Marvel is yet to officially announce the title of Avengers 4, but fans are increasingly becoming convinced that the film is called Avengers: End Game. In theory, Marvel is keeping the title quiet because it's a spoiler of some kind, and they're not ready to reveal it just yet. The studio's hope is that attention won't be focused on next year's Avengers film, but instead on the next two movies to be released, Ant-Man & the Wasp and Captain Marvel. The approach doesn't seem to have been successful, with Kevin Feige admitting it's backfired. There's far more hype around that mysterious title than Marvel expected. "It's gotten entirely out of hand," Feige noted, "and now will have no chance to living up to any expectations of what it's gonna be."
Back in April, we suggested what we believed to be a cool theory: that the film could bear the title Avengers: Endgame. It was a proposal lifted straight from key dialogue in Avengers: Infinity War, with Doctor Strange telling Tony Stark, "We're in the endgame now." That single line of dialogue links to Doctor Strange's mysterious decision to give Thanos the Time Stone, which appeared to be key to setting up the one timeline where Strange foresaw an ultimate victory against the Mad Titan. Unfortunately, this theory was debunked by Anthony Russo, who was asked whether or not the title of Avengers 4 was spoken in Avengers: Infinity War. "No," he answered, before adding, "It’s certainly grounded in the narrative that we have been following throughout the MCU – very well grounded…"
But new life was given to this theory over the weekend, when Avengers 4 cinematographer Trent Opaloch updated the resume on his personal website. He added a reference to Avengers: End Game, and naturally the Internet went wild with excitement. Although Opaloch swiftly removed this reference from his website, to many it's been viewed as confirmation that the Russos were lying and Avengers: End Game really is the title. Indeed, it's important to note that Marvel insiders like the Russos aren't above employing a little misdirection when speaking to the public. In fact, they're still attempting to persuade interviewers that the deaths at the end of Avengers: Infinity War will stick, even as filming begins on Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is set after Avengers 4.
So, in spite of the Russos' comments, Avengers: End Game is indeed a possible title. Here's why we think it would be the perfect choice.
- This Page: The Key Meaning of Avengers: End Game
- Page 2: Hidden Meanings of the Avengers: End Game Title
End Game Gives The Heroes A Purpose Going Into Avengers 4
The first key point is that this Avengers 4 title would indeed serve as quite a major spoiler. It confirms that all is indeed proceeding as Doctor Strange had planned. In Avengers: Infinity War, Strange used the Time Stone to peer into over 14 million different futures, and identified the only one that would allow the heroes to triumph. Shortly after, viewers were shocked to see Strange hand over the Time Stone to Thanos, ultimately allowing the Mad Titan the chance to erase half the life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. Crucially, though, even as Doctor Strange crumbled to dust, the sorcerer told Tony that there was no other way. The clear implication was that the "snap" was always going to happen, but that Strange had ensured it could be undone or averted.
The title Avengers: End Game would clearly tie the movie's entire plot into Strange's visions. It would confirm that everything was proceeding as the Master of the Mystic Arts had foreseen, that he had orchestrated events so as to give the surviving Avengers a shot at defeating Thanos. It's true the title doesn't give away anything about the actual means by which Thanos's actions will be put right - perhaps through time-travel in some way - but that's simply not important. All that matters is that this title tells viewers that there is hope.
That could also explain why Marvel is refusing to give away the title. They're currently attempting to convince viewers that none of the heroes are coming back, even trying to suggest sequels like Spider-Man: Far From Home are set before Avengers: Infinity War. It's a strange move on Marvel's part, but just revealing that title would undermine their entire marketing approach.
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- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019