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Back in October 2014, Marvel Studios announced that they would be making the third and fourth installments of their Avengers series back to back, and that they would be called The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2. This changed very recently, with the first movie being called The Avengers: Infinity War, and the second now being untitled -- and many fans have been curious why. In short, it's because the two films will share common elements, but will ultimately be very different blockbusters.
With Captain America: Civil War arriving soon on Blu-ray and DVD, I had the great pleasure of recently speaking with directors Joe and Anthony Russo on the phone, and given that they are at the helm of the next two Avengers movies, I took the opportunity to ask them about the most recent news. I asked them what the changing of the titles meant in respect to the content of the features and their connection together, and the filmmakers explained in no uncertain terms that one film is something, and that the second is something else. Said Joe Russo,
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.
The phrase "in time" itched my ear, and I followed up by asking the Russo brothers if news about Avengers 4's title would be coming soon, or if that particular piece of information would be something for which we all have to wait. Anthony Russo's response will probably not making the more impatient among you happy:
You'll learn that, but not for quite some time.
Personally, I'm kind of happy that the title of Avengers 4 will remain a mystery. There's a minimal-but-present level of spoilers generated when certain titles are announced (such as when we know Black Panther is getting his own movie before we've seen Captain America: Civil War), and titles are also typically a big hint towards the content of the film. For now we know absolutely nothing about the fourth Avengers movie, and that's actually kind of refreshing.
Of course, that's not going to stop us from speculating! If The Avengers: Infinity War is "very different and distinctive" from the film that follows it, what do you think Avengers 4 will be? Hit the comments section below with your thoughts, and be sure to pick up a copy of Captain America: Civil War when it arrives on Blu-ray and DVD in stores on September 13th.