Avengers: Endgame: Everything We Know About Last Avengers Movie

Well, here we are. We have arrived at the end. Are we sad? A little. Are we excited? A LOT. In today's blog, we're going to cover everything we know about the final installment of the Avengers movies, including fun facts, character information, and more. Without further ado, let's get started.

Initial Reviews

If initial reactions can predict anything about the viability of a movie, then we're in for a real treat with Avengers: Endgame. According to critic reviews, and current audience scores, this will be the best Avengers movie of all time (or any superhero movie, for that matter). While famous critics had voiced their concerns prior to their opportunities to view the film before its release, the accounts seem to be the same across the board: This is going to be an incredible movie filled with emotional highs and lows, and an action-packed adventure like nothing we've seen before. Audience reviews reveal a similar narrative; this movie is really going to be amazing. With only a few hours left before we can begin finding our seats, this is excellent news and only makes us more excited.

Trailers and Clips We've Seen 

Often, trailers for movies can be very misleading, but for the limited amount of information and viable theories that have been released, what we've seen from the clips and trailers is really all we have to go on. The second teaser, released during the Super Bowl, certainly had Marvel fans excited, but also a little confused and even worried. It appeared that Tony Stark was going to be left behind, and he might not have had enough oxygen to get back to Earth, which, not going to lie, would be a huge bummer. But, as the first and second trailers were released, we're starting to see clips of Tony being back at Avengers headquarters, so we think that means he's going to make it back to safety?

The first full scene debut from the movie came at CinemaCon this month, and a substantial clip from that scene was aired during an episode of Good Morning America. Thanks to ComicBook.com, we've had the chance to see the entire clip, and boy does it look awesome. Check it out below:

While this clip reveals a lot about which characters will be showing their faces in Endgame, it does also reveal an interesting dynamic that we did not anticipate. Since Thor has pretty much found his way to disliking every Avenger he's come across in the original films (until, eventually, growing to like them), he seems to really like Carol Danvers right off the bat? Is there a love interest here?...or does he just appreciate Captain Marvel's obviously incredible power and strength? We will find out!

Ticket Presales

It's official - Endgame has sold more tickets ahead of time than any movie...ever. Yes, ever. It has officially combined for at least double the number of presales for Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Aquaman, and Captain Marvel combined... Oh! Did we mention that those four are the most pre-sold-movies ever? We didn't? Well, there you go.

The hype surrounding this movie is both understandable and was inevitable, but holy cow. We would not have expected it to have sold over $100 million in tickets before the movie even came out...

The Movie Posters

In what ended up being a brilliant marketing campaign (would you expect anything less than brilliant?) Marvel released a series of movie posters 1 month prior to the release date, and they were as revealing about the movie as they were amazing. Each poster featured characters from the MCU in either color or black-and-white depending on their status following "the snap". We get a great glimpse into who will be alive and well during Endgame, as well as characters that we can (hopefully!) expect to return if the snap is reversed.

Surprises were certainly in the mix for characters that made it through the snap, and MCU fans had no problems voicing their excitement for a select few, namely, Valkyrie, Wong, Happy, and Hawkeye! 

The Movie Itself

The expected runtime for Endgame promises to be the longest of any MCU movie to-date, at just over 3 hours. First of all, an epic of this proportion certainly warrants an extended runtime, so we're not worried about that, but there also seems to be some additional justification from the directors where they explained that in order to wrap this whole story up right, they'll need the full 3 hours. Hopefully, this means little downtime, otherwise, it could have the potential for some seriously slow moments.

As for the big screen, it was reported that the entire film was shot with IMAX cameras, just like part 1, and with the release of the "look" of the footage, you can see that approximately 26% more movie will appear on IMAX screens than on the traditional big screen. Here's an example of what we're talking about:

What About The Characters?

As for the characters, it's been rumored that there may be a few that don't make it through the story. As sad as that is, it actually is intriguing enough that we'll be waiting on the edge of our seats to see if anything of that nature actually comes to fruition.

According to the contracts of a few of the characters, Iron Man and Captain America, Endgame will be their last movie, too. They're only signed on for this last film, so unless there's some sort of contract extension or further negotiations that no one has heard about, we probably won't see another Tony Stark film. 

What's Going to Happen?

We hope you didn't get here and think we have any spoilers for you. We're just as in the dark as you are, but we can certainly speculate as to what might happen in the movie. First of all, based on Dr. Strange's famous, "There's only one" line, we can hopefully look forward to a victory for the good guys. However, with the way Infinity War ended, we can't really know that for certain.

We will, on the other hand, see another Tom Holland led Spider-Man movie at the end of the year, though, so we know that either 1. the snap gets reversed or 2. they find a way to bring at least a few of the characters back.

Outside of all of the hubbub and noise surrounding this movie, we're just genuinely so excited. It does mark the end of an era, but it's been quite the era and we're all lucky to have been along for the ride.

That wraps up today's blog! We hope you enjoy the movie, and we'll talk to you next week. 

Best 90's Disney Animated Movies!

The '90s were a time of memorable pop music, iconic sports moments, and arguably, the greatest era of Disney Animation Studios films ever made. There's not much to say beyond the fact that these movies shaped many of our lives; from Little Mermaid to the Lion King, the iconic studio pumped out some of the most incredible stories of our lifetime. Let's be clear, we're aware that The Little Mermaid was released in 1989, but it came out in November, so really, it's about as close to the '90s as one could get. Additionally, we're here to talk about Disney Animation Studios, not Pixar, so you're not going to read anything here about Toy Story or A Bug's Life - those are fit for another list. Today, we're going to list our Top 5 Disney Animation Studios films, and we cannot wait to share with you. Before we get to that, though, we do want to Let's get started!

5. Mulan (1998)

While not our favorite movie of the '90s, Mulan fits the bill of a "classic" extremely well. From the start of the film, you can feel a genuine tension between the reality that Mulan is facing and the expectations of her culture, and it really only gets better from there. On top of that, the animation of the movie itself is awestriking and beautiful - leaving you with a feeling of connectivity to a culture that many of us could not have imagined as children. 

The basic message of the story, that honor, and family are most important in life, is both a morally strong premise and a timeless truth. Mulan strikes to the core of what being yourself is all about, and it finds a way to do so with humor and lightheartedness sprinkled throughout. Eddie Murphy was incredible as our red dragon friend, and the featured song, "I'll Make a Man Out of You" is one of the better songs from any '90s movie. 

All-in-all, Mulan is deservedly in the Top 5 list, and writing this makes us want to watch it again!

4. The Little Mermaid (1989...late 1989)

We mentioned this already, but we'll reiterate the message - we know that The Little Mermaid was not technically a '90s movie. However, it's on our list and we're sticking with it. Ariel, Sebastian, Ursula, and company came splashing onto the movie scene at a time in which Disney wasn't really crushing it with animated movies and they absolutely knocked it out of the park. 

While the story was written originally by Hans Christian Andersen, the Disney version featured a funny, lighthearted twist to the predecessor. However, that's not to say that there aren't some emotional themes that leave you feeling a bit "blue" if you will. There are some really strong messages throughout the movie, but what makes the whole thing come together is the songwriting and singing.

The decision to format the script and score to mirror a Broadway musical turned out to be a stroke of genius, and songs like "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World" are not just memorable favorites, they're actually pretty brilliantly written. 

The creators and Disney struck gold with The Little Mermaid, and we are all better off for it.

3. Aladdin (1992)

Here's the deal, Aladdin and Genie's relationship might be the best Protagonist/Supporting Character relationship in any Disney movie. You might disagree, but it's certainly a friendship that highlights what it means to care about one another, and that's what Disney is all about. 

Robin Williams was electric in this movie, so much so, that we forget at times that the movie is about Aladdin and Jasmine. His portrayal of the Genie is outstanding, loveable, and heartwarming and that's just the tip of the iceberg for this movie.

What really seems to stand out is that this might actually be the funniest animated Disney movie ever, but it's also a passionate love story about a familiar archetype that we've grown to be used to. What sets this movie apart from the traditional narrative, though, is the fact that it takes place in a completely different setting with a fresh perspective.

All this without mentioning the score and soundtrack, which are both stunning.

Deservedly, Aladdin sits in the top 3 Disney movies of the '90s. 

2. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

While some of the Disney movies of the '90s left us feeling happy, and others sad, it was the varying emotional range of Beauty and the Beast that really made it a masterpiece. At times, the movie was truly sad and had you feeling as though no possible positivity could arise, and at others, we were feeling happy, hopeful, and joyous. 

The relationship between Beast and Belle is also not something to be overlooked. Although somewhat dark, the true "beauty" of the film shines through in their character arcs. Additionally, through their relationship, we are awarded some of the best songs in the movie (although, our favorite song is "Be Our Guest"!)

Finally, the animation in the movie really sets it apart. The idea to bring clocks and candlesticks to life and to create incredible characters out of them is not something to be overlooked as far as genius goes. Beauty and the Beast is the 2nd-best movie of the '90s, which only leaves room for one more. 

1. The Lion King (1994)

This is it. We've arrived at the pinnacle of movies and Disney Animation Studios? Don't agree? That's fair, but let's point out the facts. The Lion King was not the first "talking animals" movie that Disney had ever done, and it wouldn't be the last, but they found a way to make that theme far more exciting and magical than any who had ever done it before.

Beyond the traditional story arc of Prince claiming his rightful throne as King, The Lion King is based on a Shakespeare classic and follows the story without ever breaking character. Never once do you feel like, "I've seen this story before" - it's fresh, it's original, and it's captivating. The movie also jumps right into some of the darkest and most-adult themes that Disney has ever tackled, from the death of Mufasa to the banishment and near-starvation of Simba, you're certainly not comfortable the entire time. 

However, they found a way to strike joy and awe in our hearts amidst these themes, with the relationship between Timon and Pumbaa, Zazu, and even the laughing hyenas, helping us to find new meaning in classic ideas like mortality, legacy, and honor. 

We haven't even touched on the music, which absolutely blows you away each time you see (or listen to) it. Maybe it's the inclusion of Elton John, maybe it's the full-choir, or maybe it's just the fact that Hans Zimmer wrote the score. Regardless of what's responsible, the myriad of incredible tracks makes this movie even better than it already was. 

We have no shame naming The Lion King the best movie of the '90s - there's just too much greatness to ignore!

The 5 Best Live-Action Disney Movies!

With the Lion King official trailer being released just a few days ago, we felt inspired to comb through all of the live-action Disney movies we've loved over the years and rank our 5 Best Live-Action Disney movies of all time. It was a ton of fun and left us with a feeling of nostalgia that every Disney fan feels when they watch the classics. However, it was also really tough. There have been so many live-action movies over the years that it was almost too much to ask. Regardless, we're here with our Top 5! If you don't agree with one of our selections, we'd love to hear which movies you'd rather see on the list; let us know in the comments! Without further ado, let's start with number 5!

5. Pirates of the Caribbean (the full series)

Okay, these movies were (and still are) so much fun. Whether you like Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Kierra Knightly or not, the theme of pirates and the jokes and silly things that go on in this series have always been something to enjoy. We couldn't pick our favorite of the bunch, so we felt we'd just include the entire series in our list. Do you agree? 

4. Maleficent 

Somehow, like they always do, Disney found a way to appeal to our sense of empathy again with this "old story told anew". Maleficent is expertly cast (Jolie is amazing) and it manages to actually tell the old story of Sleeping Beauty from a completely different perspective. While it's not our favorite, it certainly deserves a spot on this list and is absolutely a film for any true Disney fan. If you haven't had the chance to watch it, the weekend is right around the corner. Get on it!

3. Homeward Bound

Somewhat of a "sleeper pick", if you will, Homeward Bound captured our love for animals, comradery, and companionship with this all-time classic. The journey, as you may remember, begins with the Seavers heading out of town, and basically takes as many twists and turns as any story we can remember. But, the best part? It's almost entirely created with voiceover for the dogs. Obviously, CGI wasn't nearly as robust at that time, and no, they didn't find a way to match the mouths of the animals to the dialogue, but it was an amazing foray into live-action animal movies. It truly paved the way for so many films we've grown to love over the years, and it captured our hearts along the way. 

2. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

So, this one is a bit of a tough-love kind of film. If you loved it, you LOVED it, and if you didn't, well, you DIDN'T. With that in mind, we LOVED it. Maybe it's because we love Emma Watson? Maybe it's because the soundtrack is really amazing? Maybe, just maybe, it's because it actually is an awesome film, and just happened to be preceded by (arguably) one of the best animated princess films of all time? Whatever the reason, this really was a great one, and we're happy it lands here in our top 5, even if some might disagree :).

1. Mary Poppins (1964)

If there's an "Undisputed Champion" of live-action movies, it's Mary Poppins. Quite frankly, it's not really even close, either. This movie combines wonder and beauty to create one of the most Disney Magic films of all time, not to mention it's absolutely timeless. For having been released in 1964, there really hasn't been a film to follow it that even holds a candle to the original Mary Poppins. There's nothing quite like the way this movie makes you feel, so it rightfully earns the very top spot on our list of 5 Best Live-Action Disney Movies.

How do you feel about our list? Agree with our choices? Disagree? Let us know in the comments! 

Until next time, Stay Magical!

How to Take the Perfect Disney Cruise!

One of the most Magical Disney Vacation destinations is the Disney Cruise Line. With 4 different ships and several different ports of call, Disney Cruises take the word "Magical" to a completely different level. While cruises can often be very affordable options for vacations, Disney Cruises can be very expensive for an entire family. That's why we've put together this guide for How to Take the Perfect Disney Cruise! If you follow these loose guidelines, you can make sure you're taking full advantage of the experience, and you'll make memories that will last a lifetime!

What to Do Before Taking a Disney Cruise?

One of the most important steps to take before getting on the ship and beginning your voyage is to sign up for all of the activities that interest you as soon as possible. Activity signups fill up super fast, so you'll want to make sure you do this as soon as you can begin booking your spots. The activities range from Kids to Adults, so there's always something for anyone in the family to enjoy! However, if you don't manage to get signed up for something you're interested in, check-in with Guest Services aboard the ship and they may be able to assist you!

Another great step you can take to prepare is to join the Facebook group Disney Cruises for Junkies, or one of the many other available groups. Most often, the folks in those groups are very experienced and have been on many cruises. They're usually very helpful and can answer your questions or even give you suggestions for what to do aboard the ship!

If you're flying down to Florida for the trip, make sure to book an extra day for travel so you can wake up and make your way to the Port. Rather than rely on everything going super smoothly on the day the ship leaves, getting off the plane in time and making it to the ocean, it's so much easier to simply stay the night beforehand and head out in the morning. 

Here's another quick "Cruise-Hack" for you to try: Prepay your gratuity charges ahead of time! If you call ahead, you can prepay for all of the gratuity charges that you'd incur on board the ship. It's $13.50 per person, per day. This will help you to budget the cost of the trip and make sure that you've got all of your finances in line ahead of time! 

Do you have a bunch of Disney gift cards from friends and family members? Add them to your Cruise account! You can either call ahead and redeem them or bring them to Guest Services once you're on board, but this will allow you some extra spending money while you're on the ship shopping or enjoying meals that you have to pay for.

Finally, download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app for your smartphone. Up until your trip, it's really just used for a super cute countdown, but once you're on the ship, it's invaluable. It has all of the information on every activity that's happening on the ship while you're there, and it lets you know which activities you have booked, dinner menus, Drinks of the Day, and more! Also, it provides a "texting" function that allows you to communicate with the other members of your party, which is great because there's no phone service while you're out at Sea.

What to Expect When You Take a Disney Cruise

From the moment you arrive at the Port, take it all in. As we mentioned, there's a reason that Disney Cruises are more expensive than many of the other cruise lines. Disney puts the same level of attention into the Cruise experience that they do at the Parks, so you can expect a full-fledged Magical experience right from the top! Take pictures, film videos, meet characters - do it ALL! It's all worth it.

If you're bringing the whole family, expect not to see your children very much! The Kids Clubs and Teen Centers aboard the ships are loaded with fun activities and have a full schedule - they're the perfect place for your kiddos to get a piece of Disney and you can trust that they're going to be in great hands! 

When it comes to dining on the ship, there are a ton of options for food. Many of the dining options are included in the cost of your vacation and require no additional dress code or special attire. Simply walk-in, sit down, and enjoy the delicious food! There are also options for fancier dining, where there is a dress code and an added cost to the menu options, but if you allow for one night of this style of dining it is so worth it. The experience is breathtaking and the food is delightful!

Finally, take a look at the excursions that are available once you're on the ship if you didn't book them ahead of time. They fill up quickly, so don't wait too long to get started. If you choose not to take any of the excursions, there is something nice to being on the boat with fewer people aboard. It's far quieter and some of the activities on the ship are more available.

Disney Cruises vs. Disney Parks

Here's our take, if you're kiddos don't like rides or are afraid of that kind of thing, or if you're claustrophobic in crowds but still want the Disney experience, Disney Cruises were made for you and your family. The cruise is a more intimate experience and there's virtually no wait to meet characters and interact with them. Like the Parks, the Cruises are immaculate and cleaned regularly, so your experience is constantly refreshing. Finally, if you want to take a combo trip, that's available, too! You can spend a few days at the Parks and head out on a short Cruise afterwards!

Let us know in the comments if you have your own Tips and Tricks for Disney Cruises! We'd love to hear them! Until then, have a fabulous day and Stay Magical!