Everyone’s buzzing over “Avengers: Endgame,” the finale of the massive Marvel movie franchise. It opened April 26, and fans worldwide can’t wait to learn the fates of their favorite characters.
There’s one small catch: The movie is three hours long and action-packed. There’s no intermission. What if you drank a large soda in the first half-hour and you’ve gotta, you know, go?
Believe it or not, there’s an app that tells you the perfect times to scramble out to the bathroom: It’s called RunPee, and it’s free.
Members of the “RunPee Family” screen movies as soon as possible after release and select times that would be ideal for a quick break. There’s even a quick synopsis of what you missed while you’re out.
The app gives you a quiet buzz during scenes that RunPee staffers and users flagged as potentially missable. Times have “emergency” and “recommended” labels, and a note about whether or not the end credits contain extra scenes.
RunPee has gotten a lot of attention in recent days after Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, said in an interview that his team aims to make movies in which “you just don’t ever find a good time to run out to the bathroom.”
— The Avengers (@Avengers) April 27, 2019
Sounds great, except for when you’re talking about a feverishly anticipated blockbuster filled with plot twists and shocking revelations — and a three-hour run time.
What if you miss the part when Thor chokes on a hot dog and Iron Man whacks him with Mjolnir to dislodge it? (Just joking. I have not seen the film.)
Unfortunately, word of RunPee has gotten around very quickly in the lead-up to “Avengers: Endgame” — which means, yes, the app has crashed a couple of times and the server isn’t working entirely smoothly. These glitches are due to the massive influx of downloaders ahead of the movie, as RunPee confirmed on Twitter.
The company shared a chart highlighting its huge increase in subscribers over the past 30 days:
Number of registered users for the RunPee app, past 30 days. Can you spot the trend?
This is why the server crashed. pic.twitter.com/aDpRY5Elrr
— RunPee (movie app/film hub) (@RunPee) April 25, 2019
“Can you spot the trend? This is why the server crashed,” the company wrote alongside the image of the chart.
While RunPee is working on getting its servers back up and running, audiences who are going to see “Avengers: Endgame” in the meantime don’t have to miss out. The company has tweeted out this crucial message for moviegoers, revealing the ideal time for a bathroom break during the movie:
RunPee App is down. 🙁 We are sorry, and are working on it nonstop.
Our best Peetime #AvengersEndgame:
1:54 minutes into movie/4 minutes to RunPee
Cue: Hawkeye wakes up in the water
Synopsis: I can't much, bc SPOILER, but the Avengers argue about something in the previous scene
— RunPee (movie app/film hub) (@RunPee) April 26, 2019
“RunPee App is down. 🙁 We are sorry, and are working on it nonstop. Our best Peetime
#AvengersEndgame: 1:54 minutes into movie/4 minutes to RunPee,” the tweet reads.
If you don’t want to keep a constant eye on the time, RunPee also suggests looking out for a specific scene, in which Hawkeye wakes up in the water, as a cue to head out.
If you’re not heading out to see the movie just yet, you may want to check the app, as there’s a chance it could be back up by then. RunPee confirmed it’s still working on returning its server to functioning properly and will keep consumers updated.
#ThankYou everyone, for being so kind & supportive of #RunPee. You're showing a generosity of spirit bigger than #CaptainAmerica . When #Endgame crashed AMC & Fandango we should have thought @ a bigger server. We never expected massive publicity & traffic. We'll keep you updated.
— RunPee (movie app/film hub) (@RunPee) April 27, 2019
#ThankYou everyone, for being so kind & supportive of #RunPee. You’re showing a generosity of spirit bigger than #CaptainAmerica . When #Endgame crashed AMC & Fandango we should have thought @ a bigger server. We never expected massive publicity & traffic. We’ll keep you updated,” a tweet from the company’s account reads.
Even if you don’t get a chance to download and use the app, Gardner offered a little tip to movie fans. “In most action movies, there’s the suiting up scene,” Gardner told CNN. “That’s usually like the last pee time in the movie.”
Every hero, every story, every moment has led us here. Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame is NOW PLAYING in theaters. Get your tickets and #DontSpoilTheEndgame: https://t.co/93jQYXAc6I pic.twitter.com/KRniTueZdh
— The Avengers (@Avengers) April 26, 2019
Will you be heading out to see “Avengers: Endgame” this weekend?