On April 26, Marvel ends its current phase of comic strips, with the release of The Avengers: Endgame. It is the 22nd film in their interconnected cinematic universe and ends a story that began more than ten years ago.
At the end of last year’s blockbuster, “Avengers: Infinity War,” fans were startled by a devastating cliffhanger: The evil purple alien Thanos acquired all six Infinity Stones and cut his fingers, extinguishing half of all life – including many of the beloved Avengers. (Well, that’s a way to solve the Earth Overpopulation problem.)
After the release of the trailer, fans are going to die to see how, or if, the surviving heroes defeat Thanos and / or revive their dead friends. (Let’s face it, it’s “how,” not “like.” I expect to see a lot of time traveling / alternative universe mumbo jumbo, but hey, just guessing.) Allegedly, the old guard – such as Ironman, Captain America and Thor – can die or retire, usher in a new guard led by Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange.
We don’t know who lives or dies in the movie, but we’ve learned the driving time – and you probably don’t have to spit a lot of water for your local screening. On Monday the founder of MCUComics.com tweeted Jeremy Conrad: “AMC has updated their website with the official synopsis for #AvengersEndgame and states the duration as 3 hours, 2 minutes.” The picture reveals that the duration is three hours and two minutes.
According to the directors, brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, the film has been tested three times and not once has an audience taken a break in the bathroom. “We are still at three o’clock, I think the studio is in trouble,” Joe Russo told Collider last month. “At the moment we think the film is playing well and we have had great reactions from our test audience and we feel very good about where it is. We are still doing it. We are not done with it yet.”
He added: “When you have to tell a very complicated story and you want strong emotional moments with the characters, you just need a certain amount of real estate, in particular it feels like three hours of real estate.”