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

Marvel Cinematic 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 II)

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ – Chris Evans và Robert Downey Jr trong phim ‘Captain America: Civil War’

One year after defeating Ultron, the Avengers accidentally kill Wakandan humanitarians while fighting a Hydra agent. As a consequence, Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross reveals plans to pass the Sokovia Accords, which will establish a UN panel that will control the team. This splits the group: Tony, still feeling guilt over the creation of Ultron, approves, but Cap is insistent that he trust his own judgment over a government’s.


As the Accords are about to be approved, Wakanda king T’Chaka is killed in an explosion and CCTV footage reveals that Bucky – whose brainwashing has been activated once again – is the culprit. T’Chaka’s son, T’Challa, vows to kill Bucky and goes after him in costume as Black Panther. Learning of their location, Cap tries to save Bucky and apprehend him, still believing he can save him from his Winter Soldier fate.


Rogers eventually learns that Barnes wasn’t the bomber and, unwilling to wait for authorization to capture the real man responsible, goes rogue alongside Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Ant-Man. Stark assembles a rival crew, including Black Panther, Black Widow, War Machine, Vision and new recruit Spider-Man, and they fight. Black Widow, though, lets Cap and Bucky go, but the rest of his team are imprisoned.


Stark eventually learns that Bucky was framed and hunts down Rogers to strike a truce. However, he discovers that Bucky, while brainwashed, assassinated his parents decades before – and that Cap knew this. They fight once again and, after deactivating Stark’s armour, Rogers flees, leaving his shield behind. He then breaks his allies out of prison.


Bucky, granted asylum in Wakanda, returns to cryogenic sleep until a cure can be found for his brainwashing.


First appearances: T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Martin Freeman (Everett K Ross), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), T’Chaka (John Kani)


Doctor Strange (2016)

Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Doctor Strange’ – Benedict Cumberbatch trong phim ‘Doctor Strange’

Neurosurgeon Stephen Strange loses the use of his hands after a car accident. He seeks out an immortal guru named the Ancient One who he believes can heal him. She begins to teach him magic and Strange discovers that Earth is protected from threats from other dimensions by a shield generated from buildings known as the Sanctums.


After learning how to bend time with help from a mysterious object named the Eye of Agomotto – which contains an Infinity Stone – he’s forced to face down an evil wizard named Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) in order to protect the sanctums. Strange discovers and reveals that the Ancient One has been drawing power from the Dark Dimension to sustain her long life, a fact that incites fury in his mentor Mordo. In a post-credits sequence, he steals the mystical energy from one of the Ancient One’s former protégés, stating that “Earth has too many sorcerers”.


Strange’s path crosses with Thor who we learn has brought Loki to Earth and wants Strange’s help in locating his father, Odin.


First appearances: Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Wong (Benedict Wong), The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor)


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017)

Dave Bautista and Pom Klementieff in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ – Dave Bautista và Pom Klementieff trong phim ‘Vệ binh giải ngân hà phần 2’

The Guardians crash on a planet where Quill meets his father, Ego (Kurt Russell) who is soon revealed to be a villainous Celestial that adopted a humanoid guise after manipulating the matter around its consciousness to form his home planet. We learn he hired Yondu to bring Quill to space as a young boy after his mother’s death, but Yondu decided to raise Quill himself.


Ego’s plan, to create new extensions of himself across the galaxy, is revealed to Drax by his empath servant called Mantis. The two form an unlikely bond. The Guardians unite to defeat Ego. This includes Nebula who, having being imprisoned by the Guardians, develops a bond with her sister Gamora after finding themselves in mortal danger. When Quill’s safety is endangered in the process of escaping the nefarious Ego, Yondu dies saving his life.


Despite being offered to join the Guardians, Nebula leaves intent on killing her father, Thanos.


First appearances: Mantis (Pom Klementieff)


Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Tom Holland in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ – Tom Holland trong phim ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

After the events of Avengers Assemble, Adrian Toomes – the owner of a salvage company – is driven out of business after an operation to clean up the city is overtaken by Tony Stark. He retains the Chitauri technology they’ve scavenged and years later, creates a suit with mechanical wings to seek revenge. He calls himself the Vulture.


Peter Parker, fresh from his escapades helping Stark in the Civil War fight against Captain America, is told he’s not ready to become an Avenger. To abate him, Tony gives him a newer high-tech suit. Scouring the streets for crime, Parker spots shady individuals selling alien weaponry and happens upon the Vulture’s dealings. Stark bails him out when he finds himself in trouble and warns him to steer clear; he doesn’t listen. Stark is forced to don his Iron Man suit and teams up with Spider-Man up to bring the Vulture to justice.


After successfully preventing the Vulture from hijacking a plane filled with weapons that are being transported to Avengers HQ, Tony asks Parker if he wants to become a full-time Avenger. He declines, expressing a desire to return to his studies.


First appearances: Adrian Toomes/The Vulture (Michael Keaton), Michelle “MJ” Jones/Zendaya, Ned (Jacob Batalon)


Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ – Tessa Thompson và Chris Hemsworth trong phim ‘Thor: Ragnarok

Two years after the events of Age of Ultron, Thor, imprisoned on an alien planet, learns his father is no longer on Asgard. He’s told of a forthcoming prophecy named Ragnarok that will destroy the realm. He returns to Asgard, retrieves Loki and locates Odin with help from Doctor Strange on Earth: he’s in Norway. Upon finding him, Odin tells his son he’s dying and that Ragnarok cannot be prevented. His death unleashes his firstborn, Hela (Cate Blanchett), whose dark power saw her imprisoned years before.


Hela destroys Thor’s hammer and after he tries to teleport away with Loki, finds himself stuck on a trash planet where his world collides with a slave-trader named Valkyrie. They’re brought before the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) and, before too long, Thor is made to fight as a gladiator and is assigned a battle with the champion: Hulk!


It turns out Hulk crash-landed on the same planet after absconding years earlier. He hasn’t been Banner since then. However, after Thor helps him uncover his ship, Banner returns after watching a video message from Romanoff.


Meanwhile, Hela arrives on Asgard, intent on destroying it. Soon enough, Thor, Banner and Valkyrie arrive to do battle, as does Loki who steals the Grandmaster’s vessel, which all of Asgard’s inhabitants escape onto. Thor, battling Hela, loses his eye and, after a spiritual vision of his father, realises he doesn’t need his hammer to beat her and realises the only way to defeat Hela is to unleash Ragnarok. This kills her, but also destroys Asgard.


During the battle, Loki happens upon the Tesseract and steals it. Now the king, Thor decides to bring his people to Earth – but the ship encounters a much larger spacecraft in the process.


First appearances: Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi)


Black Panther (2018)

Chadwick Boseman in ‘Black Panther’ – Chadwick Boseman trong phim ‘Black Panther’

We’re introduced to Wakanda, a country where vibranium is secretly used to develop advanced technology. Following the death of his father in Civil War, T’Challa becomes king. On Earth, a crook named Erik Stevens steals a Wakandan artifact from a London museum for the arms dealer, Ulysses Klaue, who wants to sell it to CIA agent Everett Ross. Klaue tells Ross that Wakanda’s international image as a Third World country is a front for a technologically advanced civilization.


After Ross is shot protecting T’Challa’s girlfriend Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), the king brings him to Wakanda and asks his sister Shuri to use their technology to heal him. Stevens follows and reveals himself to be N’Jadaka, the son of T’Chaka who has a claim to the throne. He’s deeply resentful of T’Challa having been left behind on Earth by their father as a child. He defeats T’Challa in ritual combat and assumes control of Wakanda.


With help from Shuri, warrior Okoye and Ross, they overcome Stevens who dies after refusing to be healed by Wakandan technology.


T’Challa establishes an outreach centre back on Earth that he assigns Shuri and Nakia to run. He then reveals Wakanda’s true nature to the world before the UN.


Meanwhile, back on Wakanda, Shuri is shown to be helping Bucky with his recuperation after he’s granted asylum there following the events of Civil War.


First appearances: Okoye (Danai Gurira) Shuri (Letitia Wright), Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o)


Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers assemble in Wakanda for ‘Infinity War’ – Nhóm Avengers tập hợp tại Wakanda để chuẩn bị cho ‘Infinity War’

Having gained possession of the Power stone, Thanos breaks onto the spacecraft carrying Thor, Loki and the many Asgardians they saved. His minions extract the Space Stone from the Tesseract that Loki stole and Thanos kills him in the process. This time, he’s really dead. Thanos destroys the ship.


Hulk arrives on Earth and, reverting to Banner, explains to Doctor Strange how Thanos plans to acquire all six Infinity Stones to wipe out half of all humanity. Thanos’ minions arrive to retrieve the Time Stone from Strange, who is taken prisoner. This captures Parker’s attention who pursues their spaceship with Stark.


Vision – who has the Mind Stone in his head – offers to sacrifice himself after learning of Thanos’ plans. Rogers, though, suggests they take him to Wakanda believing the country has the resources to remove it without killing him.


The Guardians find respond to a distress call form the Asgardian ship and find Thor in space. They head to the planet Knowhere, assuming that Thanos is after the Reality Stone – and when they arrive, they find him there: he already has it. He kidnaps Gamora who reveals the Soul Stone is on the planet Vormir to save the life of her sister Nebula, whom Thanos had previously captured. When they arrive on Vormir, Red Skull tells Thanos he can only take the Stone if he sacrifices someone he loves: he kills Gamora and takes the stone.


Strange uses the Time Stone to view millions of possible futures, seeing only one in which Thanos loses. He arrives on the planet Titan, where he’s overpowered by Parker, Stark, Quill, Drax and Mantis – but Quill allows him to break their hold after attacking him for killing his love, Gamora. Stark’s life is spared when Strange surrenders the Time Stone to save his life.


The Avengers assemble in Wakanda to fight Thanos’ army. Thanos himself arrives and removes the Mind Stone from Vision’s head, killing him. With all the stones in his possession, he activates the Infinity Gauntlet and clicks his fingers – wiping out half of all living life in the universe, including Bucky, Black Panther, Groot, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Mantis, Drax, Quill, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.


Fury also turns to dust – but not before he’s able to transmit an emergency signal.


First appearances: Johann Schmidt/Red Skull (Ross Marquand)


Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ – Evangeline Lilly và Paul Rudd trong phim ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Dr Hank Pym opens a tunnel to the quantum realm, believing his wife Janet could still be alive in there. Sure enough, after being briefly trapped there in Ant-Man, Lang – now on house arrest after helping Rogers in Civil War – has become “quantumly entangled” with her and receives a message from her. Together, they work to build a stable quantum tunnel so they can take a vehicle to the quantum realm and retrieve her.


Opening a stable version of the tunnel, Pym, his daughter Hope, and Lang are able to contact Janet, who gives them a precise location to find her, but warns that they only have two hours before the unstable nature of the realm separates them for a century. Pym manages to enter and successfully brings her out alive, leading to an emotional reunion.


Lang returns to the quantum realm in a bid to harvest its energy at the exact same time that Thanos clicks his finger – and finds himself stuck inside as Hank, Hope and Janet turn to dust.


First appearances: Janet Van Dyne/The original Wasp (Michelle Pfeiffer)


Captain Marvel (2019)

Brie Larson in ‘Captain Marvel’ – Brie Larson trong phim ‘Captain Marvel’

Starforce member Vers – who suffers from amnesia – crash lands on Earth in 1995, attracting the attention of SHIELD agents Fury and Coulson. While there, Vers learns about her past: she was a pilot presumed to have died in 1989 while testing an experimental jet engine.


She later discovers she is called Carol Danvers who, destroying an engine to prevent an alien race from acquiring it, absorbed the energy from the ensuing explosion, which gave her superpowers. This was the cause of her amnesia. After realising the Kree alien race have been suppressing her powers all this time and defeats evil forces, including Ronan the Accuser, from retrieving the Tesseract – a mysterious blue object that finds its way into Fury’s possession.


Before returning to space, Danvers leaves a pager with Fury, telling him to contact her in the case of an emergency. Inspired by Danvers, Fury drafts an initiative to locate other superheroes, naming it after her Air Force call sign: “Avenger”.


In present day, Danvers arrives at Avengers HQ having had the pager activated by Fury.


First appearances: Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)




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