‘Avengers: Endgame’ fever spawns lines, $500 resale tickets

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Get ready for what could be the most ambitious movie-going experience ever.

“Avengers: Endgame” makes its highly anticipated debut Thursday —  and theaters around the country are prepping for record-breaking box office weekends.

Tickets for the Marvel Universe crossover film went on sale April 2. Fandango reported that the action movie sold the most first-day tickets for an online retailer in history. First day sales beat that of “Avengers: Infinity War,” the 2018 lead-up flick to “Endgame.”

While the Avengers are gearing up to battle, New York City movie theater staff are prepping for the monstrous amount of viewers expected to hit their seats this weekend.

Marvel fans seeing the film at general admission theaters, like at the Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn, should plan to show up at least an hour in advance, a theater employee says. Prepare to wait in line outdoors. To help with the crowd crush, the theater plans to have extra ushers on staff and an increased crew working concessions.

A spokesperson for AMC says that they have “millions of tickets available” for “Endgame” this weekend to meet the high demand for sales. Because their theaters in New York City have pre-assigned seating, there is no need to show up early, the spokesperson explained.

Viewers watching at the reserved-seating Alamo Drafthouse Theater in Downtown Brooklyn or the Financial District only need to show up a half-hour in advance of the show, a manager says, to watch the trailers. For those who don’t have tickets yet, he strongly suggests buying them online beforehand instead of buying them on-the-fly in person, “because they’re going so fast, I can’t guarantee that any decent showtimes would be available.”

AVENGERS: ENDGAME, (aka AVENGERS 4), from left: Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff), Chris Evans (Captain America/Steve Rogers), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk/Bruce Banner), Don Cheadle (War Machine/James Rhodes), 2019. © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / courtesy Everett Collection
Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle in “Avengers: Endgame.”Walt Disney Co./Marvel Studios/Everett Collection

Even with the increased number of screenings, second-hand ticket dealers are trying to capitalize on the “Endgame” hype. Some shrewd capitalists are trying to pawn their opening weekend tickets for up to $500 a seat online.

Jackie Summers, 51, a long-time Marvel fan and writer from Crown Heights, is currently pimping his official Friday “premiere-day” ticket for $200 on Craigslist.

Summers says he bought tickets the day they came out after trying for an hour. “And then I realized I have an engagement at the literal moment I have to be at the theater and can’t make it,” he tells The Post.

Summers says he’s never sold tickets before. When he went on Craigslist to see what rates they were going for, he was “astounded that people are asking what they’re asking, and apparently getting it,” he says.

Though he hasn’t gotten any interest in his singular 11 a.m. ticket yet, he’s sure he’ll be able to make a deal. “Given the reviews this thing is getting and the way reporters are going gaga over it, I kinda feel like it’s not even priced high enough, maybe it should be higher,” he says, though he would never pay that much money himself to see a movie.

Summers says he would have loved to see the movie the day it premieres — but he has tickets to see it on Saturday, and says he’ll go “at least twice.”

“It’s a ray of sunshine on an otherwise blight of a life,” he says.

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