Avengers 4 will arrive next summer and conclude Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will also wrap up the story of Thanos' hunt for the Infinity Stones and introduce a new status quo as the MCU heads into a new narrative arc. With Avengers: Infinity War now in theaters, all eyes on Avengers 4 - and here's all the updates you need on 2019's epic Marvel film (no spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War).
- Release Date: May 3, 2019
- Cast: Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Evangeline Lilly, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Tom Holland
- Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
- Writer: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Avengers 4 Doesn't Have a Title Yet, But We Have A Theory
Despite being first announced in 2014, Avengers 4 still doesn't have a proper title. In fact, creatives like Kevin Feige don't even call it Avengers 4, but instead refer to it as Untitled Avengers. Judging from the previous two sequels, the film will most certainly be called Avengers and then have a subtitle, but it's unclear what it will be.
Either way, we've heard several times that fans won't exactly be shocked when the title is finally unveiled and that the secrecy is just down to the Marvel wanting to focus on Avengers 3. That is a change, however, from when we were told the Avengers 4 title is a spoiler for Infinity War. We'll have to wait a bit longer to learn the official name, but we have a theory about what Avengers 4 is called.
Characters Returning for Avengers 4
As it stands, it appears that every character from Avengers: Infinity War will be returning for Avengers 4; nearly every major actor has been spotted filming, and we've heard characters like Captain American and Black Widow will get a lot more to do in the new movie. Even small characters like Happy Hogan will be back in the mix. But more exciting than the familiar faces will be all the new additions in Avengers 4.
Of course, a number of heroes sat out of Avengers 3, thus they're almost guaranteed to get in on the action in the sequel. Ant-Man, the Wasp, Valkyrie, and Hawkeye were all AWOL, so expect to see them when Avengers 4 arrives next year.
Avengers 4 Will Add Some New Characters
Avengers 4 will not only bring back some characters who skipped Avengers: Infinity War, but it will add new heroes to the MCU. Along with Fury and Hill, The Wasp will be "returning" for Avengers 4. She sat out Avengers 3 so she could make a proper debut in Ant-Man & the Wasp, but she'll have a small part in the finale of Phase 4. She'll also be joined by her parents, as Hank and Janet Pym are in Avengers 4.
Beyond that, Brie Larson will join the modern day MCU as Captain Marvel in Avengers 4 after her solo movie debuts two months prior. And a younger hero may just be joining the ranks, as an older Cassie Lang has joined Avengers 4, teasing her debut as the hero Stature from the Young Avengers.
Avengers: Infinity War's Post-Credits Scene Sets Up Captain Marvel's Appearance
While Captain Marvel didn't arrive in Avengers: Infinity War, the post-credits scene teased her arrival. As the population of the Earth is being reduced by half, we see Nick Fury and Maria Hill assessing the damage. But after Hill starts turning to ash, Fury pulls out a modified pager (a nod to Captain Marvel's '90s setting) and sends out a signal before he too vanishes. And though many audience members won't be familiar, the symbol that appears on screen belongs to Captain Marvel and foreshadows her arrival in Avengers 4.
Avengers 4 Will Drastically Change Some Characters
By all accounts, it looks as if Avengers 4 will pick up where Avengers: Infinity War leaves off - but not without putting some characters through major changes. New alliances and enmities are sure to form when Thanos comes to Earth, and some character deaths are all but inevitable. We'll also see the continuation Bucky's transformation from the Winter Soldier to something else entirely.
Meanwhile, set photos have teased Hawkeye will become Ronin like in the comics - after suffering a devastating loss. There's also a chance we'll see a new version of Vision without the Mind Stone, as he rarely stays dead in the comics and may be revived in some fashion.
The Story of Avengers 4
Though Avengers: Infinity War has been released, the story of Avengers 4 is still a bit of a question mark. We know Thanos will be returning so it appears Avengers 4 really will be a proper follow-up to Avengers 3. With that in mind, we can expect that Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Guardians of the Galaxy will still be trying to stop the Mad Titan. But with half of the universe (and a number of heroes wiped out), things will be a lot more difficult than the first time around.
We may even experience a time jump and see Avengers 4 open on a new status quo for the MCU. Set photos have also teased a number of interesting moments that call back to the Battle of New York in The Avengers, so expect the Time or Reality Stone to return and work their magic.
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Avengers 4 May Involve Time Travel
Ever since set photos appeared to recreate the end of the Battle of New York from The Avengers, it's been assumed Avengers 4 will involve time travel. After all, Doctor Strange's Eye of Agamotto is really the Time Stone and that opens up a lot of doors for the movie to reexamine the MCU's past or bring character's back from the dead.
Another option is that the scene in question is connected to Captain America: Civil War. That film introduced B.A.R.F., technology that Tony Stark used to recreate memories using holograms. Set photos have shown B.A.R.F. will be in play during Avengers 4, so the movie will have more than one way to mess with the minds of fans.
Avengers 4 Will Have A Massive Team-Up Scene
Avengers 4 will feature a huge team-up scene that looks to put anything in Avengers: Infinity War to shame. Sure, this year's film will unite a number of heroes from the MCU, but it's clear that Avengers 4 will have even more characters. In fact, Avengers 4 will have over 40 characters in one scene, making for an unprecedented feat for a film; when Sebastian Stan confirmed Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer were in a scene with him in Avengers 4, he said it was in the 40+ character scene that's been teased. Add in characters like The Wasp and Captain Marvel, and it's easy to imagine how Avengers 4 will pull off this moment.
The Directors and Writers of Infinity War Are Returning for Avengers 4
Avengers 4 will not only narratively link to Avengers: Infinity War, but the movie will feature the same directors and writers. After The Russo Brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely cut their team-up chops on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they proved their knack for uniting a big batch of heroes for a film both action-packed and character driven with Captain America: Civil War.
Avengers: Infinity War will scale things up even more, and the link between it and Avengers 4 makes it unsurprising that Marvel Studios kept the quartet together for next year's movie. And though they'll all likely want a break after the back-to-back epics, they're sure to have a future with Marvel.
Avengers 4 Was Originally Infinity War, Part 2
Marvel die-hards will remember that when Avengers 4 was announced, it was actually called Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2. Back in 2014, Marvel held a huge event where they laid out their slate of films the end of Phase 3. Things changed a bit when Spider-Man: Homecoming joined the docket and Ant-Man gained a sequel (not to mention Inhumans becoming a TV show instead of a movie), but one big upset was the change in Avengers 4's name. Whether that means the plot has changed, however, remains to be seen.
Avengers 4 Will End One MCU Arc - And Start Another
Avengers 4 will wrap up not only Phase 3 of the MCU, but the shared universe's entire story to date. Though Marvel Studios has broken their films into three Phases so far, every movie since Iron Man has really been telling one long tale. Thanos has been on the outskirts hunting for the Infinity Stones, while heroes from Earth and across the galaxy have slowly been learning to work together to protect the cosmos. Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 will bring that journey to close while kicking off a new status quo for the MCU to explore. And for the Russos, Avengers 4 will finish what Winter Soldier began.
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There's No Trailer for Avengers 4 Yet
There's no trailer yet for Avengers 4, but you can expect it by the end of the year; it's arriving in 2019 the same time Avengers: Infinity War, which revealed its first look in late 2017.
Of course, fans got too see an early look at Avengers 3 during D23 and San Diego Comic-Con last summer. That won't be happening this year, though, as Marvel Studios is skipping Comic-Con and D23 won't return until 2019.
The Avengers 4 Poster Hasn't Been Released
Like with the trailer, there's been no Avengers 4 poster released yet. Given we don't even know the official title of Avengers 4, it's safe to assume the marketing for the movie is still a few months away at minimum. There's no telling how soon after Avengers: Infinity War we'll learn what Avengers 4 is called (especially with Ant-Man & the Wasp also around the corner), but a poster for the movie probably won't come until the first teaser dropped.
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More Upcoming Marvel Movies
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019