Marvel’s upcoming Eternals film has a lot to unpack, and it looks like it might take some time to do it. It seems that the first indicators on director Chloé Zhao’s large-scale epic’s runtime may clock in at around 2 hours and 36 minutes. The information originates from a Russian site called Kino Metro, which operates as a “Film Distributor Bulletin” in Moscow. This news should be taken with a grain of salt for now, but if it turns out to be true, it would put Eternals just behind Avengers: Endgame as the second-longest film in the MCU. It also hints at an 18+ rating for the film, which is also a curious development given Marvel Studio’s focus on PG-13 releases.
A longer runtime for a movie like Eternals would make a lot of sense. The amount of lore and world-building a story on that scale might require would expand it quite a bit. Jack Kirby crafted a massive, complex universe when he first started writing stories about Ikaris, Sersi, and the Celestials in 1976. Zhao likely won’t be able to tackle all of it in a single project, but a runtime lasting almost three hours would certainly help her try.
While we can’t confirm the time listed by Kino Metro, it should be noted that the site lists other films lengths accurately, like Halloween Kills and The Last Duel. It should also be taken into consideration that the 2 hours and 36-minute mark might just be the current cut of the film, and its runtime could shrink by the time it releases in November.