Avengers: Endgame is right here — How I survived Marvel’s 59-hour film marathon


My 59-hour Marvel film marathon is right here. Sure, I am watching 59 hours of Marvel films, again to again (to again). 

For 2 and a half days, I am primarily confined to a chair at an AMC theater in San Francisco as I try to observe all the flicks from begin to end, starting with Iron Man and wrapping up with Avengers: Endgame on Thursday (learn our CNET overview of Endgame right here). I am going to sleep in a theater chair and eat far more popcorn than I in all probability ought to. It has been good realizing you, everybody.

I slept properly Monday night time, the night time earlier than the large race, however not for very lengthy since I received house late. My baggage had been full of (hopefully) every little thing I am going to must hold me going: toothbrush, toothpaste, neck pillow, leggings, socks and battery packs. A number of battery packs. 

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24 hours into the 59-hour Marvel film marathon


I am going to add to this story (newest updates on the backside) and share Twitter updates about my dwindling way of thinking, so remember to observe me there to see how I am holding up.

Earlier than this, I might seen solely three MCU films: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Black Panther and Captain Marvel. I appreciated them, however I would not name myself a large Marvel fan… but. Here is to hopefully turning into one.

The film rundown: 

Day 1

Tuesday, 9:23 a.m. PT: I am standing outdoors the AMC Metreon ready to get in. There are seven different individuals ready. I might figured the theater would’ve opened the doorways by now. First meal of the day: lemon cake from Starbucks. A wanted sugar rush.   

Tuesday, 9:58 a.m. PT: I am in my seat! These chairs are significantly good. Loads of house between rows, which is nice for getting out and in and stretching your legs.  

Tuesday, midday PT: Simply completed Iron Man! I am happy to say I loved it, as just about everybody advised me I might. The plot was enjoyable to observe and there wasn’t an excessive amount of loopy motion (which generally is a deterrent for me). And I am truly — dare I say it — excited to observe the sequel in a number of hours. 

Additionally, these seats are wonderful. I can completely see myself taking some unbelievable energy naps in right here.

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Making ready for a 59-hour Marvel film marathon


Nonetheless not hungry sufficient for lunch — I had some lemon cake at round 9:30 and that is stored me full. Perhaps I am going to get some pizza after I do get hungry, although. Tony Stark ate some within the film and it seemed scrumptious. Subsequent up: The Unbelievable Hulk. 

Tuesday, 2 p.m. PT: Stepped out of The Unbelievable Hulk for a fast prayer break (I am Muslim and I pray 5 instances a day). Was going to attend till the film was over however figured it would not kill me to overlook a few of it….  

Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. PT: Iron Man 2 is beginning and I am consuming scrumptious BBQ hen pizza.

Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. PT: Iron Man 2 simply ended. It was enjoyable, I simply did not get as into the plot as I did for the primary film. To be honest, I do not know if I ought to blame the film or my mind. 

It was fairly cool to see items of (what I assume to be) different Marvel films begin coming collectively, with what I imagine to be Captain America’s defend showing in a single scene and Scarlett Johansson’s character exhibiting up (I do not know the character’s identify with out Googling it, I am afraid to say).

I am beginning to really feel sleepy however I ponder if that is as a result of I have been in a darkish room for six hours. Thor is subsequent. Let’s have a look at if I fall asleep.

Tuesday 7:44 p.m PT: Simply completed grabbing dinner with my buddy and colleague Alexandra Ready. We had some scrumptious burgers and garlic fries from Tremendous Duper that absolutely hit the spot (sorry to the man sitting subsequent to me within the theater). 

I am having fun with an hour-and-a-half break between Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. I attempted to sleep throughout Thor however it seems that is simpler mentioned than performed, as I used to be woken up by loud sound results all through. Nonetheless, it is protected to say that film was misplaced on me. Based mostly on suggestions from many people on Twitter, although, I did not miss a lot. 

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9-hour check-in on the 59-hour Marvel film marathon


I am charging my telephone within the hallway, however a number of people are napping within the theater. Relaxation can be a lot wanted, as the subsequent lengthy break is not till round 10:30 a.m. PT tomorrow.

Tuesday, 10:14 p.m. PT: I beloved Captain America: The First Avenger. It is my favourite of the movies I’ve seen thus far. I feel a part of it has to do with the truth that I take pleasure in tales set up to now, however I additionally simply beloved the plot. I am unable to wait to see the opposite Captain America films.

Additionally, Captain America is completely beautiful. Simply saying.

Looks like nearly everybody within the theater continues to be awake. Let’s have a look at how lengthy all of us final tonight. The Avengers is subsequent! I am excited.

Day 2 

Wednesday, 12:48 a.m. PT: My descent has begun.

I used to be trying ahead to The Avengers due to the reward it received from my buddies and colleagues, however that is when the sleepiness actually kicked in. I attempted resting my head on a pillow for consolation however it rapidly turned clear that was a positive strategy to knock out very quickly. Even after I sat upright, I inadvertently dozed off a number of instances. 

However I feel it is OK. Every time I wakened from my mini naps (possibly about 4 instances), they had been nonetheless preventing Loki. There’s a whole lot of preventing on this film. Like, actually loads. I would not thoughts if there was rather less. After some time, I begin to simply block it out. 

Seems my quick naps weren’t that deep, although, as a result of I may nonetheless type of hear every little thing occurring. 

Iron Man Three is subsequent. I am planning to only knock out throughout this one. Based mostly on what I have been advised on Twitter and heard right here within the theater, I do not suppose it will be a loss to overlook it. 

Wednesday, 3:28 a.m PT: Simply woke as much as discover Iron Man Three had ended. I did it! I slept by all the movie! I might say rather less than half the theater can be asleep proper now.

Thor: The Darkish World is subsequent. Hoping that is additionally OK to skip, as a result of I am planning to. Extra sleep might be wanted.

Wednesday, 6:57 a.m. PT: Simply completed taking my fourth prayer break. I am glad I slept properly over the past two films. Thor was unnecessarily loud at some factors, however that did not deter me from my mission to energise. 

I seemed on the record of flicks to verify what’s subsequent (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) after which requested myself: Do I even care? What is the distinction at this level? They’re all films I do know nothing about and can more than likely find yourself watching anyway, as a result of I am right here. If you’re a complete beginner and also you watch all of them again to again to again, this entire idea of setting them aside (no less than for me) begins to exit the window. Am I turning into cynical? Perhaps. However are you able to blame me?

Nonetheless, I am in any other case feeling good about the remainder of this. I can do it! I am additionally excited to see what that charming Captain America is to date.

Wednesday, 8:21 a.m. PT:  OK, let me amend the tone on my final replace. Captain America: The Winter Soldier completely deserved my time and curiosity. I am beginning to really feel like this can be the story I am most fascinated about, no less than thus far. I missed the start (these 15-minute breaks actually aren’t lengthy sufficient), however I felt I may nonetheless decide up the plotline after I received again within the theater from my prayer/filming/lavatory break.

When Bucky confirmed up, I gasped. That was such a very good plot twist. What I really like in regards to the two Captain America films I’ve seen thus far is how they work in emotion. Within the first one, when Captain America mentioned “I had a date,” my coronary heart broke. In The Winter Soldier, I virtually misplaced it when he advised Bucky throughout the combat scene, “I am with you til the top of the road.” So good.

Guardians of the Galaxy is subsequent. Unsure if I must be excited.

Wednesday, 10:14 a.m  PT: I could not actually get into Guardians of the Galaxy. The fantasy component was a bit too robust for my style, I feel. It did have good humor, which was a redeeming high quality. However truthfully, I used to be hardly paying consideration. I feel I used to be additionally distracted by the truth that I’ve a TWO-HOUR break now!

I feel I will stroll outdoors and get an acai bowl (I do know, I am such a Californian. However I may use one thing wholesome and refreshing). I am fairly hungry. It’s going to even be a possibility to get some steps on this Fitbit Versa the parents there have been good sufficient to mortgage me. I set it up virtually three hours in the past and as of now, I’ve 869 steps. Let’s carry that quantity up.

Wednesday, 12:47 p.m. PT: That two-hour break glided by quick. Grabbed my acai bowl and did a bit on-camera stuff earlier than heading again, solely to search out they’d introduced McDonald’s for us. I picked the Captain America Blissful Meal, as a result of … duh.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is on now, however I am sitting outdoors the theater engaged on posting updates and admiring my Blissful Meal toy. I am going to head inside in a bit.

Wednesday, 1:42 p.m. PT: I feel I am getting dehydrated. I must drink extra water.

Wednesday, 1:56 p.m. PT: Additionally, the Fitbit Versa lent to me by the corporate tells me I reached 5,195 steps! Strolling throughout that break was useful.   

Wednesday, 2:41 p.m PT: Afternoon sleepiness is beginning to kick in, however I need to resist. 

I caught the final 40 minutes of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which implies I understood nothing. There have been a number of new faces among the many essential characters that I must find out about. 

Ant-Man is subsequent. I need to watch this one begin to end, however I am getting sleepier by the minute. Perhaps consuming will assist. 

I picked up some Korean meals for later throughout my break. An Acai bowl can solely maintain you for thus lengthy. 

Wednesday, 4:58 p.m PT: I began to get into Ant-Man and thought it was actually enjoyable (plus, factors for being based mostly in San Francisco). However my power began to run low, and I spotted if I did not take a nap, I ran the danger of dozing off throughout Captain America: Civil Battle, which is up subsequent. So lower than midway by Ant-Man, I let myself sleep.

I might like to return and watch it in full someday, with out having to observe 21 different films, too.

Wednesday, 7:35 p.m. PT: I beloved Captain America: Civil Battle, to nobody’s shock, I am positive. It was actually entertaining and enjoyable to observe. Good jokes, too. Spider-Man will get a whole lot of credit score for that. He and Tony Stark make an epic pair. 

I truly needed to verify the schedule a number of instances to ensure I wasn’t watching an Avengers movie, as a result of Captain America would not seem that rather more than the opposite characters. 

Additionally, I’ve a buddy now! My buddy and colleague Alexandra Ready is right here. She introduced me earplugs for tonight. Bless her soul.

Wednesday, 9:45 p.m. PT: I want I used to be drained sufficient to sleep by Physician Unusual.

I must attempt to sleep so I may be awake for Thor: Ragnarok at 3:20 a.m. PT. I have been advised it is a good one. After that, we get a 1.5 hour break earlier than Black Panther, which I’ve already seen twice. If I would like extra sleep, I can get it then. 

I am curious to see the sleep stats from my Fitbit after. Goodnight for now.

Day 3

Thursday, 1:21 a.m. PT: It is formally day three! I managed to sleep by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which I think about is spectacular given there are apparently some main battle scenes. Awakened a bit sooner than I might deliberate since Spider-Man: Homecoming (which I’ve already seen) is on.

My Fitbit says I slept for two hours and 1 minute. Do not forget that one minute. I feel it was actually important. I did not hit any phases of sleep — REM, gentle, deep — apparently. It simply says “No Levels.”

Thursday, 2:59 a.m. PT: I managed to go to sleep once more for an hour and half throughout Spider-Man: Homecoming so I may have power for Thor: Ragnarok. For probably the most half, I are inclined to miraculously get up simply as movies wrap up, which is nice. 

This can be the top of my nighttime relaxation, which totals a whopping Three hours and 37 minutes, in accordance with my Fitbit. Solely six extra films to go! I am unable to imagine we’re virtually there.

Thursday, 5:25 a.m. PT: Because of everybody who urged me to remain awake and alert throughout Thor: Ragnarok. I actually loved it. I may nonetheless get into it even after having slept by the primary two films, and I loved the humor.  (Sure, I am nonetheless able to laughing at this level.)

The Hulk and Thor appeared like an unlikely pairing, however they complement one another fairly properly. 

I am sensing 3.5 hours of sleep in all probability is not ample for the day. A very powerful factor, in fact, is that I am unsleeping for Avengers: Endgame tonight. I’ve a 1.5 hour break now, however I am planning to shut my eyes throughout Black Panther afterward regardless that I really like that film. I’ve seen it twice already. It is all in regards to the sacrifices.

Time to get one thing to eat. 

Thursday, 7:47 a.m. PT: Simply modified my garments for the primary time since this began. The primary outfit lasted longer than I anticipated. I really feel refreshed and prepared for the final 5 movies!

I am unable to imagine I am saying this, however I feel I will miss this when it is over. The theater and its lengthy hallways, quiet corners and comfortable seats have turn into house to me these previous couple of days. It is wonderful how rapidly your physique can alter to issues and the way seamlessly you’ll be able to adapt to new routines. I’ve gotten into the rhythm of: watch film, tweet and replace reside weblog after I can, drink water, rise up to make use of the lavatory throughout breaks, eat one thing, repeat. It has been actually enjoyable. I feel I am going to come out of this expertise unscathed.

As you’ll be able to see, I have never but fallen asleep throughout Clean Panther like I mentioned I would. I assume there’s nonetheless time. Both method, I’ve to be awake for Avengers: Infinity Battle, which is subsequent. I am excited. 

Thursday, 12:12 p.m. PT: I am not OK. This isn’t OK.

No, I am not dehydrated or sleepy. That is nothing. Avengers: Infinity Battle simply ended, regardless that THAT IS NOT AN ENDING. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? 

I do not understand how everybody else has been faring main as much as the discharge of Avengers: Endgame. How have you ever been occurring along with your day-to-day lives with an “ending” like that??? As people on Twitter have identified, although, no less than I’ve to attend solely 5 hours for a decision. My deepest sympathies to the remainder of you who’ve undoubtedly suffered for much too lengthy.

On one other observe, this film actually makes me need to return and watch each Guardians of the Galaxy movies. These characters had been chargeable for a lot of the humor in Avengers: Infinity Battle, so I feel I might actually take pleasure in them. Let’s give it every week.

I additionally beloved seeing Wakanda on this movie. It was cool to primarily have a follow-up to Black Panther. Nice to see these characters once more.

One among my favourite quotes within the film: 

“There’s an Ant-Man AND a Spider-Man??” I positively laughed out loud. However that was after I was younger and silly and thought there have been issues on this world to snigger about. Now I am simply upset.

Let’s simply get by Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel. I do not understand how I may care about anything proper now. I would like it to be 5 p.m. I would like closure and solutions.

Thursday, 2:16 p.m. PT: I used to be on Twitter throughout most of Ant-Man and the Wasp (and I additionally grabbed some hen tenders from the concession stand), however the elements I did see had been humorous and entertaining. That is one other one I am going to want to return and watch in full someday. 

Captain Marvel is subsequent. One other film I’ve already seen, however I am trying ahead to watching it once more. 

I am unable to imagine we have reached the final two films. Lower than three hours till Avengers: Endgame. 

Thursday, 2:35 p.m. PT: Replace: Checked my sleep stats once more from earlier at present, and there is now a breakdown of time spent in every stage of sleep. Seems to be prefer it was 27% REM, 49% gentle and 15% deep. The remainder was awake time. Sounds about proper.

Thursday, 4:40 p.m. PT: The time has come, people. We made it. Captain Marvel is finished, and Avengers: Endgame begins in about 20 minutes. I am excited, however I do not need this to be over. 

Sure, I actually mentioned I do not need a 59-hour film marathon to be over. It is protected to say I’ve misplaced it.

It will be a battle to not use the lavatory, since I am feeling type of dehydrated and would love to only chug some water. However I’ve to tempo myself. That is vital.

Earlier than we get to the final film, I simply need to say thanks for following alongside. I’ve had a lot enjoyable listening to from individuals on Twitter and sharing this journey with you all. You may hear from me once more after all of it wraps up. Keep tuned.

Thursday, 8:15 p.m. PT: We have reached the top.

Avengers: Endgame simply completed. I’ve a lot to consider, and a lot to soak up. That was so unbelievable. I beloved each minute. It did not really feel like three hours. The time flew by. 

What an unbelievable story. I’ve actually grown to like these characters. It is wonderful how over such a brief time frame (59 hours — let’s name that quick for these functions), I really feel like I’ve come to know them so properly. Sure, there are issues I missed between naps and flicks I am going to must rewatch. However what made this movie so gratifying, aside from the unbelievable plot, was that at this level I’ve constructed up an understanding and fondness for these characters and their tales. My questions and issues after Avengers: Infinity Battle have been resolved. The ending was, for lack of a greater phrase, very satisfying. 

This is my favourite film within the MCU. I am going to share my rankings for favourite films in a bit. I am being kicked out of the theater proper now.

Thursday, 10 p.m. PT: I am house now. I must be extra enthusiastic about this than I’m. I already miss the theater and the flicks, which is barely regarding. 

I could also be loopy, however can you actually blame me? I used to be launched to this universe of superior movies and now I am supposed to only go house and sleep? That is not attainable. 

Then once more, I did not suppose surviving 59 hours in a theater was attainable, and right here we’re.

OK, time for rankings. I wished to only do my high 5 (high 10 is an excessive amount of to course of proper now. I feel I must rewatch Guardians of the Galaxy earlier than I could make an knowledgeable resolution there). However there have been nonetheless three movies I could not work out tips on how to work in. Figuring out the order was additionally difficult. No. 1 is certainly my high decide, however the others are more durable to put as a result of I beloved all of them a lot. However I attempted:

No. 1: Avengers: Endgame

No. 2: Captain America: The First Avenger 

No. 3: Avengers: Infinity Battle

No. 4: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

No. 5: Black Panther

Bonus picks (do I get these?): 

No 6: Captain Marvel

No. 7: Thor: Ragnarok

Ugh, however I additionally beloved Captain America: Civil Battle. These rankings are topic to alter, so do not maintain me to them.

I am going to put down after I settle in a bit. I threw my baggage on the ground and sat down on the foot of my mattress after I received house to write down my ultimate ideas ASAP. I feel I will spend the subsequent few hours studying by Marvel Marathon-related tweets.

This story initially revealed April 23 at 10 a.m. PT and can be up to date typically over the course of the marathon. 


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