At a time when many blockbuster franchises are sputtering — the domestic gross for this year’s “Pirates of Caribbean” sequel fell 29 percent from the last installment’s, while “Transformers: The Last Knight” fell a staggering 47 percent — the Marvel Cinematic Universe has continued to dominate at the box office. This weekend, the 17th film in the series, “Thor: Ragnarok,” earned the biggest opening at the box office in two months: a $121 million domestic start and a running global total of $427 million. With that result, the MCU has now made $5 billion in lifetime domestic grosses — and $13 billion worldwide since “Iron Man” launched the series nearly a decade ago.
Sylvester Stallone is going to stick around in the Marvel Cinematic Universe past Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, according to director James Gunn — although it’s not quite clear just where he’s going to show up next. “I’m not sure about him appearing in Vol. 3, we’ll have to see about that, but it’s our plan to see more of Stallone.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ director James Gunn has revealed the creative process behind deciding to make Groot a pint-sized star in his Marvel sequel. Responding to an article about his own comments saying Baby Groot is not a marketing ploy, Gunn decided to elaborate on Facebook. “When I was first working on the script for ‘Vol. 2’ I was planning on it being years after the first movie and for little Groot to be a grown Groot.