Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is the longest Guardians movie

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is out now in cinemas to bring the MCU trilogy to an epic conclusion and for that finale, the movie has delivered the longest Guardians outing to date.

The new movie runs for a confirmed 149 minutes and 51 seconds or nearly two-and-a-half hours. That's almost 20 minutes longer than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (130 mins 24 seconds) and nearly 30 minutes longer than the first movie (120 min, 41 seconds).

Guardians of the Galaxy 3's runtime also makes it one of the longest MCU movies ever, but it's still some way short of Avengers: Endgame's 181-minutes. The runtime for the threequel puts it around the same length as Avengers: Infinity War.

Trust us though, Guardians 3 is worth every minute of its extended runtime.

After the first reports of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3's runtime in March 2023, writer-director James Gunn responded to any potential worries that it's too long for a Guardians movie.

"I promise, not a second is wasted," he assured fans. "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)."

As with other MCU movies, that runtime includes a couple of credit scenes that tease the future of these characters. However, for Gunn, this marks his final Marvel outing as he takes charge of the DC universe.

san diego, california july 23 james gunn speaks onstage at the marvel cinematic universe mega panel during 2022 comic con international day 3 at san diego convention center on july 23, 2022 in san diego, california photo by daniel knightongetty images
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He could well return to Marvel in the future and has even been teasing that his new DC position could lead to a crossover movie.

"That's many years away, though. I think we have to establish what we're doing [at DC] first. I would be lying to say that we haven't discussed it. But all discussions have been very, very light and fun," Gunn explained.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is out now in UK cinemas.

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