The Russo Brothers have confirmed that filming is now underway on the still currently-untitled Avengers 4. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo wrapped principal photography on Avengers: Infinity War back in July, ahead of showing off the first footage from the film to select individuals in attendance at both the D23 Expo and San Diego Comic-Con this year. Following a relatively short break in-between these two massive Marvel Cinematic Universe productions, the Russos have now returned to the Avengers fold.
Since it's plausible that not every key player in the MCU makes it out of Infinity War alive (or in a good place, relatively speaking), the official cast for Avengers 4 is currently being kept under-wraps, in order to better preserve secrecy around the film (see also, why Avengers 4's spoilery title has yet to be revealed). Both Josh Brolin and Jeremy Renner have already confirmed that they will be returning as (respectively) Thanos and Clint Barton/Hawkeye in the fourth Avengers movie, but otherwise casting and plot details for the movie remain open to speculation for the time being.
In the meantime, Avengers 4 continues to make its way down the development pipeline on-schedule. Taking to their official Facebook account, The Russo Brothers posted the following photo to confirm that cameras are now rolling on the fourth big screen outing for Earth's Mightiest Heroes - a film that also serves as the finale to Phase 3 of the MCU.
Avengers 4 will see most-every major overarching plot thread and character arc in the MCU reach a concluding point, thus setting up the franchise to enter a new era in Phase 4 (or whatever comes next). Tom Holland's Peter Parker is one of the newest superhero additions to the MCU and a character whose story will for certain continue on once the larger battle with Thanos is over. For related reasons, the next Spider-Man solo movie will deal with the aftermath of Avengers 4, setting the stage for the next round of Marvel character introductions and as-yet unannounced MCU films in the process.
Once the title for Avengers 4 has been announced, we will also have a better idea of what to expect from the film in terms of tone and genre. The Russo Brothers have cited 1990s heist films as an influence on Infinity War, with respect to the film's storyline and how it brings together Earth-based and cosmic MCU characters/narrative threads. Avengers 4 could plausibly push even further into the realm of science-fiction than Infinity War does, should the fan theory that Infinity War concludes with the MCU's heroes trapped in another dimension by Thanos (something like the Quantum Realm?) pan out. At the very least, Avengers 4 is as open to speculation as anything else in the MCU's future is right now, in the absence of concrete Phase 4 news.
Source: The Russo Brothers
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- 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
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019