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The Formatting Guide is an official guide as to how links should be formatted across articles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki.

Referencing

Films

When naming references the initials of the film should be used.

Film Examples:

<ref name="IM">''[[Iron Man (film)|Iron Man]]''</ref>
<ref name="TIH">''[[The Incredible Hulk]]''</ref>
<ref name="IM2">''[[Iron Man 2]]''</ref>
<ref name="T">''[[Thor (film)|Thor]]''</ref>
<ref name="CATFA">''[[Captain America: The First Avenger]]''</ref>
<ref name="TA">''[[The Avengers]]''</ref>
<ref name="IM3">''[[Iron Man 3]]''</ref>
<ref name="TTDW">''[[Thor: The Dark World]]''</ref>
<ref name="CATWS">''[[Captain America: The Winter Soldier]]''</ref>
<ref name="GotG">''[[Guardians of the Galaxy (film)|Guardians of the Galaxy]]''</ref>
<ref name="AAoU">''[[Avengers: Age of Ultron]]''</ref>
<ref name="AM">''[[Ant-Man (film)|Ant-Man]]''</ref>
<ref name="CACW">''[[Captain America: Civil War]]''</ref>
<ref name="DS">''[[Doctor Strange (film)|Doctor Strange]]''</ref>
<ref name="GotGV2">''[[Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2]]''</ref>
<ref name="SMH">''[[Spider-Man: Homecoming]]''</ref>
<ref name="TR">''[[Thor: Ragnarok]]''</ref>
<ref name="BP">''[[Black Panther (film)|Black Panther]]''</ref>
<ref name="AIW">''[[Avengers: Infinity War]]''</ref>
<ref name="AMatW">''[[Ant-Man and the Wasp]]''</ref>
<ref name="CM">''[[Captain Marvel (film)|Captain Marvel]]''</ref>
<ref name="AE">''[[Avengers: Endgame]]''</ref>
<ref name="SMFFH">''[[Spider-Man: Far From Home]]''</ref>
<ref name="BW">''[[Black Widow (film)|Black Widow]]''</ref>
<ref name="SCatLotTR">''[[Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings]]''
<ref name="E">''[[Eternals (film)|Eternals]]''</ref>
<ref name="SMNWH">''[[Spider-Man: No Way Home]]''</ref>
<ref name="DSitMoM">''[[Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness]]''</ref>
<ref name="TLaT">''[[Thor: Love and Thunder]]''</ref>
<ref name="BPWF">''[[Black Panther: Wakanda Forever]]''</ref>
<ref name="AMatWQ">''[[Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania]]''</ref>
<ref name="GotGV3">''[[Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3]]''</ref>
<ref name="TM">''[[The Marvels]]''</ref>
<ref name="DW">''[[Deadpool & Wolverine]]''</ref>
<ref name="CABNW">''[[Captain America: Brave New World]]''</ref>
<ref name="TB">''[[Thunderbolts*]]''</ref>
<ref name="TFF">''[[The Fantastic Four]]''</ref>
<ref name="BD">''[[Blade (film)|Blade]]''</ref>
<ref name="ATKD">''[[Avengers: The Kang Dynasty]]''</ref>
<ref name="ASW">''[[Avengers: Secret Wars]]''</ref>
<ref name="AW">''[[Armor Wars]]''</ref>

TV Series

The initials of the TV series should be used followed by the season number and double-digit episode number. The link to the episode should include the series name followed by the season and episode number and the episode name.

TV Series Example:

<ref name="AoS101">''[[Pilot|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.01: Pilot]]''</ref>
<ref name="AC101">''[[Now is Not the End|Agent Carter: 1.01: Now is Not the End]]''</ref>
<ref name="I101">''[[Behold…The Inhumans!|Inhumans: 1.01: Behold…The Inhumans!]]''</ref>
<ref name="DD101">''[[Into the Ring|Daredevil: 1.01: Into the Ring]]''</ref>
<ref name="JJ101">''[[AKA Ladies Night|Jessica Jones: 1.01: AKA Ladies Night]]''</ref>
<ref name="LC101">''[[Moment of Truth|Luke Cage: 1.01: Moment of Truth]]''</ref>
<ref name="IF101">''[[Snow Gives Way|Iron Fist: 1.01: Snow Gives Way]]''</ref>
<ref name="TD101">''[[The H Word|The Defenders: 1.01: The H Word]]''</ref>
<ref name="TP101">''[[3 AM|The Punisher: 1.01: 3 AM]]''</ref>
<ref name="RW101">''[[Reunion (Runaways)|Runaways: 1.01: Reunion]]''</ref>
<ref name="CD101">''[[First Light|Cloak and Dagger: 1.01: First Light]]''</ref>
<ref name="HS101">''[[Mother's Little Helpers|Helstrom: 1.01: Mother's Little Helpers]]''</ref>

Disney+ Series Example:

<ref name="WV101">''[[Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience|WandaVision: 1.01: Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience]]''</ref>
<ref name="TFaTWS101">''[[New World Order|The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: 1.01: New World Order]]''</ref>
<ref name="LK101">''[[Glorious Purpose|Loki: 1.01: Glorious Purpose]]''</ref>
<ref name="HK101">''[[Never Meet Your Heroes|Hawkeye: 1.01: Never Meet Your Heroes]]''</ref>
<ref name="MK101">''[[The Goldfish Problem|Moon Knight: 1.01: The Goldfish Problem]]''</ref>
<ref name="MM101">''[[Generation Why|Ms. Marvel: 1.01: Generation Why]]''</ref>
<ref name="SH101">''[[A Normal Amount of Rage|She-Hulk: Attorney at Law: 1.01: A Normal Amount of Rage]]''</ref>
<ref name="SI101">''[[Resurrection (Secret Invasion)|Secret Invasion: 1.01: Resurrection]]''</ref>
<ref name="EC101">''[[Chafa (episode)|Echo: 1.01: Chafa]]''</ref>
<ref name="AAA101"></ref>
<ref name="IH101"></ref>
<ref name="DBA101"></ref>
<ref name="WI101">''[[What If... Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?|What If...?: 1.01: What If... Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?]]</ref>
<ref name="IAG101">''[[Groot's First Steps|I Am Groot: 1.01: Groot's First Steps]]''</ref>
<ref name="YFNSM101"></ref>
<ref name="MZ101"></ref>

Comics & Books

Comic Example:

<ref name="TABWS3">''[[The Avengers: Black Widow Strikes]]''</ref>

Book example:

<ref name="GMCU:CACW">[[Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Captain America: Civil War]]</ref>

Appearances

When the subject of an article exceeds three appearances, the appearances should be displayed in its own section above the section devoted to trivia. When adding an appearance, utilize Template:Appearance and follow the input formatting.

  • An exception to the three appearances rule is when a season of a series is six episodes or less. Therefore, three episodes is half the series. In this case, subjects of an article with three appearances may get a separate section as well.

Appearance sections should always be placed in chronological order with the only exception being The Watcher, whose appearances can be listed in narrative order.

  • If the character involves appearances taking place in alternate universes different from the subject's origin, a tag must be placed in parenthesis beside the appearance with a link to the alternate universe article (e.g. "(alternate universe)").
    • Additionally, a <tabber> can be used to allow for another section placing the appearances in the subject's order of narrative. Due to the nature of the character's narrative order, alternate universe tags are not necessary and neither is splitting the appearances by alternate universes if the subject jumps between multiple universes in one appearance.
    • For articles other than character articles, then the appearances should follow the subject's chronological order (i.e. Captain Carter's Shield going with her to 1602 still should be placed after What If... Captain Carter Fought the HYDRA Stomper? given that the shield is from that time period.

Following ten total appearances, a collapsible scroll box may be used to inhibit over abundance of space in an article used solely for appearances.

All appearances for upcoming content must be sourced in both the infobox and the appearances section.


Various appearances must be tagged with more clarification as to the nature of the appearance. Tags include:

  • Flashbacks → "(flashbacks)"
  • Mentions → "(mentioned)"
  • Drawings, paintings, murals, sculptures and anything similar → "(art)"
  • Pictures → "(photo)"
  • Videos → "(footage)"
  • Live videos → "(live footage)"
  • Audio → "(voice)"
  • Figurines → "(figure)"
  • Depictions such as costumes or multiversal shards → "(depiction)"
  • Alternate universe appearances → "(alternate universe)" (see guide above)
  • Appearances at the same time as others → "(concurrent events)" (see guide below)

If a subject appears in footage, photo, art, figures, depictions or voices, the appearance should be marked when it is viewed, not created.

If the subject appears in a photo or video and is mentioned in the same appearances, photo or video takes priority on the tag unless the subject is mentioned in a separate scene than the photo, then it gets tagged as "(photo and mentioned)" or "(footage and mentioned)".

If the subject is mentioned in a flashback, the tag would be "(mentioned; flashbacks)". Similarly, when the subject is mentioned in something other than dialogue, another clarification may be put. (e.g. "(mentioned; newspaper)" if the subject is mentioned in a newspaper).

When the subject appears in media that takes place at the same time, then the appearance should be indented under the primary appearance using bullet points. A tag of "(concurrent events)" may be added if the appearance is from a new scene or a different point of view of the same scene. Adaptations, archive footage flashbacks, or retellings do not need to have a "(concurrent events)" tag. Additionally, any scenes in alternate universes from the primary appearance do not need a "(concurrent events)" tag either (e.g. the Avengers' appearances during the Time Heist).

When concurrent events take place, the appearances under the primary appearance should be listed as follows: movies in release order, series in release order, short films in release order, web series in release order, comic book adaptations of the primary appearance, comic books in release order, video games in release order, books in release order.

If multiple tags refer to one appearance, a semi-colon can be used to separate the notes in the tag (e.g. another point of view of a mention in a flashback would be tagged as "(mentioned; flashbacks; concurrent events)".

All tags must be shrunk using <small></small>


Icons for appearances can be changed at any time. If there is a better suggestion to be made, a section can be opened up in Template talk:Appearance.

Rules: The icon must be inspired by an MCU source and has to be a size of 1080x1080.


For a visual example:

Appearances for Iron Man

In chronological order:

In an indefinite temporality:

In narrative order:

Dates

Links to dates before 2010 must be linked to the proper decade article followed by a # and the proper year. This will direct the user to the portion of the page for that year.

Example:

[[1940s#1945|1945]]

Full dates should be written in the American date format of "month day, year".

Example:

[[2010|January 1, 2010]]

Pluralized Articles

Some articles like Races are named in the pluralized format. When writing is it necessary to remove the pluralization for grammatical reasons.

Example:

[[Humans|Human]]

Armed Forces

All branches of the United States Armed Forces are covered in the same article. When linking it is appropriate to add the correct branch to the link to that page.

Example:

[[United States Air Force]]
[[United States Armed Forces|United States Air Force]]
[[United States Navy]]
[[United States Armed Forces|United States Navy]]
[[United States Army]]
[[United States Armed Forces|United States Army]]
[[United States Marine Corps]]
[[United States Armed Forces|United States Marine Corps]]


Wikipedia Links

Some subjects for which an article is not warranted such as historical figures and cultural references require a link to Wikipedia. In order to link to Wikipedia the WPS Template should be used.

Examples:

{{WPS|Footloose (1984 film)|Footloose}}
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