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Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Business Vision

In 2008, Marvel Cinematic universe began their journey of comic book adaptations and that's how Iron Man came into being. While in 2017, Thor: Ragnarok hit the US theatres and was the best reviewed Marvel movies, helped the Marvel to set more than one record.


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Under the American Film Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the banner is known for managing marketing, promotion and theatrical distribution for the movies produced and released under Walt Disney Studios. The Walt umbrella has extensions including Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Pixar and 20th Century Fox.

In the above list, Marvel Studios established its market with the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies which is a series of American superhero films which is based on the characters that are depicted in the Marvel comics. The banner has produced and released over 22 films along with 9 movies more in the development stages. Being the highest grossing film franchise, it has grossed over $21.4 billion at the global box office.

MCU Business Vision | Fundlime

The Journey:

In 2008, Marvel Cinematic universe began their journey of comic book adaptations and that’s how Iron Man came into being. While in 2017, Thor: Ragnarok hit the US theatres and was the best reviewed Marvel movies, helped the Marvel to set more than one record. The third title in Thor franchise set a rare score of 5 out of 5 stars, opened with $121 million in the States and Canada. It helped the Marvel Studios to set a strong foothold to land 3 movies in a single year with $100 million openings.

Date back in 2009, MCU was acquired by the Walt Disney Co. for $4 billion and many key players of the industry were worried about the deal and calculated the repercussions it would take and ruin the Marvel characters such as Iron Man. Not only Marvel’s stand hold was on stake but also Disney’s financial position and stock valuation. Coming to 2017, The Disney’s acquisition decision is counted amongst the best for both the media giant as well as for the comic book publishers.

In an interview with IGN, Anthony Russo, director of Avengers series along with his brother Joe confirmed about how the two movies are the culmination of everything that happened in the MCU since Iron Man movie. These movies will end several things and in other ways will begin certain things.

So, with this thought, how much money did Marvel grossed at the global box office. And how much is it attracting? A quick break down-

Chart: Fundlime | Source:Wikipedia

Under its belt, the Infinity Saga divided into 3 phases.

Phase one includes:

Iron Man (2008) – $585,174,222

The Incredible Hulk (2008) – $263,427,551

Iron Man 2 (2010) – $623,933,331

Thor (2011) – $449,326,618

Captain America: The First Avenger (2012) – $370,569,774

The Avengers (2012) – $1,518,812,988

While Phase Two has:

Iron Man 3 (2013) – $1,217,811,252

Thor: The Dark World (2013) – $644,571,402

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – $714,264,267

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – $773,328,629

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – $1,405,403,694

Ant-Man (2015) – $519,311,965

The last installment of Phase Three includes Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Captain Marvel (2019) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

The first 10 movies of the MCU, Captain America: Civil War brought in $1.5 billion across the globe while Doctor Strange brought $677.7 million and went to Oscar for Visual Effects nomination. The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 grossed over $427 million worldwide, domestically it hit $145 million.

Avengers: Endgame“, the 22nd offering of the banner released worldwide and was predicted to boom with $300 million in its opening weekend. But what looked obvious before is looking difficult now. Avengers: Endgame seems unable to cross the Avatar’s worldwide box office earnings since it is out in theaters. Though the Endgame witnessed the maximum earnings from the Asian countries and in India it has set a benchmark of first Hollywood movie to gross net 52.4 million dollars.

To understand Avengers: Endgame one has to watch all previous movies. It is quite astonishing how Avengers: Endgame was visualized 10 years back. 

Besides, there are promising upcoming projects from the banner which will set a benchmark in the universe of Marvel Productions.


Amin Siddique is the founding editor of the Fundlime Blog and a Co-Founder of Fundlime. He has written on everything from finance to Business topics. Email: [email protected]

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