Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity Wars" has been a box office smash since its release. And the third movie in the Avengers franchise broke a new record this weekend, too, becoming the fastest film to cross the $1 billion mark.
"This speedy sprint toward the coveted and exclusive $1 billion club is a testament to the undeniable global appeal and drawing power of the Marvel brand," says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.
Fans of the latest Avengers film have one primary person to thank for the series: Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige. Under his leadership, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has released some of the most highly anticipated, hugely successful and generally well-reviewed superhero films.
However, the 44-year-old's rise to the executive suite was largely accidental. It even had a humbling start.
As a child in New Jersey, Feige enjoyed playing with action figures, reading comic books and watching movies, so he knew he wanted to get into Entertainment. After getting rejected five times, he finally gained admission to USC's film school and graduated in 1995.
"I applied every semester, basically, until I got in," he tells Vanity Fair.
While at USC, Feige scored an internship working under producers Richard and Lauren Shuler Donner. Two years later, they hired him as a production assistant. "That job was walking dogs, and getting lunches and washing cars," says the exec. But at the time, Feige thought his lowly position was a big deal. "I thought I'd made it," he tells NPR. "I thought I had reached the pinnacle of success in Hollywood."