Book Review: Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years

It’s hard to believe the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now existed for over a decade. What once seemed like an impossibly ambitious idea to create an ongoing film universe of shared continuity storylines I think has far exceeded what anyone could’ve hoped for. It’s an achievement that deserves celebration.

The size of a standard graphic novel or comic book, with a special collector’s edition hard cover, Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years is a condensed recap of the MCU up to now. Spider-Man: Homecoming is noticeably omitted (because of the Sony license I suppose?), but other than that the book covers the other 19 MCU films from 2008’s Iron Man up through 2018’s super-slate of Blank Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Infinity War.

The book opens with a pair of interviews with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Co-President Louis D’Esposito, reflecting on the past decade of MCU moviemaking magic, accompanied by some behind-the-scenes photos from the sets of the various movies. Then there is a timeline of events listing out the major MCU events in chronological order, from the creation of the Infinity Stones before recorded history all the way up to present day when Thanos collects said Infinity Stones.

From there, the book ticks off each film in theatrical release date order, categorized by the universe’s three phases. Each movie is allotted six pages, including a full plot synopsis, an interview with a related actor or creator, and even a guide listing out a movie’s Easter Eggs, as well as a recap of any end credits scenes and their significance to the MCU at large. This information is complemented by assorted imagery, such as movie poster artwork, promotional photos of the actors posing in character, and thumbnail movie stills.

Everything looks glossy and high resolution, but it would’ve been nice to have more concept art and behind-the-scenes pictures, highlighting more about the filmmaking process than images of scenes moviegoers have already seen. I know the subtitle is The First Ten Years, but by the end I also sort of felt myself wishing for maybe just a few closing pages offering a teaser taste of what’s next for the MCU. Like the book equivalent of an end credits scene, if you will.

Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years isn’t exactly overflowing with information Marvel fans don’t already know, but it’s still a fun commemorative guide showcasing where the Marvel Cinematic Universe began, where it is now, and just how far it’s come in achieving what once sounded like a pie in the sky fantasy. The book appears to have gone out of stock in a hurry and may be hard to find, but if you’re able to track a copy down it’s well worth adding to your Marvel collection.

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Disclosure: A review copy of Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years was provided to VGBlogger.com for coverage consideration by Titan Comics.

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