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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