FANDOM


For other uses, see Earth-199999 (disambiguation)
Marvel Cinematic Universe
"You think you're the only superhero in the world? Mr. Stark, you've become part of a bigger universe. You just don't know it yet."
Nick Fury to Tony Stark[src]

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a shared universe created by Marvel Studios, set primarily in the reality designated as Earth-199999 within Marvel's multiverse system. Starting with Iron Man, 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.

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

The franchise also includes the news program WHiH Newsfront and the digital series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot. Other contents include 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.

Movies

MCU Films Logos

Infinity Saga

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)
  9. Captain Marvel (2019)
  10. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  11. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Post-Infinity Saga

Phase Four

  1. Black Widow (2020) (unreleased/post-production)
  2. The Eternals (2020) (unreleased/filming)
  3. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) (unreleased/filming)
  4. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) (unreleased/development)
  5. Spider-Man 3 (2021) (unreleased/development)
  6. Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) (unreleased/development)

Phase Five

Undeveloped Movies

Main article: List of Undeveloped Movies

Short Films

Marvel One-Shots

Naamloos

Other

Non-canon

TV Series

MCU TV Series Logos Update

ABC Series

Netflix Series

Hulu Series

Freeform Series

Disney+ Series

Phase Four

Undeveloped Series

Web Series

Web-Series

Behind-the-scenes features

Comics

Canon

Non-Canon

Video Games

Undeveloped Games

Artbooks

Guidebooks

Stories Inspired by the Universe

Trivia

  • So far, the released movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have grossed $22,285,909,976 worldwide. It is the first major film franchise to cross the $9, $10, $11, $12, $13, $14, $15, $16, $17, $18, $19, $20, $21, and $22 billion marks. It has also become the first franchise to cross the $3, $4, $5, $6, $7, and $8 billion marks domestically in North America and is the highest-grossing franchise of all time.
  • With Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the first and currently only film franchise where more than one film grossed $2 billion worldwide
  • 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.[1] Interestingly, an alternate version of the post-credits scene of Iron Man featured Nick Fury mentioning that there are "gamma accidents", "radioactive bug bites" and "assorted mutants" on the "bigger universe" Tony Stark has become part of. This version ultimately went unused from the finished film likely because both the film rights of Spider-Man and the X-Men were owned by Sony Pictures Studios (which still owns them) and 20th Century Fox at that time respectively.[2]
    • Due to 20th Century Fox owning the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, the X-Men films and its television series (Legion and The Gifted) and the Fantastic Four films all took place in different universes separate from the MCU.
      • Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe started with Iron Man, Fox considered using the character of Nick Fury in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the second installment of their Fantastic Four original duology. However, as they would have been forced to purchase his rights, Fox desisted from using Fury and General Harper was created in his place.[3]
      • Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch fell under both companies rights, as in the comics they are mutants by origin but are heavily associated with the Avengers. However, both companies had certain limitations:
        • 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 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 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 events. As such, the Skrull race can be used in the MCU, while some specific Skrulls couldn't be used due to of Fox's sole ownership over them (such as Kl'rt the Super-Skrull).
        • However in 2017, Marvel has announced that the Skrulls will be the main antagonists of Captain Marvel, although since the film was released it was false and the Kree were main antagonists of the film.
      • While writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, James Gunn was unaware that the film rights of Ego the Living Planet belonged to Fox. With no back up plan, Gunn and Marvel Studios made a deal with Fox, who gave them back the film rights of Ego in exchange of those of Negasonic Teenage Warhead, whom they wanted to use on Deadpool.[4]
      • On a relate note towards Deadpool, the character of Bob, Agent of Hydra was featured in the film, but his connection to HYDRA wasn't mentioned and he was simply referred as "Bob", because the rights of HYDRA were already held by Marvel Studios when the film was released.
      • Although they debuted in a Fantastic Four comic, the Watchers appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, implying that both Marvel and Fox share the film rights to those characters.
      • X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner has expressed interest in having the X-Men join the MCU. Kevin Feige admitted that whenever he talks about it, 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 14, 2017, Disney has announced plans to acquire the film and television divisions of 20th Century Fox, which includes the rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool, which means that Marvel Studios will be able to use those characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following the deal.[5]
      • On March 20, 2019, Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox was completed. Which means that the rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool have reverted back to Marvel Studios, and these characters can now be used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[6]
    • 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 set in the MCU.[7]
      • The initial indication of an element of cooperation between Sony and Disney was when Sony gave permission for Disney to use the Oscorp Tower from The Amazing Spider-Man in a background cameo in The Avengers, however, due to budget and time constraints, aside the fact that New York City's skyline was already finished, the idea was abandoned.[8]
        • On February 10, 2015, it was announced that Sony and Disney had struck a deal for setting Spider-Man in the MCU. The character, portrayed by Tom Holland, made his first appearance in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War followed by the second reboot of the franchise, a solo film entitled Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was released on July 7, 2017. Additionally, it was announced that Sony had 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,[9] but have since abandoned after the cancellation of The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
        • Sony movies such as Venom, and Morbius are being developed separately from Marvel Studios and take place in Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters, though Amy Pascal said that although you won't see those characters appear in the MCU, these films take place "in the same reality."
        • Similar to the Watchers, Kingpin was featured in the Sony Pictures Animation production Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, implying that Marvel and Sony share the rights for Kingpin.
      • On August 20, 2019, however, it was reported that due Disney's inability to reach a new deal with Sony, as the former demands to all further Spider-Man films to be financed on a 50/50 basis with Kevin Feige in a consulting capacity but the latter prefers to keep the arrangement under the current terms, Tom Holland's Spider-Man would be consequently removed from the MCU unless a new deal is reached yet there were no talks for it at that moment.[10] Fortunately, on September 27, 2019, it was announced by Sony and Disney that a new deal was reached and that Spider-Man 3 is going to be produced again by Marvel Studios and be a part of the MCU, scheluded for release in 2021.[11]
    • The cinematic rights to Namor currently lie with Marvel Studios, but due to "older contracts with other parties" it seems they couldn't use them yet.[12]
      • As of June 2016, the film rights to Namor now lies with Marvel Studios, and can be used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • The film 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 films with Paramount Pictures, being Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3.[13] In 2009, Disney purchased Marvel and gained the distribution rights to The Avengers and Iron Man 3.[14][15] In 2013, Disney gained the distribution rights to Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger to close the acquisition of Marvel.[16] The Incredible Hulk is the only MCU film not currently owned by Disney due to a separate agreement between Marvel and Universal Pictures.[17]
  • A recurring theme in the solo films is that the main protagonist often isn't the one who defeats the main antagonist or needs help from an ally to do so.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe was visited off-panel by the Young Avengers when they traveled throughout the Multiverse looking for Speed.[18]
  • All of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are shot in the widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio except for The Avengers and Ant-Man, which were shot in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio, due to vertical subject matter including Hulk in the former and the shrinking scenes in the latter. However all entries in Phase Three are presented in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with select sequences opened up in the IMAX expanded aspect ratio of 1.90:1, except for Spider-Man: Homecoming which was presented in 2.39:1 throughout. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were filmed with IMAX cameras and were presented in the 1.90:1 expanded aspect ratio throughout both films only in IMAX theaters.

References

External Links

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Some of the links below are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Stream the best stories.

Some of the links below are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Get Disney+