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Marvel Cinematic Universe - From Where It All Began

Updated on July 5, 2017

A Peak into the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Everyone loves a good superhero movie! Not only are they packed with unrealistic action and love interests, they always have a good dose of comedy (like in the clips below). Marvel has been exploding the big screen since the release of Iron Man in 2008 and does not plan on stopping any time soon. Yes, there were Marvel movies before this time, but they did not do so well in the box office. Marvel has created 3 phases of it's Cinematic Universe which includes movies, television shows, and short films. A fourth phase is in the works starting in 2020. I am on a mission to watch them all in a recommended order based not on release date, but the time period in which each movie was set.

By watching the videos in this order, so many things have "clicked". For example, Iron Man's father plays a big role in Captain America: The First Avenger however, Iron Man was released first.

The Avengers

Super Hero
Played By
Captain America
Steven Rogers
Chris Evans
Iron Man
Tony Stark
Robert Downey Jr.
Bruce Banner
Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk) Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers)
Chris Hemsworth
Agent Clint Barton
Jeremy Renner
Black Widow
Natasha Romanoff
Scarlet Johanson

Try Not to Spit Out Your Popcorn

Spiderman, X-Men, and The Fantastic Four

Although these major characters are all Marvel superheroes, they unfortunately are not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fox owns the rights to X-Men and The Fantastic Four while Sony owns Spiderman rights.

Disney now owns all remaining Marvel characters.

There Can Only Be One

Who are your favorite Marvel superheroes?

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Phase 1 of The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Recommended Viewing Order
Date Released
Captain America: The First Avenger (Movie)
July 22, 2011
Agent Carter (Short Film)
September 24, 2013
Iron Man (Movie)
May 2, 2008
Iron Man 2 (Movie)
May 7, 2010
The Incredible Hulk (Movie)
June 13, 2008
The Consultant (Short Film)
September 13, 2011
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer (Short Film)
October 25, 2011
Thor (Movie)
May 6, 2011
The Avengers (Movie)
May 4, 2012
Item 47 (Short Film)
September 25, 2012
All short films can be found in the Blu Ray boxed sets of the movies as follows: Agent Carter- Iron Man 3, The Consultant- Thor, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer- Captain America: The First Avenger, Item 47-The Avengers

1. Captain America: The First Avenger - Set in1942 During WWII

The Plot Begins

Captain America: The First Avenger is set in 1942 during WWII against Hitler. Steven Rogers wants nothing more than to join the military and fight against the Nazis, but is turned down over and over due to health conditions and his small size. He is discovered by Dr. Abraham Erskine who is looking for one special man to become a "super soldier" and go head to head with a man named Johann Schmidt, also known as Red Skull. This is a power hungry man who not only took the super soldier serum before it was ready and lost his whole face, but he also stole a powerful artifact called the Tesseract.*

Although Steven fumbles and struggles through boot camp, he makes ingenious and selfless choices that stand out and he is chosen to be the super soldier. After being injected with the serum that promotes growth and cellular change, he is put in a vita ray pod and emerges a tall and sculpted beast.

After Dr. Erskine is assassinated, Steven Rogers becomes a joke. They made him the face of a war bond campaign in which he is part of a singing and dancing USO show in an embarrassing spandex outfit.

After learning that Johann Schmidt has captured his best friend who is fighting in the war, Steven Rogers takes matters into his own hands and decides to face the Red Skull head on.

This is the perfect way to kick off the cinematic experience. Steven is laughed at when he is tiny and asthmatic, then he is laughed at when he is a tall and toned man. It's the decisions he made and the actions he took that made people respect him.

*The tesseract plays a huge part in upcoming Marvel films.

The Precious Tesseract

2. Agent Carter (Marvel One Shot)

This 15 minute video start with the tragic moment Captain America's plane went down and then skips to a year later. Agent Carter is working in data analysis and code breaking for agent John Flinn. She has been waiting three months to work in the field, but John Flinn patronizes her and tells her to "let the men handle it".

Agent Carter shows him up when she single handedly defeats 'Zodiac', which was supposed to be a 3-5 man job. Agent Flinn gives her an earful the next day and said she was only hired out of pity because she was grieving.

Shortly after, Flinn receives a call from Howard Stark (the man who created Captain America's shield and found the lost tesseract). Flinn is told that agent Carter will be joining him in running S.H.I.E.L.D. and that he should sound honored when giving her the news.

Flinn delivers the news and offers to help Agent Carter with her belongings, to which she replies "as always, I don't need your help."

Don't Mess With a Petite Woman

3. Iron Man

Tony Stark is an arrogant billionaire playboy who can't get enough of himself. He became CEO of Stark Industries at the age of 21. His company creates smarter weapons and advanced robotics. Tony turns humble when he escapes a near death experience and was held hostage. In order to escape he made a metal weaponized suit called the Mark 1 and he now has an arc reactor implanted in his chest to keep shrapnel from hitting his heart due to an explosion. Tony thinks life will go back to normal, but it has only begun.

Tony begins building his super suits and ends up needing it sooner than he thought. Friends become enemies, assistants become love interests, and the hero will rise.

4. Iron Man 2

In Iron Man 2, Tony Stark has created a peaceful world because nobody wants to go up against Iron Man. The government begs to differ when enemies are attempting to create replicas of the super suit. They feel they are entitled to own the suit as a government weapon which Tony will not give into. One man named Ivan, who has a vendetta against Tony, successfully creates a super suit and Tony Stark has a new enemy aside from the government. Now Tony must take on Ivan and deal with the fact that his best friend Rhodes is a face of the new government issued weaponised suits.

5. The Incredible Hulk

Bruce Banner is a scientist studying the possible effects of gamma ray exposure. He is strapped to a chair and exposed to the radiation. He becomes a giant green monster and not only destroys the whole lab but hurts the woman he loves. Now anytime he cannot control his heart rate, he becomes this big, green, and unpredictable monster.

He takes cover in Brazil where he learns to control his anger and heart rate. He is faced with difficult situations on a daily basis but manages to keep his cool. His cover is blown when a drop of his blood is spilled into a soda at the factory he is employed at. He is hunted down and considered a fugitive of the U.S. government who stole military secrets and is responsible for many deaths. He is hunted down by a spy named Blonsky who later become "the Abomination" after being injected with both super soldier serum and gamma radiation.

6.The Consultant: A Marvel One-Shot

Agent Coulson and Agent Sitwell meet in a dinner. Coulson tells Sitwell that the Counsil wants The Abomination on the team and are pinning the damage to the town on Bruce. They are calling Blonsky a war hero and General Ross has Blonsky in custody. They devise a plan for "a Patsy" which is someone General Ross will say no to in order to keep Blonsky contained. The right person is called "The Consultant", someone arrogant with no respect to authority.

Tony Stark then approaches General Ross in a bar.

Coulson and Sitwell meet again and discuss that the plan worked and the Abomination will remain in a cage. Ross became so angry that he tried to have Tony Stark kicked out of the bar, but Tony bought the bar and scheduled its demolition.

7. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer: A Marvel One-Shot

Agent Coulson stops in a New Mexico convenience store on his way to Thor's hammer. He is bent down deciding on a choice between donuts when two robbers walk in. They ask the cashier who else is in the store when Agent Coulson pops up. The men demand his car keys. He informs them that he also has a gun. He slides it down the aisle to them and as a man bends over to pick it up Agent Coulson throws a bag of flour at his head. While they are both distracted Agent Coulson grabs a gun and knocks both men out with it. He proceeds to the register with both donuts as if nothing happened. When the cashier asks what to tell the police he says"Tell them the tia boe tapes paid off." and leaves her to take the credit.


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      Stephanie Meeks 

      16 months ago from Texas

      I definitely plan to write a DC article starting with Superman and the Mole Men. I cannot wait for the new Justice League!


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