We’re a few weeks out from the release of Avengers: Infinity War, perhaps the biggest superhero movie ever made. It’s a back-to-back two-parter, with the second half coming in 2019. And yet we still don’t know what the sequel is going to be called. Why the mystery?
For context: Infinity War was first announced back in 2014, when the two films were known as Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. Two years later, right before the release of Captain America: Civil War, the fourth (and currently final) Avengers film got a name change, dropping the “Infinity War Part 2” moniker in favor of an unannounced title. In an interview with Uproxx, Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo said, “The movies are two very different movies,” and that it would be “misleading” to simply call them Part 1 and 2, although they hadn’t decided on a new subtitle.
A year after that, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed in an interview with Cinemablend that the reason we haven’t heard the Avengers 4 title was because it’s a spoiler for Infinity War. Our only clue? A tweet from the Russo brothers earlier this week confirming that it should “scare the shit” out of fans that the apparently spoiler-filled title hasn’t been revealed yet. (My personal suspicion is that it’ll be revealed in the post-final-credit-scene title card, as “The Avengers will return in Avengers: Whatever It’s Called”).
Fortunately, we’ve put our best pop-culture detectives on the case, and we’ve got a few ideas of what the fourth Avengers movie might be called.
Potential spoilers for Infinity War 2 below? Who knows?
Avengers: Infinity’s End
We don’t know how this one is a spoiler per se, but it seems like it’d fit thematically with the first movie, what with the Infinity Gauntlet, the Infinity Stones, the title Infinity War, and the fact that this film is theoretically the end of this era of Marvel films. It also fits with the naming scheme of the original comics, which featured arc titles like “The Infinity War” and “The Infinity Crusade.” More importantly, how can a title be a spoiler without being totally, completely obvious as a phrase? It’s messing with our heads.
This name comes from a crossover comics arc that radically rearranged the Avengers team — and also killed off Thor. Given that last detail, it would make a ton of sense to keep things secret if this is the name for the second film, given that it would almost inevitably lead people to believe that Thor and his awesome eyepatch were not long for this world. But after the hilarious Thor: Ragnarok, Chris Hemsworth’s often “meh” god is actually awesome now, so Marvel couldn’t possibly consider offing him already… could they?
Avengers: The Tragic And Totally Unexpected Death of Captain America, For Good, We Swear, We Aren’t Taking This One Back, Besides, His Contract Is Up
Fans have been theorizing for years now that at least one major character is going to die in the Infinity War movies, either because the original Avengers leads are so much older and more expensive than they were back when the MCU launched, or just to show the situation is serious. Given the many comics arcs named after a character death, what’s the likelihood that the Avengers title references someone who dies?
Avengers: Hey, Remember How You Guessed We Were Killing Off A Hero? Surprise, Loki’s Dead, Suckers!
Everyone in Marvel fandom — and we mean pretty much everyone — loves Thor’s trickster sibling, Loki. What better way to mess with fan expectations than to leave the ever-virtuous Cap alive, and subvert the entire fan guessing game by killing off Tom Hiddleston’s character instead?
Avengers: Hawkeye’s Revenge
Hawkeye has been almost suspiciously absent from all the Infinity War marketing. What if the explanation is that he’s the true villain of Marvel’s entire 19-film-long saga? No one would ever see it coming, apart from the people who noticed he spent the first Avengers as a villain. Maybe Loki targeted him for mind control because he already had budding evil tendencies.
Avengers: Rosebud Was His Damn Sled, We’ve Been Telling You That For 77 Years
Charles Kane was an Avenger. Think about it. (Don’t think about it too hard.)
Avengers: Snape Kills Dumbledore
Look, Feige said the title was a spoiler, okay?
Avengers: Crisis on Infinite Earths
Potential copyright issues here, but ripping off DC’s most famous universe-ending crossover event would really be rubbing it in the competing comic book company’s face.
Avengers: Chrises on Infinite Earths
The Russos have said Infinity War 2 is going to have an entirely different storyline from the first Infinity War movie. What if that’s because bringing Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Chris Pratt together in the first film causes a Chris density so vast that it tears open the space-time continuum and launches all the characters into a rambunctious cross-time adventure? What if Chris Pine shows up for a post-credits cameo?
Star Wars Episode IX: Avengers 5: Kingdom Hearts 4: The Spirits Within
Turns out Patton Oswalt was right.
Avengers: Monopoly War
Disney is buying DC Comics and adding a new gem to its Franchise Gauntlet. Which venerable media property will it acquire next? You’ll have to wait for the stinger.
Avengers: Actually Finite War
Unfortunately, it turns out the Infinity War only gave the Russos enough material for one film, but with billion-dollar expectations for the saga, they had to stretch it out to two movies. With the entire war wrapped up by the end of the first movie, the second movie just features Hawkeye back on Earth, getting into petty slap-fights with Justin Hammer in another malfunctioning knockoff Iron Man suit.
My Dinner with The Avengers
Much has been made of how Infinity War is the most-anticipated, most-hyped, most-significant, and just flat-out biggest crossover event of all time. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t, but no matter what happens when the credits roll, any follow-up is going to have big shoes to fill. How to deal with those kind of expectations when everyone’s already complaining that the franchise is too big for its own good? Maybe part 2 should just go small, and opt for a subtle indie drama about the (remaining?) Avengers getting together and talking about life. Need extra fan service? Let them eat shawarma.