May 4th can’t come any sooner for many Marvel enthusiasts. Fans worldwide have been waiting for this film since it was first announced. Scourging for every picture, poster and behind the scenes footage seems a bit… excessive. But for many it’s a way of life. The biggest news for any superhero fan is “How long is the films running-time”. For some reason, to many, that either makes or breaks the film. Too short and the film runs into development problems, and too long? Yeah, there’s no such thing as a Marvel film being too long . But before we talk about the time lets get to the newly released character posters.
This morning and yesterday night, Marvel Entertainment continued their promotion releasing several new character posters. Many of the heroes appear with another team member. In the first poster, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) struts her stuff with Captain America (Chris Evans) protecting her rear. The second poster pairs together Captain America and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). The third poster, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye go back-to-back, and in the last poster Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) receives back up from The Hulk. But surprisingly Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is missing from the line up. Hopefully Marvel’s releasing a couple more posters later today. Check ‘em out below.
‘Avengers’ Official Running Time
Back to the juicy stuff. The official running time is an important factor for any film. And with The Avengers being the daddy of all Marvel films what could should one expect? There are several factors to take into consideration: 1. We’ve already been introduced to all the characters from previous films, so there’s no new introduction, which should cut down on time, right? Wrong. Before cutting anything, director Joss Whedon’s Avengers clocked in at around 3 hours. Don’t get too excited. Whedon sat down with Collider and confirmed that had indeed chopped off 45 minutes of the film, which means it’ll come in at 2 hours and 15 minutes, making it the longest Marvel film to date.
Here’s what Whedon said about the running time to Collider at the SXSW Film Festival:
“I had always intended to go over two, under two and a half. There was no way a movie with this many great actors and this much epic scope was gonna clock in under two and not feel a little anemic. Somebody wasn’t gonna get their moment if that happened. But at the same time, I get very angry that romantic comedies run over two hours long. It’s like, ‘Guys, that’s not okay.’ More isn’t more. I don’t want anything in the movie that shouldn’t be.”
Ok… take a deep breath, Marvel fanatics. 45 minutes is too bad, right? Who are we kidding?! 45 minutes! Here’s what Whedon had to say about his cutting technique:
“There’s a lot of me that got cut out, but I think part of the process in a situation like this is you make the movie, you make your movie, then you remove yourself out of the equation. At some point you stop looking beyond The Avengers movie, at your own stuff… You go, ‘You know what, The Avengers are more important than I am so these things that I’m obsessed with aren’t necessarily moving the story forward, and therefore they are baggage.’”
If you think you’ll get those extra 45 minutes in a special Target edition of the DVD or Blu-Ray, think again. Whedon said that while we won’t get see the cut footage, there’ll be many extras. Lets get real, for just a second, no matter how great a film, 3 hours is entirely too long. In fact, a film with that amount of running time could fall into the danger of people not wanting to see it.
Question: What do you guys think of the run time?
Directed by Joss Whedon The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson. The Avengers hits theaters May 4, 2012.