Watch 10 Years of Marvel Films in Under Three Minutes

Avengers: Infinity War was not only the biggest superhero film ever, it was also the culmination of a decade’s worth of interconnected films. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was hatched in 2008 with the release of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man, and since then the MCU has revolutionized cinema with an unprecedented run, introducing dozens of characters in 20 films (and counting).

The MCU has unveiled its massive cinematic in three distinct phases. Phase One began with 2008’s Iron Man and introduced Thor (2011) and Captain America (2011), ending with The Avengers (2012), the mega-event that firmly cemented Marvel’s superhero dominance.

Phase Two carried on the Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America franchises, while introducing those galactic rascals, the Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), the second massive event film in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the MCU’s most diminutive hero of all, Ant-Man (2015).

Phase Three gave us our first signs of intractable Avengers discord with Captain America: Civil War (2016), introduced Doctor Strange (2016), re-introduced Spider-Man with Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), introduced the game-changing Black Panther (2017), and then brought Infinity War (2018), the film that marked the beginning of the end for some of our favorite characters, while ushering in Phase Four by hinting at the perhaps the most super of all the Marvel superheroes, Captain Marvel.

This incredible run can be glimpsed at a breakneck pace in this new video, which highlights the MCU’s massive cast of characters and their incredible, often fraught journey from origin stories to Thanos’s snap. It’s been a wild ride, one that will continue in 2019, but with fresh blood, new heroes, and some sacrifices.

Avengers: Infinity War is available in digital download, with the Blu-ray coming on August 14.

Featured image: Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. L to R: Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Drax (Dave Bautista), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Photo: Film Frame. ©Marvel Studios 2018


Bryan Abrams

Bryan Abrams is the Editor-in-chief of The Credits. He's run the site since its launch in 2012. He lives in New York.