Hold Up, Did the 'Avengers' Directors Lie About the 'Endgame' Title?

Marvel fans everywhere finally know the title to next year’s Avengers film, now officially titled Avengers: Endgame. But wait a tick. Wasn’t it a very, very popular fan theory that the film would be titled “Endgame” after it was spoken by Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War? And didn’t directors Joe and Anthony Russo explicitly say the title wouldn’t be Avengers: Endgame?

Yup, they did.

On Friday, Marvel/Disney finally released the trailer for Avengers: Endgame, confirming the film’s title and new release date for April 26. But way back in May, a week after the theatrical release of Avengers: Infinity War, the Russo brothers said that Doctor Strange did not speak the title of Avengers: Endgame, even though Doctor Strange straight up says “We’re in the end game, now.”

“No,” Joe Russo told Uproxx when asked if the dialogue of Infinity War revealed the title. Anthony Russo then added: “It’s certainly grounded in the narrative that we have been following throughout the MCU – very well grounded.”

Yeah, OK bro. While the Russos were obviously deflecting and trying to keep Marvel fans on their toes, there is some air leaking out of this hype balloon now that the title is, in fact, Endgame, and probably has been this whole time.

The fact that the Russo Brothers lied about the title also calls into question everything else they’ve said in the past few months. Maybe the Hulk really was scared of Thanos in Infinity War. Maybe Thor’s new axe, Stormbreaker, actually is more powerful than the Infinity Gauntlet.

If the Russos played coy with the film’s title, what else are they hiding from us?

Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26.


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