For the past 10 years, Marvel Studios has followed a simple structure. Make a bunch of movies, bring them together with a huge event, rinse, and repeat. And while we'll see the beginning of the end of the current three-phase drama this week in Avengers: Infinity War, the films that follow are likely to do the same.
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Up until now, most of the information you wanted about the Marvel Cinematic Universe was in one place: The cinema. But this November, the MCU is expanding into another medium - books - with its first officially canon tie-in novel. And it's all about Thanos, the mad titan who's about to wreck the Avengers' entire world in Infinity War.
In 2020, Disney will be opening up a special Marvel-themed area of its Disney California Adventure park, part of an ongoing effort by the company to expand and revamp its theme parks with its new media holdings in mind. Only, don't expect them to call these characters Marvel heroes.
Marvel vs. DC is a debate that keeps on giving. It's been filtered through every medium imaginable and, in recent years, played out in grand fashion at the movies. However, while Marvel Studios has had a very impressive string of critical and commercial successes, DC Films has struggled to do the same.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige may get the headlines, but few people have as much tactile influence on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as its design department - in particular, head of visual development Ryan Meinerding and visual design supervisor Andy Park. Their teams split up design duties on Marvel's schedule and are often hard at work on a movie long before there's even a director or script. And their work can also continue right up to the release of the movie.
Just when we thought the Marvel Cinematic Universe couldn't get bigger or more successful, Black Panther brought things to another level. However, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, that was kind of the plan all along. Feige revealed that, and a whole lot more, in a few wide-ranging interviews with Entertainment Weekly, and we have some thoughts to share.
Black Panther has been a lively topic of conversation for a bit longer now than most Marvel movies manage to be, and in wider circles. It owes a lot of that to its thoughtful take on producing politically relevant themes and pushing discussions about the worldwide black experience. Now, one teacher in Chicago is using that as a springboard for an entire lesson plan.
Over the past 10 years, Marvel's Cinematic Universe has become an awfully big place - so big that all of its heroes and villains probably won't fit on the screen all at once during Avengers: Infinity War. To demonstrate its own vastness, the stars and directors of the studio's movies gathered to take an epic class photo.
Black Panther presented director Ryan Coogler and his team with the task of bringing the iconic character to the big screen, but that wasn't the hardest part. The hardest part was creating an entire country, more technologically advanced than anywhere on the planet, based around an indestructible super-metal that doesn't exist in the real world. The process started with a single question.
"James Bond meets The Godfather." That's how executive producer Nate Moore describes Marvel Studios' latest film, Black Panther. It's not the answer we expected, but it accurately describes a high-tech spy adventure, set in an insular world where warring factions vie for leadership. But, last year on the Atlanta set of the highly anticipated superhero film, we learned there's much, much more going on.
We don't really know all that much about Forest Whitaker's role as Zuri, one of T'Challa's closest advisers, in Marvel's soon-to-be-released Black Panther. But that hasn't stopped the actor from dropping what could be a very cool hint about the places the movie could go - namely, places well beyond the borders of Wakanda itself. We're talking about outer space.