The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong for 18 films now, so it’s easy to forget how revolutionary it is in scope. Starting with Robert Downey Jr.’s first AC/DC-fueled turn as Iron Man back in 2008, the MCU has expertly translated the crossover-happy tapestry of its many comic books into an interconnected hit parade of successful solo and group franchises. Characters pop in and out of each other’s movies for cameos or full-fledged team-ups (think Hulk hijacking scenes in Thor: Ragnarok), all in service of pushing forward one grand, overarching narrative. That narrative has finally coalesced into Infinity War, the first of two climactic Avengers films spread across this year and 2019, wrapping up the third phase of the MCU. Infinity War is a whole lot of movie. It also marks the end for this current era. Because a lot of the original actors are either aging out of their roles or eager to move on—looking squarely in your direction, Chris Evans—their fate is more uncertain than ever. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has further stoked speculation of high-ranking casualties by calling the still-untitled 2019 Avengers movie a “finale” of sorts, with a very different MCU to be born out of… Read full this story
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