“Avengers: Endgame” is in cinemas everywhere right now, easily dominating the globe as arguably the largest cinematic event of the year – and potentially a generation.
With it comes not only box-office talk but also some interesting reactions at screenings. Taiwanese media has reported that around Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, a man was reportedly beaten and left bloodied outside a cinema for shouting out spoilers to fans waiting in line to see the film.
Over in Ningbo in China meanwhile, a twenty-one-year-old woman was reportedly hospitalized due to overexcitement. Reports indicate the woman’s tears and sobbing during the film was so uncontrollable that she started to hyperventilate and had trouble breathing. She was rushed to hospital and given oxygen to normalize her breathing.
The film’s directors Joe and Anthony Russo have pleaded with early screening audiences to be reticent regarding major plot points and for the most part, many seem to have acquiesced to their wishes. However the Russos have also found themselves the subject of a minor backlash – though not for the film but rather some comments after it premiered.
VERY MINOR “AVENGERS: ENDGAME” SPOILER AHEAD
An early scene in the movie includes a scene set at a self-help group where Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is leading a group of average guys talking about their lives in the five years since Thanos snapped his fingers. Joe Russo has a cameo as one of the guys who talks about going on his first date since losing his male partner.
It’s a small, pointed moment of inclusion and Russo himself has said in interviews this week it was important to the filmmakers that one of them play the role: “to ensure the integrity and show it is so important to the filmmakers that one of us is representing that”.
However after twenty two movies full of packed ensembles with countless different characters of different races, ethnicities, genders and even species – one tiny cameo by a very minor character is being branded by several LGBT columnists on social media as a calculated play done only for positive PR and continuing the trend of Hollywood getting disproportionately outsized credit for tiny throwaway moments of LGBT inclusivity (ala. LeFou in “Beauty and the Beast” & Sulu in “Star Trek Beyond”).