If you’re a big enough Marvel fan, this is the sort of news that could get you looking for an excuse — any excuse — to clear your calendar in short order. In commemoration of Marvel Studios’ 10th anniversary, Marvel and Disney are staging a week-long movie marathon event at IMAX theaters nationwide to bring back every single one of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — including the handful that’ve never before gotten the IMAX treatment.
Marvel revealed the epic event Friday on its website, promising five consecutive days of film, beginning with 2008’s Iron Man and continuing with all 20 MCU movies in the order of their original theatrical release, followed by two days of screenings themed around “origins” and “teamups.”
All-new to IMAX will be Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America: The First Avenger, none of which has ever been released in the larger format. And this event isn’t just a walk down memory lane: Included in the marathon are all three of this year’s MCU releases: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Dubbed the “Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival,” tickets for the ultimate MCU binge extravaganza already have gone on sale. The festival starts on Aug. 30 and runs through the MCU catalog until Sept. 3, before switching over on Sept. 4 and 5 for the themed “origins” and “teamups” screenings.
Sept. 6 is reserved for a cool nod to all the fans who’ve helped build the MCU into the juggernaut it is: The final day will be devoted to showing the two MCU films that win Marvel’s online fan poll. Voting for that is already open, so head on over to the IMAX official Twitter poll sometime between now and Aug. 17 (when the poll closes) and pick your two faves.
Then count up your vacation days: 20 MCU movies is a big commitment, but the chance to see them all at once in IMAX format is rarer than Christmas — which, speaking of, definitely looks like it'll be arriving early this year for longtime Marvel fans.