I remember 2012. It was a quainter time in the current age of big blockbusters. Yes, we had our fair share of superhero films and tentpole films, but they were nothing compared to the landscape in which we currently live. I lined up at the local AMC Burbank 16 for the marathon of all marathons. Over the course of a day, we would be watching all five Marvel Studios films that had been released over the past several years, and the capper would be the premiere of The Avengers.
For years, Marvel Studios had been tantalizing audiences with the prospect of seeing our favorite superheroes join forces on the big screen, and The Avengers would be the culmination of the first five films. When it succeeded big time at the box office, we officially entered a new era of filmmaking.
In the five years since that time, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has evolved exponentially. We now have 14 films made so far, two network TV series, two more in the works, and four (soon to be six this year) Netflix original shows that explore a darker side of the universe. Needless to say, things have gotten big around the MCU, and with each passing year, it becomes a whole lot more inaccessible.
But how inaccessible is it, you may ask? Well, some folks over the the Marvel Studios subreddit take this whole idea very seriously, and have put together a Google spreadsheet that shows the runtime for every single entry in the MCU, including one-shots. Now, with Iron Fist, the latest entry in the ongoing saga, the entire universe takes a whopping six days, 15 hours, and 41 minutes to watch. That’s a lot of popcorn and a lot of pee breaks.
Of course, that’s not even including the extra four TV shows we’ll be getting (Inhumans, The Defenders, The Punisher, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), or the three films we’ll be getting with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok. By the time this year ends, we’ll be well past the week marker.
Well done, Marvel. Well done.
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