Korean Soldier Leaves Military Base To Watch Avengers: Endgame
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Some fans have gone to extreme measures to see the new superhero flick Avengers: Endgame, but this one just might take the biscuit.
A Korean soldier reportedly ran away from the base at which he was stationed so he could go and watch a screening of the new Marvel blockbuster.
He was one of eighteen soldiers of the Republic of Korea Air Force, South Korea - where military service is compulsory for men between 18 and 28 - who was due to leave their base for public service duty earlier this week, WowTV reports.
However, when he went AWOL, Korean officials set out to find him, eventually following the trail to a taxi driver who explained that he had dropped off the soldier at a movie theatre.
After watching the three-hour film, the unnamed soldier was arrested as he left the cinema.
According to the New York Post, the soldier said: "I wanted to see the Avengers movie so I ran away from the site while we were standing by."
A spokesperson for the Korean military said: "We will enforce our training so the soldiers assigned to public welfare activity can focus on their mission."
But with critics calling the long-awaited Marvel movie a 'masterpiece', it's not hard to see why the solider went to such drastic lengths to see it.
Erik Davis, managing editor at Fandango, took to Twitter to share his (spoiler-free) opinion, writing: "Avengers: Endgame is a masterful epic - a true culmination of 22 films that not only concludes the story, but expands upon it. You'll learn more about the other movies while this one unfolds. If Infinity War is the brawn, Endgame is the brains. And wow, what an ending!
"Do not go in expecting Infinity War part two. The two films are so different, yet compliment each other in all the best ways. In terms of which MCU movie to watch beforehand... honestly, all of them. What an experience - what an accomplishment.
"Not going to spoil anything at all, but I will say I laughed, I cried, I cried, I cheered, I laughed, I cried again and then the entire audience gave it a massive standing ovation. And then I cried again. Be ready, kids. Be. Ready."
And it looks as though Endgame is set to rake in a ridiculous $2 billion (£1.518bn) after its second weekend.
Its current total makes it the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time, behind the series' previous movie Avengers: Infinity War, which took $2.048bn.