Back when Marvel President Kevin Feige announced the whole of Marvel's Phase 3 of their long-running Cinematic Universe, they slated the third and fourth entries in the Avengers series as Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Part II. From a fan perspective, this certainly seemed to make a lot of sense. Despite the fact that these movies should technically all stand alone from one another, there was this sense that each film would become progressively more dependent on the one that came before it.
This idea was bolstered at the end of the first Avengers when we saw the face of Thanos, and we realized that everything would ultimately be culminating to this one big bad at the end of the tunnel. More recently, however, the Russo Brothers -- the men directing these two films -- told fans that these two films would no longer be a "part 1" and "part 2," and the first one would simply be called Avengers: Infinity War. They gave some vague details, mentioning that they're ultimately two separate films, and that to sell them as parts would be "misleading" to fans.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, Joe Russo got a little more specific on this idea:
"We wanted the movie to be very different and distinctive, you know. There's certainly cross-pollination between characters and some story-arcs, but you know, the first movie is very clearly Avengers: Infinity War and, in time, we will reveal what the second film is."
When asked when we may be getting an actual title for Avengers 4, Anthony Russo answered simply:
"You'll learn that, but not for quite some time."
For the longest time, fans speculated that Avengers: Infinity War Part I would chronicle the proverbial end of the second act of a story, wherein our heroes would essentially be laid to waste by Thanos. Part II would see the return of these characters, and the arrival of other characters in the MCU, including those on television, but with each passing day, it looks like that pipe dream only grows more distant. By this point, I get the impression that Infinity War may very well work as a capper to the Thanos story, and that Avengers 4 would start things off in a whole new direction.
What about you? What do you make of the Russos' comments, and what do you think the future will hold for these Avengers films? Let us know in the comments down below!
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.
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