Did anyone see that little independent film that's sweeping the box office and breaking records? What was it called again? Oh, right... Avengers: Endgame! Endgame was predicted to earn an estimated $300 million opening weekend. Instead, it walked away with $350 million domestic and $1.2 billion gross worldwide. Endgame smashed previous records. It was the most highly anticipated movie of the decade. (Yes, more so than any of the Star Wars films and I love Star Wars.)
If you’ve been following along since 2008’s Iron Man you’ll know that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has mapped out the flow of the MCU for years to come. Phase 1 ran from 2008-2012. It included Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk (Terrible film, I don’t even count it), Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, & The Avengers. Phase 2 2013-2015: Iron Man 3, Thor: A Dark World (which I still haven’t seen all of…), Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, Avengers: Age of Ultron, & Ant-Man. Phase 3 2016-2019: Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming (which was appropriate… Marvel has taken steps to reclaim the Spider-Man license), Thor: Ragnarok (the best Thor film to date), Black Panther (masterfully crafted), Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel (if you haven’t seen it, you really should, Wonderful 90s nostalgia), Avengers: Endgame (not really the end…), & Spider-Man: Far From Home. Phase 4 2019-2021(?). The movies lined up (with titles) so far: Black Widow (an origin story), The Eternals (hopefully Angie Jolie doesn’t screw this one up), Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Yes, there will be more but the slate still has unnamed movies. With the Disney acquisition of Fox there is now the possibility to include the X-Men (they did cross paths every now & again with other Marvel characters), Deadpool (who was a member of the Avengers for a short time. His penchant for not playing well with others is his downfall. Dead pool was also a member of X-Force, a branch of the X-Men), and the Fantastic Four, who were members of the Avengers.
The Fantastic Four seems like a better option. If you’ve seen Spider-Man: Homecoming you know that Tony sold Stark Tower in New York. He never says to who, but now that the Avengers have a compound outside of the city they don’t need it. The Fantastic Four is based in NYC in a tower… yes, it was the Baxter Building, but building names can be changed…
Overall the MCU franchise has grossed over $18 billion worldwide since the start in 2008. Not too shabby for a bunch of movies based on comic books.
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So, I took my daughter to see the first part of the epic wrap up to a story that started ten years ago with Iron Man. For us, this was a tradition... I took her out of school early but let me back up just a little bit here.
I was in the Army for those of you that didn't know (or read that over in the short bio over on the sidebar). Back in 2008, I knew I was going to be deployed but we weren't sure if it was to Iraq or Afghanistan. We had a pretty good idea but with the military, nothing is ever certain. So, I made the conscious decision to do something fun and memorable with my daughter before I spent weeks away preparing for deployment. I figured I like comic books and Iron Man was about the best you can get (at the time) for comic book movies (Sorry Stan, I can't put comic and book together... maybe when spell check catches up). It was a great adventure and Iron Man, in my opinion for effects, got better with each appearance in a movie. I did a repeat with every Marvel movie that came out while she was in elementary and middle school. I think we only missed Thor 2 & 3, GotG 1 & 2, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man. My kid and I have a history with the franchise. So, why wouldn't we go see the newest installment? Next year... well that will be different. Next year will be our last MCU film together before she goes off to college. (I'm not crying, you're crying. Stupid ninja cutting onions behind me...)
I'll tell you right now... if you're a casual MCU watcher... catch up, fast. I hadn't finished GotG 2 or Thor 3 and there were major spoilers.
Some fan theories were busted but one big one was confirmed! Red Skull is not Thanos but he does play a part and that is all I will say about that.
It was a great theatrical presentation. Very vivid color. You cheer, you laugh, you gasp, and yes, you may shed a tear (and that was in the first 10 minutes) as you watch the story unfold on the screen. So much thought went into each section of the script to keep it all flowing... I'm impressed. As a writer myself, I know how hard it is to keep the continuity for a few characters let alone twenty-nine! Mind you, that is not counting the rest of the minor characters. IMDB states there were ninety-eight souls listed in the cast list.
If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend that you go. However, if you have a younger child that doesn't grasp the concept of "movie death" leave them home. (We had a child in the theatre, about 5 or so that cried, loudly, when his favorite character "died" on screen. I will tell you, it disrupted the moment.) If you're a Game of Thrones fan ... Peter Dinklage plays a larger-than-life role.
To keep this truly spoiler free ... Avengers: Infinity War definitely earned its $630 million. What do they have in store for fans May 2019?
College graduate, Army vet, single mom, Husky mom, Movie lover, writer