You might want to stock up at the concession stand before you head in to see Avengers: Endgame—because you're likely going to be there for a while. According to directors Joe and Anthony Russo, the runtime for the final film in the Avengers series could rival movies like Titanic and The Lord of the Rings series, estimating a possible three hours of jam-packed action and adventure.
CBR reports that Disney is fine with the movie running on the longer side—as long as the story delivers and does not stray from the main premise.
The Russo Brothers have confirmed that 'Avengers: Endgame' is still working at a 3 hour runtime, and in 3 out of 4 test screenings, 'not a single person got up to go to the bathroom' ⏱— Fandom (@getFANDOM) February 6, 2019
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The directing duo recently gave an update to Collider, with Joe Russo stating:
"I think the studio is down with what the best story is. 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."
To fans, the long runtime is a happy piece of news, especially if it means the movie will finally answer all of their questions (and bring a few thought-to-be-dead characters back to life). If the film does hit the three-hour mark, it will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's longest; Avengers: Infinity War, which currently holds the title, runs two hours and 40 minutes.
This article also appears on Mental Floss.