Avengers 4's title was always going to be Endgame, not Annihilation. Leading up to the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 3, it was announced in 2014 that the shared universe's first saga would conclude with an epic showdown with the Mad Titan Thanos. And the size of the Avengers' final chapters became obvious when it was revealed it would be a two-part event, with Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 releasing in May 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 hitting theaters in May 2019.
Needless to say, things changed. Avengers: Infinity War dropped the "Part 1" from its title and the second film just became known as Avengers 4 (temporarily). And thus began over two years of speculation as to what Avengers 4 would be titled. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige once said that the Avengers 4 title would spoil Infinity War's ending, but the sheer hype surrounding the title's reveal dwarfed whatever spoilers would've been hinted at from the name itself.
It wasn't until the first Avengers 4 trailer released that it was revealed the Avengers 4 title is Endgame. It's a title that was rejected by Anthony and Joe Russo themselves, despite it being the most popular theory for Avengers 4's title. And it was surprising to many since it was rumored the title would actually be Annihilation. But that was never going to be the title, and here's why.
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Doctor Strange's Avengers: Infinity War Quote Revealed "Endgame"
While there's quite a bit of evidence pointing to Avengers: Endgame being the movie's title, the most commonly used proof is that Doctor Strange explicitly said "endgame" in Avengers: Infinity War. After handing over the Time Stone to Thanos in order to save Tony Stark's life, Doctor Strange told Tony, "We're in the endgame now," in response to Tony's question about why Doctor Strange would give up one of the six Infinity Stones... for him. This came after Doctor Strange had used the Time Stone to see into more than 14 million possible futures, spotting one in which they win.
Because of Doctor Strange's sudden willingness to give up the Time Stone, despite saying that he would let both Iron Man and Spider-Man die in order to protect the Infinity Stone, it became clear that the only way to defeat Thanos for good - and perhaps save everyone - was to allow the Mad Titan to succeed in wiping out half of all life in the universe (which is now officially known as the Decimation). Of course, the resolution to Doctor Stange's plan would come to pass in Avengers 4, hence why it's called Endgame. Interestingly, though, this isn't the first time that Marvel fans have heard the term "endgame" used in the MCU.
Tony Stark first used "endgame" in Avengers: Age of Ultron, when he was informing the rest of the Avengers as to why he created Ultron in the first place: in order to safeguard the planet against extraterrestrial threats. As the Avengers, Tony knew they could fight all sorts of bad guys, but a villain like Thanos is what could ultimately defeat them, and he did. The Avengers lost in Infinity War, but they'll be back for one last attempt at saving the world (and the universe, for that matter) in Avengers: Endgame.
- 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