Back in October of 2014, Marvel Studios dropped their full slate of Phase 3 films at an event at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. The slate as undergone several changes and rearranges (most notably the shuffling out of Inhumans and the accommodations for Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming), but the end game has remained mostly the same: a 2-film culmination of Marvel Studios 11 years of cinematic offerings.

Initially, we were expected to get a 2-part film titled Avengers: Infinity War, with part one in May of 2018 and part two in May of 2019. While those dates have held firm, much has changed. We initially heard that the two films would be simultaneously and be a continuing story; now they are being shot back-to-back and will tell two separate, but related stories. To make sure we aren’t confused, they also dropped “Infinity War, Part 2” and have been using Avengers 4 as a place holder, telling us that the real title would be far too much of a spoiler. According to Kevin Feige, in an interview with Cinema Blend, we might as well get used to waiting on that title.

Cinema Blend: “When I talked with Joe and Anthony Russo last year, I guess a couple months ago, they mentioned… we [the public] don’t know the name of Avengers 4, that they’re not going to announce it, it’s going to be a minute. I’m curious if the reason for that is because it’s a spoiler.

Kevin Feige: “Yeah, for sure.

So what’s the big deal? What exactly could be spoiled by knowing the title? Cinema Blend thought to ask, and didn’t get very far with Feige:

CB: “Will Thanos be in both movies? Or is his story complete by the end of Infinity War?

Kevin Feige: “They’re two very different movies. That’s all I’ll say.

That doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement for the Mad Titan making it to the sequel, but it’s also very hard to think they’d just discard him after a nearly decade long build up. So when will we hear about this title and what could it be?

We’ve had a lot of debate about that here at the MCU Exchange and I think we’ll learn the title of Avengers 4 when the credits roll for Avengers: Infinity War (at least I think that’s the plan, but we live in a time of leaks). As for what the big spoilers could be, that’s a long story. Obviously fan speculation is only fueled by the secrecy, but ultimately there must be a really good reason for it. Just last week, Feige told us that everything that comes in the MCU after 2019 will be “very, very different” without elaborating on why. Could Infinity War reset the universe? Could it alter reality? Could doing so, maybe via a Secret Wars film, introduce some characters to the mix that we’d all love to see? Could we see a Heroes Reborn situation wherein Feige gives Scott Buck full control to apply his brilliant vision to the MCU?

I don’t know the answers to those questions but I can tell you this: last week’s press screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was accompanied by a definitive buzz, one that’s been growing for over a year, that Marvel Studios may have gotten its hands on some beloved characters that have been done dirty by another studio. A Secret Wars film might be the best way to bring them home and give them the treatment we know they deserve. Stay tuned, but keep breathing in and out.

Source: Cinema Blend