We’re in the Endgame now! The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building to this epic showdown for more than a decade. And over that stretch, the Avengers have racked up some crazy numbers.
Avengers: Endgame marks the 22nd entry in the MCU. Marvel Studios has averaged 2 movies a year since the launch of the universe back in 2008. To put that into perspective, there has been a total of 26 James Bond movies released in the last 50+ years.
That’s the total amount of minutes for the first 21 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe combined. So if you want to binge every film up to Endgame you’ll need to set aside 1 day, 20 hours, and 47 minutes to see it all! Just go easy on the popcorn.
I shouldn’t have got the extra butter
Bonus: Of the 21 movies, Avengers: Infinity War is the longest at 2 hours and 29 minutes. But it’s short reign for IW, Endgame’s runtime clocks in at a whopping 3 hours and 1 minute. On the opposite end of the spectrum – The Incredible Hulk (oh you forgot about that movie? You aren’t alone!) and Thor: Dark World are tied for the shortest run time at 1 hour and 52 minutes each.
As of April 24th, 2019, the first 21 movies in the MCU have banked $17.5 billion worldwide! Seven of those films pulled in $1 billion + each! Sitting at #1 on the list is Avengers: Infinity War, which collected over $2 billion worldwide. You can buy some pretty fancy jewelry with that kind of dough!
Feeling cute…might delete half the universe later, IDK
21 Academy Award winners
Since Iron Man kicked off the MCU back in 2008, a who’s who of Oscar-winning actors, actresses, and writers have graced the screen in this blockbuster series. In fact, an Academy Award winner has appeared in all but one movie (Avengers: Age of Ultron).
The list includes: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, William Hurt, Sam Rockwell, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Kingsley, Benicio del Toro, Robert Redford, Michael Douglas, Marisa Tomei, Jim Rash, Tilda Swinton, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Connelly, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, and Brie Larson.
49 Iron Man suits
Iron Man has come a long way since building the “Mark I” while being held captive in Afghanistan by the Ten Rings. Not counting whatever Tony Stark uses in Endgame, there has been a total of 49 “marks”.
Stark has had everything from a suit that can be carried around in a briefcase, to armor that manifests from the core reactor in his chest. And who can forget “Veronica”, better known as the Hulkbuster suit that is designed to go toe-to-toe with the big green fella himself.
Bonus: War Machine has also made a few modifications over the years. James “Rhodey” Rhodes has sported 4 marks of his own. He also donned the Iron Patriot suit in Iron Man 3 – which in the comics was originally worn by Spider-Man’s nemesis, Norman Osborn – because – you know – comics are weird sometimes.
Chris Evans has reported for duty eight straight years. Since being introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011, Cap has appeared in at least one Marvel movie every year. This all culminates in what could be Evans last appearance in Endgame. (Editors Note: I cried as I wrote that sentence). Pretty impressive for a little guy from Brooklyn who was too dumb not to run away from a fight.
It’s normal for characters to change up their look from movie to movie, but in some cases, it’s been more than just a change of armor. Four different times an actor has been recast – for various reasons – in the MCU.
Two major changes have occurred since the first year one. In Iron Man, Rhodey was played by Terrence Howard. The Empire star even hinted at the future of War Machine when he states, “next time,” while checking out one of Stark’s suits. But Howard would never get the chance to don the costume. He was replaced by Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2.
The Hulk is still the big green monster you know and love. His alter-ego Bruce Banner, though, has changed from Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk, to Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers.
The recastings have reached the cosmic corners of the MCU too. First it was Fandral, the swashbuckling member of Thor’s Warriors Three. Portrayed by Joshua Dallas in the first film, Zachary Levi took over for Dark World and Ragnorak.
The last one is bit different…but hey it counts! Thanos was teased in the mid-credits scene of The Avengers. His creepy smile sent shockwaves down the spine of every comic book fan (trust me) who knows the wrath the Mad Titan can produce. The thing is though…Marvel hadn’t yet landed on the actor who would place such a pivotal role in the Marvel Universe. So stuntman Damion Poitier filled in for the first appearance. Josh Brolin now holds the Thanos mantle, making his introduction in Guardians of the Galaxy.
If the MCU was real – which thankfully it’s not given the amount of collateral damage in these films – the Avengers would have answered to three different presidents. George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump have all spent time in office over the course the 10 years.
Bonus: The current president in MCU, first introduced in Iron Man 3, is Matthew Ellis. He at one point sported the Iron Patriot suit to help out War Machine. You know that image would absolutely be front and center when Ellis runs for re-election.
Black Panther was a smash hit in 2018. His solo film debut is one of the highest grossing Marvel movies of all-time. But even without the box office success, the King of Wakanda is definitely not strapped for cash. T’Challa’s worth is believed to be around $500 billion! By comparison, Tony Stark’s fortune is around $80 billion.
That’s the total number of outcomes Doctor Strange sees in Infinity War when he looks into the future after the Avengers fight Thanos. Knowing that the team loses in 14,000,604 scenarios must be a huge hit to one’s morale.
36 post credit scenes
A staple of MCU is the post-credits scene. Ever since Nick Fury introduced himself to Tony Stark during the credits of Iron Man, audiences have learned the movie isn’t over until the theater lights come on and an usher is sweeping away the popcorn by your feet.
It’s not just one scene per movie either – no – that would be too easy. Dating back to the first Avengers movie, multiple scenes are now the norm in the universe. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had five – FIVE – credits scenes.
Marvel uses these runners to establish the next film, revisit a character, or straight up troll the audience like at the end of Spider-Man Homecoming. The movie ends with a PSA featuring Captain America discussing the virtue of patience, “Sometimes, patience is the key to victory. Sometimes, it leads to very little, and it seems like it’s not worth it, and you wonder why you waited so long for something so disappointing…”
Well played – Marvel – well played
1 Jeff Goldblum
This is simply a reminder of the national treasure that is Jeff Goldblum, and how unfortunate that he’s only in one movie. (Not counting the brief cameo in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 credits). We need more Grandmaster!
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