The Russos Explain Why 3-Hour Runtime For Avengers: Endgame is Crucial
Avengers: Endgame is bound to break many MCU records in the upcoming months and one of the records which it will surely break is of the longest MCU movie. The 22nd movie of the MCU is inbound to become the lengthiest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So far this record is held by its predecessor Avengers: Infinity War, which ran for a whole 2 Hours & 29 Minutes. Captain America: Civil War is the first runner up being 2 Hours and 27 minutes long. But Avengers: Endgame will make a new record now.
Back in 2018, the Russos confirmed that the cut they have for Avengers: Endgame lasts somewhere around the 3-hour mark. Come this year, they still stuck to what they previously confirmed and even claimed that Disney is happy with the long run time that has been set by them. AMC theatres recently gave us a number, as Avengers: Endgame has been slated for 182 Minutes.
Studios usually don’t prefer movies as long as 3 hours because that reduces the number of viewings per screen per day. Ultimately the Box Office potential gets hampered. But, Disney is fine with the long run time as they want a justified ending for the film. We all want a quality movie, and if we’re being honest, every fan would want this movie to be as long as possible.
So, the Russos have once again come out and talked about the run time of the movie, stressing upon the why exactly does this film need to be as long as it is. Here’s what Joe Russo said:
“We’re still looking at a similar time [approximately three hours]. This one’s been very specific in its run time. It really hasn’t changed since we executed the first cut of the film. Even though we’ve shot a lot of footage between now and then, we’ve swapped things out and the water keeps rising to the same level because the story’s so dense. We have so many characters that we’re working with again that require that kind of run time.
My brother [Anthony Russo] and I are really committed to emotional stakes, and emotion requires story real estate. When you have a sprawling plot with a lot of characters and emotional stakes, it requires time to breathe emotionally. On the scale, you’re just going to wind up at a certain run time. We’ve been really hard on the film. We don’t like excessive run times; it’s just very difficult wrapping up 10 years of storytelling.”
Making 3 of the most amazing superhero movies, we’d say that these two brothers deserve to do whatever they want because what they do is really best for business. Winter Soldier for many people is still the best MCU movie and the way they directed Civil War really set the basis for Infinity War and Endgame. They were able to shock the world with the jaw-dropping ending of Avengers: Infinity War, and now we want to see all the surprises they have planned for us.
Kevin Feige recently spoke about the ending of Infinity War, specifically telling us why the Russos, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely chose to make that happen:
“That ending, which we had been working on for many years, and I do remember people, on all of the movies we’ve made and I’m sure on many of the movies we’ll make in the future, whenever the good guy wins, which is often — good guy, good woman, good hero wins — they go, ‘Eh, it’s kind of predictable. Good guy wins. Well, sometimes that’s fun. But for years I remember thinking, ‘I wonder what they’re going to do when they don’t?’ Because we knew that was coming. And it couldn’t have been better. The reaction was the best. The reaction. Was. The. Best.”
Brace yourselves because Avengers: Endgame will come out in the next 25 days!