NOTE: All box office figures are as of December 1, 2016
Over the past eight years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has established itself as one of the most lucrative film franchises in all of Hollywood. To date, the fourteen installments have collectively grossed $10.8 billion at the worldwide box office, and most of them have been both critically and commercially successful. The only real outlier is 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, which grossed $263.4 million globally and earned generally positive (though not very enthusiastic) reviews. Marvel Studios has done an incredible job of taking arguably second and third tier comic book properties and turning them into international movie stars that can carry a massive blockbuster series.