Beginning with Captain America: The First Avenger (chronologically speaking, of course) and reaching its so-called finale at Avengers 4, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the undisputed poster child for competent, interconnected film franchises.
Universal’s Dark Universe and the DC Extended Universe may have faltered in recent instalments (see: The Mummy, Justice League), but the MCU continues to go from strength to strength – just take a look at Thor: Ragnarok and its $843 million haul.
And once Black Panther stakes a claim for box office glory in February, Marvel Studios will begin drumming up hype for Avengers: Infinity War – the event movie to end all event movies. Pegged to arrive on May 4th, 2018, the Powers That Be have been remarkably tight-lipped when it comes to Joe and Anthony Russo’s ensemble piece, which isn’t all that surprising given everything at stake.
But today, with Christmas right around the corner, a new Infinity War featurette has arrived to chronicle the road so far, which really began with the launch of Iron Man in 2008.
Ten years later, and the MCU is practically unrecognizable. It’ll only continue to change and evolve with each passing instalment, while Marvel’s Phase 4 has been described as a soft reboot, one which kicks off with the so-far untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in 2019.
Not unlike Tony Stark before him, we understand Tom Holland’s Web-Head is set to become the beating heart of Marvel’s shared universe beyond Avengers 4. And we simply can’t wait to see what’s in store for our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
After 10 years and 17 films’ worth of build-up – Black Panther notwithstanding – Avengers: Infinity War is prepped and ready to deliver a huge climax on May 4th, 2018. Select international countries, including the United Kingdom, will welcome Marvel’s sequel a little early, which only highlights the continuing importance of the overseas box office.