Avengers: Endgame probably won’t have an intermission


With a potential three-hour runtime for Avengers: Endgame, the directors briefly addressed speculation of a mid-movie intermission.

In the superhero film world, Captain Marvel, Hellboy and Shazam still must hit theaters before Avengers: Endgame, the most anticipated movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is the culmination of 22 films and will open another Phase of new heroes, starting with July’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Given the magnitude of this MCU production, it is likely set for a long runtime — potentially three hours. That marks the longest of anything released by Marvel Studios. Even if it falls between 2 hours, 41 minutes and 2 hours, 59 minutes, it would still top Avengers: Infinity War‘s runtime.

Keeping moviegoers in their seats for all 180 minutes is a task. Whether they want food or beverages or to use the restroom, it is inevitable for some people to break during the film for this. So, this created speculation of a mid-movie intermission, and Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo briefly addressed this to Collider (h/t CBR):

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"When asked about the possibility of an intermission to help audiences handle such a long film, Joe Russo confirmed they’ve joked about it in the production room. At this time, though, there aren’t plans for one. “We’ve screened the movie four times for audiences now,” Anthony Russo said. “For the first three screenings, not a single person got up to go to the bathroom.”"

Unless something changes, that should probably indicate a straight three-hour screening.

Few films have included an intermission at the theater over the past decade, but it is not an uncommon practice. The Godfather: Part II, West Side Story and Monty Python and the Holy Grail had this. Moviegoers would have a break and return for the rest of the feature shortly after.

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Avengers: Endgame will hit theaters on Apr. 26. The fate of the MCU’s mightiest heroes is on the line in this expansive blockbuster.