Would a four hour cut of Black Panther be long enough?

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.

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.

avengers-infinity-war-1-promo image

Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

 

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