With less than two months to go until our favorite band of space-faring superheroes is back on the big screen, the Marvel marketing machine is in full swing for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Already this week we’ve been treated to some new images of Yondu (Michael Rooker), Ego (Kurt Russell) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), a new TV spot about Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) least favorite nickname, and a look at the IMAX poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Pratt has also posted about how phenomenal the film is (with his usual heavy dose of lighthearted hyperbole), and it all comes together to get us well and truly excited to see the Guardians’ return.

Now, we’ve got another little tidbit about the film for you, as the official runtime has been revealed.

According to the Event Cinemas website, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will clock in at 137 minutes (that’s two hours and 17 minutes). This isn’t too much of a surprise in terms of length, as most of the Marvel superhero movies clock in at around the two hour mark.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Empire Photo of Yondu and Rocket Cropped Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Runtime Revealed

This makes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 16 minutes longer than the original Guardians of the Galaxy, and 22 minutes longer than Marvel’s previous offering, Doctor Strange. It is, however, shorter than Captain America: Civil War (2 hrs 27 mins), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2 hrs 21 mins). This runtime will make it the MCU’s fourth-longest film yet (The Avengers has a runtime of 2hrs 23 mins).

Movies are slowly becoming longer and longer, especially when it comes to epic action offerings like this one, so we aren’t too surprised by the length of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Marvel rarely has issues with pacing in its movies, and previous longer offerings have done extremely well, so they will undoubtedly be able to pull off the longer runtime without issue. Given the massive success of the original film, and the hype for the sequel, it’s also highly unlikely that any viewers are going to be put off by the length of the movie – and most wished that the original was a little bit longer!

Of course, there are those who wonder whether films are getting to be too long, and with the MCU movies starting to creep up toward two-and-a-half or even three hours (we’ll bet that’s going to happen eventually!), we have to wonder when a movie is simply too long. Still, we’re not quite there yet, and this sounds like a perfect length of time for another adventure with the Guardians.

Next: Is Marvel Done With Standalone Superhero Movies?

Source: Event Cinemas

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