5 Marvelous Facts on Marvel Cinematic Universe You Might Want To Know
This day marks a huge significance to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as to us fans who were part of the 10-year-long journey. With the tear-jerking, mind-blowing, and utterly devastating end scene of the Infinity Wars, there is no telling the fate of the world's mightiest superheroes in the Avengers: Endagame. So before we hit the cinemas once more, here are five incredible facts on one of the biggest movie franchises in the world:
1/5 MCU Production Breaks The Bank
Well-made movies can sometimes come with a hefty price. With all the hyperrealistic CGIs (one of which was baby Groot's opening scene that took two years to make), costumes, explosives, and A-list celebrities, MCU had to cash in hundreds of millions of dollars to make each movie. Of the 21 films, the most expensive to date was Avengers: Age of Ultron—a whopping US$365,000,000 was spent on set—while the Endgame's production costs a little lower, estimated around US$320,000,000. Overall, the decade-long movie series cost for about four billlion US dollars.
2/5 A Constant Box-Office Hit
Four billion sure sounds an awful lot, but it is nothing compared to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's overall ticket sales. Claiming the fourth spot of the biggest worldwide box office hits is the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity Wars with two billion US dollars, followed by The Avengers in the sixth spot with 1.5 billion US dollars of its own. Five other movies were also able to bag billion US dollars: Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel.
3/5 Interlocking Timelines
Trying to piece together all of the MCU films can be tricky, considering that their timelines differ from their publishing dates. Iron Man may have been the first to appear on the big screen but the first superhero to come to life is Captain America, hence the first Avenger. But did you know that three of the movies actually happened in the same week? Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor all took place in the same time frame in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
4/5 Superhero Looks
Ever wonder how Captain America actor Chris Evans got ripped for the film? Surely not with the help of the "Project: Rebirth". For five to six days a week, Chris had to hit the gym and work out his entire body. Focusing on different muscle group each day, his workout regimen mainly focused on weights and compound lifts.
Meanwhile, the other Chris, Pratt had to lose a total of 60 pounds in no more than six months! That meant no beer, no fried foods or junk foods, and a huge trim down on carbs. His diet mainly consisted of chicken, broccoli, and brown rice.
And for the latest addition to the Avenger squad, Brie Larson had to transform as quickly as possible. Nine months of intensive training—including pushing a jeep—and strict diet gave birth to Captain Marvel.
5/5 Making It In The Academy
Superhero movies has never been a favourite of the Academy, nor the Golden Globes. Though a couple have been nominated for visual and sound effects, receiving a nod for acting or directing has been a myth, with only Heath Ledger's posthumous Oscar award being an exception. But this year, records were broken when Black Panther was nominated for Best Picture in both Golden Globes and Oscars.
The film may not have reigned in the Best Picture category but it sure did make headlines for taking home not only one, but three Oscars: Ruth Carter for Best Costume Design, Hannah Beachle for Best Production Design, and Ludwig Göransson for Best Original Score.
Although an era is ending, be sure to watch out for a new string of superheroes in the coming years. After all, the future of superhero films do sound promising.
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