Avengers: Endgame Tickets Are Being Sold for Hundreds of Dollars on eBay

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

Willing to spend $500 to watch one of the most highly anticipated films of the year? That’s about how much a ticket to Avengers: Endgame will cost you right now on eBay. As if crashing the AMC Theatres website trying to get tickets wasn't bad enough, now people are taking advantage of the MCU's diehard fan base and reselling their tickets for up to 50 times their original cost.

Within one hour, Avengers: Endgame beat out its predecessor, Infinity War, with record ticket presales. This, in turn, caused hours-long wait times for moviegoers attempting to purchase tickets—if not a total inability to even log on to AMC or Fandango altogether. According to CBR, some lucky individuals who did manage to get tickets are reselling them on eBay for $45 to $50 apiece, while others are thinking way bigger and asking for $100 to $500 per ticket.

The ticket-buying frenzy goes beyond just wanting to see the film: Fans have good reason to believe that if they don’t see Avengers: Endgame on opening night, they'll be subject to spoilers on social media sites and beyond that will ruin the many surprises that are surely lurking in the final Avengers film. Which is the main reason why so many people are intent on seeing the movie the night of Thursday, April 25.

If you weren’t able to get a ticket, and don't want to shell out half a week's salary on one, we’d advise you to keep trying—or be ready to avoid the internet for a few days. For hardcore fans who are willing to spend a few days in the movie theater, you can always take part in AMC Theater's 60-hour MCU movie marathon, which will conclude with a screening of Avengers: Endgame one hour before everyone else gets to see it.

[h/t: CBR]

Mifflin Madness: Who Is the Greatest Character on The Office? It's Time to Vote

Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.
Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.

Your years of watching (and re-watching) The Office, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, have all led up to this moment. Welcome to Mifflin Madness—Mental Floss's cutthroat competition to determine The Office's greatest character. Is Michael Scott the boss you most love to hate? Or did Kevin Malone suck you in with his giant pot of chili?

You have 24 hours to cast your vote for each round on Twitter before the bracket is updated and half of the chosen characters are eliminated.

The full bracket is below, followed by the round one and round two winners. You can cast your round three vote(s) here. Be sure to check back on Monday at 4 p.m. ET to see if your favorite Dunder Mifflin employee has advanced to the next round. 

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

The Office Planned to Break Up Jim and Pam in the Final Season—Then (Smartly) Thought Better of It

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly's relationship in The Office was truly a romance for the ages. Fans were delighted when, in Season 3—after years of flirting—John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer’s characters finally got together. But an alternative plan for the show’s ninth and final season saw the couple going their separate ways.

Season 9 saw one of the most stressful storylines the show had to offer when Jim took a job in Philadelphia and Pam struggled to take care of their children on her own back in Scranton, putting intense strain on their otherwise seemingly perfect relationship. In one unforgettable scene, a particularly tense phone call between the couple ends with Pam in tears. Fischer’s character then turns to someone off camera named Brian for advice.

As Collider reports, Pam and Jim's relationship could have taken a turn for worse in the final season—and the writers had planned it that way. As recounted in Andy Greene's new book, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, series creator Greg Daniels sat down with each of the show's stars before starting the final season to discuss where their characters would go. John Krasinski, who played Jim, pitched the idea of putting Jim and Pam’s relationship on thin ice. According to Krasinski:

"My whole pitch to Greg was that we’ve done so much with Jim and Pam, and now, after marriage and kids, there was a bit of a lull there, I think, for them about what they wanted to do … And I said to Greg, ‘It would be really interesting to see how that split will affect two people that you know so well.'"

Several writers weighed in with ideas about how they might handle a split between Jim and Pam from a narrative standpoint—though not everyone was on the same page.

Warren Lieberstein, a writer on the series, remembered when the idea of bringing Brian—the documentary crew's boom operator—into the mix. “[This] was something that came up in Season 5, I think," Lieberstein said. "What if that character had been secretly there the entire time and predated the relationship with Jim and had been a shoulder that she cried on for years?’ It just seemed very intriguing." Apparently, the writers thought breaking the fourth wall would jeopardize the show, so they saved it for the last season.

Writer Owen Ellickson said there was even some talk of Pam and Brian “maybe hooking up a little bit," but the negative response to the storyline led the writers to "pull the ripcord on [Pam and Jim's separation] because it was so painful to fans of the show." Ellickson said that they backtracked so quickly, they even had to re-edit certain episodes that had already been shot to nix the idea of Jim and Pam splitting up. Which is something the show's millions of fans will be forever grateful for.