Now Avengers: Endgame has released, the MCU is over 48 hours long (and that's just the movies). Marathoning most film franchises really isn't that hard. After all, most tend to top out at less than 10 films. Few are the franchises that go far into double digits, but the MCU is definitely one of them at this point, and is only a few years away from eclipsing the James Bond series in number of installments.
Most film franchises can be run through in less than a day, and even with bathroom and meal breaks accounted for, still don't break 24 hours. That isn't the case for the MCU. Currently comprising 22 films - with many more on the way after Avengers: Endgame - Marvel Studios' epic series of interconnected superhero adventures already runs pretty close to two whole days in total runtime, and might cross that line when necessary breaks are factored in.
Adding up the official runtimes - which include the MCU's normally quite long credits sequences - gives a current total of 48 hours and 11 minutes worth of movies. For the record, the runtimes are Iron Man (2 hours, 6 minutes), The Incredible Hulk (1 hour, 52 minutes), Iron Man 2 (2 hours, 5 minutes), Thor (1 hour, 54 minutes), Captain America: The First Avenger (2 hours, 4 minutes), The Avengers (2 hours, 23 minutes), Iron Man 3 (2 hours, 11 minutes), Thor: The Dark World (1 hour, 52 minutes), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2 hours, 16 minutes), Guardians of the Galaxy (2 hours, 2 minutes), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2 hours, 21 minutes), Ant-Man (1 hour, 57 minutes), Captain America: Civil War (2 hours, 27 minutes), Doctor Strange (1 hour, 55 minutes), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2 hours, 17 minutes), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2 hours, 13 minutes), Thor: Ragnarok (2 hours, 10 minutes), Black Panther (2 hours, 14 minutes), Avengers: Infinity War (2 hours, 40 minutes), Ant-Man & the Wasp (2 hours, 5 minutes), Captain Marvel (2 hours, 5 minutes) and Avengers: Endgame (3 hours, 2 minutes)
Last updated: May 2, 2019, with Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame made headlines for months thanks to rumors about its 3+ hour runtime, something very few blockbusters - even today, when length is inflated - hit; the last major tentpole to do so was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Of course, this is the epic culmination of every movie so far, and certainly doesn't feel its length. You can hardly blame Marvel for going all out (and it hasn't hurt the box office either).
As more and more Marvel films continue to be released, a full-on marathon of the MCU will start to become almost impossible to coordinate, just due to the fact that most people don't often have two (or more) straight days free to do nothing but sit in a theater - or in front of their TV - watching movies, no matter how awesome said movies may be. For now, though, the feat can still be managed, if the people involved are determined enough to make it happen.
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019