YouTube: Avengers: Infinity War — Peetimes Explained

Here’s a short video where I describe the thought process of choosing Peetimes for Avengers: Infinity War.

Peetimes Coming for Avengers Endgame BEFORE OPENING NIGHT

Avengers: EndgameThe scheduled runtime for Avengers Endgame is 3:02. That’s three hours and two bladder cramping minutes. And you know there will be extra scenes, so don’t think you can skip out on the end credits.

[UPDATE 1: Surprisingly, there are no extra scenes, but there is an audio-only extra at the very end.]

The question everyone’s asking is: will we have Peetimes ready before the US public release of Endgame on Thursday night, April 25th ?

[UPDATE 2: Three Peetimes have been added already, a day before the movie even comes out! We merely used our Time Stone..]

Endgame – The short answer to having Peetimes before opening night

Absolutely! (That satisfied sound you just heard was your bladder relaxing.)

Endgame – The long answer on how RunPee can do this

We rely on Shanee Edwards, a Los Angeles-based movie critic, to get our Peetimes for the biggest blockbuster movies prior to their release. This comes at a high cost, but it’s worth it for RunPee fans. We know many of you will see Endgame — and other movies like it — on opening night with your friends. It’s on those occasions RunPee app downloads peak, because so many of you share the app with your friends, family, the stranger sitting next to you, et al. (And we thank you for every time you do it!)

We certainly don’t want to put you on the spot by raving about the awesomeness of the RunPee app, only to be disappointed when you try to show them Peetimes at the movies and be forced to say, “Well, they’ll probably have Peetimes for this film tomorrow.” That’s a lose-lose for everyone.

So, we go out of our way to get pre-release Peetimes for the blockbuster movies that we know will be packed on opening night.

For the vast majority of flicks, RunPee has Peetimes posted around 10:00-11:00 PM EST on opening night. We have to drive home and add the Peetimes, which usually takes an hour or two. We try to get a least one good Peetime up first, right after we add the details about any end credit scenes.

That said, the pre-release Peetimes we get from Shanee won’t be the final word. Consider those as placeholders until the RunPee Family can go see the movie on Thursday night and update them.

Pretty much the entire RunPee Family will see Endgame opening night, and will collaborate on making the Peetimes the absolute best they can be. Then on Friday we’ll go back and watch Endgame again, making sure everything about the Peetimes are spot-on.

The best Avengers: Endgame strategy

So, if you want the absolute best experience, I’d suggest waiting to see Avengers Endgame, or any blockbuster, on Friday evening (or later if you hate crowds, but not tooo much later that you get accidentally plot spoiled). But by Friday night we will have collaborated, triple-edited, and double-checked all the Peetimes.

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RunPee’s “Golden Rule”

Whether it’s choosing which Peetimes to use from our notes, or how to carefully word the “getting up” Cues so there’s no spoilers, or what to put in the Synopsis, or the Meta details, or anything else, we have one Golden Rule we keep in mind to guide us:

We imagine ourselves sitting in a movie theater, re-watching a film with a good friend who hasn’t seen the movie yet, and simply ask ourselves, “What would we tell our friend they missed if they needed to pee during this movie?”

It’s as simple as that. We keep that in mind when tweaking the app, so we can provide personal information — just as if we were sitting there next to a friend.

When we think about writing a Peetime Cue we ask ourselves, “What if a friend asked us when it would be safe to pee during this movie?” We’d want to give them a Cue that is memorable, and noticeable, but not a spoiler.

When we think about writing our Peetime Metas (the short description below the Cue),  we imagine a friend leaning over and asking, “Hey, I have to pee. What sort of scenes happen for the next 3-5 minutes?” To which we can respond, “Nothing important. Just some dialog,” or, “Just some kissy scenes followed by a little morning after conversation,” or something like that. We pick things that are easy to summarize, so you won’t be lost when you sit back down. Our Peetimes run between 3-5 minutes, which everyone can handle if they don’t dally. Hence, the Run part of RunPee. 🙂

When we write the Synopses for a Peetime, we play a mental game of tug-o-war between providing enough detail to keep you caught up with the movie when you get back, and keeping it terse enough that you can read it in 30 seconds — while you run pee to the restroom, get a beverage, make a call, or whatever you need to do in the theater. We’ve been doing this for 10 years now, back in the Pleistocene of the web, so we think we’re pretty good at it.

And no, the humor is not lost on us that RunPee has a Golden Rule. 🙂