10 Years of Marvel's Cinematic Universe by Marco Grob
This weekend marks the opening of Black Panther, Marvel’s latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and it looks like it’s about to be the biggest. Pre-sale tickets have outpaced even some of the strongest showing from Marvel's past and they’re on pace to place highest as number one. Black Panther will be one of the most successful films Marvel has ever created. From here it seems like an inevitability but it’s easy to forget that it was only 10 years ago that Marvel first jumped into this project with Iron Man, a movie that was by no means an experiment but also grew to be much larger than anticipated, kicking off a decade of superhero fever. To celebrate the ten year anniversary, Marvel invited Marco Grob to photograph the cast of this decade of movies, ultimately creating an image with dozens of actors filling roles in stories that cover centuries of storytelling on a handful of worlds, through uncountable space, and in multiple dimensions.
The photograph is so large, revealing a population so grand, it’s difficult to take in all at once. Each actor’s size in relation to the others pales in comparison to the entire composition, and that’s kind of the point. At this point, the MCU is larger than one actor, one character, or one story. Robert Downey Jr, who plays the titular character of the MCU’s first film stands front and center, but glance to another part of the image and you’ll find Michael B Jordan, the richly complex antagonist of Black Panther. Nearby is Bradley Cooper whose face is never seen in his multiple appearances since he plays a CGI raccoon. These are voices and faces we’ve be thrilled, terrified, and inspired by.
The rumors are that the next couple films will mean the end of the road for many of the actors in Marco’s photo that we’ve come to love over the last ten years, but Marvel’s plan to create movies extends far beyond the limited storylines that these actors were
Black Panther is a movie that was needed now, though it’s been needed since the beginning of this project. What better way to celebrate the end of one decade of storytelling and the beginning of the next?
Check out the Behind the Scenes video below, and Marco's posters for Black Panther.