Features of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) media franchise features many fictional elements including locations, weapons, and artifacts. While many of these features are based on elements that originally appeared in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics, some features were created specifically for the MCU.
- The Avengers Compound,Battle at the Avengers Compound. The interior of the facility was digitally created by Method Studios in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Porsche's headquarters at Aerotropolis Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia doubled as the compound in Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming, with Trixter completely redesigning the facility for its appearance in Homecoming.
- Avengers Tower (based on the Marvel Comics location
- Brooklyn Antiques is an antique shop in Super Soldier Serum, but Hydra mole Heinz Kruger kills Erskine before attempting to escape from the shop. In 2010, the car chase scene in Captain America: The First Avenger was filmed on Dale Street in the Northern Quarter. Producers chose Manchester because of its resemblance to 1940s New York City with its high buildings dating from pre-WW2 and the site is a shortlisted UNESCO world heritage site.
- Camp Lehigh is a military training facility located in Wheaton, Arnim Zola secretly uploads his consciousness into a series of computers. The compound is destroyed in 2014 by a S.H.I.E.L.D. missile sent by Hydra. By 2024, it is rebuilt and hosts the first New Jersey AvengerCon, attended by Kamala Khan / Ms. Marveland her best friend Bruno.
- Clint Barton's farmhouse, also known as the "Lucky the Pizza Dog, to the farmhouse to celebrate Christmas with his family.
- Culver University is a university in Betty Ross, and Erik Selvig. Action sequences set at the university in The Incredible Hulk were filmed at the University of Toronto and Morningside Park.
- The Golden Dagger ClubKaty.
- Gulmira is a city in U.S. Air Force. At the same time, James Rhodes calls Stark and informs him of the incident in Gulmira. Stark initially denies his involvement, claiming that he was "driving with the top down", but later confesses that he was wearing the Iron Man armor before narrowly escaping, prompting Rhodes to announce to the publicthat the incident was a "training exercise".
- The Hammer Industries Headquarters is the main headquarters of Happy Hogan later infiltrate the headquarters and take down several guards. The SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California served as the set for the facility in Iron Man 2.
- The Hydra Research Base in
- The Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility is a top secret research facility used by S.H.I.E.L.D. and Wendy Lawson. It is eventually destroyed in 2012 by the energy emitted by the Tesseract after Loki's arrival at the facility.
- Kamar-Taj (based on the Marvel Comics location Chinese government. For Doctor Strange, the interior of the building was constructed at Longcross Studios in Surrey, England before being integrated into a real building in Kathmandu.
- Madripoor (based on the Marvel Comics location Sokovia Accords, afraid to go back to the U.S. for fear of arrest. The island is divided into two parts, the wealthy Hightown and the deprived Lowtown.
- The Midtown School of Science and Technology (based on the Marvel Comics location
- Mount Wundagore (based on the Marvel Comics location
- New Asgard, formerly Asgardians and other inhabitants of the Nine Realms.
- The New York Sanctum (based on the Marvel Comics location Statesman, Bruce Banner crash lands in the New York Sanctum and meets Strange and Wong. Strange and Wong then discuss the threat with Banner and Tony Stark. In 2024, the Sanctum becomes covered in snow temporarily. It is also visited by Peter Parker who requests Strange's help, in which he performs a memory removing spell. After the spell goes wrong, Strange tasks Parker and his friends to retrieve multiversal displaced people and bring them to the Sanctum. A set for the building was constructed at Longcross Studios in Surrey, England for Doctor Strange, which was also used in Thor: Ragnarok before it was demolished.
- Puente Antiguo is a town in Destroyer, who had been sent by his brother Loki. In 2013, Foster moves back to the town with Thor and they pursue their relationship. However, in 2015, they break up and Thor leaves the town. In 2023, after the Blip, Foster learns she has stage 4 cancer and receives treatments at the hospital. In 2024, Foster continues the treatments but they prove to not be helping her. Cerro Pelon Ranch in Galisteo, New Mexico doubled as the city in Thor, which was extensively modified for the film.
- The Pym Technology Headquarters is the main headquarters of Darren Cross. The State Archives building in Downtown Atlanta doubled as the building in Ant-Man.
- The Raft (based on the Marvel Comics location Wakanda detain Helmut Zemo to the Raft via the Royal Talon Fighter. Designed to hold super-powered individuals, the prison is located deep in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
- The Red Room is a large aerial facility which acted as the primary base of the program Melina Vostokoff took down one of its engines. Visual effects for the facility in Black Widow were provided by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Digital Domain, who also worked on the final battle and skydiving sequences. Digital Domain referenced Soviet-era architecture, such as the Ostankino Tower in Moscow, when designing the Red Room, while the filmmakers hired military consultants to ensure the practicality of the facility.
- Rose Hill is a town in Harley Keener, a child who aided Stark in repairing his suit and later attended his funeral. The fictional town is named after the city of the same name in North Carolina where portions of Iron Man 3 were filmed.
- Sokovia (Metropolitan Police Service was also used to portray a city in Sokovia.
- The Stark Eco-CompoundMorgan Stark. Located in the countryside of Upstate New York,it is built by Tony Stark shortly after his marriage with Potts, and he lived there until his death in 2023. His funeral is also held in front of his residence.
- The Stark Expo, also known as the World Exposition of Tomorrow, is an exposition located at the Phineas Horton (showcasing his Synthetic Man) and Peter Parker.
- The Stark Mansion is the private residence of Tony Stark, located at 10880 Malibu Point, Aldrich Killian (posing as the Mandarin) in a missile attack. The mansion's exterior shots in Iron Man were digitally added to footage of Point Dume in Malibu, while its interior shots were filmed at soundstages in Playa Vista, Los Angeles.
- Talokan (based on Namor that is populated by the Talokanil located in the Gulf of Mexico.
- The Ten Rings Headquarters is the main base of operations of the Ten Rings criminal organization, located on an unknown mountaintop in China. The compound was founded a thousand years ago by Wenwu during his early years as a Ta Lo, a dungeon, and an underground parking lot. After Xialing assumes leadership of the Ten Rings, she redecorates the compound with graffiti reminiscent of her Golden Dagger Club.
- The Triskelion is a compound located on Helicarriers to kill people they deem to be threats. It is later destroyed by a disabled Helicarrier. While most shots of Washington, D.C. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier were digitally created due to numerous flight restrictions in the city, aerial footage of the city was used for live-action plate photography for shots which involved the Triskelion.
- Westview is a town in New Jersey. Prior to the Blip, a plot of land in the town is purchased by the Agatha Harkness attacks Maximoff, she destroys the boundary, the residents escape, and Wanda's children and Vision disintegrate. The town was named as a reference to Feige's hometown of Westfield, New Jersey, but with the initials "W" and "V".
- Contraxia is an
- Counter-Earth (based on the Marvel Comics location High Evolutionaryas a replication of Earth and was inhabited by the Humanimals.
- Ego's planet (based on the Marvel Comics location Weta Digital. Weta and Animal Logic's work were heavily based on fractal art, including Apollonian gaskets and Mandelbulbs, and was described by director James Gunn as "the biggest visual effect of all time".
- The Garden, also known as Planet 0259-S and Titan II, is a greenfield planet where Thanos resides following his "retirement". After fulfilling his lifelong goal of wiping out half of the Universe, he teleports to the planet and smiles at the sunrise as he reflects on his success. Three weeks later, the Avengers travel there and Thor decapitates him upon learning that he had destroyed the Infinity Stones.
- Knowhere (based on the Marvel Comics location Star-Lord T'Challa leads the Ravagers on a mission against the Collector on Knowhere in an alternate reality. Visual effects of the planet were created by Framestore.
- The Kyln (based on the Marvel Comics location
- Lamentis-1 is a purple-hued moon that is destroyed by a nearby planet in the year 2077.
- Morag is an abandoned Star-Lord T'Challa in an alternate reality. In 2023, James Rhodes and Nebula time-travel to 2014 Morag and knock Peter Quill out before acquiring the Orb. Visual effects of the planet in Guardians of the Galaxy were created by Moving Picture Company (MPC).
- Sakaar (based on the Marvel Comics location Double Negative and Digital Domain. A Sakaarian national anthem is featured in an unused version of the second post-credits scene of Ragnarok, which was improvised by Jeff Goldblum and Waititi.
- The Sanctuary is an The Other and Ronan. Visual effects of the location were created by Digital Domain in The Avengers.
- The Sovereign is an amalgamation of planets artificially fused together which serves as the homeworld to the Ayesha. The amalgamation is destroyed by Ultron in an alternate reality. Visual effects for Ayesha's lair in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 were provided by Framestore, while Luma Pictures worked on the Sovereign world and its people. A set for the planet was also built at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, which employed a "1950s pulp fiction variation on 1930s art deco design aesthetic".
- Titan (based on the Marvel Comics location Wakanda. In 2023, Parker, Strange, and the Guardians depart Titan through a portal. In an alternate 2018, in the 838 universe, the Illuminati kill Thanos on Titan, and then kill that universe's version of Stephen Strange after he is corrupted by the Darkhold.
- Vormir (based on the Marvel Comics location Red Skull. In 2018, Thanos coerces Gamora into revealing the Stone's location before teleporting there, where she is sacrificed for Thanos to obtain the Stone. Similarly, Natasha Romanoff sacrifices herself in 2023 for Clint Bartonto acquire the Stone.
- Xandar (based on the Marvel Comics location Ravagers. It is later decimated by Thanos in 2018, an event replicated by Ultron in an alternate reality. Scenes set on the planet in Guardians of the Galaxy were filmed at Millennium Bridge, London, while visual effects were done by Moving Picture Company (MPC).
- Asgard (based on the Marvel Comics location Double Negative had from The Dark World.
- The Rainbow Bridge is a long magical bridge that runs from the center of Tesseract.
- Odin's vault, also known as Odin's treasure room, is a room in the Royal Palace of Valaskjalf that contained many powerful and magical artifacts, including a replica of the Tesseract.
- The Rainbow Bridge is a long magical bridge that runs from the center of
- Hel (based on the Marvel Comics location Odin, she attempts to escape and slaughters almost all of the Valkyrie, only to be defeated by Odin once again. The flashback sequence in Thor: Ragnarok featuring the Valkyrie was produced by Rising Sun Pictures, who achieved its surreal ethereal appearance through a combination of motion capture, computer graphics, a 900 fps frame rate, and a special 360-degree lighting rig containing 200 strobe lights.
- Jotunheim (based on the Norse mythological location Frost Giants and the birthplace of Loki. Visual effects for the planet were created by Digital Domain in Thor, who were sent paintings from classic studies by J. M. W. Turner by director Kenneth Branagh.
- Muspelheim (based on the Norse mythological location Ragnarök before killing him. Thor: Ragnarok production designer Dan Hennah described the realm as a Dyson sphere which draws power out of a dying star to energize its inhabitants.
- Nidavellir (based on the Norse mythological location
- Svartalfheim (based on the Norse mythological location Malekith the Accursed. Visual effects of Thor: The Dark World's prologue scene were done by Blur Studio, and mainly consisted of CGI with live-action shots interwoven throughout. Subsequent scenes in the film were shot in Iceland, with Double Negative adding ruins, mountains, Dark Elf ships, and skies.
- The Astral Dimension (based on the Marvel Comics location Taweret ferries Marc Spector and Steven Grant across an ocean of sand to reach the Field of Reeds. If a person's heart does not balance against the Feather of Truth, they are consumed by other lost souls in the sands. Spector and Grant make it back to the real world through the Gates of Osiris. In Thor: Love and Thunder, Valhalla is revealed to be the Asgardianafterlife.
- The Citadel at the End of Time is a castle atop an He Who Remains resides and watches over the Sacred Timeline, which orbits the place. Carved in situ from the asteroid and made a "black stone with gold vein embellishments", the Citadel is mostly abandoned except for He Who Remains' office, with Loki production designer Kasra Farahani intending to reflect the loneliness of He Who Remains. Outside his office, there are also numerous 13-foot-tall statues of "sentinels of time" in the "Hall of Heroes", each holding half of an hourglass. A nebula outside the window and a fireplace were used as light sources in He's office. The design and architecture of the Citadel was inspired by Hearst Castle and compared to Sunset Boulevard.
- The Dark Dimension (based on the Marvel Comics location Clea, who reigns from the dimension, recruits Strange to help save it from an incursion. Visual effects of the dimension in Doctor Strange were provided by Method Studios and Luma Pictures. Doctor Strange visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti described the Dark Dimension as a "dynamic environment", with the Luma team using art by Steve Ditko as a reference.
- The Mirror Dimension is a dimension which causes the surroundings to be reflected in different directions, similar to the function of a Kaecilius, Thanos, Peter Parker, and Wanda Maximoff. According to Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, the action sequences set in the dimension is an attempt to take Inception "to the Nth degree and take it way more surreal and way farther". Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) was primarily responsible for visual effects of the Manhattan folding sequence, which consisted of 200 shots and was mainly CGI, although some real-life shots of New York were used. Meanwhile, Luma Pictures worked on the first mirror sequence at the beginning of the film.
- The Quantum Realm (based on the Quantum physicist and California Institute of Technology staff researcher Spiros Michalakis suggested the new name. Visual effects for the dimension in Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man and the Wasp were provided by Method Studios.
- The Soul World (based on the Marvel Comics location Morgan.
- Ta Lo (based on bamboo forest which can be safely traversed through on the first day of the Qingming Festival. In an interview, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton expressed excitement in further exploration of the realm in the future. Due to the enormity and complexity of the landscape, much of the village and its surrounding jungle in the film was digitally created by Rising Sun Pictures, who studied forested locations in Vietnam and Indonesia for inspiration and compiled a vast library of bamboo and other plants. Meanwhile, visual effects for the various mythological creatures were provided by Trixter, with some audiences confusing them with characters from Pokémon in early screenings.
- The TVA Headquarters (based on the incandescent ceiling lights were used as the set's key lights.
- The Veil of Noor separates Earth from a dimension inhabited by supernatural cosmic beings known as the Clandestines, or the djinn in Pakistani culture. Several individuals were exiled from the Noor dimension to Earth in the 1940s, shortly before the Partition of India. Most seek mystical bangles imbued with Noor power to tear down the Veil and return home. One, named Aisha, fled with one of the bangles, which was passed down through the generations to Kamala Khan.
- The Void, also known as the Void at the End of Time, is a dimension inhabited by
- Asgardian skiffs are a group of Asgardiansfor transportation and patrol.
- The Benatar is an M-type spaceship used by the Time Heist. It is succeeded by the Bowie, named after singer David Bowie.
- The Chitauri mother ship was a large spaceship which served as the nuclear missile through a wormhole into space, severing the connection between the mothership and the Chitauri as well as the Leviathans and ending the battle. In a deleted scene of Avengers: Endgame, Rocket teases the Avengers about not destroying it earlier.
- The Dark Aster is the flagship of Kree–Skrull War. Visual effects of the spaceship were created by Moving Picture Company (MPC) and Sony Pictures Imageworks.
- The Domoof the same name.
- The Eclector is a large spaceship used by
- Helicarriers (based on the Marvel Comics vehicle Battle of Sokovia. Visual effects for the Helicarrier in The Avengers were provided by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Scanline VFX, Evil Eye Pictures, and Luma Pictures, while visual effects in Captain America: The Winter Soldier were also provided by ILM.
- Luis' van is a brown 1972 Battle at the Avengers Compound.
- The Lemurian Star is a ship owned by Hydra Stomper armor with someone inside. Scenes set on the ship in Captain America: The Winter Soldier were filmed on the Sea Launch Commander docked in Long Beach, California.
- Leviathans are large cybernetically-enhanced serpentine creatures used by the Battle at the Avengers Compound, and are destroyed by Tony Stark using the Nano Gauntlet.
- The Milano is an M-type spaceship flown by Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Atlanta, Georgia for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, including the cockpit that had been built for the first film and originally stored in London. The real-life Alyssa Milano called the homage "pretty cool" upon learning of the reference. In an alternate reality where T'Challa became Star-Lord, the spaceship is named the Mandela instead, a reference to Nelson Mandela.
- Q-Ships are ring-shaped spaceships used by Thanos and Battle of Wakanda.
- Quinjets (based on the Marvel Comics vehicle Sakaar via a wormhole. The interior of the jet was built for The Avengers and later shipped to Australia for Thor: Ragnarok.
- The Sanctuary II is a 12-mile-long (19 km) long spaceship owned by Thanos, which serves as an orbital base while an invasion is in progress as well as a heavily armed warcraft.Battle at the Avengers Compound, Thanos orders his troops to "rain fire" on the battlefield, but the ship is destroyed by Carol Danvers.
- The Statesman is a large spaceship owned by the Power Stone.
- Steve Rogers' motorcycle is a V-Rod and the Softail Slim S.
- The Wakandan maglev train is an advanced Wakanda, as well as for transporting vibranium inside the mines in Mount Bashenga. The train has been used to compare Wakanda's Afrofuturism with transport infrastructure in the United States.
- The Ant-Man suit (based on the Marvel Comics suit Double Negative and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) worked on Ant-Man's shrinking effect in the first film, which shows the outline of his body as in the comics.
- The Black Panther suit (based on the Marvel Comics suit chainmail. Captain America: Civil War costume designer Judianna Makovsky called the Black Panther costume "difficult" since "you needed sort of a feline body, but it's hard and practical at the same time. You needed a feeling of some sort of ethnicity in there, but of a world [Wakanda] we weren't really creating yet, so you didn't want to go too far and say too much about that world."
- Captain America's uniform (based on the Marvel Comics suit of the same name) is the costume worn by the bearers of the Captain America mantle whilst on missions.
- The first uniform, worn by Battle of Wakanda. After the Avengers reunite, he uses another new uniform.
- When that from the comics: the uniform is blue, with red highlights and chest stripes, and includes red fingerless gloves. In place of the Avengers logo, it has the flag of the United States on the arms, and a stylized star on the mask and chest. He also carries a handgun and a version of Captain America's shield given by Steve Rogers to Sam Wilson. After he is stripped of the title, he builds a new shield, and dyes his uniform black, becoming the "U.S. Agent".
- U.S. Air Force. The white mask incorporates Wilson's red goggles and stretches from the shoulders to just above his ears.
- The first uniform, worn by
- The Dora Milaje uniform is the uniform worn by the Okoye, whose rings are gold to denote her status as general). The design of the uniform was partially inspired by tribal Filipino costume, as well as African influences. Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter wanted to avoid the "girls in the bathing suits" look, and instead had the Dora Milaje wear full armor that they would practically need for battle. Anthony Francisco, the Senior Visual Development Illustrator, noted the Dora Milaje costumes were based 80 percent on the Maasai people, five percent on samurai, five percent on ninjas, and five percent on the Ifugao people from the Philippines.
- The EXO-7 Falcon is a winged harness created by the Joaquin Torres.
- arc reactorwhich could flow over his body, assembling based on cybernetic commands, allowing Stark to create endless combinations and new weapons to manifest out of the armor.
- The Battle of Wakanda and the killing of Thanos.
- The Hydra Stomper armor is a suit of armor built by Howard Stark for Steve Rogers during World War II as the Tesseract, the writers of What If...? originally named the armor the "Hydra Smasher" before Kevin Feige suggested the name change.
- The Ultronand destroyed in battle with the Avengers.
- The Iron Monger armor (based on the Marvel Comics suit arc reactor, forcing Stark to use a replacement to power his own suit, although he manages to defeat Stane.
- The Iron Spider armor (based on the Marvel Comics suit Battle at the Avengers Compound, and a local charity event. For the suit's first appearance at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Framestore created models and textures in anticipation for future MCU projects, while Trixter created the "clean, high tech" vault that the suit appears in.
- The Rescue armor
- The Battle at the Avengers Compound, Rhodes dons a new suit reminiscent of the original Iron Patriot armor, featuring multiple advanced weapons such as rocket launchers.
- The Spider-Man suit (based on the Marvel Comics suit Mysterio in London. Upon the arrival of multiple villains from alternate realities due to Stephen Strange's miscasting of a spell intended to erase the world's knowledge of his identity as Spider-Man, Parker battles a displaced Otto Octavius, who damages the Iron Spider armor and forces Parker to use his defaced red-and-black suit inside-out; after Octavius is cured, he returns the nanotechnology which his tentacles had absorbed onto Parker, embellishing it into a more advanced suit. Later, after Strange erases the world's knowledge of Parker's existence, reconcealing his secret identity as Spider-Man, Parker once again dons a brand new red-and-blue suit stitched from homemade materials in his apartment. Trixter provided visual effects for the Stark suit and the spider drone in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and also applied a rigging, muscle and cloth system to Sony Pictures Imageworks' homemade suit to "mimic the appearance of the rather loose training suit".
- Thanos' armor is a suit of armor worn by Thanos during his time as a warlord. It consists of a helmet, breastplate, greaves, cuisses, gauntlets, and metal boots. He discards the armor following his attack on the Statesman, and uses it as a scarecrow after he completes his mission and retires to the Garden. An alternate version of Thanos from 2014 wears the armor during the Battle of Earth, during which the armor is heavily damaged by Wanda Maximoff. The armor is eventually destroyed by Tony Stark. Gamora kills Thanos in an alternate reality before seizing his armor and blade.
- The Time Suits,Ryan Meinerding as a combination of Ant-Man, Iron Man, and the Guardians' technologies.
- Bucky Barnes' prosthetic arm (based on the Marvel Comics object Ayo in 2024. Visual effects for the arm were completed by Luma Pictures in Captain America: Civil War.
- scrap metal and his Medal of Honor, which he later abandons in New York City. The shield is seen as a symbol of Captain America's strength and legacy. A replica of the shield also appears in Iron Man and Iron Man 2, which director Jon Favreau included because he felt it was important to include inside references for fans of the comics.
- Chitauri guns were the primary weapons used by the Battle of New York. Many of these guns were abandoned on Earth and salvaged by various humans in attempts to reverse-engineer them.
- The Destroyer (based on the Marvel Comics object Hela easily defeats the Destroyer, but this idea was abandoned.
- Extremis (based on the Marvel Comics object Ellen Brandt.
- Gungnir (based on the Norse mythological object Ragnarök.
- The Hammer Drones were Stark Expo, though they are ultimately defeated by Tony Stark and James Rhodesand destroyed by Vanko.
- Hawkeye's bow and quiver are a pair of tools used by Clint Barton that serve as his primary weapons. The bow is a collapsible recurve bow, whilst the quiver is mechanized, able to store and deploy his signature trick arrows. After the Blip, he swaps his bow for a katana which he uses to murder criminals such as the Japanese Yakuza.
- Hofund (based on the Norse mythological object Statesman.
- The Eitri and the Dwarves of Nidavellir. It is capable of harnessing the power of all six Infinity Stones at once, thus making the wearer able to do anything in their imagination. A replica of the Gauntlet is also kept by Odin in his vault on Asgard, which originally appeared in Thor as an Easter egg before Marvel Studios realized that it could not be the actual one and formulated an internal theory that the gauntlet was a fake, which led to a scene in Thor: Ragnarok where Hela declares it fake.
- The Jericho is an experimental guided missile developed by Stark Industries for the United States Armed Forces that can separate into 16 smaller missiles when launched. At a demonstration for the weapon in Afghanistan, Tony Stark's convoy is ambushed, and he is captured by the Ten Rings, who forces him to build the missile for them. However, Stark secretly builds the first Iron Man armorand escapes.
- Loki's scepter, also known as the Chitauri ScepterTime Heist, Steve Rogersuses his knowledge of the future to gain the Scepter from the S.T.R.I.K.E. team before using it to brainwash an alternate version of himself.
- Time Heist, and is later returned to its original timeline by Rogers.
- The Nano Gauntlet,Battle at the Avengers Compound, the gauntlet is passed around multiple individuals before ending up in the hands of Thanos, but the Stones are secretly removed by Tony Stark, who snaps his fingers and disintegrates Thanos and his army.
- A Nano maskSharon Carter.
- The Necroswords (based on the Marvel Comics object Gorr the God Butcher. Gorr obtained the sword from the deceased Shadow Lord and used it to slay his first god.
- The Quad Blasters are Peter Quill's primary weapons. The blasters have two separate triggers controlling two separate barrels, which are fired using the index and middle finger. The bottom barrel of each gun fires non-lethal electric shots, while the top barrel fires lethal plasma shots. Prop master Russell Bobbitt created two sets of the blasters for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which contained removable blaster cartridges.
- Reset charges are contraptions used by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) to "prune" alternate timelines, erasing them from existence to preserve the Sacred Timeline. Michael Waldron, the head writer of Loki, said the charges use magic "or perhaps something a bit more technical", and that the audience is "kind of in the dark with what is exactly is going on with these reset charges". They are later used by Sylvie to "bomb" the Sacred Timeline.
- The Shocker's gauntlet is a mechanical weapon originally owned by Herman Schultz until his defeat at the hands of Spider-Man. Visual effects for the gauntlet were provided by Trixter in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
- Shuri's gauntlets are a pair of vibranium Battle of Wakandaand the Battle at the Avengers Compound.
- of the same name) is a large battle axe made of uru and forged by Thor and the dwarf king Eitri. The weapon, meant to be the most powerful in the Asgardian king's arsenal, has powers similar to Mjölnir and is also capable of summoning the Bifröst. Unlike Mjölnir, Stormbreaker has no worthiness enchantment, allowing anyone to wield it. Thor nearly dies trying to create it, but before its completion, so Groot cuts off his own arm to hastily finish Stormbreaker and then Thor heals himself with the completed Stormbreaker. Thor then uses it to defeat the Outriders in Wakanda, attack Thanos, kill him on the Garden, and during the Battle of Earth.
- The Ten Rings (based on the Weta Digital in Shang-Chi, who originally gave the Rings different colors for every functionality; Marvel Studios concept artist Jerad S. Marantz also considered making the Rings green. The Ten Rings were later integrated into mainstream Marvel Universe.
- Thanos' bladeCaptain America's shield as well as Luis' van before it is destroyed by Wanda Maximoff using her telekinetic powers. The blade's design was based on a helicopter used by Thanos in the comics, an easter egg which Thanos creator Jim Starlin criticized. Gamora kills Thanos in an alternate reality before seizing his armor and blade.
- Time SticksRavonna Renslayer, a former Hunter for the TVA, also wields a baton, which she uses against Loki and Sylvie. When designing the pruning effect for Loki, visual effects vendor FuseFX sought to differentiate it from the Blip, taking inspiration from the documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
- The Ultron Sentries, also known as the Sub-Ultrons, are a large army of robots that acted as extensions of Ultron. They were created by Ultron using resources from the Battle of Sokovia.
- Ulysses Klaue's prosthetic arm is a
- The Web-shooters (based on the Marvel Comics object Iron Spider armoralso features its own Web-shooters, which are more streamlined and technologically-advanced. After Stark's death, Peter uses his technology to craft himself a new pair after his old ones are destroyed.
- The Widow's Bite (based on the Marvel Comics object Red Room.
- The Yaka arrow (based on the Marvel Comics object Kraglinacquires the arrow and a new cybernetic head fin, but struggles to control his arrow due to his lack of experience.
- The Bloodstone is a red gem owned by the Bloodstone family, first wielded by Elsa. The Bloodstone is the only object with color for the majority of Werewolf by Night, and grants its wielder increased strength and longevity.
- The Book of Cagliostro is an ancient spellbook housed in the Eye of Agamotto.
- The Casket of Ancient Winters (based on the Marvel Comics object Asgardians, who stored it in Odin's vault. Over a millennium later, Frost Giants attack Asgard, seeking to reclaim the Casket, but are once again defeated. It is presumably destroyed during Ragnarök.
- The Cloak of Levitation (based on the Marvel Comics object Battle at the Avengers Compound. During the battle with the universe-displaced villains, the Cloak saves Ned Leeds' life when he falls off of the Statue of Liberty, apparently of its own volition. Visual effects for the artifact were provided by Framestore in Doctor Strange.
- The Crimson Bands of Cyttorak (based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name) is a magical wooden relic housed in the New York Sanctum. When thrown at an opponent, it restrains them, binding their hands behind their back, with Stephen Strange using it on Kaecilius in Doctor Strange. A second, more comics-accurate version is manifested during Strange's fight with Thanos, a spell that appears as red bands. Visual effects for the original version were provided by Framestore in Doctor Strange.
- The Darkhold (based on the Marvel Comics object Robbie Reyes takes to the Dark Dimension with Morgan le Fay later bringing it back to Earth. While this had not been discussed by the writers of WandaVision, director Matt Shakman stated that he believes they are the same book. The Darkhold was designed by the props team of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for WandaVision, and visual effects were created by Luma Pictures.
- The Macchina di Kadavus,pumpkin bomb, releasing the spell and creating rifts in the multiverse.
- Sling Rings are small two-ring mystical artifacts used by the Masters of the Mystic Arts to teleport between different locations via an interdimensional portal.Ned Leeds.
- The Tommy.
- The Ronan's Cosmi-Rod, is the Infinity Stone that controlled the aspect of power. It grants the user superhuman strength and durability, and is capable of overpowering Carol Danvers.
- The Reality Stone, originally in the form of the Aether (based on the classical element of the same name), was the Infinity Stone that controlled the aspect of reality. It first appears in a fluid-like state, and grants the user the ability to change reality, create illusions, suck the life force out of mortals, disrupt the laws of physics, and repel any threats that it detects.
- The Vormir, is the Infinity Stone that controlled the aspect of the soul. It grants the user the ability to manipulate living souls, and also contains a pocket dimension called the Soul World. Uniquely, it has a guard over its location, the Stonekeeper, who guides those through the ritual required to gain it: "a soul for a soul", via a sacrifice.
- The S.H.I.E.L.D. to power weapons, and Project Pegasusto develop light-speed engines.
- The Ancient One, and Thanos.
- The Abilisk is an interdimensional Guardians of the Galaxy to slay the beast, and the creature is killed when Gamora uses her sword to slice it open. According to head writer A.C. Bradley, the tentacled monster seen in the first and fourth episodes of What If...? was inspired by the Abilisk.
- Alioth (based on the Marvel Comics creature Time Variance Authority (TVA). Loki visual development artist Alexander Mandradjiev took inspiration from the anime film Princess Mononoke (1997) when designing Alioth.
- Alligator Loki is a reptilian variant of Loki which takes the form of an alligator. It was pruned by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) and banished to the Void. The character was included in Loki "because he's green", according to head writer Michael Waldron, and was doubled by a stuffed alligator during filming to allow actors to interact with it.
- Ant-thony, originally codenamed #247, is a Deborah Gordon, a biologist at Stanford University, the portrayal of Ant-thony (who is female) in Ant-Man is inaccurate, as queen ants only fly when they are about to reproduce.
- The Dweller-in-Darkness (based on the Marvel Comics creature
- Fenris (based on the Marvel Comics creature Asgard and into space. Visual effects for the creature in Thor: Ragnarok were provided by Framestore, which used camera angles and tight framing to communicate her enormous size.
- Gargantos (based on
- The Great Protector is a water sea snakes and eels when designing her flight movements.
- Goose (based on Kreesoldiers and blinds Fury's left eye with a scratch.
- Lucky the Pizza Dog (based on the Marvel Comics creature of the same name) is Clint Barton's pet dog.
- Morris (voiced by
- Señor Scratchy (based on American Werewolf in London before leading to a The Goonies (1985)-style chase sequence.
- Asgardian magic is a type of magic that is practiced by Heimdall. This form of magic has many colors, with Loki's and Sylvie's magic being a bright green and Thor's being lightningbased.
- The Odinforce (based on the Marvel Comics energy Destroyer. It is periodically replenished by entering the Odinsleep, a state that leaves the user vulnerable. The parts of the disabled Destroyer are later assembled into a prototype gun.
- The Odinforce (based on the Marvel Comics energy
- Chaos magic is an extremely powerful and rare form of magic that gives the user the ability to alter reality, wielded by Wanda Maximoff, thus making her the Scarlet Witch, a being once thought to be mythical. This form of magic's primary color is red mixed with white and black hues.
- Doctor Strange Supreme" also practices dark magic. This form of magic's color is either red or purple.
- Eldritch magic,
- E.D.I.T.H. (voiced by Dawn Michelle King), which stands for Even Dead, I'm the Hero, is an advanced Stark Industries' large arsenal of missiles and weaponized drones.
- F.R.I.D.A.Y. (voiced by Ultron.
- Griot (voiced by Trevor Noah) is Shuri's artificial intelligence. The name "Griot" is a West African term for a historian or storyteller.
- Ultron, his operational matrix is uploaded by Stark and Bruce Banner into a new body, becoming the Vision. According to the novelization of the first Iron Man film, the acronym stands for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.
- Karen (voiced by Mysterio in Europe. Spider-Man: Homecoming co-writer Jonathan Goldstein was initially skeptical of the idea, feeling that it was too similar to J.A.R.V.I.S. and F.R.I.D.A.Y.
- K.E.V.I.N. (voiced by an uncredited Brian T. Delaney), which stands for Knowledge Enhanced Visual Interconnectivity Nexus, is an advanced artificial intelligence which in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is revealed to be the mastermind behind all Marvel Cinematic Universe storyline decisions. She-Hulk had to go through Marvel Studios: Assembled on the Disney+ app to file a complaint to K.E.V.I.N. about the confusing storyline done in her show's final episode. It is depicted as operating through a robot in a secure room inside Marvel Studios where the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe can be surveyed simultaneously. Elements of the robot and A.I., including its name, call back to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who helped the show's head writer Jessica Gao with the show's season finale.
- Mainframe (voiced by of the same name), is an artificial intelligence and a leader of Mainframe Ravager Clan, as well as a member of Stakar Ogord's Team.
- Miss Minutes (voiced by Citadel at the End of Time, with head writer Michael Waldron calling her transition to being evil "really scary". Upon the release of a poster featuring Miss Minutes in anticipation for the season, commentators believed that the character would be especially popular among viewers, drawing comparisons to Grogu. She made her comics debut in December 2021.
- The Supreme Intelligence (portrayed by various actors and based on the Marvel Comics character Starforce.
- Uru (based on the Marvel Comics element Infinity Gauntlet. It has magical properties. The metal is forged in the furnaces of Nidavelliras it is so powerful that only the heat of a dying star can melt it.
- Vibranium (based on the Marvel Comics element Wakanda, but it is eventually revealed at least a few other meteorites brought Vibranium in small amounts to other parts of the world.
Projects and initiatives
- The Avengers Initiative, originally known as the Protector Initiative, is the initiative for gathering a group of superheroes from various backgrounds, described as "a group of remarkable people", into the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clint Bartonto the team.
- Cataract is a project conducted by Stark Industriesdrone to reactivate the Vision, turning his body white in the process.
- Project Insight is a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. operation that was begun as a direct response to the Anthony and Joe Russo sought to include references to drone warfare, targeted killing and global surveillance in the film, which became more topical during principal photography due to the disclosure of several National Security Agency surveillance-related documents.
- Project Pegasus (based on the Marvel Comics project Battle of New York.
- Project Rebirth (based on Chester Phillips to create a new breed of super-soldiers. The first successful test leads to the creation of Captain America by enhancing the sickly Steve Rogers, but is abandoned following the assassination of Erskine by Heinz Kruger.
- The Red Room (based on the Marvel Comics program Yelena Belova. It was terminated in 2016 following the destruction of the Red Room's headquarters.
- The Avengers Civil War.
- The Ultron Program is an attempt by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner to create an artificial intelligence, "human race.
- The Winter Soldier Program is a top secret Helmut Zemo.
Terms and phrases
- "Avengers, assemble!" is a rallying cry for the Avengers.
- "I could do this all day" is a Captain Carter also utters the line in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
- The "Peter Tingle" (based on the May Parker to her nephew Peter's precognitionability.
- A "variant" is an individual who has deviated from the Sacred Timeline.
- "Wakanda Forever" is a Wakandans.
- "With great power, there must also come great responsibility" is a line spoken to Peter Parker by his aunt May before her death at the hands of Norman Osborn.
- The Black Widow antidote is a red-colored synthetic gas stored in vials which acts as the antidote to the chemical mind-control that the Red Room employs on its Black Widows and Yelena Belova and Natasha Romanoffacquire the antidote in 2016 and use it to free various Widows.
- The Heart-shaped herb is a Nakia, who uses it to heal T'Challa. Shuri laters attempts to develop a synthetic Heart-shaped herb, eventually succeeding and allowing her to receive the same enhancements that N'Jadaka and T'Challa had acquired.
- Pym Particles (based on the Marvel Comics object Time Heist.
- The Super Soldier Serum (based on the Marvel Comics object John Walker.
- The Arc reactor is an energy source originally designed by Max Dillon from an alternate universe also briefly uses one before it is removed by Otto Octavius, also from an alternate universe and takes it back with him to his reality.
- B.A.R.F., which stands for Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing, is a Elementals.
- Dum-E is Tony Stark's Happy Hogan's apartment.
- Kimoyo Beads are an advanced piece of technology developed by Wakanda. They are made to serve a vast range of purposes according to the needs of the wearer, such as deprogramming Bucky Barnes.
- Nick Fury's pager is a pager belonging to Nick Fury that was upgraded by Carol Danvers before she left Earth. With the new enhancements, it could now contact her no matter where she was in the galaxy, although he was only to use it in the event of an emergency. Nick Fury activates it for the first time in years during the Blip, prompting Danvers to return to Earth and meet the surviving Avengers.
- Peter Quill's Walkman is a
- The Quantum Tunnel is an inter-dimensional gateway designed by Enochto travel across different timelines.
- Redwing (based on the Marvel Comics animal Karli Morgenthau. Wilson later uses a new version of the drone along with his uniformas Captain America, both designed in Wakanda.
- The Regeneration Cradle is a piece of medical equipment created by Dr.
- TemPads are devices used by the interdimensional portals used by the TVA to travel between alternate timelines to preserve the Sacred Timeline. They can also lead to Time Cells, where prisoners are forever stuck in time loops and the Doors are colored red. FuseFX, which provided the portals' visual effects for the first season of Loki, explained that this color change was to reflect the amount of suffering which Loki undergoes when inside the Time Cells.
- Thor's prosthetic eye is a bionic eye that he wears in his left eye socket, replacing the organic one gouged out by Hela. He is given it by Rocket, who stole it from one of Yondu's Ravagers, Vorker, who takes the eye out when he sleeps. Rocket stored it in his rectum until giving it to Thor. The eye has a brown iris, in contrast to Thor's natural blue eyes.
- The Time-Keepers (voiced by He Who Remains to pose as the creators of the Time Variance Authority (TVA). Believed to be alive by workers of the TVA, statues of them and their likenesses are featured in several locations throughout the TVA's headquarters. Majors voicing both the Time-Keepers and their controller He Who Remains is a reference to The Wizard of Oz (1939).
- Tony Stark's glasses are a pair of technologically advanced sunglasses created by him. They are able to polarize and contain his AI E.D.I.T.H., passing into the hands of Peter Parker. Parker passes them on to Quentin Beck, who uses them to better control his illusions, before reacquiring them in London.
- The Universal Neural Teleportation NetworkS.A.B.E.R. space station has been established outside Earth, near a jump point.
- The New Jersey AvengerCon, or simply AvengerCon, is a comic conventions had been suspended. Shortly after the release of the second episode, a viral marketing website for AvengerCon was published by Disney+.
- The Bifröst Bridge (based on the Norse mythological location
- The Captain America PSAs are a series of school detention and puberty, which became an internet meme following the release of Homecoming. A post-credits scene of that film features a third PSA video of Rogers lecturing the audience on the value of patience, a meta-reference to the fact that the film's audience had waited through the film's credits just to see that scene and a "last-minute addition" to the film. Five additional PSAs featuring Avengers were conceived but ultimately unrealized.
- The Contest of Champions (based on the Marvel Comics storyline Roman gladiators and decided to go "all alien with it", surrounding the arena with "standing up bleachers".
- The Elementals (based on the Marvel Comics team Maria Hill persuade Spider-Man to help Mysterio defeat the Fire Elemental in Prague. After finding a holographic projector, Peter Parker and MJlearn the truth and are hunted down by Beck and his accomplices, who create an Elemental fusion monster to distract the world while he sets out to kill them. His plans are foiled when Spider-Man deactivates the drones.
- The Emergence is an
- Killmonger's scars are a series of around 3000 self-inflicted "black ops Navy SEAL. The scars are intended to resemble the scar tattoos of the Mursi and Surma tribes, and consisted of 90 individually sculpted silicone molds that took two-and-a-half hours to apply. Michael B. Jordan, who portrays Killmonger, had to sit in a sauna for two hours at the end of the day to remove the prosthetics when filming Black Panther.
- Loki's horned helmet is a golden horned helmet worn by Loki as well as his variants, including Alligator Loki. The helmet is a symbol of Asgardian royalty and also bears Satanic imagery, symbolizing the devil, according to Loki actor Tom Hiddleston.
- Look Out for the Little Guy is a memoir written by Cassie. As part of a viral marketing campaign in promotion for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Hyperion Avenue announced it would publish a real-life version of Look Out for the Little Guy in September 2023, featuring "over 20 short pieces exploring different aspects of [Lang]'s experiences" as a father and Avenger. That book was written by author Rob Kutner and Quantumania screenwriter Jeff Loveness.
- Mahd Wy'ry is a mental illnesses.
- D23 Expo panel on September 10, 2022, while a one-act version of Rogers: The Musical will premiere at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure in mid-2023 for a limited time.
- Steve Rogers' notebook is a small notebook originally belonging to Steve Rogers which he used to keep a list of notable items, people, events, and pop culture elements which he missed during his time in suspended animation. The things noted on the list vary by the region where Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released. Later, the notebook was passed on to Rogers' best friend, Bucky Barnes, who used it to keep a list of people whom he had wronged during his time as the Winter Soldier. Eventually, after Barnes finishes making amends with everyone on the list, he leaves the notebook with his therapist, Dr. Christina Raynor, thanking her for her help.
- WandaVision is a sitcom broadcast by Tyler Hayward) after her actions were discovered by the Vision and S.W.O.R.D. and she expanded the Hex to save the Vision's "life".
- The Winter Soldier Book is a book formerly used by Helmut Zemo and used to activate Barnes into the Winter Soldier, using the words from the book: "Longing, rusted, seventeen, daybreak, furnace, nine, benign, homecoming, one, freight car".[a]The trigger words' effect is eventually nullified after Barnes is healed in Wakanda.
- The Kree–Skrull War (995 AD–present) (based on the Marvel Comics storyline Mar-Vell rebels and travels to Earth to help Skrull refugees escape from Kree forces. Unlike the comics, the MCU depicts the Skrulls as being oppressed by the Kree, a twist which Kree–Skrull War writer Roy Thomas dislikes.
vibranium shield, depicted here, in World War II.