After just 48 days in theaters, Avengers: Infinity War joins a very exclusive group of movies that have made more than $2 billion across the globe. Though this figure does not adjust for inflation, it's still an incredibly impressive milestone.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the third Avengers film, and the 19th film in the MCU, eked passed the $2 billion mark on Monday. This makes it the third-highest grossing film internationally, and the fifth-biggest stateside.
It's only the fourth movie to ever achieve such a feat, joining 2009's Avatar, 1997's Titanic, and 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Avatar remains the all-time global champ, with $2.79 billion in grosses.) What sets Infinity War apart, however, is the fact it was released in April, giving an early jump-start to the summer movie season. The other three films came out during December, when studios tend to release their prestige films in time to qualify for Oscar consideration.
While all the MCU films have had post-credits scenes that teased upcoming installments in an ever-expanding cinematic universe, Infinity War was the first film to end on a straight-up cliffhanger. After Thanos (Josh Brolin) acquires the Infinity Stones, he erases half of all sentient life in the universe.
Infinity War's lone post-credits stinger teased the arrival of Captain Marvel — who will be getting her own film this coming March. All this could serve as a prelude to introducing Marvel's roster of all-powerful cosmic heroes in the years to come.
While her solo debut, which stars Brie Larson as the title character, will be set during the 1990s, she'll be joining the present-day MCU to take on Thanos in the as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers film in May of next year. No one knows exactly what's in store, but MCU mainstay Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, promises it will be "more shocking" than it's predecessor.