The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently experiencing an intermission between phases. With Phase 2 having come to a close following the release of Ant-Man earlier this year – and Captain America: Civil War kicking off Phase 3 next year – it seems like the ideal time to do some reflecting.
It has undoubtedly been an epic ride so far, with twelve movies having been released in the franchise – albeit with mixed critical responses – and it has grossed over $9 billion in total worldwide, which makes it the highest-grossing movie franchise in history. It’s fair to say that makes it iconic. From 2008’s Iron Man to the aforementioned Ant-Man in 2015, it’s been an action-packed, blockbuster roller coaster of comic book fun.