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History and Evolution of 
Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
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Marvel Comics was growing dissatisfied with the way its characters were being presented on-screen in critical flops like 2003’s Daredevil and 2005’s Fantastic FourSo Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige—who handled TV and film rights for the comic book company—came up with a plan: Marvel would simply start making its own films with the characters it still owned the screen rights to—a handful of relatively unknown heroes who made up a famed comic book team called The Avengers. The studio would also replicate a comic book concept introduced by Marvel creators Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Stan Lee back in the 1960s: These movies would all share one continuity, now known as the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” or “MCU.”
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While MCU products generally work as stand-alone adventures, the viewing experience is deepened and enriched the more fans immerse themselves into the universe.

In 2008 the MCU officially launched with a phenomenal gamble. While the character of Iron Man had some vague name recognition thanks to a cartoon series, the red and yellow hero held little weight in the larger zeitgeist. So the first Iron Man filmwould live and die by its quality, not its name recognition. Feige hired Jon Favreau (then known for writing the indie films Swingers and directing the family film Elf) to helm the project and together they cast Robert Downey Jr. to play a sarcastic billionaire playboy weapons dealer named Tony Stark.
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Even in those early days Iron Man boldly hinted at plans for a larger universe: Samuel L. Jackson showed up in a post-credits scene (a soon-to-be Marvel tradition) as the eye-patch wearing Nick Fury, the director of a shadowy government organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. “You’ve become part of a bigger universe, you just don’t know it yet,” he explained to Tony. Showing Marvel Studio’s confidence, he added, “I’m here to talk to you about the Avenger initiative.”

But after that successful start, the MCU stumbled a bit. The Incredible Hulk cast Edward Norton as mild-mannered scientist-turned-sometimes-green-monster Bruce Banner and was released later that year to mixed reviews. (It didn’t help that Ang Lee’s Hulkwhich is not part of the MCU—had been similarly poorly received only a few years earlier.) 2010’s Iron Man 2 was a fun but forgettable film that broadened the MCU significantly, introducing Scarlett Johansson’s über-competent S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow.
2011’s Thor brought some new energy to the MCU with its totally bonkers concept: Alien prince Thor (Chris Hemsworth) lives in a Lord Of The Rings-esque realm called Asgard where he battles giant monsters with the help of his magical hammer and his meddling trickster god brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Later that year, Captain America: The First Avenger similarly broke new ground with the story of a World War II-era wimp named Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) who becomes the super soldier Captain America thanks to some special serum. The film ends with Cap accidentally frozen in the Arctic for decades, only to be awakened by Nick Fury in the present day, just in time to save the world with some superpowered colleagues.
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Although the threads of the MCU appear in these films—Tony Stark’s dad is the one who created Captain America back in the 1940s, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) pops up in the Iron Man and Thorfilms—the studio wouldn’t really know if its shared universe idea had traction until its first major team-up, 2012’s The AvengersWould audiences who hadn’t been keeping up with this expansive universe still be interested in this joint venture? Could the film possibly balance so many superheroes without devolving into chaos?

And as it did with Favreau, the studio once again picked an unusual choice to helm the picture: Joss Whedon was best known for his TV work and he had little on his resume to prove he could helm a massive blockbuster. And once again the risk paid off.
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Avengers somehow works just as well as the culmination of five movies as it does as a stand-alone film. Worried about the threat of alien forces, S.H.I.E.L.D. activates the Avengers Initiative—a plan to protect the world by bringing together Earth’s mightiest heroes. Whedon mined both comedy and drama from the way his disparate heroes struggle to come together as a team. And in a climatic final battle that remains arguably the best set piece in the entire MCU, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo replacing Norton in a rare MCU casting change), Black Widow, and her fellow agent Clint Barton, a.k.a Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), all get a moment to shine. That’s no small feat considering Whedon had to make sure a dude with a bow and arrow wasn’t overshadowed by a giant green monster and a literal god.
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Those who had been keeping up with the MCU got to see their investment pay off: Coulson and Fury play bigger roles, Loki returns as a major villain (roping Thor into this Earth-bound battle), and supporting characters from the various films pop up all over the place. MCU fans and newbies alike went to see the film in droves. Avengers became the highest grossing film of 2012 and remains the third highest grossing film of all time.

The success of Avengers solidified Marvel Studios as a major Hollywood player. These first six films—from Iron Man to Avengers—became known as “Phase One.” The studio then moved on to “Phase Two” (under its new Disney corporate ownership), the films that take place in a post-Avengers world and are created by a studio even more confident in its abilities. They include Iron Man 3where Tony struggles with PTSD from his near-death experience in the battle of New York; Thor: The Dark World,where Thor must reluctantly re-team with Loki to stop a threat; and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which Steve finally confronts the reality of being a man out of time.
Next came Guardians Of The Galaxy, a comic space opera that, on its surface, was a departure from the MCU, although eagle-eyed viewers know there’s a connection (see Advanced Studies). It’s an overtly goofy film that stars, among others, a talking raccoon and a sentient tree. Many predicted it would be Marvel’s first flop. Instead it became the third-highest grossing MCU film.
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All Movies of MCU

Phase One

  • Iron Man (2008)

  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)

  • Iron Man 2 (2010)

  • Thor (2010)

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

  • The Avengers (2012)
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