The Marvel Cinematic Universe has earned over $18 billion at the worldwide box office, far more than any other film franchise. Although a ton of imitators have popped up, no other studio has quite been able to emulate Marvel Studios' success when it comes to superhero films. However, the journey from the comics to a multi-billion dollar franchise is long.
In this new video, we're going to go all the way back to 1920's The Mark of Zorro, which was the first superhero film. We're then going to talk about some of the other successful franchises before moving on to just why the MCU is so successful. Of course, we're also going to talk about some of the genre's failures, like Steel and Supergirl.
Check out the video below for a history of superhero films and how the MCU came to dominate Hollywood.
There's no indication that the MCU is going anywhere any time soon. After Avengers: Endgame releases, Spider-Man: Far From Home will serve as the next installment in the cinematic universe. After that, there are plans for films based on Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and follow-ups to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange and Black Panther. It also seems likely that there will be a sequel of some sort to Captain Marvel, which has made over a billion at the box office.
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Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives April 26.