The 'Avengers: Endgame' Will Be The Longest Marvel Film, Says Joe Russo
We've got a bit more detail on how long Avengers: Endgame will be, and if you'd been hoping for a lean 80-minute thriller you're going to be disappointed. It's a whopper.
"There's a high probability that this movie will clock in at around three hours," co-director Joe Russo told Empire. "It's a big movie with a lot of story."
When Russo said in early November that Avengers 4 was knocking on three hours in the edit, there was always the assumption that it would be chiselled down to the something approaching the other Avengers films' runtimes—The Avengers is 143 minutes, Age of Ultron is 144 minutes, and Infinity War is 149 minutes—but as he should probably know what's happening with his own film, the prospect of a beefy 180-minuter is very real indeed.
Russo's actual words on the subject were originally "we'll see if that holds," and there's a lot of editing and VFX work still to go before a mooted March wrap-up so that runtime could still come down.
There's a lot of pressure on a film that's more than three hours long, too: either you're aiming to put yourself alongside the likes of The Godfather II and Lawrence of Arabia—which are both quite good, and will probably make your decentish film look a bit rubbish by comparison—or you're going to end up with an unforgivably flabby lump like Heaven's Gate or Pearl Harbor.
Still, three hours in the company of Tony Stark and pals has to be a lot more fun than watching Kris Kristofferson chasing cows for five and a half hours.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.