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Infographic: The Path To Marvel's 'The Avenger' Movie - UPDATE [Images]

This infographic traces the connections in the Marvel movies that have led up to The Avengers (2012).

Its been three years in coming with five directors, but next year "The Avengers" are assembling.

In 2008, Iron Man came out and audiences were thrilled to see Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) announce "The Avengers Initiative". Since then, we've waited years and carefully examined five movies for the six characters that make up the superteam known as "The Avengers".

Some have been obvious, like Nick Fury walking into a room. Some have not, like the Hulk showing up in a television screen.

Check out the graphic below to find out how many times Captain America's been referred to and when Iron Man last showed up in the films.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What Do the Colors Mean?
    When I designed it, I wanted each character to have a clearly defined color to make them stand out. I didn't want it to be shades of red or blue. But, with seven characters, and four primary colors, things got tricky. Some were easy, like the Hulk being green. Others, were trickier. Hawkeye's costume is purple in the comics.  Captain America is blue for the American flag.  Black widow is red for her red hair, just like Thor is yellow for his blonde hair. Iron Man is orange for his gold costume. S.H.I.E.L.D.'s color is covered on the next question
  2. Why Is Nick Fury Black? Is It Racist?
    First, I'm black. So, no. I also didn't make all the other characters white or pink. The logo actually represents S.H.I.E.L.D. the organization, not necessarily Fury himself. That's why Coulson's appearances are listed along with the email from S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury normally wore black, but it was the only color left.
  3. Why Is It Upside Down?The chart needed to have a strong visual at the top and the full list of Avengers made the most sense. Since it's supposed to flow from the first to the last movie it made sense. Looking from a distance, it's clear, but zoomed in its confusing. 
  4. Its Pretty Confusing For a Timeline and Why Are the Events Out of Order?
    Its not a timeline really. Its definitely not a timeline of the movie Marvel universe. Its a chart of the character references in theatrical order. There's an excelent chart of that in the book Art of Marvel's Avengers and elsewhere on the Internet.
  5. Why Does Your Chart Say Dr Selvig Was Talking About Bruce Banner When He Was Talking About Hank Pym?
    In the interview with Kevin Feige, he said originally Dr Selvig emails Hank Pym, also known as Ant-Man. They took out the words "Hank Pym" for the theatrical release, but the reference to gamma radiation is a reference to Bruce Banner. This chart is based on the theatrical release of the film.
  6. Why Don't You List Captain America's First Appearance in The Incredible Hulk?
    There is a deleted scene with Captain America found in ice in The Incredible Hulk, but it wasnt in the theatrical version. For simplicity, this chart sticks to what was shown in theaters.
  7. Why Does The Chart List the 2008 Film as Hulk's Second Appearance?
    Ok, there was another movie by Ang Lee that was his first theatrical appearance called Hulk. I don't like the film, but I didn't leave it out for that reason. It just doesn't fit in with the Marvel Movie Universe, but the 2008 film makes references to it. So I referenced it, but couldn't include it in the chart.
  8. What Do Those Little Numbers Next To The Characters Mean?
    The number refers to how many times the character is referenced in the movies
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Speaking of appreciation, here are some acknowedgments we'd like to make.
"Roman SD" font by Steve Deffeyes
"Trajanus" font by Roger White
"Stahlbetontraeger" font by Nils von Blanc

The Avengers opens in the U.S. May 4, 2012.

Update: Changed download links. Added F.A.Q.

What did you learn from the infographic? Are you looking forward to The Avengers? Which is your favorite character?


  1. Cool graphic! Yes, my wife and I started counting how many times the other Avengers were mentioned in each film. Guess I'd have to go with Iron Man as my favorite. Although Black Widow is much nicer on the eyes!

  2. Thanks Alex! Iron Man is awesome and Scarlett fills out her costume nicely.
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  3. Thanks Alex! Iron Man is awesome and Scarlett fills out her costume nicely.
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  4. The 1646 x 3930 versions are not working. They remain the same size when the new tab is opened for them.

  5. R.W. thanks for the heads up about the link. Blogger has some bizarre ways of displaying images. Add Picasa to that and you end up with a mess. I changed the JPG link to Imgur and am trying to find the best place to use PNG. Great site by the way! Thanks for visiting.

  6. Thanks. Great infographic. 

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  7. That is an awesome link man. I never thought about the SEO stuff before. I'll have to check it out.

  8. Despite those appearances I have trouble following the exact timeline...

    So the tesseract is from asgard (Thor movie) and is around the main plot in Cpt. America (takes place 80 years before the events in Thor) how can that happen? Everything else is chronologically right, but if the tesseract appears first in thor, what the hell is the thing in cpt america?

  9. Bloody_sphinx that's a good question. According to the timeline in the book "Art of the Avengers" Odin hides the Tesseract on Earth before the events in Captain America. When we see it again in Thor its already been picked up by S.H.I.E.L.D. At least that's the way I understand it.
    Subject: [geektwins] Re: Infographic: The Path To Marvel's 'The Avenger' Movie [Images] ~ The Geek Twins

  10. You have it listed that Hulk was the scientist that Dr. Selvig had mentioned had been involved in radiation, but it's been confirmed that he was referring to Hank Pym. Just thought I'd point that out.

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  12. Rc13 thanks for the heads up. Thats a pretty good title

  13. Where is Stan Lee on the chart?

  14. Just wanted to point out that Black Widow should be listed in Captain America because she did actually show up at the very end of the movie after he wakes up back in New York but modern day.


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