A fan is re-editing every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie into an episodic television series. Beginning back in 2008 with the original Iron Man movie, the MCU completely revolutionized Hollywood with its pioneering of the shared universe model. The goal of Kevin Feige was to emulate the comic pages, placing multiple individual series under the same umbrella. At one point in time, people thought it was an overly-ambitious plan destined to fall short, but the record-shattering success of The Avengers proved otherwise. Marvel is now arguably the most prominent franchise in the industry, with 20 movies (so far) earning more than $17 billion worldwide.
The emphasis on serialized storytelling has led some to compare the MCU to a big-budget TV show, with each movie serving as the latest episode of a sprawling saga. That metaphor is taken to the next level with a new fan-made project.
On his website, scriptwriter and editor Samuel Masters shared this endeavor, which “started as a joke between two friends.” He transformed the entirety of the MCU’s Phase 1 into a multi-episode dramatic TV series and four episodes are available to view as of this writing. A new episode will come out each week, leading up to Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.
The amount of time and effort that went into this is truly impressive, with Masters putting a lot of thought into each episode (they run around 40 minutes). Nothing is presented in chronological order, frequently intercutting between the Phase 1 movies to hit the various storytelling beats (i.e. character introductions) and progress through the plot just like a traditional dramatic TV show. Especially for longtime fans who have seen the movies multiple times, this looks to be an exciting new way to relive the MCU’s earliest days. Perhaps when viewers go to binge Marvel movies ahead of Avengers 4, this will be the preferred method for the Phase 1 titles. It’s the closest fans will get to seeing the films for the first time again, since it’s unknown which sections will appear in which episode. And while the project only consists of Phase 1 for now, Masters’ use of “full first season” implies he’ll one day tackle the other two Phases in the MCU.
In many ways, next year’s Avengers 4 is going to be something of a season finale itself, serving as the culmination of the first 22 films (which, in some cases, can be the length of a TV season) in the MCU’s already storied history. Fans are eager to learn more about the upcoming ensemble epic, such as its mysterious title. The ball should get rolling on Avengers 4 promotion in the near future (the first Infinity War trailer came out in November 2017), and MCU fans will begin preparations for what will surely be an emotional roller coaster.