AVENGERS 4 Currently Clocks in at 3-Hours and More info From Director Joe Russo's Q&A

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Co-director of Avengers 4 and many other films and TV projects, Joe Russo, recently sat down to do a live Q&A on Instagram. A lot was mentioned during the event, but I wanted to focus on some of the highlights about Avengers 4.

First, the length of the initial cut of the film has been released. Russo said, “The running time on Avengers 4 is currently sitting right at three hours, so we'll see if that holds, but it's sitting right at three hours right now.”

Of course, the longest MCU film to date has been Avengers: Infinity War, the precursor to Avengers 4, which was also directed by Russo, and it clocked in at 2 hours 40 minutes. With everything that is sure to happen, I’m sure fans wouldn’t mind a 3 hour movie to see it all resolved, but it sounds like Russo is planning on trimming it. My guess would be to expect another 2-hour 40-minute film at most, but I could be wrong.

Second, Avengers 4 still has a lot of editing to do. Russo told fans:

We are about halfway through the editing process. We’re really just scratching the surface on all of 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. We’re very early in that phase of getting VFX done. We just started work with Alan Silvestri on the score. And we’re still editing picture at this point.

This, of course, further supports the idea that the movie will not be 3 hours long.

Third, while Kevin Feige has stated that the trailer for Avengers 4 would happen before the end of 2018, Russo isn’t so sure. He told fans:

When can we expect to see the Avengers 4 trailer? You may or may not see it before the calendar turns to 2019.

Of course, all that does is confuse fans which is probably what Russo is trying to do. He wants everything around this film to be as secretive as possible which would include when the trailer drops. If I were a betting man, I’d bet that the trailer drops as Feige said, before the end of the year.

Some other small things about the Q&A include Russo doubling-down on firing Mark Ruffalo (come on, this is obviously a joke) as well as Russo trolling fans about the title. At the very end of the event, Russo teased that only one person had asked about the title before saying, “The next movie's called Avengers—” and that’s when he ended the stream.

Source: CB

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