Chronology: Avengers Infinity War marks the beginning of the end of Marvel’s cinematic universe ‘Phase Three’
It all started with the President of Marvel Studios and lifelong Marvel fanboy; Kevin Feige. Reading the comics, he thought; “why can’t all these characters come together on the movie screen too?” He made sure Marvel bought all the rights to the Marvel characters (back) and started plotting the grand Marvel Cinematic Universe. This meant giving every Marvel character their own movie, and work towards the first on-screen superhero ensemble movie ever made; The Avengers.
But strangely enough, Feige did not launch the universe with a Captain America movie, a Thor movie, no, not even a Hulk movie (which never came), Black Widow (will come one day) or Hawkeye (never gonna happen) movie. No, he started with a much less popular comic character called Iron Man. Why did he do that? Why would he risk his masterplan on a second-rate comic character? One reason and one reason only: they envisioned Robert Downey Junior as Tony Stark.
Yes, Robert Downey Junior. Born in 1965, addicted to drugs as a teen, sent to jail for various reasons in 1997 for four years, became Tony Stark in 2008, and is now one of the highest paid actors of all time. Downey brought charisma to the Marvel Universe, he brought character, arrogance, comedy, heroism and became the pillar on which this multi-billion dollar company came to be based. Aso thanks to Jon Favreau of course, who directed the hell out of the first Iron Man. The several Iron Man movies grossed over billions of dollars, the other superhero movies followed suit, and all came together in an epic climax in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.
Whedon was the perfect guy for the job, combining his incredible talent for witty dialogue and his in-depth knowledge of pop-culture, with his passion for Marvel fanboyism. Add to it a decent story, amazing special effects, that epic theme song (please do check out Alan Silvestri’s orchestra below!) by Alan Silvestri and the perfect superhero movie was born. Critically acclaimed, and grossing over €1.5 billion, it cemented Marvel’s footprint in motion picture history. The follow-up to The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, was a bit less well received, but still grossed €1.4 billion.
So where to go next? No worries, Feige’s got you covered. All of the above was dubbed as The Marvel Cinematic Universe phase one and two. With Captain America Civil War, Spiderman Homecoming, Black Panther and Thor Ragnarok, we’ve entered phase three, which will climax with the two-part Avengers Infinity War.
And that’s what we’re here for today: Infinity War. Because look at that final trailer. Out in April this year, Infinity War recalls the excitement we had for The Force Awakens, a movie that was more of an event than just a movie. We have all the characters together, now more than ever, battling Thanos, thunderously played by badass Josh Brolin. Expect epic fights, because the movies will be directed by the Russo brothers. You know, those guys which gave us the incredible Civil War airport fight scene.
Infinity War part 2 will be aired in 2019 and, as said, will be the end of phase three, potentially killing off some of our beloved characters. Who will it be? Cap? Tony? Thor? One can but guess. You think it will end there? Of course not, phase four is already in the works of course.
We’re watching this thing in IMAX in April, and for now, we’ll just rewatch the trailer one more time, with the volume way up.