It’s our 300th Honest Trailers and we’re celebrating by doing one for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe! Thank you to everyone who has watched Honest Trailers!
The first MCU film was Iron Man (2008), which began the first phase of films culminating in the crossover film The Avengers (2012). Phase Two began with Iron Man 3 (2013) and concluded with Ant-Man (2015). Phase Three began with Captain America: Civil War (2016) and is set to conclude with Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). The first three phases in the franchise are collectively known as “The Infinity Saga”. Marvel Television expanded the universe to network television with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC in 2013–14 television season, followed by online streaming with Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix in 2015 and Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu in 2017, and then to cable television with Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger on Freeform in 2018. Marvel Television also produced the digital series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot. Soundtrack albums have been released for all the films and many of the television series, as well compilation albums containing existing music heard in the films. The MCU also includes tie-in comics published by Marvel Comics, while Marvel Studios has also produced a series of direct-to-video short films and a viral marketing campaign for its films and the universe with the faux news program WHIH Newsfront.
The franchise has been commercially successful, though some critics have found that some of its films and television series have suffered in service of the wider universe. It has inspired other film and television studios with comic book character adaptation rights to attempt to create similar shared universes.