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Marvel Cinematic Universe
Directed by See below
Produced by See below
Screenplay by See below
Starring See below
Studio Marvel Studios
Distributed by Paramount Pictures (2008–2011)
Universal Studios (2008)
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2012–present)
Release date(s) 2008–present
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,150,000,000
Money made $8,500,000,000

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a movie franchise. It is a fictional universe that is the setting of several superhero movies and TV shows made by Marvel Studios, based on characters by Marvel Comics. This shared universe was showed in the movies by using the same characters or mentioning the same events. For example, Tony Stark appears at the end of The Incredible Hulk, even though he has nothing to do with the rest of the story. This is the same way that the Marvel comic books were linked into the same universe.

The movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have made a lot of money and become very popular, and the franchise has made the most money of all the movie franchises as of July 2015.


The movies in the MCU are organized in sections called Phases. So far, Phase 1 and 2 have been released. Phase 1 began in 2008 with the release of Iron Man and ended in 2012 with the release of The Avengers. Phase 2 began in 2013 with the release of Iron Man 3 and ended in 2015 with the release of Ant-Man. 10 more movies have been announced. These movies will be part of Phase 3.

Movie Date released Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Producer(s)

Released movies

Iron Man May 2, 2008 (2008-05-02) Jon Favreau Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway Avi Arad, Kevin Feige
The Incredible Hulk June 13, 2008 (2008-06-13) Louis Leterrier Zak Penn Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd, Kevin Feige
Iron Man 2 May 7, 2010 (2010-05-07) Jon Favreau Justin Theroux Kevin Feige
Thor May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06) Kenneth Branagh Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Don Payne
Captain America: The First Avenger July 22, 2011 (2011-07-22) Joe Johnston Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
The Avengers May 4, 2012 (2012-05-04) Joss Whedon
Iron Man 3 May 3, 2013 (2013-05-03Tproposed) Shane Black Drew Pearce and Shane Black
Thor: The Dark World November 8, 2013 (2013-11-08Tproposed) 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, Chris McCoy, and James Gunn
Avengers: Age of Ultron May 1, 2015 Joss Whedon
Ant-Man July 17, 2015 Peyton Reed Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish
Captain America: Civil War May 6, 2016 Joe and Anthony Russo Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Announced Movies
Movie Planned date of release Director (s) Screenwriter (s) Producer (s)
Doctor Strange November 4, 2016 Scott Derrickson Jon Spaihts Kevin Feige
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 May 5, 2017 James Gunn
Spider-Man: Homecoming July 28, 2017 Jon Watts Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley and

Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and

Chris McKenna & Eric Sommers

Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Thor: Ragnarok November 3, 2017 Taika Waititi Stephanie Folsom Kevin Feige
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
Captain Marvel March 8, 2019 TBA Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve
Avengers 4 May 3, 2019 Joe and Anthony Russo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

TV Shows

TV Show Episodes Season Air Dates Showrunner (s)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 22 1 September 24, 2013 - May 13, 2014 Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell
22 2 September 23, 2014 - May 12, 2015
22 3 September 29, 2015 - May 17, 2016
TBA 4 September 20, 2016 - TBA
Agent Carter 8 1 January 6, 2015 - February 24, 2015 Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, and Chris Dingess
10 2 January 19, 2016 - March 1, 2016
Daredevil 13 1 April 10, 2015 Steven S. DeKnight
13 2 March 18, 2016 Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez
Jessica Jones 13 1 November 20, 2015 Melissa Rosenberg
Luke Cage 13 1 September 30, 2016 Cheo Hodari Coker
Iron Fist 13 1 March 17, 2017 Scott Buck
The Defenders 8 1 2017 Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez
The Punisher 13 1 TBA Steven Lightfoot
Cloak and Dagger TBA 1 TBA Joe Pokaski

Shared characters and actors

Iron Man The Incredible Hulk Iron Man 2 Thor Captain America: The First Avenger The Avengers Iron Man 3 Thor: The Dark World Captain America: The Winter Soldier Guardians of the Galaxy Avengers: Age of Ultron Ant-Man Captain America: Civil War Doctor Strange
Tony Stark Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr.
James Rhodes Terrence Howard Don Cheadle Don Cheadle Don Cheadle Don Cheadle
Yinsen Shaun Toub Shaun Toub
Pepper Potts Gwyneth Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow
J.A.R.V.I.S Paul Bettany Paul Bettany Paul Bettany Paul Bettany
Christine Everhart Leslie Bibb Leslie Bibb
Phil Coulson Clark Gregg Clark Gregg Clark Gregg
Nick Fury Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson
Happy Hogan Jon Favreau Jon Favreau Jon Favreau
Bruce Banner Edward Norton Mark Ruffalo Mark Ruffalo
General Ross William Hurt William Hurt
Natasha Romanoff Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson
Howard Stark John Slattery Dominic Cooper John Slattery
Senator Stern Garry Shandling Garry Shandling
Thor Chris Hemsworth Chris Hemsworth Chris Hemsworth Chris Hemsworth Chris Hemsworth
Jane Foster Natalie Portman Natalie Portman
Loki Tom Hiddleston Tom Hiddleston Tom Hiddleston
Erik Selvig Stellan Skarsgard Stellan Skarsgard Stellan Skarsgard Stellan Skarsgard
Volstagg Ray Stevenson Ray Stevenson
Heimdall Idris Elba Idris Elba Idris Elba
Darcy Lewis Kat Dennings Kat Dennings
Frigga Rene Russo Rene Russo
Odin Anthony Hopkins Anthony Hopkins
Hogun Tadanobu Asano Tadanobu Asano
Fandral Joshua Dallas Zachary Levi
Sif Jaimie Alexander Jaimie Alexander
Jasper Sitwell Maximiliano Hernandez Maximiliano Hernandez Maximiliano Hernandez
Clint Barton Jeremy Renner Jeremy Renner Jeremy Renner Jeremy Renner
Steve Rogers Chris Evans Chris Evans Chris Evans
Peggy Carter Hayley Atwell Hayley Atwell Hayley Atwell
James Barnes Sebastian Stan Sebastian Stan Sebastian Stan
Arnim Zola Toby Jones Toby Jones
Maria Hill Cobie Smulders Cobie Smulders Cobie Smulders
The Other Alexis Denisof Alexis Denisof
Thanos Damion Poitier Josh Brolin
The Collector Benicio del Toro Benicio del Toro
Sam Wilson Anthony Mackie Anthony Mackie
Brock Rumlow Frank Grillo Frank Grillo
Sharon Carter Emily VanCamp Emily VanCamp
Baron Strucker Thomas Kretschmann Thomas Kretschmann
Dr. List Henry Goodman Henry Goodman
Wanda Maximoff Elizabeth Olsen Elizabeth Olsen Elizabeth Olsen
Pietro Maximoff Aaron Taylor-Johnson Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Vision Paul Bettany Paul Bettany
Scott Lang Paul Rudd


Box office performance

Movie U.S. release date Revenue Rank Budget Sources
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 $623,279,547 $888,400,000 $1,511,679,547 #3 #3 $220,000,000
Total $1,741,617,021 $2,060,532,611 $3,802,149,632 $1,000,000,000

Critical reaction

Movie Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Yahoo! Movies
Overall Top Critics
Iron Man 94% (238 reviews) 91% (44 reviews) 79 (38 reviews) B+ (15 reviews)
The Incredible Hulk 67% (219 reviews) 55% (40 reviews) 61 (38 reviews) B- (14 reviews)
Iron Man 2 75% (268 reviews) 65% (40 reviews) 57 (40 reviews) B- (12 reviews)
Thor 77% (256 reviews) 65% (40 reviews) 58 (39 reviews) B (10 reviews)
Captain America: The First Avenger 79% (217 reviews) 76% (41 reviews) 66 (36 reviews) C+ (9 reviews)
Marvel's The Avengers 92% (290 reviews) 84% (45 reviews) 69 (43 reviews) N/A
Average ratings 81% 73% 65 B

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