After the $100 million-plus debut of Thor: Ragnarok this weekend, Marvel Studios' Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the first franchise to hit $5 billion at the domestic box office.
When Marvel first started out with Iron Man back in 2008, it was clear the studio had a general idea of where they wanted to take this planned cinematic universe after Nick Fury showed up in the end credits teasing a bigger universe. Of course, no one could have expected at the time that the entertainment giant would go own to become its own studio under the Disney umbrella and overtake Hollywood with each new installment. Yet, nearly ten years later, it's done just that.
With seventeen films under its belt now, and plenty still in various states of post-production, the studio has officially crossed $5 billion at the domestic box office with the help of Thor: Ragnarok. Final numbers won't be in until tomorrow, but current numbers have Thor: Ragnarok opening to an impressive $118 million stateside. That would bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe to nearly $5.1 billion at the domestic box office.
Marvel Studios will celebrate ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe next year, and while we've spent nearly a decade with these characters, it often feels as though the studio is only beginning its journey as the universe continue to reach new heights with each release. And with Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, and Captain Marvel still to come? It's safe to say the best appears yet to come.
Next up for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Black Panther. That film opens on February 16, 2018 and is directed by Ryan Cooler. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown and John Kani.
(via Screen Rant)