Marvel-ous Movies

Bryce Jones, Senior Editor

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) seems to be ever expanding as we continue to be introduced to new characters, most of whom earn their own series as well as featuring in the Avengers’ series. The reason the universe has gotten so large over the past few years is because the producer of all 18 MCU movies, Kevin Feige, cannot seem to fail. However what is even more impressive than the enormous success that Marvel Studios is having is how well the team has done at tying every movie together. The universe is now home to 10 different series and over 25 superheroes, yet all 18 movies are incomplete without the others as the ongoing search for all six of the Infinity Stones (the sources of energy that existed prior to the Big Bang and continue to harness incredible power) continues throughout the universes’ three different phases.

Iron Man (2008) was actually the first movie made by Marvel Studios. Before this, the lowly comic book company could not afford to make any of their own films, and had to sell their movie rights to larger film studios. Sony Pictures bought the rights to the Spider-Man character in 2002, and produced five movies within the series which featured two different directors and two different lead actors. It was not until 2017 that Marvel Studios was able to earn back the rights to one of their most beloved characters with the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was named so for its return to Marvel. The X-Men series, as well as the somewhat young Deadpool series, were bought by 20th Century Fox in 2000 and will remain under Fox’s creative control for the time being. So although these characters were created by Marvel, their cinematic universe does not collide with Kevin Feige’s.

Marvel’s biggest competitor in the genre, DC, has proved to be no competition for them at all. Although DC is only working on the sixth movie of their universe, it seems to be a world in which the characters are less developed, the superheroes are less relatable to fans and the stories do not intertwine as organically as the Avengers. The difference of success lies in the heroes and their likability amongst the audience. While DC’s heroes are often very inhuman (such as Superman, Aquaman and the Flash), Marvel’s heroes are usually relatable with Thor being the only nonhuman exception on the original team.

Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to release in May of 2018 which will be the third movie in the Avengers series and the 19th movie of the Marvel universe. It is a big deal for the movie franchise because this is the first time that every single superhero from the MCU will be featured on screen together. Protagonists from the series Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and Black Panther will all team up to fight the universe’s most powerful villain yet, Thanos. Nobody is sure what to expect from what will be Marvel’s biggest movie ever, but if the team sticks to their highly coveted Feige formula then audiences will be in for a show that is out of this universe.