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What Happened in 2012 in Marvel Movies?

2012 was a big year for Marvel movies. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was gaining momentum, and fans were eagerly anticipating the release of several highly anticipated films. Let’s take a look back at what happened in 2012 in Marvel movies.

The Avengers

The biggest Marvel movie of 2012 was undoubtedly The Avengers. Directed by Joss Whedon, this epic superhero team-up brought together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye to save the world from an alien invasion. The film was a massive success both critically and commercially, grossing over $1.5 billion worldwide.

Iron Man 3

The year also saw the release of Iron Man 3, the third installment in the Iron Man franchise. Directed by Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ben Kingsley, the film followed Tony Stark as he battled a new enemy known as The Mandarin. Despite mixed reviews from fans, Iron Man 3 was another box office hit for Marvel.

The Amazing Spider-Man

While not technically part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (at least not yet), The Amazing Spider-Man was another big superhero movie released in 2012. Starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, the film rebooted the Spider-Man franchise with a darker tone and a new origin story for the web-slinging hero.

Other Marvel Movies Released in 2012

In addition to these three major releases, there were also several other Marvel movies that came out in 2012:

  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – The second Ghost Rider movie starred Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider and received mostly negative reviews.
  • The Avengers: Battle for Earth – A video game based on The Avengers was released for Xbox 360 and Wii U.
  • The Wolverine – While not released until 2013, filming for this standalone Wolverine movie began in 2012.


Overall, 2012 was a big year for Marvel movies. The Avengers cemented the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a force to be reckoned with, while Iron Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man proved that superhero movies were as popular as ever. With more movies and TV shows planned for the future, it’s clear that Marvel isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.