Since its arrival late last week, Marvel’s 2018 event movie has blazed past one record after another, earning $258M domestically during its opening weekend for a worldwide cume in excess of $641M – a cume big enough to catapult the MCU’s total box office gross beyond $15 billion after only 10 years.
That $258M domestic bow also exceeded The Force Awakens‘ own record-setting debut, prompting a congratulatory message from Star Wars and the team at Lucasfilm. This, coupled with the $382M opening overseas, has earned Infinity War the status of being the biggest opening weekend of all time at both home and aboard (read: domestic and international box offices), and it’ll likely take something truly special to dislodge Joe and Anthony Russo’s cinematic titan.
And so, to honor that barnstorming success, Marvel Studios has today pumped out a brand new TV spot in which Avengers: Infinity War is crowned the “number one movie in the world.” And we can’t say we disagree.
Because after 10 years and 18 movies’ worth of exposition and carefully crafted backstories, the MCU has finally come to a head. Granted, the Russo Brothers have compared both Infinity War and Avengers 4 to the final chapters of a very long and very intricate book, which serves as a pointed reminder that, yes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will span far beyond 2019, what with both Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 waiting in the wings.
The former sequel will herald the return of Tom Holland’s zippy Peter Parker in July of 2019, before James Gunn whisks us off on a “freakin’ amazing” cosmic adventure the following year.