I've been watching Marvel movies for what feels like Infinity. Here's what I thought when I revisited the first 21 films before 'Avengers: Endgame.'
At a whopping 181 minutes, “Avengers: Endgame” joins the much-vaunted 'three-hour club' — members include “Titanic,” “Schindler's List,” and “Gone with the Wind.” Notably, none of those films co-starred a gun-toting space raccoon. Since its (relatively) humble origins in 2008's “Iron Man,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe has burgeoned and broadened into a full-blown cultural phenomenon, redefining serialized storytelling at the movies and drawing in countless A-listers and esteemed helmers. “Endgame,” out Thursday evening, had a 97 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this article's publication. It's a score you can be sure Marvel brass will promptly splash across its eve-of-release marketing campaign, though a closer look reveals that some critics are more measured in their praise than others (a site that summarizes reviews as either “fresh” or “rotten” doesn't leave much room for nuance).
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“Avengers: Endgame,” which comes out Thursday, is the final film in a 22-movie series of blockbusters that has spanned more than a decade. For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and that's a lot of people – this weekend will mark the end of an era. “I'm just beyond psyched,” Bellingham's Rubber Chicken Comics store owner Jay Pillarella said Tuesday. “Avengers: Endgame,” which comes out Thursday, is the final film in a 22-movie series of blockbusters that has spanned more than a decade. The Marvel Studios movies feature dozens of characters from Marvel comic books, including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, Black Widow, The Incredible Hulk and Spiderman. The movies do not follow
“You should've gone for the head.” So uttered Josh Brolin as Thanos last year, in Avengers: Infinity War, just before he snapped his gloved fingers and cut the population of the known universe in half. Even if you knew, logically, the scene was a lie waiting for a do-over, that sucker-punch ending became the water-cooler moment of 2018 — even for people who didn't work within 500 yards of an actual water cooler. The cries went out across the globe: A year? We can't wait a year to see how it turns out! That's sadism on top of sadism! Well, a year has come and gone. And now we have the extravagant — and mostly very gratifying — final chapter of this particular chunk of your filmgoing life. The
After nearly two dozen films and billions of dollars in ticket sales around the globe, the Avengers are gearing up for a final time -- and their last adventure could shatter all box office records. "Avengers: Endgame" is the final installment of a wildly ambitious 22-film arc featuring the beloved superheroes of the Marvel universe, many of them the creations of late comic book legend Stan Lee. After Monday's star-studded world premiere in Hollywood, the six original Avengers celebrated the end of the road Tuesday at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre.
Roll call! Avengers: Endgame is almost here, and with it comes the resolution to a story arc that started with Iron Man more than a decade ago. There have been 21 movies in total leading up to this point and a whole lot of characters to follow from each of them. Since virtually every single one will be showing up at some point or another in Endgame, we thought it might be helpful to step back for a moment and take stock. Where is everyone? What are they up to? What's their level of readiness as the final showdown with Thanos approaches? Read on to find out.... Alive and (probably) on Earth As we all know by now, a group of familiar faces was standing right there when Thanos snapped his fingers
With ticket presale records smashed around the globe, it feels like a guarantee that “Avengers: Endgame” will supplant “Avengers: Infinity War” as the biggest box office opening ever. But could it actually gross $1 billion in its opening weekend?The fact that Marvel Studios’ titanic blockbuster even has a puncher’s chance of hitting this mark speaks to the overwhelming demand that it has generated. Last year, “Infinity War” broke new ground on how big a blockbuster could open to with a $257.6 million domestic opening and a $640 million global launch. Both of those records are expected to be left in the dust.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' First Reactions Are in and People Love It: 'Fans Are Going to Go APESH-'But reaching $1 billion would require “Endgame” to soar beyond even the sky-high expectations that box office analysts are projecting. First, the film’s domestic opening would likely have to exceed $300 million, which would be a 16% increase in grosses over what “Infinity War” made in its opening. For now, analysts are keeping relatively cautious, projecting a still-record $270 million start.So how could “Avengers: Endgame” make the jump from $270 million to $300 million? Boxoffice Magazine analyst Shawn Robbins says that premium formats will play a major factor. Among the industry-record 4,600 screens that will present “Endgame” this weekend are more than 3,900 3D locations, 410 IMAX screens, 785 Premium Large Format screens and 250 D-Box/4D locations. The surcharge to see “Endgame” on any of these formats will give its weekend totals an extra boost.“In many areas of the country, moviegoers pay twice as much for an IMAX, Dolby, or other PLF ticket as they do for a standard screen. As those continue selling out morning and late-night shows around the standard matinee and evening business, the probability of unprecedented box office sales increases,” said Robbins.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' After Dark: Some Theaters Will Run Round-the-Clock ScreeningsAnother factor is the extra screenings that cinemas in major markets have made to answer the overwhelming demand. On Monday, AMC announced that 67 locations in top 10 markets will stay open at least overnight on Thursday with after-dark “Endgame” screenings, with 17 staying open for more than 72 hours. Likely only the most die-hard and desperate Marvel fans will want to see “Endgame” at 2 a.m. on Friday, but the creation of these extra screenings provides another source of revenue for the film that could push it to $300 million.Finally, there’s the one factor that analysts can’t predict: the word of mouth. Reactions from the film’s premiere have been predictably enthusiastic, and in general, Marvel Studios knows how to satisfy both critics and audiences. But if “Endgame” provides an ending that leaves fans gushing and ensures weeks of water-cooler talk, it could trigger even further walk-up business from casual audiences.Also Read: 'Captain Marvel' Gets 'Avengers'-Fueled Box Office Bump, Hits $400 Million DomesticThe shocking ending to “Infinity War,” capped by Peter Parker’s heartbreaking death, became a cultural touchstone akin to the Red Wedding on “Game of Thrones.” The memes and fan theories that it spawned became such a social juggernaut that “Endgame” has barely had to promote itself beyond a trailer revealing its title, and a handful of additional trailers and TV spots with footage taken almost entirely from just the first 20 minutes of the film.If “Endgame” provides an even bigger dose of catharsis for audiences — possibly through the expected exit for Chris Evans and Captain America — it will only cause walk-up sales on Saturday and Sunday to further surge.This word of mouth will also be essential outside the U.S., where “Endgame” has also set presale records in major overseas markets. Presale totals in China have reached $90 million, blowing past the $65 million in presales for “Infinity War.” In the U.K., where the ticketing website for Vue crashed within minutes of tickets going on sale, analytics firm Applaudience projects that the film will break the country’s $63.7 million opening weekend record, set by “Spectre” in 2015.In Brazil, “Endgame” surpassed the total number of presale tickets sold by “Infinity War” in just three days, with similar records broken in Australia, Spain and Mexico, among many other countries.If all of these countries see an opening weekend higher than “Infinity War,” a $1 billion opening will happen. The combined global opening total for “Infinity War” reached $830 million, including the $190 million made in China one week after its opening in all other major territories.Unlike “Infinity War,” “Endgame” will release in China on the same weekend as the rest of the world. If we take that $830 million figure as a baseline, then a $300 million U.S. opening and a $250 million Chinese opening would push “Endgame” to $933 million. A U.K. opening of $71 million — roughly $30 million higher than “Infinity War” — would bring the total to $963 million and leave “Endgame” needing $37 million more than what “Infinity War” made from all other countries to hit that elusive $1 billion opening mark.In other words, “Endgame” would have to set all-time opening weekend records in possibly dozens of countries. But if there’s any team that could do it, any cast of characters that could assemble literally hundreds of millions of moviegoers around the world in a single weekend, it’s the Avengers.“It seems like an insane number. To get there, it requires a perfect storm: record capacity, strong word of mouth beyond opening night, and a high share of premium screen ticket sales,” said Robbins. “But this is about as four-quad as a film gets.”Read original story Could ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Actually Make $1 Billion in Its Opening Weekend? At TheWrap
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The Final Scene looks at the last few minutes of some of the most well-known movies of the past fifty years. This week, in honour of the release of 'Avengers: Endgame', we're looking at 'Avengers: Infinity War'... Cliffhangers in movies are nothing new. In the '30s and '40s, the chapter plays - by their very nature - relied on cliffhangers in order to ensure people came back, but also to guide the story along. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been built around this idea, that each story leads into the next, which leads into the next, and so on and so on. With 'Avengers: Infinity War', the ending was what made the movie - and what sets it up for 'Avengers: Endgame'. The context surrounding 'Avengers: