Do you remember the feeling every time you open a new book from that series you so much love? What about the moment you learn it will be adapted for the big screen? Do you also remember the waiting game and the opening day?
Though I did not experience that exact process, I recognise that special feeling. You see, I fell in love with this fantasy novel back in high school. Since I couldn’t afford the books and no one really wanted to lend theirs, I never got the chance to read it. When I graduated from college and started working, I thought that I’ll finally be able to afford and read all the books. Then I realised that too much time has passed. Everyone was already preparing for the end and I just couldn’t catch up.
Don’t get me wrong. I know I can read the books before they reach the end. Heck! I can even read it after they’ve finished with the film series. But it’s not the same. I want to be part of the journey.
Fast forward to 2012: The Avengers assembles for the first time
Like books, movie tickets are not cheap. I still couldn’t afford it when Iron Man (2008) was released as I was still in school. In fact, I almost missed the entire Phase 1 which also include The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). But in 2012 things suddenly lit up for me. Not only was I able to buy a movie ticket for myself, but I was also able to buy tickets for my family.
You could say that Marvel’s The Avengers opened a whole new world for me. I won’t get mad because it is true! 🙂 I fell in love with the story, the characters – the whole concept! How could I not? The moment I saw the Helicarrier, the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the mighty heroes uniting on the big screen, I knew right then that this is something I must see through to the end.
Moreover, Marvel is very dedicated to giving longtime fans and new fans something past franchises haven’t. With a total of 22 films, it’s no surprise how intense their emotional impact is over their audience.
So to all the people behind the biggest cinematic saga ever told, thank you for your hard work and for the wonderful journey.
Okay, I’ll cry now.
*Gif from Summit Media from the movie That Thing Called Tadhana.
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