For the past few days, Marvel fans the world over have been trying to channel their inner Batman and use the DC character's detective skills to deduce the meaning behind a cryptic Avengers 4 photo. This photo, posted to social media by the Russo Brothers, shows Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo sitting on an empty soundstage and working on his laptop. The photo is accompanied by the caption to "Look hard..." and fans have been doing just that, seeing all kinds of things. But as of yet, the Russo Brothers have not revealed the image's secrets. We Marvel fans are not the only ones in the dark either. Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D'Esposito has also been scouring the photo to no avail:
Apparently answers to the biggest secrets are reserved only for the Russo Brothers and certainly Kevin Feige. Like the rest of us, Louis D'Esposito has been staring at the photo, but can't figure out what revelations are hidden within it. Unlike the rest of us though, he has access to the Russo Brothers, but apparently they enjoy these games because they haven't been particularly forthcoming to him. At least for the moment, the Russo Brothers are playing things close to the vest.
Louis D'Esposito may not see anything in the photo (it doesn't look like anything to me), but plenty of fans do, or at least they think they do. Since this image surfaced on Twitter, the online sleuths have went to work and they've come up with some compelling answers, even if none of them have been clear cut or confirmed. There are several 'A' shapes in the image, which would be appropriate for the fourth Avengers film. That said, you can make a case there are more than four 'A's. Some people have seen the word 'Endgame' spelled out with the various objects in the photo, hinting at a potential title in reference to Doctor Strange's ominous warning in Infinity War, even though that title has been debunked.
That's the thing, though. We were told to look hard, but we have no idea what we are looking for: a title to Avengers 4, a clue to the story of that film, or something else. Earlier today, someone noticed that a rocket engine prop seen in Infinity War is also visible in the Russo Brother's photo. It's cool for sure, but I haven't the foggiest what it all means.
Hopefully Louis D'Esposito and Marvel fans alike won't have to wait too much longer to find out the photo's secrets. You have to think that the post wasn't made willy-nilly and we won't have to wait until next spring to get a definitive answer about what it means. So maybe there is an Avengers 4 title announcement or something else on its way soon. The Russo Brothers did say it would be after the Captain Marvel teaser, and we are now in that territory.