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A Heroic Night

Marvel fans’ excitement for new Avengers movie evident at early showing

Ever since 2012 when Avengers first came on the scene, Marvel fans have been anticipating the continuation of their favorite superhero series.

May 1 marked the premiere weekend of Avengers: Age of Ultron. (seb) organized a bus trip on Thursday, April 30 at 9 p.m. to the R/C Hollywood Cinema in Arbutus. Tickets for the evening premiere quickly sold out.

When the 2012 premiere hit, (seb) planned a movie night on the quad, but this year, a bus trip to a local theater seemed to be the better option.

Finals week, and other academic responsibilities, didn’t stop fans from attending the event. In many cases, plans were made in advance. Katie Seong, a senior biology major said, “I have an exam that night, so I’ll have to hurry in order to catch the bus.”

Attendees varied from hardcore Marvel comic fans, wearing Avengers paraphernalia and costumes, to students who just wanted a night out with friends.

The movie’s cast is one of the main reasons for its popularity among students. The chemistry between the actors is one of the reasons why the first movie was such a hit.

“I’m most excited to see Scarlet Witch, who originated in my personal favorite series, X-Men,” said Angel Bridges, a junior biology major. This will be Elizabeth Olsen’s debut in the Avenger’s film as Scarlet Witch.

Alongside the original six Avengers, there will be War Machine, Nick Fury and Scarlet Witch’s twin brother Quicksilver. Then, of course, there is the new villain, Ultron, a robot attempting to exterminate humans.

Bridges also said that, “I’m afraid the hype around superhero movies is dying down.” This could be due to the overexposure of super heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor, who each have their own individual movies. But, with box office rates earning up to $207 million for the 2012 Avengers premiere, according to the IMDb website, there is a good chance this year’s premiere will not be a letdown.

The theater was packed and most of the attendees stayed through the credits to get a glimpse of what is to come for future films. From the dramatic cliffhanger and a packed auditorium, it is clear that superhero movies aren’t going anywhere, and neither are their fans.