Back in November, co-director Joe Russo revealed that the Avengers: Endgame runtime was at three hours, and that doesn’t seem to have changed much since then. In a new interview with Collider, he says they are still at the three-hour mark.
“I think the studio is down with what the best story is,” Joe Russo said. “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.”
Asked whether an intermission could be possible, Anthony Russo added: “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.”
Avengers: Endgame will follow Avengers: Infinity War, which was the No. 1 film of 2018 on a global basis with $2.046 billion earned. The third installment brought in $678.8 million domestically (a figure topped by Black Panther‘s $700 million) and $1.368 billion overseas.
In related news, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has given an official rating to Captain Marvel, opening in theaters on March 15. The film has received a PG-13 rating for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language.
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.
Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The film stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.