Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo have already gone on record to say there is a high probability the culmination of the last 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have a three-hour runtime. Though there is still editing to be done on the film, the duo says Disney is okay with the three hours as long as the right story beats are met.
“I think the studio is down with what the best story is. Right now, we think the movie is playing well and we’ve had great responses from our test audiences and we’re feeling very good about where it is," the directors told Collider during an interview for the visual effects in Avengers: Infinity War. "We’re still doing work to it. We’re not done with it. Again, this is a culmination film of 22 movies, it’s a lot of storytelling to work into it. Emotion is an intrinsic part of that to us. When you have to tell a really complicated story and you want strong emotional moments with the characters, it just requires a certain amount of real estate. This one, in particular, feels like three hours worth of real estate.”
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.
Joe Russo was then quoted in December saying, "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."
As things stand now, it appears edits won't keep Avengers: Endgame from being the longest MCU movie to date.
Avengers: Endgame will arrive on April 26. 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.