Take a look at these new Marvel Studios posters that shine a light on the heroes and villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in its first 10 years of existence. Kevin Feige's ambitious plan to create an interconnected series of movies starring a variety of Marvel characters began way back in 2008 with Iron Man, but it wasn't until Joss Whedon's The Avengers in 2012 that the full impact of the franchise was realized. After 10 years of critically and commercially successful movies, the MCU celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2018 by releasing Avengers: Infinity War, a film that brought together more heroes than ever before.
During the last 10 years, Marvel Studios unveiled live-action incarnations of a variety of superheroes, as well as their villainous counterparts. While some of these have always been household names, there are others who were previously known almost exclusively to comic book readers. However, the franchise's big screen success has elevated these characters among Marvel's most lucrative and marketable figures. There has been the odd misfire, naturally, but for the most part, the MCU has only increased the profile of the characters to have appeared within it.
Marvel Studios have now licensed a pair of new posters by artist John Guydo (via MCU Tweets) to celebrate their first 10 years. There is one poster highlighting the heroes of the franchise, and another dedicated entirely to its dastardly evil-doers. Batting for the good guys (from top to bottom) are: Hulk, Thor, Doctor Strange, Falcon, Black Panther, Vision, War Machine, Captain America, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Scarlet Witch, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Bucky Barnes, Hawkeye and Groot. The opposing line-up consists of: Iron Monger, Red Skull, Ronan the Accuser, Malekith, Ultron, Loki, Thanos, Yellowjacket, Whiplash, Abomination, Helmut Zemo, Mandarin, Crossbones, Killmonger, Ego, Hela, Kaecilius and The Grandmaster.
These stunning posters are an excellent way to mark Marvel's 10-year milestone and remind fans just how many characters have appeared along the way. It's also interesting, particularly in the villains piece, to remember figures that failed to make a huge impact on the franchise as a whole, such as Malekith, Abomination and Trevor Slattery.
There are, however, several notable omissions or questionable inclusions in these designs. Perhaps the most obvious of these is the distinct lack of Spider-Man - a decision likely down to Sony's ownership of the character. Also missing is Evangeline Lilly's Wasp. This absence is likely due to the fact that Wasp's main contribution to the MCU, Ant-Man & The Wasp, was released 10 years and two months after the start of the franchise, thereby technically rendering the film out of consideration for the "First Ten Years" celebration. Look out for Wasp in the 2028 edition!
Other points of contention might be whether or not Loki should have a presence on both posters, especially after it was recently revealed that he was acting under influence during The Avengers, the lack of Nebula, and whether the Grandmaster deserves to be classified as a villain, or whether his inclusion is just an excuse to have Jeff Goldblum on there. Whatever the case, it seems that while Marvel Studios are happy to celebrate their past, they're also keen to point out how that this is only the first 10 years.
Source: Marvel (via MCU Tweets)
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