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Endgame Test Audience Responses Are Stunning

Endgame Test Audience Responses Are Stunning
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    The long wait for Avengers: Endgame is almost over, and if its test audiences are any indication,
    it'll be well worth it.
    In a recent conversation with BoxOfficePro.com, co-director Joe Russo revealed that the final
    film in the Infinity Saga has scored perhaps the best reception of any MCU film to date,
    which, of course, is no small feat.
    Like all tentpole films, each new MCU entry is put through a gauntlet of test audiences
    before it hits your local multiplex.
    Russo explained that these screenings are often used to fine-tune certain scenes, tweak
    certain elements of the plot, or streamline the narrative.
    "We try to create a density in storytelling that makes [each film] feel compulsive.
    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."
    To put that in perspective, consider that MCU flicks tend to fare very well with these
    audiences in general, and more than one recent entry has completely blown crowds away at
    early screenings.
    Captain Marvel, for example, was heralded as one of the best films in the entirety of
    the MCU, while 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 received a perfect score of 100 from
    its test audiences, which is virtually unheard of.
    It goes without saying that expectations are sky high for Endgame, which will put a cap
    on an overarching narrative spanning eleven years, 22 films, and dozens of individual
    character arcs.
    Yet, at least as far as test audiences are concerned, it seems to have more than met
    those expectations.
    So how did brothers Joe and Anthony Russo manage such a massively complex undertaking?
    It turns out their entire careers have prepared them for this moment.
    Not only have they already helmed three of the MCU's most challenging ensembles with
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity
    War, but prior to joining Marvel, they earned a reputation for deftly weaving complicated
    storylines on the cult classic sitcoms Arrested Development and Community.
    Joe Russo told BoxOfficePro,
    "We spent a decade squeezing complex comedy stories with many, many characters, both of
    those shows being big ensemble shows, into 21 minutes.
    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."
    It's a method that has worked out pretty well for the filmmaking pair.
    But while it's been speculated that Endgame could constitute their MCU swan song, Russo
    isn't ready to make that call just yet.
    "The door is always open.
    Everyone at Marvel is like family to us.
    We grew up reading comic books, and these stories are incredibly open to us.
    Anything that moved you as a child or spoke to you as a child has an emotional resonance
    you carry with you your entire life.
    It's very hard to find a story that can speak to you the same way it did when you were younger."
    "I keep telling everybody they should move on.
    Some do.
    But not us."
    It goes without saying that fans across the board would love to see the Russos continue
    on in the MCU, but if they end up departing after Endgame, it looks like they'll be going
    out with a bang.
    And in case the rapturous reception from test audiences isn't enough to convince you, consider
    the reaction of Captain America himself.
    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the star was nearly at a loss for words when
    asked to describe his Endgame viewing experience, finally saying,
    "Man, this one's really good.
    I choked up like three times."
    All of which is to say: buckle up, true believers.
    Avengers: Endgame is nothing less than the culmination of the single most ambitious feat
    of storytelling in cinematic history, and all signs point to Mighty Marvel having completely
    nailed it.
    We'll get to see for ourselves just how hard when the flick hits screens on April 26.
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