One of the things that made the Marvel Cinematic so successful isn’t just that it’s had profitable films, but that everything truly does feel connected. Since the arrival of Tony Stark at the end of The Incredible Hulk, and the arrival of Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man, we knew something big was happening in front of our eyes. Yet, I doubt that any of us knew exactly how far Marvel has gone to prepare for everything.
In an interview, Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts revealed that when he signed on to direct the film, Marvel showed him an outline…of the entire history of the universe:
“There’s an actual scroll that they unrolled for me,” Watts told Entertainment Weekly. “One of my producers, Eric Carroll, it was his first job at Marvel to work on a timeline and see where things line up and see where things didn’t quite line up. Like, ‘Oh, that’s when Captain America is born.’”
And he meant it when he said “scroll”, “Uh yes, it’s very long. It’s the most amazing thing because it starts, honestly, at the beginning of time — I don’t remember specifically, but I think it has something to do with Thor.” He laughs. “It is truly an amazing document.”
That’s a lot of detail, and a lot of thought that clearly went into this. Will we see stuff from the beginning of time? Hard to say, but with the future of the MCU still a bit cloudy after Avengers 4, anything is possible.