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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Is there an official Marvel Cinematic Universe viewing order?

I'm planning on re-watching the currently-released 5 Marvel films prior to seeing The Avengers. Have Marvel released any sort of official viewing order? Captain America: The First Avenger seems like ...
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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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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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Who decides which half of the universe should be destroyed?

Although my question is based on the comic mini-series Infinity Gauntlet issues #1 through 6, I'm open to any and all answers (i.e Movies, other comic books etc. etc.) across the Marvel multi-verse. ...
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What is the difference between Marvel's Ultimate universe (Earth-1610) and the Cinematic universe (Earth-199999)?

Thaddeus's comment got me wondering about what exactly is the difference between Marvel's Ultimate universe (Earth-1610) and the Cinematic universe (Earth-199999)? After all from what I've seen of ...
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How many Marvel Earths (Universes) are there?

I know that there are at least 3 Marvel Universes: Marvel Cinematic Universe - Earth 19999 Has all of the main ongoing Marvel movies Thor (1, 2) Iron Man (1, 2, 3) The Avengers (1, Age of Ultron) ...
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Why isn't Captain America worthy of Mjolnir?

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 even moves just a tiny bit and at this very ...
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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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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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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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Does Thanos' plan apply to higher order beings?

We know that Thanos' plan was to His plan doesn't appear to apply to lower or non sentient life forms Does his plan apply to all beings more powerful than himself?
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How did the Tesseract come to Earth from Asgard?

Wikis say that the Tesseract came to Earth accidentally. How exactly, did it come to Earth?
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How are the Nine Realms situated in space?

So both before the Marvel Cinematic Universe and up until Thor: The Dark World, I always thought the Nine Realms were more akin to parallel dimensions than anything else. However, in The Dark World, ...
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What makes this character worthy to lift Thor's hammer, Mjolnir?

After being created and brought to life by a stroke of Thor's lightning I think there was a gasp from the cinema audience at this point, I'm quite confident this was not in the comics. Why is this ...
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How was Loki not crushed by Mjolnir?

In the Thor movie, Thor puts Mjolnir on top of Loki at the end of the movie to stop him from moving. Why did this not crush Loki? And if it did not crush him, why could he not just roll out from ...
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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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How does mass conservation work in the MCU Ant-Man movie?

In Ant-Man, it's (briefly) explained that the Pym particle reduces the distance between molecules, allowing a person to shrink while retaining his mass and strength. Much of the movie is consistent ...
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What is required to wield an infinity gem?

In the Guardians of the Galaxy movie it is stressed that a mortal human cannot wield the Infinity Stones. In the comics, however, several humans appear to have wielded one or more Infinity Gems ...
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Why is Captain America's shield called indestructible if Vibranium can be broken down for microscopic applications?

First, "if Vibranium is indestructible, how was Captain America's shield created (melting and hammering shouldn't work)?" type questions should be trivial. the answer would be similar to that of ...
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Which Celestial's head is “Knowhere”?

It was mentioned in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 1 as well as in this article and confirmed here, that: Knowhere — the mining colony located on the edge of the universe in the ...
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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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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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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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Where were the Avengers during Iron Man 3?

In Iron Man 3, it is never explained why none of the other Avengers came to help, or why Tony didn't call them. The only explanation so far is: "it was an Iron Man movie...", but an in universe ...
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Does Bucky Barnes Have Superhuman Abilities?

During Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it's clear that Captain America and the Winter Soldier are able to fight one another on a pretty even level, with Cap's shield frequently negating the ...
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In what sense are Asgardians “immortal” in the MCU?

In Thor: The Dark World, Odin and Loki are discussing Loki's actions during The Avengers. Loki argues that he would have ruled Earth as "a benevolent god", and Odin replies: Odin: We are not gods! ...
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Why didn't Iron Man make Vibranium armor in Iron Man 2?

In the movie Iron Man 2, Tony Stark figured out how to synthesize Vibranium. Why didn't he use it to make a new Iron Man armor?
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What are the criteria for receiving an official Marvel universe designation (Movies/TV)?

The Marvel Multiverse seems to be inconsistent in its inclusion of officially recognised continuities, or their Universe designation number at least. The wiki could of course be lacking in ...
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How did HYDRA get hold of Loki's scepter?

The last time saw Loki's scepter (before it was shown in the post-credits scene of Winter Soldier), all the Avengers were standing around a defeated Loki and Black Widow was holding it. Is it implied ...
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Is The Amazing Spider-Man part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Spider-Man is a Marvel franchise, just like Avengers and X-Men. When they rebooted the Hulk in 2008 it was to incorporate the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Amazing Spider-Man ...
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Prior to the spell cast on Mjolnir, did Thor control lightning on his own?

In the film Thor, Odin casts a spell on Mjolnir and strips Thor of his power. He then banishes Thor to Midgard (Earth). On Earth, Thor is seemingly just a strong and durable human. Later in the ...
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Who invented the Marvel Multiverse numbering system?

I've found conflicting sources over who initiated the idea of Marvel's Multiverse having numbered universes. Some say Alan Moore's Captain Britain was the first to use Earth-616, whereas others ...
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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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In Guardians of the Galaxy, why does Groot only say the phrase “I am Groot”?

In the Marvel Comics series "Annihilation: Conquest - Starlord," Groot is introduced and speaks normally. However, in "Annihilation: Conquest," which is the mini-series immediately following "Starlord,...
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What is Thanos's motivation for his action?

If I had a gauntlet with essentially unlimited power, and my goal was to help make sure life in the universe was able to prosper, then my first thought toward this goal probably would not be This ...
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What race (species?) is Star Lord's dad?

At the end of the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer we meet Star Lord's father: Dad appears to be human. But Peter Quill's mother said in the first film ...
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Is the Hulk in the Avengers the same as in the other movies?

I hadn't seen the two Hulk movies (Hulk (2003) and The Incredible Hulk (2008)) before seeing the Avengers. In a comment on In the Avengers movie, why is Hulk's behaviour inconsistent? I commented ...
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Why does Loki look like he does in the movies?

Apologies for the slightly vague title. It is revealed during Thor that Is there any explanation as to why he doesn't look like the rest of his race?
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How does Captain America channel this power?

In Avengers: Endgame, we see Captain America use Does this not contradict that Therefore, how can Captain America possibly control
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Has Marvel commented on the extra Infinity Gauntlet?

Way back in Thor, there was an Easter Egg Infinity Gauntlet in Odin's vault. They even brought that prop to Comic Con that year to show it off. Presently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they're ...
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In Age of Ultron, Thor seems to know something he possibly shouldn't?

Sorry for the cryptic title, but I realise the film has only just been released in the UK and Europe and is yet to be released in the US. I'll hide all substantial parts of my question, just in case. ...
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Who is Stephen Strange in the MCU?

In the discussion of Zola's Algorithm, Agent Sitwell specifically mentions Bruce Banner and Stephen Strange as persons of interest. Obviously Cap knows Bruce Banner, and (a good portion of) the ...
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Why does Loki look “sick” when he first arrives on Earth?

In the Avengers movie, why is Loki sweating and weak when he first arrives on Earth, in the SHIELD base?
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Does the Black Panther suit give extra speed?

So in Civil War, the Black Panther suit seems to give the suit holder some extra speed, because the guy was running as fast as Bucky and Captain America. So does it give extra speed? If so, how does ...
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Can Asgardians deflect human weaponry or is it their weapons and technology that protects them?

In Avengers film released this year, Does this mean that Asgardians are similarly god-like a la Superman or was this the direct result of him having the scepter that gave him some sort of a shield (...
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Which MCU characters are shown to be worthy of Mjolnir in the comics?

Age of Ultron has a scene with different characters attempting to lift the Mjolnir, with varying degrees of success and failure. I was wondering which superheroic characters appearing in the Age of ...
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Can this character be alive?

In Avengers: Endgame we see that: Can this action alter the present in the current universe, where they are supposedly dead? What else could be the reason that the scene is included in the movie?
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How was Loki able to visit Earth without Bifrost?

During Thor's interrogation, Agent Coulson exits the room and Loki enters and informs him that his father Odin had passed away and that he cannot undo his banishment. Not only does he communicate with ...
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Which Infinity Stones have we seen so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Currently, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is setting up Thanos for later films, a mad Titan who is supremely powerful thanks to the Infinity Gauntlet, a device worn on the hand that is powered by 6 ...
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What Marvel movies foreshadow Avengers: Age of Ultron?

Before I went to see Avengers I saw all the Marvel movies released to that date whose hero was appearing in Avengers (with the exception of The Incredible Hulk, just say The Hulk). From what I saw I ...