My first time watching the movie sparked an obsession for everything Steve Rogers, Peggy Carter, Bucky Barnes, and their whole universe. Two years later and I was quite literally jumping out my pants for the Ultimate Captain America marathon. I didn't know I could get so excited! It was months in the making, and then it was finally here!
Probably one of the most important things at marathon is to get good seats; ones with a view that you like and hopefully with a good crowd of people around you who aren't negative nancies or rude. When the marathon sold-out, so my sister and I didn't take any chances. Five movies in one day starting at 7AM. We woke up at 3AM, left home at 4AM to get to theater at 5AM in the hopes we got "our seats" at 6AM when the doors opened. Was I being crazy or just enthusiastic? Probably a mix of both until we arrived a little early before five, and a queue was already forming for seats. CRAZY!!
A lot of people might not think a movie marathon is worth it. You're sitting all day in a theater, when you could be in the comfort of your home watching the movies on dvd. I have quite a few marathons under my belt already like Batman Trilogy marathon, 3 day Harry Potter marathon, Indiana Jones marathon, and Best Picture Showcases, and it's definitely worth it!
In exchange for attending the marathon, fans got a shield lanyard, a hefty Captain America and Iron Man medallion, a special Captain America and Iron Man pin, and a small Avengers comic book (not pictured!). (The Agent Carter pin is mine.)
Something new was added this year: a merchandise booth. It opened around Age of Ultron, and different apparel was for sale - t-shirts, hoodies, cups. I opted for the poster which is HUGE, and beautiful, and I can't wait to hang it up with the rest of memorabilia.
People dressed up including me as 'best cosplay I could put together' Peggy Carter. Everyone laughed at all kinds of different scenes. Prior to Civil War, we talked about what was our favorites (Winter Soldier) and our least (Age of Ultron). We played trivia and had chances to win extra prizes. We encouraged each other not to fall asleep and where to get food on our breaks.
Not having seen the Captain America or Avengers movies in theaters before, seeing them all on the big screen gave me an opportunity to focus on what was going on. At home, I usually get distracted. Starting from the beginning allowed for all the feels to build up as the characters grew and the different parallels weaved throughout the story. The ante for Civil War increased with every movie.
In short, I survived and it was amazing! Below are some brief thoughts on every movie. A full review of Civil War will have its own post since I'm seeing it again ASAP. Hope you enjoy!