We’re most likely only about a week away until a potential first trailer for Avengers 4, as well as the long awaited title reveal. Tonight I learned that the movie had at least three titles over the past year. Because of that, and before the title is officially announced, I decided it’d be fun to look back at the crazy journey of the Avengers 4 title to the point where we’re at now.
At the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 2017, when Zoe Saldana was asked about filming the movies, she said, “And we all have to go back for Gauntlet later this year.” However later at the same premiere, James Gunn denied that was the title for Avengers 4 (although that title would pop up again).
On March 30th of this year, the Russo Brothers said it should scare people that the title will be an Infinity War spoiler:
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) March 30, 2018
Later at the Infinity War pre-release Fan Event in China, the Russos again confirmed that the Avengers 4 title is an Infinity War spoiler.
Then at the US press event in Los Angeles, Kevin Feige told IGN that the title speculation has gotten out of hand:
“I’ve said before, it’s gotten entirely out of hand. And now will have no chance to living up to any expectations of what it’s gonna be. And 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].”
At that same event comes the most interesting bit of news about the title. Collider asked the Russos in a video interview if they would confirm or deny that the title would be Infinity Gauntlet. They wouldn’t, and if you watch the video they seem to be tripped up later when the movie is addressed as Infinity Gauntlet:
Following that Feige gave an interview with Collider where he denied the title will be Infinity Gauntlet.
In all fairness to Frosty at Collider and his insistence that it was called Infinity Gauntlet, I heard back in May that it was indeed called exactly that for a lot of the production.
Infinity Gauntlet would be the first title the movie had, and the second is actually one fans speculated about and would probably still want.
In June, Omega Underground spotted a posting on Avengers cinematographer Trent Opaloch’s website where he listed the title as Avengers: End Game:
Despite the Russo Brothers saying the title was not spoken in Infinity War, apparently the title was “End Game” at one point. That would explain why he had that on his site, but the reason for the quick removal isn’t likely due to spoiling the title; but because at that point in the summer the title had been changed once again.
At some point over the summer, maybe around May or June, they arrived on the current rumored title of Annihilation. I know some big sites want it to be fake, and a lot of people don’t like them using that title without adapting the comic story (despite them having no problem with Marvel using the Age of Ultron and Infinity War titles without adapting those exact stories). But as of right now there are around seven independent sources, some on different continents, who say that’s what it is.
Could it have been changed again? After the movie has gone through three titles over the last year, anything is possible. We’ll just have to wait and see what’s revealed when the first teaser trailer arrives very soon.