Captain Marvel is coming out very soon and we just can’t wait for the Marvel year to begin. The movie is going to tie a lot of loose threads that were left hanging by Infinity War and other previous Marvel projects. It has so many questions to answer, so naturally, you would think that there’s a lot that lies on the shoulders of this movie. But even with all the positivity that lies around the film, there’s still a matter of worry that comes in with the latest update about the film.
According to reports that came out last year, AMC theatres listed the run time of Captain Marvel to be 2 Hours and 10 Minutes, and even that felt relatively short given the fact that the movie has a lot to unravel. But now a new update states that Captain Marvel is clocking at a Runtime of 2 hours and 4 minutes. 10 minutes as you would assume would be of the credits that run at the end, so technically this film is only around 194 minutes long.
This puts the film in league with some of the shorter movies of Marvel Phase 3 such as Doctor Strange and Ant-Man and the Wasp which are all either 124 minutes or less. Now you may argue that this run time is enough for an origin story as Doctor Strange was able to tell us a compelling story and Ant-Man and the Wasp being a sequel was able to do justice to the plot as well.
Not having seen Captain Marvel and knowing there is a lot that the movie has to accomplish, it is also a valid argument to put that Captain Marvel may end up ruining itself due to shorter run time.
Ant-Man and the Wasp & Doctor Strange were both the least grossing movies of Phase 3 and there are obviously a lot of aspects that lead to a film earning that much, but shorter run time has usually led to lower profits as well. WB execs put a compulsion upon Justice League that it cannot clock past 2 hours, and we all saw what that got us. Not only was the film a financial bomb, but people still hate it till date.
It has been evident in the recent days that the movies that have at least a 130 minutes run time usually end up making more money at the Box Office as well. The longer run time actually allows the creatives to take their time in delivering certain plot points really well without any rush. The only movie that has made it big recently with a smaller run time was Venom, and China was a huge factor in its success.
But if you consider all the phase 3 movies, Civil War ran for 2 Hours and 27 Minutes, & it went past $1 Billion. Guardians 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming & Black Panther were all longer than 130 minutes, and every one of those movies was highly profitable and ensured people to have a better outing than shorter films. Infinity War made $2 Billion+ even after being the longest MCU movie.
Another valid argument that people have is that sometimes a film just feels to be more fitting in a shorter run time & Doctor Strange, Venom and Ant-Man 2 do fall in that category, but Captain Marvel really has a lot riding upon itself. So an extra 10 minutes may not have been a cause for harm after everything.
The film is currently tracking a $160 Million+ Opening Weekend so that is great, but if the film suffers due to a rushed run time then those numbers are going to drop as the movie proceeds in the following weeks after its release. Let’s just hope that we do get a compelling story and all questions are answered really well within the reported run time.
Captain Marvel comes out on March 8.