Courtesy Marvel Studios

Avengers 4 Currently Longest Marvel Film Ever at 3 Hours

It’s going to take a long time to defeat Thanos and find a way to bring back T’Challa, Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy. How long? Possibly three hours. The epic final film in Marvel’s Phase 3 is currently Godfather-length, according to director Joe Russo. Russo sat down for an Instagram Live chat yesterday and shared the news that Avengers 4 is long, and, possibly could stay that long. (h/t THR.)

“The running time on Avengers 4 is currently sitting right at three hours. We’ll see if that holds,” he said during the Instagram chat (he was there promoting his new bar in downtown L.A., Duello.) When asked where Avengers 4 was in the postproduction process, Russo said that they’re about halfway through editing, which means that the film’s runtime will likely shrink—at least a little. “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.”

If you’re wondering whether Russo hinted at the film’s elusive title, you’re out of luck. He continued to troll fans, pretending to have technical difficulties with the Instagram feed every time he was about to reveal the title. Yet he wasn’t shy about saying Avengers 4 will be even more epic than Infinity War

“Will the stakes be higher in Avengers 4? Absolutely. 100 percent,” Russo said. “The highest of any of the films to date, without question.”

It’s not like Infinity War wasn’t a massive movie itself.  It is the reigning champion for all Marvel films in terms of length, running at two hours and forty minutes. Avengers 4 will clearly be breaking that record—no one said finding a way to raise the dead and defeat a nearly limitlessly powerful supervillain would be easy.

Avengers 4 will be released May 3, 2019.

Featured image: Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War. Courtesy Marvel Studios.

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