It started in 1939 as Timely Comics and then became Atlas Comics in the early 50s’. The Marvel era only started in 1961 with the launch of The Fantastic 4.Image: yiulin
Pre 2003, Marvel was primarily a licensing company enticing studios to make pictures based on its comics. There had been hits (Spider-Man, X-Men) and misses (Hulk, The Punisher).
In 2003, producer David Maisel came to Marvel Studios chief Avi Arad with an idea: “You guys should make your own movies”. He was quickly hired.Image: maiseldavid
With this, dawns a whole new era in the silver screen industry – Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).Image: marvel_cinematic_universe_fan
At that time, the movie rights to the biggest Marvel characters, the X-Men and Spider-Man were locked up at Fox and Sony, respectively.Image: mutanteorgulhosobr
In 2015, Maisel secured a $525 million loan for film production from Merrill Lynch and Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk both debuted in the summer of 2008.
Marvel continued the success with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil serials on Netflix.Image: agentsofshield
By the end of 2018, the MCU has made more than USD12 billion since the very first Iron Man movie.Image: ivantot_pf
MCU has released 22 movies since Iron Man (2008) till Avengers End Game (2019). Confirmed movies rolling out soon are Spider Man: Far From Home and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3.
We know you’ll look forward to the upcoming Black Widow Movie and sequels for Doctor Strange and Black Panther as well.Image: doctorstrangeofficial