At a back-to-back Hollywood screening of 12 Avengers films, climaxing in the new Avengers: Infinity War, the scene was summer camp meets geek heaven
It was approaching hour 25 in the El Capitan theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Twenty-five hours since the audience had filed into the darkened auditorium for a butt-numbing endurance test: watch 12 Avenger films back-to-back, climaxing in Avengers: Infinity War.
Since they had loaded up on popcorn and taken their seats, Wednesday had become Thursday. Earth had completed a full rotation. The sun was preparing another slide into the Pacific ocean. And there was still six hours to go.
Stretchy pants. Blankets. A constant stream of sugar. Cheetos. You got to come prepared, said Benjamin Taylor, 30, ducking out with three friends to the sunlit boulevard for a pizza break.
I ate 13 packs of Fruit Gushers and that was just during Guardians of the Galaxy, said Theo Brown, 29. At night you just have to push through, get some coffee. Were coasting now, man. Its good.
Their friend Kevin Carrington, 38, forgot the stretch pants a rookie mistake but had no complaints. He was in geek heaven. This is the life. And this is the stuff I got laughed at for as a kid. But now people are lining up for it. The culture caught up with us nerds.