Here’s a list of films in from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that are currently ranked within the Top 20 Highest Grossing Films of All Time. They’ll be enumerated from the biggest blockbuster of them all on down, with information concerning their premiere year, current all-time gross ranking (worldwide), their highest achieved ranking on the chart, and how much they’ve made globally at the box office.
Avengers: Infinity War – 2018; current rank and peak rank at 4; $2,006,323,950
The Avengers – 2012; current rank 6, peak rank 3; $1,518,812,988
Avengers: Age of Ultron – 2015; current rank 8, peak rank 5; $1,405,403,694
Black Panther – 2018; current rank and peak rank at 9; $1,345,917,727
Iron Man 3 – 2013; current rank 15, peak rank 5; $1,214,811,252
Captain America: Civil War – 2016; current rank 17, peak rank 12; $1,153,304,495
You read right. All of the MCU Avengers films are sitting pretty at the top ten, and during their best placements respectively they were in the top five. If that’s no sure sign of Marvel Studio’s dominance in the box office, then nobody knows it. What a way indeed to celebrate 10 years of making superhero movies.
Marvel’s Golden-hued posters celebrating the first decade of Marvel Studios and their MCU have been around some time now, and they’ve been getting attention thanks to the captions accompanying the photographed superheroes in each. These catchphrases are so ripe for memes that Rob Liefeld even shared Deadpool fanart parodying them.
Anyway, we’re making a list of the Marvel Studios gold posters – all 34 of them that feature MCU heroes – and include their respective descriptive catchphrases. It’s a stylish twist to have the “a” in every phrase be styled like the Avengers logo. Here we go.
Hero Group Shot – More than a Hero
Iron Man – More than a Suit
Ant-Man – More than a Thief
Black Panther – More than a King
Black Widow – More than a Secret
Winter Soldier – More than a Mission
Hulk – More than a Temper
Hawkeye – More than a Marksman
Groot – I am a Groot
Doctor Strange – More than a Doctor
Okoye – More than a Bodyguard
Captain America – More than a Shield
Loki – More than a Trickster
Scarlet Witch – More than a Tragic Past
Spider-Man – More than a Kid
Star-Lord – More than a Legendary Outlaw
Thor – More than a God
Valkyrie – More than a Sword
Vision – More than a Mind
War Machine – More than a Fighter
Shuri – More than a Genius
Wasp – More than a Partner
Korg – More than a Friend of Doug’s
Wong – More than a Librarian
Drax – More than a Destroyer
Falcon – More than a Wingman
Gamora – More than a Weapon
Rocket (Raccoon) – More than a Trash Panda
Heimdall – More than a Watchful Eye
Mantis – More than a Sensation
Nebula – More than a Machine
Nick Fury – More than a Spy
Nakia – More than a Warrior
The third and final MCU film for 2018, the 10th Anniversary of Marvel Studios, is Ant-Man and the Wasp, next month in July. The final film in the MCU myth saga that started with Iron Man in 2008, is Avengers 4, due 2019.
It’s shaping up to be a great summer if you’re a Marvel fan in France. That’s because Disneyland Paris has for its 2018 summer-wide event perhaps the greatest concentration of Marvel-themed spectacles in any Disney park right now, with attractions and special merchandise aplenty. We’ll list and explain them all.
Note that all these Marvel specials are happening at Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park component, so you know where.
Marvel: Super Heroes United – a live indoor stunt show taking cues from the overall myth arc of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; rather than finger-snap them to oblivion, Thanos mind-controls the Avengers and other heroes to fight one another; it’s up to Spider-Man and Black Widow, who both escaped Thanos’ trap, to keep Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, etc. from killing one another; then it’s on to kick Thanos butt; catch this at Studio Theater
Stark Expo Presents: Energy for Tomorrow – another stunt spectacular, this time outdoors in front of the Hollywood Tower Hotel (aka Twilight Zone Tower of Terror); the event, ostensibly an arc reactor tech demo by Tony Stark, gets hijacked by Loki, with – again – Black Widow and Spider-Man taking center stage to take him down
Guardians of the Galaxy Dance-off with Star-Lord and Gamora – yet another outdoor event; Walt Disney Studios Park guests are invited to join in with Quill and Gamora as they throw a dance party to the tune of some familiar music tracks from disco 70s to techno 80s and everywhere in between; the “dance energy” from all willing participants is needed to save the galaxy
Marvel Eat and Greet – Disneyland Paris’ Hotel New York gives their restaurant the Marvel makeover; diners are treated to an appropriately-themed three-course buffet plus get a chance for selfies and groufies with “resident” heroes Cap, Thor…and Black Widow (that’s a hat trick there)
Marvel-themed park snacks and merchandise – various eating places in Walt Disney Studios Park now offer at least one or many more Marvel-themed menu items; sit down and take a break snacking on Iron Man cake pops, Groot shortbread and Avengers-brand shawarma, plus many more
Need time to make your travel plans for Disneyland Paris? Take your time indeed, because these events and specials are at home there until September 30. Consider it a tease for a more permanent Marvel expansion area for the park set to open in 2021.
There’s still a year more to go, and two more movies to view, before we find out what happens next following the catastrophic conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War. We know that quite the number of Marvel heroes we’ve been following in the MCU fell at the cosmic finger-snap of Thanos.
With so many characters lost, and a mad titan still at large with a gauntlet equipped with precious stones that can alter the fabric of the universe, the Avengers are going to be hard-pressed to face him come Avengers 4 in 2019. They’ll need to bring in more hero help.
This week came some artwork that is purported to be official concept designs for how the Avengers might look on their upcoming fourth movie. The roster seems feasible considering those who haven’t died yet. Here’ well list the characters shown in this Avengers 4 concept art, with actors’ names.
Marvel Studios’ Avengers 4 premieres in May 2019. It comes after two other MCU movies, Ant-Man and the Wasp (this July 6) with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, and prequel Captain Marvel (March 2019) starring Brie Larson.
Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! Is a live-action stunt spectacular that shows a wide variety of Marvel Comics Super Heroes taking on some big-name super-villains (and not just the ones appearing in the MCU either) to stop an existential threat to the world. Lots of awesome choreographed fight scenes, vehicle and wire stunt-work, and pyrotechnics ensue.
Here we have a list of all the Marvel characters who play a part on Marvel Universe LIVE! The spectacle starts off this year in Houston on July 12, travelling through many key locations. Avengers, Assemble!
Only two seasons is a short run for a well-liked TV series, and Marvel’s Agent Carter in ABC did a great job with the past world-building of the MCU as affecting its contemporary-set fellow show Agents of SHIELD. Still, viewership matters, and ABC can be justified in cancelling Agent Carter when too few people were left watching it.
We’ll now list the episode titles for Agent Carter’s second, final season.
The Lady in the Lake (January 19, 2016)
A View in the Dark (January 19, 2016) – double-episode premiere with “The Lady in the Lake”
Better Angels (January 26, 2016)
Smoke & Mirrors (February 2, 2016)
The Atomic Job (February 9, 2016)
Life of the Party (February 16, 2016)
Monsters (February 16, 2016)
The Edge of Mystery (February 23, 2016)
A Little Song and Dance (February 23, 2016)
Hollywood Ending (March 1, 2016)
The last season of Agent Carter aired during the mid-break for Agents of SHIELD Season 3, from January to March 2016.
There’s just no denying how big an impact Disney, through Marvel Studios, has had on the global cinema box office through its gigantic Marvel Cinematic Universe. Through film, television, internet and even print media, its presence was ubiquitous; its films, now averaging two a year, are almost always certified blockbusters.
One indicator of how well entrenched the MCU was in the public consciousness was in how it has influenced the most popular names given to newborn babies in recent years. From a 2017-2018 period, the Social Security Administration collected data on the 1,000 most popular baby names in the US.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, said name list has some prominent places for names taken from Marvel characters, specifically ones that have appeared on the MCU. Here’s a list of the top MCU baby names for your consideration:
Parker (4,346 boys, 1,487 girls) – from Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who appeared in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018)…as well as a kid-cameo in Iron Man 2 (2010, unofficial)
Natasha (355 girls) – from Natasha Romanov/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), who appeared Iron Man 2, The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War
Pepper (7 boys, 121 girls) – from Virginia “Pepper” Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), who appeared in Iron Man (2008) and its sequels, The Avengers (as a cameo), Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War
Loki (91 boys, 5 girls) – from Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who appeared in Thor (2011), The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World (2013), Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War
Valkyrie (63 girls) – from Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) as seen in Thor: Ragnarok
Marvel (29 boys, 21 girls) – from the Marvel brand itself, and possibly Captain Marvel (coming 2019)
Banner (39 boys) from Bruce Banner/Hulk (Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo) as seen in The Incredible Hulk (2008), The Avengers, Iron Man 3 (2013, cameo), Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War
Rocket (28 boys, 9 girls) – from Rocket “Raccoon” (Bradley Cooper) of the Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War
Cage (23 boys) – from Luke Cage (Mike Colter) as seen in Netflix shows Jessica Jones (since 2015), Luke Cage (since 2016) and The Defenders (2017)
Quill (15 boys, 5 girls) – from Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) of the Guardians of the Galaxy films and Avengers: Infinity War
Drax (11 boys) – from Drax “the Destroyer” (Dave Bautista) as appearing in the same films as above
Nebula (10 girls) – from Nebula (Karen Gillan) as appearing in the same films as the above two
Hawkeye (6 boys) – from Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) as seen in Thor (cameo), the first two Avengers films and Captain America: Civil War
There’s actually one other high ranking Marvel name, though it’s an odd one out due to it coming from 20th Century Fox’s X-Men film universe; the name? Wade as in Wade Wilson/Deadpool, given to 899 newborn baby boys from 2017 to 2018.
Perhaps it’s past the point of spoilers by this point, so now we can openly discuss the events of Avengers: Infinity War, in particular the cliffhanger conclusion and the “butcher’s bill” attached to its final battle. It certainly became a meme online with the words “I don’t feel so good”.
So here’s a list of prominent casualties suffered in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the end of Infinity War. It’s going to be an interesting question of whether the losses will be undone by Avengers 4 in 2019. Not included here are losses on the side of the culprit, Thanos.
Developed and premiered as a “filler” program in between midseason breaks of Agents of SHIELD on ABC, Marvel’s Agent Carter served a purpose in world-building for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as seen on TV. If follows the further adventures of Captain America’s love interest Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and the Strategic Scientific Reserve/SSR as they covertly combat global threats after World War II, ultimately leading to the formation of SHIELD.
The following is a list of episodes from the inaugural season of Agent Carter, which aired during the break for Agents of SHIELD season 2, from January to February 2015.
Now is Not the End (January 6, 2015)
Bridge and Tunnel (January 6, 2015) – double-episode premiere with “Now is Not the End”
Marvel Animation is gearing up to release the animated feature-length film Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors sometime this year. It’s part of the larger Marvel Rising franchise initiative looking to introduce a new spin on an animated Marvel Universe, but focused on the younger generation of superheroes on the original comics.
While no exact dates have been given yet for when Marvel Rising will kick off, we’ll instead leave you with this list of the various Marvel heroes that’ll be part of this film’s version of the Secret Warriors super-team. We’ll also include their respective voice talent plus relevant extra info.
Dove Cameron as Gwen Stacy, aka Spider-Gwen/Ghost Spider – based on an alternate-universe version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s late girlfriend, who got the spider-powers rather than her world’s version of Peter; this Gwen apparently still lives in this particular Marvel animated universe
Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, aka Quake – Bennet already portrays Daisy/Quake, also named Skye, on the ABC live-action series Agents of SHIELD; but while there she’s already a young adult, here she’s much younger
Tyler Posey as Dante Pertuz, aka Inferno – one of the first Inhuman descendants in the regular world to awaken his powers outside the Inhuman homeland of Attilan
Kathreen Khavari as Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel – one of the most famous recent-generation Marvel characters in comics, a Pakistani-American high-schooler with Inhuman powers hailed as a positive representation of a devout Muslim in America
Milana Vayntrub as Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl – another famous “young” Marvel hero, whose squirrel-like characteristics (teeth, tail) and ability to communicate with them is strong enough to fight (and beat!) high-profile super-villains like Doctor Doom
Cierra Ramirez as “Ms.” America Chavez – the first Latina-American and LGBTQ character to headline an ongoing Marvel Comics title series than ran 2017-2018; comes from an alternate dimension with the power to travel across dimensions
Kamil McFadden as Rayshaun Lucas, aka Patriot – the third Marvel hero to carry the name (the original during World War II and the previous – second – one being introduced only in 2005)
This time is mentored and led by veteran heroine and government agent Carol Danvers (Kim Raver), aka Captain Marvel (and formerly the original Ms. Marvel).