Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Name(s): Marvel Cinematic Universe
Abbreviation(s): MCU, Earth-199999
Scope/Focus: Phase One:
Iron Man (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Thor (2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
The Avengers (2012)

Phase Two:
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Ant-Man (2015)

Phase Three:
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)
Spider-Man (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Black Panther (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War Part I (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Captain Marvel (2019)
Avengers: Infinity War Part II (2019)
Inhumans (2019)

Television Series:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013-present)
Agent Carter (2015-present)
Daredevil (2015-present)
A.K.A. Jessica Jones (2015)
Luke Cage (2016?)
Iron Fist (2016?)
The Defenders (?)
Date(s): 2008-present
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Marvel Cinematic Universe (short: MCU) is the shared universe that is the setting of the superhero films independently produced by Marvel Studios. It is divided into three phases, The first two phases are completed. Phase three began with Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016.

Also set in the MCU are the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013-present), Agent Carter (2015), Daredevil (2015), Jessica Jones (2015), and several Marvel One-Shots. Upcoming television shows that are to be set inside the MCU are Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and eventually The Defenders on Netflix[1].

In early 2015, it was announced that Spider-Man will be appearing in the MCU, first with a possible cameo in Captain America: Civil War and later in his own film on July 28, 2017.

See also: List of Marvel Universes


Fanfiction set in this movieverse focuses on the characters that appear in the movies, often using additional background information from the comics and Norse Mythology. Stories may include characters from other Marvel Comics-related films, such as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and The X-Men. These kinds of character crossovers are (for the time being) non-canonical and unofficial as far as the movies are concerned; different film studios own the movie rights to the various characters. Sony owns rights to Spider-Man, Disney (previously Paramount Pictures) owns rights to The Avengers, and Fox owns rights to The X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Fans ignore these limitations, supported in this by the fact that in the Marvel Comics, all the characters of the Marvel Universe interact and often appear in each others' comics.

Spider-Man and MCU fans were mostly positive when the it was announced in February 2015 of a new Spider-Man film franchise with Marvel Studios would be released in 2017. It was later announced that Tom Holland would star as Peter/Spider-Man who would first appear in Captain America: Civil War as a minor/cameo role.

Fanvids and fanart such as picspams also take a similar approach for the MCU fandom, adding additional characters from the other Marvel films such as X-Men Movieverse, Spider-Man/The Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four.

See The Avengers Movieverse, Iron Man Movieverse, Captain America Movieverse and Thor Movieverse for more details about the fandom specific to each sub-series.
List of MCU Relationship Names - pairings for over a hundred ship names

Meta/Further Reading


  1. Disney To Provide Netflix With Four Series Based On Marvel Characters. Posted on November 10, 2013. (Accessed 13 May 2014).