Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still in theaters and Wonder Woman is hitting the big screen this week, but for many superhero fans, the most anticipated comic book movie of the summer is going to be Spider-Man: Homecoming, and now we know how long it will be. There have been plenty of Spider-Man movies in the past, and Tom Holland’s Spidey made his debut in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War, but this is Peter Parker’s first solo movie in the most successful superhero cinematic universe, and it’s something that the fans have been waiting to see for a long, long time.
The film doesn’t hit cinemas until July, but there has already been plenty of marketing for the movie, including a recent release of the soundtrack listing. There is still more to come, including some new footage promised for the weekend.
Spider-Man: Homecoming has been listed as having a runtime of 130 minutes (2 hours and 10 minutes) on the website for Event Cinemas. This includes the end credits, and the inevitable post-credits scenes that Marvel movies are known for, but will not include the pre-show and trailers, which vary from theater to theater.
This runtime isn’t too much of a surprise, as two-hour-plus superhero movies have become more and more common in recent years. This year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 clocked in at 2 hours and 16 minutes, while Captain America: Civil War was 2 hours and 20 seven minutes long, and Doctor Strange was just under 2 hours.
In fact, this puts Spider-Man: Homecoming at a pretty perfect length — long enough to do justice to the first solo Spidey movie in the MCU, but not so long that fans will be raising eyebrows at the thought of being in their seats for close to three hours (once pre-show is taken into account). This length also makes sense for the film’s content. The longest MCU movies tend to be larger, ensemble movies where there is a lot to pack in in terms of both plot and character development. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a more straightforward hero vs. villain tale, so it’s easier to tell the story well without crossing over into the two-and-a-half-hour zone.
Of course, there are plenty of people who would be happy watching Spider-man for three hours or more, but that’s the sign of a great film — that it leaves the audience wanting more.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Spider-Man: Homecoming release date: Jul 7, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok release date: Nov 3, 2017
Black Panther release date: Feb 16, 2018
The Avengers: Infinity War release date: May 4, 2018