Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Infinity War' in theaters now!

After the debut of Marvel Studios’ Iron Man in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on a path, culminating in 19 films in total, with it all coming to a head in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, now in theaters! We began the Marvel.com’s guide to Phase One of the MCU here.

As the stories progress, we go deeper into the MCU with Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man. Now on to Phase Two!

IRON MAN 3

  • In 1999, Tony Stark meets scientist Maya Hansen, who has invented Extremis, a regenerative recovery treatment for crippling injuries, as well as disabled scientist Aldrich Killian, who is humiliated when Stark refuses his offer to work with his company, Advanced Idea Mechanics
  • Stark, now suffering from PTSD due to the New York alien invasion, copes by creating dozens of new Iron Man suits
  • Threatening the terrorist known as the Mandarin, Stark finds his home destroyed and his friend and chief of security, Happy Hogan, injured
  • Escaping in a Mark 42 suit, J.A.R.V.I.S. pilots Stark to rural Tennessee where he teams up with a 10-year-old boy named Harley
  • Stark investigates a local explosion to find bombings were actually triggered by soldiers subjected to Extremis whose bodies exploded due to rejected of treatment and were part of a cover up for the program’s flaws
  • Stark discovers the Mandarin is actually British actor Trevor Slattery, a creation of Killian, who has appropriated Hansen’s Extremis research as a cure for his own disability
  • Killian, the real Mandarin, kidnapped Potts and subjected her to Extremis
  • Killian intends to kill President Ellis on live television making the Vice President into his puppet leader in exchange for curing his daughter’s disability 
  • Stark saves Potts, who has survived the Extremis procedure, while Rhodey—now the Iron Patriot—saves the President
  • Stark confronts Killian and traps him in a remote Iron Man suit that self-destructs; failing to kill him, Potts returns to finish the job
  • Stark orders J.A.R.V.I.S. to remotely destroy the 21 Iron Man suits, promising Potts he’ll leave his Iron Man persona behind, then undergoing surgery to remove the shrapnel embedded near his heart, throwing his obsolete chest arc reactor into the sea
  • POST CREDIT: Recalling his PTSD, Stark realizes Banner has slept through his story

THOR: THE DARK WORLD

  • Long ago, Bor, father of Odin, defeated Dark Elf Malekith, whose goal was to unleash the Aether on the Nine Realms
  • After defeat, Bor secured the Aether while Malekith and his Dark Elves retreated into suspended animation vowing to one day return
  • In present Asgard, Loki stands before his father on trial for his crimes against Earth while Thor, Sif, and the Warriors Three battle against the Mauraders who have been terrorizing the Nine Realms
  • The event where the alignment of the Nine Realms, known as the Convergence, is imminent, prompting world-linking portals to appear randomly
  • On Earth, Jane Foster is teleported to a distant planet; when she returns, Thor finds her infected by the Aether and takes her to Asgard for help
  • Malekith, awakened by the Aether’s return, attacks Asgard and searches for Jane knowing she contains the Aether, and in the process Thor’s mother Frigga is killed
  • Against Odin’s orders, Thor and Loki use a portal to Svartalfheim in a plot to use Jane to lure Malekith
  • Malekith merges with the Aether after drawing it out of Jane as Loki is left fatally wounded
  • Thor and Malekith battle as the Convergence begins to zenith, until Thor uses Selvig’s devices to transport Malekith to Svartalfheim, where he is crushed by his own ship
  • Returning to Asgard, Thor tells Odin of Loki’s heroic death—only for it to be revealed that Loki is in fact impersonating Odin and is alive and well after all
  • MID CREDIT: Sif and Volstagg entrust and hand over the Aether to Taneleer Tivan; unbeknownst to them, he plans to hunt down the other five Infinity Stones
  • POST CREDIT: Thor arrives and surprises Jane

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

  • Adjusting to present day life, Steve Rogers meets Sam Wilson, a veteran U.S. Air Force pararescue trooper
  • Rogers, now working for S.H.I.E.L.D. under Nick Fury, teams up with Black Widow, Brock Rumlow and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s S.T.R.I.K.E. team to rescue hostages from the mercenary, Georges Batroc
  • Rogers discovers Romanoff has her own agenda under orders from Nick Fury, to extract data about Project Insight where three Helicarriers linked to spy satellites will take out potential threats
  • At the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, Rogers confronts Fury who becomes suspicious of Project Insight and warns top S.H.I.E.L.D. official Alexander Pierce to delay the project
  • An ambushed and on the run Fury meets with Rogers where they are ambushed by an assassin with a cybernetic arm
  • Romanoff tells Rogers that the assassin is known as the Winter Soldier and using the flash drive a dying Fury handed to Rogers, they find a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker where they access the voice of Arnim Zola who reveals that HYDRA has been secretly operating within S.H.I.E.L.D. within its ranks
  • Zola tells them that deaths of S.H.I.E.L.D. leaders were HYDRA’s doing and implied that Howard Stark’s death was not an accident, they also realize that Pierce is HYDRA’s leader
  • Ambushed by the Winter Soldier, who kills S.H.I.E.L.D. agent/HYDRA mole Jasper Sitwell during the scuffle, Rogers realizes that the Winter Soldier is actually his best friend Bucky Barnes, who was captured and experimented on after the war
  • Fury, having faked his death, plans to sabotage the Helicarriers, while Rogers reveals Hydra’s plot to everyone at the Triskelion
  • Fury kills Pierce, Rogers and Wilson decommission the Helicarriers, ending with The Winter Soldier and Rogers battling, climaxing with The Winter Soldier ultimately rescuing Rogers before disappearing
  • Before leaving to create a new identity, Romanoff hands Rogers a file on Barnes and his experiments, with that information, Rogers and Wilson decide to find the Winter Soldier
  • MID CREDIT: von Strucker walks through a lab where Hydra is experimenting on the scepter, towards two holding cells which imprison “the twins,” Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
  • POST CREDIT: The Winter Soldier walks through the Captain America exhibit and sees a memorial dedicated to Bucky Barnes.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

  • Quill, who was abducted from Earth when he was a child, steals an orb on the planet Morag but is attacked by the disciple of Ronan the Accuser, while Yondu, leader of the Ravagers, issues a bounty for Quill’s capture
  • Ronan needs the Orb to complete a deal Thanos, who has sent Ronan his two daughters, Gamora and Nebula to aid in the collection
  • Quill, attempting to sell the orb, is ambushed by Gamora who steals it, drawing the attention of two bounty hunters–a genetically-engineered raccoon named Rocket and the tree-like Flora Colossus, Groot–who are in the chase for Yondu’s bounty
  • The Nova Corps capture the four and place them in prison where they meet Drax the Destroyer who wants revenge against Ronan for killing his family
  • The ragtag group, with Gamora intending to betray Ronan, escapes the prison and boards Quill’s ship, the Milano, fleeing to Knowhere to make contact with Gamora’s buyer for the orb
  • Ronan meets with Thanos to discuss Gamora’s betrayal who entrusts Nebula to fix the problem
  • The buyer Taneleer Tivan, known as the Collector, opens the orb revealing an Infinity Stone whose power draws in his assistant Carina, who grabs the Stone, triggering an explosion that destroys his collection
  • Ronan arrives, defeats Drax and captures the orb, while Nebula destroys Gamora’s ship, leaving her floating in space until Quill makes a deal with Yondu for the orb in return for their rescue
  • Ronan embeds the Stone in his hammer, taking the power for himself, as Nebula allies with Ronan against her father
  • The Guardians, Ravagers, and Nova Corps confront Ronan, with Groot sacrificing himself for the group
  • Quill destroys Ronan with the freed the Stone 
  • Quill gives the Stone to the Nova Corps, deceiving Yondu who remarks that it was good that the Ravagers did not deliver Quill to his father per their contract
  • Through the Nova Corps, Quill discovers he is only half-human; his father being part of an ancient, alien species
  • MID CREDIT: Drax misses the newly-formed sapling Groot dancing
  • POST CREDIT: Taneleer Tivan sits among the ruins of his Collection while Cosmo and Howard the Duck make an appearance

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

  • The Avengers—Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye—raid a HYDRA facility where Baron Wolfgang von Strucker has been using the scepter previously owned by Loki
  • As the Avengers try to reclaim the scepter, Pietro (Quicksilver, who has superhuman speed) and Wanda (Scarlet Witch, who can manipulate mystic energy) Maximoff fight them off
  • After retrieving Loki’s scepter, Stark and Banner discover artificial intelligence in the scepter’s gem, which he secretly decides to use for Ultron, his global defense program
  • As Ultron activates and becomes self-aware, destroying J.A.R.V.I.S. and believing it must destroy humanity, it attacks the Avengers at their headquarters
  • Backlash against the Avengers begins, forcing the team to take shelter at Barton’s home, Thor leaving to look for meaning, and Romanoff and Banner talking about starting a new life
  • Hypnotized by the scepter, Dr. Helen Cho uses the Wakandan Vibranium Ultron acquired from arms dealer Ulysses Klaue and the scepter’s Stone along with her synthetic tissue-generating Cradle to create a body for Ultron
  • Wanda, reading Ultron’s mind, discovers his plan for human annihilation and the twins turn on him, while Barton retrieves the Cradle
  • Stark secretly uploads J.A.R.V.I.S. into the Cradle while Thor brings the body to life with lightning, creating Vision who is a receptacle for scepter’s gem known as the Mind Stone – one of the six Infinity Stones
  • In Sokovia, Ultron has lifted the Sokovian capital with the intent of crashing it to cause mass extinction, as the Avengers fight Ultron, Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D., and War Machine, arrive to help
  • Wanda, grief-stricken over Pietro’s death, destroys Ultron’s body, while the city descends as Stark and Thor overload the machine and shatter the city into pieces
  • The Avengers part ways once Vision destroys the last remaining part of Ultron—Hulk fleeing in the Quinjet, Stark and Barton leave the team, Thor returns to Asgard, and Rogers and Romanoff set off to train a new team of Avengers, which includes Rhodey, Vision, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch
  • POST CREDIT: Thanos dons the Infinity Gauntlet with the intent of seeking out the Stones himself

ANT-MAN

  • In 1989, scientist Hank Pym resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D. after discovering their attempt at replicating his dangerous Ant-Man shrinking technology
  • In the present day, Pym’s estranged daughter, Hope van Dyne, and his former protégé, Darren Cross, have forced him out of his own company, Pym Technologies, where Cross, much to Pym’s horror, has created the Yellowjacket shrinking suit based on Pym’s designs
  • Scott Lang, upon his release from prison on burglary charges, moves in with his old cellmate Luis and takes on a new robbery deal so he can provide child support and remain in his daughter Cassie’s life
  • Manipulated by Pym, Lang is forced to take on the mantle as the new Ant-Man and steal the Yellowjacket from Cross
  • Lang’s training includes fighting, controlling ants, battling Falcon, and stealing a device from the new Avengers Facility
  • Still resentful towards her father for her mother’s death, Pym reveals his wife Janet, known as the Wasp, sacrificed herself into a subatomic Quantum Realm in order to abort a Soviet missile launch
  • Cross manages to capture Lang, sell the Yellowjacket and Ant-Man suits to HYDRA, and hold Cassie hostage
  • Shrinking to subatomic size, Lang penetrates Cross’ suit and sabotages its mechanics, ultimately, killing Cross
  • Pulled into the Quantum Realm, Lang wills himself to not give up upon hearing Cassie’s voice
  • Lang, kept out of prison and unable to remember his time in the Quantum Realm, gives Pym hope for his wife’s survival
  • MID CREDIT: Pym shows van Dyne a new prototype Wasp suit
  • POST CREDIT: Captain America and Falcon, with Bucky Barnes in custody and unable to contact Stark because of “the Accords,” search for someone who can help them ou

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

Stay tuned to Marvel.com as we finish off the series with 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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Learn more about Ben Kingsley and Ty Simpkins in Marvel's 'Iron Man 3' in featurettes from the MCU Phase 2 Box Set!

Director Drew Pearce praises Sir Ben Kingsley for his portrayal of the Mandarin in commentary for his Marvel One-Shot “All Hail the King”! See what Pearce has to say about the actor in the video above and see how Ty Simpkins landed his role in Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” in the video below. Get both featurettes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Box Set, available now through Amazon!

The Marvel One-Shot “All Hail the King” shows the events that follow “Iron Man 3” with the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) now in jail. In this commentary for the One-Shot, Pearce details his doubts about approaching the shoot and shares advice he received that removed all of his fears from the project. Find out what relieved Pearce in the video above!

In “Iron Man 3,” Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) meets his match in not just the nefarious Mandarin but also in Harley (Ty Simpkins), a young kid who tells Tony like it is. Tony saw a lot of himself in the young inventor and Harley’s inspiration helped push the billionaire to accomplish the impossible, resulting in some of the film’s funniest moments! See how Simpkins earned the role by watching the video below.


Pick up your copy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Box Set now, available exclusively through Amazon!
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Enjoy behind-the-scenes antics from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, available in the MCU Phase 2 Box Set, out now!

See Bruce Banner’s first reaction when facing the intimidating Chitauri in a new gag reel from Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Watch the video above and see more behind-the-scenes footage, like how Anthony Mackie earns his paycheck, in the gag reel below. Get both featurettes, and much more, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Box Set, out now through Amazon!

Enjoy these featurettes and much, much more in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Box Set, available now through Amazon! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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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 Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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This Collector's Edition contains all six Phase Two films, Behind-the-scenes features, and much more!

Available for pre-order now, this limited edition box set contains all six films from Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Learn more about the Collector’s Set below and pre-order your copy now, available exclusively through Amazon December 8.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two Collector's Edition box set

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two Collector’s Edition box set

The limited edition, 13-Disc Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Collection invites you to hold the greatest power in the cosmos in your grasp – an orb containing one of the legendary Infinity Stones! Plus Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and Digital Copies of all Phase 2 films, in collectible packaging designed by artist Matt Ferguson. This set overflows with stunning Marvel memorabilia, including a gold-foiled page from the book of Dark Elves, an ancient drawing from the Morag vault, Avengers and S.T.R.I.K.E. uniform patches, a replica of the Tony Stark Tattoo from Marvel’s Iron Man 3, and much more!

Contents include:

  • Marvel’s Iron Man 3 (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  •  Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • Marvel’s Ant-Man (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
  • 1:1 Prop Replica of the Orb
  • Exclusive Bonus Content Disc with 166 minutes of bonus material and more!

    Behind-the-Scenes Features include:

    From Here To Infinity: Phases 2 & 3 Of The M.C.U.
    Journey back through Marvel’s Phase 2 films, from its launch in Iron Man 3 through its fulfillment in Ant-Man, to see how individual characters grow and change, how their relationships with each other evolve over time, and how the universe itself expands with each story. Listen to filmmakers discuss the first set of Phase 3 films– Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Marvel’s Doctor Strange, and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – and discover there are no limits to the adventure!

     – Phase 2 Tag Scenes: A Making-Of
    Learn the story behind the post-credit sequence in Marvel’s Phase 1 and 2 movies, and explore how the scenes connect and unify the far-flung characters and worlds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

     – Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant (with Audio Commentary By Clark Gregg)

     – Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer (with Audio Commentary By Clark Gregg)

     – Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 (with Audio Commentary By Louis D’Esposito, Max Hernandez, Titus Welliver And Jesse Bradford)

     – Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter (with Audio Commentary By Louis D’Esposito And Hayley Atwell)

     – Marvel One-Shot: All Hail The King (with Audio Commentary By Drew Pearce And Ben Kingsley)

     – Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”: Deleted Scenes

     – Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”: Preproduction Creative

     – Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World”: Deleted Scenes

     – Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” Preproduction Creative

     – Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”: Deleted Scene (with Audio Commentary By Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely)

     – Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”: Preproduction Creative

     – Marvel’s “Guardians of The Galaxy”: Deleted Scenes

     – Marvel’s “Guardians of The Galaxy”: Preproduction Creative

     – Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron”: Deleted Scenes

     – Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron”: Preproduction Creative: Hulk vs. Hulkbuster

     – Marvel’s “Ant-Man: Deleted Scenes”

     – Marvel’s “Ant-Man”: Preproduction Creative

    Pre-order your copy now and stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

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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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    Head over to Amazon to get your copy of all six Phase Two films this holiday season!

    Now available for pre-order, check out this limited edition box set of all the Phase Two films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Learn more below and head over to Amazon to pre-order your copy today, coming this holiday season.

    The limited-edition, 13-disc Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Collection invites you to hold the greatest power in the cosmos in the palm of your hand.

    Contents include:

    • Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
    • Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)”
    • Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
    • Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
    • Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
    • Marvel’s “Ant-Man” (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

    This Marvel fan’s dream features collectible, specially designed disc holders and exclusive Marvel memorabilia!

    Head on over to Amazon to pre-order your limited edition box set today! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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