Culture Clips: Endgame’s Epic Entry

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Endings are hard.

They’re hard to write. Hard to film. Hard to watch. (Just ask the creators of Lost, for example.) That’s because the more beloved a fictional set of characters is, the more investment we have in them. The more we have at stake.

Which brings us to Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of 11 years and 22 films in a place we’ve come to know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though each of these films has stood alone in some ways, they’ve all been woven into a larger tapestry that comes together in the fourth and final Avengers film (At least, this iteration of the Avengers, that is.)

So much at stake. So many ways to go wrong, and not stick the landing.

But according to many critics, they did just that.

You can read our full review a bit later this afternoon. But if you’re scanning other reviews, the word that keeps popping up is epic. Gizmodo reviewer Germain Lussier titled her review, “Avengers: Endgame Is Overwhelmingly Epic and Immensely Satisfying.” And you’ll find plenty more titles like that one. Currently, the much-anticipated climax to this series stands at 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, a number that definitely makes you wonder what those cranky 3% were thinking.

Endgame has already opened in China, where it scored a massive opening day take of $107.2 million in that market, the biggest debut ever there. Stateside, industry mavens are now predicting the film will make between $260 and $285 million over its opening weekend here. Some are even speculating that the film’s massive global opening could net $1 billion … in its opening weekend.

But the film’s biggest hurdle to hitting the high end of those estimates comes down to simple math. CNBC’s Sarah Whitten explains:

Then there is the run time of the film—three hours, two minutes. With an additional 30 minutes tacked on for previews and 30 minutes for cleanup at the end of the film, a theater can only show “Endgame” about three times in a 12-hour period.

To overcome that barrier, some theaters have announced they’ll be screening the movie 24 hours a day. And the Wall Street Journal also reports that other movies currently in theaters, including Shazam!, Hellboy, Little and Pet Sematary, will fall victim as well as the movie gobbles up screens. Gabriel Saluan, who owns a six Atlas Cinemas in northeast Ohio, told the Journal that at one 16-plex location, 13 of the theaters screens would be devoted to Endgame.

The upshot: if you want to see anything else in theaters right now—especially faith-based films such as Breakthrough and Unplanned—best to do it before Thursday night.

Speaking of Unplanned, the dramatic story of Abby Johnson’s journey from Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life advocate has earned $17.3 million as of Monday. And Rev. Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said of his group’s plans regarding the film, “Our hope is to launch a nationwide campaign to eventually show Unplanned in front of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics across America.”

The film’s director, Chuck Konzelman, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and said that 94 abortion clinic workers had decided to leave their jobs after seeing the movie. “One percent of the abortion workers in the United States, after getting one look at them being portrayed on film have decided to change their lives … and what they do for a living”

Then there’s the Christian movie Breakthrough, a film about a teen who plunges into an icy lake, dies, and is revived by his mother’s prayers. In an interview with the Christian Post, star Chrissy Metz (best known for her role on the hit NBC drama This Is Us) said of her own prayer life,

I believe in God, and so I ask God, what it is that I should be doing and whatever His will is for me, and that I could set my own ego and pride aside and be willing and be open, to talk to me in ways that I will understand.

In other screen-based news this week, the World Health Organization has issued new guidelines for children’s screen time: no screen time for babies under the age of two, and one hour (or less, preferably) for children up to the age of 4. And a study conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry found correlations between screen-time use among young children and behavioral problems later on. The study’s main author, Sukhpreet Tamana, said of the findings,

The two big takeaways from this study are that children exposed to more screen time, at either age three or five years, showed significantly greater behavioural and attention problems at age five, and that this association was greater than any other risk factor we assessed, including sleep, parenting stress, and socioeconomic factors.

And screen-time problems for older kids aren’t easily overcome either, according to another study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. Researchers from Brigham Young and Loyola universities noted that a “digitally immersive environment” can create a pathological dependence on technology for a small percentage of teens, which correlates with depression, anxiety and health self-regulation.

Finally this week, actress Nicole Kidman opened up to Vanity Fair about her decision, along with country rocker husband Keith Urban, to raise their two children (Sunday Rose, 10; Faith Margaret, 8) in the Catholic Church. She told the magazine, “A lot of my friends tease me,” for her convictions. But she also knows firsthand the power and influence of a faith-filled family: “That’s how we are raising our children. Keith has his own beliefs but he comes, too. I had a very Catholic grandmother, and I was raised praying, so that had a massive impact.”

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes I think this blog should be renamed We Love Superheroes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really? Maybe it shouldn't. The world loves superheroes. Not just PI. And this Blog 'reports' on things in Popculture. The Avengers is the top of Pop (lol that rymed).

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What? This was random. Don't even know what you're talking about.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't planning on seeing the movie anyway since it's pretty common knowledge around here I hate superhero films except for Spiderman 1-3 and Incredibles 2, but just for the heck of it I searched Wikipedia and read a scene by scene analysis of Infinity War and Endgame so now I really don't have to see it after all, lol.
Karl The Klown More than 1 year ago
"Common knowledge"?
Unless if you are the only Anonymous account on here, then we have no idea who you are
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOL!!

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

I'm the one who hated Spiderman: Homecoming and Into the Spiderverse if that helps.


My point was I don't really care for comic book superhero films for the most part unless they're the original Spiderman trilogy with Tobey Maguire or the amazing Incredibles 2 that came out last year, but frankly all this talk about Endgame on here and on tv made me at least interested enough to read about them on Wikipedia, so since I now know what happened pretty much scene for scene in both movies I really don't have to see Infinity War or Endgame now, though technically I wasn't planning to in the first place, lol.

Karl The Klown More than 1 year ago
Oh...you're that guy.
Might wanna start signing your posts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yep, I'm that guy. The idiot who stupidly hates most superhero movies but loves most Christian ones. Pretty wrong to feel this way on a Christian website, right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think that's what @Karl The Klown meant. I think he meant you need to sign your posts so we can know who you are. It's confusing if we have to figure it out every time.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think you might be taking it a bit too seriously. A lot of people just enjoy the movies for the fun of it and part of the fun and enjoyment is not seeing spoilers, same as going into reading a book not knowing the ending - then you get to enjoy the ending that much more. It's not about "worship" of movies rather than just a fun time to relax and see a good movie. I saw your spoilers and still plan to see it. :) Because it's a nice break to enjoy a movie that I'm looking forward to, spoilers or no spoilers. 
-C
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok you just have a bad opinion. 

SPOILER WARNING!!!

I need your email adress so my lawyer can contact you about legal stuff. Short and simple: I read your post about Nat dying. ON ACCIDENT. So please send me your email adress so my lawyer can talk to you about the following legal proceideures.

You could have at least put spoiler warning.

BTW Lawyer stuff was a joke.

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Karl The Klown More than 1 year ago
My friend, I am a master troll. And what you did was pathetic. 
Can't you be "useful" somewhere else.

@Some-Guy
Im on Discord now (@David the Clown)

@A-non-mouse
Dude, stop explaining your jokes. The lawyers stuff was funny as is, and everyone knew it was a joke. It takes away the humor when you explain it 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah well, I was making sure the libs didn't come after me. Lol.

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Karl The Klown More than 1 year ago
Phffft. No need to fear them. 
Plus, there are few Libs on this site to begin with
Tim Page More than 1 year ago
I think the theater here in Greeley is only showing Avengers this weekend. Maybe a couple other movies, but I feel bad for anything that releasing in the next few weeks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I noticed in the review that they've stuck a gay reference and two uses of the Lord's name with an expletive in the movie.  Marvel has mostly avoided those kinds of things, but I guess they felt comfortable sticking it in this one because they knew it would take a lot for those of us who have followed this story for ten years to miss out on seeing how it ends.  This may seem rather minor, but you can tell they're testing the waters to see what they can get away with without losing too many of us. 

That's okay though, because even before I knew of these examples I wasn't planning on following comic book movies very closely after Endgame.  I'm looking forward to the movie, but I also think once it's over it would be a fitting time for society to tap the brakes on the comic book movie obsession for a little while.  It's a good time for us all to do some growing up.  I'll see this one and then mostly be done with it.

-Anthony
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wait, why was my joke plot summary of Endgame deleted?

-Evan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
that's what i'm thinking!-
Duke of Popcorn
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Karl The Klown More than 1 year ago
Whatever you say bro
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
in most cases i don't support the death penalty but if you spoil Avengers: Endgame...-
Duke of Popcorn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would tend to agree.

Lol.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse

We're just kidding to all of you who take things way too seriously.
Karl The Klown More than 1 year ago
Duke is dead serious kid 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Well guys, this, for a week, will be goodbye. I won't be able to see Endgame this weekend (thanks a lot finals), so to avoid spoilers at all costs, I will be using the internet ONLY when necessary. No google searches, no visiting facebook, and ABSOLUTELY NO VISITING YOUTUBE!

I will be seeing Endgame next week, after I complete most of my finals.

Until then, and to all those who will be seeing the movie before me, farewell!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
huh for some reason i thought endgame would play out differently-
Duke of Popcorn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goodbye. I will see it tomorrow so I won't have to wait as long to get back on. But same. Goodbye internet.

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Karl The Klown More than 1 year ago
It will be dry place here without you. I wish you luck! (or providence, as the Calvinist side of me would say)