Just days after Marvel Studios made sure not to reveal the title of the fourth Avengers movie for fear of spoiling the plot, actress Zoe Saldana slipped up, leading fans to believe that it might be titled Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet. But Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has swooped in to confirm that it’s not the title. Well then!
At a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press event, BBC News interviewed Saldana, who plays Gamora, on the progress of filming Avengers: Infinity War, which is slated to release next year. “We’re in the middle of it,” she told reporters when asked if she will have a role in the film. “I think the Guardians just shot their part when it comes to Infinity War’s first part, and we all have to go back for Gauntlet later this year.”
Although it’s just one word, “Gauntlet” alludes to so much more beyond merely the title of the 2019 Avengers movie. It also suggests the outcome of next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. However, all rumors can be put to rest (for now), because James Gunn confirmed that “Gauntlet” isn’t the title of the next Avengers movie, confirmed in a tweet from Yahoo Movies UK editor Tom Butler.
See Saldana’s clip below along with Butler’s tweet repeating Gunn’s statements.
For those not up to speed, the big bad cosmic villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) is after the Infinity Stones, powerful relics he hopes to wield in his powerful Infinity Gauntlet. His hunt is based on a trilogy of event comics Marvel published in the early ‘90s from Jim Starlin: 1991’s The Infinity Gauntlet, 1992’s Infinity War, and 1993’s Infinity Crusade. That’s right: If Saldana’s words are true, the MCU is doing Infinity War before Infinity Gauntlet.
Of course, this is all speculation based on a passing comment Saldana made in the wild hurricane that is media press for a Marvel movie, and now Gunn is saying that “Gauntlet” isn’t the title. Fans will know for sure when they finally get something concrete, like a trailer. With Avengers: Infinity War having just started filming, that’s still some time away.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released on May 5.