Early screenings of Captain America: Civil War are likely hitting a city near you next week, as announced on twitter. The movie will screen in twenty-five cities across North America (US and Canada) on Thursday, April 14, a full three weeks before the film comes out in wide release.
The early screenings are first-come, first-served for fans signing up at the "See it First" Disney screening site. Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC all sold out rather quickly, with screenings also being held in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver. As of press time, Las Vegas, Seattle, Phoenix, and Vancouver are the only cities with tickets still available.
This shows a remarkable amount of confidence in the movie on behalf of Marvel Studios. Letting this many fans see a film this early means they think if they see it now, for free, they'll pay to bring friends and family to it again when it hits theaters. The last comicbook film to do significant early fan screenings, Deadpool, turned out a huge hit at the box office, after all.
Captain America: Civil War officially hits theaters May 6, 2016.