Almost all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe came together this weekend for the World Premiere of “Avengers: Infinity War”. The highly-anticipated Marvel installment is launching in theaters this weekend, and the cast and crew came out to meet with fans and promote the film that has been a decade in the making.
Looking back, no one could have predicted that “Iron Man” would have started one of the most successful movie-franchises in history. The film, released back in 2008, made over $585M worldwide and introduced the world to Tony Stark and the soon-to-be Avengers. Edward Norton’s “The Incredible Hulk” was the next movie to release, but was a rare miss within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the green giant only brought in $263M worldwide and Norton ended up giving the role to Mark Ruffalo. Marvel returned to the screen in “Iron Man 2,” which broke records and grossed over $623M worldwide. That’s when things really started to heat up at the box-office.
Marvel decided that the Avengers were just a few years away, and started introducing the entire squad to audiences with their own films. Marvel released “Thor” in 2011, bringing in $449M worldwide, followed by “Captain America” with a $370M theatrical run. With Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, and Iron Man in tow, Marvel released “The Avengers” in 2012 and the film made over $1.5B across the globe. Now the whole group is together, and Marvel went on a sequel rampage.
“Iron Man 3” released in 2013 and grossed $1.2B all by itself, followed by “Thor: Dark World” in 2013 and “Captain America Winter Soldier” in 2014, those films made $644M and $714M respectively. Next was “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2014, a Marvel films without the Avengers, and it made $773M in August and broke records. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” hit the box-office in 2015, making another $1.5B for the popular studio. The next installment was “Ant-Man” in 2015, which made $519M worldwide. With the sequels pushing the Infinty Stone storyline, it was time for Marvel to start wrapping it all together.
“Captain America: Civil War” was the big release in 2016, making $1.1B at the box-office before “Doctor Strange” hit theaters to make another $677M. The following year “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” released, making $863M for Marvel and again crushing records. Then came Spider-Man, the deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel had Peter Parker and Tony Stark together again on the big-screen, and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” grossed over $880M in theaters around the world. “Thor: Ragnarok” was the next big release, bringing in over $853M before “Black Panther” dominated the charts with a $1.3B worldwide gross.
Now we have “Avengers: Infinity War,” the grand finale that Marvel has been building towards for the last decade. Even the actors themselves are pleading with early viewers not to spoil the movie for anyone. It’s a climax over a decade in the making, and the red-carpet was one of the flashiest Marvel has ever created.
The new Avengers installment will feature Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Linda Cardellini, Pom Klementieff, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Bettany, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Paul Rudd, Cobie Smulders, Bradley Cooper, Peter Dinklage, Jeremy Renner, Angela Bassett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, and Don Cheadle.
It’s hitting theaters this weekend, and if you don’t have tickets we suggest ordering them ahead on sites like Fandango.