Avengers: Endgame is easily one of the most anticipated films of the year. Following the emotionally distressing ending to Avengers: Infinity War, our heroes and the entire universe itself is in shambles. But now they will have to dust themselves off to avenge their fallen brethren.
While many of us have only seen what the surviving heroes have gone through in a teaser trailer and Super Bowl spot, test audiences have seen versions of the film. And if these test audiences like what they see, Avengers: Endgame could run as long as three hours. More on the report below.
In an exclusive interview with Collider, Avengers: Endgame, directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo revealed they are still working in the editing bay before the sequel hits theaters later this April. But one thing that is worth noting is that Disney will allow the upcoming film to have a three-hour run time if audiences responds well to all of the emotional beats.
Here’s that the two told the site:
“I think the studio is down with what the best story is. Right now, we think the movie is playing well and we’ve had great responses from our test audiences and we’re feeling very good about where it is. We’re still doing work to it. We’re not done with it. Again, this is a culmination film of 22 movies, it’s a lot of storytelling to work into it. Emotion is an intrinsic part of that to us. When you have to tell a really complicated story and you want strong emotional moments with the characters, it just requires a certain amount of real estate. This one, in particular, feels like three hours worth of real estate.”
If the runtime is at three-hours, it would make Avengers: Endgame the longest Marvel Studios film ever to be released. Avengers: Infinity War clocks in at two hours and 40 minutes. That is pretty long when you compare it to something like Thor: The Dark World, which is one of the shortest at one hour and 52 minutes.
Then the question of an intermission was brought up to the two. With Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight having a three-hour and seven-minute runtime, the film had an intermission, giving the audiences some time to stretch or go to the bathroom. However, it appears that hasn’t been an issue in test screenings. Here’s what Anthony Russo told Collider:
“We have screened the movie four times for audiences now. For the first three screenings, not a single person got up to go to the bathroom.”
Whoa, that must be one very good film for people to sit through. I guess now would be a good time to suggest to everyone that they empty out their bladders before the film. Or just get an aisle seat.
Avengers: Endgame opens in theaters on April 26, 2019.