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The Marvel Extended Universe (MEU) is an American epic superhero franchise, created by Captain Worldbreaker, Sam Riders, and Jam Harden, and centered around a film series that began with the 2006 film Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The saga quickly became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.

The Marvel Extended Universe is akin to the format of the Star Wars franchise, and is sometimes described as a combination of both the Star Wars franchise and the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.

Format

Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, the Marvel Extended Universe centers around trilogies of films. The first trilogy, called the Age of Heroes trilogy, which focuses on the formation of the Avengers.

Also a significant difference between the MCU and the MEU is the format of solo outings of their heroes. While the MCU films are grouped into phases, with each hero having one film in each phase, the MEU films will also include solo outings in its Marvel Anthology line.

Overview

Theatrical films

      Age of Heroes Trilogy films       Children of the Atom Trilogy films       Marvel Legacy films

Film Release date Director Screenwriter(s) Producer(s)
Episode I
Earth's Mightiest Heroes
May 5, 2006 Captain Worldbreaker Sam Riders & Jam Harden
Episode II
Reign of the Cabal
May 2, 2008 TBA
The Fantastic Four
A Marvel Story
May 1, 2009 TBA
House of Magnus
A Marvel Story
November 13, 2009 TBA
Episode III
The Original Sin
May 7, 2010 TBA
Episode IV TBA
Episode V TBA
Episode VI TBA

Television series

Series Season Episodes Originally aired / released Showrunner(s) Status
First Last
Marvel+ series
Squad 0-8-4 1 8 October 1, 2006 November 19, 2006 Jam Harden Released
2 13 October 7, 2007 February 17, 2008
Young Society 1 13 January 14, 2007 April 8, 2007 Sam Riders

Theatrical films

Avengers Saga

Age of Heroes Trilogy

The first set of movies are collectively called the Age of Heroes trilogy which focuses on the formation of the Avengers and the introduction of the Cabal.

The Age of Heroes trilogy consists of Episode I: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, released on May 5, 2006; Episode II: Reign of the Cabal, due to be released on May 2, 2008; and, Episode III: The Original Sin, due to be released on May 7, 2010.

Episode I: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

The first movie in the Age of Heroes trilogy heavily features S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson, along with renowned thief Scott Lang, as she searches for the missing 0-8-4 called Kubic and Deputy Director Nick Fury, who recruits retired soldier Captain America, mutant Scarlet Witch, Wakandan king Black Panther, alien prisoner Hulking, and fugitive Iron Man to become the superhero team called the Avengers.

Episode II: Reign of the Cabal

After their defeat at the hands of the Avengers, the Cabal reconvenes at the blue area of the moon where they reconvene at Maximus' quarters without the knowledge of Inhuman king Black Bolt. Meanwhile, Avengers Quake, Captain America, and the Black Panther find ways to ending the Cabal once and for all. Tony Stark, on the other hand, faces the United States government for his supposed crimes; Scarlet Witch reunites with Hulkling, who has brought new friends. Nick Fury encounters Thor and his brother–one of them will pave the way for the world's destruction.

Episode III: The Original Sin

There are no details about this film yet.

Children of the Atom Trilogy

Episode IV

There are no details about this film yet.

Episode V

There are no details about this film yet.

Episode VI

There are no details about this film yet.

Marvel Legacy

Anthology films

The Fantastic Four: A Marvel Story

There are no details about this film yet.

House of Magnus: A Marvel Story

There are no details about this film yet.

Television series

Squad 0-8-4 (2006-)

After the shocking revelation with the mystery behind the 0-8-4 in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, S.H.I.E.L.D. First Squad Captain Phil Coulson leads the team, with the exception of the now-resident Avenger Agent Daisy Johnson, in finding more 0-8-4 that they can use against the Cabal.

The first season, which premiered on October 1, 2006 in Marvel+ (formerly known as Marvel Universe), aired episodes that directly lead to Episode II, with some cast from the film reprising their roles in the television series.

Young Society (2007-)

There are no details about this television series yet.

In-universe timeline

Release year Title Type Time
2009 The Fantastic Four
A Marvel Story
Marvel Legacy 2000
2006 Episode I
Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Age of Heroes 2006
Squad 0-8-4 Live-action series
2007 Young Society Live-action series
2008 Episode II
Reign of the Cabal
Age of Heroes 2007
2009 House of Magnus
A Marvel Story
Marvel Legacy 2008
2010 Episode III
The Original Sin
Age of Heroes

Cast and characters

Avengers Saga

Character Age of Heroes Trilogy
Earth's Mightiest Heroes
(2006)
Reign of the Cabal
(2008)
The Original Sin
(2010)
Principal cast
Daisy Johnson / Quake Chloe Bennet TBA
Tony Stark / Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. TBA
Steve Rogers / Captain America Chris Evans TBA
Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch Elizabeth Olsen TBA
T'Challa / Black Panther Chadwick Boseman TBA
Scott Lang / Ant-Man Paul Rudd TBA
Teddy Altman / Hulking Alexander Ludwig TBA
Nick Fury Samuel L. Jackson TBA
The Cabal and co.
Glenn Talbot / Graviton Adrian Pasdar TBA
Red Widow Marie Avgeropoulos TBA
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Phil Coulson Clark Gregg TBA
Alphonso Mackenzie Henry Simmons
Jemma Simmons Elizabeth Henstridge TBA

Reception

Box office performance

Film Release date Budget Box office revenue Box office ranking
North America Other territories Worldwide All-time North America All-time Worldwide
Earth's Mightiest Heroes May 5, 2006 $113 million $620,662,324 $1,254,770,334 $1,875,432,658 #8 #5

Critical response

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Cinemascore
Earth's Mightiest Heroes 87% (8.2/10 average rating) (531 reviews) 81 (61 reviews) A
Reign of the Cabal TBA
The Original Sin TBA
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