Avengers 4 will arrive next summer to resolve the shocking cliffhanger ending ofAvengers: Infinity War, wrapping up the story of Thanos and his bid to wipe out half the universe. It will also conclude Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting out a new status quo. Here are all the updates you need on 2019's epic Marvel film.
- Release Date: May 3, 2019
- Cast: Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Evangeline Lilly, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Tom Holland
- Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
- Writer: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
AVENGERS 4 DOESN'T HAVE A TITLE YET
Despite being first announced in 2014, Avengers 4 still doesn't have a proper title. In fact, creatives like Kevin Feige don't even call it Avengers 4, but instead refer to it as Untitled Avengers. Judging from the previous two sequels, the film will most certainly be called Avengers and then have a subtitle, but it's unclear what it will be.
Either way, we've heard several times that fans won't exactly be shocked when the title is finally unveiled and that the secrecy is just down to the Marvel wanting to focus on Avengers 3. That is a change, however, from when we were told the Avengers 4 title is a spoiler for Infinity War.
THERE'S NO TRAILER FOR AVENGERS 4 (YET)
There's no trailer yet for Avengers 4, but you can expect it any day now. As the film is arriving in 2019 the same time Avengers: Infinity War, it's expected to have a similar marketing roll-out. That would place a teaser trailer in late-November/early-December 2018.
Marvel is currently keeping quiet on anything regarding the trailer, although the moment we hear anything, be sure to check in with Screen Rant for a complete breakdown.
THE STORY OF AVENGERS 4 IS STILL ABOUT THANOS
Even though the movie is six months away, the story of Avengers 4 is still a bit of a question mark. It's a direct follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War, and will see the Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Guardians of the Galaxy trying to undo the horror's he's wrought, but otherwise there's not much confirmed. An official Avengers 4 synopsis hasn't helped either:
"A culmination of 22 interconnected films, the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it."
Set photos have teased several intriguing events, including moments that call back to the Battle of New York in The Avengers, so expect the Time or Reality Stone to return and work their magic.
MARVEL CHARACTERS RETURNING FOR AVENGERS 4
Although almost every character in the MCU so far is expected to factor into Avengers 4 in some part (most actors were spotting filming in Atlanta), the end of Avengers: Infinity War left many characters dead. The survivors of Thanos' snap include Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), all of who are expected to form a new version of the Avengers to rally against as victorious Thanos.
However, they won't be alone. It's been confirmed that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) the snap, and also joining the team will be Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), at the very least. Additionally, a number of heroes who sat out of Avengers: Infinity War are set to appear in Avengers 4 too, such as Valkyrie.
THE DEAD HEROES WILL RETURN IN AVENGERS 4 (SOMEHOW)
Of course, there's a lot of characters dead after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. However, they won't be gone for good and are expected to appear in Avengers 4. It's expected that the heroes who died in the snap - Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Groot (Vin Diesel), Drax (Dave Bautista), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) - will make a triumphant return. How is unclear, but all the actors have been reported on set and many have upcoming movies, such as Spider-Man: Far From Home, Black Panther 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
Other heroes who died before the snap are also expected to appear in some form. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is theorized to actually be trapped in the Soul Stone, while Vision (Paul Bettany) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) have shows on the Disney+ streaming service (and the latter was seen in set photos.)
AVENGERS 4'S NEW CAST
Along with all the previously known characters, Avengers 4 has cast several new actors. These include an older Cassie Lang, teasing a time-jump and possibly her debut as the hero Stature from the Young Avengers. Katherine Langford has also been cast in a mysterious role.
AVENGERS 4 WILL DRASTICALLY CHANGE SOME CHARACTERS
By all accounts, it looks as if Avengers 4 will pick up where Avengers: Infinity War leaves off - but not without putting some characters through major changes. New alliances and enmities are sure to form when Thanos comes to Earth, and some character deaths are all but inevitable. We'll also see the continuation Bucky's transformation from the Winter Soldier to something else entirely.
Meanwhile, Avengers 4 artwork has shown a new look for the surviving heroes, while set photos have teased Hawkeye will become Ronin like in the comics. There's also a chance we'll see a new version of Vision without the Mind Stone, as he rarely stays dead in the comics and may be revived in some fashion.
AVENGERS 4 MAY INVOLVE TIME TRAVEL
Ever since Avengers 4 set photos appeared to recreate the end of the Battle of New York from The Avengers, it's been assumed the movie will involve time travel. This has led to a myriad of complicated theories, tying into Ant-Man's Quantum Realm and Captain Marvel's new origin.
Another option is that the scene in question is connected to Captain America: Civil War. That film introduced B.A.R.F., technology that Tony Stark used to recreate memories using holograms. Set photos have shown B.A.R.F. will be in play during Avengers 4, so the movie will have more than one way to mess with the minds of fans.
AVENGERS 4 WILL HAVE A MASSIVE TEAM-UP SCENE
Avengers 4 will feature a huge team-up scene that looks to put anything in Avengers: Infinity War to shame. Sure, this year's film will unite a number of heroes from the MCU, but it's clear that Avengers 4 will have even more characters. In fact, Avengers 4 will have over 40 characters in one scene, making for an unprecedented feat for a film; when Sebastian Stan confirmed Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer were in a scene with him in Avengers 4, he said it was in the 40+ character scene that's been teased. Add in characters like The Wasp and Captain Marvel, and it's easy to imagine how Avengers 4 will pull off this moment.
THE DIRECTORS AND WRITERS OF INFINITY WAR ARE RETURNING FOR AVENGERS 4
Avengers 4 will not only narratively link to Avengers: Infinity War, but the movie will feature the same directors and writers. After The Russo Brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely cut their team-up chops on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they proved their knack for uniting a big batch of heroes for a film both action-packed and character driven with Captain America: Civil War.
Avengers: Infinity War will scale things up even more, and the link between it and Avengers 4 makes it unsurprising that Marvel Studios kept the quartet together for next year's movie. And though they'll all likely want a break after the back-to-back epics, they're sure to have a future with Marvel.
AVENGERS 4 WAS ORIGINALLY INFINITY WAR, PART 2
Marvel die-hards will remember that when Avengers 4 was announced, it was actually called Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2. Back in 2014, Marvel held a huge event where they laid out their slate of films the end of Phase 3. Things changed a bit when Spider-Man: Homecoming joined the docket and Ant-Man gained a sequel (not to mention Inhumans becoming a TV show instead of a movie), but one big upset was the change in Avengers 4's name. Whether that means the plot has changed, however, remains to be seen.
AVENGERS 4 WILL END ONE MCU ARC - AND START ANOTHER
Avengers 4 will wrap up not only Phase 3 of the MCU, but the shared universe's entire story to date. Though Marvel Studios has broken their films into three Phases so far, every movie since Iron Man has really been telling one long tale. Thanos has been on the outskirts hunting for the Infinity Stones, while heroes from Earth and across the galaxy have slowly been learning to work together to protect the cosmos. Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 will bring that journey to close while kicking off a new status quo for the MCU to explore. And for the Russos, Avengers 4 will finish what Winter Soldier began.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR'S POST-CREDITS SCENE SETS UP CAPTAIN MARVEL IN AVENGERS 4
While Captain Marvel didn't arrive in Avengers: Infinity War, the post-credits scene teased her arrival. As the population of the Earth is being reduced by half, we see Nick Fury and Maria Hill assessing the damage. But after Hill starts turning to ash, Fury pulls out a modified pager (a nod to Captain Marvel's '90s setting) and sends out a signal before he too vanishes. And though many audience members won't be familiar, the symbol that appears on screen belongs to Captain Marvel and foreshadows her arrival in Avengers 4.
THE AVENGERS 4 POSTER HASN'T BEEN RELEASED
Like with the trailer, there's been no Avengers 4 poster released yet. This will likely accompany a title reveal or trailer release.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019