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)

Phase Three:
Ant-Man (2015)
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, one of which is completed.

Also set in the MCU is the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013-present) and several Marvel One-Shots. Upcoming television shows that is to be set inside the MCU is Agent Carter in Fall 2014[1] and Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and eventually The Defenders on Netflix[2].

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. Fanfiction that are set in this movieverse often add in other Marvel Comics-related films, such as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and The X-Men. This is mainly because different film studios bought the rights to the 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. That leaves the fact of official crossovers to never happening in the MCU canonically, however fanon generally throws that thinking out of the window because in the Marvel Comics, all the characters interact and often appear in each others' comics and so it is odd to not be able to also include other characters from the Marvel Universe.

See The Avengers (2012) for more details about the fandom.


  1. ABC renews 'SHIELD' plus orders 'Captain America' spin-off. Entertainment Weekly. Posted May 8, 2014. (Accessed 13 May 2014).
  2. Disney To Provide Netflix With Four Series Based On Marvel Characters. Posted on November 10, 2013. (Accessed 13 May 2014).
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