– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you’re a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan, there’s a good chance you’re looking forward to Avengers 4 being about as long as you can possibly imagine. It’s the conclusion to over 20 films, and the final half of a large, two-part narrative. With that in mind, a three-hour runtime doesn’t seem too out of the question, does it?

If that’s what you’re hoping for, you may be in luck. Avengers 4 co-director Joe Russo recently had a Facebook Live Q&A session, and in it, one fan asked that very question: Just how long can expect this film to be? Given the MCU’s track record, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see it clock in at closer to two-and-a-half hours…but here’s what he said:

“The running time of Avengers 4 is currently sitting right at three hours. So we’ll see if that holds. But we’re sitting right at three hours right now.”

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Sounds promising, right? Well, not so fast. While it’s true the film is currently sitting at three hours, they’re still in the process of actually making the movie, and that means there is plenty of time for that to get whittled down:

“We’re about halfway through the editing process, so we’re really just scratching the surface on all of our VFX shots. There are more than 3,000 VFX shots in the movie. Those require a lot of time and thought and energy and effort. We’re very early in that phase. We just started work with Alan Silvestri in the score. And we’re still editing picture at this point.”

So yes, there is still time to make cuts, but it seems safe to at least assume that this one will be the longest Marvel film to date, which is pretty darn exciting!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.