During the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press junket, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told Cinema Blend that the actual title of Avengers 4, which comes out just one year after Avengers: Infinity War, has not been revealed because it is a spoiler. Someone may have forgotten to pass that memo along to Zoe Saldana, who stars as Gamora in all three of the aforementioned films.
During the European premiere for GotG Vol. 2, Saldana mentioned what could be that spoilery Avengers 4 title to Lizo Mzimba.
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“We’re in the middle of it. I think that the Guardians just shot their part when it comes to [Infinity War], like the first part. And we all have to go back for Gauntlet later this year.”
“Gauntlet” sounds like shorthand for Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet. That gives the massive Marvel film a title that matches the major comic book event that has inspired Thanos’ quest for Infinity Stones that we have seen play out since he first appeared in Avengers in 2012 (though the first Infinity Stone debuted in a post credits scene attached to Thor in 2011).
There is obviously a chance that “Gauntlet” is just a production title or nickname and not the actual movie title. Perhaps Saldana just has her own casual name for a film on her schedule.
If, however, Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet really is the title, then it does not come as much of a surprise. It was the most obvious guess among fans for the real Avengers 4 title since the film was previously known as Avengers: Infinity War Part II and most assumed the film would still deal with Thanos (Josh Brolin) battling the Avengers with the Infinity Stones.
It’s not all that much of a spoiler, really, but if Infinity Gauntlet is the title, then it does shed some light on the sequence of events over the next two Avengers films. Thanos is likely not going to finish acquiring all of the Infinity Stones needed to fill the Gauntlet until the end of Avengers: Infinity War, if not the beginning of Avengers 4.
That would mean Avengers: Infinity War can focus largely on the titular superhero team spending more time resolving their own internal conflict in Captain America: Civil War while also doing that they can to stop Thanos from getting the Infinity Stones. They might not even get to do battle with Thanos for all that long in Infinity War, if at all, if the Mad Titan’s Black Order is sent to do much of his bidding, as I’ve long suspected.
The biggest potential spoiler signaled by the title Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet is that The Avengers are probably going to lose in Infinity War. If the goal of Infinity War is to stop Thanos from assembling the most powerful weapon in the entire universe and that very same weapon is in the title of the next film, there’s a pretty good chance The Avengers will suffer a hard defeat the next time we see them together.
Avengers: Infinity War is due in theaters May 4, 2018 with Avengers 4 to follow on May 3, 2019.