UPDATE: The original poster of this "leak" admitted it was fan-fiction on Reddit. Original article follows. But don't worry - we've rounded up the biggest Avengers 4 leaks!
A supposed plot leak for Avengers 4 is currently making the rounds online, and it has some pretty interesting details about how the remaining MCU heroes will defeat Thanos. Almost two months since the release of Avengers: Infinity War, fans are starting to look forward to the next chapter of the story with countless theories floating around online about what might happen in next year's Phase 3 capper.
Though leaked Avengers 4 concept art gave fans what could be their first look at the remaining heroes, Marvel Studios is still tightlipped about the ultimate culminating film. So much so that even until now they still haven't released its official title yet. That said, a supposed plot leak has emerged online to the amusement of fans.
Redditor abigfriend posted a series of supposed plot points for Avengers 4. The user divulged a pretty detailed rundown of what fans can expect from the still-untitled film, including that Thanos and Nebula's relationship will be a factor in the movie. As for the original Avengers using time-travel, the source says that it will be done "using the Quantulm Realm to collect the stones" and "each stone collected in the past will erase the stone Thanos currently has...Thanos learns of the Avengers’ plan and uses his gauntlet to follow them through time." Meanwhile, "those who were dusted at the end of IW are not dead - they were transferred to an alternate reality within the stone." The film's final action sequence is a redo of the Wakanda battle in Infinity War, but instead of Thanos winning, Earth's Mightiest Heroes do. In the end, three of the Infinity Stones are destroyed with the help of Wanda and Captain Marvel.
One sticking point in the post is the introduction of an alternate reality - something that directors Joe and Anthony Russ have previously shot down, saying they "wanted to commit to the storytelling and the most complete way." While it's possible that they're bluffing - after all, they still continue to insist that most of the Infinity War deaths won't be overturned in Avengers 4 - it's safe to take their word on this one considering that using an alternate reality as a way out can seriously anger a lot of fans. Further, this also sounds as if Thanos' arrival won't have any huge ramifications - other than just Cap dying, which is big considering he's one of the cornerstone heroes of the franchise, but it just doesn't fit the notion that the MCU will be drastically changed after these last two Avengers films.
There's a lot more to unpack in the post and while certain details included have been heavily rumored for quite some time now, it's best to take this rundown with a healthy dose of salt. If Marvel Studios had been extremely secretive about the plot of Infinity War to the point that even the cast didn't get complete scripts, chances are they will double down on their security to make sure that details of Avengers 4 are tightly under wraps - especially its whole plot.
It's also important to note that at this point, the Russos and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are reconvening to polish the story for Avengers 4. Reshoots are then scheduled to commence sometime soon and will last through the summer. That means even if this supposed leak has merit, there's still a good chance not everything in the post will end up in the film's final cut. There might be some narrative changes that Marvel Studios wants considering it would not only wrap up the current narrative the MCU has been treading since 2008's Iron Man, it will also springboard the franchise's mysterious Phase 4.
- 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
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019