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Luca’s descent into Marvel madness

Luca Dickten, Staff Writer

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On the eve of one of Marvel Studio’s most anticipated movies of all time, “Avengers: Infinity War,” two AMC theaters are running a 31-hour marathon of Marvel content, from “Iron Man” to “Avengers: Infinity War.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” was released last night and will be the longest film in the entire Marvel cinematic universe at two hours and 40 minutes, and sporting such huge names as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson, and countless others. 

The film is also the culmination of 10 years of films, TV shows, and storytelling by Marvel studio chief Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito, Marvel Comics’ president of publishing Dan Buckley, Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada, writer Brian Michael Bendis, and Marvel Entertainment president Alan Fine.

They divided the Marvel Cinematic Universe into phases, with “Infinity War” marking the beginning of the end of phase three, but there are more films planned before the start of phase four in 2019.

The 10-year gap between “Infinity War” and the first Marvel film of this current cinematic universe, “Iron Man,” has left some fans forgetting important parts of the overarching story, and many are trying to find ways to fill those gaps.

One could read or watch a synopsis, but a true Marvel fan knows there is only one way: to watch all plot-essential movies again. 

While that may seem like an overwhelming task, some AMC theaters have you covered.

At the specific locations of New York City’s AMC Empire and Orlando’s Disney Springs there will be a 31-hour marathon of Marvel films in preparation for “Infinity War.”

They started on Wednesday and continue well into Thursday, starting off with “Iron Man” followed by “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Doctor Strange,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Black Panther,” and finally ending with a special early screening of “Infinity War.”

As Orlando and New York are a little far to travel, especially on school days,  it may be necessary to enjoy this marathon at home.  But if AP test preparation or just life in general gets in the way, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered.

The following is a journal style log of an at-home, 23-hour Marvel marathon conducted for journalistic purposes, beginning at 2 p.m. on April 2 and ending around 9 p.m. on April 3. It covers the complete AMC list except for “Infinity War.”

 April 2, 2 p.m.: The opening credits of “Iron Man” are rolling and the excitement is almost tangible.

4:10 p.m.: “Iron Man” is as always a fantastic film and is important as the vehicle that launched the MCU and more importantly Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Iron Man

6:30 p.m.: In “The Incredible Hulk,” we learn the origin story of the Hulk, but the most important scene is right at the end when Tony Stark tells the conflicted General Ross, a main character, that “we’re putting a team together” signaling the beginning of what would become the Avengers. As a side note, I’m starting to go slightly cross eyed.

10:30 p.m.: With both Thor and Captain America’s origin stories out of the way, I can now proceed to the meat and potatoes of the franchise, multi-hero crossover films. 

April 3, 12:57 a.m.: In my opinion, the best movie in the franchise, “Marvel’s The Avengers” has come to pass and I find myself astounded at how similar the basic structure of every single Marvel film is. In this film we see the beginning of the incredibly long Thanos storyline that will hopefully conclude in “Infinity War.” I’ve also had to start periodically start taking walks around to not fall asleep

4:30 a.m.: With the slightly unique “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the attempt of an edgy storyline in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” finished, the bigger picture of the overarching storyline begins to form in the viewers head. 

“Age of Ultron” also leaves one asking a very simple question: Who is Quicksilver and why should I care that he dies?

7:00 a.m.: The entirety of “Captain America: Civil War” can be summed up by one line said by Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, “We’re still friends right?” 

This film is kind of unnecessary, but it does establish Spiderman and Black Panther, so that’s nice. Side note, I’m very tired and I regret my decision to actually do this.

11:20 a.m.: “Doctor Strange” left me disoriented and confused, but “Spider-Man: Homecoming” brought me back to the logical MCU where contractors randomly become terrifying Jetpack bird men.

1:40 p.m.: The only difference between “Black Panther” and the rest of the MCU films is the race of the majority of the cast, but here we are with the power of Wakanda ready to fight with the rest of the world against Thanos. 

I am both physically and emotionally exhausted and would recommend against watching all 11 films in one sitting. 

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