Russo Brothers Explain Why Avengers 4 Got A Name Change

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It wasn't too long ago that both the third and fourth Avengers flicks were titled The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2. However, those names recently changed when Marvel Studios confirmed the two movies would now have separate titles. Currently, the first film will be called The Avengers: Infinity War while the second will have its own unique name. And, now, the Russo Brothers have explained why the fourth film got a name change in the first place.

Speaking with CinemaBlend, Joe Russo said, "We wanted the movie to be very different and distinctive, you know. There's certainly cross-pollination between characters and some story-arcs, but you know, the first movie is very clearly Avengers: Infinity War."

So, essentially, the film got its name changed to differentiate it from The Avengers: Infinity War. The two's similarities won't be enough to mandate sequential Part 1, Part 2 titles. Fans, of course, are now left to wonder what they might find waiting for them in the fourth Avengers flick. But the Russo Brothers aren't keen on letting any secrets about the project slip.

"In time, we will reveal what the second film is," Joe said, dashing fans' hope for a more immediate explanation. And, when the pair were asked when they might reveal the title for Avengers 4, Anthony confirmed the announcement was a long way away.

"You'll learn that, but not for quite some time," he said.

Some fans are understandably upset about the delayed reveal, but there are others who're glad the title is being withheld. After all, there's an unavoidable spoiler contained in each of the MCU's titles. For instance, when Avengers: Age of Ultron was confirmed as a title, fans pretty much knew who the film's main villain was going to be.

Already, fans are guessing what the fourth Avengers film could cover. And, in particular, several characters continue to pop up in those fans' conversations. Many comic book fans are eager to see Adam Warlock introduced to the MCU since the character is connected to the Infinity Gauntlet. The same goes for the Silver Surfer, but as fans already know, that character can't very well appear in the MCU due to conflict film rights.

As for story lines, fans wonder whether the fourth Avengers film could cover the Infinity Crusade arc, but The Avengers: Infinity War would need to set-up a ton of backstory should its sequel wish to tackle that specific story.

Joe and Anthony Russo are set to direct both films back-to-back once shooting heads underway in Atlanta later this year. So far, much of the films' cast has been kept secret, but fans do know that Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Iron Man for the projects. And, according to Vin Diesel, the Guardians of the Galaxy are also involved with the films. Fans expect more casting announcements to break throughout the year as The Avengers: Infinity War rolls into production.

You can catch The Avengers: Infinity War in theaters on May 4th 2018 while its sequel will be released on May 3rd 2019.