Infinity War Marvels Ending is Just the Beginning

The Original Infinity Gauntlet Story 1991
Kevin Thomas

Marvel Comics has made its mark on the world by creating a motion picture franchise that has finally taken the characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and others into the theater and homes of millions.  Those who are fans of the Superhero genre have waited a long time for this day to come and it has been worth the wait.


Before the story arc leading to the “Avengers Infinity War” was established on paper or possibly in the minds of the current heads of Marvel Productions, there was a lack luster attempt to bring Marvel characters to the silver screen.  Marvel had some mild hits and serious missies up until summer of 2000.


Marvels franchise of superheroes goes as far back to the 1940s and their first attempt was the black and white short motion picture serials staring Captain America.  Years later Marvel was best known for its 1960s Saturday morning television cartoons.


In the late 70s Marvel entered the live action television world with the premier of Spiderman, and the Incredible Hulk both ran on competing stations NBC, and CBS, the Hulk was given more critical acclaim because of the great acting of its star the late Bill Bixby and the massive size of Body Building Champion Lou Ferrigno.


Marvel introduced a Dr. Strange pilot as well as two Captain America made for television movies which was god awful. During the 1980s Marvel spent most of its time on television cartoon productions who bought the licensing rights to Marvel Even Toy Biz a toy company had a piece of the pie.


1986 Marvel character Howard the Duck was released in theaters with George Lucas (Star Wars ) as the executive producer how could you go wrong, not even the magic of the force could save this film, The Punisher staring Dolph Lundgren ( Rocky 4) offered nothing for the fans not even the famous punisher skull emblem on his vest. 


The 1990s was the decade Marvel began to parlay its way into larger motion picture productions but the films were mostly B and C level films starting with Captain America, and the urban legend version of the Roger Corman unreleased low budget 1994 Fantastic Four film which only can be seen on boot leg videos and You Tube.


 It was in 1996 that Marvel introduced a live action Mutant team in Generation X which aired on Fox as well as a campy version of Nick Fury Agent of Shield (in his original white skin) staring David Hasselhoff (Bay Watch), Blade staring Wesley Snipes was fairly successful and Men in Black Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones broke the box office and became a franchise.   



The new Millennium ushered in the begging of the age of Marvel every other year there was a Marvel character at the box office due to larger film franchises buying the rights to the characters from the defunct studios who went under.


Twentieth Century Fox, Columbia, Paramount, Universal, all owned a piece of the Marvel pie.  The X-Men franchise, the Spiderman films, Wolverine, Hulk, Daredevil, Electra, Ghost Rider, were split between studios until 2008.  Marvel officially laid down the gauntlet and built its own studio, and made enough money off of the box office successful films to take possession of some of their characters. 


The New Age of Marvel


Marvel Comics is no longer a stand-alone enterprise they a legit film company and when Disney bought Marvel as well as Fox it opened the door for Marvel to cross over all of their characters, now the X Men can team up with the Avengers, Submariner can team up with the Fantastic Four.

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) started the story arch that leads to the Avengers Infinity War, the Avengers were built year by year with some minor detours, The Incredible Hulk, Ironman 2, Thor, Captain America, the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther and many more all lead to the epic moment when every Marvel hero introduced from phase 1-3 will join together to battle the God of Titan and his Black Order. 


Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet -- the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.


After Infinity War opens on April 27 the phase 4 era will kick into high gear already Ant Man and the Wasp will hit the box office this year as well as Dead Pool 2. Marvel has grossed over 14 Billion dollars since 2008 and with so many stories they will own the superhero action franchise for decades to come.



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