Marvel Cinematic Universe Guide For Noobs!

Here's another In-Depth guide to the MCU, similar to my GOTG Guide for Noobs. Read on for a breakdown of the upcoming films that are part of this ever expanding universe.

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By E.F. "Manny" Camacho - 9/18/2013


Marvel has been painting an amazing picture for their cinematic universe, so well, that the other studios are starting to do the same with THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2-4, and the expanding X-MEN and WOLVERINE franchises.

With every new announcement comes a new character, a new film, a reference to a continuation, or a series adjustment. While a good many of you will know who the general characters are, at least, from the mainstream context given (in some of the films we've seen). A large amount of you that are in a mainstream audience probably have no clue as to who some of these characters are, and from what comics they come from; and literally, may only have working knowledge from limited entries in some of the animated series & features we’ve gained over the years.

If you've read my Guardians of the Galaxy Guide for Noobs, then you have seen the massive amount of reading I laid out, with a growing character bio index; to help catch up mainstream comic book fans with those respective characters, whom are mostly obscure. I’ve been asked recently to start working on the same entries from a Marvel brand manager for their various wikia’s. I've also been asked here and through social media to continue adding these guides (or indexes, if that floats your boat for a description). These articles will piggy back my work on those community websites.

So let’s begin to take a deeper look at these characters and get some guidance to comic material that we can read; learning more about these characters as we go, along with the storylines coming into the next set of films.

NOTE: This article is long (dynamically updated) and in depth; if you are a TL;DR, you're getting permission here to go do something else, play candy crush, angry birds, read one of my other articles (and troll me there), go pound the ham a bit, whatever...Derp! There's no shame, you're young...attention spans are short, I get it.

EDIT: Yes Godzillafart, this note is for people like you that need something random and catchy to complain about...


Thor: The Dark World




We've all seen THOR (by now) and while I loved the film with, everyone's favorite Asgardian, I wanted more time in Asgard. I also wanted more super-villainy displayed outside of Midgard (Earth). While we were starved for (more) Asgard in the first film, the new film will see us well fed with the addition of Thor's old enemy, Malekith and a few other very important characters in Thor’s comic book history, specifically Algrim, who later becomes Kurse.

The First appearance of the Dark Elf, is in 1984, Thor #344, and you can get this issue and others that follow on Marvel's website, digitally. You don't have to (but it's nice to) scour a comic-shop for older print versions; the process of doing so is like cat-nip to me, but mainstream fans will have an easier time picking up any of these issues from $.99 cents to $1.99.

Here is the listing of the comics you will want to read through to give you a ton of insight without having to start from square one with Regard to Thor, Malekith, Algrim, and some of the prior relationships between him and Loki (even though we have a pretty clear idea where the MCU wants to take us with Loki).




Thor #344-349
Thor #357-369
Thor #371-382
Thor #485-487, 489
Thor Volume 2 #29-32
Balder the Brave #1-4
Incredible Hercules #134, 136


A large portion of these issues are in one compendium release from 2011, simply titled THOR by Walter Simonson in an awesome hardcover edition. However, this edition does not start from Malekith’s first appearance, and includes many of Thor's enemies that are all of great import; whom many may have any number of connections to future MCU films.

NOTE: In case you may be among the minority making a simple mistake, Algrim, the dark elf in the animated film THOR: TALES OF ASGARD, is not Malekith in the upcoming live action film.





Captain America: The Winter Soldier




I love Cappy, he's one of my favorite characters (in all of Marvel), because he is actually inspired from a real person. No, I'm not saying we had a super-serum enhanced soldier in WWII. I'm saying we had the U.S. War Bond selling “Captain” (The Star Spangled Man) in WWI-II. We got to see a lot of what Comic fans already understood as his origin in the first film - grant it, variations of it, but the essence is there.

The first Cappy film properly sets up the origin spark for James “Bucky” Barnes, who we’re getting in the 2nd film as one of its “antagonist”. In terms of what I understand of Cappy, you'll want to read up on Winter Soldier carefully. This character is (more than likely) going to be pivotal in some of the story telling moving forward, at least with just Cappy in mind; not just the overall MCU. Much of Bucky’s description as a character may spoil a lot of what (potentially) is to come. Check out the comic series listed below carefully. Why is Bucky critical? Joss Whedon recently talked about the potential to kill off characters from the Avengers. Which means any number of comic book deaths may be in store for us in the near future. Especially with Whedon wanting Avengers 2 to become more personal, darker, more focused on the characters.




Captain America Volume 5 #1 "Out of Time" Series I-VI

There is a large list of Marvel Characters that are joining the cast for Winter Soldier. Most of them are not mutants or possess any special abilities, outside of being heavily trained military characters. Some however are very important additions.

James "Bucky" Barnes
Arnim Zola
Sam Wilson / Falcon
Brock Rumlow / Crossbones
Sharon Carter / Agent 13
Batroc the Leaper
Ferdinand Lopez
Jack Rollins
Alexander Pierce

We already met Zola in the first film, and he effectively remained with the early incarnation of SHIELD, so it will be awesome to see his exact incarnation in this film. If he finally dawns the cybernetic body we've come to know in the comics.

Falcon finally joins the MCU, played by Anthony Mackie, a character we've seen often in various incarnations in the comics and animated media. Sam Wilson is a character that was used as a pawn to kill Captain America by the Red Skull. In fact it was the Skull that used the Tesseract (Cosmic Cube) to give Falcon his telepathic abilities. Eventually becoming one of Steve Rogers most trusted partners. Cappy trained Falcon heavily in everything; from hand to hand combat, acrobatics, tactics, etc. He will be an interesting character to see interpreted for a live action film.

There’s a lot more I can point out for Captain America, I can go in depth on Red Skull, or point you in the direction of the Civil War series (among my favorites) but we have a perfect example of who Cappy is from the 1st film, along with Red Skull, and a few other characters.

The first film did Cappy's character nearly to perfection. Even if CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER was financially the weakest performing of the entire MCU ranking at #24 overall (of 118) as a comic book adaptation. Even if, the perfect Steve Rogers (in my mind), is a mid 1980's Chuck Norris with no beard; but hey, Chris Evans is pretty damn great in the role, and that random thought is just me thinking back to my childhood. Evans conveys the stubborn, struggling to understand (our world), enormous need to do good for his fellow brothers in arms, exceptionally well. We got him in a nutshell, but damn that was an awesome nutshell.


Guardians of the Galaxy


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Avenger's 2: Age of Ultron


Being voice by James Spader



Ultron first appeared in Avenger's #54 1968. He was deceptively introduced as the Crimson Cowl; eventually being revealed that the Cowl was Jarvis under Ultron's control.

This year we saw the release of a 10 issue crossover event titled "Age of Ultron" - Do not be confused by this - Kevin Feige and Whedon have both stated this is simply borrowing the title, and that this comic is not at all what the film will be based on. The origins for Ultron will be completely unique to the MCU, as the characters origin were originally tied to Hank Pym; endowing the android with his own neural patterns, and the AI he created. Ultron became "self-aware" almost immediately. He hypnotized (I kind of want to say "glamoured"...derp) Pym and suggested he leave and forget the lab. This is where Ultron rebuilt himself, many times over, before working together with the Masters of Evil and striking at the Avengers.


Ant-Man


More Info Coming Soon



Hank Pym...He's Giant-Man, Yellow Jacket, Goliath, and we see him in this film (from what we know so far) as the titular character. Originally able to pop a pill of "Pym" particles, he was able to shrink in size. By necessity; created a special helmet that allowed him to communicate with insects (so they wouldn't attack and eat him).

As more info becomes available for the film, I will update details about characters involved in the casting.


Doctor Strange


More Info Coming Soon



Important Characters:
Stephen Strange / Dr. Strange
Wong
The Ancient One
Baron Mordo
Dormammu
Mephisto


Iron Fist


More Info Coming Soon



This character originally was going to get a film on his own prior to the MCU setup. At that time, Ray Park had been attached to play the character. More than likely the rumors about Park being attached now are accredited to the original film that was planned, and consequently scrapped.

Much of the hype surrounding Iron Fist is also in reference to his long time "Heroes for Hire" crime-fighting partner, Luke Cage, giving rise to the rumors that the next film would be just that - "Heroes for Hire".

There is very little information available at the moment about this project, and I'd imagine he'd be just as difficult to bring to the screen true to form, similarly to Wolverine. However, it is classified as
In Development

Important Characters:
Iron Fist
Luke Cage

Black Panther


(Info Coming Soon)



Important Characters:
T'Challa The Black Panther
Ororo Monroe / Storm
Ulysses Klaw
Man-Ape

I will be doing a variety of updates to this guide; adding a larger comic index for the lesser known characters that are announced for each of these films, and various supplemental character bio articles for each as well.

Let me know what you think of these films, and what you're hoping for. Ask questions if you want more info on something; I'll do my best to get to all of the necessary details and update a massive amount of information.

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efcamachopmp - 9/18/2013, 10:56 AM
Thanks Batz, you're fast lol...
Pheezmatic - 9/18/2013, 10:57 AM
damn dude! soon all the noobs will become less obvious....ninja-like...
SoundWave - 9/18/2013, 11:00 AM
Why no BLACK PANTER??? =(
knocturnalzen10 - 9/18/2013, 11:05 AM
really.........
CaptainComicBook - 9/18/2013, 11:08 AM
That art of Iron Fist looks weird. Does he have the longest torso ever?
Godzillafart - 9/18/2013, 11:10 AM
Good article...

However, I would be remiss if I didn't address this: "NOTE: This article is long (dynamically updated) and in depth; if you are a TL;DR, you're getting permission here to go do something else, play candy crush, angry birds, read one of my other articles (and troll me there), go pound the ham a bit, whatever...Derp! There's no shame, you're young...attention spans are short, I get it."

Way to sidestep the very valid criticism that you sometimes run at the mouth, seem oblivious to the need for concise communication, and generally blather on with no obvious benefit. If you don't address this, young one, you will never improve. :P
CaptainComicBook - 9/18/2013, 11:10 AM
Iron Fist would be awesome as a supporting character of a Luke Cage film. Or they could do a Heroes for Hire with just Cage and Iron Fist and use the classic buddy cop format.
InfiniteMonkey - 9/18/2013, 11:13 AM
Well done! Love these updates!
Optimus83 - 9/18/2013, 11:15 AM
Cool. ...Ultron James Spader
TheFirstAvenger97 - 9/18/2013, 11:24 AM
Good job.
CaptainComicBook - 9/18/2013, 11:24 AM
Idk if he has any martial arts experience but what do you guys think of Joel Kinnaman as Iron Fist.
knocturnalzen10 - 9/18/2013, 11:39 AM
iron fist can do some damage when he starts funneling his chi , smh the man drop hulk with one shot WTF !
efcamachopmp - 9/18/2013, 11:44 AM
Pasto I'm on IMDB (which needs a big update) and on Stage 32, mostly stuff you might have never seen lol... a lot of indie film work. I was a Project Manager on Legion; that's probably the mainstream one you've seen. I was a random stunt performer, believe it or not on Batman Forever...lol I auditioned for Robin, but I was too dark and Hispanic looking, but I did a crazy set of acrobatics off the stage, and they asked me to do a few utility stunts (I was a kid, so I fangasmed at the chance). I had done a lot of random utility stunts and walk on roles at that time because the High School I was in was used in a few films (Only the Strong, The Substitue, etc).

I EP'd a parody of Lord of the Rings that's about to be fully released and distributed, "Rise of the Fellowship" (originally "The Fellows Hip: Rise of the Gamers") we've won a few awards on this one on the festival circit.

I work on a lot of pilots for MTV, Univision, and for productions down in South Florida. I'm working on a few films but all are independent, they've earned me some awards for production and screenplays. I also AP and write episodes for a media heavy church in Miami.

Feel free to chat with me on social media about any of those projects, but let's keep the thread here on this topic :) (as Godzillafart pointed out - I talk a lot)
efcamachopmp - 9/18/2013, 11:47 AM
LOL - Send me a bill ;)
Maxi91291 - 9/18/2013, 11:56 AM
Everyone should read the whole vol. 5 of Cap .... one of the best comics ever
efcamachopmp - 9/18/2013, 12:06 PM
@Blackandyellow LOL O_o

@Pasto I have a place in PSL (Becker), moving out back down to Miami in the next few weeks. I came up here for Digital Domain - and then they went poof...T_T

Not much up here to do but write...There is (at least) Captain Joel 30 minutes away in Ft Pierce though!
NovaCorpsFan - 9/18/2013, 12:13 PM
YouHappy

You must lead a really pathetic life.
heitish - 9/18/2013, 12:22 PM
Great read!
efcamachopmp - 9/18/2013, 12:40 PM
There are actually a few other films listed "In Development" like Deadpool and Nick Fury but those are also listed as ???? on IMDB Pro. I'm pretty certain Deadpool has been in development hell since the one good script was written... Nick Fury I could have sworn Feige mentioned was potentially being scrapped in favor of bringing other characters to life. Especially after regaining all rights to Blade and Punisher.

With their assisted #Freeloki campaign and other possible female character films rumored everyday I have a lot of work in research to add to this guide. So check back often for updates.



Dunejedi - 9/18/2013, 12:43 PM
Calling things by their proper names does, in fact, "float my boat". It helps in trying to figure out just what the hell people are trying to communicate. Keep up the work.
DetectiveMartinHart - 9/18/2013, 12:49 PM
Not to be an ass but Edgar Wright has said that Ant-Man is based on To Steal an Ant-Man so i have to assume it involves Pym and Lang
efcamachopmp - 9/18/2013, 1:00 PM
@jdwyler404 you're not bud, I'll be adding more later tonight.
StormLoganSummers - 9/18/2013, 1:11 PM
You call Captain America "Cappy?"
GLJeff - 9/18/2013, 1:35 PM
not like it's not a big deal, ppl are smart enough to find him otherwise but the crossbones link takes you to batroc the leaper. just saying. good article though, lot of good reading here
ManofwooD - 9/18/2013, 1:37 PM
@ gusto

lol that [frick]ing meme always crack me up even to I've seen it about a billion times now.
efcamachopmp - 9/18/2013, 1:55 PM
@gljeff got it thanks.
Inhuman - 9/18/2013, 2:05 PM
(2015) Ant-Man....... (Villains: MODOK, Egghead, AIM) Will be more standalone-ish but have hints of a larger universe

(2016) Captain America 3........ (Villains: Baron Zemo, HYDRA) Picks up after Avengers: Age Of Ultron

(2016) Black Panther......... (Villains: Klaw, Killmonger) Will be standalone-ish but have hints of a larger universe

(2017) Doctor Strange......... (Villains: Dormammu) Will be standalone-ish until something magical that Doctor Strange does against Dormammu will make Surtur be the villain in Thor 3

(2017) Thor 3............... (Villains: Surtur, Enchantress, Executioner) Somehow the Infinity Gauntlet will be stolen and given to Thanos from Odins Treasure Room at some point in this film

(2018) Avengers 3.......... Battle against Thanos
Pheezmatic - 9/18/2013, 2:56 PM
Or u guys can just take over detroits streets under the tag team name of "Gasto"
ShogunNevets - 9/18/2013, 3:10 PM
Nice
SuperJoe - 9/18/2013, 4:46 PM
That Ant-Man pic reminded me how shitty of a character he is.
efcamachopmp - 9/18/2013, 5:06 PM
@UltraGigantorInfraMan Badass Nova Cosplay...

@Superjoe you cut me man! Deep! Imagine if he ever wanted to fight the hulk...He could shrink and fly into his ear and start beating the crap out of his ear drum...drive him insane - or worse, fly into his nose and start going all "F your coach" on his brain tissue...

There's an episode of the Fantastic Four (2006), I believe EP7 "World's Tiniest Heroes" where you see Reed and Hank totally geeking out together while the rest of the crew are baffled at the level of geeky nerdiness...if you don't like Hank Pym after that...Or his intro in Avengers: EMH (punching out badguys a-la-vietiful-joe style), you're never going to like him lol
Namor - 9/18/2013, 5:43 PM
I want Jason Statham to play Iron Fist and Michael Jai White to play Luke Cage.
Namor - 9/18/2013, 5:48 PM
Doctor Strange - Johnny Depp

Antman - Adrien Brody

Luke Cage- Michael Jai White

Iron Fist- Jason Statham

Black Panther- Morris Chestnut or Taye Diggs

Gambit- Robert Pattinson(just wanna see if he can pull off a badass)
efcamachopmp - 9/18/2013, 5:57 PM
@Ultra you might be right

@Namor Statham/White would be an awesomely badass team. but would they have the chemistry?

This duo has to almost function like a "Buddy Cop" movie.

I'd love to see Scott Adkins in the role, and I'd also like to see Terry Crews or Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Cage.

Black Panther is an interesting role, and whoever sits in it needs to simply be believable as royalty, egotistical but somehow polite about it with an overall level of badass that is a class of its own...

I'd actually retract my last statement and say Terry Crews as Luke Cage and place Mustafa as Black Panther.

Gambit for me should be Richard Armitage
Ichaos - 9/18/2013, 6:07 PM
I don't want an Iron Fist movie. I want a Heroes for Hire movie with Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
efcamachopmp - 9/18/2013, 6:12 PM
@Ichaos 3 years ago that is what was (kind of) on the table. Ray Park was attached to play Iron Fist, but he'd been campaigning for a while to be in that role.
SuperJoe - 9/18/2013, 7:45 PM
@gusto what character hasn't Marvel ripped off from DC?
FistsOfJustice - 9/18/2013, 7:52 PM
Havent posted for over a year... I just read everyone elses. Anyway, sweet article. Straight to the point info. I'll foward this to some of my friends who need to get up tp speed.

Q @ Manny: Why Iron Fist? I'd love to see him on the big scene, but I havent heard any thing about him being in phase 3.... Have you?....
efcamachopmp - 9/18/2013, 8:48 PM
If you use IMDB Pro you can see "in-development" projects listed by production company and by studio. Marvel has a few projects listed as in Development.

They also have various writers, directors, producers, and in some cases like Ant-Man an attached actor. I was going to list every single movie they have placed in development. But I'm going to stick to the ones specifically announced and planned through 2015-2016 ...make life easier for now.
mctrinket - 9/18/2013, 8:49 PM
Iron Fist uses guns now?
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