Endgame Directors Say The MCU Total Runtime Theory is ‘Coincidental’

To the disappoint of many fans of the “I Love You, 3000” theory, it seems like there wasn’t any big scheme behind the phrase and its relation to the first three Phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed to Deco Drive that it was just per coincidence that all the 23 Marvel Studios movies from the Infinity Saga add up to (around) 3000 minutes.

“We worked really hard to make sure… we’ve been planning that since Winter Soldier,” Joe Russo joked. “No, I mean that is absolutely coincidental, we’re not that smart.”

Then Anthony Russo added: “It’s hard enough to make these movies, trying to hit a minute count like that seems off the mark.”

Check the full interview out in the player below.

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Last year’s Infinity War saw the titular superhero team take the fight to Thanos in order to stop his attempt at exterminating half of the universe’s population with the Infinity stones. But it was to no avail, as he was able to successfully collect them all and snap his fingers. Eventually, he wiped out half of all life from existence in a cloud of ash.

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame is playing in theaters right now.