Originally Posted by Closet Geek
Hey dschulz....I don't regard it as nitpicking. What you speak of is factual and I am well aware that technically the MCU starts with Iron Man. It just seemed appropriate to include those prior to 2008 (there are actually a few others even before that), to have a sense of a complete list. I figured the vast majority would know the interlinking of story concepts starts with Iron Man.
Regarding everything being centered around The Avengers, it does make a certain amount of sense to me to have the big tie in's lead up to one point (The Avengers); however, in true comicbook fashion, it also would have been interesting to just have things linked to some of the other movies in general. Even to the point of characters having that one scene surprise guest appearance in another character movie, similar to that of Black Widow in Cap2 (although that wasn't just one scene). What I absolutely don't want is continuous character crossover, meaning for the most part I want each characters movie to stand on its own with that character. That would get boring.
The "Marvel Cinematic Universe" is only comprised of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the upcoming Ant-Man, plus Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter on TV. Maybe there will be more in the future. Despite being based on Marvel comics, the film rights to the other properties (X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, etc.) are held by different studios and are not part of the MCU.
You will not see Spider-Man or X-Men interlink with The Avengers, or with each other. Spider-Man is held by Sony and X-Men by Fox. Each of these studios wants to hold on tight to their film rights, and none of them wants to play in the same sandbox as the others.
see X-Men cross over with Fantastic Four, because both of those franchises are with Fox, but they won't be part of the MCU.