With gratifying action sequences and a perfect mash-up of Marvel comic book characters, it’s no surprise that The Avengers grossed a record-setting $200.3 million at the box office this weekend. Here’s the story, in tweets, of the moment the fans realized just how awesome the movie was going to be.
The excitement leading up to opening weekend was palpable. The Avengers was the most ambitious installment in a series of films combing the sagas of the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, and other characters within the Marvel Universe. Note this fan’s Instagram photo of her ticket stub:
Most screen adaptations of books, or in this case, comic books, draw at least a little backlash from fans who were expecting something different, but the responses to The Avengers were overwhelmingly positive. Not even the pre-show reminders to turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices could stop movie-goers from blogging about what they had just seen.
The outpouring of support continued from opening night on Friday, May 4, through Monday morning, when the conversation turned to the film’s critical acclaim and box office success. By using social media to record their first impressions and thank the filmmakers, the fans became as much a part of the film’s history as these metrics.
It’s a long scroll down to the bottom, but in this Storified timeline you’ll find reviews; favorite characters, scenes, and dialogue; viewing tips, requests for the sequel, and multiple declarations of love for writer and director Joss Whedon.
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