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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Display of Iron Man armor at the Marvel booth at the 2012 Comic-Con International Preview Night held at San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2012 in San Diego, California. Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

It’s Marvel Cinematic Universe Week at SB Nation and across our team brands! We’re using the superior superhero franchise to guide our coverage for this week, as we pass the two-month mark without sports.

Here at Fear the Fin, I’m going to take on a very stupid mission: to watch every film in the MCU and document every reference made to sports throughout. I’m playing a little fast and loose with my definition of “sports reference,” but I’m going to try to avoid making the same jokes more than once in this series. You’ll see what I mean.

That’s 23 films, totaling 50 hours, by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 10.

(I’m aware the week starts on Sunday, but the next theme week doesn’t start until Monday and I got a late start on this, okay? I’m cutting myself some slack to make this ridiculous thing a complete project.)

I’ll be watching in a chronological order (some films take place around the same time, so it doesn’t matter too much) that is dubbed the “spoiler” version, as post-credit scenes will contain spoilers for movies further along in the timeline, as opposed to release order.

I’ve set up a storystream to help you keep track of each post as they go up — which won’t be on any kind of set schedule, since I’m gonna be putting some weird hours into this thing in order to pull it off. No worries, though — that’s the whole point of having a centralized location. I’d suggest reading them in order, but hey, I’m not your mom.

Reminder that time stamps are approximate, not exact, and may vary based on streaming services.

I wish this was the end of my Tony Stark Experience, but unfortunately, I’m just wrapping up his solo career.


Iron Man 3 (2013)

Director: Shane Black, Written by Shane Black & Drew Pearce

00:20:43: Tony is seen doing chin ups in the basement.

00:43:14: A child is pointing a potato gun at Iron Man. It’s like a mini teeshirt cannon.

00:52:13: Tony enters a bar and walks over to a woman sitting alone at a table. Over his shoulder is a couple playing pool.

00:59:30: A shot of a random gym, showing people on exercise bikes as the television screens are being overridden by the Mandarin.

01:30:10: The Mandarin is watching a soccer game while Rhodey points a gun in his face.

Iron Man 3 (2013)

01:58:12: A Rockstar Energy Drink branded racing helmet can be seen in Harley’s garage.

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Final note: this is the most we’ve seen Tony without the Iron Man suit and yet? Still no parkour.

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