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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 by 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 streaming platform.

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.

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Phase One

Phase Two

Phase Three


  • Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (2019) (unreleased/development)
  • (Untitled Movie) (2020)
  • (Untitled Movie) (2020)
  • (Untitled Movie) (2020)


One Shots


TV Series

Marvel Cinematic Universe TV Series Logos

ABC Series

Netflix 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 $10,026,042,620 worldwide. It is the first major film franchise to cross the $9 billion and $10 billion marks.
  • 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 comic book characters. Some of these sales are still in effect today, and thus the characters cannot be used in the MCU.[1]
    • Due to Fox owning the rights to the X-Men franchise, the X-Men films take place in a different universe to the MCU. Fox also owns the rights to the Fantastic Four film franchises.
      • Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch fall under both companies rights, as they are mutants by origin but are heavily associated with The Avengers. Both companies have certain limitations however:
        • Fox cannot make any reference to the Twins' involvement with the Avengers.
        • Marvel cannot 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 and Fox film rights as they are associated with the Fantastic Four, but are an important part of the Marvel Universe as such some specific members of the Skrull race can be used in the MCU, while others can't be used because of Fox ownership over them.
      • Although they debuted in a Fantastic Four comic, Uatu and the Watchers have appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 in a post credits scene suggesting both Marvel and Fox share film rights to those characters (similar to Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and the Skrulls).
    • 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.[2]
      • 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.[3]
        • Furthermore, Andrew Garfield, the actor who played Spider-Man in the Amazing Spider-Man series, had expressed interest in appearing in an Avengers sequel.
        • 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 is set to release in 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,[4] but has since abandoned after The Amazing Spider-Man 3's cancellation.
    • 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.[5]
      • 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.[6] In 2009, Disney purchased Marvel and gained the distribution rights to The Avengers and Iron Man 3.[7][8] 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.[9]The Incredible Hulk is the only MCU film not currently owned by Disney due to a separate agreement between Marvel and Universal Studios.[10]
  • 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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