Avengers: Endgame's First Cut Was 'Slightly Shorter' Than the Final One

With the runtime for Avengers: Endgame confirmed to be over three hours long, many fans may be preparing themselves for the epic length of the film. However, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have confirmed the original cut of the film was shorter than the final version.

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"We've been working on this movie for well over a year in editorial because we finished it in 2018, and it literally hasn't moved maybe more than two minutes from its original runtime on the director's cut", Joe Russo explained to Collider. "It's just a tough one. There's just a lot of story in it. We like emotional stakes that require screentime."

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The brothers also recalled the first cut of Endgame was shorter in length, with Joe adding, "We have almost everything in this movie that we shot...I think [our first cut] was slightly shorter than this."

In addition, the Russos said there won't be much to look at in terms of deleted scenes. However, fans can rest easy knowing when they see Earth's Mightiest Heroes take on Thanos in two weeks, they'll see almost every bit of footage the directing duo filmed for the climax of the Avengers' greatest battle.

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Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives April 26.


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