With Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters soon, many fans will be looking to rewatch the previous MCU films. To do that, they’ll need over a day. 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 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 18 films – with Infinity War set to become #19, and July’s Ant-Man and the Wasp coming right behind as #20 – 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 38 hours and 19 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), and Black Panther (2 hours, 14 minutes).
While an official runtime for Avengers: Infinity War has yet to be revealed – some outlets have reported a runtime in recent weeks, but Disney has been quick to deny their accuracy – most information available suggests that the gargantuan third installment in the Avengers sub-series will likely be the longest MCU film to date. Assuming that’s true, any future MCU marathons that include Infinity War will top the 40-hour mark when it comes to sheer length of the films on offer.
As more and more MCU 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.
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