Here at MovieGulp we’re happy to admit we’re fans of movies that don’t overstay their welcome – if a story can justify a longer runtime we’re fine with that.
And as much as we’d question whether any comic book movie should hit the two hour mark, we’re actually happy to hear that Endgame will get the runtime it requires in order to complete whatever phase Marvel are now in.
Talking to Collider.com, the directing duo known as the Russo brothers admitted that the film is still clocking in at three hours after months of editing.
“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.”Joe Russo
Back in November, the directors said they were halfway through the edit and were wrestling with a three-hour runtime. Notmuch has changed since, apparently.
This would make Endgame the longest movie in the 11 years of the Marvel franchise, a full 20 minutes longer than Avengers: Infinity War.
For those who think they might struggle to handle that long without a toilet break, it doesn’t look like there’ll be an intermission. So go easy on the Coke.
“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.”Anthony Russo