Not that I’m counting down or anything, but there’s 47 more days until Black Panther arrives in theaters. Today’s exciting Twitter topic recalls reports that the initial cut is four hours long.
Judging by these reactions on Twitter, I’m not the only one perfectly fine sitting through four hours of T’Challa and the crew.
Honestly if we all can sit thru 7 hours of “Roots” we can sit thru 4 hours of “Black Panther” with NO PROBLEM!
— Habari Gani ❤️❤️??? (@AshleyJAE_) December 30, 2017
I will watch four hours of Black Panther. Just putting it out there.
— PokeBon (@PokeBonnie) December 30, 2017
dont be a coward and release that 4 hour black panther extanded edition!
— TrinityCodex Comics (@TrinityCodex) December 30, 2017
If they make that Black Panther Movie 4 hours long I’ll sit from previews all the way to the end credits
— ZAY® (@Zaybo74) December 30, 2017
— Amon Warmann (@awarmann) December 30, 2017
Black Panther being 4 hours long sounds like the opposite of a problem tbh
— ♥ ???? ♥ (@gremlinbby) December 30, 2017
re: that last RT – literally no one has a problem with Black Panther being 4 hours long aND IF THEY DO THEY ARE WRONG.
— Carin Thumm (@thummprints) December 29, 2017
OK, clearly won’t be the cut that makes it into theaters. At 2 hours and 28 minutes, Captain America: Civil War is the longest Marvel Studios film. Keeping to a nice trim two hours and a change has been the winning formula for Marvel Studios so there’s no need to switch up now. But long epics aren’t exactly unheard of.
Considering I was heavily invested and into the three and a half hour director’s cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, that doesn’t sound crazy to me. After waiting since the first Avengers film way back in 2012, I will happily sit down for four hours of Black Panther. Heck, that’s just about the same length of those afternoon killing extended editions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I’m hoping this could be the first instance where Marvel Studios decides there’s enough interest in an extended cut to release one for the Blu Ray release. I definitely would have been down for one of Civil War. Maybe this is just because there’s so much potential in showcasing Wakanda that it would be worthy of bonus footage.
I’m curious if there’s any scenes Director Ryan Coogler is really going to struggle cutting out. We’ve seen on some of the Avengers films where Joss Whedon provided commentary on deleted scenes and ultimately why they didn’t make the cut.
Also because 2018 is going to be such a massive year, here’s a promo image making the rounds for Avengers: Infinity War — the other big release I’m highly anticipating.
Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures