It’s less than 24 hours until Avengers: Endgame drops in Australian cinemas, and excitement levels are exploding.
The Marvel blockbuster is easily the most anticipated movie release of 2019 as we reach the conclusion of a whopping 21 films over the course of a decade.
Several prime-time screenings are heavily booked out at cinemas across Australia for its opening day tomorrow, with most Gold Class sessions in major cities also sold out.
Event Cinemas and Hoyts — who are hosting extra screenings at select cinemas — seem to have hiked prices for Avengers: Endgame too, with their websites showing the Disney movie is a few dollars more expensive than others that are showing.
Event Cinemas at Bondi Junction are charging $23 for a standard screening tomorrow, while all other films cost $17. The same goes for Hoyts, who are charging $20 for Endgame but $16 for other movies at the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney, which will host 41 sessions for its opening day.
Earlier this month, Endgame presale tickets went on sale and quickly broke the Australian first-day presales record, selling $3.8 million in the first 12 hours.
Diehard Marvel fans are eager to see what happens after that cliffhanger in Avengers: Infinity War, which premiered this time last year.
Here is everything you need to know about Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas tomorrow, Wednesday April 24.
The first screenings are quite early as far as cinema showings go, with debut sessions starting from 8am across Australia.
To guarantee a spot before you rock up to your local movies, tickets can be purchased for available seats on cinema websites.
Almost every Marvel superhero is expected to return for Endgame where surviving characters Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Rhodey (Don Cheadle), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Nebula (Karen Gillen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) fight to reverse villain Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) actions that killed half the universe.
The team will be joined by Marvel newcomer Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) who was introduced in her own solo film last month.
Captain Marvel has just passed $US1 billion at the global box office, including $34.9 million in Australia.
Disney and Marvel studios have not released details about the budget, but given the size of the production and star-studded line-up, there’s no doubt it cost an absolute fortune.
Following Infinity War’s release, The Wall Street Journal said it had a budget “close to $300 million”.
Fortune later reported Infinity War cost $400 million and Endgame is “expected to have a similarly sizeable budget”.
Deadline estimates, including advertising, Infinity War would’ve cost up to $475 million.
This figure makes both Infinity War and Endgame (if the budget is similar) among the most expensive movies ever made, alongside the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars.
You might want to not drink too many fluids before heading into Endgame.
The film is a colossal three-hour long marathon.
This makes it the longest Marvel film ever.
Infinity War ran for two hours and 40 minutes.