After weeks of rumors, Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo finally confirmed the movie's epic runtime. As it stands, the movie will be the longest Marvel Cinematic Universe film yet, clocking in at three hours and 58 seconds.
While many have taken this to reflect the massive nature of the film, Marvel Studios president Keving Feige stresses that the runtime itself shouldn't be getting all the focus. "I think it’s gotten more press than it should," Feige told i09. "I think running time is the least interesting thing about a movie."
According to him, this focus on the runtime itself leads to a certain type of interpretation. "If we’d announced that the movie was one hour and 50 minutes there probably would have been an equal amount of press and discussion," he added.
"What I’ve always said is a movie is as long as it should be," he continued, justifying the film's runtime. "We are fans of movies that you wish didn’t end. Movies that you want to see again as soon as it’s over. And movies that you just don’t ever find a good time to run out to the bathroom. That’s when a movie’s working... We got to a point where it feels very exciting and goes by very quickly and in the end is the perfect length. And everybody that saw the movie felt the same way."
"We cut very little," co-director Anthony Russo added. "We do spend a lot of time with [Markus and McFeely] kicking the tires on the script and beating it up. Of course, there’s always the discovery process, but at the end of the day I think our director’s cut of Endgame was within two minutes of what the current cut is."
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 26.