Ahead of the highly anticipated premiere of Avengers: Endgame this week, it has been revealed that 3.7 million Brits are considering taking the day off on Thursday,to see the film, which premieres at midnight on Wednesday and is expecting mass crowds for the first day of screenings on Thursday.
This is according to new research by Culture Trip, that also revealed:
1 in 5 (20%) Marvel fans would leave their partner for Thor – this is followed by Captain America (15%) and Iron Man (14%).
1 in 10 of Brits would like to visit the Avengers Headquarters, while 8% would travel to Thor’s home of Asgard, land of the Æsir tribe.
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Fans are calling for Captain America (16%) to replace Theresa May at the head of the government
Fans would most like to visit the Avengers Headquarters, if it were real
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When it comes to Brits’ favourites, Iron Man takes the crown as the most popular Avenger hero among general fans (25%) - however, Gen-Zers prefer Spider-Man (27%), whilst millennials prefer Thor (22%).
When it comes to romance, Thor is hammering his way into hearts with the Avengers hero being the one that British fans (21%) would be most likely to leave their partner for.
One in three (31%) British women and 642,417 men confessed they would say farewell to their significant other for the King of Asgard, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth.
For men, it’s Black Widow who tops the list, with one quarter (24%) of male fans saying they would ditch their other half for the talented spy and assassin, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson.
Getting Immersed In The MCU
The Culture Trip research reveals that one in 10 fantasy fans would love to visit the Avengers Headquarters on holiday, if it were a real place. A further one in 10 would also love to visit Wakanda - home of Black Panther while 8% would travel to Thor’s home of Asgard, land of the Æsir tribe.
Powers We Pine For
When it comes to superpowers, the ability to self-heal is the most-desired power among Brits, with Groot’s ability to regenerate and thus, evade death being the top-ranking power (16%) among fans. In second place, is Black Panther’s healing, superhuman senses, strength, speed, agility and stamina (13%), followed by Nebula’s ability to repair herself when injured and high physical capability (13%).
With the UK currently in political turmoil, Brits are calling for Captain America (16.4%) to replace Theresa May, with reasons including, “he knows a damn sight more than the politicians of today”, “superheroes can’t do a worse job”, he “would stand for what is right,'' he “is principled, strong and stoic”, and “because he’s a sweetheart and always wants what is best.”
Following behind Captain America is Iron Man (15.7%), because “he would get things done for the people”, “knows how to run things”, and because “Tony Stark is very intelligent.” In third place to lead a government is Thor (15.4%), because he is “strong, supportive, knows right from wrong [and] defends the weak”, “he would listen to people and then make the right decision”, and “who would argue with a hammer?”
Catching The Action
The next instalment of the Avengers franchise is proving so highly-anticipated, that over 3,740,000 are considering calling in sick or taking the day off work to catch the film.
Areas in which employers should be most concerned, are in the East of England and the South East, where one in five (22%) of fans said they’d consider calling in sick to catch the film when it hits cinemas. They’re closely followed by Northern Ireland (19%) and the West Midlands (18%).
Marvel For All
Despite its fandom around the world, the franchise still has room for improvement, with research revealing almost a third (30%) of fans would like to see more people with disabilities represented in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), whilst 28% would like to see more gender diversity, 27% think more varied racial and ethnic groups could be depicted and 23% would like to see more of the LGBTQI community represented in the franchise.
Cassam Looch, TV & Film Expert at Culture Trip, said: “Avengers: Endgame is one of the most anticipated films of all time, with fans around the world - myself included - eagerly waiting to see how this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to a close. With theories galore, we wanted to delve into just how much fans love the franchise, and why.
“When it comes to film location sightseeing, the MCU is ripe with opportunities for adventure; the twenty-two films in the franchise have been shot in exotic locations from Nepal, to Rio, to Beijing, Seoul and Australia. With so many fans across the UK, we’ve compiled travel inspiration for those looking to take their fandom that one step - or flight - further.”