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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an American media franchise and shared universe centered on superhero films and other series starring various titular superheroes independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The shared universe, much like the original Marvel Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters.

The film series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe features many central characters across its phases. The first three phases are known as "The Infinity Saga". As of July 2019[update], 23 films have been released.

Phase One is centered on six individuals who became the Avengers (Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor Odinson, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanoff, Clint Barton) along with Nick Fury, leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., who is responsible for the idea to set up the team. Another central character is Loki, a villain who originally caused the Avengers to form to thwart his plans of world domination.[2]

Phase Two centers on the MCU's first Avengers and Fury once again, along with new additions of the team (James Rhodes [first seen in Phase One], Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, and Vision). This Phase also introduces the Guardians of the Galaxy (Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Drax), and Scott Lang.[2]

Phase Three brings back every central character of both Phase One and Phase Two. It starts off focusing on the division of the original Avengers (as shown before in the early Phases) with newly added superheroes like Bucky Barnes (first seen in Phase One and Phase Two), Scott Lang, T'Challa and Peter Parker being involved. Nick Fury's origin is revealed and Loki has more of a neutral role around Phase Three. Thanos (who was briefly shown in Phase One and Phase Two) fills the role as the main antagonist of the third Phase. Hope van Dyne (as seen in Phase Two) joins with Scott Lang as duo superhero partners. Stephen Strange and Wong are also introduced as members of the new formation of the Masters of the Mystical Arts which sides with the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy to defeat Thanos. The Guardians of the Galaxy gets new members with Mantis and Nebula (who was originally a villain in Phase Two but later redeems herself). Female characters are also featured more on-screen throughout Phase Three, particularly in the penultimate film, Avengers: Endgame, which gives a heroic role to Pepper Potts (from previous Phases), Wakandan heroes Okoye and Shuri, and Valkyrie from Asgard, along with the newest headlining character of Phase Three, Carol Danvers.[2]

Dr. Bruce Banner (initially portrayed by Edward Norton and subsequently by Mark Ruffalo)[3] is a formative member of the Avengers and a genius physicist who, because of exposure to gamma radiation, transforms into a green monster—known as the Hulk—when enraged or agitated. The Hulk demonstrates superhuman strength and endurance. Throughout most of the films he acts largely on the instinct of self-preservation, attacking anything that he perceives as a threat. Over time, Banner demonstrated an increasing ability to control the transformation, calling the Hulk at will, although the Hulk became increasingly aware of Banner and able to stall the transformation back. Eventually, Banner was able to merge with the Hulk to become "Smart Hulk", combining Banner's mind and personality with the Hulk's body and strength. After the "Time Heist", Banner (as Smart Hulk) uses the Nano Gauntlet to bring back everyone who was affected by Thanos' snap, permanently damaging his arm in the process,[4] but safely returning everyone.[5]

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