Endgame: what act landed a Mackay father in court
THE highly anticipated final Avengers flick prompted a bizarre clash inside a Mackay theatre after a Marvel fan told a father to make his kid shut up.
As the ultimate battle for survival played out on a silver screen inside Mackay City Cinemas, Nicholass Van Der Zee fronted up for his own misguided fight, which landed him in court for assault.
It was May 4 this year - the 62 year old and his four-year-old son had planned for months to see Avengers: Endgame, the explosive finale to the Marvel series.
The movie runs for about three hours in total. Mackay Magistrates Court heard that about two and a half hours in the victim turned around and told Van Der Zee "to shut his son up".
"His four-year-old son had started narrating the movie in his excitement," Legal Aid Queensland defence solicitor Danny Yarrow said.
The court heard there were six people in the entire cinema. Mr Yarrow said the victim "chastised my client".
"The (victim) stood up and told my client to move," Mr Yarrow said, adding that Van Der Zee asked the man four times to sit down and leave him alone.
"He felt threatened, my client then stood up."
Prosecutor Robert Beamish said Van Der Zee slapped the victim across the face once before picking up his son and leaving the Gordon St cinema.
He was identified by CCTV footage and later attended the police station on June 17 and admitted to the offending.
Van Der Zee pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.
"He is very remorseful for his conduct," Mr Yarrow said.
The court heard Van Der Zee was a machinery plant operator before he was diagnosed with a heart condition and had to give up his job.
Magistrate Scott Luxton accepted Van Der Zee did not start the incident and had entered an early plea.
"It is not the way that these matters are resolved," Mr Luxton said.
"I accept that emotions were high at the time, particularly as it seems that you and your son were quite excited about attending the movie."
Van Der Zee was fined $500. A conviction was not recorded.