Raise your hand if you have already marked the coming Friday on your calendar. Marvel’s most anticipated movie, Avengers: Infinity War will hit the screens in three days and all the curiosity and excitement will finally come to rest. With Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy coming in unison to fight the mighty Thanos, you can only expect the fans to go crazy and start jumping with joy. While the MCU fans have already started the countdown to witness the biggest crossover event in the history of cinema, there are countries that are against its release on April 25. Yes, few countries will witness the screening two days before the rest of the world and that includes nations like Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and others. But if recent reports are to be believed, citizens of Australia and New Zealand are against the film’s release which falls on their national holiday.
As reported by 9News, some Australian fans are against the April 25 screening of the third Avengers film. They want the movie to be canceled because it falls on a somber national holiday — Anzac Day. With films traditionally being released on Thursdays in Australia, some feel that by releasing the film on Wednesday, Marvel Studios is attempting to disrespectfully capitalize on the holiday. According to Australia’s TODAY Show, entertainment editor Richard Wilkins, the real issue is the morning screening. Though theatres in the country are allowed to start operating from 10:00 am on the Anzac day, there are few who are against the screening that’s prior to 10 am.
“My issue is not that Avengers is opening a day earlier, it’s that cinemas are allowed to operate from 10am at all, when most other retailers are restricted until 1pm,” Wilkins said. “I believe the cinema chains should show the respect that Anzac Day warrants and commands. It’s a day for solemn reflection and commemoration; one of the most sacred days on our calendar; and we should do everything we can to reinforce and protect that.”
Karl Stefanovic, co-host of TODAY’s show, agreed with Wilkins’ point of view. Event Cinemas bringing the release a day early is a grubby cash grab to me,” Stefanovic said. “Well, grab your cash somewhere else. Exploit another day. Not what I believe is the most important day on our nation’s calendar. How on earth are our kids supposed to breath insignificance of Anzac Day? Please keep this day sacred.” The issue is important since Avengers stars Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth who plays the iconic character of Thor.
However, ironically, the morning shows of Infinity War on Anzac Day are almost sold out since it’s a holiday and many fans would want to watch the movie first-day first show. “The release date is determined by the distributor,” a spokesman said. “We’ve always been open on Anzac Day. Our customers love to go to the cinemas on public holidays as it’s a day to take the family out.” But after the constant pressure, the makers have kept the first show at 1:00 PM on April 25th.