The Phases of Marvel

By Joshua Jean

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a media and shared universe in the United States centered on a series of superhero films produced by Marvel Studios. The films are based on characters from Marvel Comics’ American comic book series. A television series, a short film, a digital series, and comic series are also part of the franchise. The shared universe was established by combining common plot elements, setting, cast, and characters, much like the original Marvel Universe in comic books. The first MCU film was Iron Man, which kicked off the Phase One films, culminating in the crossover film The Avengers. Iron Man 3 kicks off Phase Two, which concludes with Ant-Man. Captain America: Civil War kicked off Phase Three, which ended with Spider-Man: No Way Home.The first phase is referred to as the Infinity Saga. Marvel Comics started publishing comic books for Phase Three in January – March 2021.

WandaVision kicked off Marvel Phase 4 in an unusual way, with each episode based on a different era of the sitcom style of television storytelling. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprised their roles as Scarlet Witch and Vision, respectively, with Monica Rambeau (Captain Marvel 2), Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), and Darcy (Kat Dennings) also appearing. In addition, four new Marvel shows have been released: Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If, and Hawkeye. Three additional films are also included: Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.  On May 3, 2021, Marvel released a trailer of new upcoming movies to expect. The pending release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens a door where there are infinite possibilities for new storylines and characters!

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