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Launched in 2008 with Iron Man, the Marvel Cinematic Universe marks an unprecedented blockbuster franchise (an overarching franchise comprised of smaller, individual franchises), not only in terms of Hollywood productions but also in the realm of comic book adaptations. With more than a dozen films and still going strong, Marvel Studios has brought classic and occasionally more obscure superheroes to life in consistently engaging films. For years, audiences were subject to subpar comic book films with underwhelming early efforts not produced by Marvel Studios. The MCU has raised the standard of Marvel adaptations, as well as all superhero films.

Every few years, the sharp individual superhero entries (such as Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger) culminate into comic book crossovers such as The Avengers. The unprecedented popularity of this structure has not only overjoyed comic book aficionados who watch as their much-loved stories come alive, but has also popularized comic books and superheroes into pop-culture, for better or worse.

Whatever your opinion of superhero films, the influence and importance of the MCU is undeniable. But then, so is the escapist entertainment value of each title. This collection of the MCU titles celebrates the sheer fun and surprising depth of each MCU adventure.

Phase One
Iron Man  The Incredible Hulk  Iron Man 2  Thor  captain america: the first avenger  avengers movie poster

Phase Two
Iron Man 3  Thor: The Dark World  captain america: the winter soldier  Guardians of the Galaxy  avengers age of ultron movie poster  ant man movie poster

Phase Three
captain america: civil war  doctor_strange

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