Relive the Hype of Avengers: Endgame's Opening Night Reactions With This Thrilling Video

Take us away, Mister Rogers.
Take us away, Mister Rogers.
Image: Marvel Studios

Right now, going to the theater isn’t just an absolute impossibility, in many places, the thought of being in a tightly-packed room full of people, no matter how excited, is enough to fill you with a sense of dread. Just a year ago when the world was sitting down to watch Avengers: Endgame, that wasn’t the case, and now you can relive that suddenly alien sensation.

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The way time works in the covid-19 pandemic is weird enough as it is, but when you throw out the fact that Avengers: Endgame only came out last year—and not, say, three lifetimes ago, which is how it feels—it only feels weirder to look back on these cleverly edited videos shared on Twitter by Scott Gustin.

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Splicing off-cam audience reaction sound from an Endgame opening night screening with the crisp footage from Endgame’s home release, the two videos—depicting the moment Steve Rogers reveals his worthiness and lifts Mjlonir into battle, and then the “Avengers Assemble” scene—are a marvelous trip. Not just to relive the excitement of these moments that took a decade of build up to be so very worth it, but the sheer, electrifying joy of hearing so many people, united by a shared passion, just collectively lose their entire shit. Give it a watch.

There’s no shit left in the world, you guys. They lost it.

Even Marvel’s Kevin Feige lost a bit of it, taking to Twitter for the first time since November 2018 to share Gustin’s thread of clips with a heartfelt message:

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Feige is right: There’s something magical about being part of an audience like this. Hopefully, it’s not too far off that we’ll be able to experience a bit of collective magic like this again...but as long as it’s far off enough that it still doesn’t feel like playing with fire to take a gamble on being part of that magic.

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DISCUSSION

I was fine with the cheering and yelling through most of the movie, even though I wasn’t a particular participant. I’m just not that way. However two things are kind of hurt by the audience reaction. I understand the lifting of Mjolnir scene and the very real feels it brings up, but in watching it at home, alone, it really strikes you how quiet that scene is, with just a few notes of music to highlight how important it is.

And the same is true for “On your left.” It’s utterly quiet, and a nearly perfect scene. We see Cap totally beaten, ready to die but still defiant. And then you get those quiet words and you know everything is going to be okay. It’s so much more impactful to hear it in the utter stillness without people cheering or gasping, or otherwise venting the stress they’ve accumulated.

But the one that really bugs the hell out of me is the irritating cheer that comes out when Spiderman swings out of another portal.  It just feels unearned.  We’ve already seen plenty of other dusted characters return, why does Peter Parker get so much attention?  (I admit, I have never been a fan of Spiderman.)