Marvel superfan Agustin Alanis has seen the movie – yes, in theaters – an astounding 202 times. The Florida native shattered the Guinness World Record for “Most Cinema Productions Attended – Same Film” previously held by Anthony Mitchell, who watched Avengers: Infinity War in theaters 103 times last July.
Alanis watched the three-hour-and-two-minute Marvel Studios film an average of twice on weekdays and even more often on weekends, all the while maintaining his job as a supervisor for his family’s construction business. With the support of his family and friends, the Marvel superfan documented his journey by taking selfies with his local theater staff and posting on his Twitter.
For perspective, Alanis’ record 202 viewings meant he spent 612 hours, or more than 25 full days, watching Endgame since its release on April 26th. In the amount of time he invested to break the record, he could’ve watched the entire 22-movie MCU (including Endgame) nearly 13 times. The feat may have wearied your average movie-goer, but Alanis was determined to not only break the record but also to support his favorite movie in becoming the highest-grossing film of all time. #WhateverItTakes, right?
Because of that passion, he also holds the record for the most ticket orders on Atom Tickets for a single movie (Fifty-eight!). We were fascinated by what drove him to watch the same movie over two hundred times, so when we had an opportunity to chat with him and hear his story, of course, we had to take it.
“Being the movie every Marvel fan had been waiting for more than 10 years made me want to make history with it,” said Alanis. “Since I can remember I’ve been a fan of Marvel superheroes: watching animated series, reading comics, you know.”
That sort of dedication takes sacrifice. Alanis essentially had to “drop all social life and hobbies” after work for three straight months. That included writing, reading, and the gym, which was tough for a fitness buff like Alanis.
His passion didn’t come cheap, either. Alanis, who had no official sponsors, paid for almost everything out of pocket. But he did say that he got all kinds of support from different movie theaters and from Atom Tickets.
— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) July 30, 2019
We don’t know about the rest of you, but we’re not sure we’d be able to sit through the same movie 200+ times, no matter how much we loved it. Of course, we were curious to get his thoughts on how his relationship to Endgame changed through the course of seeing it so many times. Did he keep finding something new every time he watched? Did he get bored? Did he stop paying attention? To help keep things fresh, Alanis would play games with himself as he watched: “I would often set my sights on different spots in scenes [to change it up],” he explained. “Every now and then I found sequence errors and another Easter Egg.”
One thing hasn’t changed after 202 viewings: Alanis’ favorite scene. “[It’s] the scene with the portals when all the snapped heroes and those seeking to avenge them gather together and finally charge after Thanos.” Who doesn’t love that scene, right? It has multiple goosebumps-inducing moments, from the portals opening up, to Sam’s “On your left” callback to Captain America finally – finally – saying the words we’ve been waiting for since 2012: “Avengers…ASSEMBLE!”
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some criticisms of Endgame, however, explaining he wouldn’t have let Steve Rogers come back as an old man. “But,” he conceded, “I know Marvel Studios always has a purpose for everything they do.”
That connection to Captain America, who is currently Alanis’ favorite Marvel character, runs deep. Steve Rogers’ tendency to always help those who are weak and to seek justice are what draw him to the character: “It’s something I can relate to personally.”
Marvel has a knack for creating characters we root for and care deeply about, just like Cap. Alanis attributes Marvel Studios’ ability to “choose great casts” as the foundation of its success. Because of his dedication, Alanis has met quite a few of those cast members in real life. “I’ve met about ten of them,” he revealed. It’s something he never envisioned being possible when he first started on his journey months ago to break the Guinness record. “I never imagined I would meet any of them, but I have to say it was an amazing experience, talking to them and getting pictures and autographs.”
This is Priceless!!
– @Avengers #1 Movie of all Time.
– @zoesaldana been in 2 #1 movies of all time.
– Repping @TigresOficial , Best Mexican Team of the decade.
– Thanos Holding my @MarvelProps shield.
– Avengers holding my ticket stubs.#AvengersEndgame @DonCheadle @ChrisEvans pic.twitter.com/Tt8mAIG8KX
— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) July 24, 2019
Alanis, who is also a huge fan of zombie movies, the Ghostbusters franchise, and ’80s action flicks, says seeing Endgame so many times surprisingly hasn’t diminished his love of movies or burned him out in any way. “I’ve watched Spider-Man: Far From Home and The Lion King already,” he laughed, “and I’m still waiting for some others to come out.”
Understandably, Alanis has decided he’s done watching Endgame in theaters, but you don’t have to be.