Marvel Phase 1 Guide: Iron Man

Viewing Order Placement

While other entries in the MCU chronologically take place either partially or completely before this movie, everything started with Iron Man. This is the first film produced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in ways both small and large everything that comes after builds off the foundation laid in this story.

Easter eggs and references

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S.H.I.E.L.D: Throughout the film Agent Phil Coulson from the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics division attempts to contact Tony Stark. S.H.I.E.L.D., as it’s better known, is a connecting force in both the movies and shows that are often involved in matters relating to supernatural powers, extraterrestrial activity, or advanced technology.

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Post-Credits Scene: In the film’s post-credit scene (a staple of the MCU), the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury, tells Stark he isn’t the only superhero in the world. Furthermore, he invites Tony to discuss something called the Avengers Initiative. This tease won’t payoff completely until 2012’s The Avengers, and the origins of which aren’t seen until 2019’s Captain Marvel.