It’s hard to believe, but this year marks the seven year anniversary of Disney and Marvel’s extremely prosperous partnership. It seems like only yesterday that Marvel CEO Bob Iger was promising us a vast cinematic universe, full of our favorite superheroes and villains.
Marvel started their cinematic universe in 2008, with the releases of The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. This was during their pre-Disney partnership, with The Incredible Hulk being distributed by Universal Pictures and Iron Man being distributed by Paramount Pictures.
While both films made Marvel a good amount of money, their partnership with Disney would skyrocket them to the top of the food chain, making the company known for much more than just their comic books. In the years to come after Marvel and Disney’s partnership, they would change the world, shaping the modern superhero genre and creating a universe that would spread across several platforms.
Aside from the main section of the MCU, Marvel has released a handful of Netflix shows, including this month’s Luke Cage series. On top of that, Marvel has just announced a partnership with Hulu for a show based on the Runaways, and a new ABC series starring Squirrel Girl and the New Defenders.
As you can see, even after seven years, Marvel shows no signs of slowing down! With a ton of new TV and film projects, including the upcoming Doctor Strange film starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Marvel plans to ride this superhero film wave as long as possible.
This year alone has been really great for them. Captain America: Civil War dominated the box office for a long time, and Marvel had a great presence at this year’s SDCC. As a huge geek, and a fan of Marvel’s current lineup of movies, I’m hoping for seven more years of great superhero entertainment!