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Marvel Cinematic Universe:

Movies (2008-Present)

More to come.

Prologue

Iron Man movie

directed by Jon Favreau; written by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Halloway, and John August; stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Gwyneith Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts, Terrence Howard as James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury (cameo); Tony Stark becomes Iron Man; Iron Man battles an armored Obadiah Stane; in the end, Tony Stark reveals his identity to the public; after the end credits, Nick Fury appears; 126 minutes; released 2 May 2008

Phase 1: Avengers Assemble

Iron Man 2

directed by Jon Favreau; written by Justin Theroux; stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes (recast from Iron Man), Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer, and Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko; Iron Man battles rival industrialist Justin Hammer and super-villain Ivan Vanko; Rhodey becames War Machine (though not named that explicitly); introduces Black Widow and S.H.I.E.L.D.; preposterous plot, involving more stolen Iron Man technology, Tony Stark’s father hiding a conveniently useful message in a diorama of the 1974 Stark Expo, and Tony Stark creating a makeshift particle accelerator to synthesize a new element; at the end, Tony Stark talks to Nick Fury, during which a screen shows destruction on a college campus (from The Incredible Hulk), while another shows a crater in a desert (Thor’s hammer, also touched upon after this film’s end credits) and another shows a world map with seven locations (two of which correspond to events in Captain America: The First Avenger and one to Black Panther); after the end credits, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Coulson reports on a large hammer in a crater in a New Mexico desert (leading into Thor); 125 minutes; released 7 May 2010 (but premiered in L.A. on 26 Apr 2010)

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Marvel One-Shots #2

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer”

  • directed by Leythum; written by Eric Pearson
  • a prequel to the post-credits scene from Iron Man 2
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Coulson encounters a robbery on the way to Thor’s hammer

included on the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray (released 25 Oct 2011)
The Incredible Hulk movie

directed by Louis Leterrier; written by Zak Penn (with uncredited script assistance by Edward Norton); stars Edward Norton as Bruce Banner (later recast for The Avengers), Liv Tyler as Elizabeth “Betty” Ross, William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, and Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky; Bruce Banner struggles with his Hulk persona (the origin of which is shown only in flashback and is inconsistent with the origin shown in 2003′s Hulk); Hulk faces General Ross and the Abomination (though not named that officially); sets up the Leader (Samuel Sterns, played by Tim Blake Nelson) as a villain for a possible sequel; after the end credits, Tony Stark talks with General Ross, saying that a team is being formed; Iron Man 2 establishes this film as occurring during and after that one; 112 minutes; released 13 June 2008

Marvel One Shots #1

“The Consultant”

  • directed by Leythum; written by Eric Pearson
  • expands upon the post-credits sequence from The Incredible Hulk

included on the Thor Blu-ray
Thor movie

directed by Kenneth Branagh; script by Ashley Edward Miller, and Zack Stentz; story by Mark Protosevich and J. Michael Straczynski; stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury (cameo), and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton (cameo); Thor debuts and battles Loki and the Destroyer; after the end credits, Loki is shown to be controlling scientist Erik Selvig; 114 minutes; released 6 May 2011 (though released on 21 Apr in Australia)

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Captain America: The First Avenger

directed by Joe Johnston; written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley; stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt, Sebastian Stan as James “Bucky” Barnes, Tommy Lee Jones as Chester Phillips, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury (cameo); 124 minutes; released 22 July 2011 (but premiered in L.A. on 19 July 2011)

Marvel One-Shots #4

“Agent Carter”

  • directed by Louis D’Esposito; stars Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark
  • takes place one year after the bulk of Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Agent Carter searches for the mysterious villain Zodiac

included on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray (released 24 Sept 2013)
The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week #1

untitled -- 20 pages

  • script by Eric Pearson; story by Eric Pearson and Christopher Yost; pencils by Luke Ross and Daniel HDR; inks by Luke Ross and Mark Pennington

first issue; originally distributed digitally in two parts for free; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2012

The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week #2

untitled -- 20 pages

  • script by Eric Pearson; story by Eric Pearson and Christopher Yost; pencils by Luke Ross and Daniel HDR; inks by Luke Ross and Mark Pennington

originally distributed digitally in two parts for free; $2.99; cover-dated May 2012
The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week #3

untitled

  • script by Eric Pearson; story by Eric Pearson and Christopher Yost; pencils by Agustin Padilla and Wellinton Alves; inks by Don Ho and Rick Ketchum

originally distributed digitally in two parts for free; $2.99; cover-dated June 2012
The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week #4

untitled

  • script by Eric Pearson; story by Eric Pearson and Christopher Yost; pencils by Agustin Padilla and Wellinton Alves; inks by Don Ho and Rick Ketchum

final issue; originally distributed digitally in two parts for free; $2.99; cover-dated June 2012

The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week

collects The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week #1-4; 96 pages; $14.99; cover-dated 2012

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The Avengers movie

directed by Joss Whedon; written by Joss Whedon; stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner (recast from The Incredible Hulk), Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Tom Hiddleston as Loki; released 4 May 2012

Phases 2 and 3: The Infinity McGuffins

Marvel One-Shots #3

“Item 47″ -- 12 minutes

  • directed by Louis D’Esposito; written by Eric Pearson
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sitwell searches for a Chitauri gun
  • refers to Agent Coulson’s recent death (in The Avengers)

included on The Avengers Blu-ray (released 29 Aug 2012 in some places and 25 Sept 2012 in the U.S.)
Iron Man 3 Prelude #1

untitled -- 20 pages

  • written by Christos N. Gage and Will Corona Pilgrim; pencils by Steve Kurth; inks by Drew Geraci
  • after Iron Man 2, Stark gives Rhodes an upgraded War Machine armor and removes the added components from Justin Hammer
  • three months later, War Machine battles a stolen Hammer tank in Hong Kong during the alien attack on New York City (seen in The Avengers)

first issue; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2013

Iron Man 3 Prelude #2

untitled -- 20 pages

  • written by Christos N. Gage and Will Corona Pilgrim; pencils by Steve Kurth; inks by Drew Geraci
  • War Machine defeats the tank, then heads to New York, arriving in time to join the Avengers for shawarma
  • Tony reveals more suits of armor (dubbed his “Iron Legion”)
  • the tank is revealed to have been working for the Mandarin

final issue; $2.99; cover-dated Feb 2013

Iron Man 3

directed by Shane Black; written by Drew Pearce and Shane Black; stars stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, Rebecca Hall as Dr. Maya Hansen, Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery; 130 minutes; released 3 May 2013 (but premiered in Paris on 14 Apr 2013)

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

“Pilot”

  • directed by Joss Whedon; written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen
  • features Extremis technology

first episode; aired 24 Sept 2013

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #2

“0-8-4″

  • directed by David Straiton; written by Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, and Jeffrey Bell; stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury (cameo)

aired 1 Oct 2013
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3

“The Asset”

  • directed by Milan Cheylov; written by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen

aired 8 Oct 2013
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4

“Eye Spy”

  • directed by Roxann Dawson; written by Jeffrey Bell

aired 15 Oct 2013
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #5

“Girl in the Flower Dress”

  • directed by Jesse Bochco; written by Brent Fletcher
  • features Extremis technology

aired 22 Oct 2013
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6

“F.Z.Z.T.”

  • directed by Vincent Misiano; written by Paul Zbyszewski

aired 5 Nov 2013
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #7

“The Hub”

  • directed by Bobby Roth; written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc

aired 12 Nov 2013

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Thor: The Dark World

directed by Alan Taylor; script by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeely; story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat; stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki; 112 minutes; released 8 Nov 2013 (but premiered in London on 22 Oct 2013)

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #8

“The Well”

  • directed by Jonathan Frakes; written by Monica Owusu-Breen
  • occurs after Thor: The Dark World

aired 19 Nov 2013
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo; written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely; stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers; released 4 Apr 2014

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Guardians of the Galaxy movie

directed by James Gunn; script by James Gunn; story by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; released 1 Aug 2014

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron

directed by Joss Whedon; written by Joss Whedon; released 1 May 2015

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Ant-Man movie

directed by Peyton Reed; written by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd; released 17 July 2015

Captain America: Civil War

directed by Anthony and Joe Russo; released 6 May 2016

Doctor Strange movie

directed by Scott Derrickson; released 4 Nov 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

directed by James Gunn; released 5 May 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

directed by Jon Watts; released 7 July 2017

Thor: Ragnarok
released 3 Nov 2017
Black Panther
released 16 Feb 2018
Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1
released 4 May 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp
released 6 July 2018
Captain Marvel
released 8 Mar 2019
Avengers: Infinity War — Part 2
3 May 2019


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