AMC’s MCU marathon is back. And it’s 31 hours long.
The movie theater chain first introduced the insane endeavor in 2015 ahead of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. That Marvel marathon cost the lives of no one and the sanity of many, but it seems like a cake walk compared to the 31-hour monstrosity that AMC is holding ahead of Avengers: Infinity War. Because in the three years since the last marathon, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has swelled to 18 (!) movies. At least this marathon doesn’t include the TV shows.
AMC knows you love Marvel movies. But the question is, do you love them enough to watch 18 of them for 31 hours straight?
AMC’s website promotes its Avengers: Infinity War marathon, which is listed as having a 31-hour duration. The dates for the event have not been named and the locations for this marathon have not yet been announced. But we can assume this will take place on April 26, the day before Infinity War‘s April 27 release date.
So who is this event for? Assuredly not for the average moviegoer, who has probably missed a Marvel movie or two leading up to the penultimate Avengers sequel, Infinity War. No, this is a test of willpower.
Because this 2018 marathon is essentially a day and a half of sitting sleep-deprived in a dark theater. No normal person would do this, except for maybe die-hard Marvel fans and unhinged journalists itching to test their mental well-being and sense of smell (for what it’s worth, we’re already talking about which /Film staff member is going to undergo this).
There’s no question that the idea of a 31-hour Marvel movie marathon will bring in legions of fans. The comic book movie studio has become a box office and cultural juggernaut since it was launched with 2008’s Iron Man. Its 18 films have made $14.6 billion worldwide — a total that’s climbing every week with the ongoing runaway success of Black Panther.
As the culmination of 18 films worth of lead-up, Avengers: Infinity War is posed to be another record-breaking hit. And a slew of Marvel movies will follow, including Ant-Man and the Wasp in July 2018 and Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019. By the time Avengers 4 rolls around on May 3, 2019, the MCU will be up to 22. Now that MCU marathon will be straight-up insane.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27, 2018.
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
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