Thor ragnarok runtime

Like a good shot and chaser, it seems like the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be leading up to its longest film ever with one of its shortest films ever.

Thor: Ragnarok has not yet seen its final cut, but the movie may end up being the shortest film in the MCU, director Taika Waititi teases. This would beat out 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, which clocked in at 112 minutes, or 1 hour and 52 minutes. Since then, most of the movies in the MCU have been over 2 hours.

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the dark tower run time

Update: Stephen King himself has chimed in on the running time, arguing that the film is just following in the footsteps of the first book in the series:

The original article follows below.

The Dark Tower series is possibly one of Stephen King’s most difficult books to get into: It’s dense, it’s convoluted, it’s strange, and most frustratingly, it’s long. But thankfully, the film adaptation of The Dark Tower  doesn’t seem to be at least one of those things.

The official run time of The Dark Tower puts Nikolaj Arcel‘s sci-fi film gives me hope that this is the start of a trend for shorter blockbuster run times starting with this weekend’s Dunkirk. Could we be seeing the end of three-hour monstrosities? Is King’s most dense saga the answer to our cinematic run time problems?

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Why ‘Dunkirk’ is Under Two Hours

Dunkirk Run Time

Once, movie run times that stretched more than two hours were only reserved for Biblical epics or adaptations of Russian novels — and occasionally, a musical starring Julie Andrews. But those were anomalies, and even featured short intermissions for audiences to take a break at the theater or change the VHS tape. But nowadays, blockbuster run times are becoming so bloated that audiences barely blink an eye when a Transformers movie is over three hours long.

Some of the blame can be laid on Christopher Nolan, whose epic Dark Knight films were on the vanguard of increasingly dense superhero and action films. For Nolan’s films, they made sense — his intellectual blockbusters required plenty of information and plot twists. But now Nolan returns to the movie scene packed with franchise films that have an average run time of more than two hours with one of his shortest films yet.

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transformers the last knight runtime

Reports of Transformers: The Last Knight‘s lengthy running time have been greatly exaggerated, according to director Michael Bay.

News surfaced yesterday — and on Google’s search results — that the fifth entry into the massive Transformers series would boast an equally massive run time of 3 hours and 2 minutes. People understandably freaked out over having to watch three-plus hours of robots bashing each others’ heads in, but Bay chimed in to assuage their fears and deny those reports.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 runtime

“We’re really gonna be able to jack up our prices if we’re two-time galaxy savers.” Like their prices, it looks like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be jacking up their runtime, too.

With less than two months to go before it hits theaters, the sequel to the runaway 2014 Marvel hit revealed its official runtime — the latest piece of new info after those new stills from the other day and a sneak peek into the visual effects behind Kurt Russell’s character, Ego the Living Planet.

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