It comes as little surprise that the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” looks like it could clock in with the longest runtime yet for a film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Co-director Joe Russo spoke with Collider during this year’s San Diego Comic Con and said he and his brother and co-director Anthony Russo feel quite comfortable with this being Marvel’s longest work to date:
“The current cut is over two and a half [hours]… Most of it is a movie you could show, but there’s still a lot of work left to be done, I still have a couple of scenes that we haven’t finished from ‘Avengers 3’ that I’m shooting in the next few months with my brother, and it’s certainly gonna be a film that lives in the two and a half hour, two and a half hour-plus range.”
The longest film released to date in the MCU is “Captain America: Civil War” which comes in at 148 minutes. Russo says that because ‘Infinity War’ is a “culmination event” and is the conclusion of a decade of cinema, they have to go epic.
“Avengers: Infinity War” is slated to open May 4th. Filming on the fourth “Avengers” is slated to kick off in two weeks.