Director Joe Russo has admitted that he’s actually annoyed by the huge box office success of Avengers: Endgame, as he believes that it has taken the conversation away from every other aspect of the film and its story.
“I have to be honest with you. I’m almost disappointed that the movie did so well,” Russo told CinemaBlend’s ReelBlend podcast. “Because it’s like, the box office story is literally dominating the conversation and it’s not the most interesting part of the story.”
Joe’s older brother Anthony, who also just so happened to co-direct the film with his sibling, made sure to insist that the duo were blown away by the support and success of the film, though, especially because audiences responded so passionately to the concluding chapter of this stage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“When you’re charged with writing the final chapter of the book, and executing it, our hope was that — with any favourite story, you always want the end to be the best part of the story,” he explained.
“So that was really what we were hoping to do. Even if we got anywhere close to that, that was our aspiration. And it seems like, at least for some people on some levels, that we delivered an ending that seems satisfying.”
But, while he wished a few more people were talking about other elements of the film, Joe completely understands why the record-breaking box office haul of Endgame has been such a focal point of the conversation
“It’s always about the narrative, too, of these movies in the marketplace. How did it do? Did it break a record? Did it beat the last one? That stuff is really critical to the life of a movie. And of course, we were hoping that it was going to break the international record. Because that’s a story, right?”
“And then you’re hoping and praying that it beats the domestic, which was set by Infinity War last year. Otherwise, frankly, [for] some people looks like a failure. It’s crazy that a movie like this has these kinds of demands on it.”