Spider-Man fans broke out in a physical brawl outside of a theater in Cuernavaca, Mexico as they fought to buy tickets to the next Marvel movie, Spider-Man: No Way Home. Tickets to the premiere of the highly anticipated next entry into the Spider-Man franchise have been hard to come by since pre-orders began, leading to fights like this one in Mexico.
Spanish newspaper Diario de Morelos posted a video of the incident on Twitter, depicting Spider-Man fans hitting other ticket buyers on the ground in the panic to secure seats for the film’s premiere.
“Young people who wanted to get in line for the pre-sale of Spider-Man: No Way Home” were “beaten,” according to the local newspaper.
Fans are seen in the clip wrestling others to the ground, dragging them across the floor, and even kicking those who have fallen over just to get pre-sale tickets. The viral video has since amassed over one million views on Twitter, with many people shocked over the extent that some fans would go to just to see the film during opening weekend.
“People are literally fighting for tickets for ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home'” one fan commented in disbelief.
Aaron Perine of Comicbbook.com was also shocked at the violence displayed from fans in the clip, urging fans to remember that everyone will be able to see the film eventually.
“Luckily, people standing around did quick work in diffusing the situation,” he wrote. “Maybe, it’s not worth coming to blows over.”
The film is one of the biggest events for Marvel since Avengers: Endgame, as Disney and Sony seemingly plan to combine all three Spider-Man franchises into a live-action Spider-Verse film starring Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and the original Spider-Man actor Toby Maguire.
Though the rumors are unconfirmed by Marvel, eagle-eyed fans have all but confirmed the film’s trio, escalating the hype for the webbed-Avenger’s next MCU installment.
“One of the problems with movies is that people know everything before they walk into the theater,” said Amy Pascal, one of the film’s producers. “We’ve been trying to make sure people get the full theatrical experience when they go to the movie. And yeah, you try to never confirm anything in any movie, but this one is a big one.”
According to Comicbook.com, Fandango announced that Spider-Man: No Way Home had the biggest ticket pre-sale since Avengers: Endgame, surpassing Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker, Dune, and even James Bond’s No Time to Die.
Going live at midnight on Monday, ticket sites and box office services crashed globally within minutes, IGN reported. As fans logged on to secure tickets to the premiere, the influx crashed AMC, Regal, and Alamo Drafthouse, as box office sites struggled to come back online.
Scalpers quickly began reselling the tickets on eBay for ridiculously expensive prices, with some seats hiked up over a thousand dollars.
“While movie theater tickets are certainly more expensive than they were years ago,” IGN reported, “paying hundreds of dollars for a $20 movie ticket still seems excessive even for opening night tickets.”
“For anyone who doubted the communal draw of the theatrical experience over the past two years, look to this enthusiasm for ‘Spider-Man’ as a major inflection point during the box office recovery period and the sign of a bright future ahead,” said BoxOffice.com‘s chief analyst Shawn Robbins. “There are different tiers of intense fan demand when it comes to box office pre-sales, and this film is clearly showing it belongs near the top.”
“It should come as no surprise that pre-release online ticket sales for ‘No Way Home’ are, in essence, breaking the internet,” analysts said.
Spider-Man: No Way Home, starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Foxx, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, and many others yet to be revealed, makes its premiere on Dec. 17 in theaters to a very exciting crowd.