Marvel Studios is celebrating ten years of the MCU this year, and they've released a new featurette to thank the fans who made it happen. The Marvel Cinematic Universe started in 2008 with Iron Man, a movie that centered on a character that wasn't at all a household name at that particular time. Now, a decade later, Marvel is one of the most powerful entertainment brands in the world and everyone involved seems to know that, were it not for the fans, the MCU wouldn't be possible. So, they're here to thank you in Marvel Studios 10 Years of Fandom featurette.
Avengers: Infinity War is just a couple of weeks away. All of the stars of the MCU are going to be embarking on a massive press tour in order to promote it, but before doing so, they decided to put together this little thank you video. Robert Downey Jr., the man who started it all and the hero who's shoulders this cinematic universe is built upon, kicks things off by letting fans know that they're the reason that the MCU is possible.
"To all our amazing fans, the truth is, we are here for you. We gotta thank you for ten years of support and inspiration. You're the reason we're here."
The video then cuts to little appreciative clips from many of the major Marvel movie stars, sharing their gratitude. In the video, they thank fans for such things as amazing cosplay and standing in those notoriously long lines to get into Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. There's a certain dedication that Marvel fans have, which can be feverish, and that's on full display in this featurette.
Fans wouldn't be so dedicated to Marvel if they didn't regularly make such satisfying movies, but good movies don't often create such die-hard devotees. The people that love the MCU have helped to create something truly unprecedented. Other studios have tried desperately to cobble together a cinematic universe of some kind, but none have really succeeded outside of Marvel Studios. And Marvel has succeeded to the degree that it's beyond impressive. With the help of Black Panther, the 18 movies that make up the MCU have made nearly $15 billion at the global box office. That makes it far and away the most successful franchise in history, and it's showing no signs of slowing down.
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With Avengers: Infinity War arriving on April 27, the studio should have more box office records to its name and, with any luck, another excellent movie for fans to enjoy. Marvel has been building up Thanos and this event for a very long time and it could be something special. Oh, and for those who have been keeping score, Hawkeye also is nowhere to be found in this video. Sorry, Jeremy Renner. Be sure to check out the 10 Years of Fandom featurette, courtesy of the Marvel Entertainment Youtube channel, for yourself below.