Good! Just as long as I wasn't hearing things!
Guys...what's with the "we get to see it first" crap!? The darn movie was MADE OVER HERE! I saw many names in there that I knew (and Rand knows one of 'em too!). As a result, we had the world premiere here last week in London!
As we know, the real reason is probably to do with marketing and piracy and the fact that international returns will likely surpass the domestic US take but, honestly, enough with the griping!
Do you know how many times we have to wait to see movies over here - usually weeks, sometimes months, occasionally a YEAR after the American debut? It's actually nice to be able to go and see something like this "first", although my preference would just be a global release date.
In the past we know that domestic prints were re-used overseas, hence why with Disney's animated releases while you guys saw Mermaid, Beast and Aladdin in 89, 91 and 92, we had to wait until the Octobers of 90, 92 and 93! Nightmare Before Christmas in 93? Bah...we had to wait until Halloween 1994! I remember seeing the Disneyland parade for Hercules in the spring of 98 even though the actual film woildnt come to us until the fall of that year!
The advent of digital distribution was supposed to have ended that, since there are no more physical prints (on top of the wait, sometimes the copies were awful, having been run and run in America...you could tell Disney had no hopes for Treasure Planet, which was as beaten up as any archive print of an old movie that I've ever run), but it's sadly still the same today...Pixar releases usually come so late that I just get the US Blu-ray that arrives around the same time. Disney's November releases (most recently The Muppets, Big Hero 6, Into The Woods, etc) we never get until early the next year.
There are obviously many reasons as to why we're seeing Ultron a bit earlier, from piracy issues, an attempt to drum up word of mouth to make the US opening even bigger, a way to get Europeans to rush to it "ahead" of their American cousins (as for me, Tuesday night is cheap ticket night at my local, so it was always going to be last night or next Tuesday for me!), to simply repaying the country where the film was actually physically made and premiered...
But...yeah...for the sake of a week...please shut the front door!