‘Avengers: Endgame’: Fans and Theaters Assemble for Biggest Marvel Movie Ever

Variety | 4/24/2019 | Rebecca Rubin
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For San Diego resident Shawn Richter, “Avengers: Endgame” is more than the conclusion to a monumental period in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the West Coast branch chair of Avengers Initiative, a cosplay charity that raises money for causes like the Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities, the comics of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby are deeply woven into Richter’s identity. On Monday, Richter and girlfriend Lisa Lower were invited to the world premiere of “Endgame.” As they walked down the purple carpet packed with everyone from Chris Hemsworth to Brie Larson, Richter popped the question. Spoiler alert: she said yes.

As Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, and the surviving Avengers gear up to battle the marble-skinned baddie known as Thanos, superfans are bracing for what is expected to be the highest-grossing weekend in moviegoing history.

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It would be an understatement to say anticipation for “Avengers: Endgame” is sky-high. Movie theater chains across the globe are struggling to keep with with demand, scrambling to add as many showtimes as possible for the superhero tentpole, which serves as an end of sorts to a sprawling 22-film franchise that started with 2008’s “Iron Man.” Fandango reported that over 4,000 “Avengers: Endgame” showtimes have sold out across the country, and the ticketing service is continuously posting new screens. Some theaters are staying open for 72 hours straight starting Thursday evening to ensure no dollar gets turned down. Some soon to be sleep-deprived moviegoers have even booked tickets to 2:30 a.m. screenings of the three-hour epic. They’re sacrificing a humane bedtime for bragging rights and the chance to see the film in its first weekend.

“We continue to add shows, and they continue to sell out,” said Brock Bagby, executive VP of B&B Theaters. “We put it on as many screens as we legally could due to...
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