The Avengers - Marvel Cinematic Universe
Marvel have gained the rights back to Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor and Ant-Man. These characters were the classic line-up of The Avengers.
This list shows how the individual movies reference each other and establish that these characters all live in the same shared universe, before leading up to the crossover in 'The Avengers'...
This list works on the assumption you have seen all the MCU films up to and including Ant-Man, all of the One-Shots up to and including All Hail The King, the TV show Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 3), the TV show Agent Carter (Season 2), and the Netflix shows Daredevil (Season 2) and Jessica Jones (Season 1).
THERE ARE THEREFORE POTENTIAL SPOILERS!
"You think you're the only superhero in the world?
Mr. Stark, you've become part of a bigger universe - you just don't know it yet. I'm here to talk to you about the Avenger Initiative..."
Movie Events in order: http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/5395/A-Marvel-Cinematic-Universe-Timeline/
Captain America: The First Avenger
Agent Carter Season 1 and 2
Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter
Iron Man 2
Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer
The Incredible Hulk
Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant
Marvel One-Shot: Item 47
Iron Man 3
Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S1 E1 - E7
Thor 2: The Dark World
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S1 E8 - E16
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S1 E17 - E22
Daredevil S1 E1 - E13
Guardians of the Galaxy
Jessica Jones S1 E1 – E13
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S2 E1 – E19
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S2 E20 – E22
WHiH Newsfront: July 2, 2015
WHiH Newsfront: July 7, 2015
WHiH Exclusive: Scott Langs break-in
WHiH Newsfront: July 16, 2015
Daredevil S2 E1 - E13
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S3 E1 – E17
WHiH Newsfront Special Report: April 22, 2016
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S3 E18
WHiH Newsfront Special Report: April 26, 2016
WHiH Newsfront Special Report: April 28, 2016
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S3 E19
WHiH Newsfront Special Report: May 3, 2016
WHiH Newsfront Special Report: May 3, 2016 LIVE
Captain America: Civil War
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S3 E20 - E22
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This is Captain America's origin film but it also introduces the main themes of the next four completed solo films, leading into 'The Avengers': Science (via the Super Soldier program, later used in 'The Incredible Hulk'), Technology (the basis for the Iron Man films) and Fantasy (expanded upon in 'Thor'). It also introduces the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) which later becomes S.H.I.E.L.D.
Howard Stark (Iron Man's Dad) and Stark Industries have a key role. The Stark Expo's are later explored in 'Iron Man 2'. Howard Stark demonstrates a semi-functional flying car with "Reversion" technology. This technology is a precursor to Tony Stark's "Repulsors" - later perfected for his Iron Man armour, as well as 'Lola' (Agent Coulson's flying car in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D') and the helicarrier seen in 'The Avengers'. Howard Stark also retrieves the Cosmic Cube, which helps hims develop the Arc Reactor technology later seen in the 'Iron Man' films.
Thor is referenced via a mention of 'The World Tree' and also heavy suggestions that the Cosmic Cube is Asgardian in nature with the 'power of the Gods' from 'Odin's Treasure Room'. A particular shot of space links in with the universe as seen in 'Thor', and suggests that the fate of Red Skull remains unknown...
A version of 'The Howling Commandos', an elite special unit, is seen. It includes Bucky Barnes, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, Jim Morita, Jacques Dernier and Lord James Montgomery Fallsworth. In the comics, Fallsworth was a British hero called Union Jack who worked alongside Captain America during WWII.
The original Human Torch is referenced in the World’s Fair sequence; “Dr. Phineas Horton Presents The Synthetic Man!”.
Wakanda (home of Black Panther) is marked on maps in the S.S.R. headquarters in Europe. Captain America's shield is made of Vibranium - a rare metal only found in Wakanda...
Nick Fury (and S.H.I.E.L.D) have a cameo set in the modern day.
The official MCU tie-in comic 'The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week' confirms that the modern day discovery of Captain America takes place one year after the events of 'Iron Man 2', 'Thor' and 'The Incredible Hulk'. ” - koomy
Peggy is working for the covert Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.) in New York City who are going up against the mysterious Russian terrorist group Leviathan.
She secretly assists Howard Stark and is in turn assisted by his butler Edwin Jarvis (the inspiration for Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S technology in the later Iron Man films).
Anton Vanko (the father of Whiplash in 'Iron Man 2') appears. Dr. Abraham Erskine, who created the Super Soldier Serum, is referenced, as is the Red Skull. The Roxxon company features.
Peggy goes on a mission in Russia with Dum Dum Dugan and a new version of The Howling Commandos that includes Happy Sam Sawyer, Junior Juniper and Pinky Pinkerton.
The origins of the Hydra-led Winter Soldier program are alluded to when Arnim Zola approaches Faustus in prison about his mind control techniques.
We learn about the Red Room; a Soviet facility that trains highly specialized spies. The Red Room is briefly seen in Age of Ultron when Natasha Romanoff is forced by the Scarlet Witch to recall her training there.
Season 2 is set in 1947, approximately six months to a year after Season 1.
Whitney Frost, a version of the character Madame Masque, is the main villain.
Roxxon again features.
The action moves from New York to L.A. Howard Stark is also in L.A. doing government contract work and in his spare time has decided to open up a movie studio. It is mentioned that Stark owns land in Malibu, which is a reference to what will become the location for the home of his son, Tony, in the later films.
The Darkforce or Zero Matter, a powerful extra-dimensional energy, is the focus of the show. It is the result of a nuclear test gone wrong.
It later ties into the origin of Marcus Daniels aka Blackout from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D who gained his powers from experiments with the Darkforce. It is also the source of power for a Russian General in S3E13.
The Darkforce will also feature in the Doctor Strange film. ” - koomy
Agent Peggy Carter is a member of the Strategic Scientific Reserve (or S.S.R). Director Louis D’Esposito sets the scene; "...in our mind, we said there’s a few S.S.R offices. If you want to relate it to now, it’s like the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. The S.S.R is the precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D."
She tackles a criminal gang who are in the possession of a vial of some sort of liquid known as Zodiac. The tie-in comic 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier prelude' (set sometime between the events of 'The Avengers' and The Winter Soldier) shows Rogers, Black Widow and Brock Rumlow retrieving the Zodiac vial after it is stolen from S.H.I.E.L.D. It is suggested that the Zodiac is some sort of chemical weapon.
Howard Stark features in this short (and in the background we see a butler, possibly Jarvis). Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan (first seen in 'Captain America') features and the name 'Phillips' is mentioned by Stark - this refers to Colonel Chester Phillips (played by Tommy Lee Jones in 'Captain America')
At the end of the short Howard Stark requests Peggy to run S.H.I.E.L.D with him (and it seems 'Dum Dum' Dugan and Colonel Phillips are still involved). Peggy's role in S.H.I.E.L.D is mentioned later in the Captain America films. ” - koomy
The film also features the S.H.I.E.L.D group (via Agent Phil Coulson) - and features Nick Fury in a post credit cameo introducing the concept of the 'Avenger Initiative'.
Tony is kidnapped by The Ten Rings, a mysterious terrorist organisation traditionally linked to the villain The Mandarin.
There is also a subtle reference to Captain America, as a version of his shield is seen on a workbench. (The official MCU tie-in comic 'I Am Iron Man' explains that this is a failed prototype from Howard Stark's efforts in WW2. Tony uses an alloy from this to strengthen his suit).
Christine Everhart appears as a reporter for Vanity Fair. She later works for the ‘WHiH World News’ television network.
A TV ticker in the background of one of the closing scenes briefly mentions that 'Damage Control' (a construction company in the comics, which specializes in repairing the property damage caused by conflicts between superheroes and supervillains) are rebuilding the area in which the film's climactic fight scene took place. ” - koomy
Senetor Stern, who leads the inquiry that attempts to acquire the Iron Man technology for government use, is revealed to be a member of Hydra in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'...
Further history is added to Howard Stark including that he was a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D and that Nick Fury knew him.
The Ten Rings (the mysterious terrorist organisation behind Tony's kidnap in 'Iron Man') is alluded to as the man who provides Vanko's passport etc is referred to as "10 Rings Gangster" in the credits. This is also expanded upon in the official MCU tie-in comic 'Black Widow Strikes' which explores the 10 Rings attempting to buy Starktech in Russia, which was stolen by Hammer industries.
The official MCU tie-in comic 'Iron Man 2: Public Identity' shows that General Ross (as seen in 'The Incredible Hulk') was supervising Justin Hammer's failed prototypes.
The Super Soldier program is referenced.
Howard Stark’s footlocker contains a copy of Captain America Comics #1, a map of Antarctica and drawings of a “hyper-cube”. Also, Captain America's prototype shield appears again in Stark's lab. These all reference the events in 'Captain America'.
Fury says that he has “bigger problems in the Southwest region” - a reference to the events of 'Thor'.
The ‘WHiH World News’ television network appears for the first time, reporting on the Stark Expo. At the the end of the film, TV monitors show the news footage of the Culver University fight aftermath from 'The Incredible Hulk' suggesting these films take place around the same time.
Another monitor in this scene shows a map of the world, with highlighted areas of concern: California, Iron Man’s base of operations and the site of the Hulk’s battle at Culver University; New York, where Iron Man battled Whiplash and where the Hulk battled the Abomination; New Mexico, where Thor and Mjolnir landed; the Arctic Circle, where Captain America went missing; Tonsberg, Norway, where the Tesseract was found; a place in the Atlantic Ocean which could relate to Namor; and a location in Africa, the country of Wakanda, home of the Black Panther.
The post credit sequence references Thor's banishment to Earth.
Tony Stark is shown opening a wooden crate marked "Project Pegasus" in preparation to synthesize a new element. In the official MCU tie-in comic, 'The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week', the World Security Council mentions that funding is being redirected from S.H.I.E.L.D to a new operation, codenamed Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S, in the aims of analyzing the Tesseract. The subterranean Project Pegasus facility is then seen in the post credit scene in 'Thor' and the start of 'The Avengers'.
The official MCU tie-in comic, 'The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week', also shows that Whiplash's armour/weapon is now in the possession of S.H.I.E.L.D scientists. ” - koomy
This is set after Agent Coulson leaves Tony Stark in 'Iron Man 2' and before he reaches Thor's Hammer in 'Thor' and the 'Iron Man 2' Post Credit scene.
It doesn't really add much to the overall story of the films, other than showing Agent Coulson (and so other S.H.I.E.L.D agents) are more than government employees in black suits...
The gas station is owned by Roxxon Oil - a corrupt corporation that was previously seen on a building in 'Iron Man' and as a racing car sponsor in 'Iron Man 2'. The company could feature in later films as a possible business rival/enemy for Stark Industries. ” - koomy
This film also introduces Odin and Loki.
A flashback to a battle between the Asguardians and the Frost Giants in 965AD is set in the same Norwegian town we see at the start of 'Captain America', confiriming that the The Tesseract is Asgardian in nature.
S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Phil Coulson feature heavily and Hawkeye has a brief cameo. Tony Stark is mentioned by name in dialogue. Bruce Banner (Hulk) and possibly Hank Pym (Ant-Man) are alluded to in a speech by Erik Selvig.
A brief scene in Odin's treasure room shows The Infinity Gauntlet which in the comics is linked to the villain Thanos. This ties into the post-credit scene appearance of Thanos in 'The Avengers' and the mid-credit scene in 'Thor: The Dark World'.
The 'Eternal Flame' is seen in the treasure room which could reference a future appearance of the fire giants from the world of Muspelheim, as led by Surtur.
The 'Orb of Agamotto' and/or the 'Eye of Agamotto' are perhaps also seen in the treasure room which could reference Dr. Strange. However some think it was in fact the 'Warlock's Eye' instead (in the comics this is a mystical weapon stolen by Thor and the Warrior’s Three from Harokin, an Asgardian enemy of Thor).
The tablet seen in the treasure room is either the 'Tablet of Death and Entropy' or the 'Tablet of Life and Time' which originates from Atlantis, home to Namor the Sub-Mariner...
In the official MCU tie-in comic, 'The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week', the World Security Council mentions that funding is being redirected from S.H.I.E.L.D to a new operation, codenamed Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S, in the aims of analyzing the Tesseract. This is the subterranean facility seen at the start of 'The Avengers' and in the post credit scene in 'Thor'. Nick Fury appears in this scene, that links to both the Captain America film (via The Tesseract/Cosmic Cube) and The Avengers film (hinting that Loki will be the villain).
This film takes place around the same time as 'Incredible Hulk' and 'Iron Man 2'.
The official MCU tie-in comic 'The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week' confirms that Erik Selvig is an old colleague of Dr Banner (Hulk). It also shows that following the events of this film, the Destroyer armour is in S.H.I.E.L.D's possession and having tests conducted on it, and that S.H.I.E.L.D are also aware of (and studying) the 'Tree of Life' concept. ” - koomy
The film is strongly linked with Captain America's 'Super Soldier' concept via General Ross restarting the Super Soldier Program, Banner's work, the creation of The Hulk and the eventual creation of The Abomination. There is a also portrait of Steve Rogers (Captain America) seen in the General Ross' office.
The opening credit sequence shows that Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D are involved in trying to track Hulk down, and also using Stark Industries equipment to do so.
This film takes place around the same time as 'Iron Man 2' and 'Thor'. The live news footage from the Culver University incident can be seen towards the end of 'Iron Man 2', placing the events in the second half of this film after the events in 'Iron Man 2'.
It's possible that the lightning storm is part of weather disturbances caused by events in Thor (i.e people travelling between Asgard and Earth).
Tony Stark (Iron Man) makes a cameo appearance at the end of the film to talk to General Ross about the "Avenger Initiative". This is expanded upon and explained in the 'Marvel One-Shot' short film "The Consultant".
The official MCU tie-in comic 'The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week' shows that Black Widow was in fact present at the Culver University and Harlem incidents. It also shows that following the events of this film The Abomination & Dr Sterns are confirmed as both being under S.H.I.E.L.D custody, with Sterns showing further signs of developing into 'The Leader' - a potential future villain. An episode of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' reveals The Abomination is being kept in Alaska in a Cryo-Cell.
The official MCU tie-in comic 'Iron Man 2: Public Identity' shows that General Ross is working for the military as a "Superhuman Watchdog".
‘WHiH World News’ reports on the incident at Culver University
(This film replaces Ang Lee's 2003 'Hulk' which is not part of this new Marvel Cinematic Universe). ” - koomy
This is set before and after the Post Credit scene from 'The Incredible Hulk'. It shows that General Ross is being consulted by the World Security Council (later seen in 'The Avengers') to try and get Abomination on the Avengers team after the events of 'The Incredible Hulk'. It explains the real reason for Tony Stark meeting General Ross in the bar was to ensure this doesn't happen. This links into the conversation between Fury and Stark towards the end of 'Iron Man 2'. ” - koomy
Captain America, Iron Man, Thor & Loki, Bruce Banner/Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D, Agents Phil Coulson, Agent Sitwell & Maria Hill, as well as Erik Selvig and Pepper Potts.
The film is set the year after Thor's banishment to Earth.
The Tesseract (last seen in 'Captain America' and 'Thor') is a key plot device.
When Agent Coulson comes to recruit Tony Stark he leaves behind a bundle of files, all of which are relating to the destruction of 'Project Pegasus', which is destroyed in its entirety during the movie’s opening scene. One of the these files is marked '42'. This could be a reference to 'Project 42', an extra-dimensional prison from the Civil War storyline used for detain superpeople who did not agree to register with the Government.
Jane Foster and Odin (from 'Thor') are referenced. (There is also a subtle reference to Odin via the presence of two ravens when Thor and Loki first meet. They are called Munin and Hugin and fly over Midgard obtaining information for the all-father Odin. These are also seen in the two Thor films).
HYDRA (from 'Captain America') and their use of the Tesseract's power to develop weapons is referenced.
Right before the endcredits we see Tony Stark and Pepper Potts on the computer system in the damaged Stark Tower, designing plans for an “Avengers Tower”, complete with room designations for all the superheroes involved, a training area, and an airship. This completed Tower is perhaps seen in the 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' trailer, and is likely to appear in 'The Avengers 2', if not before.
The Post-Credit Scene shows Marvel villain 'Thanos' as the mastermind behind the extraterrestrial attack. This links back to Odin's Treasure Room in 'Thor' as Thanos is linked to 'The Infinity Gauntlet' shown there. This suggests him as the likely villian and plot for Phase 2 and/or Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
The official MCU tie-in comic 'The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week' confirms the new element found/created by Tony Stark in 'Iron Man 2' was key in helping Project Pegasus reignite the Cosmic Cube.
It is also suggested that Coulson's experimental gun was reversed engineered from the Destroyer armour (last seen in 'Thor') and perhaps powered by the Cosmic Cube (in a similar way to HYDRA's weapons in 'Captain America').
The official MCU tie-in comic 'Iron Man 3 Prelude' is set before, during and after 'The Avengers' and explains War Machine's absence by showing him in Asia tracking The Ten Rings.
This film concludes 'Phase One' of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - 'Avengers Assembled'. ” - koomy
A couple find one of the guns belonging to the Chitauri after the final battle in 'The Avengers'...
S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Sitwell (as seen in 'Thor', 'The Consultant' and 'The Avengers') is given the assignment of retrieving the Chitauri weapon which S.H.I.E.L.D has designated as Item 47.
The death of Agent Coulson is confirmed in conversation...
Agent Blake and two other S.H.I.E.L.D agents are introduced. Agent Blake reappears in Seasons 1 and 3 in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The end credits show that S.H.I.E.L.D is succesfully reverse-engineering the Chitauri weapon, first into a more human-friendly design, then into heavier vehicle-mounted weapons, and finally into an artillery piece. The results of this work are being used by Hydra at the start of 'Age of Ultron'. ” - koomy
Following on from Iron Man 1, 2 and 'The Avengers', this sequel is described as a “technological crisis thriller,” set in the world of international war, arms & terror. It features Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan and War Machine now known as Iron Patriot.
War Machine has been rebranded by the government as Iron Patriot. Marvel's Kevin Feige described it as a post-Avengers government response: "These crazy heroes the Avengers saved the day, not the government. The government felt they needed a hero of their own - they have a military officer that has one of these suits, and they paint it red, white, and blue".
The official MCU tie-in comic 'Iron Man 3 Prelude' is set before, during and after 'The Avengers'. It shows Iron Patriot tracking The Ten Rings to discover they are using Hammer Industries technology & black market Stark Industries technology to attempt to trap Iron Patriot and steal his suit. It also shows that Pepper & Tony have moved in together and Tony is planning to create an 'Iron Legion' army of suits.
After being referenced in Iron Man 1 & 2 via The Ten Rings, his mysterious terrorist organisation, The Mandarin seemingly appears - but this was in fact an elaborate ruse.
Yinsen from 'Iron Man' appears via flashback.
The film is fairly standalone although there are multiple references to the climatic events in 'The Avengers'. Thor and S.H.I.E.L.D are also mentioned in dialogue. Tony also searches the S.H.I.E.L.D database when investigating a bombing.
When Tony suits up Pepper in armour to protect her this may be a reference or possible future teaser to her superhero alias in the comics; 'Rescue'.
One of Tony's suits is a Construction suit nicknamed Igor but it looks a bit like the 'Hulkbuster' armour from the comics; perhaps a teaser to a future confrontation between the two Avengers?
As in the two previous 'Iron Man' films, Roxxon Oil (a corrupt corporation that could feature in later films as a possible business rival/enemy for Stark Industries) is referenced. One of The Mandarin's hostages works for them, while a massive oil leak from one of their tankers is also referred to.
A.I.M. or Advanced Idea Mechanics feature in the film. In the comics A.I.M. is an organisation of brilliant scientists dedicated to the acquisition of power and the overthrow of all world governments by technological means. In the comics A.I.M was an offshoot of Hydra...
The woman who ‘arrests’ Tony in Tennessee is called Brandt, and would appear to be Ellen Brandt. In the comics she is the ex-wife and hunter of the Man-Thing. Her distinctive feature is severe facial disfigurement from her ex-husband’s acid touch, as seen in the film with the scars on her cheek. Man-Thing is mentioned in Episode 20 of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D', where it is implied he was previously locked up in S.H.I.E.L.D containment facility called The Fridge.
Dr Bruce Banner appears in a post-credit cameo, further cementing the friendship between himself and Tony Stark that began in 'The Avengers'.
The US President Ellis features, and so could be involved in future films. ” - koomy
Writer/director Drew Pearce says "Aldrich (Killian from 'Iron Man 3') essentially took a thing that was real, historically real and culturally real, and co-opted it for his own means — essentially co-opting an ancient terrorist concept". This short film shows that the Ten Rings is still active and that the Mandarin is indeed a real, and as yet unseen, figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We learn that Justin Hammer (from 'Iron Man 2') is also being held in the same prison.
The film maker is called Jackson Norris which could be a reference to a character called Nighthawk, an antagonist to The Defenders, linking to the upcoming Netflix shows - Daredevil, AKA Jennifer Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
The prison where this takes place is Seagate Prison which also plays a role in Luke Cage's origin story.
An inmate at Seagate is called Fletcher Heggs. In the comics Heggs the Knight, is a member of a group of personal assassins called the Chessmen.
Two of the names on the prison cells seem to reference Guido Carboni and Luis Allegre who are both members of the infamous Maggia crime syndicate in the comics. Allegre is a member of the Costa Family – the same crime family that killed Frank Castle’s family and turned him into The Punisher...
Matt Gerald who played Seagate Prison inmate "White Power Dave" has been cast in an unspecified bad guy role in 'Ant-Man'. It is not clear if he is playing the same role. ” - koomy
Episodes 1-7 are after 'Iron Man 3' and before 'Thor: The Dark World'.
Episodes 8-16 are after 'Thor: The Dark World' and before 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.
Episode 17 takes places during 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', with the remaining episodes of Season 1 set afterwards.
Agent Phil Coulson assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D despite dying in 'The Avengers' and being confirmed dead in 'Item 47'.
It is revealed that Coulson did die but was revived by Project T.H.A.I.T.I. This is treatment by a serum called GH325, derived from a mysterious blue humanoid corpse (a Kree, the aliens later seen in Guardians of the Galaxy) that we later find out was discovered by Agent Carter and pre-dates the pyramids. When Coulson was treated it caused immense pain but it caused none when it was used to treat Skye - suggesting her origin could be linked to the Kree. Skye wants to find out details about her mysterious parents and it is revealed by Coulson that she was an "0-8-4" or "an object of unknown origin". As a child she was delivered to an orphanage by a S.H.I.E.L.D team who were later killed except for one member who went into hiding. We later hear a story suggesting Skye's parents were "monsters" who destroyed a village in China and suggestions that Skye is not human. Her father (aka The Doctor) is revealed to be still alive and working with Raina.
Episodes 8 and 9 tie into the aftermath of 'Thor: The Dark World', with the group helping with the clean up operation and a company accidentally opening a portal like in the film. This portal is referred as linking Earth to 'hell' but this could in fact be 'Hel', the lowest realm, located close to Niffleheim at the lowest regions of Yggdrasill. The team also work with Asgardian Elliot Randolph to place the Asgardian Berserker Staff in The Fridge. Randolph reappears in Season 3 Episode 2. Episode 15 also links to the film as an escaped Asguardian prisoner called Lorelei (the younger sister of Amora the Enchantress, a potential future Thor villain) is captured on Earth by Lady Sif.
Mike Peterson was an ordinary man that was artificially enhanced with the Extremis-containing Centipede serum by Project Centipede. Peterson later joins S.H.I.E.L.D and falls under the control of the "Clairvoyant" after losing his right leg, which was replaced with a bionic prosthetic as part of "Project Deathlok". He reappears in Season 2 and we learn Coulson has been financing upgrades to his bionics.
John Garrett was a high-level S.H.I.E.L.D agent/munitions expert who is a former cohort of Coulson and works alongside Ward and May. He is revealed to be an agent of Hydra and the "Clairvoyant". Furthermore he is revealed as the first test subject of the Deathlok program, which began in 1990. He is killed by Coulson using an 0-8-4 from Peru .
Episode three introduces Ian Quinn, head of the corporation Quinn Worldwide and Dr. Franklin Hall. Their study of the element Gravitonium results in the Doctor being absorbed into the material. Hall is still alive inside the cluster of Gravitonium, setting up his possible return as supervillain 'Graviton'. Quinn later causes a S.H.I.E.L.D student called Donnie Gill (the real name of comics villain Blizzard) to gain cryogenic abilities.
We also learn Quinn is taking orders from 'the clairvoyant' aka John Garrett. Under Garrett's orders Quinn is also shown to be working with Cybertek (in the comics this is the cybernetics division of the Roxxon Oil corporation) to supply Mike Peterson with a cybernetic leg as part of the Deathlok program. Quinn eventually shoots Skye, resulting in him being held in custody at The Fridge. Upon his release he continues to work for Garrett with plans to sell Super Soldiers to the US government. He escapes with Raina and the Gravitonium.
Grant Ward is a S.H.I.E.L.D. black ops specialist. He is revealed to be a Hydra agent that was recruited by John Garrett to Hydra as a teenager. By the end of Season 2 he has risen to be the potential leader of the now weakened Hydra.
Antoine Triplett is a S.H.I.E.L.D agent and great-grandchild of Gabe Jones of The Howling Commados.
Agent Coulson's flying car, 'Lola', was likely developed from Howard Stark semi-functional protype seen at the Stark Expo in 'Captain America'.
The Agents are fitted with inter-group communications devices in their teeth meaning they can talk to each other without visible ear implants etc. This also explains how the Avengers did this during the Battle of New York.
We see that 'Item 47' is not the only piece of alien tech left over from the climax of the Avengers as Agent Ward retrieves a Chitauri item in Paris, and some firefighters kept a Chitauri helmet as a souvenir.
S.H.I.E.L.D have an 'Index' list of people with potential super powers. It is mentioned that this may be renamed, and perhaps this is the basis for the MCU version of the Super-human Registration Act in 'Captain America: Civil War'.
A few bases are mentioned including The Hub, The Cocoon, the headquarters 'Triskelion' (as destroyed in the Captain America sequel), and the containment facilities The Fridge and The Sandbox.
After the collapse of S.H.I.E.L.D the Hub is taken over by the US Government (led by Colonel Glenn Talbot, a close compatriot to General Thaddeus Ross from 'The Incredible Hulk'). Garrett and Ward raid the Fridge stealing weapons including the Asguardian Berserker Staff, the 0-8-4 from Peru and the Gravitonium. They release prisoners such as Ian Quinn, Blizzard, Marcus Daniels/Blackout (who is later killed by the team), and even Johnny Horton/The Griffin and Man-Thing, who are both mentioned in dialogue.
Although many bases are taken over by Hydra, some secret bases such as 'The Playground' are still in operation. The two that we've seen are run by Eric and Billy Koenig who may turn out to be Life Model Decoys...
The ‘WHiH World News’ television network appears.
In Season 1 Agent Maria Hill, Nick Fury, Agent Blake and Agent Sitwell appear in various episodes, with Blake being badly injured by Deathlok. Blake reappears in Season 3 as a renegade who has aligned himself with Hydra.
Season 2 begins several months after the the end of Season 1. Episodes 1-19 take place before Age of Ultron with episode 19 directly leading up to it and episode 20 set soon afterwards.
The team are operating out of The Playground, attempting to keep resources out of Hydra's hands. It turns out another splinter group of S.H.I.E.L.D survived the collapse and have an aircraft carrier as their base. They pool resources with Coulson after his 'Theta Protocol' provides a secret Helicarrier to assist the Avengers in defeating Ultron.
A flashback to 1945 shows Agent Carter and the Howling Commandos capturing the original 084 from the last known Hydra base. The 084 is an alien obelisk thousands of years old, also known as The Diviner. It was found by the Red Skull and passed to Nazi scientist Werner Reinhardt for testing. In 1945 the S.S.R. and Agent Carter imprison Reinhardt for life but in 1989 he is released from prison by Alexander Pierce.
When Skye is an infant Reinhardt tracks down Skye's Inhuman mother and dissects her to discover the secret of her non-aging power. He uses this knowledge to make himself 44 years younger allowing him to be still alive and running Hydra in the modern day under the name of Daniel Whitehall. Skye's father plans to kill him as revenge for hurting his wife but it is Coulson who shoots him.
It is revealed that Skye's birth name was Daisy Johnson and her father is called Cal Johnson. In the comics these characters are known as Quake and Mister Hyde.
We learn that the Inhumans were humans that were genetically modified by the Kree in order to become superpowered soldiers. The Kree abandoned the idea but the ability remains in certain people's DNA, awaiting to be awakened by the Terrigen mists contained within the crystals stored within the various Diviners. However the mists kill normal humans.
In a secret underground deserted ancient Kree city The Diviner is placed in an altar by Raina. It's power kills Agent Triplett but changes both her and Skye into Inhumans. The remaining Terrigen crystals are lost at sea and seem to be leaking into the food chain. This will create more Inhumans. Raina is later killed by Skye's mother.
Carl "Crusher" Creel aka Absorbing Man, appears as a villain who can absorb the properties of anything he touches. After working for Hydra he is captured by S.H.I.E.L.D and delivered to Talbot for safekeeping, who later employs him as a bodyguard.
We learn that Blizzard has been on the run but was brainwashed by Hydra whilst being kept in the Sandbox. He is killed by Skye.
S.H.I.E.L.D Agent 33 has been brainwashed by Hydra. After working for Daniel Whitehall she teams up with Ward who is eventually tricked into killing her.
Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird has been working undercover at Hydra. She is shot and seems to be out of action. Agent Melinda May also appears to be taking a leave of absence.
Agent Simmons is swallowed up by a mysterious Kree artifact that S.H.I.E.L.D obtained from the Inhumans.
Season 3 takes place after Ant-Man, and many months after the end of Season 2.
In Episode 1 we learn that many more Inhumans are being created by the Terrigen crystals entering the ecosystem, mainly due to people consuming infected Fish Oil capsules. Daisy, Mack and Coulson attempt to recruit one such new Inhuman, as well as Lincoln from Season 2, to join the Secret Warriors.
President Ellis (last seen in 'Iron Man 3') announces that the Advanced Threat Containment Unit or ATCU has been set up to capture Inhumans, using lethal force if necessary. However a mysterious Inhuman called Lash has been killing them before either group can capture them. Events from 'Avengers', 'Thor 2', 'Winter Soldier' 'Age of Ultron' and 'Ant-Man' are referenced. Culver University (from 'The Incredible Hulk') is visited.
Ward and Hydra have gone to ground to restructure. This involves recruiting Werner, the son of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, and sending him undercover to May's ex-husband Garner's psychology class which ultimately results in von Strucker's death and the reveal that Garner is the Inhuman killer 'Lash'. Lash is captured and handed to the ATCU.
It is revealed that Gideon Malick (part of the World Security Council) is in fact part of Hydra. He has been secretly using the ATCU to create and enlist more Inhumans. The Kree artefact took Simmons to an alien world for six months where she meets Will, a NASA astronaut who has been stranded there since 2001. She is rescued by Fitz but wants to return for Will. It turns out the mysterious figure on this planet is a highly powered Inhuman who Hydra have been trying for centuries to bring back through the portal. This creature eventually makes it to earth by inhabiting Ward's body, and is now the de facto head of Hydra. ” - koomy
The official MCU tie-in comic 'Thor The Dark World Prelude' shows that since the destruction of the Bifrost in 'Thor' the Asguardians have been unable to protect the Nine Realms leading to chaos in some areas - such as Vanaheim being attacked by marauders. The Tesseract is used to repair the Bifrost.
Malekith the Accursed, the ruler of a primeval race called the Dark Elves, returns after being beaten by Odin's father thousands of years ago. He intends to plunge the universe into darkness using the Aether, a mysterious poweful force of dark energy.
We learn that Jane, Darcy and Eric Selvig have relocated to England to further thier studies, seemingly without S.H.I.E.L.D involvement (although they do still use S.H.I.E.L.D equipment).
On Selvig's blackboard are a few phrases that could relate to future events (based on the comics); the Fault is a tear in the fabric of the universe, linked to the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Crossroads is an intersection for routes to different worlds linked to Dr Strange, and the Nexus of All Reality is a location in the Florida Everglades where dimensions intersect, which is guarded by the hero Man-Thing.
In the mid-credits scene we see the Aether delivered to The Collector (who appears in 'Guardians of the Galaxy') by Volstagg and Sif for safe keeping. It is revealed to be an Infinity Stone (the Power Stone), and so is the Tesseract from the Phase One films (the Space Stone). The Infinity Stones are six immensely powerful items. Whoever holds all six gems in the Infinity Gauntlet gains omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, and God-like power, and has absolute dominion over all realities.
The Collector plans to collect all six Infinity Stones suggesting that the Infinity Gauntlet (as seen in 'Thor') will appear in a later film - most likely being used by Thanos in 'The Avengers 3'.
In the background of The Collector's scene a cocoon is seen. This contains Adam Warlock, a character with links to the Soul Gem... ” - koomy
We learn that Hydra (the renegade Nazi science unit from 'The First Avenger') was not in fact destroyed by the S.S.R but instead infiltrated all levels of S.H.I.E.L.D. This includes general staff such as Agent Sitwell (from 'The Consultant', 'The Avengers', 'Item 47', 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D') all the way up to high ranking officials such as Alexander Peirce, and even Senator Stern (last seen in 'Iron Man 2').
Arnim Zola (the Red Skull's chief scientist) defected to S.H.I.E.L.D but then continued to work for Hydra, eventually transferring his conscience to a computer and developing an algorithm that can identify and destroy potential threats - examples given are Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk), and Stephen Strange (aka Dr Strange). It is also revealed that Hydra killed Howard Stark and his wife.
Captain America seemingly defeats Hydra but in the process S.H.I.E.L.D is destroyed and all (except perhaps one?) of the World Security Council is killed. This suggest The Avengers will be operating by themselves in the sequel. Avengers Tower (last seen in 'The Avengers' as Stark Tower) is briefly seen, suggesting it will soon be the HQ for the team.
The Project Insight targeting system highlights Maria Hill, President Ellis (from 'Iron Man 3'), Tony Stark, someone at Avengers Tower, as well as Lt. Marcus Bledsoe and Michael Lindon.
Although Hydra is thought to be destroyed it is revealed in a mid-credit scene that it is still active, and led by Baron Wolgang Von Strucker. Hydra has possession of Loki's Staff (from 'The Avengers') which looks to be powered by another Infinity Stone (the Mind Stone in this case). Through his experiments he has also created Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. All three characters will appear in 'Age of Ultron'.
Brock Rumlow survives the destruction of the S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters 'Triskelion' and will reappear as the villain Crossbones.
Rogers has a new partner in Sam Wilson aka The Falcon who uses secret military flying equipment. The Falcon's flight gear sports a Stark Industries logo. We learn that Bucky Barnes was experimented on by Zola when he was captured, allowing him to survive his fall in 'The First Avenger'. He was then brainwashed and further enhanced and used as an assassin by Hydra over the last fifty years. By the end of the film he seems to have realised who he once was and gone on the run. Captain America and Falcon decide to track him down...
With S.H.I.E.L.D no more and Black Widow's past, secrets and cover stories all exposed she goes to ground at the end of the film. Nick Fury is believed to be dead and flees to Europe, while Maria Hill takes a job working at Stark Industries. Hawkeye is not featured or referenced so it is unclear where his loyalties lie...
Episode 17 of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' occurs around the same time as events in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'. As Hydra is revealed and attempts a coup of S.H.I.E.L.D, Coulson's team is on site at The Hub. Eventually Coulson takes control of The Hub but as well as the Triskelion being destroyed other S.H.I.E.L.D bases around the world have fallen to Hydra, including a secure containment facility called 'The Fridge'. With Nick Fury presumed dead in the aftermath, the remaining S.H.I.E.L.D agents are forced to go on the run... ” - koomy
We also meet Intergalactic criminals Rocket Raccoon and Groot who visit The Hub for a job. We learn that Rocket is from Halfworld and Groot from Planet X. As a plant-based lifeform, Groot can extend and regrow his limbs.
We learn there are at least eight galactic empires, and the following alien lifeforms are referenced; Skrull, Stygian, Scallusc, Sakaaran; as well as the following Planets; Dervani, Praxius IX, Morag, Conjunction; and the following Organisations; G'rek Raiders, Nova Corps.
Peter Quill/Star-Lord is an interstellar adventurer who was abducted from Earth at a young age in 1988. It is revealed that Quill's father was an alien but one described as an ancient being, and unlike any known species...
We see what appears to be a Kymellian skeleton. This could hint at a future appearance of Beta Ray Bill in an upcoming Thor film.
Nova Prime Irani Rael is in charge of Nova Corps operations throughout the galaxy. From her base of operations on Xandar, the principled and efficient Nova Prime leads her forces with confidence. She defines her mission above all to protect the citizens of Xandar and keep peace. (The role of Nova Prime has been described as the cosmic version of Nick Fury so could potentially be a connective thread between the Marvel cosmic properties).
Rhomann Dey is a Corpsman in the Nova Corps, the planet Xandar’s military force. Dey is closely linked to Richard Rider aka Nova...
We assume the Reality Stone (Aether) remains with The Collector whereas the Power Stone (Quill's orb) is entrusted with the Nova Corps for safekeeping.
Thanos' servant known as The Other (last seen in 'The Avengers') is killed by Ronan.
Cosmos, the Russian dog, may feature in the sequel as in the comics he is a member of The Guardians (and telepathic).
The mining colony of Knowhere, where The Collector keeps his archives, is the skull of one of the long-dead, enormous beings called the Celestials. As partly explained by The Collector, they were a race of mysterious, armored, all-powerful cosmic beings who lived millions of years ago. When The Collector is educating the Guardians on the history of the Infinity Stones, we are treated to a scene of a Celestial, specifically Eson the Searcher, using a Stone to destroy a world. In the comics they have links to the Deviants, the Inhumans, and strong ties to the Kree and Skrull war...
The Collector's display cases contain a Chitauri soldier (from 'The Avengers') and a Dark Elf (from 'Thor: The Dark World'). Howard the Duck is also revealed in the post-credit scene. In the background we see the cocoon from the post-credit scene in 'Thor: The Dark World' has been blown open. This contained Adam Warlock aka Him. This cosmic character ties into the Soul Infinity Stone, which has yet to be featured in the MCU. He will likely appear in GotG2.
It has previously been stated it will be a 'stand-alone' film, although set within the MCU. Feige explains; "Guardians and Thor 2 will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe [in Phase 2], particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space. ...It’s much more of a standalone film [but] it takes place in the same universe".
"It’s not exactly revealed what year or month it is in relation to the other Phase Two films. But yes, it’s the same time".
Director James Gunn says “We're definitely connected [to the other films] by Thanos and this is the first movie of the Marvel Cosmic Universe, so we're connected to the rest of the universe and how that plays out is gonna be seen as the future comes along".
"We have Thanos. Thanos is the thing that connects us to the Marvel universe, at this point. In the future, we’ll see what happens after that. But right now, we’re connected to the rest of the Marvel universe because of three seconds at the end of The Avengers.'"
"We are definitely connected to Avengers 3".
“In terms of a lot of stuff we’re very much like 'The Avengers', where it’s a very big, huge movie. It’s different because it’s cosmic, it’s in outer space, it’s very colourful. We have a whole history of science fiction behind us that we’re dealing with, and borrowing from, and also fighting with to create something unique. But at the same time there’s a lot of stuff it has in common with 'The Avengers'.” ” - koomy
Bob Iger, the chairman and chief executive of The Walt Disney Company, says "It’s quite possible that they could become feature films". This might mean a Defenders film, solo films, having Cage and Iron First team up for a ‘Heroes for Hire’ movie, or any of them joining the Avengers (all have been on the team at one point in the comics).
As a child Matt Murdock is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle. While he can no longer see, the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability, and he receives Martial Arts training from Stick. He is a Lawyer by day and superhero by night...
It's mentioned that Matt grew up at St. Agnes' Orphanage. Skye from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D also stated that she grew up at St. Agnes' orphanage.
This series takes place in 2014, two years after The Battle of New York. This event and the finale of 'The Incredible Hulk' are referenced via newspaper cuttings in Ben Urich's office. Another framed article in the Daily Bulletin office reads "Cybertek Settles" referring to Cybertek and the controversy surrounding it from Season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The property developing/building work that is a central theme to the show is a result of damage caused by The Battle of New York.
During a flashback a young boxer named Carl "Crusher" Creel is defeated off screen by Battlin' Jack Murdock (Matt's father). Creel reappears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D having gained powers to become The Absorbing Man who can turn his body into whatever substance he touches.
In episode 6 the sniper on the rooftop that is working for Fisk has an ace of spades on his gun bag. This is a nod to the super villain known as "Bullseye", though it is not yet established if it is actually him.
In episode 9, Nobu wears the traditional red ninja garb of The Hand, an ancient ninja clan and criminal organization. The war that Stick mentions in episode 7 is the conflict between his band of ninjas, The Chaste, and The Hand. It is hinted that The Hand will return wanting revenge. One prominent member of The Hand is Elektra is has been confirmed to appear in season two.
A criminal mentions spending time at 'Rykers', likely a reference to Ryker's Island - a fictional prison in the comics, and perhaps the location that Fisk is being held at by the end of season one.
The evil corporation Roxxon (from the Iron Man films) is also mentioned in a flashback, and in Season 2.
The ‘WHiH World News’ television network appears.
The packages of heroin sold by Madam Gao are stamped with the wingless dragon tattoo symbol of the Iron Fist villain ‘Steel Serpent’...
Season 2 takes place between summer 2015 and December 2015.
Elektra and Punisher both feature heavily.
Clare Temple appears, and references her involvement with Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Jessica Jones is also mentioned by name.
DA Samantha Reyes (who tried to pin Kilgrave’s crimes on Jessica in the last episode of Jessica Jones) appears again.
Marci Stahl, an employee of the law firm Hogarth, Chao and Benowitz (as seen in Jessica Jones) recommends Foggy Nelson to Jeri Hogarth (from Jessica Jones) who recruits him to work at her company, specifically for vigilante cases.
The Dogs of Hell biker gang from Season 1, Episode 15 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D appear.
Before he disappears, Punisher retrieves a hidden disc with the word “Micro” written on it. This is a tease for David "Microchip" Lieberman. He’s Punisher’s supplier of weapons and tech, and the closest thing the Punisher has to a sidekick. He was previously mentioned on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D when Skye refers to a hacker contact of hers.
It is hinted that Melvin Potter will adopt his 'Gladiator' alias. ” - koomy
After a failed attempt to become a superheroine Jessica Jones becomes the owner and sole employee of Alias Private Investigations. She battles Kilgrave aka Purple Man, with help from as Trish Walker (known in the comics as Hell Cat) and Will Simpson (known in the comics as Nuke).
Luke Cage appears in several episodes of Jessica Jones prior to his own solo series, (In the comics Luke Cage and Jessica Jones fall in love, have a child and get married).
Claire Temple and Sergeant Mahoney feature, along with references to Metro-General Hospital and The New York Bulletin. These all tie back to 'Daredevil'.
There are also references to the Battle of New York, Hulk and Captain America. Jessica also mentions Angela del Toro as another private investigator, who in the comics is the hero White Tiger and has connections to Iron Fist. ” - koomy
HYDRA chief Baron von Strucker appears after a cameo in 'The Winter Soldier' and being referenced in Season 2 of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D'. His assistant Dr List features in several episodes and also features here. They are killed by Iron Man and Ultron respectively. We see von Strucker's forces are enhanced with Chitauri armour harvested from the Battle of New York, and using equipment from 'Item 47'. As Tony examines Strucker’s labs, we also see a Chitauri ship from 'The Avengers'.
As suggested in the post-credit scene of 'The Winter Soldier' and confirmed in the 'This Sceptre'd Isle' prelude comic, Baron von Strucker obtained Loki's scepter (first seen in The Avengers) from S.H.I.E.L.D for Hydra's use. It was used to power weapons and experiment on human volunteers. Strucker reveals that his experiments were unable to grant anyone superhuman abilities but could only unlock power that already existed in a person. This shows that the Maximoff twins are Inhumans, tying into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (and possibly the upcoming Inhumans film).
Loki's scepter is confirmed to contain the Mind Infinity Stone. By the end of the film it is a part of the android Vision as a power source/weapon.
Ulysses Klaue, literally branded as a thief by the nation of Wakanda, gains millions of dollars but loses a hand in his dealings with Ultron. This is likely a set up to him replacing his hand with a powerful sonic weapon of his own design (as in the comics) and returning as a villain in a Black Panther film.
Falcon refers to the ongoing hunt for Bucky, which continues in Civil War. Maria Hill mentions that there is discussion of charges bring brought against Banner, a subtle lead in to the issues of Civil War.
Thor's visions in the strange pool (likely a reference to the Infinity Well's in the comics) foreshadows the events of his next solo film Ragnarok, and could in fact be a glimpse of the future. We also learn that Jane Foster has become the world’s foremost astronomer since the events of “the convergence” in Thor 2.
It is suggested that Captain America may have been worthy to lift Thor's hammer but decided not to reveal the fact. Perhaps he may need to do this during Infinity War...
The final scene shows that War Machine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Vision are joining a new version of the Avengers, to be trained by Captain America and Black Widow in the new Avengers Academy.
There is a hint that Vision and Scarlet Witch may have a relationship (as in the comics), and that Scarlet Witch is learning to use her abilities to fly by the end of the film.
In the comics Helen Cho is the mother of Amadeus Cho aka Mastermind Excello, a teenager gifted with a super-genius mind.
Jocasta was labelled on a back-up A.I. program created by Tony Stark. In the comics she is a Mechanoid character, similar to Vision.
The mid-credits scene shows Thanos putting on the Infinity Gauntlet with plans to obtain the Infinity Stones himself. The Gauntlet has only previously been seen in Asguard's treasure room (in 'Thor') but this is a different location and this glove fits the opposite hand. This suggests there are two Gauntlets, and perhaps one was used by another villain before Thanos... ” - koomy
These feature presenter Christine Everhart who was also in Iron Man 1 & 2.
Series 1 Episodes 1-4 take place between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. The episodes link to both films and Scott Lang features in Episode 4.
Series 2 Episodes 1 - 5 lead into Captain America: Civil War. In Episode 4 President Ellis discusses his nomination ofThaddeus Ross for Secretary of State. Episode 5 is a live report from Lagos, and so takes place during Captain America: Civil War. ” - koomy
The film shows that his wife Janet Van Dyne eventually joined him on missions in a similar suit, and was known as the Wasp. In 1987 she sacrificed herself for the success of a mission. In 1989, in the recently built Triskelion, Pym tells Peggy Carter, Howard Stark and Mitchell Carson (later revealed to be Hydra) that he quits and will not share his technology.
The official tie-in comic 'Ant-Man - Scott Lang: Small Time' shows that Scott Lang is in San Quentin prison in the modern day. His crime was robbing from VistaCorp, a large company that he worked for that was committing illegal acts. It also mentions his wife Maggie and daughter Cassie. In the film Scott Lang is ultimately given the Ant-Man suit by Hank Pym.
Although Darren Cross and his Yellowjacket suit are destroyed, the representative from Hydra makes off with his version of the Pym Particles.
A man is seen with a Ten Rings logo tattooed on his neck, referencing the Iron Man films.
This takes place after Age of Ultron as the finale in Sokovia is referenced on a newspaper front page and mentioned in dialogue by Pym. The former Stark Industries building that Lang goes to rob is now the new Avengers Base from the final scenes of Age of Ultron.
Falcon attempts to protect the base and then later tracks Lang down and seemingly offers him a place on the Avengers. The reporter talking to Falcon near the end says says “We’ve got one that jumps. We’ve got one that swings. We’ve got one that crawls up the walls.” Presumably all three comments refer to Spider-Man.
Posters for "Pingo Doce," the Brazilian soda company Bruce Banner worked for in 'The Incredible Hulk', can be seen in the San Francisco scenes.
In the mid-credit scene Hank Pym shows his daughter, Hope Van Dyne, a prototype Wasp suit he was working on with Janet and they decide to complete it. Hope will become the Wasp in the sequel.
The post-credit scene takes place within Civil War. It shows that Captain America and Falcon have captured the Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes. It is implied that a week ago they could've asked Tony Stark for help but now 'the accords won't let him'. This refers to the government legislation regarding superheroes. They instead phone Ant-Man.
Director Peyton Reed has confirmed that there was an outline of someone or something when Lang is in the quantum realm. This is likely to be Janet but could perhaps be Eternity; the comic character that represents all time in the universe...
This is the final film in Phase Two. Kevin Feige adds "The truth is, there is so much in Ant-Man; introducing a new hero; introducing a very important part of technology in the Marvel universe; the Pym particles, Ant-Man getting on the Avengers’ radar in this film and even – this is the weirdest part, you shouldn’t really talk about it because it won’t be apparent for years – but the whole notion of the quantum realm and the whole notion of going to places that are so out there, they are almost mind-bendingly hard to fathom. It all plays into Phase Three". ” - koomy
The new Avengers team now consists of Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Vision.
Winter Soldier, Iron Man, Hawkeye and Ant-Man also feature.
Sharon Carter, the former Agent 13 of S.H.I.E.L.D features, now working for the CIA. She is Peggy Carter's niece and attends Peggy's funeral in the film.
The new villain is a more grounded version of the comics character Baron Zemo. He is a Sokovian national, and may appear in later films.
Brock Rumlow from 'The Winter Soldier' is shown to have adopted the Crossbones persona.
Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, last seen in 'The Incredible Hulk', returns. He is no longer a General in the US army and is instead Secretary of State.
Spider-Man (and Aunt May) is introduced.
King T'Chaka of Wakanda is killed meaning his, Prince T'Challa, becomes king. T'Challa is also revealed to be the Black Panther.
At the end of the film Bucky voluntarily decides to be cryogenically frozen and kept in Wakanda until a cure for his brainwashing can be found.
The woman with the shaved head who is often by Black Panther's side is likely a member of the Dora Mijale, an elite, all-female squad that guards the Wakandan king. They will probably be seen in Black Panther's solo film.
Everett Ross, a member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Center, appears and is likely to feature in future films. He is most associated with Black Panther in the comics.
Hank Pym, Hulk and Thor are mentioned in dialogue.
It is revealed that Stark and Pepper are 'on a break'.
Howard and Maria Stark feature in archive footage and flashbacks. In 'The Winter Soldier' it was revealed that Hydra was responsible for their deaths. Here it is confirmed that Bucky killed them.
Iron Man again uses F.R.I.D.A.Y as the operating system of his suits.
By the end of the film Captain America has gone rogue along with his team of Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Ant-Man - all of whom are essentially outlaws.
This presumably leaves the official Avengers team as just Iron Man, Black Widow and Vision as War Machine is severely injured, and both Black Panther and Spider-Man returns to their homes. ” - koomy
He will be taught by the Ancient One (in the comics a centries old, wise Tibetan sorcerer) who is confirmed as appearing in this film. Baron Mordo will also feature. In the comics he is a fellow student of the Ancient One who plans to betray him, and so becomes an enemy of Strange. However the MCU version is said to be an amalgamation of several characters.
With this film bringing a new mystical/magical aspect to the MCU it may be used to introduce another Infinity Stone, most likely via 'The Eye of Agamotto', a very powerful magical amulet used by Dr. Strange in the comics.
Feige's comments suggest it will be the Time Stone; "The Eye is a very important relic that can be quite dangerous if used in the wrong hands, because it has the ability to do any number of things, the most dangerous of which is, it can sort of manipulate probabilities, which is also another way of saying, ‘screw around with time’ — which is part of our story.”
In 'Thor' one of the items seen in Odin's treasure room is possibly 'The Eye of Agamotto'.
Kevin Feige has previously mentioned that parallel dimensions will be a key part of this film. The Darkforce (as seen in Agent Cater and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is rumoured to feature. ” - koomy
Cage was sent to Seagate Prison for a crime he did not commit. In exchange for parole he clandestinely underwent an experimental procedure that left him with near-impervious skin and superhuman strength. Seagate Prison has already featured in the ‘All Hail The King’ One-Shot...
Luke Cage appears in several episodes of Jessica Jones prior to this solo series (in the comics Luke Cage and Jessica Jones fall in love, have a child and get married).
Mariah Dillard will feature after first appearing in 'Captain America: Civil War'. In the comics, Dillard's a Harlem politician who seeks to clean up the crime in her local area, and winds up as one of Luke Cage's enemies. Dillard also happens to be the cousin of the villain Cottonmouth.
Clare Temple's mother, Soledad Temple, will feature. ” - koomy
The packages of heroin sold by Madam Gao in 'Daredevil' is stamped with the wingless dragon tattoo symbol of the Iron Fist villain ‘Steel Serpent’... ” - koomy
Kevin Feige says; "I think if Guardians works the way we certainly hope it works, that would probably be the franchise to meet a lot of...other cosmic folk. If we spin those out into individual movies, that’s a question for down the line. But I think we would see those kinds of characters in a future Guardians movie..."
Since Adam Warlock's cocoon was shown to be in the Collector's collection and the character has connections to the Soul Infinity Stone I think he will appear. This film could also lay groundwork for Thor 3, Captain Marvel, Inhumans. ” - koomy
This will feature a high school age (about 15 years old) Peter Parker. Feige says "it will not be an origin story. But, with great power comes great responsibility. It is inherent to who his character is. But we want to reveal it in different ways and spend much more time focusing on
this young high school kid in the MCU dealing with his powers. There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU, you just don’t know it yet.”
Iron Man is set to appear in this film after recruiting him and giving him an upgraded suit and Spider-Signal in Civil War.
Vulture will be the villain. ” - koomy
This doesn't quite work for the MCU version of Thor as the Asguardians are aliens rather than gods, but it does suggest a cataclysmic event will occur - perhaps to do with a combination of Loki secretly controlling Asguard, Thanos wanting to obtain the Cosmic Cube and Infinity Gauntlet, or an attack from the fire demon Surtur who brings about Ragnarok in the comics.
This film has been foreshadowed during Thor's visions in 'Age of Ultron'.
Intriguingly Ragnarok is also the name of the cyborg clone of Thor who first appeared in the 'Civil War' comics...
Hulk will feature in this film, as will elements of the Planet Hulk comic storyline. ” - koomy
Apparently the duo will be relocated to a post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. ” - koomy
Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series ("Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage") and a mini-series event in which the Marvel characters from the first four series team up as “The Defenders,” much like “The Avengers.”
The team could feature in Infinity War and/or events in Infinity War could influence the storyline of this crossover. ” - koomy
Ultron's use of vibranium is the catalyst for the nation of Wakanda becoming less isolationist and will likely be an ongoing issue in his solo film. This film will also follow on from events in Captain America: Civil War in which T'Challa becomes King of Wakand after the death of T'Chaka, his father.
Chadwick Boseman, Marvel's new Black Panther, has a contract for at least five films. He first appears in Captain America: Civil War, then his own film and then perhaps Infinity War Parts 1 & 2. This leaves one other film - perhaps Black Panther 2?
Since the traditional Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaue (aka Klaw) appears in 'Age of Ultron' he was expected to be the main villain in this film. He is shown to be illegally smuggling the rare metal Vibranium out of Wakanda and has literally been branded as a thief. After his dealings with Ultron he gains millions of dollars but loses a hand. This is likely a set up to him replacing his hand with a powerful sonic weapon of his own design (as in the comics).
However, Erik Killmonger (an evil version of T’Challa, gifted with the same mystical power that gives him his strength) and Malice (a spurned member of the Panther’s order of bodyguards/prospective wives) are said to be the villains.
Everett Ross, a member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Center, was introduced in 'Captain America: Civil War' and is likely to reappear here.
By the end of Civil War Bucky volunteers to be cryogenically frozen and kept in Wakanda for safety.
It is stated in 'Captain America' that his shield is made of Vibranium. The interrogation room in the plane in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is mentioned as being a Vibranium alloy. There is also a reference to the location of Wakanda near the end of 'Iron Man 2' on the TV Monitors, and on a map in 'Captain America'. ” - koomy
The Avengers team will presumably consist of some of the following; Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, War Machine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Vision.
Spider-Man, Black Panther and Doctor Strange may have also joined by this point. The Guardians of the Galaxy are expected to join the fight and characters from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and/or the Netflix shows may also feature.
In 'Guardians of the Galaxy' the Collector states that the six Infinity Stones are the remnants of six singularities that existed before the Big Bang and were compressed down into the Stones after the universe began.
The Space Stone aka Tesseract or Cosmic Cube is on Asguard, along with one of the Infinity Gauntlets (the end of Age of Ultron suggests there are in fact two Gauntlets and Thanos is in possession of one).
The Power Stone aka the Orb is entrusted with the Nova Corps for safekeeping.
The Mind Stone which was previously located within Loki's scepter is now a part of the Vision.
The Aether (unspecified but perhaps the Reality Stone) is entrusted in the Collector's care.
This leaves two more Stones to be introduced into the MCU; the Soul Stone and the Time Stone. The most likely films for these to be introduced in would be 'Dr Strange', 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2', 'Captain Marvel' or this film itself. ” - koomy
Kevin Feige has implied that Captain Marvel will bridge the divide between the Earth bound films and the cosmic films in the MCU. He also said Captain Marvel is perhaps the most powerful hero in the MCU. ” - koomy
The Avengers team will presumably consist of some of the following Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, War Machine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange. The Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the Inhumans will probably also be involved. Characters from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and/or the Netflix shows may also feature.
In 'Guardians of the Galaxy' the Collector states that the six Infinity Stones are the remnants of six singularities that existed before the Big Bang and were compressed down into the Stones after the universe began.
The Space Stone aka Tesseract or Cosmic Cube is on Asguard, along with one of the Infinity Gauntlets (the end of Age of Ultron suggests there are in fact two Gauntlets and Thanos is in possession of one).
The Power Stone aka the Orb is entrusted with the Nova Corps for safekeeping.
The Mind Stone which was previously located within Loki's scepter is now a part of the Vision.
The Aether (unspecified but perhaps the Reality Stone) is entrusted in the Collector's care. ” - koomy
The Inhumans are introduced in Season 2 of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and continue to feature in Season 3. They are revealed as part of an experiment thousands of years ago by a rogue faction of the Kree to create genetically altered soldiers on various planets. The Inhumans are the only surviving specimens, as the rogue Kree faction was killed by the Kree Emperor.
This film will perhaps ignore the earth based Inhumans (Daisy, Lincoln, Scarlet Witch etc) and concentrate on the Kree Royal Family led by their king, Black Bolt.
It is not yet clear if they will play a part in Infinity War.
Kevin Feige has previously stated that 'dozens' of Inhumans will be introduced and this film could lead to spin-offs following certain individuals/groups as well as Inhumans 2 and 3. ” - koomy