The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a media franchise and shared universe centered on a series of superhero films, independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in publications by Marvel Comics. The franchise has expanded to include comic books, short films, television series, and digital series. The shared universe, much like the original Marvel Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters.
The first film released in the MCU was Iron Man (2008), which began the first phase of films culminating in the crossover film The Avengers (2012). Phase Two began with Iron Man 3 (2013), and concluded with Ant-Man (2015). The third phase began with Captain America: Civil War (2016) and concluded with Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). The fourth phase of the MCU is set to begin with Black Widow (2021).
The first three phases of the MCU were collectively known as “The Infinity Saga”. The fourth phase of the MCU will focus on introducing new characters and expanding the stories of existing characters. The films of the MCU have been in production since 2007, and in that time the universe has grown to include 23 films.
The films of the MCU have been commercially successful, with the overall box office gross exceeding $22.5 billion worldwide. The films have been praised for their acting, direction, visual effects, action sequences, and musical scores. The MCU has also been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for The Avengers.
The success of the films has led to the expansion of the universe into other media, including television series, digital series, and comic books. The television series produced by Marvel Television are set within the MCU, and have included Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, The Punisher, and Runaways. The digital series produced by Marvel New Media are also set within the MCU, and have included Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, and Marvel’s Runaways.
The success of the MCU has also led to the development of theme park attractions, including the Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal Studios Florida, and the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure.
The success of the MCU has also led to the development of merchandise, including toys, clothing, video games, and books.
The success of the MCU has also led to the development of a shared universe of other media, including television series, digital series, and comic books. The success of the MCU has also led to the development of theme park attractions, merchandise, and other media. The success of the MCU has also led to the development of a shared universe of other media, including television series, digital series, and comic books. The success of the MCU has also led to the development of theme park attractions, merchandise, and other media.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a media franchise created by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in Marvel Comics. Since its inception in 2008, the MCU has become one of the largest and most successful film franchises in history. The franchise has produced 19 feature films and spawned numerous television shows, video games, and other media.
The MCU began with the film Iron Man in 2008. The film was a critical and commercial success and spawned other films in the franchise, such as The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger. These films all served to build a larger story arc leading up to the first Avengers film, released in 2012. The Avengers was met with near-unanimous praise from critics and audiences alike. It was the third highest grossing film of all time upon its release, and is cited as “the moment the MCU as we know it today became a reality.”
The success of The Avengers spawned a growing slate of films, including Iron Man 3, the two Captain America sequels, and Guardians of the Galaxy. These films continued to explore the universe set up in The Avengers, as well as introducing new characters and storylines.
The MCU films also introduced a range of important characters who have become synonymous with the franchise. This includes Black Widow, Thor, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a cultural phenomenon, with its films grossing more than $22.5 billion worldwide, and its television shows and streaming services becoming some of the most popular offerings in their respective mediums. The franchise has provided a platform for some of the best superhero films ever made, and has become an integral part of the lives of millions of fans around the world.