Any time a new Marvel Cinematic Universe film prepares to arrive on the big screen, timelines appear across the web to guide Marvel fans through the complicated canon of over a decade's worth of films.
For fans who want to play catch-up or simply revisit the franchise to keep things fresh in their minds before seeing a new film, rewatching can be an incredibly complicated and time-consuming process. After all, 20 MCU movies have been created since the first Iron Man was released, and the films total an approximate running time of 43 hours. Fortunately, one enterprising fan has made things easier for those who wish to relive the early MCU films, and experience them in a completely new way.
Samuel Masters, who describes himself as a scriptwriter, editor and doodler on his website, has constructed a 12-episode series that takes pieces from all of the Marvel Phase One films and rearranges them into a television season format. Each episode spans 40 minutes, and each episode contains content from multiple movies in Phase One (with the final two episodes being cuts of the first Avengers film), which includes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor and The Avengers. These six films together total around 754 minutes of run time, according to Geek Tyrant, but Masters has edited them down to roughly 480 minutes using the TV season format.
"We've completed a full first season leading up to the first Avengers movie, and intend to share a new episode each week," Masters wrote on his website. "We sincerely hope you enjoy what we've been working on for the past few months and use it as a new way to think about and approach the behemoth that is the MCU."
He also hopes to eventually have the series become an official part of Disney's upcoming streaming service, which has already planned for shows using characters from the MCU, such as Loki and Scarlet Witch.
According to the website, Masters plans to have a second season to include Phase Two of the MCU by early 2019. The second season would include Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.
For anyone looking to refresh their memory on the events of the MCU, this seems like a perfect way to satisfy time concerns, while keeping the important aspects of each film intact. With Avengers 4 expected next spring, we'll see if Masters has a third season completed by then, which would allow viewers to catch up with all Marvel films just in time for the studio's biggest release yet.