The cast, film critics and 2,000 of their closest friend (i.e. fans) assembled in a massive makeshift theater to witness the culmination of 11 years and 22 films worth of work. And while reviews for the film, which hits theaters Friday, aren't out yet, early reactions via Twitter are and they're nothing short of astounding.
Rotten Tomatoes is promising to reveal "Avengers: Endgame" official score on their site Tuesday at 3 p.m. PT and if these early reactions are any indication, it could vie with the highest-rated films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, led by "Black Panther" with its astonishing 97 percent.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe generally receives positive reviews for most of its efforts, but these have to be beyond even what Marvel and Disney were expecting. Even better, critics are echoing the sentiments of the film's creators Anthony and Joe Russo by urging fans to go see the film as soon as possible and as blind as possible.
The only criticism that crept into the edges of some of these reviews was that the film is very long, but fans have been warned about that already. And genre fans are no stranger to long films after the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Plus, a long running time didn't stop "Titanic" from shattering expectations when it hit theaters.
The difference this time is "Avengers: Endgame" is absolutely expected to shatter many records in its debut and throughout its theatrical run, with serious talk of it supplanting "Avatar" as the highest grossing film of all time.
It stars a veritable who's who of stars from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and yet it's been held under such a shroud of secrecy it's not entirely clear who all will appear in the film. "Avengers: Infinity War" ended with Thanos wiping out half of the universe's population with a snap.
As a result, only the confirmed survivors of that snap have been doing press. And it is only their faces that have been used in promotional materials. But no one thinks they will be the only faces seen in the film, as future project with the likes of Black Panther and Spider-Man prove something will be done to fix what's happened.
And that's what has anticipation so high. Even the cast hadn't seen the film prior to Monday night's premiere. The directors are urging fans to keep the film's secrets, and critics are now urging the same thing. They're also telling fans that all the theorizing about what might happen in the film hasn't begun to prepare them for what does go down.
Theaters are sold out across the nation for the film's premiere this weekend, so it should be interesting to see how social media responds to these requests for silence and secrecy as many fans are scrambling to find a screening. To be on the safe side, though, it might be worth unplugging until you see the film. Just don't wait too long.
If it is as big and epic as everyone says it is, fans are going to want to talk about it and start speculating all over again about what it all means for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After all, this is the culmination for everything that has come before and, so far as we know, the last hurrah for the original six Avengers. What comes next could be wildly different.
Check out the early enthusiasm below and then get in line for "Avengers: Endgame," in theaters this Friday, April 26:
3 hours later and I'm shook! My God, @Avengers Endgame is beyond epic! It's everything you hope it will be and more - an absolute @MarvelStudios marvel! And I'm pretty sure it will make all the money ever printed! Loved it and would watch again instantly! pic.twitter.com/7D3qLfrxV1
INCREDIBLE!! #AVENGERS #ENDGAME brings the entire MCU to a rousing, exciting, deeply moving & wholly satisfying conclusion! It's a *BEAUTIFUL* film! Fun, smart, clever, BRILLIANT! Perfect blend of action, heart & humor! This is as good as it gets! Greatest superhero movie EVER! pic.twitter.com/dMeLtvO7Gy
The scope of Avengers: Endgame is impossible to put into words. What Fiege & MCU achieved over last 10-years has lead to this gloriously masterful moment in cinema & it's truly mind-blowing how beautifully paced this storytelling is. Perfectly balanced. As all things should be.
Just watched Avengers: Endgame. I don't believe hyperbole is possible for this movie. It is the ultimate Marvel movie in every way possible and words cannot describe how epic it is. And yes, Hawkeye is a rockstar.
Imagine the best possible version of #AvengersEndgame and somehow the film still surpasses all expectations. I cried 5-6 times. It's the most emotional, most epic, MCU film. A tribute to ten years of this universe and holy shit the great fan service in this movie. Soooo good.
Wow. #AvengersEndgame is staggering. It's surprising in ways I never saw coming and satisfying in ways I didn't realize I needed. It's kind of the ultimate gift to fans of the MCU. It's very long and has a few hiccups, but is everything you're hoping for and more. pic.twitter.com/RO97kw9fs5
#AvengersEndgame is A LOT. Too much at times. But wow the payoff is huge. Left me proud to have invested over a decade in a franchise that delivers an inspiring exploration of what it means to be family & a hero. (Endgame also now has one of my favorite shots in the entire MCU.)
#AvengersEndgame is filled with so much comic book awesomeness that you may not be ready! Great blend of action, emotion and humor while keeping the stakes high throughout. Truly an achievement in blockbuster filmmaking.
Do not go in expecting Infinity War part two. The two films are so different, yet compliment each other in all the best ways. In terms of which MCU movie to watch beforehand... honestly, all of them. What an experience - what an accomplishment#AvengersEndgame
Man #AvengersEndgame kicked my ass. It was an epic conclusion to 11 years of films. It had laughs, incredible action and absolute emotional rollercoaster. It was the series finale for these cast of characters that I had been hoping for. Congrats to all for pulling off the feat.
#AvengersEndgame premiere I'm at a lost for words!! I witnessed cinematic history. I've never cried, laughed & cheered so hard at a movie ever. Y'all are in for a heck of a ride!! This movie will forever change the MCU & how cinematic universes are seen pic.twitter.com/NZcg4WWeSK
Avengers Endgame: A mediocre first 2 hours that's equal parts cool moments and problematic moments that ends with a final hour that's an absolute magnificent geek wet dream. Need to see it again (tomorrow) to solidify my thoughts.
#AvengersEndgame is a masterful epic - a true culmination of 22 films that not only concludes the story, but expands upon it. You'll learn more about the other movies while this one unfolds. If Infinity War is the brawn, Endgame is the brains. And wow, what an ending! pic.twitter.com/94ttBUQKJ0
Don't know how any @MarvelStudios fan walks out of #AvengersEndgame disappointed. Movie is loaded with incredible set pieces and tons of small character moments that leave you wanting more. An epic conclusion to 10 years of Marvel movies. Thank you to everyone that worked on MCU. pic.twitter.com/HbXkwuYL5y