Five months after the release of Avengers: Infinity War, the subtitle for next year's Avengers 4 is still a mystery - but right now Eternity War is the most likely guess. We've had a few theories about what the title could be, with End Game being a particularly popular choice among fans. However, based on what we know about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with clues dropped by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, it's looking ever more likely that Infinity War could be followed by Eternity War.
Marvel Studios has done an impressive job of keeping the movie's full title under wraps so far. Studio boss Kevin Feige has even admitted that they might have done too good a job. Shortly before the release of Infinity War, Feige lamented, "It's gotten entirely out of hand... It sort of backfired, if I'm honest with you, because the notion was to not talk about it so the focus was to be on [Infinity War]."
There's still a long wait for the next Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Captain Marvel, so fans are continuing to pass the time by guessing at Avengers 4's title. Reddit users Paperchampion23 and TMKTanner have both proposed Avengers: Eternity War - and there's a pretty compelling argument for it.
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- Page 2: Clues About Avengers 4's Title and Why Eternity War Fits
Avengers: Eternity War Fits The Time Travel Plot
Avengers: Infinity War's title was obviously a reference to the Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet, which Thanos ultimately used to wipe out half of all life in the universe. While there's very little official information out there about the plot of Avengers 4, set photos show the cast filming the Battle of New York - the climactic fight of 2012's The Avengers - all over again, with Chris Evans in his old Captain America costume and Ant-Man incongruously present. Based on these photos, and the fact that Avengers 4 will need to bring at least some of the deceased characters back to life (Spider-Man has a solo movie out next year), the obvious conclusion is that the remaining Avengers will somehow utilize time travel to undo Thanos' horrible work.
Avengers: Eternity War and The Eternals
Avengers 4 will not only wrap up more than a decade of storytelling within the MCU, but also set the stage for Phase Four of the franchise. Beyond Spider-Man: Far From Home (the next film after Avengers 4), we currently know very little about what's in store for the MCU, and what kind of direction it will take. One of the projects we do know about, however, is The Eternals. The Eternals are a godlike race of beings in Marvel Comics, and Thanos just happens to be one of them. There have been rumors that another Eternal, Kronos, will make an appearance in Avengers 4. Moreover, Marvel has just hired Chloé Zhao to direct The Eternals and is reportedly moving quickly with the film, making it all the more likely that the groundwork for The Eternals will be laid in Avengers 4.
Eternity War Is The Perfect Companion To Infinity War
Avengers 3 and 4 were originally announced as a two-part event titled Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2. However, Marvel later backtracked on the idea of Avengers 3 being only the first half of the story (presumably to make the cliffhanger ending more powerful), and declared that Avengers 4 would not be called Infinity War - Part 2. Now that the big secret of Infinity War's ending is out, it's easy to see why the two movies were put on the slate as a two-parter, and it would make sense for Avengers 4's title to complement or resemble Infinity War. Production designer Charles Wood told us that the two movies lean on each other, and an obvious way to reflect this would be to have one movie's title refer to all of space (infinity) and the other refer to all of time (eternity).