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Avengers: Endgame unties story threads that Marvel Studios has been developing over the last 21 movies in its Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s a whole lot of stuff for the movie to wrap up–some 11 years’ worth of stuff, in fact–and it’s going to take a while (you can read our spoiler-free review to get a sense of the movie’s success). Endgame clocks in at three hours long, and while it’s a pretty brisk movie in terms of pacing, plenty of us will still need a bathroom break before the end credits roll.
The trouble is finding the right time to abscond to the restroom. A lot happens in Endgame, with a great deal of setup taking place as the remaining Avengers prepare for a rematch with Thanos. Luckily, we’ve seen the movie and have identified a few moments where you’ll suffer the least story damage if you have to get up. If you can make it all the way until the credits start to roll, you’re safe then too–Endgame doesn’t have after-credits scenes, so you don’t necessarily have to sit all the way through them, as you typically do with any Marvel or superhero movie. That said, there is a small nugget (which may be meaningless) waiting at the very end, so you might want to get back to your seat before the credits conclude.
Now, be warned: We don’t actually recommend you head to the bathroom during the movie itself if you can avoid it. Endgame is super dense and there’s a lot of important stuff all over the place, and you’re going to miss some of it. But if you have to make a sacrifice, these are the times to do it. No spoilers!
Pee Break No. 1
Your first potential wee comes during about act 2, after the team returns to the Avengers compound. Again, we’re trying to stay as vague as possible here, but when you hear the phrase “Test no. 1” with the characters preparing to do a bunch of science stuff, you’re pretty safe. You’ll miss a couple of fun jokes, but nothing in this moment is essential to what happens afterward.
Pee Break No. 2
Sometime later in the second act, you’ll get another shot if you act quickly. This one comes when the Avengers start leaving for their “missions” that have been teased in the trailers. Watch for Nebula and co. reaching their destination in space; you’ll be able to slip away during some jokey discussions that don’t advance the plot beyond what you already know is happening. The same is true of Thor’s arrival at his destination in the same stretch.
Pee Break No. 3
If you’re really desperate, you can run for the bathroom during the final act, but this is when all the big action is starting to really pop off, as one might expect. Amidst the superhero antics, you’ll get a chance when things calm down for a moment. When you see a portal open followed by a…let’s say recognizable line from Captain America, you’ll be able to slip away during the ensuing action scene–but only if you really, really have to go. It’s a desperate time for a desperate measure.
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