Source: MCU Cosmic

Marvel Studios is still keeping the title of Avengers 4 under wraps. They’re probably not going to officially announce the title until the marketing campaign for the film launches in late November or early December. If a new rumor is correct, however, Marvel may have already been scooped.

MCU Cosmic has heard from their sources that Avengers 4 is titled Avengers: Annihilation. If you believe there are only two “A’s” in the “look hard” picture from the Russo Brothers (above) instead of four, the math checks out.

We don’t cover a lot of rumors here, but giving credit where it’s due, MCU Cosmic was the first to report Marvel Studios’ plans to make The Eternals a few months ago and now there’s a director, Chloé Zhao, attached. A successful scoop like that means MCU Cosmic‘s sourcing can’t be dismissed out of hand.

The Russo Brothers have previously said that there is no comic book that correlates to Avengers 4 and the title is not lifted from a comic. Annihilation actually was a Marvel Comics event published in 2006. That means we should be able to rule it out, but keep in mind that the Russos also like to misdirect fans with false information, including iconic shots in trailers that were never intended to be in the movie.

There is not much in Annihilation that can translate to Avengers 4. Thanos is in it, but several other major players (Annihilus, Galactus, etc.) are inaccessible to Marvel until the Disney-Fox deal closes. That does not mean much, though, as Marvel Studios has used comic book titles without adapting the events of those books (Age of UltronInfinity War).

MCU Cosmic notes that Avengers: Annihilation was the title as of a few months ago. It could have been or might still be changed, but in any event, this is still a rumor. It shouldn’t be brushed off, but it should still be taken with a grain of salt.

Avengers: Annihilation works, though it’s not the most original subtitle. We just saw Alex Garland’s Annihilation in theaters this year, and who could forget, even if they wanted to, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation?

Okay, so the title hasn’t been used that much and there’s nothing wrong with Marvel Studios using it. I would prefer, though, something a little more hopeful.