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The Article Creation Policy is a basic guideline used when deciding whether a page should be created or not. The Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki aims to cover everything within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while maintaining a high-quality level in each and every article. Therefore, not every article that could be created must be created.

Keep in mind that, sometimes, if an article does not exist, it is not intended to be created. Of course, a non-existent article can be created if it presents canonical and relevant information from the point of view of the subject of the article, and it follows our different policies.

This policy focuses on whether or not an article should be created, check the Manual of Style and the different Layout Guides for a guide of the content the actual article should have.

Characters

Character articles can be automatically created upon their first appearance or mention in any canonical media, with the requisite that their Biography section could potentially cover enough relevant information about the character itself. Explaining the context of a mention is not a relevant information about a character.
Characters that usually fulfill this requisite are.

  • Characters confirmed as portrayed by an actor or voice actor in live-action media, both named and unnamed characters.
    • If a character has not enough relevant information, he should be added to the List of Minor Characters article. Keep in mind that a character from that list can be expanded as a full article if the events surrounding his appearance are written from the character's point of view.
    • This would exclude most background characters, such as bystanders, customers..., as they are usually uncredited for their work, and their biography is not substantial enough to warrant an article.
  • Characters appearing in comics or similar media whose appearance is analogue to that of a character portrayed in live-action media.
  • Characters explicitly mentioned by name in any media.
    • Characters that are only mentioned by name, but lack any relevant information about their own biography should not be created, such as characters appearing in lists, files or newspapers. A list of these characters can be added to the Mentioned section of the Movie or Episode they are mentioned in, and a relevant in-universe article that would cover their mentions (e.g. Project Insight#Named Targets or Culver University#Academic Staff.
    • Characters that are both unseen and indirectly mentioned, especially family members of established characters, should be strictly avoided. Usually there is no other relevant information about the character itself than explaining the circumstances of the mention, instead of relevant information about the character. Therefore, it does not follow the rules explained in the Layout Guide for character articles.

Items/Weapons/Vehicles

Item, Weapon and Vehicle articles can be automatically created upon their first appearance or mention in any canonical media for:

  • Items or Weapons that are fictional from a real-world point of view, but considered "real" within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The vast majority of item and weapon articles that have been created fall under this criteria.
  • Items or Weapons that have a real-world counterpart, but are unusual or important enough to grant the creation of an article, having enough relevant information about the item covered in the History section, e.g., Particle Accelerator, Semtex, Hyperbaric Chamber.
  • Vehicles that are fictional from a real-world point of view, but considered "real" within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, e.g., Helicarrier, Quinjet.
    • Creation of articles for different models of a single vehicle is not allowed, as they should be covered in the general History section of the main article.
  • Vehicles that have a real-world counterpart, but are unusual or important enough to grant the creation of an article, having enough relevant information about the item covered in the History section, e.g., Humvee, F-22 Raptor.
  • Individual vehicles that have a proper noun, e.g., Norco, Lemurian Star, Milano.

Locations

Location articles can be automatically created upon their first appearance or mention in any canonical media for:

  • Articles that cover a real-world Continent, Country, State or City.
    • Articles about neighborhoods or boroughs are, as a general rule, not allowed. The specific information about them should be added to a "Layout" section in the article about the city, which would include a list of specific landmarks within the neighborhood or borough.
  • Articles that cover a Region that is either a natural region (eg: Death Valley, Everglades, Lake Ontario), or a First-level administrative country subdivision, analogue to a State from the United States of America, e.g., Ontario, Tuscany. Articles for lesser subdivisions are, as a general rule, not allowed.
  • Articles that cover a fictional (from a real-world point of view) Planet, Continent, Country, Region or City, that is "real" within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Articles for facilities, establishments, prisons, universities... that have appeared in a substantial role within canonical media.
    • Articles for background establishments, such as the Broussard's Pharmacy close to the L&L Automat cannot be created, as there is not enough in-universe information to build a high-quality article.
    • Articles for single rooms or areas within a facility are not allowed. The events that happen in the particular room or area must be covered in the main History section of the facility article, while the description of the room or area must be covered in the Layout section.

Races and Creatures

Race articles can be automatically created upon their first appearance or mention in any canonical media, with the requisite that their History section could potentially cover enough relevant information about the race itself.

  • Every sentient races, especially extraterrestrial or extradimensional races.
  • Non-sentient races, of extraterrestrial or extradimensional origin.
  • Articles for real-world species of animals are, as a general rule, not allowed. If one of these species has a notable role in one or more of the Marvel Cinematic Universe products, or a series of appearances across several products, an Administrator will decide, on a case by case basis, if the article is worthy of being created.

Organizations

Organization articles can be automatically created upon their first appearance or mention in any canonical media for:

  • Organizations and Companies that are fictional from a real-world point of view, but considered "real" within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The vast majority of organization articles that have been created fall under this criteria.
  • Organizations that have a real-world counterpart, but are unique or important enough to grant the creation of an article, having enough relevant information about the organization covered in the History section, e.g., United Nations, NASA.
    • In case the organization is not unique enough (Armed Forces Services for different countries, Government Agencies, Police Departments for different cities), the articles may be created if they meet, at least, one of the following criteria.
      1. At least two different named characters portrayed as members of the organization.
      2. A susbstantial (not supporting) role in a particular media, event or storyline.
    • As such, local police departments or armed forces that have only served as background or incidental players in different events should not be granted their own article.
    • Make sure to ask an administrator before creating one of the articles for this category.

Events

Event articles usually highlight only major events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Events articles can be created for:

  • Major "battles" or action scenes in a movie.
  • Major "battles" or action scenes in TV episode, especially for the mid-season and/or season finales.
  • Major "battles" or action scenes in other media that can be considered analogue to the ones from the movies (e.g. Battle of Hong Kong, Battle of Sudan).
  • Events that do not involve a battle but are important enough in the plot of live-action movie or TV series, and have enough information to properly construct an article, e.g., Convergence, Resurrection of Phil Coulson.

Wars

War articles are usually created to collect the major battles in a movie or TV series. War articles can be created for:

  • Conflicts specifically denominated as "wars", covering a series of organized and prolonged conflicts between at least two factions.
  • A collection of related major "Events", usually portrayed in a single Marvel Cinematic Universe movie or TV series season.

Actors and Crew Members

Articles for actors and crew members involved in any kind of media can be created as soon as their involvement is confirmed.

Media

Articles for different media are usually created when Marvel Studios officially confirms their actual development.

  • Movie articles can be created once the movie is confirmed to be developed in a future. Placeholder titles, such as "Captain America 3", can be used to collect the information prior to the announcement of its official title.
    • Movies that are considered but never confirmed cannot spawn new articles, instead, they should be added to the List of Undeveloped Movies.
  • TV series articles can be created once the series is confirmed to be developed in a future. Placeholder titles can be used to collect the information prior to the announcement of its official title.
    • Season articles can be created as soon as the release date and official synopsis of the season is released.
    • Episode articles can be created as soon as the official title of the episode is released.
  • Other media, such as tie-in comics, video games, books or art books, can be created once their title and synopsis is released.

Media Subpages

The different templates for Movies or TV series automatically link a page to a series of sub-pages that can be created:

  • For /Credits pages, as soon as an actor and/or crew member (other than regular executive producers like Kevin Feige) is confirmed.
  • For /Awards pages, as soon as the movie or TV series in nominated for an official award, such as People's Choice Awards, Saturn Awards...
  • For /Reviews pages, as soon as movie or TV series is released and a film/TV critic writes a review. Fan reviews are not allowed.
  • For /Portal pages, as soon as a character is confirmed to appear and there is an official Marvel Cinematic Universe image of the character that can be added to the Portal.
  • For /Trivia pages, as soon as any relevant trivia fact is confirmed.
  • For /Home Video, as soon as the Home Video release is announced and its features are revealed.
  • For /Release Dates, as soon as the Release Date is announced.

Galleries

Gallery articles are usual enough to be automatically created in order to collect images from live-action media such as movies or TV episodes. For in-universe topics, a gallery can be created when there are at least ten different images about the article.

  • Galleries for wars, events and common locations (countries, regions, states, cities...), should never be created.

Quote

Quote articles are susceptible of being created in order to collect quotes from or about the following subjects:

  • Movies or TV series Quote pages can be automatically created upon their release.
    • Quote pages for TV episodes are not allowed, they must be added as subsections of the general TV series Quote page.
  • Character Quote pages can be created, as long as they collect at least five different and relevant quotes from or about the character.
    • Quote pages about other in-universe subjects such as items, locations or events are not allowed. Quotes about those topics must be collected in the general page about the subject, either as a general quote, or as a quote in each of the sub-sections of the main History section.
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