Welcome back to "Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend."

This week we have Avengers: Endgame. Let's be honest, you don't care about anything else.


Avengers: Endgame

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame - Official Trailer www.youtube.com

When Marvel released their first Iron Man movie in 2008, nobody could have foreseen how drastically it would shape the future of Hollywood. While "nerdiness" still reeked of negative stigma, earlier comic book adaptations like Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins proved mainstream successes at the box office. But the concept of a "cinematic universe"––a series of interconnected movies where vast numbers of standalone entries contributed to a massive overarching narrative––had never been done before.

Marvel's formula was wildly successful, turning every movie into an "event" that needed to be witnessed in order to partake in the larger narrative. The best entries turned obscure titles into household names ( Guardians of the Galaxy). The worst entries (Thor: The Dark World) were just small bumps on a longer road. All of it promised to culminate in a massive battle between Marvel's greatest heroes and the intergalactic supervillain, Thanos.

Avengers: Endgame is the conclusion of that battle, the result of all 21 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that came beforehand. Today's movie market may be oversaturated with superhero fare, especially considering every other company from DC to Universal wants a cinematic universe of their own, but Avengers: Endgame is different. It's not a copycat. It's the original, the real deal, the biggest movie of the decade.

Avengers: Endgame

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame | “To the End" www.youtube.com

Normally, I try to use my totally unnecessary film degree to inform you, dear reader, about what movies are coming out over the weekend. I painstakingly comb through trailers on YouTube to bring you the very best viewing recommendations. That means Chinese-language dramas, Bollywood farces, documentaries, and, of course, spooky boys. But this week I got nothing for you. Nobody wants to release their movie the same weekend as Avengers: Endgame. You're either seeing it or you're staying home.

Avengers: Endgame

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame | “Found" TV Spot www.youtube.com

At this point, I'm just attaching random trailers for Avengers: Endgame in order to hit my minimum word count. Is this the one where Hawkeye shoots an arrow? Or the one with a closeup of Nebula looking angry? I don't even know anymore. I attached them randomly, and to be honest, they're all kind of the same. But are you hyped? I'm hyped. All your favorite Avengers are gonna be there––Thor, Spider-Man, Aquaman, Ms. Marvel, Hulk. Maybe Loki will be there too.

Avengers: Endgame

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame | "No Mistakes, Kids" TV Spot www.youtube.com

I have a confession to make. For a long time, I was really gung-ho about attending every Marvel movie premiere. I midnight screened with the best of them, believe me. I still have those stupid Hulk IMAX 3D glasses that were only given out during the first screening of The Avengers. But I'm just burnt out on superhero movies now. So here's the truth. I didn't see Ant-Man and the Wasp. There, I said it. I'm a giant fraud, and I'll be watching Endgame this weekend with only 21/22 pieces of the necessary information.

Avengers: Endgame

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame | “Awesome" TV Spot www.youtube.com

I don't know if I have enough time to see Ant-Man and the Wasp before Endgame. I really messed up, okay, I admit that. I should have seen it when I had the chance and now it's too late. IT'S TOO LATE. I have a doctor's appointment tonight, so unless I take off work on Friday and watch it in the morning, I literally don't have time. What are the chances that the events in Ant-Man and the Wasp will heavily factor into Thanos's affairs? Does Thanos even care about Ant-Man? Thanos is a space titan with the power to bend time and space, and Ant-Man is just Paul Rudd in a dumb suit. Ant-Man is a pretty lame hero, honestly.

Frankly, I'm freaking out here. I'm at my wit's end. I know, I KNOW Ant-Man and the Wasp probably doesn't matter, but what if it does? What if End Game's climactic scene involves Thanos killing all the other Avengers and then Ant-Man and the Wasp get really small and beat him up and Ant-Man says, "Hey, Thanos, remember (insert reference to events of Ant-Man and the Wasp)?" and I don't understand it because sorry, I had other plans when my friends wanted to go see it?

I tried to read the Ant-Man and the Wasp summary on Wikipedia but it was super boring and I couldn't make it through. So if you're reading this and want to help, PLEASE SEND ME YOUR BEST ORIGINAL ANT-MAN AND THE WASP SUMMARY. Send it to info@popdust.com RE: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP SUMMARY. I will straight up publish it on our site and give you full credit, and you will be a published author please help.

Dan Kahan is a writer & screenwriter from Brooklyn, usually rocking a man bun. Find more at dankahanwriter.com

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Is "Avengers: Endgame" Even Real? New Trailer and Leaked Footage Hint: Maybe

We don't know if the alleged "Endgame" leaked footage is real, but there's a new TV Spot that's the best, most revealing trailer Marvel's ever made.


Have you been aching for the perfect three minutes of Avengers clips so you don't have to watch all 11 days, 2 hours, and 17 minutes before Endgame's release?

Does your adrenaline rise when you hear loud, orchestral music cues? Does the sight of Captain Marvel and Thor in the same room hype you up like a handsome, blonde Red Bull?

Then Marvel loves you but also hates editing. The latest Endgame TV Spot trailer is an excellent film student assignment. A voiceover from Samuel L. Jackson even opens the trailer with a hook worthy of a high school commencement speech: "Heroes: It's an old-fashioned notion." (Also, your subject and verb don't match. But that's fine, both grammar and god are dead).

Avengers: Endgame will be released on April 26. Judging by this TV Spot, there's literally no telling what will happen. But if you follow the trail of allegedly leaked footage online...then you might get a whole clip of a real scene in which something happens that's maybe important. Despite being labeled as "spoiler-heavy" on social media, the "leaked" footage doesn't do more than intensify the already hyped publicity surrounding the film and Thanos' hopeful comeuppance.

AVENGERS 4 ENDGAME Thanos Vs Iron Man Trailer NEW (2019) Marvel Superhero Movie HD www.youtube.com

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Iron Man and Captain America's Bromance Teased in New "Avengers: Endgame" Trailer

Also, Ant-Man is there. He's standing in the back for a second at 0:27, so he's important, too.


The latest one-minute trailer for Avengers: Endgame reveals more than the previous trailers, movie poster, or calls to 1-800-PSYCHICS did combined.

After re-capping the surviving Avengers' determination to save their Dusted™ brethren, the team dons snappy new uniforms and ride shares through space with Captain Marvel. This isn't just another superhero trailer featuring smoldering looks and sexually aggressive walking— well, not exclusively (thanks, Hawkeye and Captain America). In a teased face-off between Iron Man and Thanos, the purple menace mocks Tony, "You could not live with your own failure. Where did that bring you? Back to me."

More importantly, we finally have the reunion between Tony and Steve. Though we only see a clip, their strong, manly handshake speaks volumes about the Avengers' progress in restoring unity since Civil War. It only took half the universe disappearing for Captain America and Iron Man to stop dick-measuring long enough to save existence. Also, Ant-Man is there. He's standing in the back for a second at 0:27, so he's important, too.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME Official Trailer #3 [HD] Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth www.youtube.com

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