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Catch up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 17 minutes before Avengers: Infinity War

Catch up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 17 minutes before Avengers: Infinity War


If you don’t want to watch all 18 films

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Avengers: Infinity War is now out in theaters, the culmination of 10 years of superhero movies. Starting with Iron Man in 2008, the franchise’s 19 installments have built on one another to form a massive, cohesive story. That’s daunting 31 hours of story that set up this latest movie. Fortunately, YouTube supercut channel Burger Fiction has you covered with a 17 minute video that hits all the high points of the franchise.

Burger Fiction has made a number of these sorts of compilations of everything from major Academy Award categories to the evolution of characters and actors over the history of cinema, to big franchise catch-ups.

If you wanted to get caught up before the latest installment hit theaters, you would have either had to have started your marathon at the beginning of April (assuming you watch a film a night), or cram them into a massive, 31-hour binge watch. This pars that down quite a bit, because the franchise does have its high points (Black Panther or Spider-man: Homecoming), and its low, low points (The Incredible Hulk, Thor: The Dark World or Iron Man 2). It also includes some clips from Infinity War and the upcoming Ant Man & The Wasp. It isn’t quite comprehensive: the studio’s TV and streaming properties like Agents of Shield or Daredevil don’t show up here.

If you haven’t done your planning (or if you skipped some of them), this is a good way to get through all of the pertinent details, character origins, and beats that led the way to the latest installment.