This will be a discussion thread of where the MCU has been, where it is, and what's to come but in regards to what has been seen (released) already. For example (as of now), you can only talk about Guardians of the Galaxy in reference to something already seen, like the end credits of Thor: The Dark World or the Kree in Agents of Shield, but you can't discuss the GotG movie itself until after it's released. Items covered currently: Iron Man The Incredible Hulk Iron Man 2 Thor Captain America: The First Avenger Marvel's The Avengers Iron Man 3 Thor: The Dark World Captain America: The Winter Soldier Marvel One-Shots The Consultant A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer Item 47 Agent Carter All Hail the King Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Let the speculation begin! So, recap up to Avengers; Dr. Abraham Erskine creates the super-soldier serum in the 40s and is killed by Hydra after transforming Steve Rogers who is equipped by Howard Stark. The Red Skull, Erskine's first super-soldier, obtains the Tesseract and uses it to power Hydra's arsenal. After the final battle, Red warps away and Rogers is lost. Howard finds the Tesseract and later creates Stark Industries with Obadiah Stane, promoting innovation, and devises a powerful element, along with Anton Vanko, that could change the world but he's unable to produce it being limited by the technology of his time. Howard discovers Vanko's attempt to get rich by selling it to the wrong people and Vanko is booted off the project. Howard later helps found S.H.I.E.L.D. and meets Nick Fury. Howard passes and his genius son inherits the company. Stane, wanting Stark Industries for himself, orders a hit on Tony. After a weapons demonstration in the middle east, Tony is captured by the Ten Rings and is ordered to make weapons for them. Tony then creates the Iron Man suit (mark I) and escapes leaving the suit in the desert. Back home, Agent Coulson, an Agent of Shield, is sent to debrief Tony but he is unable to reach him. Tony makes another suit (mark II) but due to its poor handling of high altitudes, it's set aside for a gold plated version (mark III). Tony discovers Stane's plans (or rather he's told) and after fighting and defeating Stane's power suit (which he modeled after the mark I he obtained), he confesses to the world that he's Iron Man. Nick Fury meets him. Attempts are made to recreate the Super-soldier serum with a few being promising. Bruce Banner, believing it was more medical research, accidentally turns himself into the Hulk using Gamma radiation, and flees, expecting the government would use his findings as a weapon. General Ross fails to catch him and gives Emil Blonsky a serum that was put on ice as being incomplete. Blonsky seeking more power makes Dr. Samuel Sterns, Banner's colleague in attempting to cure him, inject him with Banner's blood turning him into the Abomination. Blonsky leaves Sterns in his destroyed lab with Banner's blood dripping on an open cut on his forehead and rampages the city. Hulk drops in, stops him, and flees. S.H.I.E.L.D., not wanting anything to do with Blonsky, hires Tony as a consultant to obtain the Abomination from Ross, which of course, Ross denies. Tony's father's past catches up with him when Anton Vanko's son Ivan demonstrates Tony isn't so unique. Ivan is arrested but is later broken out by Justin Hammer, US's new weapons manufacturer and Tony's rival. Tony, thinking he's dying, looses what little restraint he has forcing Lt. Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Tony's old friend, to steal the Mark II to use for America as the War Machine. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, a S.H.I.E.L.D. infiltrator, is tasked with keeping an eye on Tony and is outed by Nick Fury as they help Tony back on his feet.Tony discovers his father's equations and creates a much more powerful suit (Mark IV) and together with the War Machine, they defeat Vanko and Vanko's army of robots that Hammer produced that Vanko controlled. Hammer is arrested (and S.H.I.E.L.D. possibly gains arch technology here). A hammer falls from the sky which has immense energy and is immovable. Agent Coulson, along with Clint Barton/Hawkeye are sent to investigate. After closing off the area, a man breaks in and get all the way to the hammer through S.H.I.E.L.D. forces but gives up when he can't lift it. Coulson decides to release him and keeps an eye on him. Later an alien, armored giant easily dispatches the few S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in his way and attacks a nearby town that happens to house Sif and the warriors three. They too are defeated and the man who broke into the shield facility before sacrifices himself to spare the town. The hammer then comes to him and he is revealed to be Thor. They all depart leaving S.H.I.E.L.D. with the knowledge of how outgunned they really are. Steve Rogers is found and... The Avengers happen.