Two Truths and a Lie: Marvel Cinematic Universe Edition
By: Ian Fortey
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About This Quiz
The MCU has been dominating the box office for over a decade now, ever since "Iron Man" appeared in 2008. Marvel and Disney have done what no one else in the history of film has done, stringing together a massive web of films in a linked universe and creating what is arguably the greatest achievement in cinematic storytelling ever. Others have tried, but they have failed to even come close to what Marvel has done, and that's pretty impressive.
The MCU has taken us to deep space with "Guardians of the Galaxy" to mysterious dimensions with "Dr. Strange" and into the past with "Captain America." Heroes have grown more and more powerful like Hulk and Thor while villains have been exciting and complex like Hela and Killmonger. There's a lot to love in the MCU, and the best part is it's still going strong with a whole slate of new movies on the way in the future.
If you consider yourself a true MCU fan and know your Iron Man from your Iron Patriot, your Collector from your Grandmaster, then take a deep dive into this quiz and see if you can pick out the one lie buried in two truths. It doesn't take a superhero, just a superfan.
While it's true that Wakanda is rich in vibranium and the metal is used in the Black Panther suit, and he is also saved from near death by his rival M'Baku, he does not kill Ulysses Klaue. It's Erik Killmonger who takes out Klaue.
In the "Avengers: Endgame" Thor has let himself go and lives in a bit of a dump with his buddies Miek and Korg. Chris Hemsworth has played the character in 8 movies including three Thor films, four Avengers films, and "Dr. Strange." But it was not Loki who took his eye, rather his sister Hela.
Let's go back to the beginning. What's not true of the first "Iron Man?"
Tony is in Afghanistan to show off a missile called Jericho.
The villain's name is Obadiah Stane
Tony meets Bruce Banner in the post-credit scene.
In the first "Iron Man," Tony is demonstrating the Jericho missile when he gets taken captive. We find out later that his colleague Obadiah Stane is the villain but in the post-credits, it's not Bruce Banner he meets, it's Nick Fury.
Which of these statements is not true about the second movie in the MCU?
It was "The Incredible Hulk."
It came out in 2008.
It was directed by Jon Favreau.
The often-overlooked second movie in the MCU was 2008's "The Incredible Huk," starring Ed Norton. It was kind of soft-rebooted later on when Mark Ruffalo was cast in the role. The untrue statement is about Jon Favreau. He directed the first and 3rd MCU films. Louis Leterrier directed "The Incredible Hulk."
The Red Skull has had an interesting role in the MCU. What's not true about him?
He was born disfigured.
Red Skull is Captain America's first villain back in "Captain America: The First Avenger." His real name was Johann Schmidt and he does turn up in Vormir in "Avengers: Infinity War" but he wasn't disfigured at birth. Instead, he took the same serum Captain America did, just with worse results.
Which of these statements about Thanos' creepy lieutenants isn't true?
Only one of them is female.
They first appear in "Infinity War."
Proxima Midnight tortures Dr. Strange.
Thanos shows up in "Infinity War" with a gaggle of creeps named Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, Cull Obsidian and Corvus Glaive. Midnight is the only female in the group but she's not the one who tortures Dr. Strange. That's Ebony Maw.
What do you remember about the first "Thor" movie?
Odin kills Laufey the Frost Giant.
When we first meet Thor, he's a bit of an arrogant jerk but he does fall in love with Jane Foster and he does fight the Destroyer. However, his father does not kill Laufey. Loki kills Laufey, who's his real father.
Thor falls in love with a woman named Jane Foster.
"Civil War" was like a mini "Avengers" movie. What's not true of it?
It was the first movie of Phase Three.
It featured all the major MCU characters.
Marvel's Phase Three kicked off with "Captain America: Civil War" which also marked the introduction of Tom Holland's Spider-Man. Though the movie featured a ton of characters, it doesn't feature all the main ones. Thor and Hulk are noticeably absent, which is later explained in "Thor: Ragnarok."
It was the first appearance of Spider-Man in the MCU.
Can you spot an untrue statement about Spider-Man?
Scorpion was teased as a villain in "Homecoming."
He used to date Gwen Stacy.
In the current MCU iteration of "Spider-Man," his best friend is Ned and Scorpion was indeed teased as a potential villain in the prison scene at the end of "Homecoming." However, there is no Gwen Stacy in the MCU so Peter did not date her. Not in these movies, anyway. Not yet.
In his travels in the MCU, Dr. Strange never runs across Benicio Del Toro's Collector at any point. He does fight Dormammu at the end of "Dr. Strange" and Ebony Maw tangles with him during "Infinity War."
Something here is not true of the Scarlet Witch. But what?
Her brother was Quicksilver.
Her powers come from nanotechnology.
Before living with Vision in Scotland, Wanda Maximoff was with her brother. Quicksilver. until his death fighting Ultron. Both she and her brother developed their powers after being exposed to the Mind Stone, though in the comic books she's a mutant and the daughter of Magneto.
Loki has become a fan-favorite part of the MCU and he's appeared in several films. We learned early he's actually a Frost Giant and even though Thanos kills him, he does manage to come back thanks to time travel shenanigans. But he's not the end of Odin. Odin sort of just dies on his own.
Karen Gillan's Nebula has appeared in four films so far. In her most recent appearance, she heads to the planet Morag with War Machine to get an Infinity Stone. She is not from the planet Zen-Whoberi, though, that's Gamora's homeworld.
Thanos is the Mad Titan. What's not true about him?
Two actors have portrayed him.
Loki is the first character he kills.
He gets the Mind Stone from the Collector.
Thanos is the major villain of the MCU and the first character he actually kills with his own hands is Loki. Though he's mostly played by Josh Brolin, a second actor did portray him in the first "Avengers," Damion Poitier. The Mind Stone is the untrue fact here — he doesn't get that from the Collector, he has it when he shows up in "Infinity War."
Ant-Man, also known as Scott Lang, gets wrapped up in the world of Hank Pym and his Pym particles which shrink him down to an incredibly small size. When he is tiny in the first film, he has a flying carpenter ant that he uses as a steed named Ant-thony, not Antonio.
His real name is Scott Lang.
He shrinks with the help of something called Pym particles.
Which of these facts about "Captain Marvel" is untrue?
Her name was Vers.
The Skrulls are the villains.
When we meet Captain Marvel, she's fighting for the Kree under the name Vers. She'd absorbed her powers when the experimental engine of her craft, powered by the Tesseract, exploded and she absorbed the energy. And while it seems at first like the Skrulls are the enemy it turns out they are allies, and Yon-Rogg of the Kree is the villain.
Yondu Udanta is brilliantly played by Michael Rooker in both "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies. At first, he seems somewhat villainous but still likable. But in the sequel when he dies fighting Ego to save Quill we come to realize what a good guy he was, if rough around the edges. And he's tricked into saying he's Mary Poppins, not Nanny McPhee.
How well do you remember the truth about Rocket Raccoon?
His real name is 89P13.
He's voiced by Bradley Cooper.
He's escaped from 12 prisons.
Rocket Racoon isn't really a raccoon, he just looks like one. While everyone calls him Rocket, his real name is 89P13 and he was an experiment of some kind. Bradley Cooper provides his voice and he never escaped from a mere 12 prisons, he escaped from 22 of them!
There's more to Groot than meets the eye. But what isn't true?
His stiff larynx prevents him from pronouncing anything other than "I am Groot."
He's a flora colossus.
He kills Ronan the Accuser.
In the first "Guardians" movie. we learn that Groot is something called a flora colossus and that his words have different meanings but his larynx prevents him from saying anything aside from "I am Groot." Though he does fight Ronan, he's not the one who kills him, that's Quill with an assist from Rocket, Gamora and Drax.
"Spider-Man: Far From Home" is the final Phase III movie. What's not true about it?
The Chameleon is teased as a villain.
After "End Game," Spider-Man doesn't have any Avengers help to take on Mysterio, but there is a brief shout out to Nick Fury as the Skrulls have been pretending to be him and Maria Hill. J. Jonah Jameson, played by JK Simmons from the Sam Raimi trilogy, makes a comeback, but there is no sign of the Chameleon.
Do you know what's not true about "Ant-Man and the Wasp" in here?
Laurence Fishburne's character was part of project Goliath,
The villain Ghost's real name is Elaina,
Even though it was released after "Infinity War" in theaters, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" chronologically takes place before and then concurrently with events of that movie as the Snap affects the end of the film. In it, we discover Laurence Fishburne's Bill Foster was part of Goliath and we learn that Ghost's real name is Ava Starr, not Elaina.
Chronologically, this is the last MCU film before the Thanos Snap,
Can you pick out what's untrue about "Thor: Ragnarok?"
Thor befriends a gladiator named Konan.
Tessa Thompson plays the role of Valkyrie in "Ragnarok" and Matt Damon does have a brief cameo as an actor portraying Loki in a play that the actual Loki is watching. Thor does make friends with some gladiators, but his rocky friend's name is Korg who is from a race called the Kronan. He's portrayed by director Taika Waititi.
A lot happens in "Infinity War." What's not true, though?
Nick Fury is the last character to die.
Thanos wants to kill everyone for revenge.
"Avengers: Infinity War" is a bit of a downer as a standalone film since so many characters end up dying in it, including Heimdall right near the beginning before the snap and then, at the very end, Nick Fury is the last to go. But Thanos is not out for revenge. He's on a twisted quest for universal balance.
"Iron Man 2" seems like forever ago. What's a fake fact about it?
The movie introduces the character of Black Widow.
Pepper Potts becomes CEO of Stark Industries.
The villain's real name is Igor Ivanovich.
Even though she still hasn't had her own movie, Black Widow made her first appearance in "Iron Man 2" back in 2010. Tony Stark is dying, or thinks he is, and puts Pepper Potts in charge of Stark Industries while the villain Whiplash, whose real name is Ivan Vanko, not Igor Ivanovich, seeks revenge on Stark.
Which one of the statements about the first Avengers movie isn't true?
The alien invaders are called the Chitauri.
Loki kills Agent Hill.
"The Avengers" was a huge spectacle of a film that culminated with the Chitauri invasion of New York. We do get to see the Hulk rampage through the Helicarrier but it's not Agent Hill that Loki kills, it's Agent Coulson.
Something about "Thor: The Dark World" isn't true, but what?
The Collector is given the Reality Stone.
Thor's mother dies.
The villain is a Frost Giant named Malekith.
One of the less popular MCU films, "The Dark World" features the death of Thor's mother Frigga and also the Collector being given the Aether, which is, in fact, the Reality Stone. The villain of the movie is not a Frost Giant though, he's a Dark Elf.
Can you tell what's untrue about "Captain America: The Winter Soldier?"
The Winter Soldier is Captain America's old friend.
There's a computer that possesses the consciousness of Arnim Zola.
Captain America meets Sam Wilson, a former Green Beret.
The Winter Soldier from the title turns out to be Cap's old friend Bucky, who's been brainwashed. And the creepy scientist Arnim Zola does have his consciousness stored in a computer. That said, Sam Wilson, who becomes Falcon, is not a Green Beret at all. He was in the Air Force.
Hawkeye is a member of the Avengers but never gets a solo film. What's untrue of him?
He goes by the name Ronin in "End Game."
He sided with Captain America against Iron Man in "Civil War."
His wife's name is Sarah.
Hawkeye has been in a number of MCU films but so far has nothing solo on the big screen. During "Civil War," he sided with Captain America and in "End Game," after he loses his family to Thanos, he becomes the vigilante Ronin. His wife, played by Linda Cardellini, is named Laura, not Sarah.
The Hulk has been a really fun part of the MCU. We learn in Ragnarok he hasn't been Bruce Banner in about two years, and then when he finally goes toe-to-toe with Thanos he loses. When he started in the MCU he was played by Ed Norton. The Eric Bana Hulk is not considered part of the MCU.
In "Ragnarok," he hadn't been Bruce Banner in years.
Something about "Iron Man 3" is not true. But what?
Bruce Banner has a cameo.
The villain's name is Aldritch Killian.
The Mandarin has magical powers.
"Iron Man 3" featured Guy Pearce as the villain Aldritch Killian, and in a post-credit scene we did get to see Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner again but the Mandarin, who seems like the villain at first, is just an actor and has no powers at all.
Can you spot the fake statement about Peter Quill?
His father is a Celestial.
His ship is called the Vector.
Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord, is half Celestial on his father's side. He was kidnapped from Earth as a child by Yondu and raised by the Ravagers before branching out on his own in the ship called the Milano, not the Vector.
Thor's hammer is called Mjolnir. What's not true about it?
Other people can lift it.
It was forged by a god.
Mjolnir is used a lot in the MCU, and even though only Thor can lift it at first, the rule is only those "worthy" can lift it. That's why Vision is able to lift it in "Age of Ultron" and Captain America goes to town with it in "End Game." Hela destroys it in "Ragnarok" and we learn it was forged not by a god but by dwarven blacksmiths.
Iron Man has no powers on his own but he has a heck of a lot of suits. What isn't true of them?
The first Iron Man suit was made by Howard Stark.
Iron Man has made many, many suits that appear throughout the MCU and other people wear them including James Rhodes, Bruce Banner and Pepper Potts. The first one was made not by Tony's dad but Tony himself when he was held prisoner.
Something here about Ultron isn't true. Do you know what it is?
He was created to protect the Earth.
He was voiced by James Spader.
He's powered by an Infinity Stone.
After the Chitauri attack, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner create Ultron to protect the Earth, it just doesn't work out very well. It manifests as a robot voiced by James Spader but it's not powered by an Infinity Stone. That comes later, in the form of Vision.
The Sorcerer Supreme Dr. Strange was a neurosurgeon before his accident. He travels to a place called Kamar-Taj to learn magic and while he's there he meets and, eventually, befriends the sorcerer Wong. K'un-Lun is the place where Iron Fist trained, not Dr. Strange.