Avengers 4 release date, set photos, title, cast, theories, and everything else you need to know

An image from Avengers: Infinity War

While there's plenty we don't know about Avengers 4 (JUST TELL US THE TITLE ALREADY MARVEL!!!), there's a surprisingly amount we can work out based on the Avengers: Infinity War ending, some sneaky Avengers 4 set photos, and our own Avengers 4 theories + common sense. Promising a finale like no other for the MCU and concluding the epic events of Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4 is no doubt one of the most anticipated upcoming movies of the next few years, which is why we can't stop talking about it despite the Avengers 4 release date being a fair way off yet (May 3, 2019 to be specific). Marvel Studios is doing all in its power to keep Avengers 4 spoilers off the internet, but unfortunately things do slip through and once it's out there, you need to know about it, right? That's what you'll find below - everything we know about Avengers 4 so far. 

Fast Facts:

  • Avengers 4 release date: May 3, 2019 
  • Avengers 4 director: Anthony and Joe Russo
  • Avengers 4 cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Tom Hiddleston, Josh Brolin (All TBC)
  • Avengers 4 writers: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

The Avengers 4 release date is coming next year

The Avengers 4 release date is actually one of the few things about the movie that we’ve known about for ages, even when it was originally titled Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 (remember that?). May 2019 was the original placeholder, which has now zeroed in to the more specific release date of May 3, 2019.

Before then, we’ve got to get over Avengers: Infinity War, and watch both Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel. Both of those movies will bridge the gap between Infinity War and Avengers 4 in terms of schedule, and maybe even in terms of storyline too. The Avengers: Infinity War post-credits scene tipped us off that Captain Marvel could be the key to the whole shebang come Avengers 4.

While Avengers: Infinity War dropped in the UK a day earlier than the US, expect Avengers 4 to get a simultaneous worldwide release 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 set photos hint at a time travel element

Avengers 4 set photos are a little thin on the ground, mostly because of the nature of back-to-back filming with Infinity War. It’s difficult, if impossible, to differentiate between the two movies and which set photos match up with which Avengers flick.

However, a very interesting picture coming out of an Avengers 4 set sees Steve Rogers wearing his old Captain America costume. Flashback, near-death vision, or something more? What with Cap taking up the Nomad persona post-Civil War, it sure is nice to see him wear the stars and stripes again, even if it possibly spells trouble for The First Avenger.

If nothing else, it ties in nicely to a few of the Avengers 4 theories below so crack out those conspiracy whiteboards and get scrawling down your thoughts!

There’s even a look at something beyond Avengers 4, namely where the group end up being based after all is said and done. This Avengers 4 set photo with Robert Downey Jr. sees a massive Avengers logo adorning the back wall - is this their new home or merely a temporary Avengers HQ?

The Avengers 4 title is a spoiler for Infinity War

Don’t take my word for it. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige himself said so back in 2017 – and even though the whole world has now seen Infinity War, Marvel still aren't telling us the Avengers 4 name - we even had a crack at guessing the Avengers 4 title ourselves to hilarious effect. The worst part is we’re not even going to clap eyes on the Avengers 4 title for quite some time. Feige recently revealed via an interview with Collider that we won’t find out what the Avengers 4 title is until after we get the first Captain Marvel teaser. When will we be getting the first Captain Marvel teaser you ask? It’s apparently still “a few months” away yet. 

Having said that, 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, so we might have the Avengers 4 title already after all. 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," 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]."

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... 

While the Avengers 4 writers would like us to think that the 'deaths' are permanent, 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 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.”

He's got a point and this stands 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 we find out in Captain Marvel. 

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, as well as Don Cheadle's.

On the more surprising and interesting front, there’s also been a casting reveal for a slightly older Cassie Lang (daughter of Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man) which, while confusing MCU timeline junkies everywhere, may actually feed into one of the Avengers 4 theories – more on that later.

The best Avengers 4 theories focus on Secret Invasions

Given that we're fairly confident that Avengers 4 will focus on reversing the deaths in Infinity War because of all those new Marvel movies planned, most Avengers 4 theories revolve around some sort of time travel and/or alternate dimensions.

The Time Stone will probably be a factor in this and Doctor Strange already used it in Infinity War to discover just one possible path (out of 14 million) to defeating Thanos. Given how easily he gave up the Time Stone, most fans agree that this is part of the path to eventually defeating the Mad Titan and that the Avengers had to lose before they could win. It's just a shame he couldn't share this plan with Iron Man before turning to dust...

This theory is backed up by an unexpected casting leak. The announcement of a teenager Cassie Lang for Avengers 4 may not set pulses racing, but it’s clear that Marvel are looking at casting a much older Cassie compared to the one we saw in Ant-Man. Does she pop up in a future version of Earth? Only time (ahem) will tell… Add to this the shocking revelation that Pepper and Tony will have a child in Avengers 4 (more on that below), and it's looking like some sort of time jump is on the cards. 

Then there’s the addition of Captain Marvel. We now know she’s not in Infinity War, but did play a huge (unseen) role in the post-credits scene which would indicate she’s going to play a huge role in Avengers 4, fresh off her standalone movie. Except her movie is set in the ‘90s and features the return of Guardians of the Galaxy villain (and Kree fanatic) Ronan the Accuser. Those who know their comics know where this is headed: a Kree-Skrull war.

In the comics, the two alien races went at it hammer and tongs across the stars, but when the dust settled it was revealed that Skrulls had also infiltrated Earth, included posing as some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Will we discover that those who died in Infinity War were actually Skrulls in disguise? Is Avengers 4 actually Avengers: Secret Invasion? So. Many. Questions. 

Is an Avengers 4 trailer coming this year?

Don’t be surprised if we get an Avengers 4 trailer this year. While Marvel Studios has confirmed they're giving San Diego Comic Con a miss this year, later on in 2018 would still be the best place to plunk down an Avengers 4 teaser. Avengers: 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.

However, 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 plot: your guess is as good as mine!

Surprisingly, we actually already have a Avengers 4 plot synopsis after it was spotted in a magazine by an eagle-eyed fan who posted it to Twitter:

Unsurprisingly, it still 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. As we've said previously, it's likely that most of the characters who 'died' in Infinity War will be back (and the Soul Stone theory has already been confirmed), but that doesn't mean everyone will survive to see Phase 4. 

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.

Chris Evans has said his contract is up after Avengers 4, and some of the old guard (including Robert Downey Jr.) may not be sticking around much longer either. If some of the Avengers have to shuffle off their mortal coil to make room for new characters in Phase 4, the fourth Avengers movie is a good a place as any to do it. 

But other than heartbreaking deaths, what else can we expect from Avengers 4? 

Well, Chris Hemsworth has said that it's even more shocking than Infinity War, which... what? How? What? “If you were shocked by [Infinity War], I think the second one is even more shocking, for other reasons entirely.” He told Esquire. “The second one I’m probably even more excited about. Just for people to see. I just think it’s another step again.” 

Evangeline Lilly added to the hype by revealing that Avengers 4 is heading into Lost territory. “We are hitting that [Lost] season 4 space,” she tells NDTV (H/T ComicBook.com). “Where everything’s about to shift, and you’re about to lose the solid ground underneath you. And [Ant-Man and the Wasp], of course, will play a part in that."

Then Gwyneth Paltrow blew everyone's minds by revealing - major spoilers here if this turns out to be true - that Pepper and Tony have a kid in Avengers 4!

What does this mean for the Avengers 4 plot? Probably that it'll feature a huge time jump into the future OR an alternate timeline (see how this ties into the Avengers 4 theories above). Because I don't know if you noticed, but Tony and Pepper are neither married, nor with child by then end of Infinity War. 

You know the Avengers 4 directors well

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.