With a little over four months until release, Marvel's Avengers: Endgame is looking to be the studio's longest film to date -- should the current runtime remain intact during post-production.
A new quote from director Joe Russo in Empire Magazine suggests a three-hour runtime is entirely possible due to the massive story that needs to be told.
While discussing the film and what's yet to come, Russo reaffirmed it is setting out to essentially complete the story that began over a decade ago with 2008's Iron Man. Because of this, Endgame has plenty of story to justify a possible three hours. "There's a high probability that this movie will clock in at around three hours. It's a big movie with a lot of story," he said.
As to whether or not the film will top this year's Avengers: Infinity War, Russo simply hopes they can tell the best story possible. "We try to tell the best story we can with these characters. This is bringing to a close the first decade of stories. I think that alone has a dramatic power to it," he explained.
Back in November, Russo answered a few fan questions during a live interview on Instagram, one of which asked how long the film was currently clocking in at, with Russo revealing the film was sitting around the three-hour mark. For many fans, the thought of a super-sized "finale" to the last decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe made total sense. Of course, most films tend to be extremely long throughout the editing process and are generally trimmed to around the two-hour mark when all is said and done.
As it stands, Endgame looks to be on track to be the longest film from Marvel Studios as the film sets the stage for the MCU's future while possibly saying goodbye to the original six Avengers.
Avengers: Endgame will arrive on April 26, 2019. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.
(via Comic Book Movie)