Ethereum documentary featuring Vitalik Buterin raises $1.9M in 3 days

The cryptocurrency community is highly anticipating the release of a new documentary about the Ethereum blockchain, with the film’s funding campaign exceeding expectations.

A crowdfunding round for Ethereum-themed documentary dubbed Ethereum: The Infinite Garden has surpassed its goal of 750 Ether (ETH), raising a total of 1,035.96 ETH worth $1.9 million as of July 16, the creators announced.

The funding campaign started last Wednesday to support the production of a feature-length character-driven documentary film exploring the “innovative real-world applications of the Ethereum blockchain, the die-hard community of enthusiasts and developers, and its creator, Vitalik Buterin.”

Ending Friday, the fundraising campaign amassed a total of 662 backers that contributed through Mirror, a decentralized crypto-based network. “We are blown away by the support of the community. In 3 days we surpassed our goal,” the project creators said.

Some 95% of raised funds will be directed towards the film’s production budget, while 3% will be distributed on Gitcoin grants to support open-source Ethereum projects, and the remaining 2% will be sent as a donation to, an initiative to reduce global carbon emissions.

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To premiere in winter 2023, the film will approach Ethereum as an “infinite garden,” laying out its blockchain as a “decentralized ecosystem with soil, plants, and insects” instead of thinking of it as a “machine controlled by a central brain.” The idea of the infinite garden was conceptualized by Aya Miyaguchi, the executive director of the Ethereum Foundation.

The project creators dropped a series of Infinite Garden nonfungible tokens (NFTs) tied to select on-screen credits in the film. The top three backers have been awarded these three unique NFTs designed by digital artist Pplpleasr, who is known for providing visual work for films like Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman and Star Trek Beyond.


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Marvel reveals official NFTs will be available on VeVe marketplace by 2022

The VeVe virtual marketplace will soon have official nonfungible tokens and digital comic books from Marvel.

In a Thursday announcement, Marvel Entertainment said it had partnered with Orbis Blockchain Technologies to release nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, and digital collectibles on the VeVe marketplace app starting later this year. According to the entertainment company, the NFTs will include digital collectibles and comic books which Marvel fans can trade as well as display in virtual showrooms.

“We hope to expand the limits of what Marvel fandom can be, starting with personal and interactive digital collectibles that, through NFTs, fans can truly collect, share, and enjoy in a way that they have not been able to do before,” said Marvel’s vice president of business development and strategy Daniel Fink.

All the Marvel digital collectibles will be minted on the blockchain and be available for users to buy and sell to others on VeVe’s secondary marketplace with the in-app token Gems (GEM). The VeVe app accepts credit card payments for the tokens, and already offers digital collectibles with characters from DC Comics, Star Trek, and other franchises. Some of the more well known characters from Marvel include Wolverine, Spiderman, Iron Man, and Captain America.

Though Marvel has largely not been directly involved with the crypto space, individual artists can still offer their work featuring known characters. In February, an NFT featuring a Spiderman drawing by Adam Kubert sold for more than $25,000 on, a platform that allows users to create and auction rare art.

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In addition, digital assets and aspects of the crypto space have found their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The third episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series available on Disney+ had a reference to a $59 million Bitcoin (BTC) bounty.

The VeVe marketplace has reported it sold more than 580,000 NFTs since December 2020. Cointelegraph reported in May that NFT trading volume across the space could reach $175 million by October, with an industry market capitalization of $470 million.