10 shocking things I learned rewatching the MCU movies

The Marvel Cinematic Universe was a thrill-ride to watch the first time around, but does it hold up after a rewatch? The results might shock you.

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel 2015
Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel 2015 /
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9. Iron Man 4 should have happened

Considering Iron Man was one of the two leaders of the MCU, it's really quite shocking that Marvel Studios burned through all three of his solo movies within their first five years. It all started for the MCU with 2008's Iron Man, then we got the entertaining albeit unnecessary Iron Man 2 in 2010, before the trilogy came to an unexpected end in 2013's Iron Man 3. It's unusual to say the least.

As the Infinity Saga played out, fans hoped that Iron Man 4 would happen at some point. Many of them thought it was going to happen. Watching the MCU back, I can safely say that it should have happened.

It's not that we didn't see plenty of Tony Stark, but the character received his recurring status almost too soon. While Captain America, Thor, and even Ant-Man, popped up regularly in their own movies, Tony became more of an overarching presence for the MCU without actually getting his own stories. Yes, I know that his overall arc (fear of losing his fellow Avengers) drove the Avengers movies forward, but it still feels like Marvel Studios could have done a bit more with him outside of that.

I wasn't the biggest Iron Man fan back when the MCU started, but there is no denying Robert Downey Jr.'s charisma as Tony Stark. He's so watchable and that makes Tony so lovable, even when he's playfully arrogant. Taking the spotlight away from him so soon after having it placed firmly on him for the first five years is a little jarring when watching all of the movies back. It also robbed us of the chance to spend more time with supporting characters like Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan, and J.A.R.V.I.S.

With that in mind, there should have been more spacing between the Iron Man trilogy or a fourth movie somewhere in Phase Three.