“Clearly, I didn’t snap my fingers hard enough last time.”
Photo: Marvel Studios (Disney)

In a move that carries a certain amount of irony—given that the studio is working with only (and exactly) half of its overhead on this particular flick—Avengers 4 co-director Joe Russo has said that the upcoming superhero climax is expected to be Marvel Studios’ longest film yet, with the current, mid-edit version of the movie clocking in at the three-hour mark. That’s 20 minutes longer than this summer’s still-overstuffed Infinity War, suggesting that the greatest battle likely to play out during the movie’s extended runtime will be the titanic struggle to find a good time to sneak out of the theater and pee.

And hey, we get it: This particular movie—slated for May 3 of next year—is a big damn deal for the MCU, standing as the culmination of 19 films’ worth of plot points, character development, and scavenger hunts for magical rocks. But three hours is still a long time for anybody to sit in a movie theater—R.I.P. whichever poor doomed soul we send to Marvel’s next big MCU marathon event—to the point where even Russo seems a little dubious that that’s where the movie will end up sticking. “We’ll see if that holds,” he told an audience during a recent livestream event, noting that Avengers 4: The Search For More Legroom is currently only about halfway done with its edit, with a lot of work still to be done with effects and syncing up the score.

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For reference, the shortest MCU movie is, sadly, not Ant Man—thus killing this really great joke we had all primed up and ready—but Thor: The Dark World, at 112 minutes, which suggests that there may, in fact, be some merit to the idea of taking one’s time on this sort of thing.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]