The Marvel Cinematic Universe is stronger than ever. It seems Marvel Studios can do no wrong, and their track record is astounding. But it’s fascinating to see how it has all come together over the better part of the last decade, starting with 2008’s Iron Man to this past July’s release of Ant-Man, and looking forward to 2016’s highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War.
What started out as a post-credits scene, or tag, in Iron Man, with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) telling Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) that he has, “become part of a bigger universe, you just don’t know it yet,” has transformed into a massive $8 Billion franchise that shows no signs of slowing down. With 11 releases and counting, the MCU continues to grow, and studios across the industry are trying to replicate the formula for success (some would say playing catch up).
The “Phase 2” Box Set has released and it is loaded with extras, housed in a replica of the Orb Infinity Stone from 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Available at Amazon, the box set includes a new featurette, with never-before-seen footage, that takes us on a journey through the MCU and how “It’s All Connected!”
Check it out!
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This 11-minute video takes us inside how the aforementioned tag from Iron Man created a ripple-effect. Kevin Feige walks us through how each post-credits tag came to be, and ties everything together. We all knew that Joss Whedon insisted on the post-credit scene in 2012’s Marvel’s Avengers that introduced us to Thanos, but it’s awesome how that became a pivot point for the MCU and informed a lot of later decisions. It really is amazing to look back and see how it all started with an idea, that has continued to grow, and evolve (as in the case of retconning the Tesseract into an Infinity Stone). We have heard Feige mention in the past that they have a plan mapped out years in advance, but we see how that plan is fluid and can change with a great idea, and how those ideas lead us from one story to the next.
What do you think of the featurette? Learn anything new? What is the most interesting part to you? Sound off and let us know!
The Marvel Cinematic Universe returns to the big screen with Captain America: Civil War on May 6th, 2016. While we wait, you can grab Ant-Man on a variety of formats, as well as the awesome “Phase 2” Box Set with loads of extras.