Important MCU Events From The 1990s (Aside From Captain Marvel)

1994 - Matt Murdock Is Blinded

The incident that would create the Devil of Hell's Kitchen occurred on July 19, 1994. 9-year-old Matt Murdock (Skylar Gaertner) saves an elderly man from being hit by a Rand Enterprises truck containing hazardous chemicals. Matt is accidentally blinded by the toxins that splashed on his face, but he gains greatly enhanced senses of hearing, smell, and touch to compensate.

On January 21, 1995, Matt's father Battlin' Jack Murdock (David Keith) is murdered for refusing to throw a boxing match to Carl Creel. The orphaned Matt is moved to St. Agnes' Orphanage, where he is visited by Stick (Scott Glenn) on March 19th. A blind martial arts master and member of the Chaste, the arch-enemies of the Hand, Stick agrees to train Matt in the martial arts, setting the boy on the path to becoming Daredevil.

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1995 - Natasha Romanoff Recruited To Red Room

On July 24, 1995, eleven-year-old Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is recruited by the KGB and joins the Red Room, Russia's covert espionage facility. During her years of training, Natasha masters the skills she would need to become an expert spy and assassin, the Black Widow. Upon her graduation, Natasha is then sterilized so she would be unable to bear children - a secret she would later reveal to her love interest Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Black Widow solo film, expected to be a prequel, should reveal even more details about Natasha's life in the Red Room.

1999 - Tony Stark Learns About Extremis

As revealed in Iron Man 3, on December 31, 1999, Tony Stark meets Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) at a New Year's Eve party in Bern, Switzerland. Tony then learns about Extremis, an unstable nanotechnology designed to heal the human body that also causes exothermic abilities. Extremis was developed by Hansen and Killian for Advanced Idea Mechanics, but Tony would create an enemy in Killian when he deceived him into thinking Stark Industries would invest in Extremis. Instead, Stark left Hansen his formula to fix the flaws in Extremis, a decision Tony would rue in late 2012 when Killian, who hated Stark, would attack the billionaire and attempt to destroy him by exploding his Malibu home (including his Iron Man armors) and even infect Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) with the Extremis virus.

Thanos Kidnaps Gamora

Gamora and Thanos in Avengers Infinity War

Gamora's backstory contains what is perhaps the most pivotal 1990s event that would later lead to the tragedy that affected the entire universe: when Thanos (Josh Brolin), in the early stages of implementing his plan to kill half of the people in the universe, invaded the Zehoberei homeworld. As fans saw in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos adopted a young Gamora (Ariana Greenblatt) while the Black Order massacred half of the Zehoberei population.

Thanos' abusive parenting tactics towards Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) created a lifelong rivalry between the two 'sisters' and would later create the circumstances where the Mad Titan would sacrifice Gamora's life on Vormir in order to acquire the Soul Stone. Thus the seeds of Thanos' finger snap killing half of all-life in the universe were planted the moment he took Gamora from Zehoberei. Given that Gamora is apparently in her late-20s during Infinity War, Thanos kidnapping her must have occurred at some point in the early 1990s, Earth-time.

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Key Release Dates
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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