When it comes to superhero movies, 2016 has seen no shortage of long films. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was 2 hours and 31 minutes. Captain America: Civil War was 2 hours and 27 minutes. X-Men: Apocalypse was 2 hours and 24 minutes. Suicide Squad was 2 hours and 3 minutes. In fact, the only superhero movie so far this year to come in under two hours is Deadpool, which runs a tight 1 hour and 48 minutes.
But Deadpool is about to have some company. JoBlo has uncovered the runtime for the year’s final superhero movie, Doctor Strange, and discovered that it comes in at 1 hour, 54 minutes, and 49 seconds according to the British Board of Film Classification.
Most Marvel movies run over two hours, and while there’s nothing inherently wrong with that (Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy don’t feel like they’re over two hours), it’s a bit of a relief that we can still get a big superhero film that doesn’t feel like it needs an epic runtime to tell an epic story. In fact, Doctor Strange is the second-shortest Marvel film to date, running just a couple minutes ahead of Thor: The Dark World.
Will the runtime make or break Doctor Strange? Of course not, but it’s a fun bit of trivia and I’m interesting to see what director Scott Derrickson has pulled off with the newest addition to the MCU.
Doctor Strange opens November 4th and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Wong, and Tilda Swinton.
Here’s the official synopsis for Doctor Strange:
From Marvel comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.