When you take a step back and look at what Marvel has accomplished, it really is mind-blowing.
It’s landmark stuff. The kind of thing that will be in history books years from now. We’re about to reach Avengers: Infinity War, film number 19 in the hit cinematic franchise that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, the James Bond franchise has had over 20 films, British comedy film series Carry On churned out 30 films, and there have been around 32 Godzilla movies, but they weren’t aiming for a gigantic universe with a sprawling narrative – one that’s been unfolding for ten years. It hasn’t been slam dunk after slam dunk (Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World… could have been better), but overall we’ve been pretty spoiled for quality.
The first of two culminating Avengers chapters (culminating, at least for this current arc) is about to arrive, and the hype is real AF. It’s more than audiences just wanting to see a spectacle on screen, it’s about emotional investment, the result of MCU mastermind Kevin Feige and co. working hard to give us characters that we truly care about.
And to think: there was a time that this was a but a dream on the horizon. “I really don’t know how people are going to react to this thing,” Iron Man director Jon Favreau can be seen saying, prior to that film’s release, in this nostalgic 10-Year Legacy featurette Marvel has released. “This could be anything from a flop to a moderate single or something.”
Well, here we are, $US14.8 million (unadjusted) and 18 films later. Let’s do this.
Avengers: Infinity War arrives in Australia on April 25 and opens in the U.S. on April 27.
Synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.