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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })The Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCUnote Dubbed Earth-199999 of the Marvel multiverse. is a combined setting produced by Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Studios. It was distributed by Paramount and Universal from 2008 to 2011, followed by Disney from 2012 to the present after Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment, with Sony Pictures co-producing some of their films from 2016 onward. Starting with Iron Man in 2008, the setting has grown to include numerous film adaptations of Marvel's many comic book properties, with a main focus on The Avengers and their various members.note Exceptions included Spider-Man, before a 2015 deal between Marvel and film rights holder Sony Pictures, and Fantastic Four and X-Men, who were held by 21st Century Fox before their film and television holdings were acquired by Disney in 2019. The setting also features secondary Marvel properties such as the spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D. and the terrorist organization HYDRA as common elements that tie the different films together.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Kevin Feige, who previously did work on a number of Marvel movies prior to the start of this setting, serves as the president of Marvel Studios and has produced every single film. Feige claimed in 2014 that they have MCU films planned out until 2028,note Although he later noted in 2016 that plans between 2021 and 2025 were "in flux", possibly due to the complication of the unexpected partnership with Sony causing them to make later adjustments, which would be a bit of a step back compared to his previous statement. Still, having a clear plan for seven years of movies after the release of The Avengers is nothing to scoff at! and it was stated in 2017 that the plans following the fourth Avengers movie will involve another story arc made up of well over a dozen movies. As such, virtually every Marvel property is being considered in some capacity, with more scripts being written than could ever be used.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })Grossing more than $22 billion globally across 23 movies, the MCU has become the highest-grossing franchise in cinematic history (a record that is unlikely to ever be disputed — not even by Star Wars, which holds a distant second place at over $10 billion), and its wild success has caused a ripple effect, with nearly every studio looking to build similar interconnected universes, or at least better develop the intellectual properties that they already have into blockbusters. One such attempt, Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters, was itself built off of the groundwork laid by MCU films Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, and it has an unusual relationship with the MCU that has not yet been fully defined.With Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox and their entertainment assets (which include the licenses to use characters tied to the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Silver Surfer, and Deadpool brands, among many others that were connected to those IPs but have not yet appeared on film), virtually every Marvel character that has ever appeared on the pages of one of their comic books can theoretically appear within the setting, and even after over ten years of hits, the MCU shows no signs of slowing down. Marvel have even amped up the rate at which they produce films in order to keep up with demand, and Marvel Studios are preparing to expand development to the small screen as they begin work on multiple television series for Disney+; these new shows will utilize characters from the setting and build up story elements that will carry into the next wave of movies.You can vote for your favorite film here.
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Secret Identity: Generally averted, as most heroes don't actively try to hide their powers. The trend began with Iron Man when Robert Downey Jr. ad-libbing Stark's public reveal of his superhero identity, which Kevin Feige liked and other superheroes were then adapted without their secret identities. Daredevil, Spider-Man, and Ghost Rider are three of the few that do (Matt so he doesn't jeopardize his law career, Peter so Aunt May doesn't find out what he's doing and ground him, and Robbie so his little brother doesn't learn what he's doing). The aversion is subjected to a deconstruction in The Defenders. Luke Cage publicly operates as a vigilante in Harlem, while Jessica Jones is a private detective who doesn't hide the fact that she has powers, and Danny Rand, in the words of his own girlfriend Colleen Wing, will tell "anyone who will listen" that he's the Iron Fist. Matt Murdock is the only one who bothers to hide his secret identity, and he's frequently portrayed as the odd one out for it. Unfortunately, because the other Defenders don't bother with secret identities, it's not long before the Hand learn the identities of their loved ones and begin targeting them. Colleen ends up injured during an attempt on Claire Temple's life, while Jessica is nearly killed during an attempt on Trish Walker's life. Spider-Man, true to the old Parker luck, messes up the "secret" part repeatedly. He blows his cover in front of both Ned and May in Homecoming, Vulture manages to figure it out in the same film, and MJ deduces it in Far From Home (though she admits afterward it was an educated guess). And then his identity goes public in The Stinger, courtesy of footage leaked to JJ Jameson.
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Canon Foreigner: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, and most of the human supporting cast in the Thor and Ant-Man franchises. For Thor, this includes Jane's associates Dr. Erik Selvig, Darcy Lewis, Richard and Ian. Ant-Man features Paxton, the husband of Scott Lang's ex, as well as Luis, Kurt and Dave, Scott's prison friends who assist him in his heist. All the members of the lead cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first season are also original to the cinematic universe. Subverted with Skye, who is eventually revealed to be the comics character Daisy Johnson AKA Quake.
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Age Lift: A number of characters have had their ages changed from the comics, usually for pragmatic reasons. Steve Rogers' year of birth in the comics is usually circa 1922, Depending on the Writer, making him about 20 years old at the start of WWII and 23 by the time he's frozen. The movies push it back to 1918, so that he's about 24 at the start of the film and 26 or 27 by the end. Bucky Barnes, a Robin-style Kid Hero in the comics, is depicted as a twenty-something soldier in The First Avenger. The Smithsonian exhibit in The Winter Soldier lists his birth year as 1916 or 1917 in different places, while a deleted scene from The Avengers has it as 1922 in his SSR file. So either he's a year or two older than Steve or (like their comic book counterparts) four years younger, but in both cases, he's depicted as an adult rather than a Kid Sidekick. Alexander Pierce, who was in his 30's-40's at the oldest in the comics, is played by 76-year old Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Hank Pym is a contemporary of characters like Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in the comics, but is played by 70-year old Michael Douglas in the Ant-Man movie. Going in the other direction, Scott Lang's daughter Cassie was nine when she was introduced and is 14 in the present comics, but is much younger in Ant-Man and up to 10 by Ant-Man and the Wasp. Thanks to Endgame's Time Skip, she now matches her comics age. Donnie Gill is an adult criminal in the comics, but is explicitly stated to be no older than 18 in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There's Eric Koenig and his "brothers". In the comics, Koenig is a veteran of World War II and would have to at least be in his 80's, while in the show, he and his brothers are played by 46-year-old Patton Oswalt. While not as noticeable due to being Older Than He Looks, Hawkeye is played by 43-year-old Jeremy Renner, while in the comics, he's generally depicted as being rather young, at least compared to characters like Steve, who he generally looks up to as an older brother or father figure. Given Chris Evans is ten years younger than Renner, it makes this kinda ironic in retrospect. The comics version of Yondu is in his prime, but the Guardians movie portrays him as a grumpy old man. The same applies to other classic Guardians-turned-veteran Ravagers in Vol. 2. Played with for Peter Parker and Jessica Jones. In the comics, they were in high school together, but Jessica wasn't introduced until they were both several years older. The MCU is staying true to the ages each one was at their respective debuts, meaning Jessica is now several years older than Peter. Aunt May is normally in her 70s, but Marisa Tomei (who is in her fifties, and has aged quite well) plays her. The Owl, who is usually middle-aged in the comics, played by Bob Gunton in Daredevil, who is 70. This led to a popular theory that the son he mentions a few times would become the MCU Owl, but it never happened before the series was cancelled. In the comics, both Nick Fury and Black Widow were around during World War II, but are Older Than They Look thanks to the Infinity Formula. The movies indicate they're roughly the same age as their actors, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, with Winter Soldier explicitly giving Black Widow's birth date as 1984 - though, Black Widow's past being what it is, it could quite easily be faked. Monica Rambeau is introduced in Captain Marvel as an 11-year-old. But given that it's a period piece in the 1990s, she'd match her comics age in the present day.
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Strong as They Need to Be: Like most superhero franchises, the MCU is guilty of this more often than not, largely due to the Loads and Loads of Characters and intricate Power Levels they have to manage from movie to movie: Avengers: Infinity War: The movie opens with Thanos making his debut by dragging out a post-Ragnarok Thor by the head and beating an enraged Hulk to a pulp. Fast forward an hour and a half, and Thanos is having trouble with Iron Man and Dr. Strange, despite having twice the number of Infinity Stones he had when he fought Thor and Hulk. It's taken Up to Eleven a few minutes later when Captain America is able to pull a Punch Catch on Thanos during the Battle of Wakanda. When the Black Order attacks Scarlet Witch and Vision in Edinburg, they almost get the best of them, and succeed early on in critically wounding Vision. However, later on, Okoye and Black Widow will be enough to match Proxima Midnight during the Battle of Wakanda, and Cap will be able to handle Corvus Glaive with minimal assistance from Vision. During the fight in New York, Dr. Strange is defeated by Ebony Maw in a direct confrontation, and Iron Man needs the assistance of both Spider-Man and Wong to defeat Cull Obsidian. However, both will go on to match and even get the best of Thanos during the Battle of Titan without any outside help. In Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Mantis's powers are potent enough to put an entire planet to sleep. In Infinity War, she struggles to put Thanos under for even a few minutes. Captain America: Civil War: During the airport battle in Leipzig, Captain America is able to match Spider-Man in a direct contest of strength, despite the fact that only a few minutes prior, Spider-Man pulled a Punch Catch on the Winter Soldier's metal arm—the same metal arm that Cap could barely stand up to in The Winter Soldier with both hands and his shield. In the final showdown between Tony, Steve, and Bucky, both Bucky and Steve are able to damage Tony's armor, despite the fact that the lesser versions of that armor were capable of stonewalling tanks and blows from Thor without breaking. Similarly, Tony is able to hold his own against both Bucky and Steve in hand-to-hand combat, despite only taking up martial arts a few years ago. In Age of Ultron, Wanda has enough control over her powers to hypnotize an entire city and stop a runaway train. However, in Civil War, she struggles to contain a suicide bomb and needs Hawkeye to provide distractions to her opponents in order to use her powers effectively.
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Creator Cameo: As is standard procedure for Marvel productions, Stan Lee made cameos in all works throughout Phases 1-3, only ending after his death (even in the TV shows, though in the Defenders shows and Cloak and Dagger it's only as background pictures; the only show he missed completely was Inhumans). Other creators appear in films starring their characters as well: J. Michael Straczynski appears in Thor and Ed Brubaker appears in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, each of them having served as a script consultant on their respective films. Walt Simonson, perhaps the best-known writer of the comic, also appears in Thor. Thanos' creator Jim Starlin appears in Infinity War and Endgame, and Kelly Sue DeConnick in Captain Marvel.
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Debut Queue: In Phase 1, the main characters each debut in their own movie before at last banding together in The Avengers — though Black Widow had to make do with getting introduced in Iron Man's second movie and Hawkeye in Thor. In The Avengers itself, they're also introduced in this manner with different S.H.I.E.L.D. agents going out to recruit them.
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HYDRA the organization, independent of any leader. "Cut off one head, two more will take its place." They're primarily in the Captain America films and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but have had an effect on Iron Man as well since they're the ones who killed Tony's parents. (They also appear in Ant-Man, but only to establish Darren Cross' villainy by his association with them.) Agents later reveals that HYDRA is just the most modern incarnation of a much older Ancient Conspiracy, making them an even greater evil than we first thought. However, they've sustained numerous losses since their exposure and were supposedly wiped out shortly before Civil War. Even so, their Villainous Legacy lives on.
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Darker and Edgier
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Darker and Edgier: The Netflix shows take a far grittier and down-to-earth tone than any other entry in the MCU. Daredevil greatly plays up Matt's Anti-Hero traits, emphasizing the Black-and-Gray Morality of the series. At times it feels more like a Criminal Procedural with a definite Film Noir influence, and the violence is relentlessly brutal and horrific. The creators stated that along with the comics, the biggest influence was The Wire. Jessica Jones goes even darker, with Kilgrave's Compelling Voice power explicitly compared to rape (and sometimes used for literal rape). Luke Cage not only expands on the frustrations of cops dealing with superpowered threats, but season one has the darkest ending of the Netflix shows, with the criminals largely escaping with their crimes and Cage sent off to jail for breaking out of jail, in spite of his innocence in all other crimes being proven. Even if you don't take into account the Netflix shows, the Captain America films (excluding The First Avenger) and Black Panther are both noticeably heavier than other films in the MCU, with their sociopolitical commentary and exploration of the effect superheroes can have on a world stage. As such, they're generally seen as pretty thought-provoking and mature by both fans and critics. Infinity War also falls under this, being the Darkest Hour for the MCU at large.
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You Can't Thwart Stage One
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You Can't Thwart Stage One: Averted in the series as a whole in that the heroes in the various film have been able so far to thwart Thanos' schemes of collecting the Infinity Stones through minions, to the point where he has to ditch that approach and collect them himself. Played straight in most of the films, where the heroes aren't able to stop the start-up phases to the villain's plan. Averted in Age of Ultron, where the heroes not only stop Ultron's initial plan to put himself in a new, synthetic body with the Mind Stone, but turn it around into a way to defeat him. Also averted in Civil War, where an ex-HYDRA agent is uncooperative with Zemo and forces him to come up with a much more complicated plan to get what he wants.
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Hidden Agenda Villain
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The Hand in the Defenders shows. While they haven't directly appeared in Jessica Jones and Luke Cage (that we know of), Daredevil and Iron Fist show that they've wormed their way into several corporate, governmental, and criminal positions in New York, they're quietly working behind the scenes to set up something big, and both heroes were trained specifically to fight them. Within that group, Madame Gao. Never the main villain of any show, but often comes off as more cunning and menacing than the one who is. They also have a tendency to make clean getaways where other villains get killed.
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Continuity Porn
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The web-series WHiH Newsfront even has Continuity Porn in the form of In-Universe's news ticker.
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All There in the Manual
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The supplementary materials for Captain America: The Winter Soldier heavily suggest that Sam Wilson's EXO-7 Falcon suit was designed by Stark Industries, presumably incorporating similar technology to what is found in the Iron Man armors.
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Earth Is the Center of the Universe
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And of course, most of the films are set on Earth.
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Retroactive Idiot Ball
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Retroactive Idiot Ball: The Avengers (2012) has Loki allowing himself to be captured so that he can be led to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier, where he uses his powers to mess with people's minds in various ways. Except that, a year later, Thor: The Dark World shows that Loki's powers go beyond simple mind manipulation/reading, and include shapeshifting, of himself, his surrounding, and/or other people if he wishes to, which makes his attempts at messing with the good guys in the former movie come across as him not really trying very hard. Captain Marvel introduces the titular hero, who is more or less a Physical God, and establishes that Nick Fury knew how to contact her ever since 1995. Which really begs the question as to why he didn't try to contact her when an alien invasion threatened Earth, or when a genocidal AI threatened Earth, and why he waited until half of the entirety of humanity started turning to dust, himself included, to finally call for her help. Extracanonical materials suggest that he considered calling for her aid to be an absolute last resort, considering how much she handles on her own in the vast reaches of space.
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Comic-Book Time
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Comic-Book Time: Averted. From Iron Man to Infinity War, the timeline is identical with the theatrical releases of each individual film (other than some Anachronic Order in Phases One and Three, but that's still not an example of Comic Book Time). Even when the setting jumps five years into the future in Endgame, the timeline still stays relatively consistent. Which is part of the reason why the MCU is so beloved, you get the chance of seeing real change and development, in contrast to the 616-verse.
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Alternate Timeline
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Loki (Spring 2021)+note Takes place (or at least starts) in an Alternate Timeline created in Avengers: Endgame instead of in the main continuity. Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki, and Sophia Di Martino, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant all co-star under the direction of Kate Herron with a script written by Michael Waldron.
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Human Weapon
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The Defenders portrays the "Black Sky" (Elektra) as one to the Iron Fist, as both are Human Weapons meant to destroy the faction the other belongs to.
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Never Trust a Trailer
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The Ant-Man trailers had characters similarly riffing on how "Ant-Man" is hard to take seriously, but these bits don't appear in the movie.
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Death by Origin Story
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Death by Origin Story: Several, many of which overlap with the Mentor Occupational Hazard. After mentoring Tony Stark and helping him build the first Iron Man suit, Dr. Yinsen sacrifices himself so Tony can escape. The original plan was for Dr. Erskine's super serum to be used on several soldiers, resulting in a unit of Super Soldiers to defeat the Nazis. When Erskine is killed, the formula dies with him, and Steve Rogers becomes the world's first (and at the time, only) superhero. King T'Chaka is killed in Civil War, causing his son T'Challa to take up the mantle of Black Panther and go after Bucky, whom he believes to be his father's killer. Likewise, Killmonger's Start of Darkness began with his father's murder at T'Chaka's hands. Uncle Ben Parker, as always, but given that his death had already been seen twice on the big screen, he's only ever alluded to indirectly. After Mar-Vell is gunned down by Yon-Rogg, Carol Danvers gets her powers trying to finish what her mentor started by destroying the faster-than-light engine, accidentally imbuing herself with its power in the process.
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The Cameo
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The Cameo: Often, and it helps to establish a connected universe (such as Tony Stark appearing in Incredible Hulk and Nick Fury's brief scenes in Thor, Captain America, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). This also happens with the Netflix series. There are a couple of characters who appear in most or all of them (including Claire Temple (with the exception of The Punisher) and Turk Barrett, though Claire has more than a minor role in most of them). Then there are several more from one show who make brief appearances in another: Foggy Nelson from Daredevil briefly appears in Jessica Jones and Luke Cage; Jeri Hogarth from Jessica Jones and Misty Knight from Luke Cage show up in Iron Fist (though for more than just cameos); Danny Rand and Colleen Wing from Iron Fist appear in Luke Cage; and Karen Page from Daredevil is in The Punisher. There are minor crossovers of content that would eventually be realized in this universe and the properties Marvel Studios didn't hold at the time. Spider-Man 2, for instance, had J. Jonah Jameson mention that the name "Doctor Strange" was taken while trying to come up for a name for Doctor Octopus. There were also talks of having the Oscorp building from The Amazing Spider-Man appearing in The Avengers, but the latter was too close to completion by the time the idea was proposed. At one point, it was speculated that the cranes in The Amazing Spider-Man that were lined up to help Peter reach Oscorp faster were repairing the destruction caused in The Avengers. Similarly, Sony's pre-release marketing for The Amazing Spider Man 2 included a ''Daily Bugle'' Tumblr feed to establish some minor aspects of the franchise and set up future films. One story states that Oscorp lost a contract for a military flying harness to a "Los Angeles-based conglomerate with offices in Manhattan", and implies that the lead engineer on the project, Adrian Toomes (the Vulture), is on the chopping block because of it. Ultimately, any connection between the settings was rendered moot once Marvel Studios decided to reboot the franchise in a way that better suited the setting.
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End of an Age
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End of an Age: Kevin Feige has described the MCU as being in two distinct eras: one made up of Avengers: Endgame and everything that precedes it, and one made up of all the movies made after Avengers: Endgame. So Avengers: Endgame itself represents the end of one part of the MCU, but not the MCU as a whole.
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Remake Cameo
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Remake Cameo: Lou Ferrigno makes another Hulk-related cameo, and in the same film, Bill Bixby makes a pseudo-cameo when Bruce is watching "The Courtship of Eddie's Father."
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Portal Crossroad World
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Sakaar is a Portal Crossroad World, surrounded by wormholes that pick up detritus from other realms. As with the Nine Realms, it may just be another planet.
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Avengers, Assemble!
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Avengers, Assemble!: Phase One was basically this trope spread out long-term. Four of the founding Avengers were introduced in solo movies (with Black Widow and Hawkeye guest-starring), and the stories were mostly self-contained but for the common thread of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then The Avengers brought them all together. The first season (the first two in Daredevil's case) of each Netflix show also qualifies, as they introduce the characters who will be relevant to The Defenders.
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Dare to Be Badass
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On a smaller scale example, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Age of Ultron began as nobodies living in a war-torn Eastern European country before getting enhanced by Loki's scepter and then receiving a Dare to Be Badass speech from Hawkeye.
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Bloodier and Gorier
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Bloodier and Gorier: The Defenders shows display a great deal more blood than any MCU movie. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has also shifted in this direction after moving to a Safe Harbor timeslot in Season 4.
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Byronic Hero
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Tony Stark, of all people, develops into one over the course of the movies. Captain America himself calls Tony the Earth's best defender, and the entire world mourns his loss after his Heroic Sacrifice in Endgame, with various characters in the next movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, questioning on who is going to fill his place in the world.
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Hidden Heart of Gold
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Mary Jane "MJ" Watson was famously a "modern" character for Spider-Man comics, which led to her popularity with readers. She reflected several elements of the then-ongoing women's liberation movement, by being more outspoken and confident in her own body. Her counterpart in the film, Michelle Jones, fits this into a Post-Millennial mold; MJ is as bold and opinionated as ever, but her feminism reflects the movement's current wave. She attends protests in her spare time and regularly questions authority to the point that she sometimes comes across as abrasive or mean-spirited. But as always, she has a Hidden Heart of Gold beneath the snark.
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Adaptational Villainy
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Adaptational Villainy: A good few cases from Phase 2: Aldrich Killian was a humble scientist in the comics who killed himself out of guilt over selling Extremist to terrorists. Here, he's the one behind the terrorists using Extremis, and he's stolen the Mandarin's mantle for his own purposes. Thanks to the revelation that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been corrupted, many characters who were heroes are now members of HYDRA. This includes Alexander Pierce (who was one of Fury's comrades in the comics), Jasper Sitwell (a loyal and optimistic S.H.I.E.L.D. agent), John Garrett (a colleague of Widow's), and the entirety of STRIKE (in the comics the British S.H.I.E.L.D. division, here more like the spec ops branch of S.H.I.E.L.D.). In the Guardians of the Galaxy comics, Yondu is a member of the year-3000 team and a straight hero. In the movie, he's an Anti-Hero at best; a Jerkass who has to be talked into heroic actions with promises of monetary reward. Yellowjacket is a super-identity used by the villainous Darren Cross here, when it was one of Hank Pym's heroic identities in the comics (albeit the one he was using at the time he had a Jerkass characterization and infamously committed spousal abuse, which is probably exactly why the movie gave the identity to a villain).
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Afrofuturism
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Black Panther is another mashup - Afrofuturism, Feudal Future, Spy Fiction, Science Fantasy - as it attempts to analyze what an Advanced Ancient Acropolis would actually be like.
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Reality Bleed
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Seasons 5 and 6 involve a "fear dimension" that's seeping into Earth and causing worst fears to come to life.
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Iconic Sequel Character
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Iconic Sequel Character: Several. For easier context, the only characters who have been there since the very beginning are Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, James Rhodesnote and he was played by a different actor then, Phil Coulson, J.A.R.V.I.S., and Nick Fury.
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Trilogy Creep
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Trilogy Creep: Regarding the Phases: Inverted with Phase 1, which was originally meant to go on a while longer before culminating in The Avengers. However, due to the Disney acquisition, plans changed and certain movies (such as Ant-Man) were pushed back, leaving Phase 1 comprised of six films instead of one that encompassed at least seven or eight films. Phase 2 was originally five films long. However, Ant-Man was shifted over from Phase 3 to Phase 2, meaning that Phase 2 comprised six movies. Phase 3 is an interesting case. The original plan was for there to be nine films, but the total was bumped up to ten when Marvel Studios worked out an agreement with Sony Pictures to share the Spider-Man property and add a new movie to the schedule. Then Ant-Man and the Wasp was added to the schedule after Ant-Man did well enough to warrant a sequel, bumping the total up to eleven. Later on, Inhumans was taken off the Phase 3 schedule and eventually cancelled altogether, meaning that the slate would consist of ten films. With regards to the series within the franchise, Thor will be the first character to have a fourth solo film in Thor: Love and Thunder while everyone before him had only trilogies (Endgame is the fourth Avengers movie but was always intended to be part two of the Movie Multipack with Infinity War).
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Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness
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Iron Man 1 and 2 are relatively hard-scale Military Science Fiction, plus Tony and Pepper's relationship in the first was noted to resemble a Screwball Comedy. The third movie has been described as a Political Thriller.
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Psychological Thriller
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Jessica Jones is a Psychological Thriller.
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Mayfly–December Friendship
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Mayfly–December Friendship: While it is never mentioned, unlike his Mayfly–December Romance with Jane Foster, Thor will eventually outlive (most of) his fellow Avengers. At the other end of the scale, Rocket bitterly snarks that his lifespan is likely to be shorter than other species' in Guardians of the Galaxy. Played with in the case of Vision, who's simultaneously the youngest Avenger and potentially ageless, hence likely to outlive even Thor. (Though the point is rendered moot since Thanos killed him.)
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Kid Hero
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The uneasy moral conundrum of Bucky as a Kid Hero is circumvented by making him Steve's age and a proper soldier.
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Mythology Gag
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Spider-Man: Far From Home promotes Audis (complete with Mythology Gag license plates), Synchrony, United Airlines, and the Salvation Army.
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A Mythology Is True
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A Mythology Is True: While the comic books take the stance that All Myths Are True (and Hercules is just as involved in superheroics as Thor is), in the MCU only the Norse myths are known to have any validity to them. (This may change with the introduction of the Eternals, who in the comics are basically space gods.) Other mythologies are mentioned from time to time, but there's no telling whether they actually exist: Skye pitched the idea of other pantheons being real in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Black Panther mentions Wakanda's god-myths. In an Age of Ultron deleted scene, Thor outright dismissed Greek mythology as completely false. In Far From Home, world myths about elemental creatures are cited as precedent for the existence of the Elementals. This is all a ruse designed to take advantage of what a Fantasy Kitchen Sink the world has become that the general populace would believe it to be true. The TV side is a little looser when it comes to incorporating other mythologies, as the Light and Darkforces in Cloak & Dagger are tied to Voodoo deities, and Agents of SHIELD includes an interdimentional being who was mentioned to be worshipped by the Inca as one of their goddesses.
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Official Couple Ordeal Syndrome
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Official Couple Ordeal Syndrome: Unfortunately, most of the above couples suffer through this. Steve and Peggy go through years where each is convinced the other is lost to them, and they both struggle with moving on. Tony and Pepper also break up for a while, though it's mostly offscreen. Vision and Gamora die, and the latter is replaced with a version that had never met Peter. And don't even get us started on all the crap FitzSimmons have had to go through — the two are separated for a time, physically and/or emotionally, every season.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: To Ultimate Marvel. Both the MCU and Ultimate Marvel are modern takes of the classic Marvel Comics and some of the MCU's concepts were inspired of the Ultimate Marvel Universe such as a race lifted Nick Fury. However, the MCU takes their characters into a more idealistic approach rather than following the more cynical standards of Ultimate Marvel.
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Extremely Short Timespan
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Any series not featuring movie characters is plagued with questions of "how does this tie in with the latest movie events?" For the Defenders shows, the answer always ended up being "this is a little ways into the past, and the movie hasn't happened yet"; and they ended before they caught up with the unavoidable impact of Infinity War. Runaways and Cloak and Dagger still haven't given answers as to why the events of Infinity War haven't been seen yet, though in the former's case an Extremely Short Timespan can account for not yet catching up to that point.
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Withholding the Big Good
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Withholding the Big Good: Zig-Zagged in the MCU in general. Captain America was the last hero to get a solo movie in Phase One, but it established him as the first superhero in the MCU (discounting the Asgardians who visited Earth centuries prior). Still, the Big Good was withheld for sixty years due to "doing time as a Cap-sicle."
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Evil Power Vacuum
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The Netflix shows get hit hard with this trope in general, due to their dark and morally-ambiguous subject matter. The Battle of New York gave way to the rise of corruption and criminal activity in Hell's Kitchen, and the main characters' attempts to fight crime actively make things worse in many ways. For instance, Fisk's and Cottonmouth's criminal syndicates get thrown into chaos, and both specifically begin harming and involving innocent people in their attempts to bring down their enemies. In Daredevil Season 2, Fisk's fall left an Evil Power Vacuum; and characters wonder if Daredevil's heroics opened the door for more hardcore vigilantes like the Punisher. In Jessica Jones, the fact that trying to catch Kilgrave will potentially kill lots of innocents is discussed, but rationalized by the fact that if left to his own devices, Kilgrave will ruin a lot more. In Luke Cage, Mariah Dillard tries to stir up anti-superhuman sentiment and equip the police with more powerful weapons to fight them, but some on the force are concerned since police gear will inevitably find its way into the hands of criminals.
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State Sec
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State Sec: S.H.I.E.L.D with its secret agents, myriad military forces, and various research labs fits the trope.
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Artifact Title
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Artifact Title: Increasingly becoming this as TV shows (as well as short films and comic book tie-ins) start to be included within the franchise, thus not making it exclusively Cinematic. On the other hand, film is still the primary medium. In-universe, this becomes a Discussed Trope after the Retool midway through Season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Team Coulson are left wondering whether they can really call themselves "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." any more, after S.H.I.E.L.D. falls to HYDRA. Coulson is quite insistent that they are not "Agents of Nothing".
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Massive Multiplayer Crossover
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Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The Avengers films act as this. The Defenders miniseries does the same for the TV shows aired on Netflix.
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Bad Present
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Bad Present: As always, Captain America uses shades of this, as he says "When I went under, the world was at war. When I woke, they said we won. They didn't say what we lost." It becomes more nuanced in Winter Soldier when he admits that the food is better in the present, and that medical advances and the internet have made things much better.
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The Bad Guy Wins
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Avengers: Infinity War ends with a "Thanos will return" caption, lampshading the film's The Bad Guy Wins ending.
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Older Than They Look
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Aunt May is normally in her 70s, but Marisa Tomei (who is in her fifties, and has aged quite well) plays her.
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Rogues Gallery Transplant
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Rogues Gallery Transplant: Several heroes in the movie get villains that aren't supposed to be theirs in the comics. For instance, Ant-Man fights Ghost (originally an Iron Man villain) in Ant-Man and the Wasp, while the Guardians of the Galaxy fight Ego (a Silver Surfer villain). Then there's the situation with the Mandarin. While Iron Man did fight someone using the Mandarin name, it turns out they weren't the real Mandarin. The real Mandarin never got into conflict with Iron Man, and instead will be part of the Shang-Chi movie. Black Widow has Taskmaster as the main villain. Taskmaster is a general utility villain and debuted in in an Avengers comic. He generally tangles with the Avengers as a group, and individuals like Captain America, Ant-Man, Iron Man, and others like Spider-Man, and even characters like Deadpool or the various X-Men (who have yet to debut). However, he has never personally menaced Black Widow, yet here he is as the Big Bad.
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Thou Shalt Not Kill
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Thou Shalt Not Kill: Zig-zagged across the franchise, with different heroes holding themselves to different standards. On the whole, though, most are reluctant to kill but they will if they have to. Details can be found on their own page.
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Space Pirates
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Most of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Peter Quill was a former Space Pirate and a notorious outlaw and scavenger when introduced, Gamora and Nebula were originally Co-Dragons of Thanos, Drax is introduced as an inmate, Mantis is technically an accomplice to a genocidal living planet, and Yondu Odanta was The Leader of the Space Pirates Peter was a member of.
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The Avengers (Franchise)
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The Avengers: Endgame logo is a pieced together version of the previous films' logo, juxtaposed on a disintegrating version of the logo of The Avengers' "A" logo.
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Evolving Credits
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Evolving Credits: The Marvel Studios plate beginning with Doctor Strange shows clips from previous films. As new films are released, the plate subtly changes to include recent entries. Avengers: Endgame has noticeable blank gaps in the clips in which the dusted heroes were previously located.
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Out of Focus
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Agent 13 usually gets called out for being this due to how Out of Focus her character has been in the two latter Captain America movies that she's appeared in. As a result, some find that her romance with Steve Rogers in Civil War doesn't come off all that natural.
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Differently Powered Individual
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Differently Powered Individual: In the main comic reality of Earth-616, humans with superpowers are either "Mutants", born with them, or "Mutates", developed them through some sort of outside stimuli, i.e. Gamma radiation, or a radioactive spider. The MCU doesn't use this terminology,note Marvel Studios not owning the rights to the X-Men until 2019 likely being a factor. instead referring to them as "gifted" or "enhanced" humans. Though, with the X-Men coming to the MCU, mutants and mutates are free to use now. In the ABC shows, a specific type of powered people, who had latent potential for powers that has since been unlocked by a specific trigger, are "Inhuman".
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Government Agency of Fiction
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Government Agency of Fiction: S.H.I.E.L.D. in all the movies, and before their time during WWII, there was the Strategic Scientific Reserve, which is essentially the OSS to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s CIA.
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Adapted Out
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Adapted Out: Ant-Man and the Wasp were not included in the first roster of Avengers, despite being founding members of the team in comics. Likewise, Hank had no hand in Ultron's creation. Avengers: Infinity War was based on the comic book The Infinity Gauntlet. However, Adam Warlock, a protagonist of the comic, did not take part in that film. Many characters from Marvel Comics that have been licenced to other studios are invokedExiled from Continuity. As a result, adaptions of storylines that include a character that is off-limits are rewritten to avoid it. For example, Jean Grey does not appear in the conflict between Jessica Jones and Kilgrave, Ultron is made of Vibranium instead of Adamantium (granted some of his bodies in the comics were made of an alloy of the two metals), Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch had a father who is not Magneto (which was the case in the early comics), and so on. This limitation largely applied to the Infinity Saga, prior to Marvel's partnership with Sony and Disney's acquistion of the Fox licenses with the company as a whole.
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Wolverine Publicity: The Avengers, or, more accurately, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Thor. They're essentially the Face of the Band of the MCU, and are sometimes used to promote movies or shows starring lesser known characters. This was particularly notable with Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, both of which used recycled footage of the Avengers in TV spots.
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Good Thing You Can Heal
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Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora chops off both of Groot's arms in their initial confrontation (they grow back) and during the prison break, Rocket has Star-Lord steal a prisoner's prosthetic leg, later revealing that he only had him do it because he thought it would be funny. Later on, Nebula removes her own robot hand near the climax in order to escape the battle.
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Hammerspace
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Hammerspace: Iron Man 2: We all love the Mark V suitcase suit, but let's face it, this is where it really comes from. There's no way that suit could fold down into a suitcase-sized package that's light enough to carry in one hand. Thor and later entries: Loki possesses this ability in-universe thanks to his power to create and cast illusions. He often summons his battle outfit (horned helmet and all) out of nowhere, as well as knives. He's also seen retrieving the Casket of Ancient Winters from who-knows-where and later stowing it with a single hand movement after attacking Heimdall with it. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Infinity War: Rocket's giant space rifle tends to conveniently disappear until the moment he needs it.
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Official Couple
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Official Couple: Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, with them finally following through with the relationship after Spider-Man: Homecoming. Surprisingly, one of the healthiest and most stable romantic relationships out there belongs to Wilson Fisk and Vanessa Mariana in Daredevil. In Age of Ultron, Hawkeye reveals that he has been married for years. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fitz and Simmons. They finally marry in Season Five. Star-Lord and Gamora as of Infinity War. Although Peter doesn't consider himself Gamora's boyfriend, and more like "a Titan killing long-term booty call". After considerable Ship Tease in Age of Ultron and Civil War, Wanda Maximoff and Vision are together in Infinity War; and get a whole spinoff series devoted to them in WandaVision. They weren't considered as such for most of their screentime due to them (and the audience) writing the pairing off as physically impossible after their debut movie, but after Endgame, Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter finally get their happy ending. By the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter and MJ are dating.
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Generally trending strongly to the idealistic side. A major part of the conflict in the Avengers' team stems from Steve Rogers' "outdated and irrelevant" idealism clashing head on with Tony Stark's hedonistic and materialistic cynicism. It's ironic, considering how Steve and Howard (Tony's father) got-along quite well in World War II. (At one point in The Avengers, Steve says that Tony "isn't the man his father was" to Tony's face. Those are fighting words.) Lampshaded in the first-season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when Nick Fury appoints Phil Coulson as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. because of his unwavering idealism.
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Five-Second Foreshadowing
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Five-Second Foreshadowing: The moment Rhodey says "let's synch up" to Nebula after being handed the Orb, They prepare to transport back. Rhodey leaves, Nebula is frozen and "synchs up" with her 2014 self opening up the remaining information to Thanos.
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Compelling Voice
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Jessica Jones goes even darker, with Kilgrave's Compelling Voice power explicitly compared to rape (and sometimes used for literal rape).
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Royalty Super Power
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In the Thor series, Asgardians are all superhumanly strong and durable, but due to a Royalty Superpower, Odin, his son Thor, and his daughter Hela have immense power that allows them to defeat practically anyone in the Nine Realms.
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Actor Allusion
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Nick Fury's fake grave in The Winter Soldier has "Ezekiel 25:17 - The path of the righteous man..." inscribed on it (an Actor Allusion to Samuel L. Jackson).
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Crime Fiction
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The Defenders is a Crime Drama with Supernatural elements.
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Crisis Crossover
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Crisis Crossover: The Avengers for the movies; The Defenders for the Netflix series.
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Something Completely Different
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Something Completely Different: After nine consecutive films focusing on the Avengers, either as a team or individually, the tenth entry into the Cinematic Universe is Guardians of the Galaxy, a Space Opera about a Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits, which includes, among others, a talking raccoon, a Gentle Giant tree creature who can only say five words to express himself, and a warrior with zero understanding of metaphors. Guardians of the Galaxy also has the distinction of being the first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be based on the creations of writers and artists other than Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The original comic was created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan. Same goes for the announcement of the Netflix shows, which focus on street-level superheroes operating out of New York City. This is in especially sharp contrast to the previous MCU show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is light on superheroes and tends to feature a lot of globetrotting.
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Crapsaccharine World
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Crapsaccharine World: Not so much Earth, but the larger universe qualifies. At first glance, you have a vibrant and exciting universe filled with myriads of different races, where all the major conflicts are over and adventure always just around the corner. Except if you dig a little deeper, that "adventure" turns out to be some universal-scale threat to civilization, the supposed protectors of the peace are largely helpless before all sorts of Galactic Conquerors and Eldritch Abominations, and those conflicts? Not only are they not over, but they were bloodier than you could ever imagine, and what peace there is is either hanging by a thread or in active danger.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incidents occurring in Budapest. Black Widow and Hawkeye had an assignment there that they remember very differently, Isabelle and her team were there on merc duty once, Edwin Jarvis met his wife there during the Second World War, and Nick Fury spent time there before transitioning over to S.H.I.E.L.D..
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Schizo Tech
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Schizo Tech: As expected for a superhero universe, the technology is all over the place. Geniuses with the right resources like Tony Stark can build highly-advanced Powered Armor, Applied Phlebotinum existed since the '60s that allowed people like Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne to shrink down to tiny sizes at will, and Super Soldier serums existed back in the '40s which powered the legendary Captain America. Street-level criminal syndicates sell Imported Alien Phlebotinum to black markets, genetic engineering giving people superpowers is abound, Cool Airships are available courtesy of S.H.I.E.L.D., robots (both fully robotic and human-like) are common, advanced A.I.s are used to handle such technology, and there's a Hidden Elf Village in the form of Wakanda that is even more advanced than everything else, while pairing it with that of an ancient African aesthetic. This isn't even close to everything. However, consumer products and government weaponry is often mundane and at parity with real life.
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Flat Character
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Flat Character: A common criticism of Phases One and Two is that their villains are often underdeveloped, with the exception of Loki who is given almost as much screen time as Thor. The Defenders shows are other major exceptions since they focus on their villains as much as the heroes. Doctor Strange attempted to avert this with Mordo, deliberately developing his character before turning him villainous for future films. Kevin Feige as much as admitted it while promoting Guardians Vol. 2, saying that the movies tell the heroes' stories and the villains are a means to that end; though in retrospect he was lying at the time.note He was justifying Ayesha being flat, while hiding the fact that she wasn't actually the main villain of the film. Phase Three, on the whole, has averted this with more fleshed-out villains. Agent 13 usually gets called out for being this due to how Out of Focus her character has been in the two latter Captain America movies that she's appeared in. As a result, some find that her romance with Steve Rogers in Civil War doesn't come off all that natural.
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Sequel Logo in Ruins
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Sequel Logo in Ruins The title image for Iron Man 3 in the trailer is a sparking, incomplete, and generally broken-looking version of the Iron Man 2 logo. The Avengers: Endgame logo is a pieced together version of the previous films' logo, juxtaposed on a disintegrating version of the logo of The Avengers' "A" logo.
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Concept Art Gallery
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Concept Art Gallery: Several movies and TV series have exclusive released concept art books.
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Adaptational Heroism
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Subverted with the Skrulls, who are usually Chaotic Evil but given Adaptational Heroism in the MCU.
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All There in the Stinger
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All There in the Stinger: A staple of the movies is that they at least have one stinger that shows a plot beat connecting it to a future film. Sometimes the stinger scene is actually repeated in that future film itself.
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Wretched Hive
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Wretched Hive: New York became one after "The Incident", particularly Hell's Kitchen and Harlem. The reason for this is that the alien invasion greatly damaged New York, leading to an increase in organized crime.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: Common across most of the movies and TV shows; see individual work pages.
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Sufficiently Analyzed Magic
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As of Phase Three, magic and the paranormal is starting to be introduced, though Sufficiently Analyzed Magic is present, grouping all magics under energies from other dimensions where things work differently. Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange, and Iron Fist are three such heroes with these powers.
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Mecha-Mooks
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When the villain's Mecha-Mooks corner Peter Parker's classmates in the Tower of London museum in the climax of Spider-Man: Far From Home, MJ grabs a mace and bludgeons one of the drones.
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Actionized Sequel
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Actionized Sequel: The Avengers was designed to be one as the finale to Phase I from the beginning because it brings all the superheroes of Phase 1 together. Naturally, such a team requires a suitable threat to counter.
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Downplayed Trope
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The Netflix shows are a downplayed example. The events of the shows take place over several (sometimes overlapping) periods of a few weeks each. So shows released months apart (for example, Daredevil Season 2 and Luke Cage Season 1) can have events happening at the same time. The Defenders is a more straightforward example, with the whole series taking place in just a few days.
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Military and Warfare Films
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Captain America: The First Avenger is a War Movie, while The Winter Soldier is a Conspiracy Thriller and Civil War is a different style of Political Thriller.
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Female Gaze
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Female Gaze: Tying into the fanservice entry above, the franchise employs a lot of Shirtless Scenes for the male leads, spending a lot of camera time on their chests and bodies, from ass shots and crotch shots (The Avengers is particularly filled with this). It's been semi-jokingly, semi-seriously suggested that this aspect is a major reason why the films are especially popular with women. Even the television shows aren't exempt from this, see Grant Ward from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Matt Murdock from Daredevil, and try to find a scene where a woman doesn't drool over Luke Cage.
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Alternate Continuity
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Alternate Continuity: The movies differ a lot from their comic counterparts and in some cases outright change things, so it's best to think of them as a separate story line, or alternate universe, than comic-to-movie adaptations. They are close enough to their comics, with plenty of references and cameos only they will get, that comic fans will have plenty to enjoy about them, while regular fans will also be able to enjoy the movies without knowing all the back story. This has been formalized with the MCU universe taking its place alongside the other alternate universes seen in Marvel comics. The MCU is Earth-199999; the prime universe most Marvel comics take place in is Earth-616. Traffic between the two is surprisingly limited, mostly taking the form of very subtle continuity nods. When the Young Avengers of Earth-616 were thrown into the Multiverse in 2013, for example, a passport stamp indicated that Earth-199999 was one of the many universes they visited off-page.
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Shirtless Scene
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Shirtless Scene: Male leads often take their shirts off at least once during the movie or season.
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Corrupt Politician
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Corrupt Politician: The United States government seems to be full of them. Vice President Rodriguez allies with A.I.M. to assassinate the president. Secretary of Defense Alexander Pierce is also the leader of HYDRA and plans to assassinate, among thousands of others, the president and the Avengers in order to subjugate the world. Senator Stern of Pennsylvania is also an agent of HYDRA. Senator Christian Ward of Massachusetts is an Abusive Parent. Senator Randolph Cherryh of New York is a member of Wilson Fisk’s crime ring. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross previously attempted to capture Bruce Banner in order to weaponize the Hulk, and has no compunctions about imprisoning a number of the Avengers. Councilwoman Mariah Dillard of Harlem, New York has deals with her cousin Cornell Stokes and his crime ring. Senator Ellen Nadeer of New York has ties to a Right-Wing Militia Fanatic group out of a shared hatred of Inhumans.
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In-Universe
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Following the release of Captain America: The First Avenger, it became popular to begin giving the other Avengers a similar sobriquet. With Captain America as "the First Avenger", Thor became "the Mighty Avenger" while Iron Man became "the Armored Avenger". In-Universe, Bruce Banner got the title "the Strongest Avenger", since Tony made a rare-concession of admitting Bruce was smarter than him (much to Thor's ire).
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The Stinger
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The Stinger: Most of the movies have had one. Notable examples and exceptions are listed below. The Incredible Hulk had its intended post-credits scene placed just before the credits to capitalize on the success of Iron Man, although it still fits this purpose. Captain America: The First Avenger had a different approach to the trope by having a teaser trailer for The Avengers movie. Avengers: Age of Ultron has one mid-credits scene, but no post-credits scene. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 has five extra scenes after the final shot of the movie. Averted by Avengers: Endgame, which has absolutely no mid-credits or post-credits scenes.
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Always Chaotic Evil
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Always Chaotic Evil: The Frost Giants from Thor are not this trope. In fact, part of Thor's character development is learning that they are not evil monsters that he can kill without a care. Their king even tries to talk him out of doing something rash. The Dark Elves from Dark World are all soldiers seeking to destroy all of "light" existence, so they are indeed this trope. The Kree are seen as this in the entire galaxy with most of them being belligerent warmongers and zealots who seek to either destroy or conquer other planets and generally have very poor relations with the rest of the galaxy. One or two heroic Kree have been seen, but such exceptions are very rare. Subverted with the Skrulls, who are usually Chaotic Evil but given Adaptational Heroism in the MCU.
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Broken Ace
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Team Coulson: The founding members are a major Captain America/S.H.I.E.L.D. fanboy, a Broken Ace who quit being a field agent to go to a desk job, an anti-social field agent from an abusive home, a civilian hacker who was moved around foster care her whole life, a biochemist who considers dissecting people while they're standing right beside her, and an engineer who is awkward outside the lab and cannot admit his feelings for the aforementioned biochemist. Later members include a major Howling Commandoes fanboy, an ace field agent who is too skilled at lying for her own good, a mercenary who believes Violence Is the Only Option, a doctor with serious anger management issues, a construction Forman who is not cut out for the spy life, and a woman whose life growing up under a corrupt government has left her. Yet they almost singlehandedly save S.H.I.E.L.D. from being destroyed after HYDRA's infiltration was revealed, even when one of their very own was a member of HYDRA.
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NameDrop
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Often done to hype a future movie: Nick Fury in Iron Man, Thor's hammer in Iron Man 2, Hawkeye and the Tesseract in Thor, Thanos in The Avengers and Age of Ultron, The Collector in Thor: The Dark World, Baron von Strucker, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch - plus a Name Drop for Doctor Strange - in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ulysses Klaue along with mentions of Wakanda in Age of Ultron. Black Panther and Spider-Man also appeared in Civil War before they got their own movies, though their roles were larger than just cameos.
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Scenery Gorn
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Scenery Gorn: The climactic battles of several films usually results in the city where the battles take place getting put through the wringer. Manhattan, in particular, took a massive beating in the first Avengers film, as does Sokovia in Age of Ultron and the Avengers compound in Endgame. Infinity War shows the wrecks remaining of Knowhere and Titan. Inverted in Doctor Strange, where Hong Kong starts out in ruins but it gets repaired during the battle via time magic.
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Big Good
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Big Good: Nick Fury is the Big Good to both the Avengers (individually and assembled) and S.H.I.E.L.D. If any member of either group absolutely needs his help (even if they don't necessarily want it), he'll be there. The Nova Corps serves this role in Guardians of the Galaxy since they are the Space Police. Whoever holds the title of Sorcerer Supreme is this in regards to mystical matters. During Doctor Strange, it's the Ancient One. Odin is this in the Thor series. He is the king of Asgard and in charge of policing the Nine Realms. Mar-Vell is treated as one in Captain Marvel, being the precursor who started everything with the heroes picking up where it was left off. Tony Stark, of all people, develops into one over the course of the movies. Captain America himself calls Tony the Earth's best defender, and the entire world mourns his loss after his Heroic Sacrifice in Endgame, with various characters in the next movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, questioning on who is going to fill his place in the world.
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Evil All Along
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Evil All Along: Granted, it often isn't a surprise to those familiar with the comics, but it certainly catches the heroes off-guard. Examples include Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger, Loki (in the first Thor at least, it gets messier from there), S.H.I.E.L.D. as a whole, Ego the Living Planet, the Kree Empire (though this one is a reveal only for the heroes; movie-goers have already met the Kree through Ronan in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, immediately casting doubt on Carol's assertion that the Kree are inherently heroic), and Quentin Beck/Mysterio.
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Fish out of Temporal Water
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As for Captain America, he struggled to gain respect even after becoming the pinnacle of human perfection. While things changed for him, he now has to struggle as a Fish out of Temporal Water.
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Technology Marches On
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Technology Marches On: In-universe with the Iron Man suit. In the first film, Stark isn't the most graceful flyer, and assumes an awkward looking pose before liftoff to maximize thrust. In Iron Man 2, when Rhodey "steals" the Mark 2 suit, he assumes the same awkward stance and his flight is noticeably less agile than Stark's Mark 5 and later Mark 6 suit. In The Avengers, Stark is incredible agile, fast, and confident while flying, even to the point of making his malfunctions look good. The weapons also progress similarly: he introduces the wrist-mounted laser in the Mark 6 suit, but it can only be used once before burning out, while the Mark 7 suit has reusable and functionally more powerful lasers (that also draw more power). By the time Iron Man 3 rolls around, Tony had over forty different Iron Man suits, each with specific purposes and unique capabilities. The Mark 42 is one that he can pilot with just a head-piece interface, while doing other things — like working out. He also appears to have upgraded J.A.R.V.I.S. to the point that the AI can pilot multiple suits without Tony's help, though they are not as effective as when Tony is in direct control. Stark then takes it Up to Eleven with his Hulkbuster armor in Age of Ultron, which is deployed from orbit and includes lots of replacement parts to account for Hulk tearing bits off.
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Genre Roulette
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Genre Roulette: Though collectively under the "superhero" and Science Fiction genres, each hero's movies skew towards their own genre: Marvel Studios: Iron Man 1 and 2 are relatively hard-scale Military Science Fiction, plus Tony and Pepper's relationship in the first was noted to resemble a Screwball Comedy. The third movie has been described as a Political Thriller. The Incredible Hulk is a Monster Movie. Thor is a Fish out of Water Urban Fantasy, while The Dark World adds Space Opera elements. Ragnarok mixes in Planetary Romance with elements of a Buddy Picture and a heaping helping of outright Comedy, and then funnels all of this through the 1980s. Captain America: The First Avenger is a War Movie, while The Winter Soldier is a Conspiracy Thriller and Civil War is a different style of Political Thriller. Each of the Avengers movies fall under Science Fantasy. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame fall under Epic Movie as well. The Guardians of the Galaxy films are a combination of Space Opera and Space Western, with a large comedic streak. Both Ant-Man movies are Criminal Procedurals, with the first specifically being a heist movie. Surprisingly, Avengers: Endgame also features a heist. Doctor Strange is an Urban Fantasy. Unlike Thor's Heroic Fantasy, Strange's fantasy elements are Lovecraft Lite. Multiverse of Madness was immediately described as the first Horror movie in the MCU. Spider-Man: Homecoming is more lighthearted than the rest of the franchise, focusing on High School and Comedy aspects - essentially the movie equivalent of a Kid Com. Far From Home combines those aspects with those of a spy film not unlike James Bond and a teen Romantic Comedy. Black Panther is another mashup - Afrofuturism, Feudal Future, Spy Fiction, Science Fantasy - as it attempts to analyze what an Advanced Ancient Acropolis would actually be like. Captain Marvel is Military Science Fiction, but with a greater emphasis on cosmic elements. Black Widow is Spy Fiction of the Stale Beer variety. WandaVision is an interesting case of it being its own Genre Roulette. It's a Sitcom—but the catch is that the show actually channels sitcoms throughout the past few decades! These include I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch, Family Ties, and Bewitched. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be Marvel Studios's attempt at a Martial Arts Movie—with some Wuxia elements thrown in as well. What If...? is an animated Elseworld anthology series. Blade, like Doctor Strange, is an Urban Fantasy. This time, however, it's flavored with vampires. Marvel Television: Both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter are Martini-flavored Spy Fiction. A proposed spin-off of the former called Marvel's Most Wanted was being set up to be more of the Stale Beer flavor, with two ex-agents actively hunted and without support. Agent Carter also had some Stale Beer mixed into its first season, due to the constant sexism Peggy deals with. Daredevil is some combination of City Noir and Fantastic Noir. Jessica Jones is a Psychological Thriller. Luke Cage is a modernized, less racially offensive take on Blaxploitation. Iron Fist is a modern-day Wuxia. The Defenders is a Crime Drama with Supernatural elements. The Punisher is a Conspiracy Thriller. Runaways is a Teen Drama. Cloak & Dagger is a Romance. Helstrom is likely to be Supernatural Horror (the show pitch makes no mention of the supernatural, but in the comics the Helstrom siblings are tied to demonic forces and the show was originally announced alongside one for a similarly-themed hero, Ghost Rider, before the Rider's show fell through). New Warriors (should it ever escape Development Hell) is a Sitcom. A proposed TV series adaptation of Damage Control would also have been one; specifically a Work Com.
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All of the Other Reindeer
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All of the Other Reindeer: The movie franchise as a whole plays with this: Averted with Iron Man and Thor, who are celebrities and have ways of attracting every woman within their radius (except for during Thor's original exile to Earth, when he was seen as insane and probably homeless - but still hot). The Hulk generally gets as much hate and fear as his status as a giant rampaging monster would logically warrant. Some people began to see him as a hero after the events of The Avengers, but his rampage in Age of Ultron seems to have ruined that. As for Captain America, he struggled to gain respect even after becoming the pinnacle of human perfection. While things changed for him, he now has to struggle as a Fish out of Temporal Water. This appears to be a running theme going into Phase Three, as public fear and mistrust of superhumans has appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Seasons 3 and 4, Ant-Man, Jessica Jones, Civil War, and Luke Cage; though in Cage's case he gets at least as much public support as he does fear.
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Unwilling Roboticisation
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The Winter Soldier is an innocent man — specifically, Bucky Barnes — who was kidnapped, modified, and brainwashed into a HYDRA assassin.
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Doing In the Scientist
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Doing In the Scientist: Due to the general science-fiction nature of the setting, some characters assume that science is in place when it is actually magic. Ghost Rider was thought to be an Inhuman until a literal spirit of vengeance possessed someone else, and Thor Ragnarok is more explicit about the royal family being Physical Gods, not Sufficiently Advanced Aliens; Thor being the god of Lightning is a plot point because his Shock and Awe abilities do not come from a hammer. Scientific metaphors are used to explain the Mystic Arts to the uninitiated before going into genuine magic stuff.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: Believe it or not, the biggest ones are delivered in The Stinger: The first one was all the way back in Iron Man. Whilst there had been talk of Marvel wanting to make an Avengers movie at some point, this was the moment that it became a reality. The Avengers has the second big Wham Line of the MCU; not so much for what's being said as who it's said to: And then Thor: The Dark World reveals the Myth Arc:
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White Male Lead
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A frequent complaint, even from many fans of the MCU, is the abundance of White Male Leads. Marvel released 17 films before they had one with a non-white or female lead. This had become even more pronounced when initial Phase Three movie announcements only showed Doctor Strange and Ant-Man as new properties, while many were hoping for more diverse characters like Black Panther, Captain Marvel, or Black Widow. Guardians of the Galaxy also took some flack for not including Mantis, Phyla-Vell, and/or Moondragon; who are all not only women but twofers as well: Mantis is Asian (or rather, an Asian-like alien) and the latter two are non-heterosexual. Things have been getting better, as Black Panther and Captain Marvel got their own movies in Phase Three, the Wasp was promoted to the title credits of the Ant-Man sequel, Mantis joined the Guardians in Vol. 2, and Feige unofficially committed to doing a Black Widow movie before finally announcing it for Phase Four.
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The Atoner
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Tony becomes The Atoner because of his role in creating Ultron, which goes on to inform his actions in Civil War and later Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: The first two films weren't quite made to share a universe in the same way that the other entries have been once they proved successful, so a few things stand out, like S.H.I.E.L.D. being treated as a brand new organization in Iron Man. Though the others were mostly subjected to various patch jobs, like a One-Shot showing that Tony Stark was sent to General Ross to deliberately fail to get his approval for the Abomination at the end of The Incredible Hulk. Also, the earlier movies took more influence from Ultimate Marvel than the later, largely 616-influenced movies that make up the franchise overall. They had a darker feel, aimed for more scientific and realistic approach over the fantastic, and tried to do away with the comic tropes the later movies take in stride. Not to mention the Ultimate-influenced costumes and S.H.I.E.L.D. forming the Avengers as a government entity. Ultimate Marvel was made to be an adaptation-friendly version of Marvel to begin with, as a point where future movies could easily adapt, without all the fantastic themes that would seem weird back then. For later movies, they changed their focus to the more comic-like and Fantasy Kitchen Sink 616 universe with increasingly fantastic themes, magic and the supernatural, talking animals and plants, over-the-top powers and super science, and tropes like Stupid Jetpack Hitler and Crystal Spires and Togas, among others, that gave us the MCU we know today. On top of that, you can now be forgiven for not remembering Edward Norton as Bruce Banner and Terrence Howard as Lt. Colonel Rhodes.
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Conspiracy Thriller
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The Punisher is a Conspiracy Thriller.
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A God I Am Not
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A God I Am Not: Played With in various instances. Though Loki would dispute the claim, most appearances by Asgardians are accompanied by at least a line or two reminding the audience that they are Human Aliens and not gods. Thor: Ragnarok strays closer to the comics, as the Asgardians refer to themselves as gods. Ego similarly downplays his power when asked if he's a god, though he does say that he'll admit to be a "small-g" god when he's feeling boastful. Subverted when Ego does claim godhood by the end of the film. Instead, it's Peter who rejects being one.
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Live-Action Adaptation
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Live-Action Adaptation: Of Marvel's super hero comics, with certain films focusing on specific stories (for example, Captain America: Civil War adapts the Civil War Crisis Crossover).
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Spy Fiction
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Both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter are Martini-flavored Spy Fiction. A proposed spin-off of the former called Marvel's Most Wanted was being set up to be more of the Stale Beer flavor, with two ex-agents actively hunted and without support. Agent Carter also had some Stale Beer mixed into its first season, due to the constant sexism Peggy deals with.
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Superhero Prevalence Stages
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Superhero Prevalence Stages: Phase One is an early stage, with each hero treated as though they are the only ones of their kind, the villains never win, and the heroes are uncompromising in their morals and convictions. Phase Two is a middle stage, with groups of heroes now forming, along with groups of villains to counter them. Phase Three is the later stage, with heroes now policing one another, villains becoming competent enough to score real and permanent victories, and heroes begin dying or suffering other permanent harm while others compromise their convictions when faced with possible disaster.
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Power Crystal
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Power Crystal: The Infinity Stones, the recurring Plot Coupons of the Infinity Saga. Created after the Big Bang, these six Stone each can control one aspect of reality (Power, Space, Time, Mind, Soul and Reality) and their powers have been harnessed through different artifacts that served as containers. Introduced separately, they became the focus of the story when Thanos finally made his move to gather them all.
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Not Wearing Tights
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Not Wearing Tights: The general aesthetic of the Defenders shows, in comparison to the movies, is a lack of costumes. All the superhero spectacle is downplayed, and few characters (like Daredevil and Diamondback) have any sort of traditional aspects like a costume (which they only get at the end of their respective seasons). Both suits even get some comments thrown their way for it; Diamondback is described as a "pimp stormtrooper" and Jessica Jones snarks at Daredevil's costume a couple times in The Defenders. She herself refused a costume that her foster sister made for her.
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Yellow Peril
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The Mandarin has his roots in Yellow Peril ideas about evil foreigners bent on destroying American democracy. This version of the villain is aware of the ingrained racism, and uses the prejudice factor to his advantage. The "scary foreign terrorist" Mandarin is just a red herring played by a very drunk and confused actor. The true mastermind is Aldrich Killian, an angry white man who managed to slip under the radar.
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The Dragon
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The Dragon: Many of the supporting villains play this role to the main villain including: Emil Blonsky spends most of The Incredible Hulk as General Ross' right hand man before going mad with power. Ivan Vanko is hired to be this to Justin Hammer, but he ends up being a Dragon with an Agenda. The Other is Thanos' representative and acts as his go-between for lower ranking villains like Loki and the Chitauri. In Infinity War, he's represented by the Children of Thanos. Wesley's job title is likely "Administrative Assistant" for Kingpin Wilson Fisk because he is always at the man's side, translating, giving advice or fixing his bowtie. Shades acts as an aide to multiple crime lords in Luke Cage; officially he works for Diamondback but was assigned to assist Cottonmouth and he gives some help to Mariah Dillard as well. In The Defenders, Elektra becomes the Dragon to Alexandra. And ultimately, kills her and takes over the Hand. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, the role is filled by the scientist from Iron Man, returning from the longest bus ride in the franchise. His weaponized drones allow Mysterio to fool the world into thinking it is actually under siege by the Elementals.
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Broad Strokes
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Broad Strokes: The exact continuity between the Netflix shows and the broader cinematic universe: Events and characters from Phases I and II have been referenced. However, the Sokovia Accords have yet to be acknowledged, though the Raft prison has been mentioned. It remains to be seen which is the exact timeline of events, especially in the wake of half of humanity being destroyed in Infinity War, which the second season of Luke Cage (released afterward) made no mention of. Runaways (2017) hasn't acknowledged any other MCU production, unlike Cloak & Dagger (2018), in which O'Reilly is mentioned as a transfer from Harlem, which is also referenced in Luke Cage.
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Plot Coupon
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Plot Coupon: Several are established, and they often make return appearances throughout the MCU. And they're all houses for Infinity Stones, which are Thanos' ultimate goal across the whole franchise. The Tesseract, central to Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, and Captain Marvel. Actually the Space Stone. Loki's Chitauri Scepter, central to The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron (with a cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Actually contained the Mind Stone. The Aether, central to Thor: The Dark World. Actually the Reality Stone. The Orb, central to Guardians of the Galaxy. Actually the Power Stone. The Eye of Agamotto, central to Doctor Strange. Actually contains the Time Stone. Infinity War finally reveals that hidden on a planet called Vormir is the Soul Stone.
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I Love Nuclear Power
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I Love Nuclear Power: While radiation does come up with other heroes, it's mainly exclusive to the Hulk franchise as its unique shtick.
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Let's Get Dangerous!
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Let's Get Dangerous!: Over the course of Thor and The Avengers, Earth goes from being an insignificant backwater planet to being a potential rival on the galactic stage for countless extrasolar superpowers. It even gets the point where Thanos takes an interest. On a smaller scale example, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Age of Ultron began as nobodies living in a war-torn Eastern European country before getting enhanced by Loki's scepter and then receiving a Dare to Be Badass speech from Hawkeye.
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High School
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Spider-Man: Homecoming is more lighthearted than the rest of the franchise, focusing on High School and Comedy aspects - essentially the movie equivalent of a Kid Com. Far From Home combines those aspects with those of a spy film not unlike James Bond and a teen Romantic Comedy.
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Super Serum
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The films change the Hulk's origin so that the accident that created him was caused by an attempt to recreate the Super-Soldier Serum, similar to the "Ultimate" comic line.
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Fantasy Counterpart Culture
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Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Asgard, despite the Norse Mythology aesthetic, is actually more similar to the present day United Kingdom, with a backstory not dissimilar to the British Empire. Asgard itself is physically small but controls several client states across the universe, and it's made clear in Ragnarok that it got that way through a period of brutal conquest that it is now ashamed of (though unlike Odin, the UK doesn't just pretend it never happened). The fashions and aesthetics of Wakanda were purposefully designed to resemble a variety of cultures from all over Africa, but in terms of its culture it's most similar to the Mali Empire: A nation founded by an alliance of several tribes, with an economy founded on an absurd wealth of a resource that is rare in the rest of the world (Gold for Mali, Vibranium for Wakanda). Wakanda is also Not So Different from the United States of America. It's a global superpower that was founded by immigrants from various cultures, and in the present day has been forced to realize that it should be doing more with its power and wealth and is now forced to decide between helping the outside world or outright controlling it. In this metaphor, T'Challa loosely stands in for Theodore Roosevelt, who broke the United States' isolationists policies and turned it into a major diplomatic player. Discussing this parallel makes up a lot of the running time of Black Panther.
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Hero of Another Story
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Hero of Another Story: Many of the movies tease that there are other superheroes out there, Tony Stark pops up in The Incredible Hulk, Nick Fury has appeared at least by name in every Phase One film, Hawkeye appears as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Thor, etc. Captain America: The First Avenger features a blink and you'll miss it appearance by the original Human Torch at Stark's expo (doubles as a Mythology Gag and Actor Allusion). Rhodey as War Machine is doing his own heroing separate from the Avengers. He has stories that are loved by civilians, but the Avengers don't find them impressive. Hank Pym and his wife Janet (née Van Dyne) spent up to twenty years fighting Soviets during the Cold War as Ant-Man and the Wasp, but the audience only sees brief snippets of these missions. In Guardians Vol. 2, we find that the '70s comic incarnation of the Guardians were active as a Ravager crew in the actual '70s, and the team reunites to start going adventuring again at the end. Captain Marvel hasn't been on Earth since 1995 because she's protecting planets which aren't lucky enough to have their own superheroes, let alone entire teams of them.
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The Milky Way Is the Only Way
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Guardians of the Galaxy takes place in the Andromeda Galaxy, not the Milky Way. The sequel reveals that interstellar travel is accomplished through the use of fixed "jump points", explaining why all the action takes place within one galaxy. While travel to the Milky Way is shown to be possible, no inhabited planets except for Earth are ever shown or even mentioned; this may imply that Earth is the only inhabited planet in the Milky Way. "Galaxy" and "Universe" are also used interchangeably, with no mention of anything beyond the Local Group.
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Adaptation Distillation
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Adaptation Distillation: Most of the elements are taken from the main Marvel Universe from comic books, but it may also include elements from alternate universes from the comics. For example, Nick Fury is similar to the one from Ultimate Marvel, and Tony Stark sports a goatee like in Heroes Reborn. For a number of reasons, legal and the simple timing of the mythos, the Planet Hulk story was boiled down to a few key elements, mixed in with a few other parts of the Marvel universe, and adapted into Thor: Ragnarok. Because much of the motivations, key players, and consequences of that story were taken out, the comic book sequel World War Hulk will probably never happen.
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IntercontinuityCrossover
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Intercontinuity Crossover: Sony made several attempts to tie The Amazing Spider-Man film series (which they hold the rights to, rather than Marvel Studios) into the MCU. First they tried to get the Oscorp building in the background of The Avengers (which was scrapped due to how late into production they were) and in 2015 offered to allow the character (or at least Peter Parker) to appear in Captain America: Civil War. Ultimately averted, as Spidey in the MCU has no connection to the Amazing continuity (although Marvel initially considered it).
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Superhero Paradox
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Superhero Paradox: A key element of the franchise, often stated clearly in ensemble pieces. The idea that the presence of superheroes encourages or creates super-threats is invoked in The Avengers. Thor warns Nick Fury that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s experiments with the Tesseract to create a new generation of superweapons is "a signal to all the realms that the Earth is ready for a higher form of war" — something gods, aliens and godlike aliens alike will respond to the same way first-world nations would to undeveloped powers engaging in nuclear testing — but Fury points out they felt they had to do it, because Earth is on the precipice of discovering at large they are not alone in the cosmos, and aside from anomalies such as the titular heroes, the rest of the human race is fairly freaked out at learning that, "Not only are we not alone, but we are hopelessly, hilariously, outgunned." Civil War tackles the issue head-on, as it deals with the fallout of Stark and Banner directly creating a supervillain in Age of Ultron. Vision specifically mentions it as a reason that he is pro-accords. The Netflix shows get hit hard with this trope in general, due to their dark and morally-ambiguous subject matter. The Battle of New York gave way to the rise of corruption and criminal activity in Hell's Kitchen, and the main characters' attempts to fight crime actively make things worse in many ways. For instance, Fisk's and Cottonmouth's criminal syndicates get thrown into chaos, and both specifically begin harming and involving innocent people in their attempts to bring down their enemies. In Daredevil Season 2, Fisk's fall left an Evil Power Vacuum; and characters wonder if Daredevil's heroics opened the door for more hardcore vigilantes like the Punisher. In Jessica Jones, the fact that trying to catch Kilgrave will potentially kill lots of innocents is discussed, but rationalized by the fact that if left to his own devices, Kilgrave will ruin a lot more. In Luke Cage, Mariah Dillard tries to stir up anti-superhuman sentiment and equip the police with more powerful weapons to fight them, but some on the force are concerned since police gear will inevitably find its way into the hands of criminals.
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Fantasy Metals
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Fantasy Metals: The movies feature Vibranium, a super-durable and exceptionally versatile metal only found in Wakanda. Season Five of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also involves a separate metal called Gravitonium that can warp gravity.
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Aliens in Cardiff
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S.H.I.E.L.D. already knew some things, such as the events in New Mexico during Thor, and Iron Man was already a celebrity, but the great unmasking took place in the first The Avengers. There is an alien invasion for all the world to see, Norse gods such as Thor and Loki are real, Captain America is back, there's a superhero group in New York, etc. Yet, the only serious government attempt to manage any of that was with three helicarriers to keep all potential menaces under track (which ended up becoming a menace itself).
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Civvie Spandex
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Civvie Spandex: Both averted and played straight. Many of the characters wear something resembling their iconic comic book outfits, but there are exceptions. Bucky Barnes and The Falcon wear military gear rather than a costume or Domino Mask (though both outfits do have comic roots) and the Vulture's design is similarly militaristic, while Whiplash doesn't wear anything resembling his comic outfit.
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Central Theme
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Central Theme: The at times extreme mental, emotional and physical cost of being a hero and the question of whether that cost is a price worth paying.
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The Smurfette Principle
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The Smurfette Principle: The official original rosters of the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Defenders all play this straight, with the Avengers having one woman out of six (Black Widow), the Guardians having one out of five (Gamora), and the Defenders having one out of four (Jessica Jones). As more members are added to the former two groups, this changes; see Two Girls to a Team below.
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Ace Pilot
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Maria Rambeau is an Ace Pilot who takes part in a dogfight in Captain Marvel and wins.
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Clarke's Third Law
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Clarke's Third Law: The films seem to be heading in a generally Sci-Fi direction, though Clarke's Third Law is quoted and specifically referenced in Thor, with Thor saying that in Asgard science and magic are the same thing, rather than sufficiently advanced science passing as magic or magic taking the form of a complex science. Furthermore, the semi-magical Bifröst of Asgard is an Einstein-Rosen Bridge that Jane and her team are studying at the beginning of the film. However while such a bridge can be made with science, the Bifrost energy can be utilized with magic, specifically dark magic as demostrated by Heimdall and can be utilized by certain magic-imbued weapons like Stormbreaker, something which the scientific method alone would not be able to achieve. Also this Law cannot explain Odin's enchantment on Mjolnir, nor Loki's illusion, shapeshifting and conjuring powers that he shows in this and later films and cannot be replicated using the scientific method. Later in the Doctor Strange 2016 film establishes a clear distinction between science and magic in the MCU when the Ancient One explains to Strange how magic works (shaping and altering reality by drawing upon the energies of infinite dimensions and other universes with one's thoughts, something that has no basis in science and cannot be replicated by it) and how not everything makes logical sense nor does it have to.
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Late-Arrival Spoiler: Some later entries in the franchise become hard to discuss without bringing up spoilers. The ones that this page has stopped trying to hide are: S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by HYDRA since its inception, and the organization was dismantled in The Winter Soldier. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Skye is actually the MCU version of Daisy Johnson. Phases One through Three have an ongoing subplot involving the Infinity Stones, leading into an adaptation of The Infinity Gauntlet. In the Netflix shows, the Hand is involved in Season Two of Daredevil, Season One of Iron Fist, and The Defenders.
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Good All Along
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Good All Along: Often, villains will turn out to be not as dark as they were initially perceived: The Winter Soldier is an innocent man — specifically, Bucky Barnes — who was kidnapped, modified, and brainwashed into a HYDRA assassin. Yondu genuinely cares about Peter Quill and raised him as a Ravager specifically to protect the boy from his far worse biological father. His threats of cannibalism are just failed attempts at joking. Quill eventually realizes this and Yondu dies a hero protecting Quill; at the funeral, Quill identifies Yondu as his true parent. Aaron Davis bears no ill will to Spider-Man and he doesn't want the Vulture's weapons in New York either; he is also protective of his loved ones, especially his brother's young son. Ava Starr / Ghost's powers cause her daily pain and are slowly killing her; everything she does comes from sheer desperation to keep herself alive. The Skrulls are a relatively small group of refugees at the receiving end of an attempted Final Solution. Carol is rightly horrified when she learns the whole truth.
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Creative Closing Credits
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Creative Closing Credits: Each movie has either this, or an Artistic Title sequence.
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Spanner in the Works
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Spanner in the Works: This might as well be the Earth's hat. Whenever a nefarious plan is set in motion by cosmic players across the universe, a Terran can be counted upon to butt in and bring the whole thing crashing down, as the Supreme Intelligence, the Dark Elves, Ego, Dormammu and Thanos himself find out to their sorrow. So much so that by the time of Endgame, the Mad Titan has developed a very personal antipathy towards the "stubborn, annoying little planet".
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Uniqueness Decay
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Uniqueness Decay: The Asgardians were the premier Superior Species of the MCU for the first three phases, and was largely treated as very unique in the setting because of it. Outside of them, the movies were oriented largely on humans, and no other race held such a status. However, Phases 4 and 5 see the introduction of the Eternals, Vampires and Mutants, all of whom are species with superpowers and could fill the role of being a Superior Species. Thus, the Asgardians are no longer the super race, just one of them.
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Elseworld
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What If...? is an animated Elseworld anthology series.
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Reformed Criminal
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Reformed Criminal: Quite a few. Most of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Peter Quill was a former Space Pirate and a notorious outlaw and scavenger when introduced, Gamora and Nebula were originally Co-Dragons of Thanos, Drax is introduced as an inmate, Mantis is technically an accomplice to a genocidal living planet, and Yondu Odanta was The Leader of the Space Pirates Peter was a member of. Bucky Barnes spent most of his reawakened life as an amnesiac assassin for H.Y.D.R.A. Wanda and Pietro Maximoff were heavily implied to be lapdogs of H.Y.D.R.A. prior to their alliance with Ultron. Scott Lang and his friends were con-artists. Loki eventually reforms in Thor: Ragnarok and became a genuine ally to his adoptive brother. Carol Danvers was an amnesiac member of the elite special force of a Galactic Conqueror alien race.
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Starter Villain
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Darren Cross was a minor Starter Villain in the comics, and instead of having the power to change size, he was basically a very ugly, pink version of the Hulk. The Ant-Man movie got him resurrected, and Nick Spencer eventually gave him shrinking abilities and a suit of Yellowjacket armor, just like he has in the film.
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Color-Coded Wizardry
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Color-Coded Wizardry: Masters of Mystical Arts (Ancient One, Doctor Strange, Wong etc) are Reality Warpers and their basic spells are orange, Scarlet Witch has Psychic Powers, and her spells are red, while Loki and Mysterio are Masters Of Illusion, and their spells are green.
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BadassNormal
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Badass Normal: Despite the MCU being understandably superhero-heavy, this comes up surprisingly often: Iron Man 3 has Tony and Rhodey unable to use their armor for much of the film, allowing them to demonstrate that they both (but especially Rhodey) have this in spades. Nick Fury has no superpowers, but still manages to run rings around anyone and everyone who does. Maria Hill gets this treatment later, too. Black Widow and Hawkeye are not innately super-powered, just very agile and highly capable fighters, though some of the tech they use to enhance their skills might mean they still qualify. Peter Jason Quill is also this in Guardians of the Galaxy, relying on nothing more than a blaster, his guile, and his crack piloting skills. It's revealed at the end of the movie that he's not completely "Terran", which allowed him to hold the Infinity Stone longer than anyone prior, and may give him other innate abilities. The whole premise of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is that none of the main characters have superhuman powers, but frequently have to work with those who do. Early trailers for the show even used the tag-line "Not all heroes are 'super'". Played with when Skye eventually gains superpowers. Peggy Carter and the Howling Commandos qualify in Captain America: The First Avenger; being able to keep up with Cap and the Red Skull. In other works they're still just as badass, but disqualified from this trope on the technicality that there aren't any non-normals around to compare to. In Black Panther, the Dora Milaje, Shuri, and Nakia all hold their own against Killmonger. The Avengers Tower as seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron has a statue displayed prominently at the front of the building built in honour of the many examples of this trope during the events of The Avengers. Maria Rambeau is an Ace Pilot who takes part in a dogfight in Captain Marvel and wins. When the villain's Mecha-Mooks corner Peter Parker's classmates in the Tower of London museum in the climax of Spider-Man: Far From Home, MJ grabs a mace and bludgeons one of the drones.
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Viewers Are Geniuses
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Viewers Are Geniuses: The crux of the films' arc-heavy success is trust that viewers can handle a lot of plot threads and cross-pollinating. Before the MCU, a superhero series focused on one hero and a rotating pick of their traditional rogues gallery. With criss-crossing arcs, continuity nods, and eventually crossovers, the MCU proved the audience can not only handle juggling a vast superhero mythology spanning Loads and Loads of Characters but embrace it.
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Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames
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Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Zig-zagged depending on the character; some have their codenames in widespread use, others only get a few token nods. Some characters, mainly in the Thor, Guardians, and Doctor Strange movies, technically don't even have codenames. A full list can be found on its own page. Parodied with Star-Lord, who insists on a codename even as everyone around him constantly lampshades how silly he sounds. The Ant-Man trailers had characters similarly riffing on how "Ant-Man" is hard to take seriously, but these bits don't appear in the movie.
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Groot saying nothing but "I am Groot" over and over, until his Heroic Sacrifice, when he tells his friends "We are Groot."
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Drunk with Power
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Drunk with Power: The nature of power and who is fit to wield it has been one of the consistent questions throughout the MCU movies. This applies even to the good guys: The Winter Soldier points just how powerful and all-seeing S.H.I.E.L.D. is becoming. Sure, as it turns out, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been thoroughly infiltrated by HYDRA, but as other characters point out, Nick Fury's obsession with secrecy and crafting S.H.I.E.L.D. into an all-powerful agency shielded from oversight by outside entities, however well-intentioned, greatly aided HYDRA's efforts.
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Eating the Eye Candy
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Women noticing how incredibly hot Thor is. Or Captain America, at least in his first movie.
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Canon Welding
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The Guardians of the Galaxy are likewise elevated from D-List heroes to a central pillar of the Cosmic side of the MCU, with their films providing important Canon Welding between different outer space factions (Celestials, Elders, Thanos, Nova, Ravagers) taking the role that the Fantastic Four would likely have played had Marvel still had their rights at the time.
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Graying Morality
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Graying Morality: The Captain America movies received this treatment especially hard. The first movie, The First Avenger starts off as a straightforward Black-and-White Morality World War II period flick with the title character fighting HYDRA — A Nazi by Any Other Name. The first sequel, The Winter Soldier has the hero fighting the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. (infiltrated by HYDRA ever since its creation) but the antagonists raise valid points about security vs. free will in a world of superheroes. Come to full blown in the third movie, Civil War, the secondary antagonist this time is Steve's own former Avengers teammates and the government over whether or not superheroes should work with the government, making it dip into Gray-and-Grey Morality. Although Steve's side is still presented as the more right of the two.
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The Reveal
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The Reveal: Being a long-running franchise of interconnected movies there are a number of questions raised in certain entries that get answered later down the road. See individual film pages for reveals pertinent to those movies’ plots. Thor: The Dark World: The Aether is an Infinity Stone, as is the Tesseract, which was stored on Asgard at the end of The Avengers (2012). Captain America: The Winter Soldier: HYDRA has been a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. since its formation, shaping history to suit its needs since WWII. On a smaller note, Howard and Maria Stark were assassinated by HYDRA instead of dying in a car crash as originally believed. Avengers: Age of Ultron: Loki’s scepter was an Infinity Stone all along, the Mind Stone to be exact. Captain America: Civil War: Following up on a Winter Soldier revalation, the Starks’ assassin was Bucky as the Winter Soldier. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Peter Quill’s father is Ego, a Celestial. More distressingly, it was Ego who killed Meredith Quill by planting the terminal tumor in her brain. Thor: Ragnarok: Odin’s empire was founded through bloody conquest, with his savage daughter Hela being locked away to prevent further bloodshed. Avengers: Infinity War: Gamora knew where the Soul Stone was all along, and its protector is the long-thought-dead Red Skull, having been punished for tampering with the Space Stone. Captain Marvel: A more humorous example than others, but the truth behind Nick Fury’s scarred eye is revealed - It was clawed by Goose, the Badass Adorable Flerken. Spider-Man: Far From Home: Tony Stark did not invent the B.A.R.F. technology seen in Civil War; rather, it was invented by jaded ex-employee Quentin Beck, who in turn used that technology to invent the threat of the Elementals so he could pretend to be a superhero.
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Mentor Occupational Hazard
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Mentor Occupational Hazard: It's dangerous to be a mentor in this franchise. Once the student no longer needs you, something will kill you. Yinsen for Iron Man, Dr. Erskine for Captain America, The Ancient One for Doctor Strange, Yondu for Star-Lord, Odin for Thor, Zuri for Black Panther, Stick for Daredevil, Pop for Luke Cage, Mar-Vell / Dr. Wendy Lawson for Captain Marvel and Tony "Iron Man" Stark for Peter "Spider-Man" Parker definitely count; as do, arguably, Frigga (who taught at least Loki some of his powers) and Coulson (though he doesn't stay dead) for Skye/Daisy.
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OlderThanHeLooks
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While not as noticeable due to being Older Than He Looks, Hawkeye is played by 43-year-old Jeremy Renner, while in the comics, he's generally depicted as being rather young, at least compared to characters like Steve, who he generally looks up to as an older brother or father figure. Given Chris Evans is ten years younger than Renner, it makes this kinda ironic in retrospect.
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Blaxploitation
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Luke Cage is a modernized, less racially offensive take on Blaxploitation.
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Disney Death
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Disney Death: There's usually at least one fakeout death per movie.
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Understatement
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Understatement: The people of New York City refer to the full-scale alien invasion their city suffered simply as "the incident". The disappearance and return of half the population becomes "the Blip".
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Superman Stays Out of Gotham
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Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Has its own page.
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Up to Eleven
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The movie opens with Thanos making his debut by dragging out a post-Ragnarok Thor by the head and beating an enraged Hulk to a pulp. Fast forward an hour and a half, and Thanos is having trouble with Iron Man and Dr. Strange, despite having twice the number of Infinity Stones he had when he fought Thor and Hulk. It's taken Up to Eleven a few minutes later when Captain America is able to pull a Punch Catch on Thanos during the Battle of Wakanda.
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Movie Multipack
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With regards to the series within the franchise, Thor will be the first character to have a fourth solo film in Thor: Love and Thunder while everyone before him had only trilogies (Endgame is the fourth Avengers movie but was always intended to be part two of the Movie Multipack with Infinity War).
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Adaptational Early Appearance
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Adaptational Early Appearance: Very common given that the storylines and versions of characters of the most recent comics have been used as the basis of the overall storyline the movies. The Avengers has both Black Widow and Hawkeye as original members, even though both characters joined later rosters. The adventures of Henry Pym as Ant-Man are relegated to flashbacks. The protagonist of the film is Scott Lang, who becomes the new Ant-Man right off the bat. Ultron is the main villain of the sequel. In comics canon Henry Pym creates Ultron, but in the movie universe Stark creates Ultron before Pym is even introduced. The first team of the Guardians of the Galaxy in comic books is ignored, and the films go directly to the modern one. Vol. 2 does establish that the original team did once exist, but like with Ant-Man their adventures have been relegated to offscreen references.
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Invoked Trope
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Invoked by Nick Fury, who makes it a point to be that one degree. Of course, it is literally his job to track down and keep tabs on the most powerful/dangerous superpowered individuals.
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Awakening the Sleeping Giant
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Over the course of Thor and The Avengers, Earth goes from being an insignificant backwater planet to being a potential rival on the galactic stage for countless extrasolar superpowers. It even gets the point where Thanos takes an interest.
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Military Superhero
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Military Superhero: Captain America, the Falcon, War Machine, the Punisher, and Captain Marvel all have military experience. Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the original Ant-Man are variants as they are/were secret agents.
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In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It
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In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: Beginning to be enforced as of the end of Phase One, with "Marvel's The Avengers", "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", and "Marvel's Agent Carter". Sometimes it can get awkward, for instance the comic book tie-in collection "Road to Marvel's The Avengers", or when ABC does the same thing and advertises "ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
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Working-Class Hero
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Peter Parker's high school is updated to a modern, ethnically-diverse school for the gifted; Flash is a snobby and arrogant dweeb rather than a jock in a letterman, and Michelle "MJ" Jones has something of a "sullen social activist" streak. The focus also tries to update as much as possible the notion of a Working-Class Hero in a very gentrified New York City with much of the action taking place in Queens and not Manhattan.
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Two Girls to a Team
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Two Girls to a Team: This becomes the case for both the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy as they add more members to their rosters in the sequels: The Avengers gained Scarlet Witch as their second woman after Black Widow. The Guardians briefly had three girls on their team during the final fight of Vol. 2, but Nebula left (albeit on good terms) after the battle on her own personal mission, leaving Gamora and Mantis as the two women for the group. As of Endgame, it's still two, but now it's Nebula and Mantis. Gamora's situation is complicated.
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Superhero Movie Villains Die
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Superhero Movie Villains Die: Generally played straight, with most major villains dying. But not always; sometimes they suffer a Fate Worse than Death, are only captured, get away, or some other fate. See the trope page for all the individual examples.
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Consummate Liar
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The home dimension of Mysterio and the Elementals, which he calls "Earth, Dimension-833". He's lying about everything, and is just from the regular MCU Earth. He made it all up as part of giving himself a cool sci-fi backstory.
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Job Title
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Job Title: Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Doctor Strange, Captain America: First Avenger, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Black Panther. Technically, any film/show that has their superhero/team name in the title counts since being a hero is their job, but the ones listed above have the eponymous characters' actual profession(s) in the title.
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Black and White Morality
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Black-and-White Morality: Ultimately reconstructed. Although both the heroes and villains are shown to have their flaws and redeeming qualities, respectively, the Avengers themselves are still presented as unambiguously good because they chose to be the best of themselves, and the villains they go up against are plain evil because they ended up embracing evil.
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Celebrity Paradox
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Celebrity Paradox: The sheer number of actors involved with MCU at some point or another makes it almost impossible to include a pop-culture reference without invoking this trope in relation to someone. Examples can be found on its own subpage.
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Ultimate Universe
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Ultimate Universe: Apart from borrowing a few continuity snippets from the Trope Namer, the Cinematic Universe attempts in several ways to be modernize antiquated elements in its portrayal (though as the films progress the whole thing becomes a lot more like a typical comic book universe, with cosmic artifacts and genocidal robots worming their way in). It also attempts to be more contemporary than The Ultimates which was already a decade old by the time the MCU started. For example: Where the earliest Marvel comics were written in a political climate influenced by World War II or the Cold War, the MCU takes cues from The War on Terror; Iron Man has Tony get abducted in the Middle East rather than southeast Asia, a Mandarin initially similar to Osama who turns out to be a spoof and parody of Islamophobia, and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who evoke Homeland Security as well as fears about NSA/PRISM. Luke Cage was originally influenced by the jive movement and Blaxploitation flicks of the 70s. The MCU series tones the cheesier elements of that flavor way down, and throws a little bit of hip-hop/rap for flavor (although they include plenty of traditional jazz as well). Peter Parker's high school is updated to a modern, ethnically-diverse school for the gifted; Flash is a snobby and arrogant dweeb rather than a jock in a letterman, and Michelle "MJ" Jones has something of a "sullen social activist" streak. The focus also tries to update as much as possible the notion of a Working-Class Hero in a very gentrified New York City with much of the action taking place in Queens and not Manhattan. The Guardians of the Galaxy are likewise elevated from D-List heroes to a central pillar of the Cosmic side of the MCU, with their films providing important Canon Welding between different outer space factions (Celestials, Elders, Thanos, Nova, Ravagers) taking the role that the Fantastic Four would likely have played had Marvel still had their rights at the time. In general though the films do retain most of the mainline elements in characterization and Captain America, Thor and Doctor Strange in particular are more or less similar to their comics origins with very little in the way of modernization, with Stupid Jetpack Hitler, Crystal Spires and Togas and Mage in Manhattan played straight.
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Villain Decay
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Villain Decay: HYDRA. They're a serious threat in The Winter Soldier, but they were dealt severe blows in The Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., due to the failure of Project Insight, the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the outing of HYDRA, with things going only downhill for them until, thanks to Malick's intel, the ATCU is able to simultaneously and off-screen, destroy all of their remaining facilities in a matter of seconds. They still find a way to return under the leadership of Hale, a General in the US Air Force, but her plans are stopped and she is killed, seemingly ending HYDRA again. The Hand. Originally seen as a powerful organisation that have wormed their way into several corporate, governmental, and criminal positions within New York City, numerous coups and Enemy Civil War's, as well as their confrontations with Daredevil and Iron Fist has left them significantly crippled, until the events of The Defenders, which results in Midland Circle getting destroyed, both their mooks and the leadership except perhaps Madame Gao getting Killed Off for Real, and the Hand seemingly defeated (for now).
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Breakout Villain
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Breakout Villain: Loki has played a major part in four movies (all three Thor movies, plus The Avengers) when most other villains don't even survive their films. Hiddleston even made an appearance as him in-character during Marvel's Comic-Con panel in 2013, which proves plenty of humans would gladly let him take over the planet. This led to him getting his own solo comic series, and upgraded to a much larger presence in the overall Marvel universe. Ward becomes this in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The creators hint that the original plan was to kill him off in the Season 1 finale, but because he was more popular as a villain than he was as a hero, and because the writers were having so much fun with his character, he was given a reprieve. He was finally killed midway through Season 3, and even then his actor stayed on for a while longer thanks to the corpse being claimed by a body-snatcher. And he came back again for an extended arc in Season 4.
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Expanded Universe
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Expanded Universe: The TV shows largely have this status with the movies. The movies never explicitly acknowledge anything that happens in the shows, while shows often use and reference the events of the movies.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Has its own page
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Breather Episode
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Ant-Man and the Wasp was sold as a Breather Episode and a Lower-Deck Episode to contrast Infinity War (taking place at roughly the same time) and yet it provided the major plot mechanics for Endgame, chiefly the Quantum Tunnel, Pym Particles, and Time Vortices, as well as Scott Lang himself, which the Avengers use to undo Thanos' snap.
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Super Soldier
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Super Soldier: About half of the superhuman origins in this 'verse have their roots in trying to make better soldiers, peacekeepers, and enforcers; whether it's by bioengineering (Captain America, Red Skull, Winter Soldier, Hulk, Abomination, Extremis soldiers, Deathlok, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Jessica Jones, Will Simpson), special equipment (Iron Man, Iron Monger, War Machine, Falcon), robotics (the Hammer drones, Deathlok again, the Iron Legion, Ultron, Vision), or just good old-fashioned Training from Hell (the Black Widow program, most high-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Iron Fist, the Hand and the Chaste including Daredevil and Elektra). Many alien species are innately superhuman, but even among those we have people like Ronan, Thor, and the Children of Thanos. The Kursed are these for the Dark Elves. Being super soldiers among a race of super beings, this makes them ridiculously powerful. The Inhumans likewise originated as an alien supersoldier project.
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Stupid Jetpack Hitler
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In general though the films do retain most of the mainline elements in characterization and Captain America, Thor and Doctor Strange in particular are more or less similar to their comics origins with very little in the way of modernization, with Stupid Jetpack Hitler, Crystal Spires and Togas and Mage in Manhattan played straight.
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Magitek
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To the point when the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents suspect the same of the Asgardian Destroyer in Thor.
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Shock and Awe
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Thor has had his own electric powers used on him multiple times: Darcy takes him down with a taser in Thor, his lightning attack on Iron Man in The Avengers merely supercharges Stark's suit, and he's almost instantly knocked out by a "taser-net" when he lands on Sakaar during Thor: Ragnarok.
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BFG
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Infinity War: Rocket's giant space rifle tends to conveniently disappear until the moment he needs it.
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Super Team
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Super Team: The Avengers are this to a point they've ultimately become the main protagonists of the MCU. Initiated by Nick Fury, the Avengers at first assembled a genius billionaire in powered armor, a super soldier from the 1940s, two secret agents, a scientist that turns into a wrathful giant because of gamma radiation and a Norse god, whose explicit goal is to protect Earth. The team inflated through reinforcements from diverse horizons, broke, and then reassembled. At the end of the Infinity Saga, the Avengers have become household names and popular celebrities who've managed to tackle Earth-threatening to Universe-threatening villains such as Loki, Ultron or HYDRA. In Endgame, they even manage to bring back all life that Thanos had erased from existence through the Decimation.
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Superhero
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Superhero: From the Badass Normal assassins to the guys in powered armor, to the heroic aliens, they fight against evil For Great Justice.
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Martial Arts Movie
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be Marvel Studios's attempt at a Martial Arts Movie—with some Wuxia elements thrown in as well.
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Reality Is Unrealistic
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Reality Is Unrealistic: Seen in Spider-Man: Right after Tom Holland was casted as the MCU's Spider-Man, a portion of fans and detractors denounced him as too young for the role, despite Holland was 19 and would play a 15-year-old Peter Parker. Marisa Tomei was cast as Aunt May and Despite the actress being 50 at the time of her casting, thus perfectly possible to be an elder aunt to a 15-year-old, the image of an elderly Aunt May has became so ingrained in the mind of fans that she too was denounced as too young for the job.
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World of Snark
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World of Snark: To say that snarky exchanges and witty one-liners are commonplace here would be a massive understatement. Joss Whedon described The Avengers as "a desert of wit".
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Portal Network
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Portal Network: This is how FTL travel works in the MCU. Guardians Vol. 2 shows that there are jump points in space that allow to quickly travel via "jumps." According to Yondu, making too many of those in quick succession is inadvisable and hazardous to organic beings (which does not stop him and Rocket from doing 700 jumps in a row). In the beginning of Infinity War, the Asgardian who sends a distress signal mentions that they are "22 jump points out of Asgard". In Captain Marvel, the MacGuffin is an FTL engine capable of circumventing the portal system.
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Jerk Jock
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Eugene "Flash" Thompson has been reworked to reflect more modern notions of bullying. In place of a Jerk Jock who physically bullies Peter, Flash is a self-absorbed and entitled rich kid who is envious of the much brighter Peter, and his bullying is primarily verbal and social. Additionally, while Peter is as nerdy as ever, it doesn't play into Intelligence = Isolation. His best friend Ned shares his interests, and he's on good social terms with most of his classmates.
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Doing In the Wizard
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Doing In the Wizard: The main movies of the setting in general take a more scientific approach to certain characters, powersets, and artifacts. Asgard is presented as a society of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens whose purported godly power comes from applications of superscience (at first, anyway; Ragnarok leans more towards the "god" side), the origins of certain characters are grounded in more theoretical scientific principles (such as Ego The Living Planet essentially being a Boltzmann Brain), and as a whole relies more heavily on technology to explain equipment and abilities rather than Hand Wave explanations. However, this gets notably averted in the case of the Mystic Arts (which are explicitly supernatural) and the nature of entities like the Ghost Riders (being an example of demonic possession).
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City Noir
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Daredevil is some combination of City Noir and Fantastic Noir.
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World of Ham
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World of Ham: From a billionaire superhero who built his suit "in a cave, with a box of scraps!" to some major Ham-to-Ham Combat between Norse gods, there's plenty of ham to offer.
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Black-and-Gray Morality
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Yondu genuinely cares about Peter Quill and raised him as a Ravager specifically to protect the boy from his far worse biological father. His threats of cannibalism are just failed attempts at joking. Quill eventually realizes this and Yondu dies a hero protecting Quill; at the funeral, Quill identifies Yondu as his true parent.
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Villain with Good Publicity
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As of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spider-Man's true identity is exposed and he has been framed for murder and various terrorist acts by the true culprit, who has arranged the situation such that he is remembered as a hero.
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Space Opera
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After nine consecutive films focusing on the Avengers, either as a team or individually, the tenth entry into the Cinematic Universe is Guardians of the Galaxy, a Space Opera about a Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits, which includes, among others, a talking raccoon, a Gentle Giant tree creature who can only say five words to express himself, and a warrior with zero understanding of metaphors. Guardians of the Galaxy also has the distinction of being the first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be based on the creations of writers and artists other than Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The original comic was created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan.
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Cool Car
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Cool Car: The Red Skull's coupe from The First Avenger. Gaze upon the HYDRAmobile and despair! In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Phil Coulson has Lola. Not only is it a red '62 corvette, but it can also fly...just don't touch Lola. Later, in Season 4, we're introduced to the Hellcharger, a '69 Dodge Charger. That's pretty cool on its own, but this one has Hellfire spewing out of it.
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Deconstructed Trope
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The aversion is subjected to a deconstruction in The Defenders. Luke Cage publicly operates as a vigilante in Harlem, while Jessica Jones is a private detective who doesn't hide the fact that she has powers, and Danny Rand, in the words of his own girlfriend Colleen Wing, will tell "anyone who will listen" that he's the Iron Fist. Matt Murdock is the only one who bothers to hide his secret identity, and he's frequently portrayed as the odd one out for it. Unfortunately, because the other Defenders don't bother with secret identities, it's not long before the Hand learn the identities of their loved ones and begin targeting them. Colleen ends up injured during an attempt on Claire Temple's life, while Jessica is nearly killed during an attempt on Trish Walker's life.
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Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
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The Guardians of the Galaxy are a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits from different parts of the universe who have been active since 2014. Their hijinks in that year alone included stopping a genocidal warlord from destroying an entire planet using an Infinity Stone, and stopping Ego the Living Planet from terraforming all the planets in the universe and remaking them in his image. Unlike with Thor however, the Guardians very rarely get involved with Earth matters, not only because the universe is a huge place, but because de facto leader Peter Quill / Star-Lord has a traumatic history with his home planet, and avoids going there at all costs.
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Reed Richards Is Useless
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Reed Richards Is Useless: While the trope naming family isn't in this Marvel continuity, the trope is played with a bit. Tony invokes this in regards to the Iron Man armor since he doesn't want that readily available, but he averts with his arc reactor technology and wants it widespread. Hank also invokes this trope, as he doesn't trust anyone but himself and those he works with in regards to handling the Pym Particle, having been left bitter after S.H.I.E.L..D. tries to duplicate it without his permission. In Black Panther, Wakanda has historically kept its advanced technology to itself in order to avoid being a target of rival nations. Killmonger gives them a What the Hell, Hero? for this. T'Challa takes this to heart and defies the trope at the end, exposing Wakanda's secrets and sharing their discoveries with the world.
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OriginStory
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For decades, Carol Danvers' Origin Story has been criticized on the grounds that since she gained her powers against her will and that they are a copy of her male Love Interest's powers, it sends the message that these powers are not truly hers, and that the most important experience of her life depended completely on a man. An important plot point in her movie is Carol realizing that her powers are her own, and that she must trust herself as the authority on how to use them. Her powers stem directly from a choice she made, and Mar-Vell (the above-mentioned love interest) is reworked into a radically different character. This version of Mar-Vell is a woman, has no powers besides standard Kree physiology, and is Carol's mentor and Parental Substitute. She was sent to Earth to study the planet's resident Infinity Stone, the Tesseract, in hopes of weaponizing it for the Kree. When she learned that she was on the wrong side of an unjust war, she converted her space ship into a haven for refugees and enlisted Carol to help her destroy the Tesseract-based engine. This led to Mar-Vell's death and Carol getting imbued with the engine's power as she destroys it.
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Anachronic Order
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Anachronic Order: In Phase One, The Incredible Hulk takes place sometime during Iron Man 2 (a news report of Hulk's rampage appears at IM2's end), and during Thor, (the first half of which is occurring concurrently with the second half of Iron Man 2 — the overlap ending when Coulson arrives in New Mexico, and a freak thunderstorm is mentioned in Hulk). The overlap is confirmed in Fury's Big Week, which follows Fury, Black Widow and Hawkeye during the events of all three films. The Defenders shows were released over the course of four to five years, but take place in a span under four. They're also likely to be set some time before their releases; the first season of Daredevil is said to take place two years after The Avengers, when the premiere dates of the two are much closer to three years apart. Plus, the later seasons were released after Infinity War but don't acknowledge it at all. The lack of links to the wider MCU beyond referencing "the incident" (The Avengers' Battle of New York) means that they can take place just about anywhere between that and Infinity War without causing continuity problems. Phase Three starts mixing things up again, with Guardians Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Black Panther taking place mere months after prior films (Guardians Vol. 1 for the former and Civil War for the latter two) and therefore before other films that were released earlier. Doctor Strange further complicates things, as it takes place over several months and Civil War, Spider-Man, and Black Panther occur during that time. Captain Marvel is a full-on Prequel set in the 90s. Black Widow is the first Phase Four movie, but takes place mid-Phase Three (after Civil War). Meanwhile, the second movie of the phase, The Eternals, is said to span thousands of years, making it the earliest movie to take place chronologically.
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Just Before the End
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Played with in Avengers: Endgame. On the one hand, it's averted in the sense that even five years after the Decimation Earth is still a Just Before the End Crapsack World only barely holding itself together through the efforts of the Avengers. However, it's also played straight in that the numerous mass-extinctions that would've resulted due to Thanos snapping half of all life out of existence have either not happened or were minor enough that they weren't worth mentioning in the film. Hell, if anything the Decimation apparently improved things for nature, with Captain America mentioning to Black Widow seeing pods of whales in the East River, and how San Fracisco is shown to have entire neighborhoods swallowed up by encroaching trees.
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Didn't Think This Through
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Didn't Think This Through: This frequently happens to Tony Stark, and it just as frequently comes back to bite him. Things he didn't consider the consequences of include effectively shutting down his company when he saw terrorists with his weapons, his reckless actions when he was dying by palladium poisoning, arranging for the government to handle Chitauri cleanup (with no regard to those already doing the job), dabbling in artificial intelligence, bringing a kid to help fight Captain America, preparing to announce said kid as the newest Avenger and not having a backup plan in case he said "no"... Scott Lang has impulsiveness as a defining trait, and it's landed himself in trouble with the law more than once. Danny Rand also has an alarming tendency to charge into situations without considering the consequences. The other Defenders even have to take him prisoner at one point before he goes off and does something stupid again. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. shows the fallout from actions taken in one of the movies: Steve, Nick, and Natasha's decision to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. in Winter Soldier. Sure it exposed HYDRA but it made life hell for all the other agents, if they weren't killed by the HYDRA sleeper agents, they ended being hunted down by the USA military and various intelligence agencies for interrogation (and possible incarceration) and if they don't give themselves up they go into hiding instead. That doesn't even go into the fact that there's more than one faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents claiming to be the true successor to the organization while being severely at odds with one another.
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Team Title
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Team Title: The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Defenders, New Warriors, and Inhumans.
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BigRottenApple
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Big Rotten Apple: The Netflix series, where true to the comics Daredevil and Jessica Jones are set in the Manhattan neighborhood Hell's Kitchen (which ironically has been more and more gentrified since the 90s, to the point Marvel had to film in parts of New York that still resemble the Wretched Hive days).
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Timey-Wimey Ball
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Timey-Wimey Ball: As of the end of Avengers: Endgame there are multiple alternate timelines; one in which Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter lived out their lives together; one in which Loki escaped with the Teseract after the Battle of New York (presumably setting up his Disney+ series); and one in which Thanos left the year 2014 to travel to the future, causing the first snap to never have happened. The fact that old Steve Rogers appears before his friends immediately after young Steve Rogers leaves suggests that all of these altered timelines apparently somehow coexist in the same universe, which remains unaltered. Also in the season 5 finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the team broke the Stable Time Loop, which did not affect the existence or memories of Fitzsimmons's stowaway time traveler grandson. While on the series finale of Runaways the team went back in time and changed events, causing the time-displaced future selves to be erased from existence, though the erasure did not affect the results of their actions or the memories of anyone who encountered them.
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Canon Character All Along: In The Incredible Hulk, Martin Starr appears as a random student at Culver University who offers Bruce Banner some pizza. Fourteen movies and nine real-world years later, he reappears in Spider-Man: Homecoming, identified as Peter Parker's teacher Roger Harrington. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Canon Foreigner J.A.R.V.I.S. becomes a canon character when he is converted into The Vision. Florence Kasumba had a very brief scene in Captain America: Civil War, and the credits listed her as simply "Security Chief". When she returns in Black Panther, she's identified as Ayo from Ta-Nehisi Coates's run on the Black Panther comics. That said, she has very little screentime in Panther as well and doesn't seem to be much like her comic book counterpart. (In the comics, Ayo is a lesbian and opposes T'Challa as the Wakandan ruler; if these things are also true of Ayo in the films, they remain to be seen.) In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker has a classmate named Michelle. In her final scene in the movie, she admits that she prefers to be called MJ, evocative of Spider-Man's longtime love interest Mary Jane Watson. While Michelle Jones is meant to be a composite of multiple Spider-Man supporting characters with no real one-to-one comics equivalent, her commonalities with her namesake become more visible in Spider-Man: Far From Home. In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos and Gamora meet the Stonekeeper, a mysterious being who guards the Soul Stone on the distant planet of Vormir. Once the Stonekeeper lifts his cloak, he's immediately recognizable as the Red Skull, banished to Vormir for his Tesseract-related war crimes and general inhumanity. Admittedly, Thanos and Gamora (and in Avengers: Endgame, Hawkeye and Black Widow) have no way of knowing this. in Captain Marvel, Carol's commander and mentor is never called by name until after Carol finds a major clue that indicates he's hiding something from her. He's Yon-Rogg, and as is the case in the comics, he is the villain indirectly responsible for Carol getting her powers.
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Dragon with an Agenda
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In The Defenders, Elektra becomes the Dragon to Alexandra. And ultimately, kills her and takes over the Hand.
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Wham Episode: "T.A.H.I.T.I.", the episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that revealed how Phil Coulson was resurrected: with Kree blood. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. due to HYDRA's corruption of the organisation being made public knowledge, Nick Fury faking his death and going underground in Europe, and the reveal that HYDRA recovered Loki's staff and have begun studying it's power. The subsequent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode that tied into the movie, "Turn, Turn, Turn", applied the movie's big plot twist onto Phil Coulson and his team. Phil's old friend is the enemy that his team has been tracking all season, and Grant Ward is The Mole that works for him. A meta example would be the announcement of Spider-Man officially joining the MCU, which is something that nobody thought would happen while Sony had the character rights. That two major film companies decided to share is quite frankly remarkable. Civil War ends with only two healthy Avengers still on duty Iron Man and the Vision, while one is crippled War Machine, and the rest Captain America, Falcon, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow are all fugitives on the run. Thor: Ragnarok ends with Asgard being completely destroyed by Surtur, with the surviving Asgardians reduced to refugees. Avengers: Infinity War ends with Thanos succeeding in completing the Infinity Gauntlet, wiping out half of the universe. The only heroes still alive at the end of the movie are Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, War Machine, Rocket, Nebula, Okoye and M'Baku. Avengers: Endgame marks the conclusion of the "Infinity Saga" and the transition to what comes after, and it definitely qualifies: Thanos — who has been the driving force behind the majority of the villains so far — is finally defeated and those killed in Infinity War are brought back, but Tony Stark and Black Widow are both Killed Off for Real (apparently irreversibly), non-Snap fatalities like Gamora and Vision are still dead, Steve Rogers permanently retires, and the five year Time Skip is not undone or erased, meaning the consequences from the Snap will presumably still be felt throughout all future movies.
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Superhero Sobriquets: Following the release of Captain America: The First Avenger, it became popular to begin giving the other Avengers a similar sobriquet. With Captain America as "the First Avenger", Thor became "the Mighty Avenger" while Iron Man became "the Armored Avenger". In-Universe, Bruce Banner got the title "the Strongest Avenger", since Tony made a rare-concession of admitting Bruce was smarter than him (much to Thor's ire). As established in Guardians of the Galaxy, Thanos retains his comic book sobriquet "the Mad Titan". In Daredevil Season One, before the eponymous hero gained the moniker "Daredevil", he was known as "the Man in the (Black) Mask". After Wilson Fisk framed him as a cop killer, he got hit with the nickname "the Devil of Hell's Kitchen". Come Season Two, people alternate between calling Matt's costumed identity "Daredevil" and "the Devil of Hell's Kitchen". In Luke Cage, Luke's public vigilantism gained him the nickname "the Hero of Harlem". In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Five, Daisy Johnson, who had already gained the nickname "Quake", gained a new sobriquet: "the Destroyer of Worlds", since she was blamed for destroying the world in the Bad Future the team was sent to.
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Magnetic Plot Device: The Infinity Stones gradually took on their own subplot between the various films, being responsible for the events of multiple films or fueling the strange powers and Mad Science of the individual Big Bad, leading into Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
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Dénouement Episode
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Dénouement Episode: Ant-Man is this to Phase Two and Spider-Man: Far From Home to Phase Three and the Infinity Saga as a whole, respectively. They each come immediately after a flagship Avengers film, but feature a lesser-known characternote okay, Spider-Man's not really "lesser-known"... in a comparatively smaller-stakes situation.
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Split-Personality Takeover
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Bruce Banner and the Hulk are practically different characters in each appearance. The relations between Banner and Hulk, and whether Hulk is an extension of Banner or a separate personality wavers. Whedon showed that Banner is the Hulk because, "I'm always angry", however Taika Waititi showed the Hulk developing as a separate personality in his time at Sakaar, and someone who seems to dislike and oppose Bruce Banner, who actively fears a Split-Personality Takeover. When the Russos get hold of Banner/Hulk, Hulk is downplayed and weakened and in Endgame, Banner has successfully integrated himself and the Hulk into the "Professor Hulk".
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With Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four not available on account of rights issues, his and the group's role in the Marvel Universe is divided between multiple characters. Tony Stark by and large takes over Reed's role as the main scientific genius of the MCU. In the comics, before the movies at least, he was a brilliant engineer and inventor but Reed was acknowledged in general as the superior scientist, especially in theoretical physics. In the MCU, Tony is able to become an expert in astrophysics overnight as in The Avengers and where young Peter Parker in the 616 Continuity was a Hero-Worshipper of Reed Richards and wanted to join the first family, here he's one for Stark and wants to join the Avengers.
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Restricted Expanded Universe: As of yet, the TV shows and other tie-ins have had no major impact on the movie continuity - the closest things have come is that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. filled in some non-essential gaps for Age of Ultron. While Marvel is interested in bringing TV elements to the movies, they've given a couple explanations as to why it hasn't really happened yet: Movie audiences haven't necessarily watched the shows and will need to be brought up to speed, which could necessitate an Info Dump that may disrupt the story. TV production is much faster than movie production; either a movie has to make a guess at where the shows' plots will be when it releases, or the TV writers could be constrained by what a movie script has already established. Some examples of these continuity issues: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was considered to have been in a rut and stalling for time while waiting for the Winter Soldier plot twist to hit. Years later, Season 5 had wrapped up, complete with its plot tying into Infinity War, when it received a surprise renewal; and the showrunners had no idea when the next season would air. Since they couldn't risk the possibility of spoiling Endgame should the series air first, they had to ignore the Infinity War references and claim that Season 6 was still set prior to Thanos' attack. Any series not featuring movie characters is plagued with questions of "how does this tie in with the latest movie events?" For the Defenders shows, the answer always ended up being "this is a little ways into the past, and the movie hasn't happened yet"; and they ended before they caught up with the unavoidable impact of Infinity War. Runaways and Cloak and Dagger still haven't given answers as to why the events of Infinity War haven't been seen yet, though in the former's case an Extremely Short Timespan can account for not yet catching up to that point. The TV side of the universe finally gets recognized in Endgame, as Edwin Jarvis from Agent Carter makes a cameo. It helps that his show was already over, and a period piece to begin with so nobody has to worry about the appearance affecting TV continuity.
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To Be Continued: Most movies include the message "[The hero] will return" at the end of the credits.
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The Bus Came Back
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The Bus Came Back: After appearing as a main character in the whole Iron Man trilogy, as well as a cameo in The Avengers, Pepper Pots was absent for Age of Ultron and Civil War. The latter film specified that she and Tony Stark had "taken a break" due to Tony's insistence on continuing developing Iron Man suits. She returned for a cameo toward the end of Spider-Man Homecoming, where she and Tony get engaged; which is then followed up on in Infinity War and Endgame. Avengers: Infinity War has a surprise reappearance of the Red Skull, last seen getting teleported away by the Tesseract in Captain America: The First Avenger. As it turns out, he ended up in the distant planet Vormir, where he is then made into the keeper of the previously unseen Soul Stone for over 70 years. Endgame's plot allows a number of cameos from characters that haven't been seen in a while, including Brock Rumlow, Jasper Sitwell, Alexander Pierce, the Ancient One, Jane Foster, Frigga, Howard Stark, Edwin Jarvis (who prior to this had only been seen on TV), Peggy Carter, and Harley Keener (the kid from Iron Man 3).
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One Degree of Separation: Invoked by Nick Fury, who makes it a point to be that one degree. Of course, it is literally his job to track down and keep tabs on the most powerful/dangerous superpowered individuals. Despite living in one of the largest and most anonymous cities in the world, all the Defenders seem to have the same circle of acquaintances, although except for Luke and Jessica they themselves have never met each other.
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Bathos
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Bathos: The entire franchise is peppered with tense situations punctuated by comedy. Thor and Loki get a bit of mileage out of their status as adopted brothers, but most of the major characters have their own comedic moments.
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Black Widow has Taskmaster as the main villain. Taskmaster is a general utility villain and debuted in in an Avengers comic. He generally tangles with the Avengers as a group, and individuals like Captain America, Ant-Man, Iron Man, and others like Spider-Man, and even characters like Deadpool or the various X-Men (who have yet to debut). However, he has never personally menaced Black Widow, yet here he is as the Big Bad.
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Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?
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Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Averted. Everyone with gadgets has a good explanation for where they got them. More often than not, these weapons are built by a member of the Stark family or designed by S.H.I.E.L.D. To the point when the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents suspect the same of the Asgardian Destroyer in Thor.
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Continuity Reboot: The MCU generally ignores any and all previous adaptations of the characters it uses. The Incredible Hulk ignores the events of Ang Lee's Hulk (outside of Bruce being located in South America at the end). Daredevil ignores the events of the Fox Daredevil and Elektra movies. Sony abandoned The Amazing Spider-Man Series so that the MCU's Spider-Man has no connection to it. And of course, the Spider-Man Trilogy is ignored as well. However, the MCU does bring one prior actor back to play the character again: J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. The character of Frank Castle / The Punisher is introduced in Daredevil, rebooting the character from any of the previous three film adaptations (The Punisher (1989), The Punisher (2004), Punisher: War Zone). The use of the Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appears to rule out the Johnny Blaze version played by Nicolas Cage from Ghost Rider and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. However, the appearance of a Johnny Blaze-like Rider in Robbie's backstory opens the possibility that the Nic Cage films could, in theory, be canon. After the buyout of 20th Century Fox, Marvel, the employees of the post-merger Fox, Disney and Feige himself all made it clear that the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties will be rebooted in a completely fresh take within the MCU divorced from the previous continuities. This notably brings an end to the long-running X-Men Film Series after two decades, whereas this is a more seamless transition for the Fantastic Four due to Fox's notorious mishandling of the property. The MCU's version of Blade is unrelated to Wesley Snipes' Blade Trilogy.
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Wakanda is also Not So Different from the United States of America. It's a global superpower that was founded by immigrants from various cultures, and in the present day has been forced to realize that it should be doing more with its power and wealth and is now forced to decide between helping the outside world or outright controlling it. In this metaphor, T'Challa loosely stands in for Theodore Roosevelt, who broke the United States' isolationists policies and turned it into a major diplomatic player. Discussing this parallel makes up a lot of the running time of Black Panther.
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Meta Origin: The films change the Hulk's origin so that the accident that created him was caused by an attempt to recreate the Super-Soldier Serum, similar to the "Ultimate" comic line. Thor: The Dark World reveals that the Tesseract contains one of the Infinity Stones. In the comics, the Cosmic Cube and the Infinity Gems are completely unconnected. The Aether from that movie is considered another "Infinity Stone", as is the Orb — or rather, what's in the Orb — from Guardians of the Galaxy. Loki's scepter has also been stated to be connected to the Tesseract, later revealed to contain the Mind Gem in Age of Ultron. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch's powers have also been tied to this origin, having come from the scepter; as do the origins of Ultron and the Vision, granted sentience by the Mind Gem's power. Doctor Strange is also connected to the Infinity Stones, as the Eye of Agamotto holds the Time Stone; as is Captain Marvel, who absorbed a massive dose of Tesseract energy. The supplementary materials for Captain America: The Winter Soldier heavily suggest that Sam Wilson's EXO-7 Falcon suit was designed by Stark Industries, presumably incorporating similar technology to what is found in the Iron Man armors. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ties together several superhumans' powers as coming from being Inhuman. Subverted with Jeffrey Mace, who was first presented as an Inhuman, but a later plot twist reveals that his powers actually come from a source resembling the one from the comics. The Defenders shows tie the Hand, and by proxy Daredevil, together with the history of the Iron Fist.
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Nothing Is the Same Anymore
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Nothing Is the Same Anymore: While all four of the main heroes made big splashes, the coming of Thor made Earth aware of intelligent life on other worlds and made S.H.I.E.L.D. and the WSC realize how technologically outmatched Earth is. As of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. was corrupted by HYDRA from its conception. HYDRA is still out there in some fashion, and Phil Coulson is tasked with rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. Age of Ultron ends with the dissolution of the existing Avengers and formation of a new team consisting of Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, and The Vision. As of Captain America: Civil War, only Iron Man and the Vision remain at the Avengers compound, with War Machine also there but severely injured. Captain America, Falcon, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch are all fugitives from the United Nations; Hawkeye and Ant-Man are under house arrest; and Winter Soldier (also a fugitive, but that's long been the case) is in cryostasis in Wakanda, inviting a war on Black Panther's people if discovered. As of Thor: Ragnarok, Asgard has been completely destroyed, leaving Thor as the de facto king of its refugees since the death of Odin, and they are all looking for a new home. After Infinity War, the population of the universe is halved, and Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Guardians of the Galaxy (with the exception of Rocket), Bucky and Falcon all bit the dust. Endgame restores the missing half, but does not reverse other deaths (like Loki or Vision) or the five years lost. On top of that, the Avengers compound is wrecked, Black Widow and Iron Man sacrifice their own lives to save the universe, Thor leaves to travel with the Guardians of the Galaxy while Valkyrie stays to look after New Asgard, and Steve Rogers goes back in time to stay and live with Peggy to the point where when he's seen back in the present, he's a withered old man who passes along his shield to Sam Wilson. As of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spider-Man's true identity is exposed and he has been framed for murder and various terrorist acts by the true culprit, who has arranged the situation such that he is remembered as a hero.
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Greater-Scope Villain: Thanos is involved in three of the four Avengers movies and in Guardians of the Galaxy. He is more powerful and more dangerous than the Big Bads of Avengers and Guardians (Loki and Ronan, respectively) but he does not take direct action until Infinity War and Endgame. By extension, he is this for the entire Infinity Saga given the scale of his villainy (galaxy wide). The Ten Rings in the Iron Man films are present in 1 and 3 (though the Ten Rings from 3 are revealed to be impostors). A deleted scene from 2 shows the Ten Rings helping Whiplash get to Monaco. They are a big threat and provide support to the Big Bads (Iron Monger and Whiplash) but they are not directly involved. They finally become the main villains in Shang-Chi. HYDRA the organization, independent of any leader. "Cut off one head, two more will take its place." They're primarily in the Captain America films and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but have had an effect on Iron Man as well since they're the ones who killed Tony's parents. (They also appear in Ant-Man, but only to establish Darren Cross' villainy by his association with them.) Agents later reveals that HYDRA is just the most modern incarnation of a much older Ancient Conspiracy, making them an even greater evil than we first thought. However, they've sustained numerous losses since their exposure and were supposedly wiped out shortly before Civil War. Even so, their Villainous Legacy lives on. The Hand in the Defenders shows. While they haven't directly appeared in Jessica Jones and Luke Cage (that we know of), Daredevil and Iron Fist show that they've wormed their way into several corporate, governmental, and criminal positions in New York, they're quietly working behind the scenes to set up something big, and both heroes were trained specifically to fight them. Within that group, Madame Gao. Never the main villain of any show, but often comes off as more cunning and menacing than the one who is. They also have a tendency to make clean getaways where other villains get killed. Dormammu in Doctor Strange. While Kaecilius is set up as the big bad who seeks to draw mystical energy from the Dark Dimension to achieve eternal life, Dormammu uses him and his zealots to open a gateway allowing him to consume our dimension and subject whatever remains to unending suffering.
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Evil Counterpart
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Iron Man is also opposed by Justin Hammer who is his Evil Counterpart in business rather than superpowers; Loki is this to Thor as gods.
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Conflict Killer: After a bitter division in Phase 3 following the events of Civil War, Thanos ends up being the threat that forces the Avengers to come back together in Infinity War and bury the hatchet for good in Endgame.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: There's been a bit of a trend of alluding to future Marvel heroes before they debut: In Iron Man, Rhodey looks at one of the Iron Man armors and says "Next time, baby." He did indeed get to become War Machine in the sequel. You can get a glimpse of Captain America's shield in Tony's workshop, too. Iron Man 2 has a brief scene where Nick Fury shows Tony a map of metahuman activity throughout the world. One of the markers is located in the Arctic, where Captain America was frozen - speaking of which, a box of S.H.I.E.L.D. gear given to Tony (which originally belongs to his father Howard) includes a sketch of Tesseract and a copy of Captain America comics. Moreover, the prototype shield which made a 'blink-and-you'll-miss-it' appearance in the first movie is used by Tony to balance his makeshift particle accelerator and Coulson frowns at the scene. Another spot on the map is in Africa, which was later confirmed to be a nod to Black Panther, who joined the MCU years later. Thor had a line where Selvig mentioned that he had a friend named Hank Pym who had a run-in with S.H.I.E.L.D. years earlier, though the name was omitted from the final release. The Avengers has a deleted scene where the guard that Banner encounters asks him if he's a big guy who shrinks, alluding to Ant-Man. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Sitwell name-drops Stephen Strange as one of the potential threats HYDRA plans to eliminate. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. incorporated subplots involving Inhumans since day onenote though they didn't reveal they were about the Inhumans until a season and a half in, a whole year before an Inhumans movie was even announced and five before its original planned release date. Age of Ultron briefly visits Africa and introduces Ulysses Klaue, heralding the Black Panther, while Thor's visions warn of something terrible befalling Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok. Doctor Strange features an appearance by Tina Minoru, wielding The Staff of One, hinting at her daughter Nico's involvement in the planned Runaways adaptation.
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At the galactic level, the Nova Corps. When they get a message that a madman with a superweapon is on his way and an Army of Thieves and Whores intends to help stop him, they're willing to listen.
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Continuity Nod
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One example of a Continuity Nod starts with Iron Man; Stane uses a portable device that, apparently, paralyzes via soundwaves, but was rejected by the military for some unspecified reason. It lasted for fifteen minutes, but could probably easily be scaled up somehow, for the new, heavier threats. And sure enough, they did have a similar Stark Industries device in The Incredible Hulk, big enough to be car-mounted. Two of them stunned the Hulk for a while, but ultimately he was strong enough to get back on his feet and smash them both.
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Amazing Technicolor Population
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Amazing Technicolor Population: Especially coming from the cosmic side of the franchise, many characters look human except for their skin tone. The Frost Giants and Loki by extension are blue skinned, the Guardians of the Galaxy movies feature the blue-skinned Kree, the green-skinned Gamora, the grey-skinned Drax, the purple-skinned Thanos, and some red-skinned citizens in the background, with Vol. 2 introduced the golden-skinned Sovereigns. There is also the case of the Hulk, who is green skinned.
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Reimagining the Artifact
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Reimagining the Artifact: A number of updates are made to the comics mythos to ground the characters in present day sensibilities: The uneasy moral conundrum of Bucky as a Kid Hero is circumvented by making him Steve's age and a proper soldier. Steve Rogers properly earns the military rank of "Captain", rather than it just being his codename. The same is true of Carol Danvers, who in the comics has the rank of "Major" or "Colonel" Depending on the Writer. Here, her rank and her codename align, justified by the fact that she was in the US Military in The '80s when options were much more limited for women. The Mandarin has his roots in Yellow Peril ideas about evil foreigners bent on destroying American democracy. This version of the villain is aware of the ingrained racism, and uses the prejudice factor to his advantage. The "scary foreign terrorist" Mandarin is just a red herring played by a very drunk and confused actor. The true mastermind is Aldrich Killian, an angry white man who managed to slip under the radar. Doctor Strange's Origin Story is layered in some anti-Asian stereotypes. For this reason, the Ancient One was changed from a mystical old Asian man to a mystical white woman of ambiguous age, and Wong, Doctor Strange's loyal servant, becomes a gruff Scary Librarian whose respect and friendship Strange gradually earns. These are extensive in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, as elements from Peter Parker's high school and young adult life in the 1960s and 1970s is placed in the 21st century: Due to gentrification, Manhattan no longer works as a low-income neighborhood; Peter Parker and Aunt May's house there is replaced with a small apartment in Queens. Midtown High School is now Midtown School of Science and Technology, one of New York's specialized magnet schools for high-achieving students, which would be a better fit for Peter's intellect in the present day. Eugene "Flash" Thompson has been reworked to reflect more modern notions of bullying. In place of a Jerk Jock who physically bullies Peter, Flash is a self-absorbed and entitled rich kid who is envious of the much brighter Peter, and his bullying is primarily verbal and social. Additionally, while Peter is as nerdy as ever, it doesn't play into Intelligence = Isolation. His best friend Ned shares his interests, and he's on good social terms with most of his classmates. Mary Jane "MJ" Watson was famously a "modern" character for Spider-Man comics, which led to her popularity with readers. She reflected several elements of the then-ongoing women's liberation movement, by being more outspoken and confident in her own body. Her counterpart in the film, Michelle Jones, fits this into a Post-Millennial mold; MJ is as bold and opinionated as ever, but her feminism reflects the movement's current wave. She attends protests in her spare time and regularly questions authority to the point that she sometimes comes across as abrasive or mean-spirited. But as always, she has a Hidden Heart of Gold beneath the snark. The Daily Bugle is now TheDailyBugle.net, a news site controversial for its sensationalist and unreliable reporting, as opposed to a traditional newspaper generally considered trustworthy. The biggest bombshell the Bugle has ever published - the circumstances of Mysterio's death and Spider-Man's real identity - is only taken seriously due to the dearth of information from any other source. In the comics, the Dora Millaje Amazon Brigade consists of teenage girls and are ceremonial wives-in-training to the Wakandan king. In the MCU, they are all adults and simply act as the royal guard. M'Baku is never called "Man-Ape", but he keeps the motif because his tribe worships a gorilla deity, and he is respectfully called "Great Gorilla M'Baku" as an honorific. Building on this, the gorilla motif is patterned after an improved understanding of the actual animal - namely, that they are generally peaceful and only attack when provoked. For decades, Carol Danvers' Origin Story has been criticized on the grounds that since she gained her powers against her will and that they are a copy of her male Love Interest's powers, it sends the message that these powers are not truly hers, and that the most important experience of her life depended completely on a man. An important plot point in her movie is Carol realizing that her powers are her own, and that she must trust herself as the authority on how to use them. Her powers stem directly from a choice she made, and Mar-Vell (the above-mentioned love interest) is reworked into a radically different character. This version of Mar-Vell is a woman, has no powers besides standard Kree physiology, and is Carol's mentor and Parental Substitute. She was sent to Earth to study the planet's resident Infinity Stone, the Tesseract, in hopes of weaponizing it for the Kree. When she learned that she was on the wrong side of an unjust war, she converted her space ship into a haven for refugees and enlisted Carol to help her destroy the Tesseract-based engine. This led to Mar-Vell's death and Carol getting imbued with the engine's power as she destroys it. The Skrulls were created in the 1960s and reflect Cold War paranoia of a Communist infiltration hiding in plain sight. The Skrulls of the MCU primarily draw on The War on Terror: they are refugees from a war-torn planet whose physical traits and culture are easily demonized by those in power, namely the Kree Empire. While the Skrulls admit that they have done unsavory things in the past, absolutely nothing justifies the intensity of the war that the Kree are waging. All they want is to reunite with their loved ones and find someplace to live in peace.
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Merchandise-Driven: While not nearly as much as the Saturday morning half-hour toy commercial TV shows, the movies do move a ton of merchandise and occasionally there will be something in the movies that plays to that. One of the most obvious is that characters' outfits will usually be redesigned in every new movie, which may or may not be justified in-story but can be turned into new action figures and collectibles. Some of the more blatant toyetic costume changes include "Iron Patriot" in Iron Man 3, Hulkbuster Iron Man in Age of Ultron and Infinity War, "Iron Spider" in Infinity War, and the white "team suits" in Endgame.
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Horror
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Helstrom is likely to be Supernatural Horror (the show pitch makes no mention of the supernatural, but in the comics the Helstrom siblings are tied to demonic forces and the show was originally announced alongside one for a similarly-themed hero, Ghost Rider, before the Rider's show fell through).
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Canon Discontinuity
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Canon Discontinuity: While most non-movie content is at least indirectly referenced in some way, the events of the video games (which seem to only have been made as part of an obligation to release tie-ins of questionable quality, which has since become a model that game developers have learned to avoid) are completely ignored. Figures such as Baron Strucker and Surtur appeared to round out antagonists in the games, yet their portrayals in the MCU completely ignore how they were featured in those titles.
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Space Is Cold
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Space Is Cold: Starting in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, unless one can actually survive in vacuum, being exposed to open space was a good way to quickly freeze to death. This pops up again in Avengers: Infinity War.
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Continuity Overlap
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Continuity Overlap: See below. One example of a Continuity Nod starts with Iron Man; Stane uses a portable device that, apparently, paralyzes via soundwaves, but was rejected by the military for some unspecified reason. It lasted for fifteen minutes, but could probably easily be scaled up somehow, for the new, heavier threats. And sure enough, they did have a similar Stark Industries device in The Incredible Hulk, big enough to be car-mounted. Two of them stunned the Hulk for a while, but ultimately he was strong enough to get back on his feet and smash them both. Not surprisingly, the events of The Winter Soldier impacted Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. very hard, since the former resulted in S.H.I.E.L.D. being disbanded due to internal corruption by HYDRA. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned the favor in its second season, with a mid-season cliffhanger involving the release of the Terrigen Mists, and ties into the then-announced Inhumans movie. It's subtly implied that Tony's father created the designs for the original arc reactor based on his studies of the Tesseract, which he had a chance to study once it was captured from HYDRA. Saint Agnes Orphanage in New York, where both Skye and Matt Murdock lived for a time (though likely not the same time).
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: Marathoning the various entries in the franchise can definitely lead to it with some properties having vastly different tones. Just try to comprehend that the goofy Guardians of the Galaxy are blasting around the other end of the universe while Daredevil is coldly beating the tar out of a guy who raped his own daughter.
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Cruel Twist Ending
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Ant-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Spider-Man: Far From Home are noticeably lighter than the rest of the films; focusing on far smaller stakes than most films and playing Peter's and Scott's antics for laughs a lot of the time. However, the latter two both have some darker themes and Cruel Twist Endings.
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Spy Catsuit
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Spy Catsuit: A number of female S.H.I.E.L.D. agents wear them when out on combat ops: Black Widow, Maria Hill, Melinda May, Mockingbird; even Skye gets one in Season 2 of Agents. Hawkeye seems to have a variation of one as well. All of the bridge crew of the helicarrier also wear them, though most other agents don't.
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Physical God
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The Avengers: The founding members are a time lost living legend, a billionaire playboy who doesn't work well with others, a brilliant scientist who could level a city if he ever lost control, a Physical God alien with family issues, a former assassin with guilt over her past actions, and a surprisingly well grounded secret agent who uses a bow and arrow. Later members include a pair of severely traumatized twins with super powers and a robot, with allies including a reforming criminal, a high school student with a guilt complex, a brilliant but smug wizard, the royal family of the richest country on Earth, and a strong-willed soldier from outer space. You would think this is a recipe for disaster, but they have managed to save the world on their own, and together they are virtually unstoppable.
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Event Title
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Event Title: Avengers: Age of Ultron - The age being the titular Ultron's Evil Plan. Captain America: Civil War - The civil war refers to The Team being divided over the Super Registration Act. Spider-Man: Homecoming - Part of the film takes place during the high school Homecoming dance of the eponymous hero. Ironically, Peter ditches Homecoming to pursue the Vulture. This itself is a meta-reference to the fact that this is the first Spider-Man film under the MCU, as stated by Sony's executives. The point of the title is to emphasize that Spider-Man is finally coming home.
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Final Solution
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The Skrulls are a relatively small group of refugees at the receiving end of an attempted Final Solution. Carol is rightly horrified when she learns the whole truth.
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Development Hell
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New Warriors (should it ever escape Development Hell) is a Sitcom. A proposed TV series adaptation of Damage Control would also have been one; specifically a Work Com.
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Mole in Charge
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Mole in Charge: This was a great problem for Daredevil. He can not count with the police in his fight against the mafia overlord Wilson Fisk, because Fisk already has dozens of loyal cops within the force. It is also the big reveal in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. HYDRA has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D., and Fury's boss is one of their agents.
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Destructive Saviour
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The invasion of New York by the Chitauri and the Destructive Saviour tendencies of The Avengers likewise forms the Myth Arc of Marvel's TV Shows, such as Daredevil (where the destructive of Manhattan allows Wilson Fisk to build a criminal empire in the rubble) and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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Mega-Corp
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Mega-Corp: The Roxxon Corporation, a massive conglomerate with interests in multiple industries. It is also deeply corrupt and has had its fingers in criminal and nefarious plots for decades, from helping engineer the Great Depression in the 1920s to being a front company for the Hand in the 2010s. Even with the general separation between the films and the different TV subdivisions, it's one of the few elements that's crept into every arm of the franchise; including the Iron Man films, Agent Carter, Daredevil, and Cloak and Dagger.
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No-Sell
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No-Sell: Happens a lot. Perhaps the most startling example is when Thor attacks Thanos with a pipe. It does nothing.
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Bodyguarding a Badass
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Tony Stark's butler Jarvis was split into two; the JARVIS AI assists Tony in the Iron Man movies while Edwin Jarvis is a regular human butler who serves Howard Stark in Agent Carter. Harold "Happy" Hogan, Tony's long-suffering chauffeur turned Head of Security, also draws on some elements of Jarvis, such as his Bodyguarding a Badass status, acting as a connecting character between Iron Man and other superheroes, and even a romance with Spider-Man's Aunt May.
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Myth Arc
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And then Thor: The Dark World reveals the Myth Arc:
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SuperheroesInSpace
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Superheroes in Space: Although many of Thor's adventures have taken place on Earth, he has also done some superheroics on other planets both with his friends and on his lonesome. The Guardians of the Galaxy are a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits from different parts of the universe who have been active since 2014. Their hijinks in that year alone included stopping a genocidal warlord from destroying an entire planet using an Infinity Stone, and stopping Ego the Living Planet from terraforming all the planets in the universe and remaking them in his image. Unlike with Thor however, the Guardians very rarely get involved with Earth matters, not only because the universe is a huge place, but because de facto leader Peter Quill / Star-Lord has a traumatic history with his home planet, and avoids going there at all costs. Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel is another example. Although she's also a native of Earth like Star-Lord, she also spends most of her time helping out other places in the galaxy, since most of them don't have the likes of the Avengers to rely on. There's also the fact that most of her memories of Earth were wiped by the Kree, and she has since spent most of her new life going on space missions, so it's likely that Carol's home planet doesn't hold as much meaning to her anymore.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Marvel really likes dry humor. Tony Stark, who snarks enough to make up for the characters that don't. While only slightly snarky in Thor, Loki spends much of The Avengers playing catch-up, and takes it Up to Eleven in The Dark World. Peter Quill and Rocket could both give Tony a run for his money with their levels of snark. Gamora certainly has her moments as well. It's practically a job requirement to become a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent. Just for fun, try to find a part in any film where S.H.I.E.L.D. don't take a moment to snark in the face of someone. The final battle against the Clairvoyant in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first season deserves note. 90% of it is Coulson and Fury snarking to each other while the Big Bad gives his speech. Ultron in Age of Ultron, inherited directly from Tony Stark. Steve Rogers visibly groans when Stark and Ultron trade snark, and one exchange yields this gem: This seems to be Foggy Nelson's natural state of being. He drops it only when things get really serious. Mostly. Jessica Jones thrives off of this trope. On the commentary track for The Avengers, Joss Whedon mentions this as a problem in the writing of the script: almost all the main characters had a wit that was very dry, potentially making their interactions very one-note. He mentions that Coulson was a character he was grateful for in breaking this up, since he provides a humor that is based more on geeky relatability.
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Hyperlink Story
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Hyperlink Story: The film franchise is set to come together for Infinity War and Endgame.
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Face–Heel Turn
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Mordo goes from being one of Doctor Strange's arch-enemies to one of his strongest allies. However, he was always destined for a Face–Heel Turn; he was specifically placed on the side of good at first in order to have more character depth as a Fallen Hero.
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Space Police
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The Nova Corps serves this role in Guardians of the Galaxy since they are the Space Police.
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Setting Update
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Setting Update: The universe takes early-ish origin stories and places them firmly in the 21st century. As a result, several things are modernized.
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Animating Artifact
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Animating Artifact: The Mind Stone is one of the six Infinity Stones. As its name implies, the Mind Stone has various powers involved with the mind. It possesses a core that is comparable to neurons firing in a human brain. While in Loki's Scepter, it grants the wielder the power to control others, and even imbuing them with some level of knowledge while under this thrall, as it "opened the eyes" of Clint Barton and Erik Selvig, showing them visions and granting them special knowledge they can use. On its own, it seems to be able to imbue sentience onto artificial intelligence, two notable examples being Ultron and Vision.
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Fish out of Water
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Thor is a Fish out of Water Urban Fantasy, while The Dark World adds Space Opera elements. Ragnarok mixes in Planetary Romance with elements of a Buddy Picture and a heaping helping of outright Comedy, and then funnels all of this through the 1980s.
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Super Weight
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Super Weight: The franchise goes all over the scale; see entries on the trope's Film and Live-Action TV pages.
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Heaven Above
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Heaven Above: The Marvel Cinematic Universe repurposes Asgard, city of the gods, as a distant galaxy far from Earth and the other realms, with the Bifrost acting as a wormhole that links them. Due to this sci-fi twist, the Bifrost invariably drops off and picks up Asgardian "gods" from a skyward direction (towards space).
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Mayfly–December Romance
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While it is never mentioned, unlike his Mayfly–December Romance with Jane Foster, Thor will eventually outlive (most of) his fellow Avengers.
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Perspective Reversal
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Perspective Reversal: Early in the series, Steve Rogers wants to sign up and serve his country, and Tony Stark is quite disdainful and dismissive toward any higher authority. By the time of Civil War, Steve has become far more skeptical about trusting people in power while Tony has been sufficiently burned by the consequences of his actions to feel the need for strong government oversight.
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Attack of the Killer Whatever
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The Incredible Hulk is a Monster Movie.
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Science Fantasy
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Science Fantasy: Thor says that Asgard considers science and magic the same thing. Is it a "Quantum Field Generator" or a "Soul Forge"? Yes.
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City of Adventure
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City of Adventure: A large chunk of the MCU takes place in New York City (largely Manhattan).
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Sitcom
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WandaVision is an interesting case of it being its own Genre Roulette. It's a Sitcom—but the catch is that the show actually channels sitcoms throughout the past few decades! These include I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch, Family Ties, and Bewitched.
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Truer to the Text
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Truer to the Text: Captain America: The First Avenger is significantly more faithful to the source material than Captain America (1990) was, to say nothing of the 1979 films starring Reb Brown.
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Top God
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Top God: Odin, King of the Asgardians. Thor was about to be one in the begining of his film, but stayed as a free warrior. Loki impersonated Odin for a few years, but as of Avengers: Endgame Odin and Loki are both dead and Thor has abdicated the throne, leaving Valkyrie in charge of New Asgard. The Marvel Universe has other similar gods (such as Zeus), but in the Cinematic Universe only the Asgardians seem to exist.
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Interquel
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Captain America: First Vengeance - An Interquel for The First Avenger, detailing backstories for each of the main characters via flashbacks.
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His Own Worst Enemy
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His Own Worst Enemy: While not evil around half the time, it seems like the biggest threat to Earth's peace in the MCU is from Humanity itself. With the exception of movies that primarily feature Thor, every single MCU movie has humanity at large either directly or indirectly responsible and if not that then actively hindering the attempts of the heroes to save Earth.
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Blood Knight
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The Defenders: A blind lawyer with a strong Blood Knight tendencies and amassive guilt complex, a severely traumatized alcoholic, a man who was experimented on in prison who still mourns his dead wife, and an orphaned heir to a massive fortune who was raised in an alternate dimension with serious emotional self-control issues. Major allies include a Back Alley Nurse who tries to keep them on the straight-and-narrow with varying success, an ex-Marine who shoots first and asks questions never, a sword maiden with strong Blood Knight tendencies who was recruiting for a Cult without realizing it, a ruthless Knight Templar who espouses The Spartan Way, a secretary who obsessively searches for the truth no matter who gets hurt, a Cowboy Cop who has lost faith in the system, and a former child star who is too eager to jump into the hero life. Yet this group managed to succeed where no else had in centuries: stop the Hand from destroying a city in pursuit of dragon bones, even confirmed killing three of their founders.
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HollywoodCyborg
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Season One of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. combines multiple Phlebotinum sources in Centipede's formula: alien (possibly Chitauri) tech, gamma radiation, knock-off super soldier serum and Extremis. And then they throw in cybernetics as well to make Deathlok. Season Two introduces another combo Phlebotinum with the Inhumans, which is Imported Alien Genetic Engineering.
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The World Is Always Doomed
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The World Is Always Doomed: Zigzagged. There are constant threats, but not all of them are big enough to put the entire world in danger.
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The Multiverse
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The Multiverse: Multiple dimensions have been seen in the MCU. Doctor Strange explains that magic involves manipulating energies from other worlds like these: The Nine Realms that Asgard oversees. The ones seen or referenced in the MCU so far include Asgard itself, Midgard (Earth), Jotunheim the ice world, Muspelheim the fire world, Svartalfheim the "Dark World", Vanaheim (Hogun's homeworld, and realm of the Vanir), and Hel (the realm of the dead). In Thor: Ragnarok, Hela says that there could have been more than nine in Asgard's empire had Odin not turned from conquest. Though it's become unclear whether these realms are really different dimensions, or just other planets - one Norse realm, Nidavellir, is clearly portrayed as being in the main dimension. The Quantum Realm, reached by shrinking smaller than an atom. The Mirror Dimension, which reflects the main universe but can't affect it. Sorcerers use it as both a training ground and prison. The Dark Dimension, a hellish realm without time under the control of Dormammu. K'un L'un, home to monks who practice Supernatural Martial Arts. The Hell-dimension that Ghost Rider and the Darkhold originate from (which may or may not be the same as the Norse Hel, or a Hell-dimension referenced in a separate earlier episode of Agents). Sakaar is a Portal Crossroad World, surrounded by wormholes that pick up detritus from other realms. As with the Nine Realms, it may just be another planet. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Seasons 5 and 6 involve a "fear dimension" that's seeping into Earth and causing worst fears to come to life. Endgame establishes parallel timelines that can be traversed through the Quantum Realm. The home dimension of Mysterio and the Elementals, which he calls "Earth, Dimension-833". He's lying about everything, and is just from the regular MCU Earth. He made it all up as part of giving himself a cool sci-fi backstory.
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Color-Coded Characters
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Color-Coded Characters: Many characters prefer specific colors in their clothing and abilities. Thus, Iron Man's, Spider-Man's and Wanda's signature color is red, Captain America's and Captain Marvel's classic costumes are mostly blue, Loki, Hela and Mantis favor green, Yellowjacket's costume has (surprise) yellow elements and Thanos is associated with purple.
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MacGuffin Turned Human
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MacGuffin Turned Human: The Vision is, in a sense, one of the Infinity Stones given physical form by a roundabout process.
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Our Elves Are Better
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The Nine Realms that Asgard oversees. The ones seen or referenced in the MCU so far include Asgard itself, Midgard (Earth), Jotunheim the ice world, Muspelheim the fire world, Svartalfheim the "Dark World", Vanaheim (Hogun's homeworld, and realm of the Vanir), and Hel (the realm of the dead). In Thor: Ragnarok, Hela says that there could have been more than nine in Asgard's empire had Odin not turned from conquest. Though it's become unclear whether these realms are really different dimensions, or just other planets - one Norse realm, Nidavellir, is clearly portrayed as being in the main dimension.
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Urban Fantasy
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Blade, like Doctor Strange, is an Urban Fantasy. This time, however, it's flavored with vampires.
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Villain Reveals the Secret
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Villain Reveals the Secret In The Winter Soldier, Armin Zola gleefully admits that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been infiltrated by HYDRA, all to rub it in Captain America's face seventy years after they first met. This also serves to distract him and Black Widow from a HYDRA missile that is intended to take out everyone present. In Civil War, after striking a truce after a misunderstanding, Iron Man, Captain America, and Bucky work together to stop Helmut Zemo from releasing the other Winter Soldiers. But when they get to the room, Zemo reveals that he never intended to release the soldiers and killed them all. His real plan was to get them in the same room together so he can show them a footage of Bucky killing Stark's parents in 1991. Rogers is forced to reveal to Stark that he knew about his parents' death and kept it a secret, which results in Tony trying to kill Bucky and a near-lethal fight between Cap and Iron Man. The end result is the Avengers being disbanded, seemingly for good. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Mysterio retaliates against Spider-Man defeating him by leaking Peter Parker's true identity, along with various lies that present Peter as a killer. Controversial news website TheDailyBugle.net and its familiar-looking anchor eagerly begin an anti-Spider-Man campaign that is broadcast from Broadway's MegaVision.
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Official Cosplay Gear
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Official Cosplay Gear: The films of the MCU have this in spades. Hasbro has made toys of Iron Man and War Machine's repulor gloves and helmets, Captain America's shield, Thor's hammer, Spider-Man's web-shooters, Black Panther's claws, Star-Lord's helmet and blasters, Black Widow's bracelets and batons, Hawkeye's bow, and even the Hulk's fists. And that's not even counting the more high end stuff aimed at adults...
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Alliterative Name
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Alliterative Name: Some of the most prominent characters, by virtue of the franchise being inspired by the comics who already included this trope plenty of times. Among the most prominent ar Bruce Banner, Peter Parker, Bucky Barnes and Stephen Strange.
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Malignant Plot Tumor
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Malignant Plot Tumor: The Infinity Stones have been slowly growing in importance as time goes on, which came to a head in Phase Three.
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Big Applesauce
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Big Applesauce: Zigzagged. New York City is the most common setting, but unlike the comics is far from the only place where things happen. Even the movies that feature major scenes in NYC spend most of their time elsewhere (with Spider-Man: Homecoming being the only exception, staying entirely in the city). The first season of Agent Carter and the various Defenders shows play it straight, being mostly confined to New York; though the Netflix shows' Darker and Edgier take makes it the Big Rotten Apple.
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Anti Hero
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Daredevil greatly plays up Matt's Anti-Hero traits, emphasizing the Black-and-Gray Morality of the series. At times it feels more like a Criminal Procedural with a definite Film Noir influence, and the violence is relentlessly brutal and horrific. The creators stated that along with the comics, the biggest influence was The Wire.
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Better Than a Bare Bulb
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Better Than a Bare Bulb: Much of the franchise’s humor comes from pointing out and poking fun at the absurdity of the situations that the characters get into, or references to strange things that have happened in the comics.
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Humans Are Warriors
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Humans Are Warriors: After repelling the Chitauri invasion, even their leader admits fighting them is "to court death." Seeing how multiple humans, from the Avengers to Peter Quill, manage to thwart his plans, Thanos gets really annoyed at Earth in Endgame and promises to destroy Earth just to spite its heroes.
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Advertising by Association
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Advertising by Association: It's pretty common for Phase 2 Marvel Studios movies to have the tag line "From the studio that brought you The Avengers" at the time when that was their biggest and most successful movie.
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Hallway Fight
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Hallway Fight: Every season of the Netflix shows feature at least one of these, sometimes two.
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Let's You and Him Fight
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Let's You and Him Fight: A surprising number of the action scenes in the shared universe have the heroes fighting each other: The first one was in Iron Man 2 where Rhodes steals one of the Iron Man suits to try and rein in a drunken Tony. After the suit gets upgraded and Rhodes becomes War Machine, Vanko hacks the suit and forces another fight. In The Avengers, a Mêlée à Trois broke out between Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor in their first meeting; and then later between Hulk, Black Widow and Thor. Hulk and Thor continue their Headbutting Heroes dynamic during the Chitauri invasion where the Green Giant punches Thor out for no reason. Thor: Ragnarok features a gladiator match between these two. When Scarlet Witch possessed the team in South Africa, she turned the team against one another leading Hulk to go on another rampage with Iron Man summoning the Hulkbuster armor (that Bruce Banner made with him). Then Captain America and his team try and stop Iron Man from summoning the Vision only for Thor to show up. Even Ant-Man had a fight between Scott Lang and The Falcon. While the follow-up, Captain America: Civil War entirely revolved around Good vs. Good action sequences and the end result of the dysfunctional dynamic is the entire Avengers breaking up. In Infinity War, half the Guardians of the Galaxy (namely Star-Lord, Drax, and Mantis) arrive on Titan shortly after the party of Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange also arrive there. Each group assumes the other are minions of Thanos, and a fight breaks out between the two teams until they're able to establish that they're all on the same side. Endgame includes a brief scuffle between Captain America and Captain America (circa 2012), thanks to time-travel. Hawkeye and Black Widow also come to blows over who gets to make the Heroic Sacrifice for the Soul Stone.
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Criminal Procedural
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Both Ant-Man movies are Criminal Procedurals, with the first specifically being a heist movie. Surprisingly, Avengers: Endgame also features a heist.
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Wuxia
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Iron Fist is a modern-day Wuxia.
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Global Currency
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Global Currency: Outside of Earth, the "unit" is the universally accepted currency across the galaxy.
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Supernatural Martial Arts
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K'un L'un, home to monks who practice Supernatural Martial Arts.
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Mêlée à Trois
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In The Avengers, a Mêlée à Trois broke out between Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor in their first meeting; and then later between Hulk, Black Widow and Thor. Hulk and Thor continue their Headbutting Heroes dynamic during the Chitauri invasion where the Green Giant punches Thor out for no reason. Thor: Ragnarok features a gladiator match between these two.
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Cliffhanger
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Played with again in Ant-Man and the Wasp, where the caption reads "Ant-Man and The Wasp will return." Then two seconds later, before the screen completely fades to black, the period changes to a question mark, lampshading the Cliffhanger fates of Hope Van Dyne/Wasp and Scott Lang/Ant-Man.
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Ret-Canon
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Retcanon: The films have become popular enough to influence the comics that inspired them. Examples include: The Hulk's prominence in the Avengers movie got him added to the roster of the Avengers comic that was being published at the time. Originally, the Hulk quit the Avengers way back in the second issue during the 1960's, and had at best been an infrequent guest star in the ensuing years. Hawkeye was given a black tactical outfit inspired by the one he wore in the Avengers movie, which ironically enough, was already based on his Ultimate Marvel design. For a brief period, the Secret Avengers comic had Rhodey adopt the Iron Patriot identity in order to match up with Iron Man 3. Daisy Johnson/Quake was white in the original comics, and her powers came from her father. After Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. made her half-Chinese and established that she got her powers from her Inhuman mother, the comics imported both of those aspects to her backstory. Tony Stark's friendship with Bruce Banner was made canon in the comics as well, even though the characters were originally bitter rivals. This seems to be a case of Depending on the Writer, though. Ever since Guardians of the Galaxy came out, the comics and every adaptation has featured the five Guardians used in the film near-exclusively. When Sam Wilson became the new Captain America, he was given a new costume that incorporated a pair of red goggles, similar to the ones he wears in the movies. Darren Cross was a minor Starter Villain in the comics, and instead of having the power to change size, he was basically a very ugly, pink version of the Hulk. The Ant-Man movie got him resurrected, and Nick Spencer eventually gave him shrinking abilities and a suit of Yellowjacket armor, just like he has in the film. Jessica Jones and Trish Walker formed such a duo that the next Patsy Walker series had to include them teaming up. However, the comics did not incorporate the show's revelation that Jessica is Trish's adopted sister. Black Mariah's real name, Mariah Dillard, was created for the Luke Cage TV show, before being made canon in David F. Walker's Power Man and Iron Fist series.
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Legacy Character
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Legacy Character: Several superheroes have predecessors and take up their names. For instance, Scott Lang is the second Ant-Man after Hank Pym, who is downgraded to a side character. Hank's daughter, Hope van Dyne, also took the mantle of the Wasp after her mother Janet. Meanwhile, Wakanda has the Black Panthers, a lineage of warrior kings and the latest of whom is T'Challa. Finally in Endgame, Steve Rogers designates Sam Wilson as his successor as Captain America.
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Series Continuity Error
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Series Continuity Error: Starting with the episode "A Fractured House" from the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., every single MCU TV show has omitted Avengers Tower, instead keeping the MetLife Building in its original position. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 features Stan Lee telling a group of Watchers about his time as a FedEx deliveryman. This is a reference to his cameo in Civil War, which is chronologically later than this movie. James Gunn admitted that it was a mistake, and Handwaved that Stan was probably describing some other deliveryman experience. Spider-Man: Homecoming also stated that the Battle of New York was 8 years before the events of the movie. This causes problems, since it's set shortly after Civil War (in 2016) in which it was stated that the first Iron Man was 8 years ago. Also in Civil War, Ross mentions that the Avengers have been active for four years, in agreement with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where Talbot also specifically states that the battle took place in 2012 and not 2009.
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Taking You with Me
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In The Winter Soldier, Armin Zola gleefully admits that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been infiltrated by HYDRA, all to rub it in Captain America's face seventy years after they first met. This also serves to distract him and Black Widow from a HYDRA missile that is intended to take out everyone present.
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Killed Off for Real
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Avengers: Endgame marks the conclusion of the "Infinity Saga" and the transition to what comes after, and it definitely qualifies: Thanos — who has been the driving force behind the majority of the villains so far — is finally defeated and those killed in Infinity War are brought back, but Tony Stark and Black Widow are both Killed Off for Real (apparently irreversibly), non-Snap fatalities like Gamora and Vision are still dead, Steve Rogers permanently retires, and the five year Time Skip is not undone or erased, meaning the consequences from the Snap will presumably still be felt throughout all future movies.
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Antagonist Title
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Antagonist Title: Or subtitle, in the cases of The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron.
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Monochrome Casting
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Monochrome Casting: A frequent complaint, even from many fans of the MCU, is the abundance of White Male Leads. Marvel released 17 films before they had one with a non-white or female lead. This had become even more pronounced when initial Phase Three movie announcements only showed Doctor Strange and Ant-Man as new properties, while many were hoping for more diverse characters like Black Panther, Captain Marvel, or Black Widow. Guardians of the Galaxy also took some flack for not including Mantis, Phyla-Vell, and/or Moondragon; who are all not only women but twofers as well: Mantis is Asian (or rather, an Asian-like alien) and the latter two are non-heterosexual. Things have been getting better, as Black Panther and Captain Marvel got their own movies in Phase Three, the Wasp was promoted to the title credits of the Ant-Man sequel, Mantis joined the Guardians in Vol. 2, and Feige unofficially committed to doing a Black Widow movie before finally announcing it for Phase Four. Semi-averted with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which starred Ming-Na Wen and Chloe Bennet (who's Chinese-American) from day one. However, the series didn't get an African-American lead until B.J. Britt joined halfway through the first season. Furthering averting this is the introduction of Mack in the second season. Averted with the Defenders shows, as only three of the five title heroes are white men. Zigzagged with Luke Cage and Black Panther. They add some extra diversity to the overall franchise, but on their own they're monochrome in the sense that the casts are almost all black. Averted in an amusing way in Guardians of the Galaxy; Drax's and Mantis' skin tones were changed from the comics so the team wouldn't have three green people on it (Gamora being the third).
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Serial Escalation
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Serial Escalation: Each phase gets progressively larger and more complex than the last one.
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Protagonist Title
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Protagonist Title: Majority of the films and shows. The Iron Man film series, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Agent Carter, Daredevil, Ant-Man, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Black Panther.
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Lighter and Softer
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Lighter and Softer: The MCU movies were and are still considered to be this in comparison to previous and concurrent non-Disney Marvel properties like the the X-Men Film Series or even Darker and Edgier R-rated adaptations like The Punisher (2004), the Blade Trilogy, Deadpool, or Logan due to having less violence, gore, bad language and sexuality. Phase 1 adapts a few elements from the Ultimate Marvel line (Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. being the linchpin of the Avengers, an alien invasion led by an In Name Only Chitauri), but leaves outside the Adaptational Villainy and greater violence of the Ultimate comics. Ant-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Spider-Man: Far From Home are noticeably lighter than the rest of the films; focusing on far smaller stakes than most films and playing Peter's and Scott's antics for laughs a lot of the time. However, the latter two both have some darker themes and Cruel Twist Endings.
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Next Sunday A.D.
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Next Sunday A.D.: As of Avengers: Endgame, every MCU movie onwards that isn't a prequel movie is this. Since Endgame takes place a whopping five years after the events of 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, every film following it takes places during or after 2023. That being said, culture on Earth hasn't significantly advanced all that much, with familiar brands such as CNN, United Airlines, and even Fortnite still proving relevant in the future years.
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Co-Dragons
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The Other is Thanos' representative and acts as his go-between for lower ranking villains like Loki and the Chitauri. In Infinity War, he's represented by the Children of Thanos.
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Anti-Villain
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Anti-Villain: Some movies give us certain villains who have honorable aspects and well-intentioned goals in their crimes: Loki, the antagonist from Thor, is continuously doing the wrong things for the right reasons. He's actually just a screwed-up "Well Done, Son!" Guy trying to win his father's approval through pretty much the worst means possible. Both Wanda and Pietro Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver from Avengers: Age of Ultron turn out to be this trope. At first, they antagonize the Avengers because Tony Stark created the shells that bombed their home. Later, after they realize Ultron's true motives, they join up with the Avengers. Killmonger from Black Panther (2018) turns out to be this. According to T'Challa, N'Jadaka was 80% in the right the whole time. It's only the 20% that's about conquering and killing that makes the latter a villain. In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos performs multiple genocides across multiple planets because he genuinely believes that if the planets are left unchecked, then they could suffer from an Overpopulation Crisis and leave the planet into a lifeless shell just like his own. He holds no ill will towards his enemies and fully respects their resolve regardless if they are against him or not. It's only his own hubris and hurt pride that prevents him from seeing a solution besides mass murder. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ghost goes to increasingly brutal lengths as the film progresses, but her only goal is to relieve herself of the constant agony she's suffering from as a result of her phasing powers and to prevent her inevitable and imminent death.
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An Arm and a Leg
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Every Phase Two movie involves someone losing an arm or hand at some point; see An Arm and a Leg above. Kevin Feige considers it an The Empire Strikes Back reference. This is rarely played for humor though.
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Taken for Granite
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Even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets in on the fun in season 2, with two characters getting their hands cut off to save them from Diviner petrification: Izzy in the season premiere and Coulson in the season finale.
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Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence
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Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: There are a number of people with and without superpowers who feel discriminated. Those without powers feel as though powered people are taking the world from beneath them, making them feel subhuman, and the reason otherworldly threats are suddenly drawn to Earth. Some like the Watchdogs go as far to believe that a species is supposed to evolve as a whole instead of individually or enhanced people don't deserve their power because they did nothing to earn it, so those like the Inhumans are abominations and crimes against nature that must be controlled or eradicated to restore the status quo before the other takes over and reduces the value of "normal" people. Powered people feel that some of those without powers are prejudiced towards them simply for being different, whether or not it's by choice, and are seen and referred to as things instead of people. They also feel devalued by the notion of being placed on a watch-list similar to "FBI's Most Wanted" as though people don't trust them and expect them to go bad, especially after the Sokovia Accords go into effect, forcing enhanced people to either sign themselves over to governmental power or be labelled criminals and face imprisonment.
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Eureka Moment
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Eureka Moment: According to the Building a Cinematic Universe documentary, when Marvel Studios was first created, one of the first meetings featured a discussion of which properties they still had the rights to. As they listed off the properties they couldn't use at the time (Spider-Man, Daredevil, The Punisher, Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Blade...), they slowly realized they still had the rights to most of the various characters who formed The Avengers.
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The Gods Must Be Lazy
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The Gods Must Be Lazy: Usually averted for the Asgardians, who help to end conflicts in the Nine Realms.
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Ride the Rainbow
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Ride the Rainbow: The Bifrost is a dimensional energy harnessed by the Asgardian people through a crystalline, prismatic "rainbow bridge" that Asgardians use as a means of traveling across the universe. It is harnessed and controlled through Heimdall's Observatory, and Heimdall himself capable of using this power in short intervals, such as when he sent the Hulk back to Earth after Thanos defeats him in Infinity War. Should the Bifrost be left open for too long, the energy becomes destructive and is capable of destroying planets, as was what almost happened to Jotunheim in Thor.
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Loads and Loads of Characters
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Loads and Loads of Characters: When you take into account the various films, TV episodes, and tie-in materials, the main cast alone for the whole MCU is well into the dozens; counting supporting/recurring characters pushes it way higher. In an October 2017 photoshoot for Vanity Fair, 83 of the actors involved in the MCU got together expressly to show just how many characters there are◊ - and that still wasn't everyone. A specific example: The Avengers has ten of the main characters from various parts of the franchise in the film (six Avengers, three high-ranked S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and Loki), plus minor characters. And Age of Ultron has even more. Within the individual franchises, both Thor and Captain America have literal armies among the main cast, especially when you look at the number of actors with roles considered important enough to receive billing in the main credits sequence. Both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger had 14 actors billed in their credit sequences, which is one more than The Avengers had with a "mere" 13 actors billed there. This was escalated in the sequels, where Thor: The Dark World had 16 actors billed in the end credits, while Captain America: The Winter Soldier had 18 actors billed, Age of Ultron had 20, Infinity War had 35, and Endgame had 54.
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More Diverse Sequel
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More Diverse Sequel: The main films focusing on the founding members of The Avengers had mostly white casts led by men, with a Token Minority or lone woman occasionally present. The franchise has started to shift away from this in Phase Three, with Black Panther (2018) (starring a mostly-black cast) and Captain Marvel (2019) (the franchise's first female-led superhero film).
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What the Hell, Hero?
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In Black Panther, Wakanda has historically kept its advanced technology to itself in order to avoid being a target of rival nations. Killmonger gives them a What the Hell, Hero? for this. T'Challa takes this to heart and defies the trope at the end, exposing Wakanda's secrets and sharing their discoveries with the world.
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"Will Return" Caption: Common starting with Iron Man 3 Iron Man 3 ended with a "Tony Stark will return" caption, to explain to the audience that the film's ending with Tony seemingly retiring permanently from superheroing wouldn't stick, and that Tony-only fans should still go and see Avengers: Age of Ultron. Avengers: Infinity War ends with a "Thanos will return" caption, lampshading the film's The Bad Guy Wins ending. Played with again in Ant-Man and the Wasp, where the caption reads "Ant-Man and The Wasp will return." Then two seconds later, before the screen completely fades to black, the period changes to a question mark, lampshading the Cliffhanger fates of Hope Van Dyne/Wasp and Scott Lang/Ant-Man.
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Imported Alien Phlebotinum
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Imported Alien Phlebotinum: The Infinity Stones manage to qualify as this even in settings that are alien to begin with. Besides the movies where they directly appear, it's also implied that Iron Man's Arc Reactor was reverse-engineered from the Tesseract by Howard Stark. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has ongoing plots related to the alien Kree civilization. Asgardian and Chitauri objects have also popped up on Earth occasionally. The Vulture and Shocker use advanced technology, though not all of it is alien in origin. In The Defenders, the secret behind the Hand's resurrection process is revealed to be dragon bone. The Pym Particles of Ant-Man are of the "completely redefine the laws of physics" variety. Black Panther has the extra-durable and versatile vibranium, which is said to have come from space. As of Phase Three, magic and the paranormal is starting to be introduced, though Sufficiently Analyzed Magic is present, grouping all magics under energies from other dimensions where things work differently. Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange, and Iron Fist are three such heroes with these powers. Season One of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. combines multiple Phlebotinum sources in Centipede's formula: alien (possibly Chitauri) tech, gamma radiation, knock-off super soldier serum and Extremis. And then they throw in cybernetics as well to make Deathlok. Season Two introduces another combo Phlebotinum with the Inhumans, which is Imported Alien Genetic Engineering.
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Writing Around Trademarks
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Writing Around Trademarks: As mentioned above, the writers developed the terms "gifted", "miracle", and "enhanced" to compensate for not being allowed to use the term "mutant" thanks to the X-Men Film Series. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Inhumans were used as a substitute: anyone may have dormant Inhuman genes and get them unlocked without warning, revealing unexpected superhuman powers; and also for the Fantastic Racism thing.
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I Have Many Names
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I Have Many Names: The planet Earth is known by many designations across the universe: "Midgard" by the Asgardians, "Planet C-53" by the Kree, and "Terra" by everyone else.
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Training from Hell
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About half of the superhuman origins in this 'verse have their roots in trying to make better soldiers, peacekeepers, and enforcers; whether it's by bioengineering (Captain America, Red Skull, Winter Soldier, Hulk, Abomination, Extremis soldiers, Deathlok, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Jessica Jones, Will Simpson), special equipment (Iron Man, Iron Monger, War Machine, Falcon), robotics (the Hammer drones, Deathlok again, the Iron Legion, Ultron, Vision), or just good old-fashioned Training from Hell (the Black Widow program, most high-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Iron Fist, the Hand and the Chaste including Daredevil and Elektra). Many alien species are innately superhuman, but even among those we have people like Ronan, Thor, and the Children of Thanos.
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Superhero Packing Heat
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Superhero Packing Heat: Captain America. But while Steve knows how to fire a gun and won't hesitate to use one if there's any need to, he still prefers not to as much as possible, preferring to use his shield over his M1911A1. The more militarized heroes such as Black Widow and Falcon play this straight. Hawkeye does as well, even if he prefers a more old-school weapon, and War Machine takes it to an extreme with a bunch of guns built into his armor. Star-Lord and especially Rocket Raccoon frequently use firearms. Gamora will also use them occasionally, depending on the situation (with Star-Lord lampshading that guns are usually his "thing", not hers).
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Race Lift
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Race Lift: Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, who was originally white in the comics. However, this is largely based on Fury's Ultimate Marvel incarnation, who was based on Jackson in the first place. In Thor, the Norse God Heimdall is played by Idris Elba, an Afro-British actor. S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jasper Sitwell (who is a blonde white guy in the comics) is played by bald Latino actor Maximiliano Hernández. Daisy Johnson/Quake was originally presented as Anglo in the comics, but is half-Chinese in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The comics have since adopted this aspect from the show. Ben Urich from Daredevil is Caucasian in the comics but African-American in the series, as is Malcolm Ducasse from Jessica Jones. Mordo from Doctor Strange is another character that went from Caucasian (specifically Transylvanian) to black, though it's not clear what part of the world he comes from now so he may not be African-American. Most of Spider-Man's classmates were revised to be various ethnicities other than Caucasian. In Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie (who is white and blonde in the comics) is played by Tessa Thompson, who is African-American. In the film, she's the sole survivor of the Valkyrie Corps, and another Valkyrie shown appears very almost identical to the comic Valkyrie.
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Capepunk
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Capepunk: MCU deconstructs and reconstructs the superhero genre by applying its stock tropes in the context that is closer to "real-world".
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Reset Button
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Reset Button: Critics have accused Age of Ultron of being this for the entirety of Phase Two. For example, Iron Man is back to using the Iron Legion and has plenty of new suits. Though Winter Soldier dissolved S.H.I.E.L.D. and established an extremely powerful HYDRA, by the end of Age of Ultron, Nick Fury has established a new S.H.I.E.L.D.-esque organization in the form of The Avengers and HYDRA has been knocked right back down several pegs. While it has regressed back to using older Helicarriers, the newer models were only introduced in Phase Two to begin with, so it's still like those earlier events never happened. note Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes things a lot more complex than this. Infinity War faced similar criticisms regarding the character of Thor. In Ragnarok, Thor loses his hammer. His character arc revolves around him realizing that his power is not synonymous with his weapon, and he becomes a stronger fighter for it. He loses one of his eyes in a fight with Hela, connecting him to his father's quest for wisdom. Finally, he takes on new responsibilities as the king of the remaining Asgardians. Then in Infinity War, Thanos and his forces slaughter half the Asgardian refugees, separating Thor from his people. This causes Thor to realize that he needs a new weapon to kill Thanos, and on the way there, Rocket Raccoon gives him a new prosthetic eye. The only visual reminder of Thor's character growth from Ragnarok is his haircut and mismatched eye. Then in Endgame, he even loses the haircut and gets his original hammer back (if temporarily). He even turns down the throne of New Asgard by the end, giving it to Valkyrie instead, in favor of joining the Guardians of the Galaxy.
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Amazon Brigade
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In the comics, the Dora Millaje Amazon Brigade consists of teenage girls and are ceremonial wives-in-training to the Wakandan king. In the MCU, they are all adults and simply act as the royal guard.
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Breakout Character
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Breakout Character: Agent Phil Coulson was a Canon Foreigner who debuted as a minor character in the first Iron Man film. His role expanded further in Iron Man 2 and Thor, and starred in a couple of the Marvel One-Shots that solidified his reputation as a Badass Normal. This led to a major role in The Avengers culminating in a Heroic Sacrifice. The outcry at his demise was just what the studio was hoping for, leading Phil to come Back from the Dead to be the star of the MCU's first TV series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Unlike Coulson, Peggy Carter was from the comics, created to be a Temporary Love Interest for Captain America during World War II... but she debuted in The '60s, long after Cap's wartime comics were over, and defrosted Cap got together with her younger relative, Sharon. As a result, she'd rarely been anything more than a Satellite Character to Steve and Sharon in the comics. Since 99% of Captain America: The First Avenger takes place during the war, she had a much bigger role in that film than she ever did in the comics. This led to her starring in one of the Marvel One-Shots set shortly after the war, where she fought not just the bad guys, but the institutionalized sexism of the time. The popularity of that short led to her starring in her own TV show, Agent Carter. She went from being a Satellite Love Interest in the comics to the first female lead in the MCU. It's worth noting that the filmmakers have tried to use Peggy in every single (Earth-bound) Phase Two movie after The First Avenger. Joss Whedon wrote an unused scene for her in The Avengers, and she has cameos in The Winter Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Endgame. This character has seriously resonated with her audience. While Iron Man was already fairly popular, his movie was the catalyst which rocketed him to Batman/Spider-Man levels of popularity. In the wake of their 2014 movie, the Guardians of the Galaxy are quickly went from a group of B or C-listers to becoming one of Marvel's most popular teams. Cap's popularity exploded after Winter Soldier, to the point that the marketing department moved him (and Chris Evans' name) front and center for Age of Ultron promotional material (though this meant that Evans went from second to fourth in the film's credits). Not bad for someone whose appearance in the first Avengers film official poster is in the background behind Iron Man and Thor. Claire Temple, originally little more than a love interest for Luke Cage in the comics, has essentially become the equivalent of Coulson for the Netflix shows, having become a Composite Character with Night Nurse and appearing in them all as New York's go-to superhero hospital. Black Panther seems poised for this, considering the runaway success of his own movie.
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Unobtainium
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Unobtainium: Vibranium is a very rare material that can absorb vibrations in shields or catsuits, power vehicles, propel technological progress centuries ahead of the rest of the world, and influence plant life so that consuming it would heighten strength, speed, and reflexes.
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Portal Cut
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Thor: The Dark World: Loki cuts off Thor's hand, but it's actually an illusion. In addition, Malekith's defeat by Portal Cut starts with him losing both his arms.
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Exiled from Continuity
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Many characters from Marvel Comics that have been licenced to other studios are invokedExiled from Continuity. As a result, adaptions of storylines that include a character that is off-limits are rewritten to avoid it. For example, Jean Grey does not appear in the conflict between Jessica Jones and Kilgrave, Ultron is made of Vibranium instead of Adamantium (granted some of his bodies in the comics were made of an alloy of the two metals), Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch had a father who is not Magneto (which was the case in the early comics), and so on. This limitation largely applied to the Infinity Saga, prior to Marvel's partnership with Sony and Disney's acquistion of the Fox licenses with the company as a whole.
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Action Girl
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Action Girl: There are so many that it's more difficult to find the female characters who aren't action capable. Black Panther, Infinity War, and Endgame even devoted fight scenes to their resident Amazon Brigades and had them gang up on the enemy.
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Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
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Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Various examples; see the trope page.
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Adaptation Name Change
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Adaptation Name Change: Various cases; see the trope page.
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Reasonable Authority Figure
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Reasonable Authority Figure: S.H.I.E.L.D., especially its director Nick Fury, stand above regional politics and screen the World Security Council's extremism. Until we find out that they've been infiltrated by HYDRA, anyway. At the galactic level, the Nova Corps. When they get a message that a madman with a superweapon is on his way and an Army of Thieves and Whores intends to help stop him, they're willing to listen. The Ancient One is willing to bend the rules occasionally as well, though this disillusions some of her followers.
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Ship Tease
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After considerable Ship Tease in Age of Ultron and Civil War, Wanda Maximoff and Vision are together in Infinity War; and get a whole spinoff series devoted to them in WandaVision.
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Punch Catch
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During the airport battle in Leipzig, Captain America is able to match Spider-Man in a direct contest of strength, despite the fact that only a few minutes prior, Spider-Man pulled a Punch Catch on the Winter Soldier's metal arm—the same metal arm that Cap could barely stand up to in The Winter Soldier with both hands and his shield.
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Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age
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Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: Seems to be common among the MCU's higher-tier cosmic characters, with the Asgardians and Kree especially favoring melee weapons. Aside from Thor's Mjölnir and Ronan's Universal Weapon, cool swords are also quite common, and several characters use knives. Partially justified by the fact that the characters who prefer such weapons are physically vastly superhuman and many are Blood Knights or from Proud Warrior Races. Averted almost almost entirely with the squishier characters. Except for Hawkeye.
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Bad Future
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In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Five, Daisy Johnson, who had already gained the nickname "Quake", gained a new sobriquet: "the Destroyer of Worlds", since she was blamed for destroying the world in the Bad Future the team was sent to.
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Innocuously Important Episode
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Innocuously Important Episode: Age of Ultron is largely self-contained in terms of the story and how it effects the overall narrative of the universe, the only real wide ranging impact present being the team dealing with HYDRA and a roster change. But several seeds are planted which go on to inform the majority of the overarching narrative in Phase Three. These are as follows: Ultron's actions ultimately lead to both the Sokovia Accords and Zemo wanting revenge on the Avengers, which form the plot of Civil War, which in turn serves as an even bigger Wham Episode than The Winter Soldier. Tony becomes The Atoner because of his role in creating Ultron, which goes on to inform his actions in Civil War and later Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thor is driven to search for the Infinity Stones and Hulk is driven to leave the team because of events in the film, which sets up their role in Ragnarok. The vibranium that Ultron obtains from Klaue leads to Wakanda's presence in Civil War which combines with Klaue's possession of it to begin with to set up the plot of Black Panther. The Ultron-inspired ban on A.I. influences the LMD arc of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ant-Man introduces two key concepts that will ultimately play out in Endgame. The first is introducing the Quantum Realm and establishing that is possible to travel to and back from it, which serves to enable the Time Heist that the plot centers on. The second is giving Scott a connection to the Avengers when he has break into their compound. This ultimately leads to him reaching out to them to offer the Quantum technology he has access to to enable the Time Heist. Ant-Man and the Wasp was sold as a Breather Episode and a Lower-Deck Episode to contrast Infinity War (taking place at roughly the same time) and yet it provided the major plot mechanics for Endgame, chiefly the Quantum Tunnel, Pym Particles, and Time Vortices, as well as Scott Lang himself, which the Avengers use to undo Thanos' snap.
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Continuity Snarl
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Continuity Snarl: An interesting case involving Comic-Book Time. While none of the events that happen over the course of the movies explicitly contradict each other, what dates certain events occur is a point of contention. The most infamous mishap in this case was the claim that Spider-Man: Homecoming took place eight years after The Avengers (which occurred in 2012), which made no logical sense with the timeline of the other films. Avengers: Infinity War makes an easy fix by stating that the first Avengers took place 6 years before Thanos showed up, which subsequently implies that Homecoming did take place in 2016 and not 2020 as was implied.
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Start of Darkness
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King T'Chaka is killed in Civil War, causing his son T'Challa to take up the mantle of Black Panther and go after Bucky, whom he believes to be his father's killer. Likewise, Killmonger's Start of Darkness began with his father's murder at T'Chaka's hands.
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The Shangri-La
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The Shangri-La: Three of them: Lai Shi (a.k.a. "Afterlife"), a refuge for Inhumans in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Not even they are sure where it is. K'un L'un in Iron Fist. Kamar-Taj in Doctor Strange.note Unlike the other two examples, Kamar-Taj isn't some vague place in the Himalayas, but rather a monastery in the very real city of Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Chaotic Good
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The Guardians of the Galaxy under James Gunn generally showed Rocket Raccoon as a Chaotic Good Spanner in the Works, while the Russos show Rocket as a more capable, experienced, and competent figure. Gunn shows Peter Quill as a flawed but capable leader while the Russos show him as immature and insecure, filled with Testosterone Poisoning.
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Fantasy Kitchen Sink
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In Far From Home, world myths about elemental creatures are cited as precedent for the existence of the Elementals. This is all a ruse designed to take advantage of what a Fantasy Kitchen Sink the world has become that the general populace would believe it to be true.
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Descended Creator
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Descended Creator: Several of the directors play characters within the universe. Jon Favreau plays Happy Hogan, Tony Stark's head of security and thus gets to appear in the movies several times. Likewise, Taika Waititi, the director of Thor: Ragnarok, plays the rock alien Korg and appears in several films. Finally Joe Russo sometimes appears as a nameless character in the movies he and Anthony Russo direct.
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Authority Equals Asskicking
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Authority Equals Asskicking: This is very common in the cosmic side of the MCU, but can happen on Earth as well In Iron Man 2, the military robots Vanko designed for Justin Hammer are much tougher than ordinary soldiers, but are easily defeated by Stark’s superior Powered Armor. Vanko’s own armor, however, almost defeated Iron Man and War Machine at the same time. In the Thor series, Asgardians are all superhumanly strong and durable, but due to a Royalty Superpower, Odin, his son Thor, and his daughter Hela have immense power that allows them to defeat practically anyone in the Nine Realms. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Ronan is much tougher than any of his subordinates. To the point where Drax can easily shred through Ronan’s army like “paper people”, but against Ronan himself, he loses by so much Ronan doubted he’d remember him. Thanos is the leader of a powerful galactic empire, and is the most powerful being in it, to the point where he can defeat Thor and Hulk, who likely could have stopped his invasion force in The Avengers by themselves.
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Composite Character
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Composite Character: Among various examples across the franchise, there's a notable inanimate example: as we learn in The Dark World, the Tesseract is not only the comics' Cosmic Cube, but also one of the Infinity Stones. In Age of Ultron and Doctor Strange, the same treatment is applied to The Vision's Solar Gem and the Eye of Agamotto, which are the Mind and Time Stones, respectively.
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Expy
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WHIH World News - A series of various fictional Fox News-Expy news segments reporting (often in the worst possible light) the actions of the various characters in the MCU. One batch of videos was released in the run-up to Ant-Man, and a second was released for Civil War. The ones relating to Ant-Man were included on that movie's Blu-ray.
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Superweapon
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Superweapon: The Infinity Gauntlet, an armored gauntlet designed to harness the energies of the six Infinity Gems. While the individual infinity gems that power it are powerful, none of them are insurmountable in a Superhero setting — but the gauntlet can harness all six at once for universe-spanning effects with absolutely no means of defending against it - the wielder, in essence, becomes The Omnipotent. Once the gauntlet enters play, the goals of everyone else become "Keep the infinity gems far away from it", and once it is used to wipe out fully half of all sentient life, the goal immediately shifts to using it to undo the devastation.
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No Endor Holocaust
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No Endor Holocaust: Generally zig-zagged across the franchise. Averted with the Battle of New York from The Avengers. While no bodies or civilian deaths are seen and Captain America specifically tells the cops to get the civvies to safety, a news report afterwards shows a bunch of grieving people in front of wall covered in memorials for innocents killed by the Chitauri, and a senator demanding that the Avengers pay for the massive amount of damage to the city. The Netflix shows, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Spider-Man: Homecoming all in part focus on how the Battle of New York has affected everyday life in NYC. Played with in Avengers: Endgame. On the one hand, it's averted in the sense that even five years after the Decimation Earth is still a Just Before the End Crapsack World only barely holding itself together through the efforts of the Avengers. However, it's also played straight in that the numerous mass-extinctions that would've resulted due to Thanos snapping half of all life out of existence have either not happened or were minor enough that they weren't worth mentioning in the film. Hell, if anything the Decimation apparently improved things for nature, with Captain America mentioning to Black Widow seeing pods of whales in the East River, and how San Fracisco is shown to have entire neighborhoods swallowed up by encroaching trees.
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InfoDump
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Movie audiences haven't necessarily watched the shows and will need to be brought up to speed, which could necessitate an Info Dump that may disrupt the story.
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Red/Green Contrast
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Red/Green Contrast: The most prominent color on Thor's outfit is his flowing red cape, a color scheme that carries over into his gladiatorial design in Ragnarok. To contrast against him, many of his opponents possess a prominently green color scheme, including Loki, Hela and the Hulk.
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The Mole
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The subsequent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode that tied into the movie, "Turn, Turn, Turn", applied the movie's big plot twist onto Phil Coulson and his team. Phil's old friend is the enemy that his team has been tracking all season, and Grant Ward is The Mole that works for him.
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Ominous Cube
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Ominous Cube: The Tesseract, one of the six Infinity Stones, generates essentially limitless amounts of energy and has been used to open portals to other worlds. It is also extremely volatile, the first of the aforementioned portals was completely accidental, which (seemingly) killed the Big Bad of the first Captain America film.
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Adaptation Origin Connection
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Adaptation Origin Connection: Many powerful relics in the Marvel universe like the Cosmic Cube/Tesseract, the gem on Vision's head, and the Eye of Agamotto all turn out to be Infinity Stones.
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Epic Movie
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Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame fall under Epic Movie as well.
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The Team
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Captain America: Civil War - The civil war refers to The Team being divided over the Super Registration Act.
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Period Piece
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Period Piece: Captain America: The First Avenger: Set from 1942 to 1945. Captain Marvel (2019): Set in 1995.
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Fatal MacGuffin
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Fatal MacGuffin: The Infinity Stones often have this in spades: Captain America: The First Avenger: The Tesseract is too hot to touch with your bare hands and if it feels you are a bad person, it can have devestating effects as seen when the Red Skull picked it up. Thor: The Dark World: The Aether inhabits Jane Foster and slowly kills her. It's shown that you have to be a very powerful person to use it as Malekith eventually harnesses the Stone. Guardians of the Galaxy: The Orb's energy is so intense that anyone who tries to hold it in their bare hands ends up getting vaporised. Ronan is able to work around this by embedding the stone in his hammer, providing a safe medium to channel its powers into himself. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers End Game: The Soul Stone is safe to touch but first, you have to sacrifice someone you love, making it unsafe for them. When the Infinity Stones are all gathered together into the Infinity Gauntlet, the process is dangerous enough that even Thanos has trouble containing the energy and nearly kills himself using the Stones more than once. Later, the Hulk uses the Gauntlet and almost loses his arm. Unfortunately, Tony Stark does not survive his usage of the Gauntlet.
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Jerkass
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Yellowjacket is a super-identity used by the villainous Darren Cross here, when it was one of Hank Pym's heroic identities in the comics (albeit the one he was using at the time he had a Jerkass characterization and infamously committed spousal abuse, which is probably exactly why the movie gave the identity to a villain).
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Cain and Abel
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Cain and Abel: Along with Daddy Issues, this is one of the prevalent themes the franchise explores, usually between people who aren't really related by blood and are/were Bash Brothers. Five movies of the Thor and Loki dynamic, one with Dr. Strange and Mordo, one between Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers before the former's brainwashing is removed, two movie subplots' worth between Gamora and Nebula, the entire raison d'etre of Inhumans thanks to Black Bolt and Maximus, a half-season of Luke Cage and Diamondback, a problem between Danny Rand and Davos in Iron Fist, and between Frank Castle and Billy Russo in The Punisher.
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The Unmasqued World
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The Unmasqued World: Phase Two seems to have this as a theme, as The Avengers was the big unmasking. Killian mentions that "subtle" is a thing of the past, students eagerly take photos and videos of Thor's fight with Malekith, and Coulson's team regularly deals with supernatural or super-science items that have fallen into the wrong hands. To take it even further, The Winter Soldier ends with Natasha having released every single S.H.I.E.L.D. secret onto the internet. Whatever S.H.I.E.L.D. knew, the whole world knows now.
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Galactic Conqueror
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Carol Danvers was an amnesiac member of the elite special force of a Galactic Conqueror alien race.
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0% Approval Rating
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People telling Loki, "If you betray him, I'll kill you." At first it seems like a humorous way to express that Loki is now the least popular character in all the Nine Realms. Once Loki seemingly sacrifices himself to give Thor and Jane the chance to return to Midgard, while sneaking off to steal the throne from Odin, it becomes clear that he fully planned on betraying Thor no matter what without anyone else being the wiser.
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One Steve Limit
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One Steve Limit: Has its own page.
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Early-Bird Cameo
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Early-Bird Cameo: Often done to hype a future movie: Nick Fury in Iron Man, Thor's hammer in Iron Man 2, Hawkeye and the Tesseract in Thor, Thanos in The Avengers and Age of Ultron, The Collector in Thor: The Dark World, Baron von Strucker, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch - plus a Name Drop for Doctor Strange - in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ulysses Klaue along with mentions of Wakanda in Age of Ultron. Black Panther and Spider-Man also appeared in Civil War before they got their own movies, though their roles were larger than just cameos. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did this to a place, name-dropping the Triskelion several months before it appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There's also an appearance and name drop of the Kree, not to mention the entire Inhumans subplot. Colleen Wing's dojo is introduced via a poster shown in an earlier Netflix show; ironically, when Danny first meets her she's hanging up more posters.
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Insignificant Little Blue Planet
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Insignificant Little Blue Planet: While Earth is the main setting of the franchise, it is mostly known as a backwater planet of weak humans and the galaxy at large has a more advanced technology than Earth, or has more powerful aliens. Nicky Fury and Tony Stark are perhaps the most aware about this, hence their efforts to secure the worlds by multiple means such as creating the Avengers for Fury, or creating Ultron for Tony (the latter backfired on him though).
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Decomposite Character
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Decomposite Character: Nick Fury's many roles in the comics so far has been given to three different characters: Himself (Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., morally grey overseer of superhero activity, Maria Hill's boss), Coulson (also Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daisy Johnson's surrogate father figure and the overseer of the Secret Warriors, fights a personal war against HYDRA), and Peggy Carter (leader of the Howling Commandos and drinking buddy of Dum Dum Dugan, secret agent following War who eventually co-founds S.H.I.E.L.D.). From the Secret Warriors comic, we have JT Slade's role which seems to have been split into three characters over in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Grant Ward (romantically linked to Daisy Johnson, The Mole who betrays her team, eventually killed by her father figure), Lincoln Campbell (superpowered member of the Secret Warriors, doesn't actually like working as a spy, and as above, romantically linked to Daisy Johnson), and James (has fire-based powers and the character's first name (possibly full name) and codename). With Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four not available on account of rights issues, his and the group's role in the Marvel Universe is divided between multiple characters. Tony Stark by and large takes over Reed's role as the main scientific genius of the MCU. In the comics, before the movies at least, he was a brilliant engineer and inventor but Reed was acknowledged in general as the superior scientist, especially in theoretical physics. In the MCU, Tony is able to become an expert in astrophysics overnight as in The Avengers and where young Peter Parker in the 616 Continuity was a Hero-Worshipper of Reed Richards and wanted to join the first family, here he's one for Stark and wants to join the Avengers. Guardians of the Galaxy likewise takes on the function of the Fantastic Four in the sense that they are a team of Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who often fight and bicker while having crazy adventures, and whose stories serve as a gateway to the weirder and more esoteric parts of the Marvel Universe. Their stories have the same aesop of the Fantastic Four, namely the importance of family. Tony Stark's butler Jarvis was split into two; the JARVIS AI assists Tony in the Iron Man movies while Edwin Jarvis is a regular human butler who serves Howard Stark in Agent Carter. Harold "Happy" Hogan, Tony's long-suffering chauffeur turned Head of Security, also draws on some elements of Jarvis, such as his Bodyguarding a Badass status, acting as a connecting character between Iron Man and other superheroes, and even a romance with Spider-Man's Aunt May. According to Iron Man 3 and All Hail the King, there are at least three people calling themselves the Mandarin. The first was a warrior-king whose influence dates back to the Middle Ages. In the present, Aldrich Killian assumes the identity of the Mandarin, and then has actor Trevor Slattery pretend to be the Mandarin and take credit for the Extremis explosions. Hawkeye also has some traits split off into another character, with Lance Hunter in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. getting his relationship with Mockingbird and being even more of a rebellious snarker than the movie Hawkeye is. The Netflix series were originally written to involve Night Nurse as someone who gave medical aid to superheroes, but then the movies called dibs on the character. So the Netflix shows instead used Claire Temple and had her act like Night Nurse, while Doctor Strange included the comics' Night Nurse Christine Palmer as one of Strange's medical associates.
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Avengers: Age of Ultron - The age being the titular Ultron's Evil Plan.
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Though Loki would dispute the claim, most appearances by Asgardians are accompanied by at least a line or two reminding the audience that they are Human Aliens and not gods. Thor: Ragnarok strays closer to the comics, as the Asgardians refer to themselves as gods.
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Viewer-Friendly Interface: Tony Stark's computers all use big, gesture-controlled holograms.
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The Hand. Originally seen as a powerful organisation that have wormed their way into several corporate, governmental, and criminal positions within New York City, numerous coups and Enemy Civil War's, as well as their confrontations with Daredevil and Iron Fist has left them significantly crippled, until the events of The Defenders, which results in Midland Circle getting destroyed, both their mooks and the leadership except perhaps Madame Gao getting Killed Off for Real, and the Hand seemingly defeated (for now).
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Sufficiently Advanced Alien: Aside from the Asgardians and other races from the Nine Realms, the Kree were regarded by early Earth peoples as "blue angels". The Celestials and Dormammu are so powerful that it seems even cosmic and magic characters aren't certain whether they're gods or simply powerful beings.
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Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Generally averted; the heroes that wear black are generally the ones that already did so in the comics to begin with: Black Widow, Black Panther, War Machine (barring his "Iron Patriot" paintjob in Iron Man 3), the Punisher, and Ghost Rider. The Falcon is one of the heroes to play the trope relatively straight. His comics costume features red-and-white tights, but in The Winter Soldier he draws on his Ultimate version that has metal wings over civilian clothes. Later movies skew closer to the mainstream comics, but it's still red and white on a black bodysuit. Daredevil splits the difference: his first homemade suit is based on Frank Miller's black redesign of his outfit, but at the end of the first season he gets a more professional-looking red one. He even calls the first one "A work in progress". In the second season, Elektra's red comics outfit is exchanged for black with red accents, but it's then averted when she gets the red outfit in The Defenders. Spider-Man's outfits in Civil War, Homecoming, and Infinity War are pretty true to the source (being a mix of bright red and blue). The Infinity War outfit is decidedly darker than usual but still has the traditional color scheme intact. However in Far From Home, Spidey dons a red and black outfit, which is more evocative of the original design by Steve Ditko or Miles Morales' Spider Suit (though patterned in the more traditional layout with the red on the chest and the black replacing the blue highlights of his usual look).
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Infinity War also falls under this, being the Darkest Hour for the MCU at large.
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Continuity Lockout: This has naturally become an increasing possibility as the franchise goes on, though pains are typically taken to keep each character's series largely watchable on their own beyond the odd Continuity Nod. Civil War is the first place where it really comes into play, as Hawkeye and Ant-Man show up midway through with little-to-no introduction and audiences are expected to already know who they are. Taken Up to Eleven in Infinity War, as the sheer number of named characters involved results in the creators spending no time whatsoever explaining to newcomers who these characters are or why they are important. And Endgame is even worse. Joss Whedon has said this would likely preclude Phil Coulson from returning to the mainstream MCU (except for prequels like Captain Marvel), since time devoted to explaining why he's still alive for anyone unfamiliar with his TV show would detract from the film itself. Likewise, the Defenders appearing in a film is unlikely for the same reasons, since time devoted to explaining who they are would slow the movie down as a whole.
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Relatedly, after the Russo Brothers became major directors in this franchise, there seems to be a minor meta-textual Running Gag of Community actors having cameos/starring roles in the MCU; such as with Danny Pudi as a S.H.I.E.L.D. communications techie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Jim Rash as the Dean of M.I.T. in Captain America: Civil War, Donald Glover as the uncle of Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Brie Larson becoming the titular star of Captain Marvel, and both Ken Jeong and Yvette Nicole Brown appearing in Avengers: Endgame (the former as a security guard at the Avengers Compound and the latter as a S.H.I.E.L.D. secretary for a military base in the 1970s).
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Canon Immigrant: Agent Coulson made his comics debut in the Battle Scars miniseries, which came right before the Avengers movie. The rest of the Season One cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were added in S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) (Agents May, Fitz and Simmons at launch, Grant Ward after a retitle to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). The exception is Skye, who didn't carry over into the comics since she was already there; she's Daisy Johnson. Thor's Dr. Selvig was added to the comics universe in Avengers Standoff. Wesley, the close friend and right-hand of Kingpin in the first season of Daredevil (2015), made his way to the Daredevil comics as well. Nick Fury is a special case. The original is caucasian, but he was reimagined in the Ultimate Marvel universe as a Bald, Black Leader Guy with a Badass Longcoat, and with a face modeled after Samuel Jackson. The MCU Nick Fury is based on the Ultimate one, not the original one. Eventually Marvel retired the original Nick Fury in its main universe and replaced him with his son, with the same name and the visual style that everybody became familiar with by then. Wich mean that the current 616-Nick Fury is both a canon immigrant from the Ultimate Marvel universe and from the MCU. Sometimes when the movie version of a character is sufficiently different enough from the comics, the comics will bring over the new version with a connection to the original. These include the JARVIS AI (modeled on the human character), Yondu (distant ancestor to the year-3000 Yondu), and Wasp (daughter of Pym and step-daughter of the original Wasp).
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Briefer Than They Think: Samuel L. Jackson's role as Nick Fury is one of the more famous roles in the MCU as he has appeared in many of the movies and in a few episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Despite this, he usually appears in a single scene, sometimes The Stinger for those films. He likely only has about one hour of screentime spread out throughout Phases 1 and 2, and doesn't get what could be considered a lead role until Captain Marvel.
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World of Action Girls: See Action Girl above. The list of ass kicking female characters is very long.
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Tony Stark's friendship with Bruce Banner was made canon in the comics as well, even though the characters were originally bitter rivals. This seems to be a case of Depending on the Writer, though.
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Ava Starr / Ghost's powers cause her daily pain and are slowly killing her; everything she does comes from sheer desperation to keep herself alive.
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What Other Galaxies?: The MCU has a complicated relationship with the scale of its universe, but for the most part uses a downplayed and justified version of this trope. In general, no worlds or galaxies outside of the Andromeda Galaxy and the Nine Realms (including Earth) are ever mentioned. The World Tree, Yggdrasil, connects nine disparate and far-removed worlds, each in a different galaxy, which happen to all be cosmologically linked and uniquely important. It's never explicitly stated how far apart the Nine Realms are. However, no races not part of the Nine Realms are ever seen visiting any of the Realms (with the exception of Earth), so presumably they're far enough from each other and from other planets as to preclude conventional travel between them.note Asgardians are shown to be able to travel to the Andromeda Galaxy (see below), but they're Sufficiently Advanced Aliens even to the other aliens. This is reinforced in Thor: Ragnarok when Valkyrie points out that it would take 18 months of travel to reach Asgard from the vicinity of Xandar without the Bifrost, implying a truly outrageous distance. Guardians of the Galaxy takes place in the Andromeda Galaxy, not the Milky Way. The sequel reveals that interstellar travel is accomplished through the use of fixed "jump points", explaining why all the action takes place within one galaxy. While travel to the Milky Way is shown to be possible, no inhabited planets except for Earth are ever shown or even mentioned; this may imply that Earth is the only inhabited planet in the Milky Way. "Galaxy" and "Universe" are also used interchangeably, with no mention of anything beyond the Local Group. And of course, most of the films are set on Earth.
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There Are No Global Consequences: Generally averted, as aftereffects of any one film can usually be seen in others. S.H.I.E.L.D. already knew some things, such as the events in New Mexico during Thor, and Iron Man was already a celebrity, but the great unmasking took place in the first The Avengers. There is an alien invasion for all the world to see, Norse gods such as Thor and Loki are real, Captain America is back, there's a superhero group in New York, etc. Yet, the only serious government attempt to manage any of that was with three helicarriers to keep all potential menaces under track (which ended up becoming a menace itself). The third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. shows a number of global consequences, such as Terrigen spreading to cover all the world's oceans (at least) in seventeen months and Inhumans sprouting up all over the place. America created a new agency to deal with them.
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 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Adaptational Nice Guy / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Adaptational Nonsapience / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Adaptational Sexuality / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Adaptational Superpower Change / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Adaptational Wimp / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Adapted Out / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Adoption Diss / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Adored by the Network / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Advertised Extra / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Advertising-Only Continuity / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Affirmative Action Girl / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Affirmative Action Legacy / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Africa Is a Country / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Afrofuturism / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
After-Action Patch-Up / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Age Lift / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Airborne Aircraft Carrier / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Alien Gender Confusion / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Alien Geometries / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Alien Invasion / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Aliens Are Bastards / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Aliens Love Human Food / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Aliens of London / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Aliens Speaking English / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
All for Nothing / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
All of the Other Reindeer / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
All of Them / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
All There in the Stinger / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
All Your Base Are Belong to Us / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Aloof Dark-Haired Girl / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Alternate Identity Amnesia / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Alternate Self / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Always Chaotic Evil / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Always Second Best / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Amazon Brigade / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Amazon Chaser / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Ambiguous Situation / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Ambiguously Absent Parent / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Amicable Exes / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Amoral Afrikaner / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Amulet of Dependency / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Anachronic Order / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Anachronistic Clue / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
And Mission Control Rejoiced / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
And Starring / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
And the Adventure Continues / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
And You Thought It Would Fail / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
And Your Little Dog, Too! / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Animal Lover / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Animated Armor / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Animating Artifact / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Annoying Younger Sibling / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Answer Cut / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Antagonist Title / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Antagonistic Offspring / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Anti-Hero Team / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Antiquated Linguistics / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Apologetic Attacker / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Appropriated Appellation / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Approval of God / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Arbitrary Skepticism / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Arc Fatigue / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Arc Welding / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Archive Binge / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Archive Panic / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Are These Wires Important? / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Armor-Piercing Response / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Armored Coffins / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Arrogant God vs. Raging Monster / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Arrow Catch / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Artificial Limbs Are Stronger / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Artistic License – Geography / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Artistic Title / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
As Long as There is One Man / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
As You Know / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Ascended Fanboy / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Ascended Fridge Horror / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Ascended Meme / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Ashcan Copy / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Aspect Ratio Switch / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Ass-Kicking Pose / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Asskicking Equals Authority / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Astral Projection / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Atrocious Alias / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Attack Drone / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Auteur License / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Author Avatar / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Avengers, Assemble! / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Awesome, Dear Boy / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Awesome Ego / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
B-Team Sequel / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Baby Name Trend Starter / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Back for the Dead / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Back-to-Back Badasses / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Backed by the Pentagon / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Bad Liar / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Badass Beard / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Badass Bystander / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Badass Driver / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Badass Fingersnap / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Badass Longcoat / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Bald, Black Leader Guy / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Bald of Evil / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Bald Women / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Ballroom Blitz / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Bare-Handed Blade Block / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Bash Brothers / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Bathos / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Batman Can Breathe in Space / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Batter Up! / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Battle in the Rain / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Beam Me Up, Scotty! / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Beard of Sorrow / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Became Their Own Antithesis / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
/ int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Behind the Black / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Beneath Suspicion / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Benevolent A.I. / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Beta Outfit / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Better Than Source / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Beware the Superman / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Beyond Redemption / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Big Applesauce / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Big Bad Ensemble / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Big Beautiful Man / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Big Brother Worship / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Big Guy Rodeo / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Big / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Big / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Big / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Biker Babe / int_69d15cc0
 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Franchise)
hasFeature
Binary Suns / int_69d15cc0