The year is 2006, the month is July. It's Comic-Con in San Diego once again and Marvel Studios are there to present their first line-up of directors that plan on bringing Marvel Comics characters to the big screen. One of them is Jon Favreau, best known for directing Elf
and as one half of the "Swingers” with Vince Vaughn. Then there's Louis Letterier who has been handed the reigns for The Incredible Hulk
and some little guy with a funny accent, Edgar Wright? Oh, yeah, he directed Shaun of the Dead
. Got it.
But let's get back to Jon Favreau who has been given the unenviable task of trying to make Iron Man cool for the masses. They've already cast Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a move that fans of the comic books are fully behind, and yet the movie itself is two years away and no one knows what to expect.
Cut forward to May 2, 2008 and Iron Man
opens to $102.2 million on its way to $318.6 million domestic and $582 million worldwide. The following Monday, Marvel shareholders are being given the gameplan for the next three movies leading up to The Avengers
in May 2012. That movie sets a new domestic opening of $207.4 million, grosses $623.4 million domestically and $1.5 billion worldwide. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially as big as Star Wars
Now begins Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 with Iron Man 3
(Plus this week's CHOSEN ONE is What Maisie Knew
(Millennium Films), the new film from Scott McGehee and David Siegel.