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Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a shared universe created by Marvel Studios, designated as Earth-199999 within Marvel's multiverse system. The universe is comprised mainly of films independently made by Marvel Studios, that are always set within this same universe, much like Marvel has done with their comics.

The universe includes a series of short films, called Marvel One-Shots, launched with each film's Blu-ray release starting with Thor and finishing with Thor: The Dark World. These short films were, however, eventually discontinued.

Starting with the release of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the universe expanded into television series, including series premiered in the ABC and Freeform channels, and in the Netflix and Hulu streaming platforms.

The franchise also includes a series of tie-in Comics and video games, released as promotional material to the films, all set within the same reality. However, some of them, especially video games, do not match the events featured in other products following their release and are classified as non-canonical parts of this universe.


MCU Films Logos

Phase One

  1. Iron Man (2008)
  2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  4. Thor (2011)
  5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  6. The Avengers (2012)

Phase Two

  1. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  2. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  5. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  6. Ant-Man (2015)

Phase Three

  1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  2. Doctor Strange (2016)
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  5. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  6. Black Panther (2018)
  7. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  8. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) (unreleased/post-production)
  9. Captain Marvel (2019) (unreleased/filming)
  10. Avengers 4 (2019) (unreleased/post-production)

Phase Four

  1. Spider-Man 2 (2019) (unreleased/pre-production)
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2020) (unreleased/development)
  3. (Untitled Movie) (2020) (unreleased/development)
  4. (Untitled Movie) (2020) (unreleased/development)
  5. (Untitled Movie) (2021) (unreleased/development) [1]
  6. (Untitled Movie) (2021) (unreleased/development) [1]
  7. (Untitled Movie) (2021) (unreleased/development) [1]
  8. (Untitled Movie) (2022) (unreleased/development) [1]
  9. (Untitled Movie) (2022) (unreleased/development) [1]
  10. (Untitled Movie) (2022) (unreleased/development) [1]


One Shots


TV Series

Marvel Cinematic Universe TV Series Logos

ABC Series

Netflix Series

Hulu Series

Freeform Series


Web Series


Behind-the-scenes features




​Undeveloped Movies

Main article: List of Undeveloped Movies

Undeveloped TV series

Video Games


Stories Inspired by the Universe


  • So far, the released movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have grossed $16,014,395,699 worldwide. It is the first major film franchise to cross the $9, $10, $11, $12, $13, $14, $15 and $16 billion marks. It has also become the first franchise to gross $5 and $6 billion marks domestically in North America.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the highest-grossing franchise of all time.
  • Due to financial difficulties, Marvel faced in the past, they had to sell the film rights to several of their characters. Some of these sales are still in effect today, and thus the characters cannot be used in the MCU.[4]
    • Due to Fox owning the rights to the X-Men franchise from 2000 to 2017, the X-Men films and its television series Legion and The Gifted took place in a different universe separate from the MCU. Fox also owned the film rights to the Fantastic Four.
      • Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch fell under both companies rights, as they are mutants by origin but are heavily associated with The Avengers. Both companies had certain limitations, however:
        • Fox couldn't make any reference to the Twins' involvement with the Avengers.
        • Marvel couldn't make any reference to the Twins being mutants, the children of Magneto, or their association with the X-Men.
      • Similar to the Twins (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch), the Skrulls film rights have been confirmed by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn to fall under Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox film rights at the time as they are associated with the Fantastic Four, but are an important part of the Marvel Universe and play prominent roles in the Kree-Skrull War and Secret Invasion. As such the Skrull race can be used in the MCU, while some specific Skrulls couldn't be used because of Fox ownership over them (such as Kl'rt the Super-Skrull).
        • As of 2017, Marvel has announced that the Skrulls will be the main antagonists of Captain Marvel.
      • Although they debuted in a Fantastic Four comic, The Watchers have appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in a post-credits scene suggesting both Marvel and Fox had shared the film rights to those characters (as with the case of Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and the Skrulls).
      • X-Men film series producer Lauren Shuler Donner had expressed interest in having the X-Men join the MCU. Kevin Feige admitted that whenever he talks about it would result in "15 headlines" and that there hasn't been any movement on a deal and it was the "same thing, same status" Feige has said "Yeah, of course" when asked if he wanted to see the X-Men and Fantastic Four in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
      • As of December 2017, Disney has purchased the movie and TV divisions of 20th Century Fox, which includes the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Deadpool, which means that Marvel Studios can now use those characters for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[5]
    • Similarly, Spider-Man's film rights are owned by Sony Pictures Studios, and both the Sam Raimi series and The Amazing Spider-Man series were set separate from the MCU; although after the last movie in the latter franchise, a deal was made between the two companies, resulting in another reboot of the series, this time making it set in the MCU.[6]
      • The initial indication of an element of cooperation between Sony and Disney was when Sony gave permission for Disney to use the OsCorp Building for a background cameo in The Avengers; however, due to budget and time constraints, the idea was abandoned.[7]
        • On February 10th 2015, it was announced that Sony and Disney had struck a deal for setting Spider-Man in the MCU. The character, played by Tom Holland, is set to make his first appearance in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War followed by the second reboot of the franchise, a solo film titled Spider-Man: Homecoming which was released on July 7, 2017. Additionally, it was announced that Sony would have full creative control over the character and the franchise whilst setting it in the MCU, allowing characters from other MCU properties to appear in it and vice-versa. Additionally, the planned spin-offs to the franchise by Sony are also reportedly in development,[8] but has since abandoned after The Amazing Spider-Man 3's cancellation.
        • Sony movies such as Venom, Silver, and Black, and Morbius the Living Vampire are being developed separately from Marvel Studios and take place in Sony's Marvel Universe though Pascal said that although you won't see those characters appear in the MCU these films take place "in the same reality."
    • The cinematic rights to Namor lie with Marvel Studios currently but due to 'older contracts with other parties' it seems they couldn't use them yet.[9]
      • As of June 2016, the films rights to Namor now lies with Marvel Studios, and can now be used for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • The cinematic rights to Man-Thing lie with Marvel Studios, while they originally used to lie with Lionsgate and thus he couldn't be used in the MCU at that time.
  • After the release of Iron Man, Marvel Studios made a deal to produce five further movies with Paramount Pictures - Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers and Iron Man 3.[10] In 2009, Disney purchased Marvel and gained the distribution rights to The Avengers and Iron Man 3.[11][12] In 2013, they gained the distribution rights to Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger to close the acquisition of Marvel.[13]The Incredible Hulk is the only MCU film not currently owned by Disney due to a separate agreement between Marvel and Universal Studios.[14]
  • A recurring theme in the solo movies is that the main protagonist often isn't the one who defeats the main antagonist or needs help from an ally to do so.


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