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Marvel Cinematic Universe recap: What happens in every MCU film up until Avengers: Endgame (Part II)

Marvel Cenematic Universe recap: What happens in every MCU film up until “Avengers: Endgame” (Part I)

Marvel Cinematic Universe recap: What happens in every MCU film up until Avengers Endgame (Part III)

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Iron Man 3 (2013)

Ben Kingsley in ‘Iron Man 3’ – Ben Kingsley trong phim ‘Iron man 3’

Stark is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after nearly dying in the battle against Loki, and his paranoia has seen him build dozens of Iron Man suits, much to the displeasure of Pepper. After his bodyguard Happy Hogan is injured in an attack by a terrorist known only as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), Stark is prompted into action. He arrogantly issues a televised threat to the villain who sends gunship helicopters to destroy his New York home. Potts survives and Tony escapes in an experimental new suit powered by his artificial intelligence, JARVIS. However, it runs out of power and he finds himself stranded in rural Tennessee.


With the help of a 10-year-old boy (Ty Simpkins), Tony tracks down the Mandarin to a house in Miami. He soon realises, though, that he’s a foil: the Mandarin is actually an English actor named Trevor Slattery employed by the real terrorist – scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). He wants Tony’s help in refining Extremis, a virus designed to cure his own disability, and has imprisoned and exposed Pepper in the hope of blackmailing him to do so. During an altercation with Killian, Stark sees Pepper fall to her death – but her newfound Extremis powers help her survive. She kills Killian.


Pepper has her Extremis powers stabilized and Tony, after destroying his many Iron Man suits, undergoes an operation to have the shrapnel near his heart removed. He throws the arc reactor into the sea and vows to continue as Iron Man without it.


First appearances: Harley Keener (Ty Simpkins)


Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth in ‘Thor: The Dark World’ – Tom Hiddleston và Chris Hemsworth trong phim ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Dr Jane Foster finds herself teleported to another world after time portals begin opening up on Earth and finds herself infected by Aether, a weapon that heralds a catastrophic prophecy. Thor finds her and brings her to Asgard, but is warned by Odin that this substance will kill her. Aether’s arrival on the planet awakens the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) who hunts down Foster, killing Thor’s mother, Frigga, in the process.


Thor enlists the help of Loki who is imprisoned for his war crimes on Earth. Together, they lure Malekith out of hiding using Foster. Their plan works – but after the Aether is removed from Foster, it merges with the Dark Elf who escapes. Loki dies in the process.


With help from Dr Erik Selvig, who’s back to full health after being mentally enslaved by Loki, Malekith is defeated. Back on Asgard, Thor – who refuses the throne – tells Odin about his brother’s sacrifice, but when he leaves, it’s revealed that it’s not Odin after all: it’s Loki, who is still alive and has taken his form.


The Aether is given to a man named The Collector in a bid to keep it apart from the Tesseract; the two are Infinity Stones and to have them close together would be unwise. Despite this, The Collector reveals his intention of collecting the five remaining Infinity Stones for an unknown purpose.


First appearances: Fandral (Zachary Levi), Taneleer Tivan/The Collector (Benicio del Toro)


Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Sebastian Stan as the villainous Winter Soldier in the ‘Captain America’ sequel – Sebastian Stan trong vai Winter Soldier hung ác trong phần tiếp theo của ‘Captain America’

Two years after the events of Avengers Assemble, Rogers is working for SHIELD alongside Romanoff under Nick Fury. However, the latter is assassinated by a group working for the mysterious figure known as the Winter Soldier. Fury’s body is claimed by Agent Maria Hill.


Rogers goes on the run after keeping a flash drive handed to him by Fury before his death from senior SHIELD official Alexander Pierce. Together with Romanoff, they discover that Hydra infiltrated SHIELD during World War Two – and that Pierce is their leader. They team up with Rogers’ friend, the pararescueman Sam Wilson whose wing-pack gives him the name Falcon. However, they’re soon ambushed by the Winter Soldier whom Rogers is disturbed to learn is actually his presumed dead best pal Bucky Barnes. His body was claimed by Hydra after his fall and they brainwashed him into becoming an assassin.


Rogers unveils Hydra’s true identity upon the world and attempts to get through to Barnes whose orders are to kill Captain America. But, when Rogers is thrown off a space vessel into the river below, the Winter Soldier drags him to safety and flees. Cap and Falcon decide to look for him, believing they can bring Bucky to the fore. We later see the Winter Soldier stood over Bucky’s gravestone.


At a secret Hydra lab, a shadowy figure known as Baron Strucker observes two siblings with superpowers: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.


First appearances: The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes(Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford), Brock Rumlow/Crossbones (Frank Grillo), Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), Baron Strucker (Thomas Krestchmann), Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), PietroMaximoff/Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson),


Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

The Guardians of the Galaxy, led by Chris Pratt – Vệ binh giải ngân hà, dẫn đầu bởi Chris Pratt

As a child, Peter Quill is abducted by alien space pirates and raised in outer space. 26 years later, he steals a coveted orb from the planet Morag and a bounty is put out for his capture by a figure known as Ronan the Accuser, who sends a woman named Gamora to hunt him down. She later retrieves the orb, causing a battle in broad daylight that involves two bounty hunters called Rocket – a talking racoon – and a tree-like humanoid named Groot. They’re all rounded up and put in prison.


While there, prisoner Drax the Destroyer recognises Gamora as being associated with the aliens who killed his family: Ronan and Thanos, the latter of whom is her father. It’s here that Gamora reveals she’s betrayed Ronan and wants to keep the orb from him as she doesn’t want him to harness the power it holds. They escape and soon discover the orb holds an Infinity Stone. A fight ensues and the orb falls into Ronan’s clutches, who betrays Thanos and wants to keep the stone for himself.


After Groot sacrifices himself to save the gang from dying in a spaceship crash, Quill distracts Ronan and, using the power stone, kills him. In the aftermath, the group have their criminal records quashed and Quill learns that he’s half-human – his father hailed from an ancient unknown species.


First appearances: Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker), Laura Haddock (Meredith Quill)


Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr in ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’- Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth và Robert Downey Jr trong phim ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

In the fictional Eastern European country of Sokovia, the Avengers assemble to raid a Hydra lab containing sibling duo the Maximoffs, known as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.


While there, they locate Loki’s scepter. Within the weapon’s gem, Tony and Bruce discover artificial intelligence and secretly use it to create a global defense programme known as Ultron. However, their plan backfires and an enemy is born with the belief that he needs to wipe out humanity to save Earth. He destroys JARVIS, tries to kill the Avengers and steals the Scepter. He recruits the Maximoffs, working under the power of the scepter, and heads to weapons expert Ulysses Klaue to obtain rare material called vibranium from a country named Wakanda. However, after they discover Ultron’s plans to wipe out all humans, they turn against him and team with the Avengers.


Stark discovers that JARVIS is still alive and uploads him into a synthetic body whose forehead contains one of the six Infinity Stones. Ultron uses the vibranium to lift a literal city into the sky with the intention of throwing it to the ground and, in the ensuing battle, Quicksilver dies trying to protect Hawkeye while Black Widow attempts to lure Hulk out of a hesitant Banner to help stop Ultron. Ultimately, it’s Thor and Stark who thwart his destructive plans and Vision destroys what’s left of the evil AI’s body.


Banner decides to leave Earth, worried his alter ego will hurt Romanoff whom he’s developed feelings for, while Hawkeye hangs up his bow and arrow to spend time with his wife and kids. Together with Rogers, Romanoff opens an Avengers HQ in a bid to train up new recruits, including Falcon, Scarlet Witch, War Machine and Vision.


First appearances: Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), Vision (Paul Bettany), Laura Barton (Linda Cardellini), FRIDAY (Kerry Condon)


Ant-Man (2015)

Paul Rudd in ‘Ant-Man’ – Paul Rudd trong phim ‘Ant-man’

Burglar Scott Lang breaks into a house and steals what he thinks is a motorcycle suit, which he soon discovers can shrink him down to the size of an insect. It turns out Lang was lured to the house by Dr Hank Pym, a scientist who once resigned from SHIELD after discovering their attempt to replicate the shrinking suit he designed decades before. He’s discovered a similar suit is being made by his former protégé, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), and wants Lang to become Ant-Man to steal it.


He’s trained by Pym and Pym’s daughter, Hope van Dyne, who soon learns that her deceased mother Janet disappeared into the quantum realm years before while on a mission as a superhero called the Wasp. Lang is sent to Avengers HQ to steal a device that will aid their heist and he encounters – and fights – Falcon in the process.


Scott and Hope defeat Cross, who wants to sell his suit to Hydra, but the former finds himself zapped into the quantum realm. While there, he somehow reverses the effects and returns leading Hank to believe his wife may actually still be alive. He unveils a new suit he’s made for his daughter who he wants to become a new version of the Wasp.


Meanwhile, Captain America and Falcon are revealed to have Bucky Barnes in their custody. Steve wants to contact Tony about what to do next but says he’s unable to due to a new superhero regulation laid down by the Sokovia Accords. Falcon, recalling his encounter with Ant-Man, tells Cap he knows someone who can help.


First appearances: Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Luis (Michael Peña), Kurt (David Dastmalchian, Maggie (Judy Greer)




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