Here’s To Ten Years:

Celebrating The Tenth Anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

By Cheyenne Sykes

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 11:04 PM PDT

Marco Grob/Marvel Studios

Marco Grob/Marvel Studios

May of this year  marks the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which began with the release of  Iron Man in May of 2008. While the climax of the last ten years of filmmaking will be appearing in April of this year with Infinity War, and continuing into 2019, the journey of this ever expanding universe will not stop. Over the last ten years, the MCU has made almost six billion dollars in the box office over the course of their 18 films, one billion alone with Marvel’s most recent film, Black Panther. These films have made a massive impact on not only my life, but on millions all over the globe.

From the beginning, each film has been connected to each other, with little hints in dialogue, items of significance in different scenes, and the countless references from comics, other movies, and tv series. Aside from the DC Extended Universe and Fox’s X-Men franchise, there aren't a lot of film franchises that have such an interwoven collection of films. Marvel has been successful in keeping the audiences on their toes, teasing new films and characters in each film, or bringing old and recurring characters back for a gag.  For example, Howard the Duck was teased in an end credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy, or when Captain America showed up in Spider-Man: Homecoming, to tell the audience that “patience is a virtue.”

However, there are characters that we haven’t even seen yet, that have been teased, like Adam Warlock, Ghost, Namor and so many more heroes and supervillains. Not to mention the fact that a Black Widow stand-alone film, after years of fans asking for it, has been in the works since last year. This extended universe is just beginning and I’m excited to see what they do next. However until then, Infinity War: Parts One and Two are coming soon and they are going to be the climax of the first ten years.

For those of you who have not caught up with all of the films in this franchise, here are reviews of all 18 films in 15 words or less, Starting with the first Iron Man.

Iron Man -

Iron Man is awesome-sauce, Robert Downey Jr. is God

Incredible Hulk -

Still not that great, but not Ang Lee levels of bad

Iron Man 2 -

We’re ignoring the fact that Terrence Howard is gone, Sam Rockwell is great

Thor -

This movie, I like it! ANOTHER!

Captain America: The First Avenger -

Homage to WWII, Chris Evans is God

The Avengers -

What the people wanted, what the people got

Iron Man 3 -

Umm… How about no

Thor: The Dark World -

Absolutely forgettable except for Chris Hemsworth’s abs

Captain America: The Winter Soldier -

Bucky is back, Cap doesn’t skip leg day

Guardians of the Galaxy -

Fun movie and your parents will like the soundtrack

Avengers: Age of Ultron -

Decent sequel, James Spader is scary as Ultron

Ant-Man -

San Fran represent! T.I. is funny, Michael Pena is funny, lots of humor

Captain America: Civil War -

My feels can’t handle this amount of angst

Doctor Strange -

Visuals are killer, Ben Cumberbatch’s accent is weird. Tilda Swinton is bald.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 -

Interesting sister conflict, Kurt Russell tho. Again, your parents will like the soundtrack.

Spider-Man: Homecoming -

Tom Holland and Michael Keaton were good, plot… Not so much

Thor: Ragnarok -

“We're just about to jump on that enormous spaceship. Wanna come?”

Black Panther -

Wakanda Forever!