11 years have passed and an era has just ended for the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Avengers: Endgame this April. This is the final chapter of the heroes we looked forward to seeing on the screen each season. It’s no news to the fans of this universe, that all films are interconnected and have a chronological order that doesn’t match their release dates. From the birth of Captain America to the shocking defeat against Thanos, it only takes a quick look at the comics to see it. In the new production, the quest will be to face the terrible titan and seek to reverse the damage done by the Infinity Gauntlet.
Captain Marvel (2019)
The Starforce captures Carol Danvers and takes her to the Supreme Intelligence. In the movie, we discover how Fury lost his left eye. We also get a look at who’s monitoring the pager that Danvers gave him in case he needed it. A scene between the credits shows how Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, and the rest of the group monitor the pager activated by Fury before it disintegrates. It also shows how Danvers appears years later looking for him.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Captain America is the oldest of all the superheroes. The story begins during World War II, where Steve Rogers meets Tony Stark’s father. Here we find out that Stark gave him his nearly indestructible shield. The key scenes, however, are shown after the credits. Captain America wakes up 60 years later and meets Nick Fury to found the league of The Avengers. It’s also seen how Red Skull discovers the Tesseract, which he would use to boost his technology.
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man was the first movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be released. The film portrays the story of Tony Stark. He is kidnapped by terrorists and attempts to develop a suit that will help him escape. He later destroys the armored suit in the desert and starts secretly building an improved version of it. This is how he becomes Iron Man. The film also shows Nick Fury inviting Tony Stark to join The Avengers in a scene after the credits.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The movie recounts the story of Bruce Banner in the comics that Marvel titled: Fury’s Big Week. Banner is a scientist who wants to make humans immune to gamma radiation by recreating the World War II Super Soldier Program. In the last scene, Tony Stark argues with Ross about the Harlem incident while at a local bar, reminding him that the program has been suspended and offering him a chance to form a team.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
After Tony Stark’s identity is revealed, Ivan Vanco creates a mini arc reactor similar to the one Stark has. The reactor becomes a success for its peaceful intentions, but Tony Stark gets accused by the government of being in possession of specialized weapons. As with many Marvel movies, the key feature is in the scenes after the credits. Phil Coulson, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, arrives in New Mexico where authorities appear to have found a crater. He contacts Fury to inform him about his new finding: Thor’s hammer.
Frost Giants burst into Thor’s coronation to recover the Casket but are stopped by Odin. After a failed attempt to try to solve the problem, Thor sparks an intense battle for which his father divests him of his powers, the throne, and sends him to Earth, where he loses his hammer. After the credits, we see Erik Selving working beside Nick Fury. He asks Erik to analyze the Tesseract because of its incalculable potential power. However, it’s only after Thor’s brother, Loki, intervenes that Erik agrees.
The Avengers (2012)
It’s the first movie that portrays the Avengers together for the first time on screen. This time Loki meets the Chitauri’s leader, the Other. They agree to recover the Tesseract by working together in exchange for an army to dominate the Earth. Scenes in the credits show the Chitauri’s leader complaining to his master about the mistake of believing humans were weak and explaining that attacking them would be flirting with death. It’s the first time in the Marvel saga in which Thanos is revealed as the master. Finally, we get to see the whole team eating together in silence at a restaurant.
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