|
|Everett K. Ross||Martin Freeman||Martin Freeman|
|Benedict Cumberbatch||Benedict Cumberbatch||Benedict Cumberbatch||Benedict Cumberbatch|
|Wong||Benedict Wong||Benedict Wong|
|Mantis||Pom Klementieff||Pom Klementieff|
|Felix Blake||Titus Welliver||Titus Welliver|
|Leo Fitz||Iain De Caestecker||Iain De Caestecker|
|Jason O'Mara||Jason O'Mara|
|Alphonso Mackenzie||Henry Simmons||Henry Simmons|
|Melinda May||Ming-Na Wen||Ming-Na Wen|
|Chloe Bennet||Chloe Bennet|
|Jemma Simmons||Elizabeth Henstridge||Elizabeth Henstridge|
|Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez||Natalia Cordova-Buckley||Natalia Cordova-Buckley|
|Claire Temple||Rosario Dawson|
|Jeri Hogarth||Carrie-Anne Moss||Carrie-Anne Moss|
|Karen Page||Deborah Ann Woll||Deborah Ann Woll|
|Brett Mahoney||Royce Johnson|
|Samantha Reyes||Michelle Hurd|
|Blake Tower||Stephen Rider||Stephen Rider|
|Turk Barrett||Rob Morgan||Rob Morgan|
|Benjamin Donovan||Danny Johnson||Danny Johnson|
|Gao||Wai Ching Ho||Wai Ching Ho|
|Charlie Cox||Charlie Cox|
|Foggy Nelson||Elden Henson||Elden Henson|
|Stick||Scott Glenn||Scott Glenn|
|Elektra Natchios||Élodie Yung||Élodie Yung|
|Jon Bernthal||Jon Bernthal|
|Luke Cage||Mike Colter||Mike Colter|
|Patricia "Trish" Walker||Rachael Taylor||Rachael Taylor V||Rachael Taylor|
|Jessica Jones||Krysten Ritter||Krysten Ritter|
|Malcolm Ducasse||Eka Darville||Eka Darville|
|Misty Knight||Simone Missick||Simone Missick|
|Colleen Wing||Jessica Henwick|
In June 2012, Marvel announced the release of a 10-disc Blu-ray box set titled Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled, for September 25, 2012. The box set includes the first six films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers—in a replica of Nick Fury's briefcase from The Avengers.
In August 2012, luggage company Rimowa GmbH, who developed the briefcase for The Avengers, filed suit against Marvel Studios and Buena Vista Home Entertainment in U.S. federal court, complaining that "Marvel did not obtain any license or authorization from Rimowa to make replica copies of the cases for any purpose". The set was delayed and the packaging was redesigned for 2013. The box set, with a redesigned case, was released on April 2, 2013. In addition, the box set included a featurette on the upcoming Phase Two movies, showing footage and concept art, as well as previously unreleased deleted scenes from all of the Phase One films.
In November 2010, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada outlined his plan to expand the MCU into comic books. He explained, "For the uninitiated, the MCU comics are going to be stories set within movie continuity. They are not necessarily direct adaptations of the movies, but maybe something that happened off screen and was mentioned in the movie, and we'll tell that story. ... The folks that are involved in the movies on the West Coast will be involved in these stories.
It won't be like one of our comic book writers saw the movie and has an idea for a story. No, these stories are originating at the very top. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is involved with these and in some cases maybe the writers of the movies would be involved in ... generating these ideas and then either just giving them to some of our writers or maybe some of these guys writing them themselves."
In August 2011, Marvel announced a series of direct-to-video short films called Marvel One-Shots. The first short film, The Consultant, is included with the Thor Blu-ray release, which was released on September 13, 2011. A second, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer, was released on the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray on October 25, 2011. Both films star Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, offering up two self-contained stories about the day in the life of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. A third film titled Item 47 was released with The Avengers Blu-ray on September 25, 2012.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Main article: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In July 2012 it was reported that Marvel's TV division had again entered into discussions with ABC to do a show set in the MCU, and in August ABC ordered a pilot for a show called S.H.I.E.L.D., to be written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, and directed by Joss Whedon. Clark Gregg is cast to reprise his role from the films as Phil Coulson in the series. On April 6, 2013 ABC announced that the show would be titled, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The series premiered on ABC in fall 2013. The premiere garnered 12 million viewers, becoming the highest viewed television premiere on the network in over a decade. In May 2014, ABC renewed the series for a second season, set to premiere in fall 2014.
- Main article: Agent Carter
After the success of Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, Captain America screenwriters Christopher Marcus and Steve McFeely penned a pilot episode in January 2014. In May 2014, the show was picked up straight-to-series without the pilot episode being filmed. The first season will premiere in January 2015, and will run for eight episodes while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on hiatus. The show will star Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark.
- Main article: Daredevil (Netflix Show)
In 2013, Marvel announced that it has agreed to a multi-show deal with Netflix, where they will provide exclusive programming of four original shows, which will culminate in a mini-series event after each show has completed their first season. The first show in the lineup was announced to be Daredevil with a 13 episode first season. The show will be produced and managed by Steven DeKnight, and written by Drew Goddard. Charlie Cox will star in the title role as the series premieres on Netflix in 2015.
- Main article: Jessica Jones (TV series)
In December 2010, it was reported that Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg was developing a series originally for ABC titled AKA Jessica Jones, based on the comic book series Alias created by Brian Michael Bendis. In November 2011, Rosenberg stated that the TV show would center on Jessica Jones and would have principal parts for Luke Cage and Carol Danvers. She also confirmed that the TV series would absolutely take place in the larger "cinematic" Marvel Universe and Tony Stark and Stark Industries were in the pilot script but admitted, "As we go along things will alter in terms of what is made available to us, but we're definitely in that universe. In May 2012, ABC president Paul Lee stated the network has passed on the series.
A year later, the series (with the same creative team) was announced to be in production as part of Netflix's multi-series deal. The series premiered in November 2015 and ran for 13 episodes.
Box office performance
|Film||U.S. release date||Revenue||Rank||Budget|
|United States||International||Worldwide||All time domestic||All time worldwide|
|Iron Man||May 2, 2008||$318,412,101||$266,762,121||$585,174,222||#30||#80||$140,000,000|
|The Incredible Hulk||June 13, 2008||$134,806,913||$128,620,638||$263,427,551||#296||#340||$150,000,000|
|Iron Man 2||May 7, 2010||$312,433,331||$311,500,000||$623,933,331||#34||#67||$200,000,000|
|Thor||May 6, 2011||$181,030,624||$268,295,994||$449,326,618||#156||#132||$150,000,000|
|Captain America: The First Avenger||July 22, 2011||$176,654,505||$191,953,858||$368,608,363||#169||#188||$140,000,000|
|Marvel's The Avengers||May 4, 2012||$623,357,910||$888,400,000||$1,511,757,910||#3||#3||$220,000,000|
|Iron Man 3||May 3, 2013||$403,157,804||$804,600,000||$1,207,757,804||#15||#5||$200,000,000|
|Thor: The Dark World||November 8, 2013||$202,972,697||$427,000,000||$629,972,697||#145||#83||$170,000,000|
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||April 4, 2014||$259,766,572||$455,000,000||$714,766,572||#76||#66||$170,000,000|
|Guardians of the Galaxy||August 1, 2014||$333,176,600||$441,000,000||$774,176,600||#42||#63||$170,000,000|
|Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron||May 1, 2015||$459,005,868||$946,408,000||$1,405,413,868||#9||#7||$280,000,000|
|Ant-Man||July 17, 2015||$180,202,163||$339,048,616||$519,250,779||#210||#149||$130,000,000|
|Captain America: Civil War||May 6, 2016||$408,084,349||$745,211,944||$1,153,296,293||#19||#12||$250,000,000|
|Doctor Strange||November 4, 2016||$181,627,937||$390,462,294||$572,090,231||#208||#127||$165,000,000|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||May 5, 2017|
|Spider-Man: Homecoming||July 7, 2017|
|Iron Man||93% (238 reviews)||79 (38 reviews)|
|The Incredible Hulk||67% (218 reviews)||61 (38 reviews)|
|Iron Man 2||73% (273 reviews)||57 (40 reviews)|
|Thor||77% (261 reviews)||57 (40 reviews)|
|Captain America: The First Avenger||80% (246 reviews)||66 (36 reviews)|
|Marvel's The Avengers||92% (310 reviews)||69 (43 reviews)|
|Iron Man 3||78% (246 reviews)||62 (43 reviews)|
|Thor: The Dark World||66% (218 reviews)||54 (44 reviews)|
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||88% (180 reviews)||71 (8 reviews)|
|Guardians of the Galaxy||92% (181 reviews)||76 (45 reviews)|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||74% (264 reviews)||66 (49 reviews)|
|Ant-Man||79% (212 reviews)||64 (43 reviews)|
|Captain America: Civil War||90% (314 reviews)||75 (52 reviews)|
|Doctor Strange||90% (251 reviews)||72 (49 reviews)|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||81%||67|
Marvel has hired screenwriters for a number of other properties: in April 2006, Andrew W. Marlowe was hired to write a script for Nick Fury, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer were hired to write a screenplay for Doctor Strange in June 2010, and in January 2011, Marvel hired documentary filmmaker Mark Bailey to write a script for Black Panther. Marvel has also attempted to hire a team of writers to help come up with creative ways to produce film adaptations of some of its lesser-known properties, including Black Panther, Cable, Iron Fist, Nighthawk, and Vision, and in April 2010, Marvel began meeting with filmmakers to discuss small-scale, $20–40 million movies based on these lesser-known characters and others.
Properties including Doctor Strange, Ka-Zar, Luke Cage, Dazzler, and Power Pack are among those being considered for development. In March 2012, Kevin Feige mentioned the Inhumans as being a property he was confident a movie would be made out of, along with Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy. A sequel to 2008's The Incredible Hulk has also been discussed, with Marvel Studios having suggested a possible release after 2015's The Avengers 2 due to the positive audience reception towards Mark Ruffalo's portrayal of Bruce Banner in The Avengers. Ruffalo is set to reprise his role in any future adaptation of the character.
In January 2013, Kevin Feige confirmed that Doctor Strange would be a part of their Phase Three slate of movies and in May 2013, Feige confirmed that Marvel Studios is planning to release a Doctor Strange feature film. At Entertainment Weekly's CapeTown Film Fest in 2013, Feige stated that Marvel was planning to release a female superhero film. In May 2013, the Hollywood Reporter reported that, in addition to the planned Doctor Strange film, Iron Fist, Black Panther and The Runaways are "on the horizon", and Marvel has working scripts for Blade and Ms. Marvel.
In February 2015, Marvel Studios confirmed that they settled their rights dispute with Columbia Pictures and will produce a Spider-Man movie reboot set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside Columbia, which will be released on July 28, 2017.
- Main article: Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline
- In July 2013, theatrical and home media distribution rights for Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger were transferred to Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, respectively.
- Fox's X-Men and Fantastic Four films, Sony's previous Spider-Man films, and Big Hero 6 are considered to not take place in the MCU as a result of 3 of the 4 films under different ownership while Big Hero 6 is a Disney-branded film.
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