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Avengers: Endgame: When to take a bathroom break during the film

We've all been there before: sitting happily in a movie theater seat, having just downed a large Coca-Cola and made a sizable dent in a bucket of buttery popcorn, when the need to make a dash to the bathroom strikes. It usually happens at inopportune times, like when the action starts to ramp up or right after an emotional scene where the stakes get intensified tenfold. Take a bathroom break at the wrong time during a showing, and you just might miss the biggest and best moment of the entire movie. 

This is why so many Marvel fans are stressing about when they can duck out to the little dude's or dudette's room when they see Avengers: Endgame. Thanks to the fine folks at various different outlets, we've got a full list of moments in the new MCU movie that are safe to skip in favor of a bathroom break.

Warning: There are slight mentions of things that appear during Avengers: Endgame. They don't reveal much about the film's plot, but if you want to go in completely blind, we suggest you avert your eyes. 

CNET suggests that moviegoers follow one major rule: don't make a run for the bathroom if you're two-thirds of the way or more into Avengers: Endgame's three-hour runtime. Additionally, the outlet notes that "there really is no good time to pee after the first half of the movie." That said, some spots where a trip to the toilets is a-okay include: about 30 minutes into Endgame when the San Francisco title card appears on screen and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) pieces together information about the Avengers and co. that the audience already knows, and a little over an hour into the movie when Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) sits down for a bite to eat. CNET notes that the latter is the absolute safest bet for a bathroom break, as nothing of consequence happens for about 10 to 15 minutes. Your last chance to nip to the loo without missing something huge, according to CNET, is when the New Jersey title card shows up. The scene that follows is apparently packed with nostalgia, but doesn't divulge anything that fans couldn't deduce on their own with some context clues. 

Mashable has its own suggestions, though the outlet does advise that fans "simply to refrain from drinking fluids for a couple hours beforehand, take one last bathroom break during the pre-show trailers, and hope that's enough to keep nature's call at bay." If you just can't hold it in, head to the bathroom at these moments: when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) starts talking about the Reality Stone roughly an hour into the film, when "Asgard" appears on screen (but hurry, because it isn't long before an important event happens), at the beginning of the huge battle two hours and 10 minutes in (again, rush if you choose to go at this time), or whenever a hero you aren't particularly fond of or attached to is doing something. That last one is a gamble, given everyone has different Marvel faves, but it'll do if you aren't comfortable missing anything else. Also, because Avengers: Endgame breaks tradition and doesn't feature a post-credits scene, many audience members might stick around in hopes of seeing one. You, dear reader, are privy to the information ahead of time — so you can dart to the bathroom before everyone else does.

Want even more options for bathroom breaks? GameSpot has three: around the film's second act when the heroes return to Avengers HQ, when the Avengers branch off into their separate teams (which a past Endgame trailer teased), and right as the climactic final battle begins.

Overall, it's not advisable to be sitting on the porcelain throne during any part of Avengers: Endgame, but do what you must to save yourself from a screaming bladder. Based on what critics are saying about the film, you won't want to miss a single second of action — no matter how non-essential some may seem.