In honor of “Avengers: Endgame” opening on Friday, Google
Search has hidden a marvelous Easter Egg for fans of the Disney-owned
Marvel franchise. Here’s how it works:
Search for “Thanos,” the galactic warlord played by Josh Brolin who wiped out half of the universe’s population at the cliffhanger ending of last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” by snapping his fingers while wearing the Infinity Gauntlet — basically, a golden glove bedazzled with some incredible powerful Infinity gemstones.
When the results come up, you’ll notice an icon of the Infinity Gauntlet pop up in the Wikipedia result defining the uber-baddie. Click on it and half of your search results start disappearing into dust, the way Thanos’ billions of victims did. The 90,700,000 search results drop to 45,350,000 in just 0.44 seconds.
But there’s hope — and perhaps a hint to how the remaining heroes such as Captain America, Captain Marvel, Thor, Iron Man and Black Widow can reverse this universal mass murder. If you tap on the “time stone” in the center of the Infinity Gauntlet, all of the missing search results reappear.
It’s all part of the stratospheric hype surrounding the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has enjoyed record presales and is expected to earn between $250 million and $268 million in North America alone over its opening weekend.
reported Friday that advance sales for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ set an all-time record for a Thursday night box office. It said the film will have about 58,000 showtimes over the weekend; that’s 10,000 more than the previous record weekend, set by its “Avengers: Infinity War” predecessor last year. “We have set aside approximately 10 million seats and 58,000 showtimes for this historic event,” said AMC CEO Adam Aron in a statement.
Fandango also reported that 8,000 showtimes for “Endgame” have sold out at theaters across the country, from Hawaii to New Hampshire, and theaters are adding more showtimes to meet fan demand. So it’s not surprising that tickets to ‘Avengers: Endgame’ are selling for $500 on eBay.
And the three-hour-plus running time isn’t dampening sales, even if many moviegoers are worried about how they’re going to sit through the film without having to run to the bathroom. (Don’t worry — MarketWatch has tips from a urologist for holding it in during the show here.)