It has been an incredible year to be a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There have been three fantastic feature films from Marvel Studios to enjoy, and several exiting news stories to keep us excited for what is still to come in the year ahead. Before we get to 2018, however, let’s take a look back at some of the best Marvel Studios news stories of 2017. Here are our top 10.
10. Marvel Studios enjoys their best year ever
This was always supposed to be Marvel Studios’ biggest and best year thus far. That doesn’t mean, though, that it was going to happen automatically. Marvel Studios still had to deliver with their three films this year, the first time they’ve ever released more than two, and they did. Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880.2M), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($863.7M), and Thor: Ragnarok ($847.3M) are the three highest grossing superhero movies of the year.
Marvel Studios has earned over $2.59 billion at the global box office in 2017, shattering their previous best in 2015 ($1.93B). Marvel Studios’ new personal best will climb a bit higher, as Thor: Ragnarok is still in theaters.
The best part about Marvel’s record year is that the studio earned it. All three feature films were hits with critics and audiences. Both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok received over 90% Certified Fresh ratings on Rotten Tomatoes while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was over 80%. All three films received an “A” CinemaScore from audiences.
9. Marvel Studios open house
What started in a small office above a Mercedes-Benz dealership has grown into something much more. Marvel Studios is still a relatively lean operation, but the offices have gotten much nicer. Back in April, Marvel Studios opened their doors to press for the first time ever, showing off their impressive digs on the second floor of the Frank G. Wells building on the Disney lot in Burbank.
In addition to a tour of the office, Marvel Studios gave attendees a new look at Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther. The lucky visitors also got to see new concept art from Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Captain Marvel.
More valuable than the information was likely the one-of-a-kind experience of being shown around the Marvel Studios offices by studio president Kevin Feige and other executives. Fans were happy enough to live vicariously through their favorite journalists, but new life goals were probably made for anyone who covers blockbuster movies (present company included).