Is ‘The Marvels’ Defying MCU Tradition With Its Record-Breaking Short Runtime?

Explore how “The Marvels” challenges MCU norms with its remarkably short runtime

By Akshay Sharma
September 29,2023
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has always been known for its epic and lengthy movies, but the upcoming sequel, “The Marvels,” seems to be breaking the mold. The runtime for this highly anticipated film has just been revealed, and it’s not what fans might have expected.

A Shorter Marvel Adventure

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The Marvels” is set to bring together three major MCU heroes: Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, and Ms. Marvel. With such a star-studded cast and the promise of an epic crossover event, one might assume that the film would have a runtime to match its ambition. However, that’s not the case.

According to the AMC Theatres website, “The Marvels” will have a runtime of just 1 hour and 45 minutes. To put this in perspective, the first Captain Marvel movie ran for 2 hours and 3 minutes. This makes “The Marvels” the shortest MCU movie to date, breaking a record previously held by “The Incredible Hulk” and “Thor: The Dark World,” both with runtimes of 1 hour and 53 minutes.

Record-Breaking Brevity

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The MCU has a long history of films with varying runtimes, from the concise “Ant-Man” at 1 hour and 57 minutes to the sprawling “Avengers: Endgame” at 3 hours and 1 minute. “The Marvels” will now hold the distinction of being the shortest movie in the franchise, providing a sharp contrast to “Avengers: Endgame,” which remains the longest.

This revelation has left fans intrigued. Given that “The Marvels” needs to balance the story arcs of three major heroes, a shorter runtime might seem surprising. However, it’s worth noting that a shorter movie doesn’t necessarily equate to a less action-packed one.

Short, but Action-Packed

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While “The Marvels” may be shorter than many of its MCU predecessors, this doesn’t mean it will lack excitement or substance. Marvel has a knack for delivering action-packed stories that keep audiences engaged from start to finish. With the talented cast and a reported budget of $274.8 million, it’s safe to assume that “The Marvels” will deliver a thrilling cinematic experience.

In a year that has seen the release of lengthy films like “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” (2 hours and 36 minutes) and “Oppenheimer” (2 hours and 49 minutes), the brevity of “The Marvels” could be seen as a refreshing change. A shorter runtime might also allow for more screenings of the film in theaters, potentially boosting its box office earnings.


‘The Marvels’

“The Marvels” is poised to make history in the MCU, not as the longest, but as the shortest film in the franchise. While this runtime might come as a surprise to fans, it’s important to remember that the length of a movie doesn’t always correlate with its quality or entertainment value. With a stellar cast and a budget that suggests high production values, “The Marvels” is sure to offer an action-packed and memorable adventure, even within its abbreviated runtime. Marvel has a track record of delivering captivating storytelling, and this film is likely to be no exception. So, whether you’re a die-hard MCU fan or simply looking for a thrilling cinematic experience, “The Marvels” is definitely a movie to watch out for when it hits theaters.

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