For all the speculation around Avengers 4 and the many details that directors Anthony and Joe Russo refuse to share, it’s easy to forget that even this filmmaking pair don’t know the exact content of the Avengers: Infinity War sequel, with the movie currently in post-production and with some way to go before it arrives at its final form.
In an interview with USA Today, Joe Russo offered a quick update on how the project’s progressing, explaining that the flick still boasts a bulky 3-hour runtime.
“We’re about halfway through the editorial process, and it’s standing at around 3 hours,” Russo revealed. “It’s a very complicated movie with a lot of characters in it. We’re putting in the work, so we’ll see where it ends up. It definitely has a lot of story in it.”
From a commercial standpoint, it’s easy to see why Joe and his brother would be eager to trim their movie down to a more digestible length, though you can bet that there are plenty of fans out there who’d be happy to see this era-closing work stretch out for as long as possible.
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Granted, the box office success of such franchise fare as The Lord of the Rings makes the case that audiences are willing to take a chance on blockbusters that approach or even exceed the 3-hour mark, but if the Russos feel like they can fit all the necessary plot into a shorter feature, then it’s a good bet that they will. After all, the fast-paced Avengers: Infinity War managed to keep things just under two-and-a-half hours, despite packing a whole lot of story itself.
As it stands, Avengers 4 looks to be delivering an overwhelming array of familiar faces, including some that we haven’t seen grace our screens in years. Channelling all these MCU inhabitants into a single, coherent story seems like a tall order, but we’ll find out if the Russo Brothers are up to the task when the film hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.