Marvel Cinematic Universe: Top 25 moments of all time

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Credit: Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures; from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017) Marvel Cinematic Universe

10 years, 18 films and counting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed the way Hollywood approaches movies. With Infinity War just around the corner, let’s look back to the Top 25 Moments in the History of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In 2008, Iron Man opened with a box office of almost 100 million dollars. Marvel has spent an amount that is rumored to be three times that just to make Infinity War. Thanks to years of dedication to its fans and audiences, Marvel Studios is poised to have a very successful showing on April 27th. Infinity War is the culmination of 31 hours of movies that look to resolve some loose ends, kill a few fan favorites, and generally dazzle audiences.

I find it hard to believe that we’ve all been watching these movies for 10 years. It’s also hard to believe how they contributed to making ‘geek chic’ a mainstream attraction. It sure has been a lot of fun watching a childhood hobby and a minor adult obsession become a worldwide phenomenon. With Infinity War, there will come the end of an era. We will lose cherished characters, enjoy tremendous triumph, and wait for Stan Lee’s treasured cameo.

Before we all go and enjoy the intense thrill ride that is sure to be Infinity War, let’s take a look back at how we got there, with the Top 25 Moments in the History of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

25. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – “Mr. Blue Sky” title sequence

James Gunn really threw a curveball with the original Guardians of the Galaxy. His love for the oddball characters, his decision to marry the music to the movie, and his vision for the story resulted in a powerful and refreshing outing for Marvel. The dynamics between certain characters weren’t anything like what was present in other MCU movies either. Gunn definitely continued forging his own path through the MCU with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The title sequence helps the audience get re-acquainted with the Guardians and establish that the team has found a groove. It also established that Groot has taken on a significantly different role since we last saw him.

I think it’s fair to say that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has the best title sequence of any MCU film. It’s a great warm-up for the adventure about to take place, and there’s just no other sequence that can match the fun. It manages to convey a lot while balancing a dancing baby tree, a giant monster fight, and of course the credits. I think it helps inform the audience the characters have grown comfortable with their relationships and that they are better-coordinated unit. We’ll see how the Russo brothers approached Infinity War’s opening credits, maybe they’ll give Gunn a run for his money.