An ode to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Ladies and gentlemen, we are officially in April, and you know what that means — it’s “Avengers” month. Think what you will about the epic, ever-expanding behemoth that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but you’ve got to admit, “Infinity War” is an impressive feat. When else have we seen a movie with twenty-three main characters? I might be partial to the entire thing, but I think this film just might end up being the single greatest achievement in cinematic history. Of course, I haven’t seen the film yet (unfortunately), but I’m going to use some context clues to take a wild guess that it’s going to be a larger-than-life phenomenon. With “Iron Man’s” release 10 years ago, I don’t think anyone could have guessed the MCU would expand into what it is today. At the time, we’d just finished the classic Tobey Maguire “Spider-Man” trilogy and we were in the middle of Christopher Nolan’s incredible “Dark Knight” trilogy. These are undeniably great superhero movies that began making a name for the genre (yes, even “Spider-Man 3”), but here’s the thing: they were great on their own. Had someone even brought up the notion of a superhero universe in which these heroes would be interacting with one another, they would’ve gotten a door slammed in their face. Nobody knew what the hell a “cinematic universe” was. Everyone who wasn’t already...

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