Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of 22 films and more than 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Joe and Anthony Russo directed the finale to what is now known as Marvel Studios’ “Infinity Saga.”
About the Russos
The Russos made their Marvel debut with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They followed that with Captain America: Civil War before moving on to Avengers: Infinity War. Before Marvel, the Russos worked on television comedies like Arrested Development and Community.
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Joe Russo talked to Box office Pro about Avengers: Endgame having one of Marvel’s best ever responses from test screenings.
Joe Russo spoke to Box office Pro about how those comedies prepared them for their Avengers movies. During the interview, they revealed that Avengers: Endgame had one of Marvel’s best ever responses from test screenings.
“We spent a decade squeezing complex comedy stories with many, many characters, both of those shows being big ensemble shows, into 21 minutes,” Russo says. “We’d call it ‘the Russo path,’ where we came in and squeezed it down to a density that we felt would elevate the show, because it would move so quickly that you’d miss half the jokes and have to watch it again. That was an agenda of ours. The same thing is true when we work on these Marvel films. We try to create a density in storytelling that makes them feel compulsive, irrespective of the length. We’re very rigorous about storytelling points, and we spend months in the edit room twisting and turning the narrative a bunch of different ways until we think we’ve unlocked the best one. We’re vigilant about using test audiences to tell us whether we’re on the right track or we’re making bad decisions. With Endgame, it had one of the most incredible audience responses in Marvel history. Irrespective of the length, it’s been consistently embraced by the test audiences.”
Joe Russo mentioned that the Avengers: Endgame is getting some of the best test audience responses of any Marvel movie to date.
“We’re vigilant about using test audiences to tell us whether we’re on the right track or we’re making bad decisions. With Endgame, it had one of the most incredible audience responses in Marvel history. Irrespective of the length, it’s been consistently embraced by the test audiences.”
Joe’s brother Anthony Russo made similar remarks earlier this year in an interview with Collider. While discussing the length of Endgame, the filmmaker mentioned that not only has the movie received great responses from test audiences, but few of them have felt the need to get up to go to the bathroom during the exceptionally lengthy screenings.
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AVENGERS ENDGAME: Official Synopsis
According to the film’s official synopsis, “The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, Avengers: Endgame.”
MCU’s longest feature yet
From the sound of things, viewers aren’t being put off by the pic’s considerable runtime, which was recently reported to be 3 hours and 2 minutes.Whether or not that’s still the length on release day remains to be seen, but at the very least, it’s looking likely that this will be the MCU’s longest feature yet by a considerable margin.
Nonetheless, add up all the footage that we’ve actually seen from the film and it would come to about 5 minutes. Needless to say, Marvel Studios is keeping their cards close to their chest, but despite knowing little about the adventure to come, it’s expected that filmgoers will be showing up in staggering numbers next month.
About its release
Avengers: Endgame opens in theaters on April 26th
Avengers: Endgame Trailer