Culture Clips: Want Tickets to Avengers: Endgame? Just Sell Your Car

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How much would you pay to see a movie? Ten bucks? Fifteen? Wait for it to hit Redbox and $1.75?

How ‘bout $10,000?

That’s how much opening-weekend tickets for Avengers: Endgame are going for on eBay in some places, according to Fandango.com. And while that might seem a bit overpriced, get this: Someone spent $15,000 for a pair of Endgame tickets in New Jersey. It makes me wonder … is the buyer worried the movie will substantially change by, say, the following weekend?

If a five-figure price tag feels a little steep for your moviegoing pleasure, you can always sign up for Red Carpet Home Cinema, which will allow you to watch first-run movies in your very own home for a mere four figures. Yes, that’s right: You can watch the likes of Shazam! or Pet Sematary in your very own bunny slippers for, say, $1,500-3,000. (Sorry, Endgame’s not an option: Disney, along with Universal and Sony Pictures, isn’t playing ball with the service. You’ll have to spend $10,000 like everyone else.)

Sure, that might seem like a lot of money. But some parents might’ve gladly paid that kind of cash to prevent the future nightmares their children will likely experience due to an unfortunate mistake at a British theater. Apparently, trailers for the upcoming horror movies Ma and Brightburn were shown before the kid-friendly animated movie, Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun. Kids were pretty traumatized. “You go to the movies and you expect it to be a safe family day out, you don’t expect her to be exposed to anything which could do harm,” said BBC journalist Charlie Jones, who took his daughter to the movie.

But children are exposed to a great many harmful things today, sometimes despite their parents’ best efforts. We’ve talked often about how social media can hurt kids’ and teens’ self-esteem (turns out, it may be having an influence on NBA players, too), and some countries are actually trying to ban “weaponized” forms of online communication. And this weekend, a movie called After is rolling into theaters­—a film that some are characterizing as “Fifty Shades of Gray for teens.” Think getting kids involved into good, old-fashioned sports might be an anecdote? Some doctors are growing evermore concerned with tackling in youth football. Other experts are wondering how much homework is too much for kids.

There’s no question that children and teens today are dealing with a great many issues that their parents and grandparents never experienced. And some youth, it seems, are struggling to handle them. Suicidal behavior among children, including suicide attempts, has skyrocketed in recent years—so much so that emergency rooms saw 1.1 million visits from suicidal youth (between the ages of 5 and 18) in 2015. That’s nearly double the number of visits ERs saw just eight years earlier.

“This has to be addressed as a public health problem,” says Dr. Jefry Biehler, chair of pediatrics at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. “This is not normal behavior. This is not a phase. This is a real risk.”

Mom Ngocanh Le knows all about the risk. She watched as her 11-year-old son, Minh Viet, grew ever more depressed and addicted to violent video games. “I cried, I want to commit suicide,” he said. All his mother felt she could do was pray. But help came through a surprising channel—literally, the Christian Broadcasting Network. Seems the network’s Superbook show, which uses animation to bring the Bible to life, caught the 11-year-old’s attention.

“He has shifted from video games to Superbook,” his mother says. “He understands more about the Bible. And sometimes, he says to me he feels he’s very sinful, but God has saved him. He was touched by God.”

But mental health issues aren’t just a growing risk for kids, it seems. Some high-powered celebrities are trying to address the issue. In fact, Oprah and Prince Harry are teaming up to make their own documentary series about the issuefor Apple’s new streaming service. (Perhaps Harry and wife Meghan Markle can promote the show through their record-breaking Instagram account.)

It’ll be a while before Apple’s new service will even be online, of course. Not that any TV addict would pay attention now anyway, of course, given that HBO’s Game of Thrones will be debuting its final season (technically, a half season) this weekend. Many a television writer is bidding farewell to the show, with the Los Angeles Times speculating about the future of telegenic fantasy world. Meanwhile, the show’s creators—well aware that widely praised TV shows like The Sopranos and Lost, um, lost some of their luster with controversial endings—are wringing their hands over their own. “A good story isn’t a good story if you have a bad ending,” showrunner David Benioff told Entertainment Weekly. “Of course we worry.”

Meanwhile, some fans of the show are mainly worried about brushing up on their High Valyrian. A New York Shake Shack will sell you a Dracarys Burger and Dragonglass Shake, but only if you use the Thrones-based fictional language to order them.

Yes, the world is changing rapidly. Seems we can only rely on three constants these days: death, taxes … and Turner Classic Movies, the format of which has remained substantially unchanged for the last 25 years. “Almost everything in cable television and film has changed since Ted Turner launched the network in 1994,” writes Jake Coyle for the Associated Press. “But through endless technological upheavals, four U.S. presidents and three Spider-Men, Turner Classic humbly, persistently, improbably abides.”

Sure, it costs a bit to watch it—the price of a basic cable subscription. Still, it’s apparently cheaper than Avengers: Endgame tickets.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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charitysplace 7 days ago
Avengers isn't worth that kind of money. No entertainment is.

Cute that the studio is rolling out at home watching of cinema movies for big bucks. I guess they are ignoring the fact that cheap-o's can watch bootlegged versions at home for nothing.

Game of Thrones. I predict everyone dies, and the White Walker sits on the throne. ;)
Anonymous 7 days ago
Hahaha! Yes everyone will be dead at the end and the white walker will sit on the iron throne! You should look up the SNL sketch from this past week where it was HBO after Game of Thrones. It is hilarious.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse

Disclaimer:
I have not seen or read Game of Thrones, I just know a good many of the plot points. And have a general idea of the story. I will probably never watch the show because of the inappropriate content in it.
Karl The Klown 7 days ago
My goodness, you are even a nerd about stuff you haven't even watched.....impressive!
Anonymous 7 days ago
I know right! Obviously I need to find something to fill my time with.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Tim Page 8 days ago
I mean, I'm super excited for Avengers, but if the theater here in Greeley was all sold out for the weekend I would wait until Monday. Luckily it isn't and I should have no issue seeing it opening weekend. 
I feel like $15,000 is the kind of money people would spend on a Beyonce ticket or something not Avengers. I'll just avoid the internet for a day or so to avoid spoilers. Can't wait!
Rocketshipper 9 days ago
Supply and Demand run amok.   these prices are ridiculous, but their is a kind of morbid sense in it, in a way; with the internet the way it is now, it can be very difficult to avoid hearing any kind of spoilers or discussions for a movie you want to see unless you see it immediately, and with the movie being built up as such a huge event, there is a lot of pressure for some people to see it on the first weekend.  (not unlike some people who seem so joyous about the idea of making the first comment on a blog post? ^_^)    I wonder if the inflated scalped ticket prices will factor into the movie's box office performance.  I'm sure not, since they will probably only count money the theaters and studio actually take in, and not second hand transactions, but from an economist's perspective it can be interesting to factor that data in too
Anonymous 8 days ago
I do understand the pressure to see it the first weekend. Especially since a lot of my friends will making it extremely hard to avoid spoilers. But I don't want just to  see it because of that. It is the culmination of 23 (or 24 I can't remember) films! It is going to be a movie on a scale of  storytelling we haven't yet seen in films. 

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 8 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

21, to be precise.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Hahaha thanks. I just watched the Jimmy Kimmel video with them in it and he said 21.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
seraph_unsung 9 days ago
That British theatre incident somewhat reminds me of how I got trailers for Red Sparrow and, I think, Death Wish prior to watching Black Panther (which is not a kids' movie per se, but a number of parents do bring their children—I'd heavily recommend against doing this for Shazam, by the way, because of how surprisingly intense and brutal some of the violence was).

https://www.ebay.com/itm/avengers-endgame-opening-night-ticket-April-25-2019/382883187808?hash=item59259dcc60:g:XgsAAOSwBBRcpmAG

I found an Endgame ticket listing for $25,000.  You still have to pay shipping.
Anonymous 8 days ago
 @seraph_unsung  +Shipping? No. Just No. Luckily I live in a smaller town with two theatres so it shouldn't be too hard to get tickets (I hope).

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 8 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I don't think Shazam was that bad when it came to the violence, at least compared to most superhero films. Personally, I'd say that if kids could handle the violence from Into the Spiderverse, then they should be okay watching Shazam.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Still haven't seen it yet. Hoping too this weekend. But I would agree with you.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Karl The Klown 9 days ago
Surprise! Couldn't care less about Endgame

I find the whole British theater incident to be darkly humorous.
Oh, and speaking of which, anyone else looking forward to Brightburn?
Anonymous 9 days ago
To be fair, Peppa Pig is probably far more horrifying and detrimental than any horror film, so I can see what the theater thought those trailers would be appropriate. ;)

-Evan
Karl The Klown 9 days ago
I completely agree
Anonymous 8 days ago
I'm looking forward to it! Doubt I'll see it though. Probably won't have time. The whole thing with Peppa Pig was hilarious.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Karl The Klown 8 days ago
Yeah, I rarely go to the theaters anymore. Pet Semetery was the first movie I've seen in a theater this year  
Anonymous 8 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

 @Karl The Klown 
Just curious, but if Pet Semetery was the first movie you saw this year, does that mean you saw a pirated version of The LEGO Movie 2 at home?

;)
Anonymous 8 days ago
I am dying right now @First Comment Guy! (Between Laughs) We need to know  @Karl The Klown !!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Karl The Klown 8 days ago
Hahahaha! Wow that's sad. I completely forgot about LM2.
To be fair, it was rather forgettable. At least compared to the first one and the Batman one (which I think was underrated) 
Jamey Perrigin 6 days ago
I'd love to see Brightburn, but since it's an R rated horror movie, I doubt I'll actually be able to. Shame...it looks great
Anonymous 5 days ago
I know right? It stinks. I wish it was PG-13 because James Gunn+Horror+Superhero=Awesome!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 9 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Star Wars Celebration is this weekend; how come you guys left that out on the Culture Clips?
Anonymous 8 days ago
I know right? I think we'll get an Episode IX trailer, title, and poster reveal and a The Mandolorian trailer and release date. Hyped more for The Mandolorian honestly.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse

I was right partially. We didn't get a Mandolorian trailer, we did get a poster and the people at SWCC got footage.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Bro, we need a IX trailer much more than a Mandolorian trailer. I hope they do better with MAndolorian than with Solo.....

-some guy
Anonymous 8 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Honestly, as much as I wish I could be excited for Episode IX, I'm not. The Last Jedi just wasn't a good film. Undercooked characters that aren't very memorable and a movie that broke the rules that the universe is set in has dampened my excitement for the film. And Lucasfilm isn't helping themselves by the way they're treating their fans.

Personally, when it comes to Star Wars in 2019, I'm most excited for the new video game Jedi: Fallen Order. I've been wanting a reboot of the Jedi Knight series for ages now and this sounds like it could be what I've been waiting for! We'll know for sure once we see a trailer and some footage, but even if it isn't, I'm still most excited for it. Don't have good internet so I can't stream Clone Wars season 7 or The Mandalorian, and I'm not excited for Episode IX, so Jedi: Fallen Order is by default my most anticipated Star Wars product this year.
Anonymous 8 days ago
I do agree with you @First Comment Guy. I'm not looking forward to Star Wars IX after TLJ. TLJ was good but it was no where near the best one. Hopefully the trailer will change my mind. (Anyone else want Disney to spoil Rose's death like X-Men did Jennifer Lawrence's chanracter?)

I am super pumped for The Madolorian!! With episodes directed by Jon Favreau, Takita Wattiti, and more Marvel directors, one can only hope for the best!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Karl The Klown 8 days ago
I was not aware Takita Wattiti would be directing some of them. His Film; What We do in The Shadows, is one of my favorite comedies. And his character in Thor 3 was hilarious 
Anonymous 8 days ago
Yeah there are some really great directors involved. You should google the list. And I agree his character in Thor 3 was hilarious.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse