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The Naming Policy is a basic guideline and the uniform set of rules used when naming articles in order to keep the Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki organized due to its large amount of articles and images.
This policy attempts to cover the vast majority of situations, though exceptions may arise. As with every other policy, following it is not optional since often unseen aspects of the site's inner workings depend heavily on consistency.
If any special circumstances arise within the franchise in the future and are not explicitly covered within these current conventions, we will review them and we will either establish a new, relevant convention or direct them to the existing convention that applies to the circumstances.
- 1 General Conventions
- 2 Articles
- 3 Alternate Universes
- 4 Movie Section
- 5 Television Series Section
- 6 Sub-Pages
- 7 Cast & Crew
- Page names always begin with a capital letter: No matter what the circumstance or word that may start the article title. (This is a software requirement.)
- Spaces in the title of your page: If you are creating a page with more than one word in the title, using an underscore between the words is the same as a space. (This is a software requirement.) (e.g. Marvel_Cinematic_Universe = Marvel Cinematic Universe)
- Prepositions, conjunctions and articles should not be capitalized in a page name unless they are the first word (see above). This usually includes, but is not limited to, the following words:
- Capitalize EVERY word in the title (except as above): The convention prevents the confusion of whether certain words should be capitalized or not. (e.g. Clearance Level, not Clearance level)
- Do not use a pound symbol (#) in page names: The # symbol is reserved in html code to signify links to a specific area of a page. For more information on this subject, please refer to our help file on how to edit. (This is a technological restriction.)
- Do not begin a top-level page name with a slash (/ or \): Using the / symbol at the beginning of a page name can cause unexpected behaviour. (This is a software requirement.) Using a slash inside a page name is acceptable. If a page called 'foo' already exists, you can use a forward slash to create sub-pages of 'foo'. (e.g. 'foo/bar') In this case, the forward slash symbol (/) is reserved in our software code to signify a separation between sub-pages. If 'foo' does not yet exist, the page will be called 'foo/bar' and no sub-page will be created.
- Avoid using a period (aka full-stop) (.) at the end of a page name: In certain cases having a period at the end of your page name can cause some very unexpected and unwanted results. This is not a requirement as this only occurs when the page is viewed with certain web-browsers.
- Character articles are perhaps the most notable in-universe articles of the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki. In order to maximize that notability and improve awareness through internal and external search engines, a codename is the preferred way for the name of an article.
- Character Entries: Character entries should be listed by their Marvel Comics codename if it is used for the character either as a codename (e.g. Iron Man) or used as an alias for the character within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (e.g. Absorbing Man), in case he is the latest or current user of the codename. This includes the official credits for a movie or TV episode.
Codenames that are exclusive for the Marvel Cinematic Universe used with the same value follow the same rule.
If the codename is not used, or the character does not have a codename, his real name should be the name of the article.
Other casual aliases or familiar names should never be the name for an article unless there is no other option.
- If codename is given:
- Codename should be written using the general naming conventions
- Codenames should never begin with The (e.g. Mandarin, not The Mandarin; Collector, not The Collector)
- Latest (current) codename is better when it's been equally used through the franchise (e.g. War Machine, not Iron Patriot)
- Any titles that appear within the proper codename will be written completely. (e.g. Doctor, Mister, Captain, instead of Dr., Mr., Cptn.)
- The character will not be named using his codename in case it has been explicitly discarded or replaced by a new codename (e.g. Iron Patriot discarded in favor of using War Machine again), the codename has been given to another person (e.g. Hank Pym handling the Ant-Man's mantle to Scott Lang), or the alternate persona associated with the codename has been discarded by the character.
- If codename is not given, but real name is given:
- Real Name consists of: "First name" "Surname", and "Jr." (if applicable). The full name should be used only in the "Real name" section of the Character template (e.g. Bruce Banner, not Robert Bruce Banner)
- User name or alias takes preference only when the "First name" is hardly ever used (e.g. Phil Coulson, not Phillip Coulson; but Isabelle Hartley instead of Izzy Hartley).
- No degrees or titles, such as General, Agent or Doctor, must be used before the real name. This does not apply in case the title is part of a codename, as detailed above.
- If codename and real name are not given:
- If codename is given:
- Multiple Articles of the same name
- Articles receive a parenthesis to specify the difference between two or more articles with the same name, usually referring to their job or affiliation. (e.g. Gary (Cameraman), Gary (Supervisor).)
- Alternate versions of established characters: Alternate versions of established characters are named as sub-pages of the main version of the character, adding the chosen name of the reality they hail from, or the nature of their alternativiness, as a differentiative. (e.g. Grant Ward/Framework as counterpart to Grant Ward.)
- If an alternate version of an established character is given a codename unique to said version, that codename is used following the general rules for naming character articles, while the name chosen according to the rule for alternates characters is used as a redirect.
- If an alternate version of an established character is given a codename that usually belongs to another character from the main reality, the article is named according to the rule for alternate characters nevertheless, and the differences are highlighted through the "See Also" sections on both character hubs.
- Exceptions: Exceptionally, some of these alternate characters can be named without following the system if, and only if, they are given a very unique designation to differentiate them that, while not technically a codename, it is both widespread and unique enough to differentiate the characters. So far, this exception only applies to the minor Loki variants seen in Loki.
- Actors portraying themselves: If an actor/actress portrays himself/herself, the character page should be named according to the general naming conventions, and the actor/actress page should be named adding the word actor/actress in parenthesis following the title, and not capitalized, as it is out-of universe information. (e.g. Megan Henderson vs Megan Henderson (actress).)
- Disambiguation pages will be created for names used by more than one character or concept.
- Items, vehicles, races and locations should utilize a single, standard page, for all information about their various appearances within the universe.
- Page names should never begin with The (e.g. Index, not The Index)
- When sharing a name with anything else, the item should have (Item) after its name, the vehicle should have (Vehicle) after its name, and so on.
- When the name of an item is not given, the item should be referred by a conjectural name that matches the description given in dialogue (e.g. Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant; Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine; Atmospheric Moisture Freezing Device)
- Ambush: An event centered around a conflict caused by a concealed enemy at a specific location.
- Arrest: An event centered around the capture of an individual or group of individuals made by legal authorities.
- Assassination: An event centered around the killing of a specific individual or group of individuals.
- Attack: An event centered around the offensive against an individual or a specific location, that may or may not be able to retaliate.
- Battle: An event centered around the fight between two different factions, being at least one of them a group rather than an individual.
- Battle at is used when the fight happens inside a specific facility.
- Battle for is used when the conflict is caused by a fight to take control of something other than the facility where it is fought.
- Battle of is used when the fight happens in an open area, such as a borough, city, country or even planet.
- Battle on is used when the fight happens on a specific vehicle, especially larger ships.
- Bombing: An event centered around the destruction of a specific or different locations through a series of explosions.
- Capture: An event centered around the legitimate capture of a certain person.
- Chase: An event centered around the pursuit with or without capture of a specific individual or group of individuals.
- Coup: An event centered around the military or dictatorial overthrowing of a government, or kingdom within a specific location.
- Defense: An event centered around the protection of a specific location.
- Destruction: An event centered around the complete destruction of a specific location.
- Duel: An event centered around the fight between two individuals.
- Escape: An event centered around the escape or breakout of a specific location.
- Evacuation: An event centered around the organized abandonement of a specific location.
- Hijacking and Retaking: An event centered around the capture and subsequent reclaim of a vehicle by its rightful owner.
- Infiltration: An event centered around the discreet entrance inside a specific location.
- Invasion: An event centered around the attack and conquest of a specific territory.
- Kidnapping: An event centered around the seizure of an individual. It may include his rescue and/or escape.
- Liberation: An event centered around the rescue of an individual or group of individuals in a specific location.
- Massacre: An event centered around the massive killing of as many people as possible in a specific location.
- Outbreak: An event centered around the sudden appearance of violence or disease.
- Raid: An event centered around the obtention of a particular item or group of items from a specific location.
- Rescue: An event centered around the liberation of a person or group deprived of freedom.
- Retaking: An event centered around the reclaim of a previosly captured location or vehicle by its rightful owner.
- Robbery: An event centered around the acquisition of a property by means of force or fear.
- Sacking: An event centered around the destruction and massive killings in a specific location.
- Search: An event centered around the exploration and examination ir order to find a specific person, item or location.
- Siege: An event centered around the intent of conquering by attrition or assault of a specific location.
- Skirmish: An event centered around a brief conflict in a specific location.
- Theft: An event centered around the unlawful acquisition of a particular item.
- Uprising: An event centered around the revolution and overthrowing of a government, or kingdom within a specific location.
Exceptionally, an event receives a name outside of the regular classification system due to one of the following circumstances. However, these circumstances should not be the norm, and must be applied carefully and accordingly.
- Events that receive a specific name in-universe can be named using that name (e.g. Cambridge Incident, Da Jue Zhan, Operation Spotlight, Renewal)
- Events based in a well-known concept from the comics that are not explicitly named in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (e.g. Rite of Blood, Trial of Shou-Lao)
- Events that span over different non-consecutive episodes of a television series, through different locations, or that may encompass different "sub-events" may receive a broader name to describe them. Always seek administrative advice for this kind of events. (e.g. Blackout Attack, Colleen Wing's Cage Fights, Inhuman Trial Ceremony, South Ridge Penitentiary Riot)
- Events, usually appearing in a specific movie, that deserve a name outstanding of the rest in order to highlight their uniqueness. Always seek administrative advice for this kind of events. (e.g. Clash of the Avengers, Incoronation of Erik Killmonger, Incoronation of T'Challa, Sacrifice of Gamora)
Alternate Universes do not receive articles themselves as a general rule. However, names for them are necessary as the name of an alternate universe serve as differentiatives for alternate characters, events and timeline articles.
- If an universe receives an explicit name in media, it should be used as differentiative. Main example of this is the Framework.
- If an universe does not receive an explicit name, one must be chosen for it. Three minimum requisites must be met for the name
- Name must be concise, not an over-elaborate sentence.
- Name must be unique, as it should not be able to be applied to two different universes.
- Name must refer to the main characteristic of the universe as its history diverges from the history of the main MCU reality.
- In some particular and explicit cases chosen by administrators, a temporary name or placeholder can be chosen for the reality based on the media it appears, or for a specific character using a specific name not based on the reality they hail from, in order to help with the creation of articles and the eventual changes of the links. This temporary name has to be changed as soon as possible for one that meets the criteria above.
- Page names should be the movie's full release title, including The at the beginning of the article if it is used.
- If no release title is yet known, or it shares its name with an existing character, the word film should be added in parenthesis following the title, and not capitalized, as it is out-of universe information. (e.g. Iron Man (film).)
- If the movie shares its name with an existing page, but the movie includes The in its full release title, the movie page should use the full name, and the character page should use the name without The (e.g. The Avengers vs. Avengers).
Television Series Section
- Naming TV series
- If no release title is yet known, or it shares its name with an existing character, the words TV series should be added in parenthesis following the title, and not capitalized, as it is out-of universe information. (e.g. Daredevil (TV series).)
- If the TV series shares its name with an existing page, but the series includes The in its full release title, the series page should use the full name, and the character page should use the name without The (e.g. The Defenders vs. Defenders).
- Naming Episodes
- All episodes should be named using its full title instead of the Episode number.
- When an episode shares its name with an existing page, the word episode should be added in parenthesis following the title, and not capitalized, as it is out-of universe information. (e.g. 0-8-4 (episode))
- When an episode shares its name with an episode from another series, the name of the TV series should be added in parenthesis following the title. Past Life (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Past Life (Runaways)
- In order to keep related pages grouped together, sub-pages are often utilized. Sub-pages exist in the same namespace as their parent page and can usually be found from automatically generated links in corresponding article templates.
- Some subpage examples include:
- TV Series/Season One
Cast & Crew
- Articles about cast & crew for all Marvel Cinematic Universe products should use the actual credited name of their appearance as a general rule, even if they change their stage name in a later point of their career. However, a few exceptions may arise:
- If a member of the cast & crew changes their stage name in-between their appearances within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the most recent one is preferred.
- If the credits present an obvious typo in the credited name, it has to be corrected in the name of the article.
- If a member of the cast & crew comes out as transgender following their appearance, the credited name becomes a redirect, and the article is renamed to their chosen name.