Avengers co-director Joe Russo thrilled fans with a personal introduction to an exclusive showing of footage from the latest blockbuster.
Fans were treated to explosive scenes at the Fountain Park Cineworld last night which featured a host of the main characters including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland and Zoe Saldana.
Following a petition by fan Mae Trumata, the directors said “we’re on it” and arranged the special screening in Edinburgh. Joe asked Mae to stand for a round of applause ahead of the screening. She said: “It was amazing – I didn’t expect that. I’m all giddy inside.
“I hoped this would happened and I am glad it did. This city really did deserve it.”
With demand at a premium Joe announced a second sitting to allow the corridors of waiting fans another chance to catch a glimpse of Infinity War before it is officially released.
The new blockbuster brings together key characters from previous Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy films to defeat powerful warlord Thanos, a villain billed as a “despot of intergalactic infamy.” It has already emerged that Edinburgh will provide the backdrop to one of the most dramatic sequences in the film.
Frank Ross, Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, said: “Avengers: Inifity Wars is one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year and fans in Edinburgh are getting to sample it first.
“It is always exciting to see the city provide a backdrop for film and TV, and incredible to think the Avengers franchise will beam scenes of Edinburgh to thousands of cinema screens all over the world. It is testament to the fantastic efforts of Rosie Ellison at Film Edinburgh, council staff, our city centre businesses and citizens that the filming ran very smoothly.”