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Every Marvel Movie, As Explained in a Line from a Shakespeare

Have you seen every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Doubtful. There are upwards of 20 movies in the MCU currently, and one of them is Thor: The Dark World, which nobody actually saw in theaters except me, my friend, and the family five rows behind us who got up and left when it became apparent that this was not, in fact, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Do you WANT to be able to say you’ve seen every movie in the MCU? Of course you do! You’re a fan, after all. But who has the time? Here, then, are the plots of every movie in the MCU as explained in lines from Shakespeare.

Iron Man
“Come good fellow, put mine iron on.”
Antony and Cleopatra, Act 4, Scene 4

The Incredible Hulk
“Come not within the measure of my wrath.”
The Two Gentleman of Verona, Act 5, Scene 4

Iron Man 2
“I am sick and sullen.”
Antony and Cleopatra, Act 1, Scene 3

Thor
“Thou shalt have my hammer.”
Henry VI Part II, Act 2, Scene 3

Captain America: The First Avenger
“You are too hot.”
Romeo and Juliet, Act 3, Scene 5

The Avengers
“We came hither to fight with you.”
Antony and Cleopatra, Act 2, Scene 6

Iron Man 3
“This is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers…”
The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 5, Scene 1

Thor: The Dark World
“The world, too saucy with the gods,
Incenses them to send destruction.”
Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 3

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
“This is your devoted friend, sir, the manifold
linguist and the armipotent soldier.”
All’s Well That Ends Well, Act 4, Scene 3

Guardians of the Galaxy
“I have a tree.”
Timon of Athens, Act 5, Scene 1

Avengers: Age of Ultron
[The vision. Enter.]
Henry VIII, Act 4, Scene 2

Ant-Man
“Much smaller than the smallest of his thoughts…”
Henry IV Part II, Act 1, Scene 3

Captain America: Civil War
“A plague o’ both your houses!”
Romeo and Juliet, Act 3, Scene 1

Doctor Strange
“What seest thou else in the dark backward and abysm of time?”
The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
“He was my father; and he is thrice a villain…”
As You Like It, Act 1, Scene 1

Spider-Man: Homecoming
[They fight, and PETER strikes him down.]
Henry VI Part II, Act 2, Scene 3

Thor: Ragnarok
“Where hast thou been, sister?”
Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 3

Black Panther
“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”
Henry IV Part II, Act 3, Scene 1

Avengers: Infinity War
“When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
But in battalions.”
Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 5

Ant-Man and the Wasp
“Almost too small for sight.”
King Lear, Act 4, Scene 6

Captain Marvel
“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 3, Scene 2

Avengers: End Game, presumably
[Exit, weeping.]
The Taming of the Shrew, Act 3, Scene 2