Over the weekend, a theater listing seemingly revealed the run-time of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and director James Gunn has now confirmed that his film will be the longest of the trilogy - although the exact run-time has yet to be determined.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Gunn said Vol. 3 will be "around" 2 and a half hours, and promised that "not a second is wasted. There’s no fat. It was necessary to experience the full arc for every major Guardians character, not only for this film, but for the trilogy (or, I should say, trilogy plus)."
Just to be clear, "trilogy plus" refers to the recent GOTG Holiday Special.
We don't see too many people having a problem with the final instalment in this trilogy playing out over 150 minutes or so, especially with so many major studio blockbusters running closer to three hours these days.
"In Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 our beloved band of misfits are settling into life on Knowhere. But it isn’t long before their lives are upended by the echoes of Rocket’s turbulent past." "Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him on a dangerous mission to save Rocket’s life—a mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them."
Gunn writes and directs Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter, and Maria Bakalova.
Kevin Feige is the producer and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nikolas Korda, Simon Hatt, and Sara Smith serve as executive producers.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 arrives in theaters on May 5, 2023.