Watch the Entire Infinity Saga in Theaters!

Now this is what I’m talking about! A 22-movie, 59-hour Marvel Movie Marathon for the low, low price of $125! That’s less than $6 per movie! You get to see the entire Infinity Saga, ending with the titanic, 3-hour Avengers: Endgame on its premiere night!

The details are a little sketchy. AMC’s official page for the event is here, but doesn’t have many details. It may be hosted in theaters in 11 cities, or maybe it is only 3 cities (New York, Chicago, and San Francisco). It starts on April 23rd and ends on April 26th, but it isn’t clear what time it starts on the 23rd. ButFandango lists it as starting on May 23rd. (c’mon guys! Let’s get organized here!)

Also, it isn’t too clear to me why it runs 59 hours. Watching all 22 films (including Endgame) would take 47 hours and 53 minutes (thank you Movie Marathon Time and your movie time adding abilities!). A half hour break between each film adds 11 hours to the marathon, so perhaps that is where the 59 hour length comes from.

So – if you aren’t the lucky social media influencer selected to get paid to watch all these movies, do the next best thing and pay for it! You are buying in bulk!

And don’t worry – if you can’t make it through all 59 hours – you have Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World to sleep through.

Infinity Saga Movie List
The Infinity Saga will be played in theaters by AMC, ending with the premiere of Avengers: Endgame

Get Paid for a Marvel Movie Marathon? will pay you $1,000 if you have a marvel movie marathon and tweet about it!

If you watched all of the movies in their lineup back-to-back, that’s a cool 42 hours and 47 minutes. Getting paid $23 an hour to watch movies is a pretty good wage! You also get some additional goodies:

  • Every Marvel MCU Blu-Ray film for your collection
  • A Captain America popcorn popper
  • Orville Redenbacher popcorn kernels
  • Thanos Infinity Gauntlet mug
  • Iron Man snuggie

I’m not sure I need all those things, but an Infinity Gauntlet mug does sound pretty badass

I loaded up their lineup into my movie marathon app. The app tells me that if you watched all of these movies back-to-back, this is what your next two days would look like:

  • Iron Man (2008) 12:00 PM 2:06 PM
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008) 2:06 PM 4:00 PM
  • Iron Man 2 (2010) 4:00 PM 6:04 PM
  • Thor (2011) 6:04 PM 7:59 PM
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 7:59 PM 10:03 PM
  • The Avengers (2012) 10:03 PM 12:26 AM
  • Iron Man 3 (2013) 12:26 AM 2:36 AM
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013) 2:36 AM 4:28 AM
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) 4:28 AM 6:44 AM
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 6:44 AM 8:45 AM
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) 8:45 AM 11:06 AM
  • Ant-Man (2015) 11:06 AM 1:03 PM
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016) 1:03 PM 3:30 PM
  • Doctor Strange (2016) 3:30 PM 5:25 PM
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) 5:25 PM 7:42 PM
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) 7:42 PM 9:55 PM
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) 9:55 PM 12:05 AM
  • Black Panther (2018) 12:05 AM 2:19 AM
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) 2:19 AM 4:48 AM
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) 4:48 AM 6:47 AM

Sadly, I don’t think I’m quite cool enough to get the job. You need to be a social media “influencer”.

The hero we’re looking for is not only a Marvel fanatic, but also an active, outgoing social media personality who’d be enthusiastic about live-tweeting their MCU marathon experience while tagging (@CableTV, #CableTV).

Also, I’m disappointed to find this isn’t really a movie marathon!

And don’t worry… we will let you sleep. The chosen candidate will have three days to complete this epic binge.

What is the challenge in that? Anyone with opposable thumbs can watch some movies and tweet about it. Binge watching them over 42 hours takes real skill!

Ah well – I’ll just have to wait for the next opportunity to get paid to watch movies. I’m sure it’ll come some day.

Marvel Movie Marathon – Phase 2

In case you missed it, another movie marathon in a box is now available: The Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2. For those playing along at home, you can now acquire all Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies in two convenient (and expensive) boxes (see phase 1 box set here), complete with their own infinity stones and other nerdy nonsense!

When Avengers: Age of Ultron premiered, some were brave enough to watch all the previously released MCU films in one 27-hour marathon. Some pop culture reporters attended these marathons, and their movie marathon diaries are a hoot to read. My favorite quote is from the AV Club’s Alex McCown, who said:

The movie induces a sense of floating. All cares have subsided, all desires sated, all needs met. It’s like 1984: I’m at a Marvel movie marathon. I have always been at a Marvel movie marathon. I will always be at a Marvel movie marathon. This is life.

And that, right there, is the pure, transcendental experience good movie marathons provide. Wasting time with meditation and self-reflection is for suckers.

Sadly, not everyone is ready to achieve Nirvana. Scott Bixby at Arts.Mic was rooting for Ultron by the time his marathon was over, and Alex Abad-Santos from Vox just sounded plain old tired. Still, their misery is our gain, like this goofy quote from Scott:

11:36 p.m.: Two tubs of popcorn later, I’m thirsty enough to try cracking open my can of Monster. I discover that the worst thing about Monster is how good Monster tastes. It’s like how cats love the taste of antifreeze because it’s so sweet.

Anyway, take a look at their harrowing accounts of 27-hours of spandex-clad superheros. Maybe a Marvel movie marathon is finally within your grasp! Like, you know, ultimate power or something.

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Correct Marvel Movie Marathon Timeline

The nice folks at CNet have put together an excellent infographic on the correct order to watch 19 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and TV shows. Because, really, if you don’t watch the storyline in the correct fictional chronological order, how could you possibly follow any of the plot?

It’d be like watching the Star Wars episodes IV-VI before I-III….oh wait. It’d be like reading the Bible out of order (don’t miss a single page of Leviticus and its dietary rules action!)…oh wait. It’d be like watching The Matrix: Revolutions before The Matrix… actually that would be quite bad. Don’t do that.

Anyway, enjoy nerding out on this infographic. I know I did!

Marvel movies and TV in order

The Longest Film Series You Want to Watch

So what is the longest film series ever? It all depends on how and what you count. Do you count only English-speaking films? Or do you throw in a least a few foreign-made films? Do you fully consider all foreign-made and foreign-language films? What about series that have at least some entries that are direct-to-video? And how do you define a film series vs a film franchise anyway? And how do you define “longest”? Is longest defined by the  number of films or in minutes of running time?

Whew. This all sounds very complicated, so let’s start by boiling all this down to three facts:

  1. The longest film series ever is the Wong Fei Hung series, at 89 films.
  2. There are many very long movie series that you have never head of – since they are old, not recorded in English, or both.
  3. Wikipedia has a large list of film series, if you want to learn more.

Ok – the basic facts are out of the way now. What are the longest film series that you might actually want to watch, and have a decent chance of actually getting your hands on? I’ve put together my top twenty long film series list below and sorted it by total runtime (not the number of movies).

The result was interesting. Despite having 28 films, Godzilla is not the king of the movie marathon as I’ve previously reported! It’s actually James Bond, who has a 6 hour lead over Godzilla. In the nerd wars, Star Trek handily beats both Harry Potter and Star Wars, with time to spare.

Did I leave some film series out? Definitely. But the real question is: did I leave out any series you might actually want to watch from beginning to end? Comment if I did!

The Longest Film Series You Actually Want to Watch

Film SeriesMoviesHours
James Bond2450.6
Star Trek1325.3
Harry Potter820.0
Pink Panther1118.6
Friday the 13th1218.4
The Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit617.2
Planet of the Apes916.3
Fast & Furious816
Star Wars715.5
A Nightmare on Elm Street914.2
The Muppets812.9
Police Academy710.5
Night of the Living Dead69.9