When The Avengers first assembled in 2012 the biggest obstacle writer and director Joss Whedon needed to overcome was how to best ensure that each of the team's heroes got a decent share of the screen time.
The results were surprising, with Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) enjoying just a little less of the screen time than the film's biggest stars Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr). Now Vulture have repeated their work, sending their stopwatch-wearing interns to see 'Age of Ultron'.
Of course Captain America and Iron Man once again share the most screen time, with Cap once again the character with the most minutes on screen - but there are still a few surprises, including just how much more screen time the Star-Spangled Man has. The full list is below.
Vision: 8:41 minutes
Thor: 14:18 minutes
Hawkeye: 19:56 minutes
Scarlet Witch: 20:59 minutes
Bruce Banner/Hulk: 23:55 minutes
Quicksilver: 26:43 minutes
Black Widow: 33:07 minutes
Iron Man: 45:34 minutes
Captain America: 50:25 minutes
Steve Rogers tops the list with a total (though Vulture admit the time's aren't totally precise, they really can't be in a cinema) 50 minutes and 25 seconds, up by over ten minutes from his 'Avengers Assemble' total of 37:42. In the original film Cap was on screen just 41 seconds longer than Tony Stark's Shellhead, but here he gets a whole five minutes more, with Iron Man clocking in at 45:34.
When it comes to Tony Stark none of this is surprising. Downey Jr is the biggest star and he's central to the plot, having created Ultron - the murderous robot set in wiping out the human race.
Once again it is also Black Widow in third place, this time with 33 minutes and seven seconds on the screen, just 28 seconds less than in the original. Not far below her in the rankings is The Hulk and his puny alter-ego Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), who was in screen for 23 minutes and 55 seconds. He and Widow largely shared that screen due to their romantic sub-plot.
Between them however is Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) at 26:43. He's the highest ranking of the new superheroes, but gets so much screentime with the help of his power, which renders him either a blue streak or slow-motion - which helps him accumulate screen time no end.
Quicksilver's sister Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is on screen for 20 minutes and 59 seconds, more than two of the founding Avengers team members yet to come. The film sets her up as a big character in the MCU moving forward, so her getting a significant amount of time comes as no surprise.
What is surprising is Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), who comes in at 19:56. Not only is this seven minutes more than his screen time in the original film, it's also a bit of a surprise considering how much focus is given to the character throughout the film. He also gets a hefty share of the film's best lines, which helps his 20 minutes seems like much more.
At the bottom of the list is The Vision (Paul Bettany) who registers 8 minutes and 41 seconds, which shouldn't come as a shock given he only arrives in the film in time for the final act. He has a huge role to play in proceedings and arguably stars in the scenes most stand-out, crowd-pleasing moment. Like Hawkeye, he makes good use of his time.
Which leaves us with Thor, who is on screen for 14 minutes and 18 seconds, less than two minutes more than Hawkeye in the original film - something which greatly annoyed fans back then. A large part of that was the treatment of Hawkeye as well, so Thor fares slightly better - but not by much.
Thankfully he gets a few big laughs, but his sub-plot running about with Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) greatly reduces his screen-time during the film's second act.
That's that then. Sadly there was no figure given for Ultron, only the Avengers, so it will be interesting to see how James Spader's villain compares to his foes.
Picture Credit: Marvel Studios.