It’s all been leading to Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Infinity War'!

Destiny arrives this Friday, April 27, with the arrival of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War. Ten years in the making, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to a head when our heroes come together for battle against the Mad Titan himself. Over the years, this shared universe has developed into a complex web of stories filled with compelling crossovers that keep fans on their toes.

To understand how we got to “Avengers: Infinity War,” we have to start at the beginning. will break it down for you film by film – starting with Marvel Studios’ Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers—focusing on key events and characters to get you ready to assemble for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War! Let’s start from the beginning, in 2008 with the debut of Marvel Studios’ first MCU movie, Iron Man!


  • Tony Stark—genius, billionaire, playboy—and leader of Stark Industries, a defense company he inherited from his father Howard Stark, is captured by terrorist group Ten Rings in Afghanistan
  • After the attack, Stark and fellow prisoner Doctor Ho Yinsen rig an electromagnet implant in Stark’s chest to keep shrapnel shards from reaching his heart
  • In an attempt to escape, Yinsen sacrifices himself while they create an electric generator to power a suit of armor
  • Returning home with the intent of no longer manufacturing weapons, Stark finds his father’s old Stark Industries partner Obadiah Stane who disagrees with this plan of action
  • Stark uses his time to build a more technologically-advanced suit, as well as a more sophisticated arc reactor, a mechanism that is keeping him alive
  • As the Ten Rings gather up pieces of Stark’s prototype suit to rebuild, Stane kills them and takes the suit for himself, called the Iron Monger
  • Stark’s personal assistant Pepper Potts, upon discovering Stane hired the Ten Rings himself, devises a plan to help Stark with the aid of Agent Phil Coulson from the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.)
  • Stane and Stark’s showdown culminates in a battle that shows off the power of the arc reactors
  • While Agent Coulson attempts a cover up narrative, Stark brazenly admits “I am Iron Man”
  • POST CREDIT: S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury tells Stark about the Avengers Initiative, “You think you’re the only super hero in the world?”


  • After exposure to gamma radiation, Dr. Bruce Banner, now with the ability to transform into a creature when his heart rate rises above 200, is on the run and a fugitive from the U.S. military who want to weaponize him
  • Discovered after Banner’s blood accidentally makes his way into a factory bottle, Lt. General Thaddeus Ross sends British military special ops Emil Blonsky to secure Banner, who fails and is then injected with an altered “Super Soldier Serum”
  • Banner continues to do research while corresponding with a mysterious Mr. Blue in hopes for finding a cure
  • After a second confrontation with Blonsky and Ross’ forces, Banner transforms into the Hulk and flees with Betty, his former girlfriend and Ross’ daughter
  • On the run, Banner and Betty meet “Mr. Blue,” Dr. Samuel Sterns, who believes he has found an antidote for Banner, but also reveals he had synthesized his blood into a mass supply
  • With Banner and Betty in custody, Blonsky demands to be injected with Banner’s blood serum regardless of consequences, which turns him into the Abomination
  • Ross allows Banner to transform into the Hulk to stop the Abomination
  • With Blonsky defeated, Banner retreats to Bella Coola, British Columbia where he experiments with transformation control
  • POST-CREDIT: Tony Stark approaches General Ross about a team that he’s putting together


  • Stark has maintained peace through the use of his armor despite pressure from the government, and reinstated the Stark Expo as a nod to his father Howard’s legacy
  • The palladium core in the arc reactor that powers his suit as well as keeps Stark alive, is slowly poisoning him, prompting Tony to appoint Pepper Potters CEO of Stark Industries and hires Natalie Rushman to replace her as his personal assistant
  • While racing at the Monaco Grand Prix, Stark is attacked by an electric whip-wielding Ivan Vanko, whose father Anton collaborated with Howard Stark on the first arc reactor, and now seeks to avenge his father’s death
  • Tech rival Justin Hammer fakes Vanko’s death and enlists him to build a line of armored suits to rival Stark’s, while James “Rhodey” Rhodes takes the Mark II suit to the U.S. military after going toe-to-toe with a despondent and out of control Stark
  • Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury reveals Stark’s new personal assistant is actually Agent Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow) and that his father Howard was a S.H.I.E.L.D. founder
  • Fury gives Stark some of his father’s old documents, including a hidden diagram of a new element, which he synthesizes for his arc reactor with J.A.R.VI.S., solving his palladium dependency
  • At Stark Expo, Hammer reveals his new Vanko-designed armored drones, led by Rhodey in a heavily weaponized version of the Mark II armor, which Vanko turns to attack Iron Man
  • Romanoff returns control of the Mark II armor to Rhodes while Stark defeats the drones, ultimately neutralizing the Vanko threat
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. decides to only use Stark as a consultant, Stark and Rhodes receive medals for bravery, and Pepper steps down as CEO
  • POST CREDIT: Agent Coulson reports on a large hammer’s presence at a New Mexico crater 


  • Physicists Jane Foster and Erik Selvig, along with Darcy Lewis, drive towards a lightning storm in New Mexico where they hit a person with their car in the chaos
  • In a flashback, Odin, King of Asgard, defeats King Laufey and the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, and seizes their source of power, the Casket of Ancient Winters
  • In present day, just as Odin’s eldest son Thor prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard, Frost Giants arrive to retrieve the Casket, prompting Thor to travel to Jotunheim to confront Laufey against his father’s warnings with his brother Loki, Sif, and the Warriors Three (Volstagg, Fandral, and Hogun)
  • For his betrayal, Odin strips his son of his godly power and exiles him from Asgard to Migard, as a mortal, with his enchanted hammer Mjölnir, which he can only wield again once he’s worthy
  • After being hit by Foster’s van, Thor goes on the hunt Mjölnir with Foster, where he infiltrates a S.H.I.E.L.D. site where he discovers he is no longer worthy enough to lift his hammer
  • Loki, who learned he is not Odin’s biological son, but a descent of the Frost Giants, becomes acting king after falls into an “Odinsleep” coma and sends the Destroyer to Migard to follow Sif and the Warriors Three and kill Thor
  • The Destroyer attacks the warriors prompting Thor to sacrifice himself, proving him worthy of wielding Mjölnir
  • Betraying Laufey, Loki believes he has proved himself worthy to his adopted father Odin
  • In a fight between Loki and Thor that destroys the Rainbow Bridge, Loki sacrifices himself after Odin refuses to give his approval
  • Thor admits to his father that he is not ready to reign, as Foster and her team on Earth search for a way to connect with Asgard
  • POST CREDIT: Selvig is taken to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility and shown the Tesseract. Mind-controlled by Loki, Selvig agrees to investigate the object. 


  • In 1942, the Nazis, led by Johann Schmidt, discover an object known as the Tesseract
  • Steve Rogers, rejected from World War II recruitment due to his small stature and health issues, attends an exhibition of future technologies with friend James “Bucky” Barnes where he meets Dr. Abraham Erskine, who allows Rogers’ military enlistment
  • Sacrificing himself during basic training, Rogers proves his worth to Erskine, Col. Chester Phillips, British agent Peggy Carter, and the Strategic Scientific Reserve’s “super-soldier” experiment
  • Schmidt, who underwent a similar super-soldier procedure, and Arnim Zola harness the energies of the Tesseract for the purpose of powering Zola’s inventions
  • Just as Rogers successfully completes the super-soldier treatment, Schmidt’s assassin kills Erskine and flees with the last of the super-soldier serum
  • Rogers tours the country with a revue selling war bonds as “Captain America”
  • Schmidt secedes from the Third Reich, completing the process of forming HYDRA to follow his own agenda
  • Learning that Bucky and his unit were lost in a battle with Schmidt’s forces, Rogers begins a solo rescue attempt, with the aid of a Vibranium shield gifted from Stark, that leads to the discovery of Schmidt’s Red Skull
  • Rogers recruits a team, the Howling Commandos, made up of Barnes, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, Jim Morita, James Montgomery Falsworth, and Jacques Dernier, to take on HYDRA directly
  • The Tesseract destroys the Red Skull, which Stark recovers in the ocean, while Barnes and Rogers are both presumed dead
  • Rogers awakens to present-day Times Square where Nick Fury tells him he has been asleep for 70 years
  • POST CREDIT: Nick Fury brings Steve Rogers an assignment


  • During his exile, Loki meets the Other, leader of the Chitauri, striking a deal – recover the Tesseract in exchange for conquering Earth
  • Erik Selvig, lead on Tesseract experiments, unknowingly activates the object, opening a wormhole, and summoning Loki to Earth
  • Loki escapes with Selvig and Clint Barton, whom he brainwashed, as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury and Agent Maria Hill reactivates the Avengers Initiative
  • Agent Natasha Romanoff is sent to find Bruce Banner, Agent Coulson visits Tony Stark, while Fury recruits Steve Rogers, in order to retrieve the Tesseract, putting in play the Avengers
  • His tough brotherly love ineffective, Thor agrees to Loki’s imprisonment aboard S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Hellicarrier
  • Loki escapes his prison at the cost of Coulson’s life, providing fuel for the Avengers to cooperate as a team
  • Reunited, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye take on Loki’s Chitauri invasion of Earth
  • The World Security Council decide to end the invasion by launching a nuclear missile which Stark intercepts and diverts into the wormhole before falling back to Earth and being caught by Hulk
  • The explosion stops the Chitauri attack, while Romanoff closes the portal with Loki’s scepter, ending the battle
  • Thor returns home to Asgard with Loki and the Tesseract in tow, while Fury notes that the Avengers will reassemble again if needed
  • MID-CREDIT: The Other tells his master of Loki’s defeat, warning that engaging the Avengers would be courting Death, thus prompting Thanos to smile
  • POST-CREDIT: Post battle, the Avengers enjoy shawarma in silence among the rubble

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend – grab tickets to “Avengers: Infinity War” on Fandango now!

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Museum curator Amanda Slack-Smith lays out the new MCU exhibition!

On May 27, ’Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe,’ the epic new museum exhibition, opened at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia! And over 6,000 visitors lined out the door to experience the exhibition in the opening weekend alone!

A journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe – from “Iron Man” to “Thor: Ragnarok” – the collection chronicles the entire filmmaking process, showcasing rare comic books and early concept art to screen-used props and wardrobe. ’Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ is a look at the craft and care in every line drawn, seam stitched, and shot filmed that’s sure to fascinate Marvel fans and art lovers alike.

We spoke with Amanda Slack-Smith, Curator of ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe,’ about the thousands of pieces on display now at QAGOMA. How did this exhibition come to QAGOMA? Where did it all start?

Amanda Slack-Smith: Our state’s film industry body, Screen Queensland, were in negotiations with Marvel to shoot “Thor: Ragnarok” here in Queensland, and they suggested that Queensland also has an art museum that’s uniquely suited to film-related projects. QAGOMA is the only facility in Australia to specialise in the presentation of film as an art medium within an art museum environment, setting it in a small group of international market leaders, alongside the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (New York) and Tate Modern (London).

The idea grew from this initial meeting, and it firmed up once we were able to meet the Marvel teams in Los Angeles and visit a number of their storage facilities to see the incredible props and costumes available. The filming of “Thor: Ragnarok” at the Gold Coast, very near the Gallery, was also important particularly when we were able to visit the sets and speak with some of the creative people working there, such as Brad Winderbaum (Executive Producer) and Dan Hennah (Production Designer) and were really able to connect with their passion for filmmaking and the franchise. Dave Bushore, Vice President, Franchise Creative and Marketing, from Marvel Studios also visited during this time and was enthusiastic about the idea of showing these objects and artworks within a museum framework. After the decision is made to take on such a major multimedia showing, what happens next? What’s your process for choosing the items to display?

Amanda Slack-Smith: We were in discussions with the Marvel team from the beginning about what was available from their extensive archives—and it was a lot—and then thinking about how we could present it in an art museum context. What were the thematic ideas we could draw from the films and what stories could we tell about the technical elements of filmmaking that would really make sense in an exhibition like this?

The Marvel teams were fantastic and really open to how we were wanted to tell these stories. They were supportive to our requests to the point that 50% of elements in the exhibition have never been seen outside of the set or archives. Nearly everything in the exhibition has come from Marvel with the exception of a few pieces from private collectors—such as the first issues of comics from the 1960s, which depict the debut appearances of all the MCU characters in the exhibition—and to be able to show authentic set-worn props and costumes alongside working drawings and artworks really set the tone to for the exhibition experience. As opposed to presenting a piece of artwork that has a self-contained process and construction, this exhibition illustrates the development of a film across disciplines and media—from comic book, to storyboard, to production design, to costuming, to film. How did you tell that story with this show? What was your vision for the layout and presentation of these pieces?

Amanda Slack-Smith: The exhibition is divided into three thematic strands, each allocated to a Gallery space. “The Cinematic Assembled” is very much the in-universe look at the characters and teams, breaking down the demarcations between individual films to explore the larger narrative arcs at play. It begins with a nod to Marvel’s comic book roots, with original appearances of MCU characters, as well as contemporary comic book narratives that have inspired the films.

This is followed by a focus on the Avengers, looking at the group coming together and pulling apart on ideological grounds as seen in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Avengers Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

Next is Captain America, a space featuring elements from “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” with a particular nod to the feel of the Smithsonian exhibition seen in the latter film. It’s followed by our “Alternate dimension” space, which brings together the film featuring human characters that venture into other worlds through the quantum realm (“Ant-Man”), astral projection and mirror dimensions (“Doctor Strange”) and the intergalactic (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). This area wouldn’t be complete without The Collector and the five infinity stones which underpin the universe. The last space in this strand is the Asgardian throne room which features the amazing set pieces from “Thor: Ragnarok,” including the throne, columns, murals and floor tiles directly from the set as well as elements from “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World.”

“Decoding the Universe,” in our second Gallery, starts to deconstruct things a bit more, with a deep dive into the character of Iron Man and Tony Stark’s evolution across “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2” and “Iron Man 3,” as well as an opportunity to explore all of the character across the films through comic books and interactive experiences.

Finally, “Behind the scenes” breaks down some of the filmmaking process with a closer look at storyboarding, animatics, previsualisation, keyframe artwork, costumes and props, make-up and prosthetics, post-production techniques such as computer generated imagery (CGI) and some awesome interactives. This space is a celebration of the artists, artisans and creative people working to bring these ideas together, under the guidance of the film makers, producers and production designers, to create the seamless films we enjoy in the cinema.

Naturally, we are also screening a retrospective of all of the films, from “Iron Man” to “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in the cinema during the exhibition. As a museum curator, you might see these items differently than even the biggest Marvel fan does. What stands out to you about these individual works?

Amanda Slack-Smith: I think fans and I are looking for the same thing, to find transformative and meaningful experiences told through creativity and passion. All of the works in the exhibition are a celebration of this, evident in the care and craftsmanship shown by the many artists involved from comic books to feature films.

A comic book highlight would have to be the original first page of Amazing Fantasy #15 featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man in 1962 drawn by Steve Ditko on loan from the Library of Congress in Washington. It’s a cultural treasure and a really important component of Marvel’s history. The throne room of Asgard, as drawn from the set of “Thor: Ragnarok,” is a definite highlight as its grandeur and scale allows visitors to experience what it might feel like to be on a film set. I think everyone seems to stand a little straighter and walk more purposefully when in the space! What are the differences between viewing these items up close in a museum versus viewing them on screen?

Amanda Slack-Smith: You get to see incredible detail! The costumes and props are so painstakingly crafted, but on screen they are a whirl of colour and movement. To be able to take the time to appreciate the leathery skin texture of the Thanos bust or the intricate use of materials in the costumes of Doctor Strange are experiences that are rare and fascinating. The attention to detail is something to behold and a testament to the craftsmanship and care taken in all aspects of their creation. What do you want visitors to take away from this experience?

Amanda Slack-Smith: The world of filmmaking is rich and complex, hopefully we’ve been able to not only let visitors experience the joy of seeing the physical elements they’ve loved seeing on screen in-person, but also pulled aside the curtain enough for them to see how these seamless cinematic experiences are created by the passionate and creative people involved.

“Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe” is open through September at QAGOMA in Queensland, Australia!

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The stars provide commentary in special features for the MCU Phase 2 Box Set, out on December 8!

Hear what stars Clark Gregg and Hayley Atwell liked so much about Marvel One-Shots in new clips! Watch the clips above and below and pre-order your copy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Box Set now, out exclusively through Amazon December 8.

In “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer,” current S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) showed off what made him such a resourceful Agent in the field! Originally debuting on Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” Blu-ray, the One-Shot showed audiences what happened with Coulson between the events of Marvel’s “Iron Man 2” and Marvel’s “Thor.” Hear some of Gregg’s commentary in the clip above!

“Agent Carter” explored the solo missions of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), who audiences first met in Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”! She instantly became a fan-favorite character and director Louis D’Esposito explored her covert operations in the One-Shot that first appeared on Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” Blu-ray. Catch some of the action by watching the clip below!

Pre-order your Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Box Set now! Stay tuned to for all the latest news and updates in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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The Super Soldier proves his might and courage in these 10 heroic moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) first appeared as a frail young kid who wanted nothing more than to defend his country. When Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci) saw Steve’s potential for bravery, he hand-picked Rogers to undergo a transformation to unlock the peak of human physicality! Super speed, strength and agility can only get you so far, something the Super Soldier proved time and time again! Take a look back at the moments that defined Captain America’s greatness with both his physical feats and inspirational attitude.

Take a look at these heroic moments and stay tuned to for more look backs at the first two phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! These articles will contain spoilers, so proceed with caution if you haven’t watched all the Marvel Studios films.

Boot Camp – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Boot Camp – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Boot Camp – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Everyone knew that Steve Rogers got himself in over his head, except for Steve. Despite being smaller and weaker than the rest of his platoon, when Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) dropped a grenade, Steve sprang into action to absorb the blast. This moment proved to Phillips that Steve deserved the Super Soldier serum more than anyone to unlock the hero within.

Bucky Rescue – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger'

Bucky Rescue – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Bucky Rescue – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Steve represented an ideal and spent more time trying to sell war bonds than engaging in combat. When he heard that his childhood friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan) had gone missing, Steve wanted to do everything he could to rescue his pal. Secretly teaming up with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Steve went behind enemy lines, rescued Bucky, and proved he had what it takes to pull off covert missions.

Ocean Sacrifice – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger'

Ocean Sacrifice – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Ocean Sacrifice – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Thanks to Colonel Phillips and Peggy Carter, Steve used Red Skull’s (Hugo Weaving) high-tech roadster to propel him off a cliff to grab hold of the villain’s plane. After physically defeating the tyrant, Steve realizes the plane is on an explosive collision course with the U.S. Knowing the plane can’t be stopped, Steve sacrifices his life, and his love, by crashing the plane into the ocean.



Grenade Deflection – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

When Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his minions attacked the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, Steve ran down to assist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in saving the ship from crashing. In an exposed section of the vessel, one of Loki’s minions swooped in and tossed in a grenade to further wound the ship, but not before Cap could rocket through the air and swat it out of the sky!

Unbridled Resiliency – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

With a seemingly endless barrage of incoming Chitauri warriors destroying New York City, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes do their best to keep the beasts at bay. After Steve takes a mighty blow from an alien, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) checks Cap’s condition. The Super Soldier then questions if maybe it’s the Asgardian in need of rest before returning to battle, proving Steve’s unbreakable spirit.

Insurgency – Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Insurgency – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Insurgency – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Having learned that Hydra has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) corrupted the organization’s ideals, Steve commandeered the intercom system of the agency’s headquarters. Cap made his intentions known to the crew and inspired mutiny to overthrow Hydra, despite the overwhelming odds, and stopping them in their tracks!

Never Giving Up - Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Never Giving Up – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Never Giving Up – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Having stopped Hydra’s plans to pre-emptively kill anyone who challenged their goals, Cap’s heroism continued. With his childhood best friend Bucky still brainwashed by the evil organization, Steve refused to disembark the ship that plummeted from the sky without trying to get through to his pal. The ship ultimately crashed, but signs of his true self shined through the Winter Soldier!

Hammer Lift – Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Bragging about his “might,” Thor lectured his fellow Avengers about no one else possessing the heroic qualities necessary to wield Mjolnir. One after one, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes attempted to lift the hammer, with the help of both technology and brute strength, but to no avail! When Cap stepped up to test his might, he proved to Thor there’s more than one way to be mighty.

Proving Perseverance – Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Proving Perseverance – Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Proving Perseverance – Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

With Ultron’s (James Spader) mechanical grip closing tighter around the nation of Sokovia, the Avengers’ days seemed numbered. Instead of giving up, Steve roused the heroes with a speech that inspired even more greatness from Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, convincing them that even if they got killed, they should “Walk it off.”

Sokovia Under Siege – Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Sokovia Under Siege – Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Surviving Sokovia – Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Ultron’s plans for global destruction included lifting Sokovia into the sky to then make it hurtle towards Earth, causing human extinction. With the window for safe escape narrowing by the second, Cap explained that neither he, nor the rest of the Avengers, could leave until every citizen had been evacuated, proving that they truly deserved the name “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.”

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The bigger they were, the harder they fell! Look back at the most fearsome foes faced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The further the legends of the heroes in the MCU spread, the more villainous their foes became! From former business partners and brothers to hideous experiments and intergalactic invaders, the enemies came in all shapes and sizes. Take a look back at some of the villains who left a lasting legacy of brutality in the first two phases of the MCU!

Take a look at these terrifying threats and stay tuned to for more look backs at the first two phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! These articles will contain spoilers, so proceed with caution if you haven’t watched all the Marvel Studios films.

Obadiah Stane - Marvel's 'Iron Man'

Obadiah Stane – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

Obadiah Stane – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

A lifelong friend of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his father, Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) first betrayed Tony by locking him out of his own company. He then stole the Iron Man blueprints and constructed a bigger, badder version of the already powerful suit. Both brain and brawn prove Iron Monger’s power, but it takes more than that to topple Tony.

Abomination - Marvel's 'Incredible Hulk'

Abomination – Marvel’s ‘Incredible Hulk’

Abomination – Marvel’s ‘Incredible Hulk’

No weapon in Thunderbolt Ross’ (William Hurt) arsenal could take down Hulk (Edward Norton), so he had to create one. With a combination of Super Soldier serum and a few special ingredients, Emily Blonsky (Tim Roth) transformed into a monstrous “Abomination.” This horrific creation remains one of Hulk’s most aggressive adversaries and their brawl leveled city blocks!



Frost Giants – Marvel’s ‘Thor’

Many threats exist in the Nine Realms, but few can compare to the sheer size of the Frost Giants. Add the power of freezing their enemies to their size, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) proves his wisdom by avoiding them unless absolutely necessary, and even when that happens, it takes the diplomacy of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) to settle the dispute.

Red Skull - Marvel's 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

Red Skull – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Red Skull – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

A brilliant tactician and genius scientist, Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) could have become one of the greatest minds the MCU has ever seen. Instead, Schmidt underwent a terrible transformation into the Red Skull, allowing him to form Hydra and plant the seed for the most evil organization in the entire Marvel Universe!



Loki – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

First appearing in “Thor,” Loki manipulated friends, family, and Asgardian royalty in hopes of carrying out his plans. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have only barely managed to contain his villainy and mischief, as his nefarious schemes also permeated Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.”

Chitauri – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Each of the Avengers proved that they could take down a Chitauri warrior in a one-on-one situation, but their endless numbers make these aliens so intimidating! In addition to their numbers, having beasts whose size rival skyscrapers make for unrelenting destruction. Well, unless you have a Hulk to stand up to them.

Thanos – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

A threat that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have yet to face head-on, Thanos (Josh Brolin) has limitless resources at his fingertips and he will happily aid anyone hoping to enslave anyone who proves their perseverance! When the Avengers finally clash with the Mad Titan, it will be a battle for the ages.

Malekith - Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World'

Malekith – Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Malekith – Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Taking a page from Loki’s playbook, Malekith’s (Christopher Eccleston) villainous legacy comes from his skills as a fiendish plotter, carefully orchestrating schemes to weaken Thor and his family. Once Malekith gains the power of the Aether, the Dark Elf becomes one of Thor’s most destructive adversaries!



Ronan – Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

A descendant of the powerful Kree race, Ronan (Lee Pace) has the advantage of super-strength, agility, and agility. His hammer-like armament, the Universal Weapon, assists in his eradications, and when combined with the Power Stone, it became an asset capable of destroying planets! Luckily, Ronan has no rhythm.

Ultron – Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Tony Stark designed Ultron (James Spader) to help protect the planet. Ultron perverted that benevolent idea into the belief the only way to save the planet involved wiping humans from the face of it. Constantly evolving, adapting, and expanding, Ultron’s vigor rested in his resiliency, his cruelty, and his inhumanity.

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