- The title for the fourth “Avengers” movie is shrouded in secrecy, and fans have already started to theorize about what it could be.
- I have my own theory based on past interviews, titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, and Marvel’s comic books – “Avengers: Legacy.”
This post contains spoilers for “Avengers: Infinity War.”
The title of the fourth “Avengers” movie – which will conclude the story of “Infinity War” and this era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – is a closely guarded secret. The Russo brothers, the directors of “Infinity War,” have said that it won’t be revealed any time soon.
But considering that the movie comes to theaters next May, and “Infinity War” left a Thanos-sized hole in people’s hearts, many are already theorizing what the title could be.
I have my own theory. I believe that the title will be “Avengers: Legacy.”
This is based on three elements: what the MCU has done with titles so far; Marvel’s comic books; and what has been said in interviews.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige once said that the title is a spoiler for “Infinity War.” At the end of the movie, Thanos wipes away half of humanity in the universe, including many of the Avengers. But among the Avengers who remain are the original members (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow and, presumably, Hawkeye).
Disney CEO Bob Iger said this week that future MCU movies could include “a new franchise beyond Avengers.” If “Avengers 4” really does mark an end for this era of the MCU, then “Legacy” makes sense. It signals both a long-awaited reunion and a move in a new direction following the movie. The band is getting back together before they all distance themselves from the franchise.
The Russos recently said that popular guess “Avengers: Forever” is “the closest anyone has come to getting the title right.” Of course, they could be joking, but “Avengers: Legacy” fits that clue, as well.
The directors have also said the title is not spoken in “Infinity War,” ruling out another popular guess of “Avengers: Endgame.”
MCU titles so far, and how they relate to comic books
Even if the title is a spoiler for “Infinity War,” I can’t imagine it being too on-the-nose (I say this knowing full well that the movie featuring Ultron was called “Age of Ultron,” and the movie about Infinity Stones is called “Infinity War”).
Yes, “Avengers” subtitles aren’t exactly subtle, but both “Age of Ultron” and “Infinity War” are also titles of comic book storylines. The same can be said for “Captain America: Civil War” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” The MCU heavily borrows elements of the comic books to inspire its movies, right down to the titles.
“Marvel Legacy” was a recent company-wide initiative to get Marvel’s comics back to basics, while also laying the groundwork for the future – which is exactly what the fourth “Avengers” movie would probably do.
“Avengers: Legacy” follows an MCU pattern of borrowing comic book storylines, sort of spoils the end of “Infinity War” without being too direct about it, and indicates that the movie would honor the past while eyeing the future.
Are you convinced?
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