The Avengers alone took a massive $1.5bn
Since 2008, Marvel Studios have released thirteen movies and thanks to their comic book adaptations, the films have collectively made a $10bn gross.
Beginning with the first Iron Man movie, the Marvel Cinematic Universe series’ highest grossing film is 2012’s The Avengers, which brought in an impressive $1.5bn.
According to The Guardian, the average gross of each Marvel Studios film is $769m, with Captain America: Civil War registering as the fifth-highest opening weekend in history; it opened on May 6 and has already grossed $940.9m.
The $10bn earned so far is entirely formed from cinema ticket dollars; the sum doesn’t accounted for any licensing, merchandising or home video deals associated with the series of movies.
Marvel Studios movies have played incredibly well internationally, with Captain America: Civil War taking $400m so far in China. Disney – Marvel Studios owner – have also done well with non-comic book adaptations, with the recent Zootopia taking $1bn.
Captain America actor Chris Evans has said that he does not want to pass on the superhero’s shield just yet.Evans first took on the role of the comic book character in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. He has gone to play the Captain in four more Marvel movies: 2012’s The Avengers, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and, most recently, Captain America: Civil War.
“I’m scared to not have one of these coming. For the past six, theres always been ‘next year, we start on that one,’ and it’s been wonderful,” he told Collider. “Especially because the movies are so good. When you make good movies, who wants to stop doing that? So, I don’t know. We’ll see.”