Questions tagged [marvel-cinematic-universe]

For questions about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the media franchise and shared fictional universe that is centred on a series of superhero films, independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in publications by Marvel Comics. Always use in conjunction with the [marvel] tag and any relevant film tags, e.g. [iron-man-2].

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In “Civil War”, why did Tony Stark and Steve Rogers choose sides that didn't reflect their attitudes?

Prior to Civil War, Steve Rogers has cooperated better with the system, while Tony Stark was more independent and even subversive. Examples: Rogers served in the army. Initially, Rogers was selected ...
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Is there an official Marvel Cinematic Universe viewing order?

I'm planning on rewatching the currently-released 5 Marvel films prior to seeing The Avengers. Has Marvel released any sort of official viewing order? Captain America seems like the hardest one for ...
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Why is Tony Stark in the Iron Man suit unaffected by G-forces, inertia and blunt force trauma?

Tony's suit is an engineering marvel, and they explain many facets of the technology to help give legitimacy to the special powers, abilities and weapons it has. I never read the Iron Man comics, but ...
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What is the reference Captain America understood?

The following conversation happens in the movie: Nick Fury: I don't know about that, but it is powered by the cube. And I'd like to know how Loki used it to turn two of the sharpest men I know into ...
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Why do the people in MarvelVerse dislike X-Men more than other superheroes?

As ScreenJunkies snarkily wisely noted in "Honest Trailers - X-Men Trilogy": In the world where people cheer the Fantastic Four, Avengers, Spider-Man, those same people will inexplicably hate the X-...
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In the Avengers movie, why is Hulk's behaviour inconsistent?

In the Avengers movie, when Why is that? The only thing I could think of is that it has been many days (a year?) since the Hulk had gotten angry, so he couldn't control himself. But that's ...
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Why isn't Captain America worthy of Mjolnir?

Soft spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron. I haven't see the movie yet, but in the trailer, we can see Cap trying to lift Mjolnir in the humorous scene where every Avenger gives it a try. Mjolnir ...
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Why was Thor worthy to lift Mjolnir?

Especially in the beginning of the first movie, Thor is brash and often petulant. He seeks the glory of king-hood without understanding or accepting the self-sacrifice and responsibility that such a ...
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Why was Spider-Man the only person to feel any physical sensation from this event in Infinity War?

Near the end of Infinity War... While other characters showed emotional feelings about this event, Spider-Man was the only one to show signs of physical distress. Why?
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Where did Rocket's repair tool come from?

After the Milano crashed, we saw Rocket repairing the damage using some tool that appears to be a cross between a 3D printer and a paint sprayer: This resembles nothing else we've seen in the MCU ...
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Why did Peter Quill wait 26 years to open his mother's gift?

In Guardians of the Galaxy, after they defeat Ronan, Peter returns to his ship and opens the letter from his mother. Now we obviously knew that he read it before, since she mentioned the word "Star-...
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How was Spider-Man persuaded to join the side he did?

In Captain America: Civil War, when Stark recruited Parker to join the action, no mention was made of the cause for which they were fighting. All they talk about is how Stark could help Spidey ...
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Why was Thor's quinjet password 'Point Break'?

When Thor tries to activate the quinjet in Thor Ragnarok, he tries using a few different passwords for the voice activation system. "Thor", "Son of Odin", and "Strongest Avenger". The actual quinjet ...
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Why did Tony Stark keep the electromagnet in his chest?

The ARC reactor and electromagnet chest piece are originally there to prevent pieces of shrapnel from piercing his heart. That happens because he was fixed by a Chinese/Afghan doctor who doesn't have ...
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Why have most Superhero movies ditched the “Secret Identity”?

When I say "most", I primarily mean the Marvel-Avenger series. Out of all of them, even Ant-Man pretty much up and exposed himself, revealing his true identity to anyone he looked at. One of the few ...
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What is on Steve Rogers' list of things to watch?

In the opening scenes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we get a quick glimpse at a list of things Steve Rogers wants to catch up on since he was frozen. I read that these things were region ...
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Why hasn't Captain America been promoted?

Considering that he's performed exceptionally for many years, has proven leadership capabilities and is highly intelligent, why haven't they given him a higher rank?
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Why does Captain America need to exercise?

In the beginning of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we see Sam Wilson going for a morning jog and Rogers sprints right by him, "On your left." Then a few minutes later, we see Rogers sprint by ...
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How does Captain America's shield work?

Captain America is able to throw his circular shield and have it return it to him like a boomerang. Is this even possible according to physics (especially considering the ranges at which he uses the ...
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Is Tony Stark an atheist?

I've seen an image multiple times on the Internet lately claiming that Captain America met two gods and still is a Christian (no doubt about this) while Tony Stark met two gods and is still an atheist....
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Where are Drax's nipples?

There was a running joke throughout Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that Drax has sensitive nipples. This is initially brought up in the opening credits scene when the Guardians are waiting for the ...
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Were all titans as powerful as Thanos?

In Guardians of the Galaxy we learn that only someone with great power can touch an Infinity Stone, yet we see Thanos pick them up with no issue. Even without the stones, Thanos is shown to be ...
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Does Red Skull die at the end of Captain America?

At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger (directed by Joe Johnston with Chris Evans in the titular role) you see Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) holding the Tesseract after being hit by Captain ...
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Is Stan Lee playing the Watcher in all his cameos?

I've read some article about Stan Lee's cameo in every Marvel movie. They were saying that he might be playing the same character in every movie, which would be "The Watcher". He’s made cameos in ...
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Does Thor know that Thursday is named after him?

Thor has been a pretty frequent visitor to Earth (Midgard), and he has most likely been here on one or more Thursdays. Has Thor said anything about this day being named after him? Any continuity - ...
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What is the movie referenced in Black Panther with the “automatic shoes”?

In Black Panther before T'Challa goes on his mission to capture/kill Klaue he visits Shuri for some new tech. Here she gives him some "automatic shoes": She then says the following: Shuri: Try ...
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How does Ant-Man pick up a drop of water?

In Ant-Man, we see Ant-Man shrink to ant size and then pick up a drop of water as if it were a basketball. The water retains structural integrity even though the bottom of the drop is not supported, ...
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Why is there Iron in Iron Man's name when there's nothing iron about it?

Iron Man's armor isn't made of iron. Then, why is his name Iron Man? I am looking for in-universe answer. Was the armor of Iron Man made of iron in early comics?
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How does Stark Enterprises maintain its cashflow?

In the 2008 Iron Man movie, when Tony Stark returns from captivity he holds a press conference during which he states that Stark Enterprises will no longer be a weapons manufacturer. Initially this ...
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If vibranium absorbs kinetic energy, how can Captain America hurt people with his shield?

So two questions previously asked about vibranium, links below, they both came down to vibranium absorbs kinetic energy, IE absorbing the force. And it seems that way for most vibranium based ...
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How was Groot able to say “We are Groot”?

Near the end of the film - as Ronan's ship, The Dark Aster, crashes to the ground - Groot creates a protective cocoon for the rest of the team. It all gets very emotional and Groot says: We are ...
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What's under the crystal bridge in Asgard?

I noticed something the other night as my kids were watching Thor. Every time they show the crystal bridge leading to the Bifrost chamber, it's got flowing water underneath it. The water flows right ...
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Why did Marvel choose to recast Bruce Banner in Avengers?

The 2008 film "The Incredible Hulk" was the second film in setting up the MCU. It has a post credit scene where Tony Stark meets General Ross for a possible candidature for Hulk as a part of the ...
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Is there any relevance to Thor getting his hair cut other than comedic value?

Is there any relevance to Thor getting his hair cut other than comedic value? It was a funny scene and leads to a small joke in Avengers: Infinity War but since there is no 'Samson' like effect is ...
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Was Mjolnir ever used for building something?

In the movie Thor (2011), while he was about to crown Thor as the next king of Asgard, Allfather Odin describes the mighty hammer Mjolnir as the following: So long entrusted with this mighty ...
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Why did Tony Stark build arc reactors into his extra Iron Man suits?

In the Iron Man movie, Tony Stark mentions that he won't sell the Iron Man technology, because he only trusts himself to use it. Because he has an arc reactor built into his chest, his suit can ...
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How does Mjolnir determine 'worth'?

Consistently across the Marvel version of Thor's various incarnations only the 'worthy' may lift Mjolnir, his enchanted hammer. The inscription reads, "Whosoever holds this hammer, be he worthy, ...
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Why did Drax call Gamora a whore?

Drax: You, Quill, are my friend. This dumb tree is my friend. And this green whore is now my... Gamora: You must stop! Drax's statement seems incongruous with reality and his character. There ...
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How long until the rights of Marvel characters that 20th Century Fox own revert to Marvel Studios?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently unable to use various characters or the term 'mutants' thanks to the fact that 20th Century Fox own the live action rights to the X-Men and their related ...
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How does Rocket understand Groot?

I don't really know much about the Guardians of the Galaxy outside the movie. When they talk, Rocket seems to understand what Groot means, even thought Groot only ever says "I am Groot". Is there an ...
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Why doesn't Captain America accept the need for checks & balances on superheroes?

Captain America is a champion of democracy, of which the existence and use of checks and balances is a core pillar. Why, then, is he so averse to being subject to checks and balances on his own power? ...
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In “Avengers: Endgame”, what does the name Elmonzo refer to?

In the film, when Tony I do not seem to recall having ever read this anywhere. My question: Is this a reference to something from the comics, or some sort of out-of-universe Easter egg? Do we have ...
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Was Thor unworthy during “The Avengers”?

In the Avengers movie: Instead of showing him just pick Mjolnir up, he hesitates, and the camera closes in on his hand as it makes a fist. Since Thor must be worthy to wield the hammer, was Thor ...
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Which year does Spider-Man: Homecoming take place in?

The first scene of the movie is presumably set in the immediate aftermath of The Avengers. The movie then fast-forwards to '8 years later'. But Spider-Man already appeared in Civil War as a high ...
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Are Captain Marvel's powers affected by Thanos' actions in Avengers: Infinity War?

I only have limited knowledge of this and will probably make a false assumption somewhere in this question. Hopefully what I'm trying to ask is clear and someone can offer corrections. I understood ...
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How does The Incredible Hulk change mass?

When Dr Bruce Banner becomes The Incredible Hulk he increases in height and presumably weight. My question is - how does that mass increase occur? I'm looking (obviously) for an in-universe ...
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Who are the current owners of the Infinity Stones in the MCU before the beginning of Infinity War?

Who owns the Infinity Stones in the MCU currently, i.e. before the beginning of the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Who has owned these Infinity Stones up until now?
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Did Stan Lee finish his cameo shooting for the upcoming Avengers 4 movie?

Now that Stan Lee is dead, I am wondering if I'll be able to see his legendary cameo in the upcoming Avengers 4 movie. Did he finish shooting for it?
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Couldn't Tony Stark cure his palladium poisoning by taking the ARC reactor out of his chest?

In Iron Man II Tony Stark is being slowly poisoned by the palladium in the ARC reactor in his chest. But the only thing that needs to be in his chest is the electromagnet that stops the shrapnel from ...
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Which films should I see before “The Avengers”?

I haven't seen any of the movies in the universe that includes The Avengers. However, this one is a Joss Whedon film, so of course I'll see it. But first, should I go watch any other movies in that ...