Marvel studios can't lose. They can get as whacky, off-the-wall, weird, and obscure with their characters and direction and almost always end up not only making a ton of money, but also end up being absolutely fantastic.
Case in point: Thor: Ragnarok. The film was directed by this man.
It was a straight-up comedy with a short-haired Thor and he didn't even have his hammer in it. It also starred Jeff Goldblum as an orgy-loving space God. Not exactly what producers think of when they want to make a blockbuster superhero movie yet it ended up being way better than its more mundane DC counterpart, Justice League, in my opinion.
So it's no wonder that so many people are very, very excited about the prospect of any future Marvel movie. In fact, they're so universally adored that Vanity Fair dedicated an entire issue to the Marvel cinematic universe and featured 83 major characters from past and upcoming Marvel cinematic releases.
There were a variety of covers.
And the piece was full of subtly incredible moments, like when the Avengers were sitting all together, playing a game of Words with Friends on their phones.
The issue also packed some stills from the upcoming Marvel: Infinity War film.
Which led fans to all sorts of speculation.
I honestly feel there will be 3 groups of heroes in infinity war each taking on different fights or missions then a final meeting with them all together. Saying that I wonder if anyone in the photos was there on the same day or if they are all photoshopped— Sam Sprague (@spragueyboy) November 27, 2017
With others pinpointing tidbits from the article that illuminates what may have made the movies such a huge success over the past few years.
Feige’s advice was sometimes ignored, and many of those films became notorious flops. “The answers,” Feige still says, explaining why comic-book adaptations go wrong, “are always in the books.” // Secrets of the Marvel Universe https://t.co/pKa5zSCJju— Great Uncle Bob (@Greatunclebob) November 27, 2017
“I never liked the idea that people weren’t attempting things because of the potential for them to look silly,” he says. “Anything in a comic book has the potential to look silly. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make it look cool.” https://t.co/CSkweij0Vy— Jamie McKelvie (@McKelvie) November 27, 2017
Other studios should take note: Marvel knows how to make consistently good superhero flicks. Just because they're based on "silly" comic books doesn't mean the movies themselves have to be weak.