Remember Avengers 4? How could you forget?! Captain Marvel might be the hot new thing everyone's talking about right now thanks to that trailer, but it's still not the biggest Marvel movie coming next year. Oh no, that right is reserved for the epic event that will be Avengers 4.
The sequel to Avengers: Infinity War and a "finale" like the MCU has never seen before (according to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige), this is one movie you're going to want to know as much about as possible. Luckily for you, we have everything we know so far about Avengers 4 right here. Marvel might be desperately trying to keep everything under wraps, but there's still plenty to talk about in the run up to the Avengers 4 release. When will we get the trailer? What will it be called? And how will it bring back all those dusted Avengers? Because they're not really dead... right?
Below you'll find everything we know about the new Marvel movie so far, from official information, like the Avengers 4 release date, to hard speculation, such as what the Avengers 4 set photos tell us about the plot. Read on to get up-to-date with everything that's going on with the movie during those suspicious reshoots and don't forget to check back regularly as we'll be updating this page with any and all Avengers 4 news as and when it drops.
- Avengers 4 release date: May 3, 2019
- Avengers 4 director(s): Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
- Avengers 4 cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin (All TBC)
- Avengers 4 writer(s): Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
When is the Avengers 4 release date?
The Avengers 4 release date is actually one of the few things we’ve known about the movie for ages, even when it was originally called Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 (remember that?). May 2019 was the original placeholder date, which has now zeroed in to the more specific release date of May 3, 2019.
Interestingly, there's a rumour going around that this date could be brought forward to April based on a recent quarterly earnings report from IMAX, which includes the company's 2019 release schedule. Amongst the upcoming movies we already know about, Avengers 4 sits with a April 2019 release date... hmmmm. Has IMAX let something slip or is it a mistake? We won't know for sure unless we hear from Marvel, so for now, let's stick with the official May 3 date.
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Either way, before Avengers 4 hits, we’ve got to get over Avengers: Infinity War, analyse every moment of Ant-Man and the Wasp, and watch Captain Marvel, which isn't out until March next year. Both the Ant-Man sequel and Marvel's first female-led superhero movie will bridge the gap between Infinity War and Avengers 4 in terms of schedule and storyline. If you've already seen it, you know that the Ant-Man and the Wasp post-credits scene reveals what Scott and co were up to when the snap happened, and the Avengers: Infinity War post-credits scene has already hinted as to the importance of Captain Marvel.
Finally, we can also expect Disney to confirm US and UK specific Avengers 4 release dates closer to release, although hopefully there won't be a huge gap between them. Infinity War dropped in the UK a day earlier than the US, so expect something similar for Avengers 4 to avoid any sort of spoiler snafus. It’s gonna be a biggun – and Marvel will do everything in its power to stop sneaky leakers and blabbermouths, in much the same way Thanos demanded our silence this time around.
The Avengers 4 title is STILL unknown
Originally called Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2, Avengers 4 officially reverted back to 'untitled Avengers movie' because, according to Feige, it was a spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War. But Infinity War has been out for a while now and Marvel still isn't telling us what the Avengers 4 title is! WHY MARVEL, WHY?!
Luckily, we might find out sooner rather than later as Feige said in an interview with Collider that we wouldn't find out what the Avengers 4 title was until after we got the first Captain Marvel teaser, and well... we've had that first trailer now.
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Having said that, we might already have it because the most recent 'leak' regarding the Avengers 4 name appears to be somewhat legitimate after a cinematographer who works with the Russo brothers stated on his website that he's working on… Avengers: End Game. This has since been changed to Avengers 4, which seems to imply that there's something to cover up. If this turns out to be the correct title, things aren't looking good for Cap and the rest of the remaining Avengers...
At this point, I'm just glad that Marvel at least seem to know what the Avengers 4 title is! “We do have a name for it, we’re just not announcing it," director Anthony Russo revealed in an interview with Bustle. "And I think we came to that name fairly early in the development process. It speaks to the heart of the story.”
But it seems like the decision to hold back the Avengers 4 title has come at quite a cost to the brains behind the movie. "It's gotten entirely out of hand," Feige told IGN. "And now will have no chance to living up to any expectations of what it's gonna be. And it sort of backfired, if I'm honest with you, because the notion was to not talk about it so the focus was to be on [Infinity War]."
Is an Avengers 4 trailer coming this year?
Despite all the secrecy surrounding the movie, it's possible that we might get the first Avengers 4 trailer this year. While Marvel Studios gave San Diego Comic Con 2018 a miss, dropping an Avengers 4 teaser later on this year is still on the cards. Infinity War dropped its first trailer in November 2017, and a similar timeframe for Avengers 4 is looking likely judging by their release dates being almost exactly a year apart.
That said, with the close proximity of the two Avengers movies, Marvel could decide to go on a year-long ride on the hype train with teasers dotted throughout the 12-month span between movies. A drip-feed style of Avengers 4 trailers would do just about enough to keep frenzied fans, eager for the next scrap of information, at bay, while also keeping the rest of the world on the edge of their seats waiting for the next slice of the Avengers pie.
The Avengers 4 cast is still to be confirmed...
The Avengers 4 cast list is a tricky one because while it will almost certainly feature everyone who survived the events of Infinity War, there's a question mark hanging over those who didn't...
The Avengers 4 writers would like us to think that the 'deaths' are permanent, but that's pretty unlikely and not just because some of them have upcoming solo sequels planned. Some of the actors can't even pretend they're really dead! "I’m going to be in [Avengers] 4, I’m also going to be in Guardians 3," Dave Bautista, AKA Drax, told Collider. "I don’t know how they bringing me back, but somehow I’m going to make it because as far as I know I am going to be in Guardians 3, so I have to be back.”
While his appearance in Guardians 3 has a bit more of a question mark over it since James Gunn's firing, Bautista's comments still stand. And the same goes for the rest of the Guardians, Spider-Man (thanks to the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home), Doctor Strange (Feige recently confirmed a sequel would happen), and Black Panther (there's no way we're not getting another Black Panther movie).
Those dead Avengers who are less certain to return include Vision, Scarlett Witch, and even Bucky. The same goes for Nick Fury who may or may not have a role depending on what happens in Captain Marvel.
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However, some of the Avengers 4 cast are already pretty much confirmed:
Firstly, there's the main Infinity War cast who survived Thanos' dusting: Black Widow, Hulk, Rocket, Nebula, Thor, War Machine, Captain America, Iron Man, and Thanos himself. We also know that while Hawkeye, Ant-Man, and the Wasp didn't appear in Infinity War, they will be in Avengers 4.
Captain Marvel is also definitely in Avengers 4 after her Avengers: Infinity War role was cut, and Gwyneth Paltrow has managed to spill the beans on her return. Plus, Angela Bassett, AKA Queen Ramonda and Black Panther’s mum, recently confirmed that neither she, nor her daughter Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, died in the snap. It’s unclear whether Queen Ramonda will appear in Avengers 4, but I’d bet good money Shuri will.
In terms of new cast members, there’s been a casting reveal for a slightly older Cassie Lang (AKA Ant-Man's daughter) suggesting that Abby Ryder Fortson, who plays Cassie in both Ant-Man movies, won't be reprising her role in Avengers 4 for some reason. While confusing MCU timeline junkies everywhere, this may actually feed into one of the bigger Avengers 4 theories – more on that later.
There's also a rumour going around that John Slattery - who plays the older version of Howard Stark in the MCU - has filmed some scenes for Avengers 4, and the fact that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has been spotted out and about with the rest of the Avengers 4 cast has led some to suggest that Korg the Kronan - who he plays in the third Thor film - maybe have a cameo.
The best Avengers 4 theories hint at what we can expect from the plot
Ah, the Avengers 4 plot. Who knows, eh? Well, we can actually speculate about more than you might think thanks to what we know about the Avengers: Infinity War ending the best Avengers 4 theories. Never underestimate the power of fan discussions on the internet. But first of all, let’s start with what we do know…
Surprisingly, we actually already have an Avengers 4 plot synopsis after it was spotted in a magazine by an eagle-eyed fan who posted it to Twitter:
"A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it"May 22, 2018
Unsurprisingly, it doesn't tell us that much about what will happen in the movie... although I don't think any of us will have missed the inclusion of the word “sacrifices”. Deaths are a-coming, and I'm not talking about the definitely not permanent and 100% being resurrected 'deaths' of Infinity War.
Feige has been very clear about Infinity War and Avengers 4 providing a "finale" for the MCU like we've never seen before, and the Russo brothers themselves confirmed that this will be “an end for some of these characters,” which sounds very ominous indeed. While we can expect most of the deaths from the end of Infinity War to be reversed, that doesn’t mean everyone will be making it to Phase 4.
And speaking of those shocking Infinity War deaths, let’s talk about how they’ll (probably) be undone in Avengers 4…
Despite both the directors and writers trying to convince everyone that the Infinity War deaths are real, it’s looking likely that at least some of them will be reversed in Avengers 4 - especially considering that some characters, like Spider-Man and the Guardians, have sequels planned. The bigger question is, how will they come back?
Well, in the comics, Thanos defeats a lot of his enemies not by killing them, but by absorbing them into the Soul Stone, which conveniently leaves them alive and free to eventually escape and defeat him. The reason some fans think that this is the route Avengers 4 will take is because of the scene in Infinity War immediately after Thanos snaps his fingers.
If you remember, he’s transported to a dreamlike world where he sees a young Gamora. The fact that the world had an orange hue to it (the same colour as the Soul Stone) led fans to believe that he had temporarily been transported to the world within the Soul Stone… and the fact that Gamora was there, albeit as a child, would indicate that she was still alive.
Well, hold on to your horses, because this Soul Stone theory has actually already been confirmed by one of the Russos who had this to say during a Q&A at Iowa City High School (via TheRealStanLee.com) shortly after Infinity War’s release: “Yeah it’s implied [that] it’s the Soul Stone. It’s all orange around, then he’s inside the Soul Stone with the amount of power that it took to snap his fingers – he has this out of body experience with Thanos.” He went on to confirm that Gamora is still alive: “She, in fact, is [alive], yes.”
So, if Gamora is alive and living in an alternate world within the Soul Stone it doesn’t take a genius to work out where the rest of Thanos’ dusted victims are, does it? How they’ll get out and what state they’ll be in, is another matter entirely.
That’s not the only part of the Avengers 4 plot we can speculate on though. Thanks to some Avengers 4 set photos (we'll get to them in a minute), there’s also a strong case to be made for an Avengers 4 time travel theory. That’s because some characters, such as Cap, have been spotted on set in their old costumes from The Avengers. Not only do we know that Cap no longer wears that suit anymore, but Ant-Man has been spotted by his side in some of said set photos and anyone who’s seen The Avengers knows that Ant-Man isn’t in that movie at all.
While the older costumes could suggest a flashback, Ant-Man’s appearance makes it more likely that it’s part of a time travel storyline or potentially even an alternate timeline. This actually ties in nicely with the Ant-Man and the Wasp ending, which saw Ant-Man trapped in the Quantum Realm after Hope, Hank, and Janet all turned to dust thanks to Thanos.
Fans have speculated that the fact he was in the Quantum Realm at the time of the snap means he’s impervious to the effects… although god knows how he’s going to get out! As to how and why he will time travel to the Battle of New York - well, probably using the Time Stone (which he’ll have to get off Thanos first) and… I really don’t know, but I'm sure he has a good reason.
The time travel theory is also supported by the fact that Marvel were looking to cast a teenage Cassie Lang (as I said above) despite the fact that the character is still pretty young in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Add to that, this unbelievable leak from Gwyneth Paltrow which reveals Pepper and Tony have a kid, and you’ve got some pretty strong evidence to support either a massive time jump or an alternate timeline in Avengers 4.
so i found this infinity war magazine today that had interviews with the cast and excuse me gwyneth but pepper and tony don’t have a child?????? pic.twitter.com/3wspv5fsb7May 3, 2018
The fact that we have a Captain Marvel movie coming out before Avengers 4, set in the ‘90s and yet no one has even mentioned her in the MCU so far, also implies that something weird is going on with the Marvel timelines. In fact, the more you think about it, the more an alternate timeline seems to make the most sense…
In the comics, those trapped in the Soul Stone actually live out a comparable, almost idyllic existence to the lives they had in the ‘real world’. The fact that Ant-Man is seen during the Battle of New York tells us that we’re not just dealing with basic time travel... and some characters either ageing drastically or starting families seems to imply that there’s another timeline at play we haven’t seen yet.
Plus, we know that after ten years, the MCU is getting too crowded and Marvel Studios is looking to cut back and restart its universe in a way that allows for new characters and stories. In this case, wouldn’t it be really convenient if a lot of its original characters didn’t die exactly, but found themselves ‘lost’ in an alternate timeline, which removes them from the MCU, but allows them to continue to exist should Marvel ever want to revisit them?
Basically, in conclusion…
TL;DR - The best Avengers 4 theories suggested that the Infinity War deaths will be reversed via the Soul Stone theory and that Thanos will be defeated and the world set to rights via some kind of timey wimey nonsense, which may or may not create an alternate MCU. The end.
The Avengers 4 set photos have our heads spinning
Look hard... pic.twitter.com/NxI8RFh4f6September 19, 2018
Avengers 4 set photos are a little thin on the ground, mostly because the back-to-back filming with Infinity War makes it difficult - if impossible - to differentiate between the two movies, but there are some in circulation.
Most recently, the Russo brothers had fans around the world trying to work out what they were suppose to be 'looking hard' at in the above, fairly empty Avengers 4 set photo. While there were definitely some... interesting suggestions, it's likely it's little more than a sneak peek with four As hidden in the shot.
As for other Avengers 4 set photos, with reshoots currently taking place, a few cast members have taken to social media to share pics of what they're up to. Although generally speaking they don't reveal too much, it's still fun to have a sneak peek at one of the most anticipated movies of all time...
The there's the other Avengers 4 set photos... the ones which aren't spoiler-free, Marvel-approved shares from the cast. Below are some sneaky Avengers 4 set photos taken during the original filming with Infinity War and the reshoots and these are the ones, which tie into the time travel theory above.
In the below Twitter moment you can see a number of Avengers 4 set photos, which show Captain America in his costume from The Avengers, looking like he's in the middle of the Battle of New York. Alongside him you'll see Tony Stark - but not the Tony Stark from the first Avengers movie because his clothes are different - and Ant-Man, who definitely isn't in The Avengers, suggesting that it has something to do with the previously mentioned weird timey wimey stuff.
More recently, there's been these Avengers 4 set photos showing Cap and Black Widow with her red hair, which she didn't have in Infinity War. Maybe she decided she didn't like being a blonde and changed back... or maybe there's more time travel going on!
The Avengers 4 concept art teases a different look for some characters
While it's unknown right now how legit this Avengers 4 concept art is, if official, it provides some pretty interesting details about what we can expect from the remaining Avengers in the sequel.
They come via MCU cosmic who spotted the images had been uploaded to the MCU Fandom Wikia and while they should be taken with a pinch of salt at the moment, as the site suggests, they bare a striking resemblance to the previously leaked Avengers 4 concept art below.
The most interesting thing we need to talk about is clearly the Hulk's new look! If the images in the gallery above prove to be legit, this will be the first time we see the big green guy in such a suit, and it also indicates that Bruce Banner and the Hulk will have resolved their issues.
You can click through the gallery above to see the other Avengers 4 concept art images, but they include a look at Captain Marvel, Thor (who retains his fake eye and new axe), a newly shaven Cap, Iron Man, and Rocket.
The Avengers 4 directors are MCU veterans
The Avengers: Infinity War directors have come a long way from their roots helming some of the most beloved cult comedies of the 21st Century. While cutting their teeth on Arrested Development, Community, and, weirdly, You, Me and Dupree honed the skills of Anthony and Joe Russo, it was their MCU debut on Captain America: The Winter Soldier that truly marked their arrival on the grand stage.
From there, the Russos were given the key to the Marvel franchise. An exceptional crossover Captain America: Civil War soon followed and, in 2015, they were announced as directors of Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 and Part 2. Having eventually split the two parts into Infinity War and Avengers 4, the two ended up filming the two movies back-to-back anyway, though Infinity War was apparently the hardest to film. As of writing, the two are experts at keeping some of the MCU’s biggest secrets under wraps – even if they can’t resist trolling fans on Twitter.
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