The 'Avengers: Endgame' Runtime Confirms Marvel Needs To Retire End-Credit Scenes
At just over 3 hours in length, Marvel's upcoming 'Avengers: Endgame' is officially the franchise's longest feature.
It's been a big few days for the upcoming end to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's biggest chapter. Just a month away from Endgame fans were treated with a few treats.
Earlier, Marvel released heartbreaking character posters which expand on which characters perished in Thanos' snap.
And while we mourn Shuri (why couldn't it have been Hawkeye instead?!) there was another Avengers announcement that seemed almost more important.
This week it was widely circulated that the ensemble outing and follow-up to 2018's Avengers: Infinity War would run for three hours and two minutes.
While we're not here to debate if that's too long for a superhero flick there is one major change Marvel needs to make: they need to retire their tradition of post-credit scenes.
If you're one of those people who always leave the cinema immediately as a film ends, even before the lights have been turned back on, you may not know what we're talking about. Allow us to explain.
Way back in 2008 Marvel's Iron Man featured an extra scene in the credits where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) was approached by Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson). In the scene, Fury tells Stark: "You think you're the only superhero in the world? Mr Stark, you've become part of a bigger universe, you just don't know it yet."
Looking back it's actually an incredibly accurate beginning point to the MCU, one of the largest and most successful cinematic universes ever created. Since then, every Marvel film contained a mid or post credit scene. In The Avengers, they even introduced a mid AND end credit scene.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. had five mid and post credit scenes. Five.
Here's the thing: If Marvel is going to keep making longer movies they need to retire these extra scenes.
Why? Because we can't keep holding our pee for that long.
Yes, it sounds ridiculous but why should we be punished for sitting through more than a hundred minutes of storytelling to wait around for a "surprise" or FIVE only to see a giant ant playing an electronic drum?
Understandably these scenes are the scaffolding that keeps the world-building of the cinematic universe afloat. They tease upcoming villains, explains how the pesky Tesseract keeps ending up in different places, nods to Howard the Duck. But they also put an unnecessary strain on our bladder.
Maybe you can go for hours at a time without needing a pee, perhaps you don't spend your day guzzling coffee after coffee between your recommended 2 litres of water per day. Maybe your lips are cracked and dry from the lack of hydration you put yourself through in order to enjoy a pre-credit scene of Baby Groot dancing, but we're busting.
There's also the risk that you might miss an end-credit scene, forcing you to sit in a cinema seat -- stained with the dribbles of what you can only hope are diet Sprite -- for the entire duration of the film's credits.
And for all that holding of your pee, the stretching of your bladder and damage to your pelvic floor, sometimes you're waiting for nothing.
We want to see what happens with Thanos and his infinity stones but Marvel, please, don't give us kidney stones.
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