There’s no way around saying this, but Avengers 4 is going to be one of the biggest releases next year, if not the biggest movie release of 2019. Marvel Studios, whether you like them or not, have managed to build up a big event over the past few years and their efforts paid off big time with Avengers: Infinity War. That film was already pretty long at two hours and over 30 minutes but it looks like the still unnamed sequel is going to top that.
During a Q and A with Joe Russo, the Infinity War co-director revealed that the film is currently at three hours. Three. Hours. That is a lot of time and will definitely eat a majority of cinema time when it comes out next year. Not much mainstream movies have been that long, outside of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and one of Michael Bay’s Transformers movies.
Normally, a three-hour movie would be a huge risk but when you have the kind of clout that Marvel has earned over the years, audiences will allow you to have some leeway. Then again, this is only the current cut of the film so for all we know, the movie could get a cut that reduces it down to two hours and 45 minutes, which is essentially three hours if we’re being honest.
Avengers 4 will take place sometime after Infinity War, with theories suggesting both a time skip and some time travel. Expect major consequences for the Avengers and Thanos, who will have rewritten reality to the point that some blowout is expected to happen. Maybe even the death of an Avenger or two.
Fans will be able to catch Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019.