MCU News: Avengers’ Billions, Luke Cage’s Villainous New Trailer & More


Its time at number one at the box office may have ended a month ago, but Avengers: Infinity War is still making ridiculous amounts of money. While new movies may earn more in a given weekend, Infinity War is still incredibly popular. People keep going to see this movie, handing Marvel more of their money. How much more? As of Tuesday, the film has made over $2 billion worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

That’s a ton of money, and all they had to do to make it was put every one of their superheroes on the same screen. And then, you know, kill them. Infinity War isn’t the only film to break $2 billion, but it’s still a very exclusive club. As The Wrap points out, Marvel’s massive movie is the first summer release to ever make the milestone. The only other movies to reach that number are Titanic, Avatar, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Those all came out in December. That makes Infinity War’s accomplishment even more impressive. Especially when you realize it came out at the end of April, a time when a large portion of its target audience still had a month and a half left of school. Even as summer begins for real with some big movies on the horizon, none of them are likely to come even close to Infinity War.

Though none of them are likely to top $2 billion, Marvel has plenty of other projects coming up that are pretty exciting. We’re only a week and a half away from Season Two of Luke Cage, which means it’s time for one last trailer. The cool thing the series has done with its trailers for Season Two is focused each one around a single character. The first teaser showed us Luke Cage doing his Hero for Hire thing. The second introduced us to Bushmaster, the villain of the season. Now, it’s Mariah Dillard’s turn in the spotlight.

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This season is looking really good. We’ll have to wait until it actually drops to see if it fixes the pacing issues from season one. Hopefully, it won’t kill off the most interesting bad guy about halfway through. That feels less likely here, though. I’m really loving Mariah as a full unapologetic villain here. She’s as charming as she is ruthless, and like every good villain, you almost want to see her succeed. She makes a good point. Her words are seductive, and it’s easy to see how she amassed so much power. Bushmaster still looks like a fun, terrifying villain. It’s really interesting how he appears to be pushing Luke and Mariah together. She may be a criminal, but Luke’s a hero to everyone. He’s not going to be able to stand by and let a new threat from out of town murder her. If handled right, that could be a real meaty conflict for the season to explore.

We’ll find out how well Marvel pulls it off when Luke Cage returns to Netflix on June 22.

Finally, we all new Marvel Studios would have something planned for its 10th anniversary. We probably haven’t seen the full extent of it yet, but a few interesting things popped up on Marvel’s website. The first is a timeline of all ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not when the movies took place. That timeline has been fudged and tweaked so much I’m not even sure Marvel can definitively tell you what things happened when. No, this is a timeline of when the movies came out. The design is cool, and it’s also a striking reminder of how big this whole strange project has become. And of where it started: 2008’s relatively modest (by today’s standards) Iron Man. The timeline is also super helpful if you’re planning an MCU marathon any time soon. Particularly once you get towards the middle. Some of those Phase Two movies can start to blend together.

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That’s not the only cool MCU thing Marvel posted to their site. They also created special 10th-anniversary posters for each character whose had a movie. Sadly, that means Captain Marvel does not get a poster. Her movie comes out after the anniversary. Everyone else does, and man do they look cool. Each one features the character striking some kind of pose next to the slogan, “More than a X,” in reference to how the character is perceived by society at large in their movies. Check some of our favorites out.

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Hey at least Hawkeye gets to be on a poster this year. After he was completely left out of Infinity War, we had to wonder if Marvel completely forgot about him. I think Ant-Man is my favorite, though. The way the poster plays with his shifting sizes is a cool effect. It’s like an Animorphs book cover. Except Ant-Man never committed any war crimes. Unfortunately, the poster offers no explanation about where he and The Wasp were while half the universe was getting obliterated. Hopefully we’ll find out soon. Ant-Man and the Wasp comes out July 6.

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