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Late-night hosts took on the two biggest pop culture moments of the weekend during Monday’s episodes of their respective shows.
One popular topic among the hosts was the record-breaking box office grosses earned by Avengers: Endgame during its opening weekend. The Disney and Marvel film earned $1.2 billion during its worldwide launch, which is approximately $600 million more than the previous Avengers: Infinity War earned a year ago. In addition to being the biggest global launch of any movie, Avengers: Endgame was also the biggest opening in North America with $350 million, the biggest international debut with $859 million, the biggest opening in China with $330.5 million, the widest release of all time in the U.S. and Canada and featured the most showtimes in history.
The hosts also touched on the latest episode of Game of Thrones titled “The Long Night.” While the episode was praised and received impressive ratings, it was also criticized for being too dark during the epic battle scene.
And he used the epic conclusion to the first 21 Marvel movies to send a movie to the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates.
“There’s been ups. There’s been downs. There’s been rivalries. There’s been infighting, but the heroes put their differences aside to fight the true villain,” Colbert said. “Do you hear that, Democrats?”
Colbert made sure to not spoil the film, though he did discuss the box-office earnings. “I’m not going to tell you if they defeat Thanos, but I know that they defeated money,” he said. “$1.2 billion. That’s a dollar for every character in the movie.”
The host also took on critics that accuse the franchise of being emotionally manipulative. “I love being emotionally manipulated. That’s why I go to movies,” he said. “I, like all humans, have trouble showing my emotions and I want someone to use all their tricks to pull my emotions out of me.”
Colbert, however, explained that his experience watching the film was less than ideal. While the theater failed to turn the lights off when the movie began, there was also a sound issue preventing Colbert and his fellow audience from hearing the sound effects that make the film. If they listened carefully, they could slightly hear the dialogue, he said.
“It was a really quiet, don’t-crinkle-your-wrapper kind of viewing of Avengers: Endgame,” he explained.
“So I did see the movie. I’m looking forward to hearing the movie the next time I go,” he joked. “It was like just reading the script of the Avengers movie. Cause that’s why you go to a Marvel movie — for the dialogue.”
The host then switched topics to the recent Game of Thrones episode, which he described as “the biggest battle ever” before he shared that he planned to do some “spoiler-free gushing” about both The Avengers and the HBO series.
“So that opening scene where, you know, that one person is with the other people and then …not,” he began. “But they come up with a plan and man, does that ever … happen. And then other events occur. And that’s The Avengers.”
“Game of Thrones had the swords and the fire and the arrows — arrows also in The Avengers — and then that character, the one you love or hate or love to hate, something happens to them and you’re like, ‘Yes! I totally did or did not see that coming,”‘ he recapped. “And then when the dust settled and we all came to the same stunning realization: the brightness setting on our TVs was too low. So good.”
“It was the first time kids had to tell parents, ‘OK, that’s enough screen time,'” he joked.
Fallon said that fans had “strong reactions” to Avengers: Endgame, including a woman that cried so much that she hyperventilated and ended up in the emergency room. “Her husband was like, ‘She did the same thing when we saw The Emoji Movie,'” he said.
The host then spoke about the film breaking a number of box office records. “Not just for ticket sales. Check this out. It also broke the record for the most hot dudes named Chris in a single movie,” he said as Chris Evans, Chris Pratt and Chris Hemsworth appeared as their characters onscreen. “It also broke the record for most parents leaning over to ask, ‘Which X-Man is that?'”
Other fake records that the film broke included the “fewest f-bombs in a Samuel L. Jackson movie” and “the most CGI nipples.”
He then moved on to the Game of Thrones episode. “A lot of people were complaining that it was a little hard to see,” he said. “It was dark. It was like the Mueller report of TV shows. They redacted the whole thing.”
“Even the president was like, ‘I can’t see a thing,'” he said. “His staff was like, ‘Sir, your TV is off.'”
Jimmy Kimmel also shared that he saw Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones the night before during Jimmy Kimmel Live. The ABC host said that he went to screenings of the film and TV show at the TCL Chinese Theatre.
“It was such a nerd night that I almost beat myself up,” he said. “I almost gave myself a wedgie and a swirlie, but it was worth it. They were both great.”
After Kimmel shared that Avengers earned $1.2 billion, he said that he was disappointed that there were no additional scenes at the end of the credits. “The movie ended at 1 a.m. 1 a.m., I’m sitting there waiting through all the credits with a bunch of other disappointed idiots,” he said. “Some may still be in the theater waiting for the end of the credits.”
While Kimmel enjoyed the film, he said that they still didn’t answer the biggest question. “Which is where did the Hulk find glasses that fit his head?” he said.
The host added that many people weren’t thrilled to see spoilers about the film on social media, specifically from Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy. “They’re saying this is the second worse thing a running back for the Buffalo Bills has ever done,” he joked, alluding to O.J. Simpson’s history with the team.
“The other thing people were mad about was the big battle scene on Game of Thrones, which was so dark a lot of viewers watching on TV couldn’t see it. It was like listening to a very violent podcast,” he said. “There were so many blacked out parts of the show, I thought I was reading the Mueller report at one point.”
Kimmel then compared the “brutal” episode to the Red Wedding, which he said made the season three episode look like “a baby shower.”
“Maybe the most disturbing part of the episode was when we learned that the Night King, the dreaded Night King, has kind of a cute smile,” he said.
Kimmel added that he sensed some romantic chemistry between the Night King and Bran Stark during their highly anticipated scene together. The sentiment was followed by the scene, which was accompanied by Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson’s song “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love.”
“I have a theory about Game of Thrones last night. I believe Bran has been high the whole time. Just sitting there chilling out,” he said. “I think he ate a bag of pot gummy worms and that was it.”
“Everybody watched it. There were numerous viewing parties all around the world. If you’ve never been to one, a viewing party is what you call any group of 15 people sharing the same HBO Go password,” he joked.
After the host shared a spoiler from the Games of Thrones episode, he informed his audience that Avengers: Endgame broke numerous box office records.
“Between Avengers and Game of Thrones, this was basically Super Bowl weekend for virgins,” Corden said.
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah also criticized McCoy for spoiling the ending of Avengers on Twitter. “Who does that? How would you like it if I tweeted the ending of your football season. Spoiler alert, the Bills don’t make the playoffs,” said Noah.
“In my opinion, nobody should even be talking about a movie after it airs. If you have to talk about the movie, just do what black people do and talk during the movie,” he said.
Noah then joked that he hates spoilers so much that he has considered becoming Amish. “If you’re Amish, you never have to worry about spoilers ever. It’s like, ‘Jedidiah, have you seen the new Avengers movie?'” he said. ‘”I don’t know what movies are yet. Don’t spoil it.'”
The Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. then joined Noah to discuss spoilers. “Stop complaining about spoilers. I’m sick of you people. If you don’t want spoilers, go see the movie,” Wood said. “I’m tired of the excuses. ‘I got a job. I got a child.’ So do I! But I still chose to go see Avengers at one in the morning opening night.”
Wood suggested that you should reveal how far along you are into your favorite shows when meeting new people in order to avoid spoilers. “Hello, I am Roy. He/Him. Game of Thrones, season six,” he said as an example.
Noah then tried to follow Wood’s suggestion and he admitted that he was only on the second season of Breaking Bad. After Wood said that all of the characters die, he continued, “If it’s been more than five years, we didn’t spoil it. You took too long.”
Wood continued his rant by sharing spoilers from Star Wars, The Godfather Part II and The Usual Suspects.
“It’s actually assholes like you that ruin social media,” Noah said. Wood then argued, “Social media was built on assholes like me.”
“Instead of complaining about social media, how about this? Stay off your goddamn phone. Unplug a little. Take a walk. Smell the flowers,” Wood said.