Russo Brothers Explain Reason For Three-Hour 'Avenger: Endgame' Runtime

We are just weeks away from the premiere of Avengers: Endgame and the excitement continues to build for the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The good news for fans of the film is that Endgame will run a whopping three hours.
The three-hour runtime has remained consistent throughout the filming and editing process and in a recent interview the Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe, revealed the reason for having such an epic length.
And fans should be excited.
“My brother [Anthony Russo] and I are really committed to emotional stakes, and emotion requires story real estate,” Joe Russo told Box Office Pro.
“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.”
Hopefully moviegoers will have time to breathe, too, after what promises to be an emotionally exhausting three hours.
Avengers: Endgame is set to hit theaters on Friday, April 26, 2019.
The movie will star Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more. At the time of its release, it will be the 22nd film in the 11-year old Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers: Endgame, the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War is due out in theaters on May 3, 2019. It is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who previously directed Captain America: The Winter SoldierCaptain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War.


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