Tomorrow night, I will be in the cinema ready for a double bill showing of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. This is what a year of speculation, marketing and excitement has led to. With many critics praising the film after the world premiere last night, there is only more anticipation building by the minute. This is no ordinary trip to the cinema, there has been pressure leading to this. Here is how you should prepare for the cultural event that is the screening of Avengers: Endgame.
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Before the Screening
- Make sure you take the essentials with you, these include tissues to use when something emotional happens, as well as snacks as this is a long film. For extra comfort for the three hours, take a cushion to get comfy with and a pee bucket (not advisable)
- We may be reaching the Endgame now, but there are always chances to come face to face with a dreaded spoiler. Whether you mute things on twitter such as certain characters, “death” or “spoiler”, or even turning off all social media until you get into the cinema, do whatever you feel is needed to limit your chances of having this cultural event spoiled.
- Give yourself a refresher of the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Whether you are doing a double bill midnight showing like myself, or just plan to watch a quick recap or the entire film beforehand, you want to go in knowing what this film has to follow and resolve.
Arriving at the Screening
- I am the sort of person that turns up to a screening early, but with this film you can get away with going either on time or whilst the trailers are on. You are already there for over three hours for the film, the last thing you need to do is sit down 40 mins early.
- Try and go to the toilet beforehand. It is reported that Kevin Feige has said that there are no good moments for a toilet break, so you do not want to miss a second of this film.
- Try and leave all expectations at the door. A full year of anticipation and pressure may overwhelm you, and make you feel disappointed in the film. There are critics out there that are not fully praising this film. We may end up disliking it, just like I felt slightly disappointed at the end of Infinity War in my first watch. We all want to love this film, but don’t go in with expectations so high no film can meet it.
After the Screening
- Do not immediately go online and talk spoilers. I know a lot of us are seeing it opening week, but we need to respect the fact that many people cannot do the same. Every fan deserves to have the same viewing experience of the film, so by all means rave about the film, but in a spoiler-free manner.
- Plan your next Endgame viewing. We all know we are possibly seeing this film more than once, because one time is not enough to focus on what could be a three-hour masterpiece. I already have my second showing booked, and many people have more than me in the first weekend.