We’re all in the endgame now. As we predicted on Monday, Avengers: Endgame tickets went on sale at 8 a.m. Eastern Tuesday. The internet has responded in turn with an explosion of zealous responses from smug fans who successfully purchased tickets when the window opened, to the unfortunate souls left frustrated at various ticketing websites malfunctioning. Anxious fans are still waiting to get tickets.
If you thought the Avengers were up against impossible odds in the upcoming final battle against Thanos, then you’ve never tried to buy a ticket for Avengers: Endgame when they went on sale.
Fans who followed our tips for setting up notifications about ticket sales were probably among the first to get theirs shortly after sales opened at 8 a.m. Be proud. Be happy.
For everyone who just wants to see what all the fuss is about on Twitter right now, here are 20 tweet reactions to Avengers: Endgame ticket sales.
Others are savagely bragging about it.
Rihanna is the icon a lot of people chose to smugly proclaim they’ve already gotten their tickets.
Rest assured that even for those who got tickets first, it wasn’t easy for them.
The specific errors fans reported varied wildly and are seemingly occurring at every stage of the ticket-buying process. Log in? Theater selection? Seat selection? Payment submissions?
Fandango, arguably one of the most popular ticketing services right now, is using a queue system requiring fans to wait in a digital line just for the chance to purchase tickets.
It was a battleground.
Many fans held their ground — but many more are probably still waiting.
AMC Theaters had similar issues, probably due to an overwhelming surge in traffic to the website. A select number of AMC Theaters are hosting highly coveted opening night fan events that begin at 5 p.m., giving fans a collectible coin, limited free concessions, and the privilege of viewing the film an hour earlier than everyone else.
However, there were no advanced notices for these special screenings, and they appear on a separate section of the site. The confusion led to hysteria across the internet, especially when part of the ticket-purchasing process requires users to log in — leading to yet another error. The website would also time out if you tried to finalize a purchase.
AMC and Fandango servers seem to have suffered more than any others.
The anxiety was palpable.
On one hand, more people are trying to buy tickets right now using these services than ever before in the history of cinema. On the other hand, I knew it would be this busy. You knew it would be this busy. Every ticketing service on the internet knew in advance when tickets would go on sale, and if they did anything special to prepare for the surge in traffic to their websites, they didn’t do enough.
Fans reported issues with AMC Theaters, Fandango, and also Atom Tickets.
Many fans got so close only to lose their booking.
Pretty much every ticketing service is having ongoing issues.
Probably the worst-case scenario happened when one fan was at the final step of purchasing tickets for an advanced viewing and the website crashed during payment.
This perfectly captures how it felt to get so close and yet fail.
By the time many fans made it through the various errors on whatever site they were using, many of the earliest screenings were already full.
Early box office estimations for Endgame ticket sales are astounding. Deadline estimates that opening weekend could reap almost $840 million in box office sales globally. That’s a lot of people, which is exactly why it’s so hard to get a ticket today.
That’s also why some fans inevitably wondered yet again: What if Thanos was right?
Many fans are probably still experiencing issues trying to get tickets even more than two hours after they were made available.
Good luck out there trying to get tickets.
Avengers: Endgame tickets are now on sale, and the movie hits theaters on April 26, 2019.