Avengers: Endgame Clocking-In at a 3-Hour Run Time. With only 11-weeks until the premiere date for Avengers: Endgame, The Russo Brothers have yet to present a theatrical cut of the film to Disney for approval before release.
Say what? It’s true! The film has not hit the approval stage as of yet and the set theatrical release date is on April 26, 2019. Back in November, Joe Russo, one of the directors of the film, stated that Avengers: Endgame would have a run time of at least 3-hours. So far that still seems to be the case and there has not been any public pressure by Disney to shorten the screen time.
“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.”
When asked a similar question Joe’s Brother, Anthony Russo, responded in a likewise manner. “We have screened the movie four times for audiences now,” Anthony said. “For the first three screenings, not a single person got up to go to the bathroom.”
Wow! I don’t think you could ask for a better response from your test audience! If the 3-hour cut of Avengers: Endgame has been eliciting this sort of reaction in screenings then it is safe to bet that the films theatrical release will harbor similar results.
Should Marvel Studios and Disney decide to release the film as is, with a 3-hour run time, it will be the longest Marvel Studios film in theaters to date in the 11 year-old franchise spanning 22 films.
Avengers:Endgame will bring together elements from all 22 Films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This has definitely contributed to the extended length of the film.
For most Marvel Fans, the extended length has been a cause for excitement. The longer than average film is mainly due to Marvel Studios wanting to do justice to all the characters and their individual stories, while still delivering the best overall story for the entire film to the audience in a respectful manner. Despite these parameters some super fans have claimed that no matter what the run time of the film would be , it would not hinder them from seeing the film in theaters, whether it be 3-hours or longer. Personally, the film could be 24-hours long and I would still go see it in theaters.
Despite whatever Marvel Studios decides is an appropriate length time for Avengers: Endgame, we are on the edge of our seats waiting to deliver any more news about the most anticipated film of 2019.
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