Celebrating the release of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame with a movie-night, because Karma is an Avenger too.

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Yes! It's that time again. The time to re-live all the clashing emotions of Marvel Studios' Avengers:Endgame, as we celebrate the release of the film, for home entertainment, with yet another fun movie-night. It's been eleven years, since we hopped into this superhero ride, not knowing what it would all lead to until this film was released. And now, it is time to watch our favorite superheroes, one more time, as they try to fix Thanos' chaos, but from the comfort of our own home. You know, it definitely makes it easier with the tissues and all, haha. Join us, and check out some goodies we got to eat for this movie-night, and learn how to use a new-ish art technique to get your creativity going, and try crafting some Avengers of your own.


It was super exciting to find myself with a huge box with the Avengers' logo on it, as I opened the door this past Monday. It was like a very early Christmas. And I don't know about you, but even if we live in a very rural and sort of remote place, kind of like Hawkeye, when you get summoned by the Avengers, your inner superhero (and in part, your inner child as well), just flourishes. 


Opening the box itself, was like magic. You know, the kind of magic that Dr. Strange creates, which makes you all giddy and happy in the inside, but also makes you feel mighty, like you have become part of something bigger than yourself. I know that it might sound a bit strange to describe these feelings in this particular way. But if you think about it, after twenty-two incredible stories told throughout films, which were watched over the past eleven years. Looking at them, as if they were  pieces of a much bigger puzzle; shaping their way into our better understanding of the Endgame. Then, I believe it becomes justified to feel this way, and celebrate with such joy.


There were some amazing goodies inside the Avengers themed box. Inside, we found themed; coasters, cookies, drinking cups, and a bowl. We also got a themed memory game, which I love, because it's always been my favorite family game. 

The funny thing was, that we also received a silicon mold to create popsicles. It has been so hot lately, that I was already planning to make popsicles for movie-night. So we literally got our minds read. I guess someone was using their superhero mind-reading powers on us! Haha.


I.just.love.the.bowl. The bowl, aside of it being "Hulk" green, it also had both the Avengers' logo, and The Hulk's. The logo of the "Original 6 Avengers" could be seen throughout the merchandise, and that made this celebration even more special and unique.


And, although it's been hot during the days, it's been quite chilly in the evenings. Thus, the next two items were quite a treat! We were ready and set to be cozy, with this themed throw, and a cool pair of Thor socks.

 

Last but not least. Drum-roll please... The Avengers 4-movie Collection SteelBook, whaaaaaaaaat! I did not expect to find this, in this wonderful themed box, but I am super thrilled that we did. Now we can pull on a marathon weekend with our friends, because it's not just about celebrating Avengers:Endgame, but also all the adventures that these characters faced as they tried to save Earth from all sorts of evil, before, during, and after Thanos.


So, thank you, thank you, thank you, Marvel Studios and Allied Contigo. What a wonderful way to celebrate 11 years of the MCU.

PREPPING FOR MOVIE NIGHT


Well, after getting our minds read, regarding the popsicle idea for movie-night (Hahahaha, I still can't get over it *wink), it was time to gather our ingredients and make some yummy treats for everyone to enjoy. It is important to note that, because we are mixing more than one flavor per popsicle, there is a waiting period of at least 2-3 hours between flavored parts, so that they don't literally mix, becoming a big mush. 

I started the popsicles on Monday, so that they would be ready for movie-night, the next day. I had never used a silicone mold before, but it was super easy to use, and easy to clean. 


Removing the popsicles from the mold was a bit tricky, but after pulling the mold in a manner such as an accordion, allowing it to stretch, it released from the sides, and the popsicles were free to be pulled gently.


Please pardon my mess. But it is quite challenging taking photos of popsicles, when the weather is super hot. The melting factor was not cooperating at all, hahaha. Where's the time-stone when you need it, am I right? Oh yeah. Thanos, pffff! But if you can use your brilliant imagination, and pretend my popsicles are Pinterest perfect, I'll share with you the inspiration for each flavor, and what I've used.


For the popsicles in the picture above, I got inspired by the uniforms used in Avengers: Endgame. I used chocolate, strawberry and yogurt. The chocolate mix was created by using chocolate melts, a bit of agave, and yogurt. The strawberry part, was created by mashing a few pieces of fruit, and separating the pulp from the juice. Then I just added agave to the part that has the plain yogurt, just so it wouldn't be so tart. It kind of reminds me of the Neapolitan ice-cream flavor, but this is my version, and I just couldn't wait to try this one.


The popsicles in the photo above, are inspired by Thanos. Why would I be inspired to create something after such an evil villain, you may ask? Well, it's more of the concept really. I was actually inspired by Thanos and Karma. You see, the popsicle goes from deep purple and fades into lighter. The idea was for it to be translucent in the bottom. There are two brands of dark cherry flavored sodas that we like. One has color, and the other is transparent. I thought it would be the perfect combination in both flavoring and color, for a popsicle inspired by Thanos for Endgame. Oh, and by the way, these smelled so good!


The next flavor combination, shown in the photo above, was inspired by the one and only Iron Man. The silicone mold had already come with an interesting recipe for Iron Man inspired popsicles. However, we will try that recipe during Avengers' marathon weekend. In the meantime, I had some nectarines that were asking to be juiced, and so I did. With different amounts of ingredients in each of the molds, the flavors here are simply; nectarine juice, after removing the pulp, and fruit punch juice. We like a brand that is all natural flavors and colors, so we figured it would be perfect for this treat. I already know who is going to make these Iron Man inspired popsicles disappear in a snap, giggles*.


Lastly, I wanted to make an alternate version of the Avengers:Endgame uniform-inspired popsicle. So using the same idea, instead of chocolate, I just mashed blackberries and used that for the darkest layer, then the strawberry juice, and finally the yogurt. This is for the popsicle on the right. For the one on the left, I just used strawberry juice and dark cherry soda, the transparent brand. I think I had either Spiderman or Scarlet Witch in mind with that one. After all, Thanos happened. I do think that colorless sodas, are a great way to make this "fading" effect, while keeping all your favorite flavors in one same treat. You could even make it a "guess the flavor" game. How about that? I think that would be a fun thing to do, and even try some exotic flavors for those who are more adventurous.


CREATIVE CORNER

If you have been following our blog, first off, let me thank you for that, but also, you may have noticed that I like to create some sort of art project inspired by the movie in that particular movie-night. For Avengers:Endgame, I wanted to create something simple, but also special, so I kept on thinking about it, and I think I ended up with something that is not common to see, but yet, very cool when you do. 

First, I had to make a sketch. I chose Tony Stark aka Iron Man for this particular project, because he was the Avenger in the first ever movie of the franchise that I saw, back in 2008. I know that The Incredible Hulk, was first, but I actually saw this last movie way later. Plus, due to the nature of Endgame, it was my obvious choice. 


After finishing my sketch, I needed the media where I was going to transfer my drawing, which in this case was red crafting/construction paper. Then, for this project to work, I needed something soft but think to set below my red paper. In this case, a few layers of felt were perfect, and that's what I used.

So the order is this; felt paper over a hard base, such as a clip board. On top of the felt, lay your main media, in this case the red paper, and on top of that, your sketch, or drawing. The clip is perfect to avoid your project to move while you are working on it. Once everything is set, we'll go to the next step, which is...


Needle punching! If you are working with kids, make sure that they do this gently, and on a clipboard as described above, so that they don't poke themselves. Otherwise, this part is better done by an adult. Also, a great trick to avoid getting tired of punching with such a little holding area, is to insert the head of the needle on a piece of cork. It is a neat way to have a little punching tool, big enough not to lose it, and with a bigger holding area to avoid getting tired, or hurt. The idea is to punch holes throughout a particular area in your drawing or sketch, in order to make an outline and transfer your image. You have to be careful though, because you can end up tearing the medium if you punch too many holes. Just make as many as possible, without saturating your paper that much, and you should be fine. I decided to outline some parts of my drawing, and then the areas opposite to the shadowed ones.


As you can see in the photo below, the medium under the sketch, is starting to take some form, so let's continue punching holes.


When you are done with your drawing, it's time to place on a bright window, and see all the light go through the holes, to give your artwork some superhero shine.


So what do you think about the project? Pretty cool, hu? Well, this is not a new art method, however, it is not seen very often, which is quite a pity, because it makes for quite a show of a display, especially for kids. And you can do as many as you want, and of anything you'd like. The multiverse is the limit.


Comparing the images, I am quite pleased by the way this turned out. It was my first time attempting this method, and overall, it was quite fun. My family was impressed, and really liked this art project, which in other words would be "mission accomplished".


I'm going to confess, that even the other side of my sketch looked really cool with all the little holes outlining my drawing. I think this was a win, and I would definitely attempt this art project again in the not so distant future.


One more, I just wanted to share how cool it looked this morning, as the sun was coming out. I think this will be staying in the window for a while. Tony, we love you 3000!

THE YUMMIES

Considering that last movie night we went a little overboard with chocolates and cakes, and so on, we decided to go the simpler route this time. However, not because it's simpler, it means less yummy. It just means; P-I-Z-Z-A!!! And in my opinion, pizza for dinner, is the perfect movie night delight. That way we all get to participate in the making of dinner, and it is quicker, so we can get on with the show. After all, the movie is about 181 minutes long.



With the pizza, popcorn, and the popsicles, we also indulged in some themed cookies that we received in our movie-night package. They were so cool, that we just didn't want to eat them, but we did. Thank you, thank you, to whomever made them. De-li-cious! 


After setting the food, and playing a bit with the memory game, it was time to start the movie. "Ay nanita!" What I don't understand is; why does the tension build up again, if I've already seen this movie! I guess that this is what happens, when, in my opinion, a movie creates an environment that totally embraces you throughout the story. And not only throughout the next three hours, but, try eleven years!


Our overall experience was tremendous. Some of us had already seen the movie, and some hadn't. However, it didn't matter. It felt like a new experience anyways, because we were sharing it with family that hadn't seen the film, and also, from the comfort of home, where it's okay to have your tissues at hand, just in case. Or where it's okay to laugh hysterically without people looking at you weird (every time, true story), or even pause the film for bathroom break, or to get more treats. 

I think that what made this movie-night extra special, was all the amazing merch we got, not only to enjoy, but to honor and celebrate alongside many other fans, and everyone involved with the creation of all the films prior to Endgame: Marking the end of an era, and the beginning of so many more stories to come. Although we might have used these treasures last night, to enjoy movie-night, they are now items that we'll often be using, thus, becoming part of our lives. And in a way, it's like all the films from the MCU, which for many of us have been part of our lives for many years now. I met my husband in 2008, and we saw Iron Man together at theaters when we were boyfriend/girlfriend. It was one of the first movies we watched together. From then on, we've watched every single film of the franchise together. It is literally something special that we share as a couple and with our family. One of the movies is always released around May, which is when we celebrate one of our birthdays, and the other by Fall, which is when we celebrate the other's birthday and our wedding anniversary. Thus, the MCU films, have been a very special part of our lives' celebrations. Therefore, it only feels right, to be humbly honored, with some of these items, that not only celebrate Endgame, but also commemorate all the work behind all 22 films of the franchise so far, all the people behind the creation of each one of these movies, and the pride one feels to be a part of these stories, even as a fan. To which I know a lot of fans out there might agree. When we browse through comic books, we dream of the adventures imagined as we follow along. When we see the stories come to life on the big screen, they bring us into their magical world and ultimately become part of us forever. So what was my experience with this movie-night? Let's just say, that I'm a happier human being, because someone else has been "just happiling", by spreading the superhero love x 3000. 

Don't forget that Marvel Studios' Avengers:Endgame is now available in all formats, and I really hope that this blog post inspires you to host your very own movie-night with all the people that you hold so dearly. Until next time, remember to smile, because that's your superpower and it's contagious!

ABOUT THE RELEASE


MARVEL STUDIOS’ CLIMACTIC CONCLUSION TO 22 FILMS AND ONE OF THE TOP FILMS OF ALL TIME

MARVEL STUDIOS
“AVENGERS: ENDGAME”
RELEASES ON DIGITAL JULY 30 AND ON BLU-RAY™ AUG. 13

Extras celebrate Stan Lee, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, the women of Marvel, the Russo brothers, deleted scenes and gags — and early Digital viewers receive an exclusive Steve and Peggy featurette

BURBANK, Calif. (June 26, 2019) — Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame,” the climactic conclusion to an unprecedented, 11-year cinematic journey in which the Avengers take one final stand against Thanos, delivered the biggest opening weekend in history and is currently one of the highest-grossing films of all time. On July 30, Avengers fans around the world are invited to assemble once more for the in-home release of “Avengers: Endgame” on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere, followed by a physical release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand beginning Aug. 13.

Fans who bring home “Avengers: Endgame” will gain hours of additional screen time with their favorite cast members and filmmakers who have shaped the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Bonus features include a tribute to the great Stan Lee; the tale of Robert Downey Jr.’s casting as Iron Man; the evolution of Captain America; Black Widow’s dramatic story arc; directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s experience at the helm of both “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame”; the making of an epic battle scene with the women of the MCU; the creation of Bro Thor; deleted scenes; a gag reel and more.

The must-own, final chapter of the 22-film MCU series, “Avengers: Endgame,” will be packaged several ways to ensure fans get the most out of their in-home entertainment experience. Viewers can bring home the film two weeks early on Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD and gain access to an exclusive extra highlighting the love story of Steve Rogers (Captain America) and Peggy Carter. A physical copy of “Avengers: Endgame” is available as a 4K Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital Code), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray and Digital Code) and a single DVD. Fans who wish to revisit all four films in the Avengers franchise may opt for a Digital bundle, which includes “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” 

MOVIE TRAILER

ADDITIONAL RELEASE INFORMATION
BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):


Digital Exclusive:
  • Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance – Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.”
Blu-ray & Digital:
  • Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos.
  • Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU.
  • A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero.
  • Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Follow Black Widow's journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way.
  • The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history ... back-to-back!
  • The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble.
  • Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.
  • Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.”
  • Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set.
  • Visionary Intro - Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
  • Audio Commentary - Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

DISC SPECIFICATIONS (applies to film content only):
Product SKUs: Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray+Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+Digital Code), Digital 4K Ultra HD (select retailers include Dolby Vision), HD, SD, DVD and On-Demand
Run Time: Approximately 181 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Audio: 4K UHD BD: English Dolby Atmos; Latin Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus; French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital; Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Latin Spanish & French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital; DVD: English & Latin Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital; 4K UHD Digital: English Dolby Atmos (some platforms), English 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Latin Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital; HD Digital: English 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Latin Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital; SD Digital:  English 5.1 & 2.0  Dolby Digital, Latin Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: UHD: English SDH, Latin Spanish, French Canadian; BD: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin Spanish; DVD: English SDH, Latin Spanish; Digital: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin Spanish
Captions: English (on Digital and DVD SKUs)

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. Josh Brolin returns as the film’s infamous villain, Thanos.

Marvel Cinematic Universe characters restored to the universe in “Avengers: Endgame” include Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton, and Vin Diesel as Groot with Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Reprising their roles, Rene Russo returns as Frigga, John Slattery as Howard Stark, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Taika Waititi as Korg, William Hurt as Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross and Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce.

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” is directed by Emmy Award®–winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo from an original screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Kevin Feige produced the film, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s creative team also includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”); production designer Charles Wood (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Matrix”); editors Jeffrey Ford, ACE (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”), and Matthew Schmidt (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”); three-time Oscar®–nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”); Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”); six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther”); and stunt coordinator Monique Ganderton (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Atomic Blonde”).
  
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