Avengers: Infinity War currently holds the record for the longest MCU movie. Clocking in at around 2 hours and 40 minutes, the film will utilize all that time to tell a massive story with a huge ensemble of superheroes and villains. It looks like it won’t hold the record for long, though. The Russo brothers just revealed that the film’s sequel, Avengers 4, will probably end up being longer once it’s completed.
While speaking with Collider, Anthony and Joe Russo discussed the editing process of Avengers 4. They revealed that the movie currently has an assembly cut, and while they didn’t specify how long it is, they did reveal that it is their longest assembly cut yet.
When asked if Disney would even allow for them to release a 3 hour movie, the Russos revealed that that has never been a problem, and it could easily end up being that long.
Anthony Russo: To their credit, we have never gotten a time mandate from [Disney].
Joe Russo: I’ll say it could easily be a three hour film, but I think that we’re very hard on the material, we like it to play at a certain pace. I’m sure that we’ll squeeze it.
Anthony Russo: We have a whole year of work left on that movie.
Joe Russo: I do think it will be longer than Avengers 3.
It’s evident that the Russo brothers and Disney know that creating a cohesive story comes first and foremost before worrying about time constraints. Although, they do also realize that they don’t want to overstay their welcome in the theater, and keeping things from dragging on is important as well.
Avengers 4 releases in theaters on May 3rd, 2019.