So, you wish to watch everything Disney Marvel without stopping? How does one accomplish such a thing? Do you even know what you are up against?
Well, let me tell you, it won't be easy. Twelve movies. A little over twenty-five hours.
I'm about to embark on this adventure. I have a friend who hasn't watched any since The Avengers in 2012.
Yeah, I know.
So, what better way to remedy this than an ultimate marathon? We are going to fix this before Captain America: Civil War's premiere in May.
As I was sitting here planning our marathon, I had to think through how long this was going to take, and what you might need for a 25 hour long marathon. What you need, is a game plan.
The Game Plan
You are going to need more than 12% of a plan for this to work smoothly. You need to plan so that you don't add more time to this already long (but awesome) adventure! In my planning, I came up with five different items that I believe you need to survive a Marvel marathon.
1. A Designated Driver
No, I don't necessarily mean that kind of driver, but if you plan on staying awake, you might want one.
You just finished Iron Man 2, you run to the bathroom as your friends grab more snacks and drink. After you finish, everyone runs back to the couch and hits the play button, but something is wrong.
No one changed movies.
Now someone has to get up and change the disk to the next movie and you added two minutes to your marathon time. This is why you need the 'designated driver'. If you want to make sure you don't add unnecessary time, someone needs to know that changing disks is their job.
2. The Snacks (Introducing the Popcorn Equation)
This is one of the most important things you are going to need for this marathon. People are going to want food, and they are most likely going to want a ton. This is something you will need to survive the 25 hours of movie watching. Otherwise, you get hungry friends.
No one wants to be the hangry friend.
If you are hosting this crazy adventure, you need to make sure you have enough snacks. And make sure you have the most important munchable marathon staple.
What goes better with a movie than popcorn? Make sure you have enough, though. There's a nice equation that I have come up with to help you figure out how much buttery goodness you are going to need.
(# of people x 3 cups of popcorn) x 6.25 = the number of cups of popcorn needed
The average serving size of popcorn is two cups, but you are going to have that one friend who eats twice as much. The three cups should help cover that difference. The 6.25 of the equation is for how many four hour increments there are. Normally, you get hungry every three hours, but popcorn is more filling.
Now, I do realize that sounds like a ton of popcorn. However, a bag of microwave popcorn is about 4 cups. If you apply two people to the equation, you get 37.5 cups of popcorn. That's only about nine bags of popcorn for two people over 25 hours of movies. Sounds more reasonable, right?
Tada, the Popcorn Equation.
One thing about popcorn, it makes you thirsty. Drinks are also a must when it comes to surviving a marathon. You not only need them to keep you hydrated, but you can also use them to keep you awake.
In other words, caffeinated drinks.
There are many different versions out there. My personal favorite is coffee, which can be made ahead of time.
But maybe you aren't like me. Perhaps you are like my husband and my friends who would rather have soda. There are lots of choices of caffeine out there. Just make sure you have enough of it. Twenty-five hours is a long time, and you will want to stay awake during the awesomeness.
4. Break Protocol
This is something that you and your friends need to discuss beforehand. Are you going to take nap breaks? How are you going to handle bathroom breaks?
Now, naps might not be extremely necessary in a 25 hour marathon. It basically depends on how old you are, and how busy you have been.
However, this is still something you have to think about. I recommend going this route: sleep through your least favorite movie. I will be sleeping through either Iron Man 2 or Thor: The Dark World. I work forty-two hours a week at an awesome, but tiring job. I know I won't make it through all twelve movies. This is why I am already planning to sleep through one of these. I recommend doing it this way, if you don't plan on having a set time for sleeping.
The bathroom breaks are probably the easiest thing to plan. Don't like a scene? Bathroom. Credits? Bathroom, just make sure you are back for the credit end-scenes.
5. Just Have Fun
The rest of those things in the Game Plan are definitely great, and will help you survive a 25 hour long marathon. However, having fun needs to be at the top of your list.
If you aren't doing this to have fun, why are you doing it?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has great movies, movies that are supposed to be enjoyed. Movies that you can watch with your friends and have a good time.
Watch for Easter eggs, and try and connect the dots.
This is why I watch Marvel's movies. I almost never watch them alone, and I always have fun.
So, there you have it. The way to survive a Marvel marathon. I hope this helps you as you also embark on this adventure! Let me know how it goes.