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. Marvel.com 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!

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?”

THE INCREDIBLE HULK

  • 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

IRON MAN 2

  • 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 

THOR

  • 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. 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

  • 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

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS

  • 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!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com as we tackle Phase Two and Phase 3 of the Essential Marvel Cinematic Universe Guide.

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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.

Marvel.com: 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.

Marvel.com: 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.

Marvel.com: 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.

Marvel.com: 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!

Marvel.com: 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.

Marvel.com: 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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Look back at the most jaw-dropping and heart-stopping moments in Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Back-stabbing, spies, puny gods and more made their way into the first phase of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Whether they resolved a conflict or changed the course of the universe, these unexpected moments changed the face of the MCU. Check out the biggest shocks in the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and watch out for the biggest shocks of Phase Two coming soon!

Make sure to stay tuned to Marvel.com for more look backs at the Marvel Cinematic Universe! These articles will contain spoilers, so proceed with caution if you haven’t watched all the Marvel Studios films.

Obadiah Turns on Tony Stark – Marvel's 'Iron Man'

Obadiah Turns on Tony Stark – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

Obadiah Turns on Tony Stark – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

Despite being family friends and business partners, Obadiah (Jeff Bridges) always seemed to have ulterior motives at Stark Industries. When Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) learns he no longer has control of his own company, Obadiah reveals he orchestrated the plan. This betrayal also led to Obadiah creating his own suit of iron, but Tony triumphed both with his business and in the heavyweight battle.

Abomination Bites Back – Marvel's 'The Incredible Hulk'

Abomination Bites Back – Marvel’s ‘The Incredible Hulk’

Abomination Bites Back – Marvel’s ‘The Incredible Hulk’

Pumped full of Super Soldier serum and blasted with radiation, Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) became the monstrous Abomination in hopes of destroying Hulk! Becoming more powerful than expected, the military turned their weapons towards this creation, and when Abomination caught a rocket and bit into the explosion, Hulk saw the strength he was up against.

Meet Black Widow – Marvel's 'Iron Man 2'

Meet Black Widow – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 2’

Meet Black Widow – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 2’

Tony Stark hired Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) knowing she could handle anything he threw her way. Tony didn’t realize Natalie’s full capabilities, though, until Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) confronted Tony’s reckless behavior and re-introduced the billionaire to Fury’s operative Black Widow, who Tony recognized as his assistant.

Thor Handles Hulk – 'Marvel's The Avengers'

Thor Handles Hulk – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Thor Hits Hulk – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

The legend of Hulk’s destructive abilities spread amongst all the Avengers, and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes genuinely feared him. But for an Asgardian Prince who had little fear in his heart, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) stood up to Hulk during a rampage on the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier. When Thor leveled Hulk with a punch, the two formed a mutual respect for one another’s might!

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Coulson’s Demise – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

The Avengers had good reason to fear Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his attempts at ruling the universe, but audiences learned of Loki’s true villainy when he fatally injured S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). The character contributed humor to every scene he appeared in, so his untimely death came as a shock to audiences and Avengers alike.

Hulk vs. Chitarui – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

The future looked grim when Loki opened a portal that allowed otherworldly invaders to wreak havoc in New York City. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) arrived just in time to lend a hand defending the city, starting with a massive knockout punch delivered to a massive Chitauri beast!

Hulk Settles the Score – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Never have the Avengers worked together so harmoniously than when they all utilized their strengths to defend New York City from the Chitauri. All animosity they might have held towards one another disappeared, until Hulk and Thor took down a massive beast and Hulk remembered he owed Thor a knockout punch!

'Puny God.' – 'Marvel's The Avengers'

‘Puny God.’ – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

‘Puny God.’ – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Loki has a way with words, along with a superiority complex, so he quickly unleashed a soliloquy upon Hulk, belittling the monstrous Avenger. Loki learned he wasted his time trying to have a verbal sparring match with Hulk when Banner grabbed the Asgardian by the leg to smash him repeatedly! Hulk ended the argument with two words: “Puny god.”

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Celebrate the completion of Phase Two by looking back at the most bone-crunching battles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

We’ve already taken a look at the relatively fair fights with the Top 10 Showdowns in the MCU, but now we focus on the bedlam that ensued when our heroes were outnumbered! Assassins, the army, and aliens all took the offensive against the heroes of the MCU, leading to some of the most destructive, and most exciting, moments captured on film. Check out our picks for biggest battles and relive the mayhem!

Take a look at these biggest battles and stay tuned to Marvel.com 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.

Hulk vs. the Army – Marvel’s ‘The Incredible Hulk’

Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) visits the college campus that has the data necessary to unlock the secrets of his violent transformation. Before he can put the data to use, General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt) unleashes a secret military force on Banner, leaving him with no choice to go mean and green! This battle marked the first glimpse of the unbridled rage of the Hulk in the MCU.

Iron Man vs. Drones – Marvel's 'Iron Man 2'

Iron Man vs. Drones – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 2’

Iron Man vs. Drones – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 2’

Originally designed for different military branches, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) hacked into hordes of high-powered drones that mirrored Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) technology. When Whiplash himself entered the fray, it took the combined powers of Iron Man and War Machine (Don Cheadle) to end the mayhem!

Thor vs. Frost Giants – Marvel's 'Thor'

Thor vs. Frost Giants – Marvel’s ‘Thor’

Thor vs. Frost Giants – Marvel’s ‘Thor’

When Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the Warriors Three, and Sif head to Jotunheim to seek justice for invading Asgard. The mighty Asgardians hold their own against the massive Frost Giants, but Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) arrival and apology brings an end to the disastrous conflict.

Battle of New York – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Loki’s partnership with Thanos pays off when the Mad Titan sends a legion of Chitauri sentries to New York City to destroy everything in their path. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes assembled to hold back the terrifying horde in a battle so destructive that its ramifications continue to be felt years later in the MCU!

Iron Men vs. Extremis – Marvel's 'Iron Man 3'

Iron Men vs. Extremis – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3’

Iron Men vs. Extremis – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3’

Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and all of his Extremis-infused underlings seem nearly unstoppable. Lucky for Tony, he has a legion of high-tech armor, his pal Rhodey, and even Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) to help him vanquish his foes in an explosive, high-octane orchestra of fire and metal!

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Dark Elf Invasion – Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World’

With Loki imprisoned, Thor believes he has ensured the safety of his people, but when a rogue Dark Elf causes a prison escape, anarchy consumes Asgard! The Dark Elves eventually leave Asgard, but the casualties of the battle, including Frigga (Renee Russo), prove this sequence to be one of the most deadly in the MCU.

Street Fight – Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Street Fight – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Street Fight – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Still unsure of his true identity, Captain America (Chris Evans) wages battle against the mysterious Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) in chaotic combat in the streets of Washington, D.C. Lucky for Cap, he has Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to help him survive the vicious attack and plan a more organized brawl.

HYDRA Revealed – Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

HYDRA Revealed – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Hydra Revealed – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

No longer lurking in the shadows, Hydra Agents turn on the remaining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that stand in their way! With Hydra’s plans culminating, Captain America and company make their last efforts to destroy the evil organization, bringing down the Winter Soldier and three tricarriers along with it.

Battle for Xandar – Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Battle for Xandar – Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Battle for Xandar – Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Armed with the Power Stone, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) poses such unrelenting ferocity that it takes the Nova Corps fleet to attacking his ship and the Guardians of the Galaxy attacking him face-to-face to even slow him down. Ultimately, it’s a combination of brawn, brains, and pelvic sorcery to stop Ronan’s punishment. 

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

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

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

Designed to help protect the human race, Ultron (James Spader) corrupted that ideal and instead set his sights on destroying them. By lifting the nation of Sokovia into the sky in hopes of it hurtling back towards Earth, the Avengers fought with everything they had to save the nation’s population and destroy the land mass, all while caught in a melee with Ultron’s minions.

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Celebrate the end of Phase Two in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by remembering its biggest and baddest showdowns of the biggest heroes and villains!

Marvel Studios has created adventures of enormous proportions featuring some of the bravest heroes that theaters have ever seen! These stories have caused Marvel’s heroes to square off in mighty bouts with menacing villains in impressive showdowns. We’ve compiled some of our favorite moments where heroes faced off against villains, and in some cases, even against one another!

Take a look at our 10 favorite one-on-one brawls and stay tuned to Marvel.com 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.

Iron Man vs. Iron Monger – Marvel's 'Iron Man'

Iron Man vs. Iron Monger – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

Iron Man vs. Iron Monger – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

Unsurprisingly, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) thought nothing could stop him in his high-tech Iron Man armor. Unaware that his former partner Obadiah Stone (Jeff Bridges) stole Tony’s high-tech plans, the two went toe-to-toe in armors  of their own design. Having more prototypes under his belt, Tony emerged victorious after exploiting weaknesses in Stone’s designs.

Hulk vs. Abomination – Marvel's 'The Incredible Hulk'

Hulk vs. Abomination – Marvel’s ‘The Incredible Hulk’

Hulk vs. Abomination – Marvel’s ‘The Incredible Hulk’

Although the military managed to capture him, Bruce Banner’s (Edward Norton) meaner, greener side proved to be the only force capable of taking down Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) after becoming the monstrous Abomination. The savage beasts wrought pain and destruction throughout the city and Hulk reigned supreme in one of the most brutal fights in the whole MCU!

Iron Man vs. War Machine – Marvel's 'Iron Man 2'

Iron Man vs. War Machine – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 2’

Iron Man vs. War Machine – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 2’

With his health diminishing, Tony got a little out of hand at his house party. While Tony destroyed household objects to impress his guests, James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) commandeers a suit to subdue Stark. Although no clear winner emerged from the bout between friends, Rhodes proved he had the skills to deserve his own high-powered suit.

Iron Man vs. Thor – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

When Tony finally crossed paths with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the hero attempted to imprison him in a S.H.I.E.L.D. quinjet. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) had his own plans for Loki for his crimes on Asgard. The powerful heroes traded words, and blows, in an altercation so powerful that Captain America (Chris Evans) had to intervene to spare the two any grave injuries.

Thor vs. Hulk – 'Marvel's The Avengers'

Thor vs. Hulk – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Thor vs. Hulk – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

With Bruce Banner’s (Mark Ruffalo) monstrous side unleashed inside a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, Thor sprang into action to slow him down. Outmatched in size, Thor demonstrated the might of Mjolnir and leveled the Hulk. After both being thrown from the helicarrier, the two left the tussle with a newfound respect for one another’s power.

Black Widow vs. Hawkeye – 'Marvel's The Avengers'

Black Widow vs. Hawkeye – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Black Widow vs. Hawkeye – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

When a mind-controlled Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) led a siege on the helicarrier, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) hoped to talk sense into him. When talking failed, Black Widow instead had to knock sense into him, and given their history together, the tussle had both physical and emotional ramifications, but resulted in Hawkeye leaving with a clear mind.

Pepper & Iron Man vs. Aldrich Killian – Marvel's 'Iron Man 3'

Pepper & Iron Man vs. Aldrich Killian – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3’

Pepper & Iron Man vs. Aldrich Killian – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3’

Powered by Extremis, which allowed Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) to create extreme heat from his body and regenerate lost limbs, all of Tony’s attempts to neutralize Aldrich proved ineffective. It looked like Aldrich had the power to destroy Tony, but when Pepper appeared with her new Extremis skills, Aldrich lost his head for the last time.

Thor vs. Malekith – Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World'

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

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

The Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) infiltrated Thor’s realm, set loose prisoners and murdered his mother. Seeking retribution for all the carnage Malekith caused, Thor grappled with the Aether-powered Dark Elf in a realm-spanning quarrel that proved yet again the might of Thor.

Steve vs. Bucky – Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Steve vs. Bucky – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Steve vs. Bucky – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Captain America needed to retreat from his first few grapples with the mysterious assassin Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), but Cap stood his ground in hopes of completing his mission aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier. Winter Soldier won the battle, but as their vessel plummeted to Earth, what remained of Bucky Barnes in Winter Soldier carried Steve Rogers to safety.

Iron Man vs. Hulk – Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Tony Stark has a contingency plan for every thinkable situation, and the same goes for Hulk going on a rampage. The most massive brawl in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the collision between technical ingenuity and pure rage left copious amounts of collateral damage, and more than a few destroyed buildings.

Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket – Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket – Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket – Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

This face-off deserves a spot on the list, despite technically being the most miniscule battle in the MCU. With Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his Ant-Man suit conflicting with Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) in his Yellowjacket armor, this dispute takes place entirely in Scott’s daughter’s room where toy trains, cars, and blocks are destroyed with blatant disregard for dented plastic.

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With Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming to a close, we look back at some of the highlights of the first 12 films from Marvel Studios!

 

Robert Downey Jr. first brought Tony Stark to life with Marvel’s “Iron Man” in 2008, featuring all the wit, charm, and intelligence that fans expected from reading about the billionaire inventor for decades. His teammates might clash with Tony and his often egotistical sense of humor, but it’s that confidence that audiences around the world have grown to love!

 

Take a look at our 15 favorite lines from Tony Stark and stay tuned to Marvel.com 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.

Tony on Da Vinci – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

When reporter Christine Everhart (Leslie Bibb) confronts Tony after winning an award and she asks his thoughts on being compared to Leonardo Da Vinci, due to all his technological innovations, Tony glibly calls the comparison, “Absolutely ridiculous. I don’t paint.”

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Tony on Robots – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

While developing his suit, Tony could only rely on robots of his creation to assist him and keep quiet about his research. When one robot preemptively pointed a fire extinguisher at him, Tony warned, “If you douse me again and I’m not on fire, I’m donating you to a city college.”

Tony on Flying - Marvel's 'Iron Man'

Tony on Flying – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

Tony on Flying – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

During preliminary testing of his attempts to defy gravity, Tony used boots in conjunction with gloves to briefly hover around his garage. Realizing he achieved his goal, Tony confidently pronounced,  “Yeah, I can fly”

Tony on Being Cautious – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

Preparing to take his first full-suited flight, the suit’s operating system, J.A.R.V.I.S., requested more diagnostic checks before leaving. Tony, knowing the suit’s capabilities, threw caution to the wind and said, “Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.”

Tony on his Identity – Marvel’s 'Iron Man'

Tony on his Identity – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

Tony on his Identity – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’

Being a super hero comes with a lot of collateral damage. After the destruction caused by his battle with the Iron Monger (Jeff Bridges), S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) gave Tony an acceptable cover story. Tony took it upon himself to ignore this backstory and announce to the press, “I am Iron Man.”

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Tony on Mixed Martial Arts – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 2’

Knowing that it takes more than just his high-powered suit to defeat enemies, Tony spends time honing his hand-to-hand combat with Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau). When Tony surprises Happy in the boxing ring with a new move, Tony informs him about a rising trend, “It’s called ‘mixed martial arts.’ It’s been around for…3 weeks now.”

Tony on Captain America's Physique – 'Marvel's The Avengers'

Tony on Captain America’s Physique – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Tony on Captain America’s Physique – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Thawed out of a 60-plus year deep freeze, Captain America (Chris Evans) retained his youthful appearance. When Tony meets the Super Soldier, he can’t help but ask advice on how Cap stayed in such great shape after so many decades and asks, “What’s your thing, pilates?”

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Tony on Thor’s Combat Abilities – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

After a heated altercation with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) about the fate of the nefarious Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Tony tried to put the incident behind him. He even complimented Thor the next time he saw him, saying, “No hard feelings ‘Point Break.’ You’ve got a mean swing.”

Tony on Bruce Banner – 'Marvel's The Avengers'

Tony on Bruce Banner – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Tony on Bruce Banner – ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Having clearly followed Bruce Banner’s (Mark Ruffalo) career, Tony had a hard time containing his enthusiasm and gushing, “It’s good to meet you, Dr. Banner. Your work on anti-electron collisions is unparalleled. And I’m a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster.”

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Tony on Borrowed Items – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3’

With his suit out of commission, Tony had to ask a young friend (Ty Simpkins) for some supplies, including a digital watch. Tony protected this borrow limited edition “Dora the Explorer” watch, so when a thug crushed it, Tony got defensive and explained, “Okay that wasn’t mine to give away. That belonged to my friend’s sister.”

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Tony on Former Flames – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3’

An ex-fling (Rebecca Hall) played an integral role in Aldrich Killian’s (Guy Pearce) plans to destroy Tony, which also included Killian taking Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) captive. When Tony freed Pepper from Killian’s clutches, Tony chided, “See what happens when you hang out with my ex-girlfriends?”

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Tony on Pepper’s Resiliency – Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3’

Having feared he lost Pepper when she fell into a blazing inferno, her appearance completely surprised him, especially considering the damage she did to Killian to help Tony. The normally chatty Stark couldn’t muster a quip and merely muttered, “I got nothin’.”

The Avengers stand defiant in Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' hitting theaters May 1!

The Avengers stand defiant in Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ hitting theaters May 1!

Tony on Negotiating – Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

After infiltrating Strucker’s (Thomas Kretschmann) castle in pursuit of Loki’s scepter,  Tony found himself surrounded by thugs wielding weapons. In hopes of swiftly dispatching them all, Tony exclaims, “Guys, stop. We gotta talk this through,” followed by using his suit to shoot everyone, and finishing with, “Good talk.”

The Avengers discuss plans in Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' hitting theaters May 1

The Avengers discuss plans in Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ hitting theaters May 1

Tony on Team Dynamics – Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Returning from a raid where the Avengers successfully retrieved Loki’s scepter, Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) referred to Tony as “boss.” Tony then gestured towards Captain America and corrected her with, “Actually, he’s the boss. I just pay for everything and design everything and make everyone look cooler.”

The Avengers unite against Ultron in Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' hitting theaters May 1!

The Avengers unite against Ultron in Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ hitting theaters May 1!

Tony on Landscaping – Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

With Ultron defeated and Tony ready to move on to the next chapter of his life, he said his goodbyes to Captain America and Thor at a new Avengers facility. As Thor leaves the facility to head back towards Asgard, he leaves a signature pattern scorched into the grass. Tony can’t help but comment on Thor’s disparaging behavior by pointing out, “That man has no regard for lawn maintenance.”

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Celebrate the release of Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' in theaters now, with a look back at Phase 1 & 2 from SDCC 2014!

Re-live your favorite moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe of the past six years with this exclusive new video previoulsy only shown at San Diego Comic-Con 2014! Celebrating the release of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” in theaters now, this highlight reel brings perspective to the vast cosmic spread of the MCU!

It started in 2008 with “Iron Man,” when Marvel Studios took a gamble on introducing the world to Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark. Looking back, it’s hard to see how that could be viewed as a risk, considering how big it paid off with fans and critics worldwide. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has spread far and wide, with heroes ranging from Asgardians and their sibling rivalries, to a “kid from Brooklyn,” and now into galactic territories.

The MCU continues to expand into the cosmos with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which brings together a thief, an assassin, two thugs, and a maniac to save the universe from a madman bent on total destruction. Watch this clip to remind yourself of the MCU’s humble beginnings and get a better feeling for how much further that universe will spread!

Get your tickets for “Guardians of the Galaxy,” in theaters now, and follow @Guardians on Twitter and like Guardians of the Galaxy to keep up with your favorite intergalactic misfits and stick with Marvel.com for all things MCU!

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Get a look at Hot Toys' latest offering based on Mickey Rourke's character from Marvel's 'Iron Man 2'!

At the climax of Marvel’s “Iron Man 2,” Ivan Vanko appeared in his new Whiplash Mark II armor and proved to be a formidable foe for both Tony Stark and Colonel James Rhodes. The Whiplash Mark II’s incredible mechanical design has left a strong impression for Iron Man fans and since the appearance of collectible figure’s prototype at various Hot Toys exhibitions, fans have been longing for the official reveal of this amazing armor.

Iron Man 2: 1/6th scale Whiplash Mark II Collectible Figure from Hot Toys

Iron Man 2: 1/6th scale Whiplash Mark II Collectible Figure from Hot Toys

Now we are very excited to present this eagerly awaited 1/6th scale Whiplash Mark II Collectible Figure. It will also be the newest addition to our MMS Diecast Series which the collectible figures are made of diecast material, realistically designed to look more like Whiplash Mark II as he appears in the movie. The MMS Diecast Series will take fans to the next level of authenticity, focusing on the materials, fine details and engineering of the collectible figure.

The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Mickey Rourke as Whiplash Mark II in the movie featuring a helmeted head sculpt with authentic likeness of Mickey Rourke, an interchangeable helmeted head with LED light-up eyes, a magnetic mask, highly detailed mechanical design, metallic black painted full body armor with distressed effect, interchangeable battle damaged chest armor, pair of whips with real-like flashes and light-up function, and a specially sculpted diorama figure base.

The 1/6th scale Whiplash Mark II Collectible Figure’s special features:
– Helmeted head sculpt with authentic likeness of Mickey Rourke as Whiplash Mark II in “Iron Man 2”
– Movie-accurate facial expression, wrinkles and beard
– Helmeted head with LED light-up eyes (white light, battery operated)
– One (1) magnetic mask
– Highly detailed metallic black painted full body armor with distressed effect
– Contains diecast material
– Approximately 33 cm tall
– Over 36 points of articulations
– One (1) chest armor
– One (1) interchangeable battle damaged chest armor
– LED chest light (white light, battery operated)
– Articulations on waist armor to allow more flexible movement
– One (1) pair of palms with articulated fingers
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted


Iron Man 2: 1/6th scale Whiplash Mark II Collectible Figure from Hot Toys

Iron Man 2: 1/6th scale Whiplash Mark II Collectible Figure from Hot Toys

Weapons:
– One (1) pair of whips with real-like flashes and LED light-up function (white light, battery operated)

Accessory:
– Diorama figure base with stand

Artists:
– Head Sculpted by Kojun
– Head Painted by JC. Hong
– Painting Art Directed by JC. Hong
– Armor Painted by Lee Yoong Young

Release date: Q1-2, 2015

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different
**Battery included for collectible figure. Button cells are required

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