MARVEL STUDIOS FIRST TEN YEARS COLLECTOR’S EDITION is a must. Any MCU fan should hope to get it under their tree this holiday season; with exclusive interviews, extra tidbits, and fun behind the scenes pictures. Today we discuss THE FIRST TEN YEARS COLLECTOR’S EDITION coming out this Wednesday for all MCU fans alike!

A Culmination Of Awesome

MARVEL STUDIOS FIRST TEN YEARS COLLECTOR’S EDITION comes from Titan Publishing. Contained within are some truly great interviews with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, co-president Louis D’Esposito, and the legendary Stan Lee, as well as several from the various directors and actors spanning the 22 films that make up the MCU.

The Collector’s Edition contains an awesome continuity timeline. It also provides some pretty incredible images from the MCU with all the great Easter eggs, post-credit scenes and behind-the-scenes features. It could and should be used as a great reference guide for fans seeking to educate friends and family.

The Interviews

MARVEL STUDIOS COLLECTOR’S EDITION begins with an interview with Kevin Feige. In it, he reflects on and shares how the MCU came to be the humongous success it is today. He talks a lot about the focus they have on the audience and what they would want in a Marvel film. One of the quotes he says is featured on the back of the Collector’s Edition:

“I believe deeply that’s what audiences want-to be surprised and to have expectations exceeded.”

That’s what the MCU does best. Each film contains surprises and consistently goes above and beyond the expectations we have. That’s what makes them so great and epic!

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Other notable interviews feature Stan Lee on IRON MAN, Louis D’Esposito taking in the scope of the First Ten Years, Chris Evans on his time as Captain America, Chadwick Boseman on the cultural and social significance of Black Panther, and Thanos actor Josh Brolin on his favorite MCU films.

An Official Timeline

MARVEL STUDIOS FIRST TEN YEARS moreover provides a very informative timeline. It begins with the MCU events occurring before recorded history and ends with Thanos snapping his fingers. Also, because this timeline is in the official Collector’s Edition, the timeline is official as well.

The first recorded event is the formation of the Infinity Stones, as well as the creation of characters such as Ego, the Collector, and the Grandmaster. It then notes moments such as WWII and the emergence of Captain America in the 1940’s, Hank Pym resigning from SHIELD in 1989, Howard and Maria Stark’s death in 1991, and Natasha Romanoff joining SHIELD in 1998. Then, of course, we get to the present, recent years of the MCU.

The Battle of New York in 2012, Captain America’s dismantling of SHIELD in 2014, and the Avengers’ Civil War in 2016. It’s cool to see that Steven Strange’s car crash happened in the midst of the Civil War. He then spent time training to become a sorcerer, defeating Dormammu in 2017, providing a more concrete timeframe.

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Other great additions to the timeframe are moments such as 965 CE, when Frost Giants attack Tønsberg, Norway. After Asgard defends the Earth and fights off the Frost Giants, Odin finds Loki. If Tønsberg sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the same place where Odin hid the Tesseract in 1409 CE. It was found later by the Red Skull in 1942. Just a small string on connecting the further fleshes out the universe, making it even more awesome.

The Drawbacks Of MARVEL STUDIOS FIRST TEN YEARS COLLECTOR’S EDITION

While it comes very close, MARVEL STUDIOS FIRST TEN YEARS COLLECTOR’S EDITION isn’t 100% comprehensive. There are a few missing parts to the MCU that it doesn’t cover. One such neglected component would be the absence of any of the television shows such as ABC’s AGENTS OF SHIELD or any of the Netflix series like DAREDEVIL.

There are big parts to the MCU continuity such as SHIELD’s reformation or the Hand’s attack on New York, which was prevented by the Defenders. It could be said/argued that this Collector’s Edition is only focused on the films of the MCU, and that’s fine. However, it still leaves one more neglected component to Marvel Studios’ first ten years.

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Unfortunately, and I guess understandably, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is absent from MARVEL STUDIOS FIRST TEN YEARS COLLECTOR’S EDITION. The MCU events within the film do not appear on the timeline. Furthermore, the film itself doesn’t have a featured section as the other MCU films do. Why? Most likely it’s because HOMECOMING is a Sony film and there lies a licensing issue. While it would have been nice to have had the film contained within the Collector’s Edition, it’s not the worst thing. Peter Parker is still getting references to the CIVIL WAR and INFINITY WAR sections.

The Easter Eggs!

One of my favorite parts to MARVEL STUDIOS FIRST TEN YEARS COLLECTOR’S EDITION is that each film gets its own spotlight. Each film feature page has a great list of its best and most notable Easter eggs.

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For instance, there’s a great Easter Egg in THE INCREDIBLE HULK of a SHIELD file naming Rick Jones as an ally to Bruce Banner. Rick Jones is Hulk’s ally in the comics. Another one shares that there is a Bluth Company stair car from ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT in an airport fight during CIVIL WAR. This is funny because the Russo Brothers worked on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. They also have actors from their show COMMUNITY pop up in cameos as well. Some of the Easter eggs are really small and quick, so for a fan to have this type of collated list for each film is pretty awesome. They can have this book open and check out the Easter eggs as they see them while watching the films.

MARVEL STUDIOS FIRST TEN YEARS COLLECTOR’S EDITION Is A ‘Gotta Have’ For Christmas!

MARVEL STUDIOS FIRST TEN YEARS COLLECTOR’S EDITION is so cool. It’s a nearly definitive gathering of all that makes the MCU so great. Fans will love the timeline and Easter eggs, as well as the really engaging interviews and behind-the-scenes information, the Collector’s Edition provides.

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Image from Marvel Studios

I had a great time reading this book and I am definitely planning on getting it for those in my life who are fellow MCU lovers this holiday season. I would certainly recommend this book to hard-core MCU fans and fans just getting into the universe alike. Be on the lookout for MARVEL STUDIOS FIRST TEN YEARS COLLECTOR’S EDITION as it’s sure to fly off the shelves!

MARVEL STUDIOS FIRST TEN YEARS COLLECTOR’S EDITION goes on sale this Wednesday, November 21st. 

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