How long is Black Panther 2? Wakanda Forever runtime explained

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Black Panther 2 is the longest movie in Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – so, how does its runtime compare to other Marvel movies, and why is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever so long?

Marvel loves a long movie. The studio has only released four movies than run for less than two hours – The Incredible Hulk (112-minutes), Thor: The Dark World (112-minutes), Ant-Man and the Wasp (118-minutes) and Thor: Love and Thunder (119-minutes).

The studio’s longest release, meanwhile, is Avengers: Endgame, which clocks in at over three hours thanks to a whopping 181-minute run-time.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is somewhere between those two extremes, and here we explain how and why.

How long is Black Panther 2?

Black Panther 2 has a runtime of 161 minutes. That makes it one of the longest movies in the history of the MCU. It’s also the longest film in Phase 5 of the cinematic universe, which clocks in from shortest to longest as follows…

  • Thor: Love and Thunder (119 minutes)
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania (125 minutes)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (126 minutes)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Three Rings (132 minutes)
  • Black Widow (134 minutes)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (148 minutes)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (149 minutes)
  • Eternals (157 minutes)
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (161 minutes)

Those 161 minutes include credits, as well as an emotionally-charged mid-credit scene. However, unlike most of the above movies, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever doesn’t feature a post-credit sting.

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Why is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever so long?

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is so long because there’s lots of story to tell and characters to introduce. The tragic death of Chadwick Boseman in real-life meant plans for the movie were changed. A new Black Panther therefore had to be introduced, while the movie now begins with T’Challa’s funeral, events that wouldn’t have been part of the plan when Black Panther 2 was first envisioned.

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The sequel also introduces two new characters. There’s Riri Williams – aka Ironaheart – a genius teen who has built her own mech suit, and teams up with the Wakandans when her life is at risk. You can read more about Riri here.

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Then there’s Namor, the film’s villain, though he’s really more of an anti-hero. As played by Tenoch Huerta, he’s the film’s most compelling character, but he also gets a lengthy back-story which pads out the film’s run-time. Here’s everything you need to know about Namor here.

Everett Ross also features in multiple scenes, though as we stated in our Black Panther: Wakanda Forever review, they feel pretty extraneous – in service to the larger MCU rather than Black Panther 2 – so could have been cut to get that butt-numbing run-time down.

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You can check out more of our Black Panther 2 coverage below:

Dexerto’s 3-star review of the movie | How does T’Challa die in the MCU? | Who is the new Black Panther? | Is there a post-credit scene? | Riri Williams explained | Namor explained