Joe Russo confirms Avengers: Infinity War will be longest Marvel movie to date
Avengers: Infinity War looks set to be the longest Marvel movie to date, according to director Joe Russo.
The movie and its as yet untitled sequel have been shooting concurrently this year and feature an enormous cast that sees stars of Doctor Strange, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Ant-Man uniting with the current Avengers line-up for the new outing. Also joining the cast is Brie Larson, who is newly cast as Captain Marvel.
Asked by Collider how the film was coming along and the sort of running time fans could expect, Russo replied: "The current cut is over two and a half [hours]… Most of it’s 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.”
Then asked why the lengthy running time, which would past the series' current record of 147 minutes for Captain America: Civil War, the director added that there was an awful lot to do and he couldn't see any way of cutting it down.
He added: "We have to, I mean it’s a culmination event. We’ve gotta take 10 years of storytelling in this Marvel narrative experiment that’s been going on since Iron Man, and we have to take all these disparate tones, disparate themes, motivations, and we have to pull them together in a unified narrative and write the final chapters of the book. There’s no way you could do that with all these characters in under that running length.”
The first part of the third Avengers movie is due for release in May 2018 and the second in May 2019.