Marvel Studios has generally been pretty good about the runtimes of their films. While some studios have a hard time keeping their films tight, that’s never really been Marvel’s Achilles heel. They’ve pretty much allowed their films to vary in scope and style, which gave them room to have their films range from around 100 minutes to 150 minutes or so.
Their next film, Avengers: Infinity War, is set to hit 150 minutes, the longest in the MCU yet! But will it be the longest for more than a year? It doesn’t sound like it. While the entire universe has been culminating to this film, we can’t forget that the true culmination will actually hit next year with Avengers 4. But will that movie be much longer?
Speaking with Collider, Infinity War and Avengers 4 director enlightened us, saying:
“I’ll say it could easily be a three-hour film, but I think that, you know, we’re very hard on the material. We like it to play at a certain pace. I’m sure that we’ll squeeze it. I can’t imagine. We have a whole year of work left on that movie. I do think it will be longer than Avengers 3, but it’s clearly impossible to say”
Three hours, huh? At this point in the game, after we’ve seen the universe go through thick and thin, Avengers 4 is the one film that can get away with it in the franchise. It’s good to hear that they have enough material to make it happen, but it’s also good to hear their devotion to brevity.
As much as I love me some meditative filmmaking, one aspect I’ve always appreciated about the Marvel movies is their overall pacing, and there were few movies that, to me, felt longer than they needed to be. Keep them long enough to really milk the drama from the situation, but not so long that I start to look at my watch.
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