“There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could be something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to fight the battles we never could,” Nick Fury said in the first Avengers film back in 2012. This film is the culmination of the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Today, our favorite superheroes face a universe-ending threat from Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
With the arrival of Infinity War coming next month, the AMC theater chain has announced a Marvel Cinematic Universe marathon including the new film. The specifics of this marathon have not been announced yet, but for die-hard fans, this is an event worth celebrating. Grab a bucket of Sour Patch Kids and strap hats filled with Red Bull to your heads to keep you caffeinated, because this is going to be a long journey.
Putting Together a Team
Spanning 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with the idea to bring Iron Man to the big screen. The film franchise has transformed the genre. Actors like Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Evans have become household names. Marvel Studios had this universe mapped out from the start.
This collection of 18 films, averaging two or three per year, has been alive and well since 2008. The marathon will include the recently released Black Panther, which has just hit $1 billion worldwide at the box office. Our own staff writer MJ Smith praised the film as an “epic yarn about a leader figuring out what it means to be in the lead.”
Early reports have stated the marathon will last 31 hours but, according to Digital Trends, their calculations add all 18 films up to be closer to 40 hours in length. That’s a standard work-week in about two days. Tack on Infinity War at the end, which has been reported to be 2 hours and 36 minutes in length. You’re looking at a day and a half worth of Marvel superheroes all together on the big screen.
A Worthy Challenge from Marvel
AMC did this before, back in 2015, with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The chain showed the 10 films before it in the franchise and then Age of Ultron. Fans know the release of the next two Avengers films will close out three phases of the MCU before returning to kick off Phase 4 with Tom Holland’s run as the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man in 2019’s Spider-Man 2.
Would you sit through more than 40 hours of Marvel Studios films to mark the arrival of Infinity War? What are your thoughts on the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe? Infinity War arrives one week earlier now, on April 27. The price of admission is yet to be determined for the marathon. This is the movie marathon to end all marathons.