Avengers: Endgame Directors Discuss Risks of Someone as Powerful as Captain Marvel

The countdown is on. With one month left until Captain Marvel premieres in theaters, the world will finally be introduced to Carol Danvers, woman warrior, and one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney teased her debut last week during the Super Bowl.

Following that is her most anticipated role in April, as the possible antidote to Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. But will Ms. Marvel really be able to topple Thanos? Endgame directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo discussed the explosive encounter with CinemaBlend:

“It’s always a concern of ours about overpowering characters, because the reason that people relate to these characters is their humanity, and that they’re flawed,” said the younger Joe. “And the reason we love working so much with Captain America was that he was limited, and his heart was his superpower, you know? So we’re all acutely aware of the dangers of having an overly powerful character. [But] we like sensitive storytelling, so… we found a thoughtful way through it.”

Oh boy. Whatever happens, we’ll surely get quite a show for the “war to end all wars”: Avengers: Endgame is set to be the longest film in Marvel history, clocking in at 3 hours. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in needing a bathroom break during the last Avengers film—Infinity War lasted two hours and 40 minutes long. The universe is testing us!

Disney is A-OK with the movie length, according to the Russo brothers in an interview with Collider:

“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.”

Brace yourselves! Avengers: Endgame drops in theaters on April 26.

Featured Image: Captain Marvel. Courtesy: Walt Disney Studios


Jessy Diamba

Jessy Diamba is a Franco-American writer, avid traveler, polyglot, and news junkie. He lives between Paris, France, and Dallas, Texas.