Avengers 4 release date, cast, title and everything you need to know

Warning: Contains major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.

Avengers 4 is going to be a turning point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The untitled Avengers movie will complete the story that began in Avengers: Infinity War, centring around the machinations of the giant, purple space villain Thanos.

Infinity War made some earth-shattering changes to the MCU status quo that set the stage for everything that will happen in its sequel…

Consider this your final spoiler warning.

Avengers 4 release date

The untitled Avengers movie will be out in the UK on April 26, 2019, and in the US on May 3, 2019.

That puts its release date almost exactly a year after Infinity War. Before that movie, we will be getting Captain Marvel earlier in 2019.

The Russo Brothers confirmed that filming on the movie had wrapped on October 13 and shared a cryptic photo that fans have been trying to work out ever since.

Avengers 4 title

We’re still waiting to learn the title, which was originally given as ‘Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2’.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige hinted that the title of the movie could be a spoiler. ‘Avengers: Half the Universe is Dead’, perhaps? He has since said that he regrets not revealing the name sooner, feeling that speculation detracted from the attention given to Infinity War – although not enough to prevent it from receiving the biggest opening weekend of all time.

The current rumour is that it will be called ‘Avengers: End Game’, but we might not get confirmation of that until the end of 2018.

Fans thought they had a teaser of the title when the Russo Brothers released a cryptic photo on social media, but they were potentially just having a bit of fun with everyone waiting for the title.

And then Marvel continued to troll fans by having Mark Ruffalo ‘spoil’ the movie’s title – hidden by bleeps – and promptly get ‘fired’ by the Russo Brothers.

It was definitely a joke, but that didn’t stop someone from taking away the bleeps and revealing that Ruffalo said the title was The Last Avenger, before he later revealed the ‘real’ title to be Register to Vote in a reference to the November’s mid-term elections in the US.

Avengers 4 cast

Avengers: Infinity War had the biggest superhero movie cast ever, and even though a load of them are apparently dead, we still expect most of those actors will be back for part two.

The Infinity War survivors are sure be back – that’s the somewhat ragged looking lineup of Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and perhaps the unaccounted for Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) and Letitia Wright (Shuri).

Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) will make a return along with Evangeline Lilly (The Wasp), Michelle Pfeiffer (the other Wasp) and thus, presumably, Michael Douglas (Hank Pym). Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan) has also filmed scenes for the movie.

What’s more, Lilly has been sporting a shorter hairdo that resembles the original Wasp/Janet van Dyne in the Marvel comics.

And don’t forget Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye (or is it Ronin now?). If he doesn’t show up, people will riot, but he’s been sharing photos on set in his costume, so we don’t think there will be a need for a riot.

It’s likely that Tessa Thompson will return as Valkyrie after missing out on Infinity War as she’s been spotted flying with Chris Hemsworth to Atlanta for reshoots. She later confirmed on Twitter that Valkyrie was in “one piece and THRIVING” after Thanos’s Snap.

Josh Brolin (Thanos) has been promised to return too, although he’ll be in the market for some new sidekicks.

And what of our fallen heroes – Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Dave Bautista (Drax), Pom Klementieff (Mantis) and Groot (Vin Diesel)? Can they really be gone forever? Probably not.

Zoe Saldana has already been teasing a return for Gamora in Avengers 4 with a photo of her getting her Gamora make-up applied on set, but she sneakily hashtagged it “flashback” so maybe we’re jumping to conclusions.

And sure, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) might look to have been killed by Thanos before the Infinity Snap, but Hiddleston has been seen on set and there’s a fan theory that none other than Hela could be used to bring him back to life.

The theory states that Hela survived the destruction of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok and once Thor finds her again, they’ll head to the same cave that he visited with Erik Selvig in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

But don’t expect Hiddleston to reveal whether Loki faked his death (AGAIN) as he responded to that theory with “your guess is as good as mine”. Tease.

Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) – the MCU’s most powerful superhero – was only hinted at in Infinity War. Her first appearance will be in the ’90s-set Captain Marvel, after which she can finally join the other MCU heroes in Avengers 4.

Feige explained that the reason Nick Fury called her during Infinity War‘s post-credits sequence was because he realised “they were up against something far bigger than they had ever been up against before”.

Ty Simpkins, who played the kid Harley Keener from Iron Man 3, is reported to be returning too. And there’s a rumour that Natalie Portman could even make an unlooked-for return as Jane Foster, who were led to believe survived the Infinity Snap.

Just don’t expect Adam Warlock to make his debut.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo are returning after Infinity War. Well, ‘returning’ isn’t quite the right word, as they filmed the two movies back-to-back. And Brolin hinted that it might be their final project for Marvel.

Avengers 4 plot

Infinity War dealt with the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy battling against Thanos, who (with his lieutenants/children the Black Order) was out to collect those superpowered MacGuffins the Infinity Stones for his Infinity Gauntlet in order to erase half the life in the universe.

And shock! Horror! He succeeded!

Avengers 4 follows on from that in what we can only imagine will be a desperate attempt to restore to life everyone that turned to ash and disappeared.

We’ve been told that it’s a different genre from Infinity War and that – according to Hemsworth – it will be “even more shocking”. The stories were said to be separate enough that the original ‘Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2’ title had to be abandoned – although we would argue that Infinity War still feels like the first half of a longer story.

Speculation that the film could have something to do with the comic book event Secret Invasion – in which Earth was revealed to have been thoroughly infiltrated by shapeshifting Skrull aliens – has apparently come to naught. We’re not surprised, even if the aliens are introduced in Captain Marvel.

The rumours of a time-travel plot feel more convincing than ever. How else to bring a load of superheroes back from the dead? The evidence for this includes various actors spotted in their old costumes, including Hemsworth holding Mjolnir and back in his wig.

Could the solution come from Tony Stark working with Shuri to find a way to time travel? A behind the scenes interview taking during filming on Avengers 4 appears to show Downey Jr hanging out on the set of Shuri’s lab.

Shuri might already be hard at work on a way to defeat Thanos as a theory suggests she might create a new Mind Stone that could be used to avert the Snap before it happens.

Another possible time travel clue was spotted in Zoe Saldana sharing a behind-the-scenes snap of herself in costume during filming on Avengers 4, with the key element being that she was in her costume from the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

And another came from an on-set photo of Scarlett Johansson sporting Black Widow’s classic red hair colour from earlier MCU movies.

Tony’s BARF technology was thought to be an alternate explanation for their retro looks, but we’re not sure how that could help undo Thanos’s destruction.

Maybe Nebula holds the key to it all? Karen Gillan has been teasing a massive showdown between Nebula and “daddio” Thanos – and she could have a surprising ally in Mantis to help her out.

Or we might be worried over nothing and Doctor Strange has already set his plan to defeat Thanos in motion. Could these be the three ingredients needed for his plan to work?

One of those is making sure that Ant-Man is in the Quantum Realm when the Snap happened, and it’s possible that we could have seen some of the victims’ souls in the Realm with him during that mid-credits scene.

But maybe we’ve all been worried about Thanos and missing the sequel’s true villain which a fan theory states could be the Mind Stone.

We seem pretty convinced that our heroes will be back, right? Well, considering the two movies we know will follow Avengers 4 are a Spider-Man sequel and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, they’ll be in for a hard time if most of their leads are still dead.

What we do know for certain is that the untitled Avengers movie will mark an ending to what will be an 11-year-old, 22-movie-long story at that point (kicked off in the distant past by 2008’s Iron Man).

Avengers 4 will wrap up all storylines and have “a definite ending”, Kevin Feige told Empire, promising the upcoming sequel will wrap up its narrative threads.

“Storylines can come to an end,” he suggests. “The best stories do come to an end. Return of the Jedi was an ending for a long time and as a 10-year-old in 1983 that carried me through 30 years until there was a sequel.

“That hasn’t happened before in the superhero genre. A new actor comes in and a new storyline starts right away. We wanted to do it this way because we think that the best stories have a definitive ending to a storyline. That’s certainly what’s going to happen next year with Avengers 4.”

Chris Evans has said that Avengers 4 is “going to wrap everything up”. It marks the end of Marvel’s Phase Three, and leads directly into the first Phase Four film, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. And we mean directly – Spider-Man 2 is set mere minutes after the end of Avengers 4.

What form will this end take? It’s a safe bet that some long-time MCU stars will take Avengers 4 as a good opportunity to bow out.

Evans previously hinted that this is his last outing as Cap and followed this up with a message on his last day of filming on Avengers 4 that seemed to confirm his exit, with a theory suggesting that Infinity War showed how Cap will die in Avengers 4.

However, could we all be reading too much into Evans’s message as he’s now explained that he would have “tweeted the exact same thing” whatever his MCU future holds. If it is his last time as Cap, Evans has joked that he had a “really dumb” final line during the movie’s reshoots.

Will Downey Jr finally retire from the franchise too, as has been teased repeatedly over the last few years? Or maybe Hemsworth is on his way out?

Given the delays for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 following James Gunn’s firing by Disney, Dave Bautista thinks that could affect what happens in the end of Avengers 4.

Guardians 3 is really up in the air and I don’t know what they’re going to do with it. It’s on permanent hold for now, and that may make a difference in what they do with our characters in Avengers 4. To be honest with you, right now I really don’t know,” he told Digital Spy.

Could the Guardians be on the way out too?

And how will these exits happen? It’s a toss-up between walking off into the sunset for a well-earned retirement, being murdered brutally to spur on their allies, or the tried and tested Noble Sacrifice™.

Sacrifices are one of the only things we’re currently sure about, as an issue of License Global magazine is the first source to share a tentative synopsis for the fourth Avengers movie:

“A culmination of 22 interconnected films, the fourth instalment 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.”

It seems as though the Russo brothers are still working out the ending to Avengers 4 as Mark Ruffalo hinted at when talking about the movie’s reshoots.

“Some of it is happening while we’re there. It’s pretty amazing. And we’ll shoot some stuff and a few days later come back and reshoot it ’cause we wanna take it in another direction. It’s a very living organism; even as we approach it being a locked picture, we’re still working on it,” he noted.

Phase Four, we’re promised, will mark a big change for the MCU. Whatever form those changes take, Avengers 4 is where it all starts.

Avengers 4 trailer

There’s no sign of a trailer yet, but the first footage was shown to audiences at CineEurope in June 2018.

Unfortunately, as we learned with the Infinity War preview at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017, that doesn’t mean that Disney won’t keep us waiting before letting the public see anything from the movie.

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