Also, it isn’t too clear to me why it runs 59 hours. Watching all 22 films (including Endgame) would take 47 hours and 53 minutes (thank you Movie Marathon Time and your movie time adding abilities!). A half hour break between each film adds 11 hours to the marathon, so perhaps that is where the 59 hour length comes from.
If you watched all of the movies in their lineup back-to-back, that’s a cool 42 hours and 47 minutes. Getting paid $23 an hour to watch movies is a pretty good wage! You also get some additional goodies:
Every Marvel MCU Blu-Ray film for your collection
A Captain America popcorn popper
Orville Redenbacher popcorn kernels
Thanos Infinity Gauntlet mug
Iron Man snuggie
I’m not sure I need all those things, but an Infinity Gauntlet mug does sound pretty badass
I loaded up their lineup into my movie marathon app. The app tells me that if you watched all of these movies back-to-back, this is what your next two days would look like:
Iron Man (2008) 12:00 PM 2:06 PM
The Incredible Hulk (2008) 2:06 PM 4:00 PM
Iron Man 2 (2010) 4:00 PM 6:04 PM
Thor (2011) 6:04 PM 7:59 PM
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 7:59 PM 10:03 PM
The Avengers (2012) 10:03 PM 12:26 AM
Iron Man 3 (2013) 12:26 AM 2:36 AM
Thor: The Dark World (2013) 2:36 AM 4:28 AM
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) 4:28 AM 6:44 AM
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 6:44 AM 8:45 AM
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) 8:45 AM 11:06 AM
Ant-Man (2015) 11:06 AM 1:03 PM
Captain America: Civil War (2016) 1:03 PM 3:30 PM
Doctor Strange (2016) 3:30 PM 5:25 PM
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) 5:25 PM 7:42 PM
The hero we’re looking for is not only a Marvel fanatic, but also an active, outgoing social media personality who’d be enthusiastic about live-tweeting their MCU marathon experience while tagging CableTV.com (@CableTV, #CableTV).
When Avengers: Age of Ultron premiered, some were brave enough to watch all the previously released MCU films in one 27-hour marathon. Some pop culture reporters attended these marathons, and their movie marathon diaries are a hoot to read. My favorite quote is from the AV Club’s Alex McCown, who said:
The movie induces a sense of floating. All cares have subsided, all desires sated, all needs met. It’s like 1984: I’m at a Marvel movie marathon. I have always been at a Marvel movie marathon. I will always be at a Marvel movie marathon. This is life.
And that, right there, is the pure, transcendental experience good movie marathons provide. Wasting time with meditation and self-reflection is for suckers.
11:36 p.m.: Two tubs of popcorn later, I’m thirsty enough to try cracking open my can of Monster. I discover that the worst thing about Monster is how good Monster tastes. It’s like how cats love the taste of antifreeze because it’s so sweet.
Anyway, take a look at their harrowing accounts of 27-hours of spandex-clad superheros. Maybe a Marvel movie marathon is finally within your grasp! Like, you know, ultimate power or something.
It’d be like watching the Star Wars episodes IV-VI before I-III….oh wait. It’d be like reading the Bible out of order (don’t miss a single page of Leviticus and its dietary rules action!)…oh wait. It’d be like watching The Matrix: Revolutions before The Matrix… actually that would be quite bad. Don’t do that.
Anyway, enjoy nerding out on this infographic. I know I did!
Ok – the basic facts are out of the way now. What are the longest film series that you might actually want to watch, and have a decent chance of actually getting your hands on? I’ve put together my top twenty long film series list below and sorted it by total runtime (not the number of movies).
The result was interesting. Despite having 28 films, Godzilla is not the king of the movie marathon as I’ve previously reported! It’s actually James Bond, who has a 6 hour lead over Godzilla. In the nerd wars, Star Trek handily beats both Harry Potter and Star Wars, with time to spare.
Did I leave some film series out? Definitely. But the real question is: did I leave out any series you might actually want to watch from beginning to end? Comment if I did!
The Longest Film Series You Actually Want to Watch