It's been a decade since Marvel's released Iron Man, and now, with twenty-three films under its belt, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become one of the most successful franchises in the Hollywood industry.
According to Avengers: Endgame writer Stephen McFeely there's one key ingredient to the MCU's success. The screenwriter just recently spoke to Deadline about the MCU and during the interview, McFeely discussed the very first Iron Man film that sparked the beginnings of the franchise.
Fans get to see Iron Man revealing his secret identity at the very end of the movie, eliminating the need for Marvel's heroes to go through the tired trope of trying to keep their identity a secret from family and friends.
"Think about the storytelling that allowed them," he said, "If they had decided to keep the idea that we had to keep that secret, now you're telling certain types of stories."
McFeely explains that secret identity scenes can take up a lot of time in comic book movies. Because Marvel doesn't really need to keep identities secret, the studio can focus on scenes that actually matter.
Right now Marvel is working on Phase 4 of the MCU with a mix of films and series set for release in the next few years. The first film to kick off the new phase of the franchise is Black Widow, a prequel movie that's set to focus on Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). Fans are also pretty excited for a number of other Marvel projects as well, like Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision.
Avengers: Endgame is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital HD.