The finery and artistry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) makes it one of the most successful movie franchises in the history of contemporary cinema. Loosely based on Marvel Comics, the MCU has released twenty-seven films, five TV shows and still counting with another twelve movies already set for release in the next two years; in the process becoming the highest grossing film franchise of all times with over $25.5 billion at the global box office. 

Beyond just entertainment, the MCU offers you infinite imaginative experiences that are both practical and relatable. Applying a unique model of serialized story-telling, overarching narratives, deep development of characters, multicultural eccentricity and references to real-life realities, the MCU is able to give you a sense of being a piece in its giant puzzle – something more than just the ecstasy of mainstream entertainment. This is one reason millions of viewers all over the world are magically magnetized to the aura of its non-existent world.

Most MCU productions mirror much of the realities of our present world, both at the individual and communal scales. In a broken world bamboozled by terror, a perpetual sense of insecurity and vulnerability, many people consciously or subconsciously condition their minds to believe the notion that “good will ultimately triumph over evil” – having the hope that there is someone out there, who will one day come to their rescue. This “hero-complex” is one of the driving forces of the Superhero movie genre. But unlike other franchises before it, the MCU’s approach to “Super-heroism” is a more practical picture that reflects the actual realities of ordinary people-turned-superhero, human villainous tendencies, governments’ typical bureaucracies and several societal issues ravaging our present day world. 

These references are subtly dispersed in most of MCU’s productions. The background stories of Bucky Barnes “the Winter Soldier” and Natasha Romanoff “Black Widow” reflect how innocent lives can be (and are still being) manipulated, leading them into years of regrettable actions. In the TV series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, the harsh realities faced by many due to the events that transpired in “Avengers: Endgame” was laid bare – very much similar to the global economic hardships currently trailing the aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic. Many more references can be made to either individual characters in the MCU or groups. 

While most members of its audience focus on just the entertainment spectrum of the MCU, the studio productions offer much more to the inquisitive and avid mind.

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