The Avengers are about to face their greatest challenge yet in Infinity War, but what comes after that is a mystery. Marvel hasn’t revealed what the title of the fourth Avengers movie is going to be, and the film’s directors, brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, say fans should be very, very afraid of what that eventual title will mean for the MCU.
“The fact that the Russo brothers won’t give us the Avengers 4 title because it spoils Infinity War scares the shit outta me,” Twitter user @occmarvel wrote on Friday. About an hour later, the Russo brothers responded via their own Twitter account with just two ominous words: “It should.”
Avengers 4, as it’s called for now, was originally billed as Infinity War Part II, but Marvel decided to change the name of the second movie so that it was no longer a two-parter. As the Russo brothers explained to Uproxx in May of 2016, “The movies are two very different movies.” Still, even if they won’t be just two halves of the same story, Infinity War and Avengers 4 are going to be deeply connected, as apparently what happens in Infinity War is so earth-shattering that Marvel can’t reveal the real Avengers 4 title until after Thanos attacks.
Infinity War is largely based on the Infinity Gauntlet comic series, so it stands to reason that the next movie could incorporate parts of other landmark Marvel comic events. If, say, Thanos uses the Infinity Stones to destroy the universe, the MCU might drastically change and resemble the 2015 event series Secret Wars. That series remade the Marvel Comics Universe via a hodgepodge of other alternate realities and strange “what-if” bits of continuity. (Say, isn’t the X-Men movie series in a different bit of continuity from the other Marvel movies?) There’s no real indication that this is going to be the case for the MCU, but a title for Avengers 4 with such universe-altering implications could be huge.
Avengers: Infinity War will premiere on April 27. Avengers 4 opens on May 3, 2019.