Avengers 4 Runtime Might be Three Hours Long

Joe Russo confirms the next Avengers movie is currently the longest in the MCU

Josh Brolin as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Avengers 4 has a lot of ground to cover. Wrapping up 19 superhero movies’ worth of plot, and putting a cap on three Marvel “phases” of storytelling, it’s obviously going to need a decent running time, and director Joe Russo has now confirmed that it’s on track to be the longest Marvel movie yet. 

“The running time on Avengers 4 is currently sitting right at three hours. We’ll see if that holds,” he said during an Instagram chat to promote his new bar in Los Angeles. Not that he and his brother are anywhere near finished tinkering with it yet though. “We’re about halfway through the editing process,” Russo confirmed. “We’re really just scratching the surface on 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, and we’re very early in the phase of getting VFX done. We’ve just started work with Alan Silvestri on the score, and we’re still editing picture at this point.”

Russo made a few jokes about the film’s title (promising to reveal it online, but then moaning about fake technical errors), but he did promise that his film is laying more on the line than any other. “Will the stakes be higher in Avengers 4? Absolutely. 100 percent,” he said. “The highest of any of the films to date, without question.”

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Avengers: Infinity War currently holds the MCU record for the longest chapter (at two hours, forty minutes), but it looks like its follow up is on track to beat it, with a Lord of the Rings-esque running time. But what’s actually going to fill it? We have some thoughts on how the story might shake out right here.

Avengers 4 (whatever its called) opens on May 3. The complete schedule of upcoming Marvel movies can be found here.