This Year’s Easter Box Office Was The Worst In A Decade

This past weekend, the latest film in Warner Bros. and New Line’s Conjuring Universe, The Curse of La Llorona, opened to a solid $26.5 million. That exceeds expectations considering that some predictions had it struggling to make $20 million. And yet, the overperformance of The Curse of La Llorona was not enough to stop this year’s Easter weekend box office from being the worst in over a decade.

Including The Curse of La Llorona’s solid debut, the domestic box office returns over the holiday weekend amounted to an estimated $103 million. According to The Wrap, that’s down 22% from last Easter when Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Ready Player One was the big release. That $103 million is also the lowest the Easter weekend box office has been since 2005, when it totaled only $99 million, with the Ashton Kutcher comedy Guess Who leading the charge with $20 million.

It is true that the box office is in a slump this year compared to the highs of recent years, but this low Easter box office seems less a product of that and more the result of the calm before the Avengers: Endgame storm. Studios gave the Marvel event a wide berth, lest their films get snapped out of existence. So other than The Curse of La Llorona, the only other new wide releases over Easter weekend were Breakthrough and Penguins.

The faith-based Breakthrough capitalized on the Easter holiday with a third-place debut of $11 million. The latest Disneynature doc Penguins opened last Wednesday in advance of Monday’s Earth Day and made $2.4 million over the holiday weekend. A low-budget horror movie, a faith-based film and a nature doc are not exactly blockbusters to begin with, and the fact that Avengers: Endgame releases this week seems to have depressed audience turnout, with everyone preparing for the 3-hour MCU epic.

It wasn’t all bad though. Captain Marvel, which fell out of the top 5 last weekend, returned at number 4 over Easter, jumping 6% week over week to $9.1 million. That helped push the record-breaking film over $400 million domestic. That increase is perhaps the result of an Avengers: Endgame bump, as audiences rewatch MCU titles or get caught up before next week.

The Curse of La Llorona did manage to push Shazam! out of the top spot in its third weekend in release, but the DC superhero flick still pulled in $17 million to add to its solid run. Perhaps if last week’s Hellboy hadn’t crashed and burned so spectacularly in its opening, this Easter weekend box office wouldn’t have been the worst in 14 years. Alas, the attempted comic book reboot dropped 68% in its second weekend.

Despite this past weekend’s disappointing returns, in keeping with the spirit of the Easter holiday, the box office will rise again next weekend. Avengers: Endgame arrives on April 26 and all signs are pointing towards a massive opening ($300 million y’all, I think it’s happening), with some theaters running round the clock screenings over the weekend.

Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see all the big summer movies looking to help the box office rebound and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all your movie news.

The Original 6 Avengers’ Most Defining Scenes In the MCU

We’re in the endgame now. The Avengers movie we’ve been awaiting, theorizing about, obsessing over and anticipating more than any other movie for quite some time is finally coming to theaters this week. Avengers: Endgame has been marketed as the culmination of over a decade of Marvel films revolving around the core six who kicked this whole thing off. The original six Avengers also just happen to be some of the few heroes left after Thanos’ snap.

Since it’s distinctly possible we’ll be saying some goodbyes to the heroes at the center of this franchise phenomenon, let’s take a trip down memory lane to the moments in the MCU that were instrumental in defining the climax we’ll soon be witnessing. Avengers Assemble!

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man

I Am Iron Man

Iron Man kicked off the MCU back in 2008 with an unforgettable bang from Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark when he broke the superhero cardinal rule: announcing your identity… oh, and on live television. It was already a different kind of origin story about a billionaire playboy’s journey into creating his own tech to undo the damage his weapons company had created. The final moment of the film showed the new Marvel universe wouldn’t be playing the same game as Superman or Batman and making a mark of its own.

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man i

I Told You, I Don’t Want To Join Your Super Secret Boyband

After Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury makes his first appearance during the post-credit scene for Iron Man, the Avengers ringleader came back for the sequel to give Tony Stark a bit of an intervention on his recklessness midway through the film. He brings along Black Widow too on her first ever appearance in the MCU. It’s a funny scene that has Fury calling Stark out for what he’s doing wrong and helping him out on his hero work. While Stark is great at playing it off, he probably needed a dose of S.H.I.E.L.D. on his side at that moment before he had the Avengers.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in 2011 film

If He Be Worthy

Chris Hemsworth’s Thor has certainly come a long way since having bleached eyebrows and Natalie Portman’s Jane on his arm in his 2011 origin story. The quirky action flick introduced audiences to the complicated relationship between brothers Thor and Loki, culminating in the scene where Thor stands up to his brother (who’s controlling The Destroyer) by sacrificing himself in order to save the people on Earth. While he takes a pretty bad hit, it earns him the right to his iconic hammer from Odin. At the same time, it angers Loki further which later kicks off the events of The Avengers.

Chris Evans as Captain America in First Avenger

Peggy, I’m Gonna Need A Raincheck On That Dance

This scene gets me every. single. time. It’s the moment when Cap must force down the plane in order to save everyone while on the line with Peggy Carter. It’s also the scene that signals Steve Rogers’ ultimate sacrifice to become a hero, which he ends up needing to live with nearly 70 years later when he is dug out of some ice. As Cap’s journey continues, the past that could have been haunts him and his relationship with Peggy is an important one (even alluded to in an Endgame trailer).

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Avengers

I’m In The Middle Of An Interrogation

It’s crazy to imagine that just a few years ago in 2012, a showcase of female badassery such as Black Widow’s at the beginning of The Avengers was something new to be introduced on screen. Since we have Rey in Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and so on, but I distinctly remember the way Scarlett Johansson lights up this scene in particular feeling special. It was the start of an era for action flicks and this defining scene was certainly part of it. From her snark and the skilled choreography, this is the moment when we were all sold on Black Widow.

Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in Avengers

That’s My Secret Cap, I’m Always Angry

Aside from the snap, this might just be the most iconic moment in the MCU to date. As Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye deal with the chaos attacking New York, Bruce Banner later rides up on a motorcycle to help. While the character’s fear of losing control to the “other guy” is brought up throughout the film, here he embraces it with the above line and completes the Avengers team once he Hulks out. That iconic shot of the six of them in a circle taking on the alien army showed the power of the MCU as the team was successfully brought together.

Chris Evans with Sebastian Stan's bucky in Captain America: Winter Soldier

I’m Not Going To Fight You, You’re My Friend

Skipping to Captain America: Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers grapples with his past in a big way when he ends up in a showdown fight with his ol’ pal Bucky (a.k.a. Winter Soldier) in the finale of the film. A brainwashed Bucky is beating Cap up real good, but he refuses to fight with his best friend, even trying to jog his memory to help him remember. It’s a clever work of irony that the one piece of his past he can have is the person who he is at odds with. While the relationship between them never seem to feel like the ‘40s, an ounce of Bucky does come through when he saves Cap from drowning.

Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Did You Bring Auntie Nat?

The MCU has always struggled a bit to give Hawkeye a story arc for the audience to care about, especially when he wasn’t given a movie of his own prior and his abilities are objectively less impressive than his fellow members. Avengers: Age of Ultron helped turned that around when it was revealed that Hawkeye has a family of his own living out somewhere in a safehouse set up by Fury. His wife (Linda Cardellini) and kids surprise the other Avengers when they turn up to the house and Natasha has a cute banter with them. The scene helped to humanize Clint and get us more interested in his double life.

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man and Don Cheadle as War Machine in Captain America: Civil War

We’re Still Friends, Right?

Fans were divided into Team Cap and Team Iron Man in the event film Captain America: Civil War that had a bit of the old and new team of heroes fighting against each other based on principle. It will be hard to soon forget the airport battle that had Spider-Man, Ant-Man and Black Panther being featured in the mix, along with most of the original Avengers punching it out in a dynamic we’re not used to. Black Widow and Hawkeye going head-to-head was really fun, along with Cap and Spidey, but when Rhodey got hurt, it took a turn for the serious.

Captain America and Iron Man fighting in Civil War

I Can Do This All Day

Civil War went for another unexpected match-up of hero versus hero when Iron Man and Captain America ended up getting into a heated fist fight over what should be done with Bucky, who is revealed to be the killer of Stark’s parents, but is still Cap’s old bestie. It was a heartbreaking moment to watch as the heroes who once worked side-by-side were violently going at each other until Cap pins Iron Man on the floor and walks away with Bucky as he yells “That shield doesn’t belong to you. You don’t deserve it. My father made that shield.”

Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok

Are You Thor? The God of Hammers?

After Thor: Ragnarok delivered a completely different (and welcome) side of Odinson thanks to Taika Waititi’s direction, the third Thor film also upgraded his powers as well to someone much more powerful than a big hunk with a hammer. After Hela rips out his eye and looks to be doing quite well for herself in taking over Asgard, Thor is able to see a vision of his father, who tells him that the hammer isn’t the source of his power, but a way to wield it. To “Immigrant Song,” Thor comes out with this thunderous powers and with some help from Hulk and the gang, takes down her army. His newfound powers come in handy for Thanos, but aren’t quite enough…

Josh Brolin as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War

You Should Have Gone For The Head

This scene brings us up to speed to the jaw-dropping events of Infinity War where the Avengers actually fail to stop Thanos from possessing all the Infinity Stones and wiping out half of all life in the universe. The scene when the core Avengers have to watch as heroes all around them turn to dust and they are powerless to stop it is truly one we won’t soon forget, especially since it’s so untypical for them to not save the day. The ending was a complete shock at the end of the movie, especially when they were so close to victory. It showed the Avengers are flawed and not at a place of unity.

What’s next for the Avengers? We’ll know soon when Endgame hits theaters on April 26. What are your favorite moments in the MCU so far? Let us know in the comments below!

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Marvel Is Making A Supercut Of Stan Lee Cameos And Unused Footage

It’s a very exciting time to be a Marvel fan. Avengers: Endgame is days away from arriving in theaters, and Disney’s merger with Fox means that comic book favorites like the Fantastic Four and X-Men may make their way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And although there’s plenty to celebrate in the world of Marvel comics, it’s sad that visionary Stan Lee is no longer with us to enjoy it all.

But while Stan Lee passed away in November, he’s still got a few more appearances on screen. Lee was known for his fantastic Marvel cameos, able to steal the show with one quick line reading. And it looks like Marvel Studios has found another way to honor him, by compiling all his cameos and even some unused footage into one epic tribute. As Kevin Feige recently revealed:

Well, this is exciting. In addition to compiling Stan Lee’s countless cameos, it looks like the new tribute video will also include deleted scenes and B-roll of the comic book visionary at work. In short: excelsior!

Kevin Feige’s comments to EW are sure to delight the generations of Marvel fans who are missing Stan Lee during this exciting time in film history. Avengers: Endgame will be the cumulation of 21 movies and a decade of filming, and Stan Lee was there throughout almost all of it. The comic book creator always delighted in seeing Marvel’s finest on the big screen, and Endgame has been teased to be bigger and better than anything we’ve seen before.

Given how delightful Stan Lee was up until his death at age 95, many moviegoers who would love to see extra footage of the Stan the Man in action. Many of his MCU roles included one liners, but that doesn’t mean those were the only lines offered. Typically Lee tried a few different versions of his cameos, so there should be plenty of unused footage to mine from. So while Avengers: Endgame may be his final cameo in the MCU, the public should expect new clips from him regardless.

The stakes for Avengers: Endgame are already sky high, but Stan Lee’s cameo gives the upcoming blockbuster yet another goal to live up to. Luckily for us all, Endgame looks like it will do just that. The early response from the movie’s premiere is overwhelmingly positive, and The Russo Brothers might just top the massive success of Infinity War.

Stan Lee will return to screens when Avengers: Endgame arrives on April 26th. In the meantime, check out CinemaBlend’s Endgame death pool, and be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Letitia Wright Found Out About Shuri’s Infinity War Fate Just Like The Rest Of Us

It’s a very exciting week for Marvel fans, as Avengers: Endgame is finally arriving in theaters. It’s been a long year of waiting since Infinity War hit theaters, and shocked moviegoers by having Thanos win over the good guys. Audiences were left to watch in horror as countless characters faded to dust before our eyes, in a twist ending no one was expecting.

But there were a few characters whose fate was left vague, as they weren’t seen being dusted in the Wakandan field. Chief among them is T’Challa’s sister Shuri, playing by Letitia Wright. Shuri was confirmed to be dusted when Endgame‘s character posters hit the internet, leaving fans disappointed about the genius princess. It turns out that Wright found out about Shuri the same way, recently saying:

Same, Letitia Wright. Same.

Letitia Wright’s comments to Marvel Entertainment come from the Avengers: Endgame purple carpet at last night’s premiere. And they’re likely going to surprise many fans, who thought that the actors at least knew whether they lived or died. But Wright was kept in the dark like everyone else, which just shows how tight security is at Marvel Studios. Especially when it comes to Endgame.

When we last saw Shuri, she was attempting to separate Vision’s consciousness from the Mind Stone. She warned it wold be a long process, but the Black Order brought massive forces that eventually put Shuri in the fray. She briefly faced off against Corvus Glaive with her Gauntlets, before he and Vision came to blows and flew out the window. Letitia Wright’s character wasn’t seen again, and wasn’t shown turning to dust alongside the rest of the Avengers and Guardians.

The first Avengers: Endgame trailer showed Shuri among the fallen characters, but some fans thought this might be a red herring. The Russo Brothers have already admitted to putting fake footage into trailers, allowing moviegoers to be truly surprised by the film’s contents. But once the movie’s character posters arrived last month, Shuri’s fate was sealed. She was one of the many characters to get a black and white poster, meaning she was dusted as a result of The Decimation

With both Shuri and T’Challa gone, Wakanda is without a ruler. What happened to the technologically advanced society after half the population vanished?

Answers will come when Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 26th. In the meantime, fill out CinemaBlend’s Endgame death pool, and be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Family Does ‘Not Approve’ Of The Tolkien Biopic

The Lord of the Rings movies were one of the most epic undertakings in cinema history. It’s only fitting that the man behind those stories gets some screen time of his own, right? That’s the idea behind Tolkien the new biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien that stars Nicholas Hoult as the man who wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. However, on the eve of the film’s release, the family of Tolkien has said they do not endorse the new movie.

It’s certainly not uncommon for family of a biopic subject to be critical of a film. It can frequently happen after a movie has been released and it is seen just how the movie takes license with the real life story, changing events in order to make a better movie, even if it’s not perfectly historically accurate.

However, in this case, THR reveals that nobody in the Tolkien family has actually seen the movie in question. They’re not criticizing the movie or any particular element of it. That’s not the point of the statement. Instead, this appears to be a more preemptive move. The family doesn’t want there to be any confusion surrounding how the film was made. Nobody from the Tolkien family was consulted or gave approval to have the movie made in the first place and the family is simply putting this fact on record now.

Tolkien is set for release May 10 and tells the story of the author as a young man, including how events in his life, such as World War I, helped shape his life and lead to the creation of the epic fantasy world he is best known for.

It’s certainly understandable that the family of J.R.R. Tolkien would want to be sure to tell the world that they were not involved in the new film in any way. It would be easy for some to make the assumption that they were, many who never hear of this statement will likely do just that.

At the same time, since nobody has seen the movie yet, it’s certainly possible that Tolkien tells its story with an even hand that the family will end up appreciating. It’s equally possible that the movie will turn out to be a good one, even if it does play fast and loose with the truth.

If the movie does change things drastically in a way that the family doesn’t like, we’ll likely hear more from the family about that. The family of Don Shirley made their problems with Oscar winning film Green Book known as they felt the movie was inaccurate in some respects and that’s far from the first time such a thing has happened.

Nobody likes to see their family portrayed in a negative or incorrect fashion. At the same time, sometimes the stories of real people are simply better stories than anything a fiction writer could possibly come up with.

John Boyega Doesn’t Think He’ll Play Finn Again After The Rise Of Skywalker

The Star Wars franchise has been rolling out new and exciting content over the past few years, thanks to Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm. There’s been standalone films and the upcoming Mandalorian TV series, although all eyes are still on the main franchise. The sequel trilogy and Skywalker Saga will come to an end with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is set to arrive in theaters this holiday season.

The generations of Star Wars fans are eager to see how J.J. Abrams wraps up so many stories, including the decades-long narrative that began with George Lucas’ A New Hope. Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has teased that the characters from the sequel trilogy may pop up in the myriad developing future movies, but John Boyega doesn’t seem to agree. When asked about reprising Finn in a future installment he said:

Well, that seems pretty cut and dry. While other sequel characters may appear in the movies being developed by Lucasfilm, we should count Finn out. John Boyega things The Rise of Skywalker is the perfect final for his Stormtrooper turned Rebel.

John Boyega’s comments to MTV News should illicit a mixed bag of emotions from the Star Wars fandom. One one hand, moviegoers may be disappointed to see that The Rise of Skywalker will be our last outing with Finn. He’s one of the trio of new protagonists, and we’ve seen his journey toward the light side of The Force. And now that he’s a full fledged Resistance Leader, fans might want more time with him.

Then again, John Boyega’s feelings may speak very highly for the quality of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. There is a ton of pressure for J.J Abrams to deliver with the threequel, and meet all the film’s expectations. The blockbuster must complete the story he started with The Force Awakens, and reveal the fates of the new heroes and Adam Driver’s constantly conflicted Kylo Ren.

But The Rise of Skywalker is also the last film in a nine-movie narrative begun by George Lucas back in 1977. J.J. Abrams will have to give General Leia a proper sendoff, through unused footage of Carrie Fisher from the previous films. Mark Hamill is also in the cast, and the first trailer revealed that even Palpatine will factor into the story.

With all of those balls in the air, its going to take some serious filmmaking to satisfy the fans. But if John Boyega things The Rise of Skywalker is a fitting end to Finn, then perhaps the fandom can rest easy, and make it until December.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will arrive in theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Sean Gunn Explains Why Brother James Wasn’t At The Avengers: Endgame Premiere

Last night was the premiere of Avengers: Endgame. It was an event over 10 years in the making and nearly everybody who has ever been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was in attendance to see how the story came to an end. However, one person who was conspicuous by his absence was James Gunn. The Guardians of the Galaxy director did not attend the gala event last night, but according to his brother, Sean Gunn, explained that he was there in spirit.

To be fair, James Gunn certainly does have a lot of work on his plate right now. He has not one, but two blockbuster comic book team up movies to write and direct in the coming months. One of those, the sequel to Suicide Squad, is set to go before cameras before too long, so it’s very possible that Gunn just couldn’t pull himself away. If that script isn’t ready, then there is work that needs to be done.

At the same time, for many, James Gunn is a man as directly linked to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise as any filmmaker is to any part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sean Gunn isn’t just talking when he tells THR that James Gunn’s thoughts are at the premiere, that has to be true. The director called the script to Guardians 3 “his heart” when he finished it.

James Gunn has certainly had one of the more interesting career paths of the last 10 months. The writer was fired from his position as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 last July, following the unearthing of some less than flattering statements but was then rehired sometime later, though that fact only came to light recently. In the interim, Gunn had made the deal to write The Suicide Squad, and he will direct that movie before moving on to do Guardians 3 after all.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, James Gunn has kept something of a low profile ever since the events that led to his firing. Gunn used to be incredibly prolific on Twitter, but he left the service after issuing yet another apology for the tweets that got him in trouble. Since then, he’s only tweeted three times. Once to thank the people who supported him after the news of his return to Marvel had been announced, and twice to help promote the upcoming film Brightburn which he helped produce.

Whether Gunn is still simply trying to stay out of the limelight, or he’s truly buried in work, or some combination of the two, is hard to know, but it likely won’t last too much longer. Once The Suicide Squad goes into production it will be hard to keep a low profile. The promotional machine, including social media, will be in full swing and DC likely won’t want Gunn to stay quiet at that point.

If anything, it’s too bad James Gunn wasn’t at the premiere because by all accounts the movie is something special.

Final Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Trailer Teases A Ton Of Destruction

We’ve been pretty talkative about that whole Avengers: Endgame movie here, and for good reason. It looks like an all-out spectacle that’ll take our breath away and make us believe in magic at the movies. But it might also bring some extra special wonder for the month ahead, as we’ve just gotten a hold of a new trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and it looks absolutely stunning. Watch the destruction yourself, below:

So this time out, Godzilla: King of the Monsters has treated us to a new cover of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” that totally compliments the action and adventure being shown in this clip. And with that new music, comes a new tune for the story to follow: the quest for an alpha kaiju.

As we hear in various voice-overs throughout this trailer, the Titans are returning, and they all answer to one dominant creature in their ranks. King Ghidorah is the current alpha, but with 17 Titans confirmed as active, there’s a lot of competition that could unseat his reign. Given the title of the film is Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and the legendary Toho creation is usually the horse to back in these scenarios, we’re going to put our money on the lizard that breathes atomic fire.

But at the heart of this exploration of socio-political dealings in the Titan world is a family story, which sees Vera Farmiga’s Monarch operative trying to loose these Titans upon the Earth, and Kyle Chandler as her estranged, anti-Titan husband. Both parties are trying to do what’s best for their daughter, played by Millie Bobby Brown, who seems to be sharing a special connection with some of these larger than life beasts.

It’s true that Godzilla: King of the Monsters is going to be a destructive thrill ride, with some gorgeous scenery and wisecracks courtesy of Bradley Whitford. But there’s obviously a big beating heart that’s going to be at work at the center of director Michael Dougherty’s follow-up to 2014’s Godzilla. And if you don’t believe that, go back and take a look of that shot with Ken Watanabe having a Dr. Grant from Jurassic Park moment with Godzilla himself.

Avengers: Endgame is going to leave a huge crater in its wake, with very few films able to make their way through the dust and into the light. Godzilla: King of the Monsters keeps looking like one of those winners with every moment it’s shown us, and we can’t wait to see the finished product in the near future. Let them fight again, for the crown.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomps into theaters with a look in its eye, and danger on its mind, on May 31st. And if you’re an HBO subscriber, you can check out an exclusive clip with some more fantastic action involving Titans, set to the tune of “Nessun Dorma.”

Avengers: Endgame Has Screened, Here’s What People Are Saying

Avengers: Endgame poster

Avengers: Endgame had its world premiere last night, and that means there are a select group of people walking this earth who know how it all ends. Those people know, but they’re not talking, because they’re decent human beings. They are, however, talking in much more broad strokes about what they thought of Endgame as a whole. In a word, well, it was a marvel. Critics began tweeting their thoughts after the premiere last night and not only are they basically overwhelmingly positive, they’re flat out in shock.

CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg was one of the people lucky enough to attend the premiere, and he is still coming to terms with what he saw.

This can’t be understated: Avengers Endgame is everything you want it to be and more. I am absolutely floored. A perfect reflection on the last 11 years that pays off everything in the best way possible. Without question my new favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Stunned.

Fans are likely breathing a sigh of relief right about now. The build up to Avengers: Endgame has been immense. Infinity War left things with an incredible conclusion that even those familiar with the story weren’t necessarily expecting. It was hard for people to imagine how Marvel would top that.

And that’s the challenge after all. Ending a story isn’t easy. Finding a way to make things satisfying for the audience, especially because expectations are so high, is that much harder. However, Slashfilm‘s Peter Sciretta says that expectations will be met, and likely exceeded. Also, bring tissues…

Imagine the best possible version of Avengers Endgame and somehow the film still surpasses all expectations. I cried 5-6 times. It’s the most emotional, most epic, MCU film. A tribute to ten years of this universe and holy shit the great fan service in this movie. Soooo good.

Certainly, nobody could have imaged 11 years ago when the first Iron Man was released that the experiment that was the Marvel Cinematic Universe would become quite this successful. When The Avengers came out and set box office records that was an achievement all on its own. And yet, things continued forward and a story began to take shape that as eventually going to lead things to an even bigger conclusion.

Spoiler heavy material has leaked onto the internet, a difficult thing to avoid happening with something this in demand, but hopefully most fans have successfully avoided it. Kara Warner of People urges all fans to go in to the movie knowing as little as possible.

Wow Avengers Endgame. Just wow. What a supremely satisfying film. See it as soon as you can and go in as blind as possible.

Leaked videos notwithstanding, Marvel has done a remarkable job of keeping a lid on things. Even the trailers, while they’ve given us the film’s basic setup, really haven’t shown us much beyond that. I doubt there’s a single shot in the trailers that doesn’t come from the first hour of the movie, and considering the film is three hours long, that leaves a lot of additional material that we know essentially nothing about.

Does anybody have a bad thing to say at all about Avengers: Endgame. Not really. One of the few critical statements I could find came from i09‘s Germain Lussier, who admitted that the film is long, which means that it actually felt long, and that it’s not entirely perfect. Beyond that, still amazed.

Wow. Avengers Endgame is staggering. It’s surprising in ways I never saw coming and satisfying in ways I didn’t realize I needed. It’s kind of the ultimate gift to fans of the MCU. It’s very long and has a few hiccups, but is everything you’re hoping for and more.

People have been waiting for more than a decade through more than 20 movies to get to this point. If you’ve seen them all, you’ve certainly been on a journey. Fandango‘s Erik Davis says that dedication will be rewarded, as Endgame is actually able to expand on the entire MCU and make you see the entire series in a new way.

Avengers Endgame is a masterful epic – a true culmination of 22 films that not only concludes the story, but expands upon it. You’ll learn more about the other movies while this one unfolds. If Infinity War is the brawn, Endgame is the brains. And wow, what an ending!

Is there anything at all to be critical of? Well, as one might expect of a three hour epic of a movie, it’s a slow build. Yolanda Machado admits that younger viewers may not get behind some of the slower bits, and it sounds like there might also be some scarier parts, but in the end, it’s all worth it.

More on Avengers Endgame. The story is a long, slow build but the payoff is fantastic. Kids under 10 might not handle the first half, for a few reasons, but older kids will dig it. I cried, and there’s one moment I just screamed YASSSS!!! Then I cried some more. I just loved it.

If it was possible for Avengers: Endgame to be hyped any more than it already has been, that seems to have been accomplished. The good news is that all corners seem to indicate that’s ok, as the movie will meet or exceed all of our expectations. If it was able to work for basically everybody in attendance at the premier in that way, then it will almost certainly satisfy theaters full of people when it debuts this weekend.

In the end, it’s not a question of if Avengers: Endgame is going to be big, it’s just a question of how big it will be. Any worry that Endgame wasn’t going to stick the landing should be gone now. Will the end of this epic story become the highest grossing movie of all-time? The film has already set pre-sale records, meaning the movie will likely set opening weekend records. The fact that some theaters are running screenings overnight will help that too.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had no shortage of epic moments, but it seems like we may have several more in store for us very soon. What happens next? Not even those at the premiere know the answer to that, if they do, they’re not saying.

Full reviews for Avengers: Endgame will be hitting later today, so if you want more information, come back to CinemaBlend this afternoon.

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The Avengers: Endgame Premiere Didn’t Reveal If There Will Be A Post-Credits Scene

The Marvel Cinematic Universe changed the game for film franchises, most memorably with the standard inclusion of post credits scenes that would set up a future installment once the action of the current film had ended. So naturally, with the clock ticking down towards the release of Avengers: Endgame this weekend, there’s a pretty big question looming in the air: will there be an ending tag for the end of the Infinity Saga? The answer, at the moment, is, maybe?

We say this because after last night’s big Hollywood premiere of Avengers: Endgame, the credits were actually cut off. Instead of running those customary names of people that worked on the film, and their respective roles, the cast and directors went up to the stage of the Los Angeles Convention Center and delivered some heartfelt speeches.

Admittedly, that’s not the answer that fans want to hear involving whether or not Avengers: Endgame ties up its 11 year journey of learning and betterment of oneself will have that last surprise. However, it’s not the first time that this sort of strategy was used.

In fact, going back as far as The Avengers in 2012, that film was shown at its very premiere without a post credits stinger. This left the audience, already primed to expect one or two extra moments, with the very same question we are asking today. So while no footage has been seen of any sort of coda to Avengers: Endgame, we’re totally thinking that it’s going to be in there. It’s just behind a Marvel Studios secrecy wall that we haven’t seen past yet.

CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg was at the Hollywood premiere of Avengers: Endgame last night, on hand to take in the splendor himself for the film’s big night. Not only can he confirm that there was no post-credits scene, but he also gave the following reaction to the film on Twitter:

As for what to expect in this hypothetical, but still possibly absent, post credits scene to Avengers: Endgame? Well, there’s a lot of ways it could go. We could see Peter Parker’s first words after being restored to life in time to have his adventure in Phase 3’s big finale, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Or, there might be some tease as to where Captain Marvel may go next in her adventures.

Perhaps Kevin Feige had someone shoot a Shang Chi teaser with their iPhone and a special lens, with that footage being tweaked in the editing bay as we speak. The big point is, we don’t know. But that’s part of the fun with going to see a Marvel Cinematic Universe film on opening weekend, as when any story’s door closes it tends to open the window to the future. We don’t have long to wait, as Avengers: Endgame lands on our collective cinematic doorstep on Thursday night. So there’s still time for you get a couple of the vital films to watch before heading out into your schedule.