Marvel Cinematic Universe // Phase One // Marvel 101

Firstly, I apologise for not posting over the last two weeks, unfortunately I had to go into hospital because of my colitis and I will be doing an update about that soon. I've also been working a lot more hours and found that I spent most of my time re-writing the phase posts because I didn't want to give away a lot of spoilers and I think I've found a way around that.
I decided to post a link to the movie synopsis, cast and trailer and underneath I will bullet point the key points of the film without (hopefully) giving much away.

Released May 2nd 2008

  • Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is a "genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist" who inherits Stark Industries, a defense contractor, from his Father Howard Stark.
  • After being ambushed the plot moves towards the electromagnet in his chest and the ideas he has to create a "suit".
  • He does all this with the help of his Super Computer named Jarvis.
  • Unbeknownst to Stark a member of his organisation has betrayed him and is stealing/creating their own version of the suit with similar technology.
  • Throughout the story line you will see an Agent Coulson pop up here and there; keep an eye on him, he's important in the later movies and the TV Series Agents Of Shield.
  • After a massive battle, the story ends with Tony revealing that he is Iron Man.
  • Marvel are known for their after credits scene, to which you find Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) head of S.H.I.E.L.D making him an amazing offer.

Released 13th June 2008

Cast // Synopsis // Trailer
  • Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is working with gamma radiation to try and create the same if not similar serum that was given to Captain America. 
  • The aim of this is to increase the healing time in Soldiers and effectively create "Super Soldiers". Banner subjected himself to the testing resulting in him transforming into a huge, green, super powerful creature every time he gets angry.
  • Banner goes on the run and you find yourself watching him several years later after he has learnt better techniques to keep his anger at bay. 
  • Banner is communicating with a "Mr Blue" that believes can cure him whilst being hunted down by General Ross who considers him property of the US.
  • Moving through the plot you do see how much some individuals desire to genetically enhance people / themselves / create super soldiers.
  • Edward Norton who portrays Bruce Banner / The Hulk does not appear in later movies; instead Mark Ruffalo takes on the role.
  • In the after credits scene you find Tony Stark talking to General Ross about putting a team together that would solve his "Hulk problem".
Released 7th May 2010

  • After revealing himself to the world as Iron Man, Tony Stark has been using his position and suit to bring about a peace treaty amongst some of the worlds greatest powers.
  • The only problem is that the senate has deemed his suit as a weapon and asked his close friend Colonel Rhodes to investigate. Tony refuses to hand over his suit, walks out of the hearing and ends up back at home fighting with Pepper. 
  • Stark wants to work on the Iron Man suit so appoints Pepper as CEO of Stark Industries which was notarised by Natalie who later reveals herself as Natasha / Black Widow, a spy working for S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Whilst all this is going on; Ivan Vanko has been building his own Arc Reactor and suit to go after Stark because his father believed he should have the fame he has.
  • But there is a bigger issue, Tony is slowly being poisoned by the Palladium in the electromagnet in his chest.
  • Battling that, Ivan, the drones that a rival company are making and the U.S Government this film ends up being a huge filler to how S.H.I.E.L.D started, what the technology is achieving and if Stark is suitable for The Avengers Initiative.
  • The end of credits scene reveals Coulson on the phone to Fury saying that "they'd found it" before showing Mjolnir in a crater.
Released 6th May 2011

  • The plot starts with three scientists Jane (Natalie Portman), Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) studying an Aurora-Borealis type phenomenon when they get caught in freak weather and end up smashing their van into a 6 ft Blonde Norse God.
  • This man is Thor; the God of Thunder, son of Odin and to the displeasure of brother Loki; the God of Mischief, he is to be King of Asgard.
  • But someone let The Frost Giants into Asgard on Thor's crowning ceremony leaving him hot headed and acting out of anger.
  • Because of his actions Odin banished Thor to Earth and in such came to be hit by the van.
  • In the end the anger that Loki has built up and his desire to prove to Odin he is worthy of being King, leaves him to take actions that creates a rift between the "brothers".
  • In the end, Loki falls into the abyss only to come back in the after scene credits ready to take the Tesseract.
  • This film is very back and forth between Earth and Asgard and it's a brilliant depiction of how Loki feels and his journey as it impacts later events in The Avengers. 
Released 22nd July 2011

  • Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) has this amazing patriotic desire to serve his country but his height, weight and health means that he doesn't have the ideal physical state of a soldier. 
  • This doesn't stop him from signing up at every recruitment post he can find until at one, he comes across Dr Erskine who eavesdrops on his conversation with friend Bucky.
  • Dr Erskine signs him up to go through basic training under his and Colonel Phillips careful watch. Erskine thinks he'll be an ideal candidate for the Super Soldier program.
  • After displaying a very brave act, Steve is selected and unfortunately comes through the process to find that the villain in this plot Schmidt or "The Red Skull" has disbanded HYDRA from the Nazi Party and it's a another war to be fighting.
  • I would follow Hydra and The Tesseract carefully if you wanted to expand into the TV Series as you'll have more background when watching that.
  • The film ends with Rogers portraying his braveness and finding himself waking up in today's time.
  • This film may come across as a weird placement, as you will hear references to Captain America throughout the previous films but it's very strategically placed to flow onto The Avengers which you will see in the after credits scene.
Released 4th May 2012

  • The Avengers is the first film where all the characters meet, and it starts with the Tesseract being obtained by Loki.
  • The film story stems from Thor with Loki again after power and he makes a bargain for that with another race called The Chitauri. 
  • On arrival, Loki takes control of Dr Selvig and Agent Barton / Hawkeye with the power in his scepter and those actions creates the need to bring The Avengers together for the first time.
  • Loki is captured for a section of the plot and it becomes apparent that he's done so to get into their heads whilst an attack is underway. 
  • This attack sets off a catastrophe of situations and the team are finally united after a very surprising event and they go on to prevent Loki's quest to be King.
  • This film is not just an ending to Phase One but instead becomes the core setting of what we've learnt so far.
  • One thing that will be considered a spoiler; the Tesseract holds an infinity stone and that is what becomes the major part to tie together Phase One, Two and Three.

I hope that this is a post that interests you. As always you can catch me on Twitter & Instagram and I would love to know what you think so use the hashtag #MarvelMay.

Thanks for reading!

Hannah Marie x

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