Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..Thanos (Josh Brolin)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

Avengers: Infinity War opens in 51 days. It’s actually an even 50 days when you remember that the first showings will be on the evening of Thursday, April 26, instead of the official release date of April 27. Tickets will be on sale soon and AMC Theatres is getting ready. They have posted a runtime on their landing page for Infinity War.

AMC lists the runtime as 2 hours and 36 minutes. If it holds up, that will make Infinity War, at 156 minutes, the longest Marvel Studios movie ever. The current record is Captain America: Civil War at 147 minutes.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have already suggested Infinity War will be the longest Marvel movie ever and that makes sense given its inclusion of more characters than any other film in the MCU. It needs the extra time to tell the biggest story Marvel Studios has ever told.

This should not be taken as complete and final confirmation of the runtime. Another chain, SM Cinema listed the runtime at 2 hours and 30 minutes late last month. I have more trust in AMC, but that still doesn’t make this official.

At this stage, however, it is likely that Infinity War is picture locked and VFX houses are just finishing all of the shots that will be in the film. It certainly isn’t unreasonable to think that AMC may have received word on the runtime by now.

Most importantly, the runtime for all movies, while a big enough point of interest for fans to inspire me to write this article, is mere trivia until we see the final film. Only then can we really assess whether the film is longer than it needs to be, not long enough, or just right.