AceShowbiz - "Avengers 4" is poised to become Marvel Studios' longest movie ever. In a recent live-streaming Q&A, co-director Joe Russo revealed the upcoming movie's current runtime, saying, "The running time on 'Avengers 4' is currently sitting right at three hours. We'll see if that holds."
But the runtime is likely to change, since the movie is still halfway through editing process. Asked about where the movie is after entering post-production, Russo said, "We're about halfway through the editing process. We're really just scratching the surface on our VFX shots. There are more than 3,000 VFX shots in the movie; those require a lot of time and thought and energy and effort, and we're very early in the phase of getting VFX done. We've just started work with Alan Silvestri on the score, and we're still editing picture at this point."
Russo remains tight-lipped about the movie's title, but he did promise that it would live up to fans' expectations. "Will the stakes be higher in 'Avengers 4'? Absolutely. 100 percent," he promised. "The highest of any of the films to date, without question."
Russo previously hinted at the movie's runtime during an interview with Collider. "I'd say it could easily be a three-hour film," he said back in April. "But I think that, you know, we're very hard on the material. We like it to play at a certain pace. I'm sure that we'll squeeze it."
The third "Avengers" movie clocked in at over two and a half hours, which is already long for a feature film. But with bigger cast ensemble and many loose ends to wrap up before the end of Phase 3, it will be no surprise if "Avengers 4" will be longer than "Avengers: Infinity War".
While Marvel has not officially announced the cast, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd and many more are expected to return for the fourth "Avengers" film. Brie Larson's Captain Marvel is also said to join the squad for the first time.
Joe Russo directed the movie along with his brother Anthony Russo. The movie, which is written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, is scheduled to hit theaters across the nation on May 3, 2019.