The Last Avenger
Following the supposed leak of the title, Mark Ruffalo went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, to reveal the real name for Avengers 4. In the moment, his title reveal was ultimately bleeped-out, in yet another case of trolling fans over the film's title. However, fans edited the bleep to reveal what Ruffalo actually said: The Last Avenger.
It's more than likely that this faux title was something for Ruffalo to say in the moment as part of the bit, rather than the actual title of the film. After all, Marvel, notably secretive about their perennial upcoming slate of movies, wouldn't allow an actor to say the film's real title in a public place even if he was bleeped out on television. It's also worth noting that the title doesn't exactly make too much sense, given how it will focus on the team overcoming great odds and bringing even more dead heroes back to life.
Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet
When Avengers 4 was first announced, it was as Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2. While that subtitle was eventually removed, many theories still held close to the "Infinity" nomenclature, with many suggesting that iconic comic arc Infinity Gauntlet would give its name to the sequel. This has been backed up by plot rumors that suggest Tony Strak will make his own Gauntlet in a bid to undo Thanos' snap.
Adding fuel to the fire, during production, Zoe Saldana referred to the fourth film as "Gauntlet", although Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn suggested that she probably misspoke. Kevin Feige also confirmed it was not Avengers 4's title.
The most popular of all the title theories is supposed leak Avengers: Annihilation. The theory was first laid down by CBR in April, and it was later reported as being an official leaked title by multiple sites.
In the Annihilation comic, Thanos was forced to team up with the galaxy's heroes, believing Annihilus - a bug-like alien from the Negative Zone with designs on wiping out all life in the universe - to be a "mad creature". Avengers 4 toy descriptions mention another villain for the movie other than Thanos, although whether the film would follow the comic at all accurately is unlikely.
Avengers: Annihilation also matches up with a lot of the clues provided by the film's creators: it's not a word spoken aloud in Infinity War; it does slightly spoil the events of that movie as well; it's similar to Avengers: Forever in its totality; there's two "As" discernible in the mysterious behind-the-scenes photo from the Russos; and the art piece titled "Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity" could also be interpreted as a fancy way of saying "Annihilation".
All that said, Avengers: Annihilation is hardly the most exciting title it could possibly be, with many fans decrying it for its blandness. Even if it was originally planned as said title, we wouldn't put it past Marvel to change it retroactively in order to preserve a surprise for fans. While it's the most likely of all the Avengers 4 theories, don't put your life savings on its odds just yet.
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