It started in 2008 with "Iron Man," when Marvel Studios took a gamble on introducing the world to Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark. Looking back, it's hard to see how that could be viewed as a risk, considering how big it paid off with fans and critics worldwide. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has spread far and wide, with heroes ranging from Asgardians and their sibling rivalries, to a "kid from Brooklyn," and now into galactic territories.
The MCU continues to expand into the cosmos with "Guardians of the Galaxy," which brings together a thief, an assassin, two thugs, and a maniac to save the universe from a madman bent on total destruction. Watch this clip to remind yourself of the MCU's humble beginnings and get a better feeling for how much further that universe will spread!
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