The Marvels director explains why short runtime is “right for the movie”

Chris Tilly
Kamala, Carol, and Monica on The Marvels poster.

The Marvels is the shortest movie in the history of the MCU, and ahead of the film’s release, director Nia DaCosta has explained why.

The Marvels caused something of a stir when the movie’s runtime was announced, revealed to be one hour and 45 minutes – making it the shortest film in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

For comparison, 2023 release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 clocked in at two hours and 29 minutes. While the longest movie in the series – Avengers: Endgame – lasted for a posterior-numbing three hours and two minutes.

With her movie releasing this week, director and co-writer Nia DaCosta has spoken about how and why she kept it down to 105-minutes.

The Marvels director explains why short runtime is “right for the movie”

“I really wanted it to be under two hours,” Nia DaCosta tells Digital Spy of The Marvels length. “I always think about the runtime actually, when I go into a film. I just feel like there’s no need to have it long if you don’t need to, because 1 hour 45 minutes is pretty average for a movie, so we were all really excited.”

DaCosta continues: “I just think you do what’s right for the movie. I didn’t even know about this runtime thing until I think it was reported on. You have to do what’s right for the movie.”

That runtime might be also down to characters and storylines being introduced in other movies and shows – most notably Captain Marvel, WandaVision, and Ms. Marvel – meaning The Marvels doesn’t have to establish much, and can get on with telling its own story.

The official synopsis reads: “Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe.

“When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau.”

What are the shortest Marvel movies?

The aforementioned Avengers: Endgame is the longest Marvel movie, while the following are the shortest:

  • The Marvels: 1 hour 45 minutes (105 minutes)
  • The Incredible Hulk: 1 hour 52 minutes (112 minutes)
  • Thor: The Dark World: 1 hour 52 minutes (112 minutes)
  • Doctor Strange: 1 hour 55 minutes (115 minutes)
  • Thor: 1 hour 55 minutes (115 minutes)
  • Ant-Man: 1 hour 57 minutes (117 minutes)
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp: 1 hour 58 minutes (118 minutes)

The Marvels hits theaters on November 10, and is covered extensively here. In the meantime, check out more superhero previews below:

Spider-Man 4 | Venom 3 | Deadpool 3 | X-Men ’97 | Captain America: Brave New World | She-Hulk Season 2 | What If Season 2 | Thor 5 | Fantastic Four | Avengers Secret Wars | Avengers The Kang Dynasty | Agatha Darkhold Diaries | Daredevil: Born Again

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Chris Tilly is the TV and Movies Editor at Dexerto. He has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Newspaper Journalism, and over the last 20 years, he's worked for the likes of Time Out, IGN, and Fandom. Chris loves Star Wars, Marvel, DC, sci-fi, and especially horror, while he knows maybe too much about Alan Partridge. You can email him here: