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Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a shared universe of all the Marvel Studios movies featuring superheroes and characters from Marvel Comics. All the movies in the MCU fit together into a single, cohesive saga that encompasses multiple individual character franchises.

Iron Man

When Marvel Comics was nearly bankrupt, they licensed the movie rights to their characters to a variety of movie studios. This resulted in different franchises of Marvel characters being owned by different studios, and none of them interacting with each other.

Kevin Feige realized that Marvel had retained the rights to most of the core Avengers characters, and set about building an interconnected series of movies, beginning with 2008’s Iron Man.

The MCU movies have been organized into phases, with each phase being a collection of movies leading toward a major team up. Phases 1, 2, and 3 encompass the “Infinity Saga” climaxing in the Infinity War/Endgame two-parter, with Spider-Man: Far From Home serving as the epilogue. In other words, Marvel Studios had created an unprecedented 23-movie saga, in which characters, events, and storylines from each movie influenced the other—just like a shared comic book universe.

MCU Phases

As of this writing, phase 4 has been announced at 2019’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA, to be released starting in May 2020. Unlike the previous 3 phases, phase 4 will also include shows streamed on the Disney+ network.

Links:
Marvel Cinematic Universe Wikipedia page

Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and shows: