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, 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 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's nearly 60-hour MCU movie marathon, which will conclude with a screening of Endgame one hour before everyone else gets to see it.
This article also appears on Mental Floss.