The final, coordinated assault on Thanos (Josh Brolin) could last as long as three hours, according to Avengers 4 co-director Joe Russo. The filmmaker talked about the movie's runtime during a live Q&A on the Instagram of Duello, a bar that just opened in his Los Angeles-based restaurant, Simone.
“The running time on Avengers 4 is currently sitting right at three hours. We’ll see if that holds,” he said, adding that they're only halfway through the editing proces and just "sratching the surface" with over 3,000 VFX shots.
Alan Silvestri also just started working on the score, so there still is some time to go until all of the pieces come together. That means the three-hour figure provided by Russo is definitely subject to change.
Marvel Studios may want them to shave it down to two-and-a-half hours like Avengers: Infinity War in order to avoid a smaller audience turnout. They may even be taking a lesson from Blade Runner 2049's sub-par box office performance last year, which may have been linked to its extended runtime of 2 hours and 44 minutes. If they remain true on three hours, though, it would be the longest MCU film in history.
However long it ends up being, you can expect the fourth Avengers to be flat-out wild and insane. When asked if the stakes are higher, Russo said: "Absolutely. 100 percent. [It has] the highest of any of the films to date, without question."
Not such a huge surprise there. Our heroes are only fighting for the fate of half the universe. As for when we'll see the first trailer, Joe stated that it might or might not come before the year is out. This comes weeks after Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said that a trailer would be released before 2019.
Russo had a little fun with those watching by trolling them about the title. At first the feed cut off when he's about to "announce it." Then, the feed came back and Russo, drink in hand, "tried" again.
"The official title for Avengers 4 is..." he said, just as the audio cut off. Some theories bill the sub-title as "Disassembled," "Endgame," "Gauntlet Crusade," and "Avengers Forever."
Avengers 4 arrives in theaters May 3, 2019.