“Avengers: Endgame” continued its theatrical reign into a second weekend, swallowing the bulk of the box office and leaving newcomers such as “The Intruder,” “Long Shot” and “UglyDolls” to fight for scraps.
“We think that characters are most compelling when they travel the greatest distance,” said Joe Russo, one half of the directing duo behind Marvel’s box office record-shattering blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame.”
When screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were hired to write both “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame” back in 2015, they were basically given free rein to conclude the most successful superhero blockbuster franchise in cinematic history.
After 11 years, 22 films and more than $19 billion in box office grosses, Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” marks a culmination of sorts for the superhero blockbuster franchise, shattering records in its first weekend of release.
Along the path to “Avengers: Endgame,” there was a 21-movie pit stop — a marathon viewing of every Avengers-related Marvel film starting with 2008’s “Iron Man” — that included between-film appearances by Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes) and Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill), plus Hulk-shaped fruit drinks to sip while lounging in the comfy confines of Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre.
When Marvel Studios revealed 32 character posters in promotion of the upcoming “Avengers: Endgame,” the highly-anticipated follow-up to last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” fans took note of Thor ally Valkyrie’s inclusion.