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.
What did the marathon ticket include? A reserved seat for viewing every movies involving the Avengers — that’s 22, including “Endgame” — seven meals, a souvenir popcorn tin (+ 2 refills of popcorn), 3 bottled drinks, an exclusive poster, souvenir blanket, collectible coin, a comfort kit, raffles and more.
Here’s the journey (in tweets) one reporter took to get to the 5 p.m. launch of “Endgame”:
Four films, 10 hours into @MarvelStudios Marathon @ElCapitanThtre-Hollywood. Rep from @YMCA led the crowd in stretches before dinner break w/food trucks. Only 18 movies, 2 days to go till #AvengersEndgamePremiere. #WhateverItTakes pic.twitter.com/tndXuUyN6v— Randy Lewis (@RandyLewis2) April 24, 2019
Maybe it’s having been up almost 24 hours, or dozing a time or two during “Thor: The Dark World,” but I swear that Malekith, in one of his growls Dark Elf language speeches, said something that sounded a LOT like “covfefe.” That explains a lot. @MarvelStudios Marathon. pic.twitter.com/kTLQ4GDyzo— Randy Lewis (@RandyLewis2) April 24, 2019
Actress #ColbieSmulders aka Agent #MariaHill of S.H.I.E.L.D., held a quick Q&A ahead of “#Avengers: Age of Ultron,” movie #11 in the MCU 22-movie marathon @ElCapitanThtre-Hollywood. So we’re at the halfway point before tomorrow’ evening’s #AvengersEndgame” premiere. #StayAwake pic.twitter.com/TXJ74GpqTy— Randy Lewis (@RandyLewis2) April 24, 2019
Nice to be able to find @PaulRudd’s Star on @LAWalkOfFame outside @EgyptianTheatre right after seeing “@AntMan,” film #12 in @MarvelStudios Marathon. Plus #CubaGoodingJr, @ChrisPratt & Mark @HamillHimself. Wanna play Which one does not belong? pic.twitter.com/g2MFKYftD7— Randy Lewis (@RandyLewis2) April 24, 2019
Another guest @MarvelComics Marathon tonight @ElCapitanThtre-Hollywood: @SeanGunn, aka #Kraglin, in #GuardiansoftheGalaxy,, aka writer-director @JamesGunn’s brother. His spoiler ahead of “Guardians 2”: “I’m great in it...you freakin’ maniacs.” pic.twitter.com/q31t4NAvgG— Randy Lewis (@RandyLewis2) April 25, 2019
Day 3, film No. 19 coming up in the @MarvelStudios Marathon @ElCapitanThtre-Hollywood. Reps from @Nerdist introducing most of the movies with trivia and other nonsense. I’m punchy but still engaged after 48 hours in this theater. pic.twitter.com/LZDDWzJyOL— Randy Lewis (@RandyLewis2) April 25, 2019
Down to the wire. Up now: @CaptainMarvel, which today becomes the penultimate film in the @MarvelStudios extended saga. Final prelude in the 22-movie, 65-hour marathon @ElCapitanThtre preceding #AvengersEngamePremiere tonight. The suspense is killing me. pic.twitter.com/IVU3oTkMp8— Randy Lewis (@RandyLewis2) April 25, 2019
Mission accomplished: I traversed the entirety of the 3-day, 22-movie @MarvelStudios marathon capped by #AvengersEndgamePremiere @ElCapitanThtre-Hollywood. That’s a LOT of time in superhero world. But to borrow a phrase: #ICouldDoThisAllDay pic.twitter.com/xrnpifRkQG— Randy Lewis (@RandyLewis2) April 26, 2019