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When Ironman was first released back in 2008, no one anticipated what it would trigger. People loved Ironman and saw a new version of the familiar superhero story on the big screen. Robert Downey Jr. was charming, witty, arrogant, and relatable. He left people eager for more.
Ironman paved the way for Marvel to start assembling the Avengers. The studio started with the big daddy of all Avengers- Captain America. That was followed by Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, War Machine, Black Panther, and many more. Comic book fans and casual fans alike rejoiced when Avengers was released in 2011 and people saw their favorite heroes together on the silver screen for the first time.
Since then, the Avengers and their fans have been on a wild journey, and all of it has culminated in Endgame. It’s perhaps not surprising that Endgame is fast breaking all records. This movie is the end of a story 11 years in the making. Everything in the MCU changes after Endgame.
There was never a question that Endgame might succeed. It comes right after the enormously successful Captain Marvel. People have been anticipating the culmination of this chapter since our heroes were left lost and torn apart at the end of Infinity War. But despite all predictions, no one really anticipated just how revolutionary Endgame might be.
It blazed through the $1 billion mark in a matter of days and broke Titanic’s record in less than a week. Its box office earnings stand at $2.2 billion and many people still haven’t had the opportunity to see the movie. Most experts believe that Endgame will smash Avatar’s $2.8 billion earning within the next week.
As Endgame gains on Avatar, let’s look at the legendary movies that lead the way. Avatar was a huge global success, primarily because it was shot in 3D and was a new technology. The visual appeal of Avatar drove box office sales, but the movie didn’t fare well in the long-term. Most consider the story forgettable at best and cliché at worst.
Titanic was a blockbuster of titanic proportions. The compelling storyline, the tragic ending, and the wonderful cinematography make it one of the best movies to date. It earned a little over $2.18 billion in the box office and that was remarkably impressive during that time.
Star Wars – The Force Awakens rattled many original Star Wars fans, but it was an unquestionable hit. It soared in the international box office and has the highest second-week earning record. It is even better than Endgame in that respect. The movie earned $2.06 billion and heralded another successful Disney franchise.
Avengers: Infinity War is fifth on this list, reaching box office earnings of over $2.04 billion. It is the anticipation generated by Infinity War that propelled Endgame to such heights. With the Endgame, the MCU says goodbye to some of its most charismatic and influential characters. No one can argue that Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark was one of the biggest assets of the MCU. Future Avenger movies will have to move on without him. Marvel hopes that Black Panther, Spiderman, and Captain Marvel can carry the torch from this day on.
Both Black Panther, Spiderman, and Captain Marvel are highly successful characters in their own right. It is possible that another Avengers’ movie will touch the legacy left behind by Endgame or surpass it. Only time will tell if these three superheroes can take the MCU to greater heights and reach the $2 billion mark again.