Total Nerd 10 Cliches In All Marvel Movies  

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List Rules Fox films don't count, Sony films don't count

This list points out tropes and cliches used in all of the 12 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (from 2008's Iron Man to 2015's Ant-Man).  This list is only intended to tie common tropes found in the Marvel films made by Marvel Studios, not the Marvel films created by Sony or Fox.

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They All Have A Stan Lee Cameo

Iron Man (2008):  Hugh Hefner lookalike

The Incredible Hulk (2008): Poisoned Old Man

Iron Man 2 (2010): Larry King lookalike

Thor (2011): Trucker

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): General in WW2

The Avengers (2012): News Reel scene

Iron Man 3 (2013): Contest Judge

Thor: The Dark World (2013): Old Man in Crazy House

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Security Guard

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Old Man flirting with Young Woman

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Drunk Man

Ant-Man (2015): Bartender


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All Marvel Movies Contain an A... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 10 Cliches In All Marvel Movies
All Marvel Movies Contain an After Credit Scene

Iron Man (2008): Nick Fury scene

The Incredible Hulk (2008): Tony Stark (shows up before credits)

Iron Man 2 (2010): Thor's Hammer scene

Thor (2011): Nick Fury and Selvig scene

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): Steve Rogers punching bag scene

The Avengers (2012): Thanos scene

Iron Man 3 (2013): Bruce Banner scene 

Thor: The Dark World (2013): The Collector scene

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Bucky Barnes scene

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Howard the Duck scene

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Thanos scene

Ant-Man (2015): Civil War scene

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They All Have An Avenger or S.... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 10 Cliches In All Marvel Movies
They All Have An Avenger or S.H.I.E.L.D. Cameo

Iron Man (2008): cameo by Nick Fury

The Incredible Hulk (2008): cameo by Tony Stark

Iron Man 2 (2010): starring Black Widow

Thor (2011): cameo by Hawkeye

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): cameo by Nick Fury

The Avengers (2012): starring The Avengers

Iron Man 3 (2013): cameo by Bruce Banner

Thor: The Dark World (2013): cameo by Captain America

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): starring Black Widow

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): The only film where we don't get an Avenger cameo. 

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): starring The Avengers

Ant-Man (2015): cameo by Falcon

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All The Films Have A Flasback ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 10 Cliches In All Marvel Movies
All The Films Have A Flasback Scene Iron Man (2008): film starts off with a flashback
The Incredible Hulk (2008): opening montage is a flashback
Iron Man 2 (2010): opening montage takes place 6 months earlier than current day events
Thor (2011): Tonsberg, Norway 965 A.D. scene
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): the film takes place in the 40s and jumps to present day at the end of the film
The Avengers (2012):  Captain America has a flashback while training with the punching bag during his introduction
Iron Man 3 (2013): The opening scene 
Thor: The Dark World (2013): A flashback scene with Bor, Malekith, and Kurse.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Cap has a flashback scene about Bucky and his conversation after Steve's mom's funeral
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Star Lord's mother's death scene
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Black Widows spy training scenes are flashbacks
Ant-Man (2015): Pym quits S.H.I.E.L.D.

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They All Have Multiple Villain... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 10 Cliches In All Marvel Movies
They All Have Multiple Villains

Iron Man (2008):  Obadiah Stane hires a terrorist group to kill Tony Stark.

The Incredible Hulk (2008): General Thunderbolt Ross hires Emil Blonsky to capture Bruce Banner.

Iron Man 2 (2010): Justin Hammer hires Ivan Vanko to create armored military suits. 

Thor (2011): Loki works with The Frost Giants and The Destroyer to take over Asgard.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): The Nazi creates Hydra and it becomes a Nazi rogue science division with it's own agenda.

The Avengers (2012): Loki is recruited by The Other, Thanos' personal assistant to lead his Chitauri army against the Avengers.

Iron Man 3 (2013): Mandarin is hired by Aldrich Killian 

Thor: The Dark World (2013): The Dark Elf Malekith and the enhanced warriors known as the Kursed.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): The Winter Soldier operates under Alexander Pierce's command.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Nebula allies with Ronan

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Ultron builds an army of robots, he's also joined by the Maximoff twins because of their common hate for Tony Stark.

Ant-Man (2015): Darren Cross sells his Yellowjacket technology to Hydra members.

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The Villains Always Want The H... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 10 Cliches In All Marvel Movies
The Villains Always Want The Hero's Tech, Power, or Weapon

Iron Man (2008):  Obadiah Stane wants to recreate Tony's arc reactor technology

The Incredible Hulk (2008): General Thunderbolt Ross wants to conduct tests on Hulk to develop more super soldiers.

Iron Man 2 (2010): Justin Hammer wants to mimic Tony Stark's Iron Man technology.

Thor (2011): Agent Sitwell, whose later discovered to be a Hydra member, is left in charge of security over Thor's hammer.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): Johann Schmidt underwent an earlier "super soldier" treatment from the same doctor that operated on Steve Rogers.  He suffered permanent negative side effects.

The Avengers (2012): Loki steals S.H.I.E.L.D.'s tech used to power the tesseract and brainwashes Erik Selvig in order to stabilize the cube. 

Iron Man 3 (2013): Aldrich Killian wants funding and research from Tony to fix the flaws in Maya Hansen's Extremis Formula.

Thor: The Dark World (2013): Malekith is hellbent on stealing the Aether weapon that was safeguarded by Odin's father within a stone column.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Project Insight is 3 next generation helicarriers with high powered repulsor engines created by Tony Stark.  Hydra tried to use Stark's technology to have Zola's algorithm wipe out all threats to Hydra.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Peter Quill locates the orb, which an Infinity Stone in it's interior and this causes bounty hunters and villains to track him in order to get the orb.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Ultron brainwashes Dr. Helen Cho, an ally of the Avengers, to steal her Cradle technology in hopes of getting a humanlike body.

Ant-Man (2015): Darren Cross goes mad trying to recreate Pym's shrinking technology.

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Someone Always Gets Double Cro... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 10 Cliches In All Marvel Movies
Someone Always Gets Double Crossed

Iron Man (2008):  Obadiah Stane double crosses Tony Stark

The Incredible Hulk (2008): Emil Blonsky double crosses General Thunderbolt Ross

Iron Man 2 (2010): Ivan Vanko double crosses Justin Hammer

Thor (2011): Loki double crosses Thor

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011):  Johann Schmidt and Hydra abandoned the Nazi to start his own conquest of the world. 

The Avengers (2012): Hawkeye & Erik Selvig double crosses The Avengers & S.H.I.E.L.D.

Iron Man 3 (2013): Maya Hansen double crosses Tony Stark

Thor: The Dark World (2013): Loki double crosses his sibling and father to sit on the throne.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Hydra members double cross S.H.I.E.L.D.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Gamora double crosses Thanos and Peter Quill double crosses Yondu Udonta

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Ultron double crosses The Maximoff twins

Ant-Man (2015): Hope van Dyne double crosses Darren Cross

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Someone In The Film Always Has... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 10 Cliches In All Marvel Movies
Someone In The Film Always Has Daddy Issues

11 out of 12 of the MCU films have "daddy issue" themes.  Captain America: The First Avenger is the only film to avoid the underlying theme.

Iron Man (2008):  Stark says "he never got to say goodbye to my father"

The Incredible Hulk (2008): Betty Ross & General Thunderbolt Ross' relationship
Iron Man 2 (2010): Tony Stark resents his father until he finds out his past project was dedicated for him.
Thor (2011): Loki discovers he's adopted
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): 
The Avengers (2012): Tony says "that's the guy my dad never shut up about" when referring to Captain America and Loki's scheme is a result of the scars left from his brother and father following the events in Thor.
Iron Man 3 (2013): Harley Keener's dad left when he was younger
Thor: The Dark World (2013): Loki's ordered to prison by his father because of his attack on New York in Avengers.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): We learn Nick Fury inherits his aggression from his grandfather (not his father) after he tells a story to Captain America on the elevator.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Peter Quill was raised by a single mother, but learns hints of who his father was at the end of the movie.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Ultron hates Tony Stark and Stark refers to himself as Ultron's "ol' man" since he created the A.I. robot.
Ant-Man (2015): Scott Lang can't see his daughter because of missed child support payments.  Also, Pym's daughter was the deciding vote that pushed her father out of his own company.

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Someone Always Loses a Job is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 10 Cliches In All Marvel Movies
Someone Always Loses a Job

Iron Man (2008): voted out by Stark Industries' board members before Obadiah Stane was killed

The Incredible Hulk (2008): chased away by General Thunderbolt Ross following the accident at the lab in the opening montage

Iron Man 2 (2010): steps down as CEO of Stark Industries and is replaced by Pepper Potts

Thor (2011): banished from Asgard

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): Steve Roger was denied enlistment due to poor health.

The Avengers (2012): Nick Fury loses control of S.H.I.E.L.D. and higher powers send a rogue bird to drop a nuclear missile in New York.

Iron Man 3 (2013): Iron Man retires and destroys all of his suits

Thor: The Dark World (2013): Thor rejects Odin's offer to sit on the throne and rule Asgard.  (If it means anything, Loki was impersonating Odin at the time).

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Captain America and Black Widow are banished from S.H.I.E.L.D. and become fugitives.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Ronan the accuser opts out of his alliance with Thanos.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Iron Man and Hawkeye announce their retirement from The Avengers.

Ant-Man (2015): Henry Pym is voted out of his company by Pym Tech's board of directors.

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A Hero Always Gets Taken Priso... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 10 Cliches In All Marvel Movies
A Hero Always Gets Taken Prisoner Iron Man (2008): taken prisoner by terrorists
The Incredible Hulk (2008): taken prisoner by General Thunderbolt Ross after he's knocked unconscious by Emil Blonsky
Iron Man 2 (2010): placed on house arrest by S.H.I.E.L.D.
Thor (2011): taken prisoner and interrogated by Agent Coulson 
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): The Howling Commandos are held captive and Steve Rogers conducts a rescue mission
The Avengers (2012):  Thor gets trapped in a containment unit designed to hold The Incredible Hulk.
Iron Man 3 (2013): Iron Man is captured and held prisoner by Killian's men.
Thor: The Dark World (2013): Loki is held prisoner because of his crimes in 2012's Avenger's but is freed to aid Thor.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow are captured by Hydra and Maria Hill rescues them.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): The Guardians of the Galaxy are placed in prison.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Black Widow is put in a jail cell by Ultron.
Ant-Man (2015): Scott Lang is arrested by his ex-wife's new husband.