The Marvel Cinematic Universe, or (MCU) is a shared fictional universe focused on a series of superhero films that are based on characters that appear in Marvel Comics. In addition to feature films, it also includes comic books, short films, and television series. Films in the MCU have been split into three distinct phases.
It was acquired back in 2009 by the
Walt Disney Co. ( for $4 billion. Many were worried that the deal would both ruin beloved Marvel characters like Iron Man and damage Disney’s financial standing and stock valuation. Fast forward to 2016, and Disney’s acquisition could very well be one of the best things to happen to both the media giant and the comic book publisher. DIS Quick Quote DIS - Free Report)
However, it looks like the MCU is quickly coming to an end, at least as we know it. In
an interview with , Anthony Russo—who will be directing the upcoming IGN Avengers films with his brother Joe—said that “these two movies are intended to be the culmination of everything that has happened in the MCU since the very first Iron Man movie…In being a culmination, these movies are in some ways going to be an end to certain things, and in some ways, they're going to be the beginning of certain things."
With this in mind, how much money has Marvel grossed at the total worldwide box office? And how much more can it bring in? Let’s break it down:
Phase One Iron Man - $585,174,222 The Incredible Hulk - $263,427,551 Iron Man 2, bringing in $623,933,331 Thor - $449,326,618 Captain America: The First Avenger- $370,569,774 The Avengers- $1,518,594,910 Phase Two Iron Man 3- $1,518,594,910 Thor: The Dark World- $644,783,140 Captain America: The Winter Soldier- $714,121,534 Guardians of the Galaxy- $774,176,600 Avengers: Age of Ultron- $1,398,858,115 Ant-Man- $518,585,201 Phase Three
Phase three is just in its beginning stage, but will wrap up by 2019. The first of the last 10 films of the MCU,
Captain America: Civil War, brought in almost $1.5 billion worldwide during its theatrical release.
Audiences can look forward to
Doctor Strange hitting theaters this fall; Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok debuting in 2017; Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp premiering in 2018; and Captain Marvel and the untitled Avengers sequel coming to theaters in 2019. The Marvel Effect
As of now, the MCU has grossed
$10,527,843,932 at the box office, and if the next nine films can live up to each of their respective predecessors, the franchise could very well double, and even triple, its worldwide earnings. Both of the next Avengers films could easily make $1 billion each, and if the next Guardians, Thor, and Ant-Man movies follow in common sequel fashion, they could all make well over their originals’ total earnings.
Predicting gross profit from films is difficult, as
Hollywood accounting is notoriously complicated, but it is safe to argue that Marvel has proven to be the ultimate money maker. Its films, comics, TV shows, merchandise, and all other revenue sources show that Disney made the entertainment deal of a lifetime.
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