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How Much Have The Marvel Characters Changed In The Past Decade?

How Much Have The Marvel Characters Changed In The Past Decade?

So, as you will no doubt be aware, Avengers: Infinity War has been absolutely smashing it at the box office.

It smashed the previous record for the largest takings in an opening weekend - taking in £457m (around $630m) over the first few days in the cinema.

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This is even more impressive given that it hasn't actually opened in China yet.

Either way, these are some seriously impressive numbers, and they cement the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the biggest franchise in movie history. Over the past ten years (since Iron Man in 2008) they've built a huge, overlapping, powerhouse of world cinema, but how much has really changed?

Well, let's have a look - and try to chart the growth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the absolute juggernaut (yes, I know - Juggernaut was in X-Men, not the MCU) that it has become.

The whole idea began with Iron Man in 2008, so that seems a good place to start. On the face of things, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has barely changed at all. Handily, he appeared in the first and the most recent films, which offers some perspective on how far they've come in such a short time.

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Credit: Marvel
Credit: Marvel

Downey Jr. played alongside director Jon Favreau in that first MCU flick, and Favreau also appeared as Happy Hogan in Spiderman: Homecoming in 2017.

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Credit: Marvel

Then there is Nick Fury - more recognisable as Samuel L. Jackson. He's getting older, but given that he is currently a 69-year-old man still playing badass characters with eyepatches in superhero movies he gets a free pass.

Credit: Marvel
Credit: Marvel

Captain America/Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) has come a long way since his first appearance in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Credit: Marvel
Credit: Marvel

Now, Bruce Banner has changed quite a bit - but that's because he's played by different actors (again, we'll let him off then) across the films.

Edward Norton played the Incredible Hulk's alter-ego Banner in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, but was replaced by Mark Ruffalo afterwards. It seems as if he just didn't fancy it after the original received mixed reviews.

Credit: Marvel
Credit: Marvel

The Hulk, as you might imagine, has remained mostly the same. He's big, he's green, he's angry.

In fact, many of the CGI characters such as Hulk, Thanos, and Rocket Raccoon have improved slightly but then again, over the past 10 years, so has CGI, so it's to be expected.

After the success of Infinity War, you'd imagine that the budgets are only going to get bigger and the films will be arriving thick and fast to cash in on the success. Let's see what the next decade has in store for the MCU.

Featured Image Credit: Marvel

Topics: Iron Man, Hulk, Disney, Infinity War, TV and Film, Avengers, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

 

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