Movie theaters have been shut down for weeks now, and one viral Avengers: Endgame clip has fans missing the moviegoing experience.
If there’s one huge lesson we’re all learning from the current global pandemic, it’s that you really don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. And for movies specifically, recent debates have all led us to wonder if movie theaters are even necessary anymore. Streaming platforms like Netflix and Disney+ proved that audiences can and will stream big blockbuster-like movies at home. But can that really beat the theater-going experience?
One tweet that’s going viral today is starting to prove that last statement could be false. On Twitter, @ScottGustin shared several live reactions to Avengers: Endgame on opening night. The most popular of the clips he shared was the scene when Captain America wields Thor’s hammer for the first time, and the crowd went absolutely wild.
The other clip to gain a lot of attention was the portal scene, in which the audience cheered as heroes like Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man finally emerged after being snapped away. Paired with the triumphant, rising music in the background, the Twitter clip alone is almost enough to transport you back to the moment you first saw it in theaters.
Fans sounded off on Twitter with comments and memes in reaction to the movie — many agreeing on their favorite moments or sharing how much they miss what it’s like to be in the crowd at a movie theater.
Even Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige caught wind of the trending topic and sent his regards to fans on Twitter.
So, video on demand may be a popular new choice — especially given at a time like this when people have no choice but to stay at home. But studios who are delaying their movies to make sure they still arrive in theaters are making a good choice.
The communal theater-going experience may not be for everyone. But make no mistake, there’s something magical about cheering along in a theater with dozens of other people. Arguably, one of the best parts about Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame weren’t the scenes in the movie, but the moviegoing experience that went along with it.
So while we’re cooped up in our homes a little longer, we can at least look forward to sharing that next exciting experience with others once again. Maybe it’ll be Black Widow. Maybe it’ll be Wonder Woman 1984. But no matter what it is, we surely won’t forget how much we missed seeing movies on the big screen.
This story was updated to include a tweet from Kevin Feige.