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Iron Man: the beginnings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

Published in 2008, Iron Man is a superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, which marked the beginning of the MCU. This film not only introduced the iconic character of Tony Stark, but also the cast the foundations of a universe connected that would revolutionize the film industry.

The film tells the story of Tony Stark, a billionaire engineer and playboy, played by Robert Downey Jr. (and whose career the film completely redefined). After being captured by terrorists during a weapons demonstration in Afghanistan, Stark uses his engineering skills to Build high-tech armor and escape. Returning home, he decides to perfect his armor and use his technology to fight evil under the identity of Iron Man.

The film was a major commercial success. With a budget of $140 million, the film grossed over $585 million worldwide. global box office.

The origin of the MCU

What distinguishes Iron Man other superhero films of the time, is his founding role in the creation of the MCU. At the end of the film, a post-credits scene revealed the character of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) proposing to Tony Stark that he join the Avengers (“the avengers” in VF at the time). This scene not only aroused great anticipation among the fansbut it also announced Marvel’s ambition to create an interconnected cinematic universe.

The success ofIron Man allowed Marvel Studios to launch a bold project: create a series of interconnected films culminating in major cinematic events such as Avengers in 2012. Producer Kevin Feige, architect of the MCUplayed a key role in planning this long-term strategy.

Since the film’s release, the MCU has expanded significantly. Today it has 31 films distributed in multiple phases. Five phases are currently planned, of which the first three have already been completed. MCU movies reported more than $22 billion at the global box officemaking it one of the most profitable film franchises in history.

However, since the end of the Infinity Stones story arc, the MCU has lost momentum, forcing Marvel (and therefore Disney) to readjust its ambitions for the next few years.

Source: Cine Serie

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