Still weeks away from opening, “Avengers: Endgame” is already doing some damage.
The highly anticipated Marvel film, which is expected to seal the fate of the original Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes, kicked off advance ticket sales on Tuesday by breaking records and slowing down websites.
Atom and Fandango, which were featured as the points of purchase for the tickets, had highs and lows to contend with. Atom reported that in the first hour, the Marvel film had out-sold last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” threefold and outpaced the site’s first-hour sales for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” according to Deadline.
But by the time this reporter attempted to secure tickets, Atom’s website yielded a 504 time-out error.
Fandango had its own issues, too. Several users reported the site and app crashed, being kicked off the page or receiving estimated hourlong wait times. Our attempt to purchase tickets through the desktop website was met with a paused online queue that lasted more than 40 minutes.
The on-sale announcement was made Tuesday in a new teaser for the adventure flick, which features Earth’s mightiest heroes gearing up to take down the universe-snapping Thanos (Josh Brolin), who had been absent from the previous trailer.
There’s another peek at Captain Marvel (Brie Larsen) assembling the team in a spacecraft and pangs of emotion when Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) reunites with his beloved Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and later glimpses a photo of his missing mentee, Spider-Man (Tom Holland). He and Captain America (Chris Evans), though short-handed, also make nice.
Marvel Studios also revealed exclusive new character posters for IMAX, and the type of cameras that directors Anthony and Joe Russo used to film the movie. Artist BossLogic collaborated with the studio to make a poster that accompanied Atom ticket sales.
Disney announced Tuesday that 11 theaters in the U.S. will hold the Marvel Studios’ 22-Movie Marathon on April 23. The marathon will feature every film in the MCU, culminating with “Endgame,” at 5 p.m. local time on April 25.
“Avengers: Endgame” officially opens on April 26.