by Matthew Escosia
‘Avengers: Endgame’ is finally showing in cinemas nationwide. Tickets are selling crazy, and some theaters extending their operations up to 24 hours to have more screenings. No other recent movie has gone to generate this amount of mass support as large as this, even with its predecessor ‘Infinity War’ or perhaps, the final Harry Potter film ‘Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ in 2011.
I have seen ‘Endgame’ on repeated viewings already, and on a rare instance, the reactions I hear from the crowd in all of my viewings have been the same. It’s as if I was seeing it with them for the first time. Truly, a film worth seeing in a packed movie house.
The movie was a proper culmination of these films under the brand’s cinematic universe. I was very pleased with how it was turned out. If you haven’t watched ‘Endgame,’ I prepared a few notes you can do to prepare for what’s about to come, because everyone deserves the best experience for such a large movie as this. No spoilers here, of course.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to watch all Marvel movies prior to this.
Obviously, you need to watch ‘Infinity War’ before the movie, but ‘Endgame’ brings back a lot of familiar, if not, important callbacks that watching where it came from seems a requirement. The other titles you are required to see are ‘Iron Man 2’ (2010), ‘Avengers’ (2012), ‘Thor: The Dark World’ (2013), ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (2014), ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (2014), ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2015), and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ (2018).
No pee breaks
The film runs at 3 hours long, but it doesn’t seem like it. The entire thing is paced interestingly, with the running time feeling like it passes by rapidly. Although there are slow moments, everything in ‘Endgame’ is not wasted. Take it easy on those liquids!
Pick a cinema with a great set of sounds and projection
Every format available in theaters nationwide (IMAX, 3D, 2D, etc.) is showing ‘Endgame,’ so all options are laid down for you. There is a large sequence in the movie that will be best served in your preferred cinema because the first viewing can be sacred.
Stay off of social media
The internet can be a dark place and full of spoilers. A lot of people have seen the film already, and I can assure that most of the “spoilers” they are actually posting are actually valid. ‘Endgame’ has too many surprises that coming in with a clueless perspective is where you can experience it best.
I did not cry in ‘Endgame,’ but I know a lot of people did. The way the film concludes feels like magic, tying in everything Marvel has assembled in one, large gathering. This is not a guarantee you will cry during ‘Endgame,’ but I’m confident that some of you will. It’s not really a problem to bring tissues, eh?
Don’t read too much. Come in clean!
I tried to stray away to as many promotional materials as possible for ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ I refrain from predicting theories because they can really subvert your perspective in the eventual product. I will end this here and allow you to finally savor it for the first time.
Rest assured, you will at some point have a fun time with ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Oh, and don’t forget to buy your tickets very early, because the box office line can be pretty long. Just a heads up.