How Suspicious New Marvel Runtime Will Affect Moviegoers

Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, and Teyonah Parris in The Marvels
Credit: Marvel Studios

It’s no secret that Marvel movies are modern cinematic events that usually require a chunk of time, a chunk of money, and some mental preparation to enjoy them to their fullest. The more epic the tale, the more time is dedicated to telling the story on the big screen, right? Well, it’s time to prepare yourself mentally and physically for Marvel Studios’ newest feature film, coming out in just a few weeks! The Marvels runtime may just surprise MCU fans everywhere.

Even before Marvel Comics’ dozens of characters and their assigned story phases started to fold into each other, the beloved superhero flicks had lengthy run times. The first official movie that kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it was Iron Man in 2008, which had a runtime of approximately 2 hours and 6 minutes. Not only did it set the tone for the type of storytelling we were in for, but it also indicated how long moviegoers could expect to dedicate to a Marvel viewing experience.

Iron Man leads the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Credit: Marvel Studios

Iron Man was simply the origin story of one Marvel Comics character – imagine when a handful of the complicated superheroes join forces in one flick! That kind of movie has a lot more storytelling to fit in! In 2012, The Avengers runtime grew to 2 hours and 23 minutes to accommodate our heroes’ beginnings, Loki’s mischief, and set up a whole universe to branch out from.

Age of Ultron (2015) was similar in length, but the mega plot blockbuster Avengers: Endgame (2019) was just over 3 hours!

Seeing as The Marvels brings together three powerful leading ladies into one big time-and-space-glitching crisis, fans thought nothing of another two-plus hour feature film. However, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Teyonah Parris as Captain Monica Rambeau, and Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan will only take up a quick 1 hour and 45 minutes! Keep in mind that includes Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury and the alien disguised as a cat, Goose.


Samuel L Jackson, as Nick Fury with Goose the cat in Marvel Studios’ ‘Captain Marvel’ film

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Things Moviegoers Should Consider About The Marvels’ Odd Runtime

The good news: Your kids might actually be able to make it through the entire movie! If you ever wanted to treat your children to a cinematic Marvel superhero experience but were afraid it might be too much, The Marvels gives you the chance to try it out! Can you imagine if the kids (or you) made it through the whole movie without a bathroom break?? What if you even made it through the post-credits scene? Legendary.

The bad news: Maybe I’m overthinking it, but how can Marvel get away with making a big crossover flick in under two hours? Should I be worried about Carol, Photon, and Ms. Marvel getting enough of their deserved time in the spotlight? This is one of VERY few female-led Marvel features….

Trailers haven’t done much to convince fans the movie will be the hit they hope it will be. Although it could be an hour and a half of Goose the cat only and I, personally, would be thrilled. See it in theaters November 10th!

What do you think the surprisingly short The Marvels runtime could mean?


About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!