Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has bloomed from one weird movie about a drunk building a supercar robot thing into one of the most profitable franchises of all-time, encompassing movies, TV shows, cartoons, theme park attractions and comic books*. But it all started with Phase One:

(*Yes, the series is based on comics, but there’s also MCU-specific comics like Nick Fury’s Big Week that we write about despite absolutely no human being ever actually caring that much about them.)

Following Iron Man’s notorious revelation, and Nick Fury’s thematic stop-by, Phase One was released – Thor, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk movie we all tend to forget, and Captain America: The First Avenger, proof that there could be more than one good movie in Phase One – before all building to the capstone:

The Avengers. If you saw it in theaters, odds are you remember the insane hype of the film; despite it looking almost quaint now (what, a handful of Avengers team up to take down Loki? What is this, eight different scenes in Thor: Ragnarok?), the film blew up the box office and led to 80 more years of Marvel.

Now that Phase Four is fully in swing, the last episode of Moon Knight releasing soon, and both Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder on their way, it’s time to look back at the phases that led us here… and all the ways they pointed to the future.

Doctor Zola

MCU Phase One Easter Eggs Arnim Zola Some blueprints Doctor Zola grabs are for a robotic body like the one he has in the comics. Captain America: The First Avenger CRACKED.COM

Source: Reddit

Life Model Decoy

MCU Phase One Easter Eggs The Avengers Life Model Decoy Tony jokingly pretends to be a Life Model Decoy -which is a human-looking android used by S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics. ACTIVATE THE DEVICE. NOW! PRIORITY OVERRIDE FURY ALPHA-THETA- SEVEN! NOW GET THE HELL OUT DON'T DE OF MY STRATO- RÓCULOUS. SPHERE DEFORE . HAVE EVERY- THOUSANDS ONE UNDER Die SURVEILLANCE CRACKED.COM

Source: Marvel Database

Whiplash and Loki

MCU Phase One Easter Eggs Iron Man 2 Loki Ivan Vanko had a Loki tattoo on his neck. It was removed for fear audiences would think Loki was behind Whiplash's actions. CRACKED.COM

Source: IMDb

Human Torch

MCU Phase One Easter Eggs The the Captain America: The First Avenger The Human Torch The Synthetic Man, the original Human Torch makes an appearance in Steve Rogers' premiere film. CRACKED.COM

Source: Comic Book Like

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