It’s been 10 years since Robert Downey Jr. suited up in “Iron Man”, kicking off a decade of the shared comic book universe. To celebrate a decade of success, the studio welcomed cast members from all of their films to gather for one epic class photo.
Fan-favourites Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johannson, Don Cheadle, Kurt Russell, Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans, Tessa Thompson, Paul Rudd and Chris Pratt join Hayley Atwell, Jeff Goldblum, Karen Gillan, Tom Holland, Mark Ruffalo, Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Gwyneth Paltrow for the group photo.
But it’s not just reserved for those in front of the screen.
Marvel’s head honcho Kevin Feige, character creator Stan Lee and directors Taika Waititi, Jon Favreau, James Gunn and more producers and directors gathered for the epic photo.
There’s also quite a few new faces we haven’t seen on-screen in the MCU yet including “Captain Marvel” Brie Larson, Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne and Chadwick Boseman, who, after a brief introduction in “Captain America: Civil War”, finally gets his own standalone film with “Black Panther”.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe revolutionized the superhero genre and have earned over five billion dollars at the worldwide box office. That’s $5,138,201,340 to be exact, over 16 films in 10 years.
Thanks to “Iron Man” setting the stage for “The Avengers” – the highest grossing film of the MCU – Marvel has completed both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of its planned releases and is currently in the middle of Phase 3, with three releases expected in 2018: “Black Panther”, “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Ant-Man And The Wasp”.
Marvel released a behind-the-scenes look at their massive gathering featuring the cast gushing over one another.
“Every person had been in one or all of my favourite films,” Hemsworth says in a backstage interview.
Holland echoes Hemsworth’s statement. “It’s like a sea of people I’ve grown up watching, hanging out,” says the Spider-Man actor. “It’s a dream come true,” adds “Guardians Of The Galaxy” star Chris Pratt.