Joe & Anthony Russo Explain Why ‘Avengers 4’ Is No Longer Titled ‘Infinity War Part 2’


Audiences quickly grew tired of franchise sequels with Part 1 and Part 2 in their titles. It worked great for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sure, but The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay didn’t quite celebrate the same success (at least critically). It felt rather exploitative to moviegoers, and therefore it quickly wore out its welcome. It was apparent that some producers just wanted to earn more money, rather than make more films for narrative reasons. And while the trend was once set to bleed into superhero films, that didn’t last long.

Justice League Part 1 and Part 2 soon gelled into Justice League, and Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2 soon changed their titles accordingly. The Avengers 3 is called Avengers: Infinity War, while the fourth film remains nameless. In a recent phone interview, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explain why that’s now the case.

Leading up to Captain America: Civil War‘s home video release, the filmmaking brothers gave CinemaBlend a more in-depth reason for the title change. Specifically, what it means for The Avengers 4, which they’re currently tapped to direct after the third film. As you’d expect, the Russos wanted to change the titles because the two sequels will be two separate films, which will be “distinctive” and “different” from one another. Here’s Joe Russo’s quote on the matter:

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 and, in time, we will reveal what the second film is.

When asked how long it’ll be before fans get the title for the fourth film, Anthony Russo said we won’t learn it for “quite some time.” And that’s perfectly fine. With cameras still left unrolled for the third film, the directors are likely focusing their attentions on their next film before revealing details on the one after, and that’s a very wise decision. Make Avengers: Infinity War as good as it can be, then start giving up a peek into the future. Let’s live in the present and celebrate the now. If you have any ideas what the title might be, though, feel free to take your best guess in the comment section below.

Source: CinemaBlend

Will Ashton

Will Ashton

Will is a writer for Heroic Hollywood, and a lot of other places too. One day he'll become Jack Burton. Just you wait and see.

  • Steve Rogers

    I wonder if the 4th Avengers movie will be like a passing over to a new generation of Avengers….? Especially since that film will be closer to the age of Captain Marvel and maybe even a new Captain America? I’m really even wondering if they’ll kill off Steve or another major Avenger in the 3rd film.

    • Chris W

      It’ll probably be hawkeye.

      • Steve Rogers

        wouldn’t mind that honestly

    • Thanostic

      I think they will kill off more than one, and one of them will probably be Steve Rogers. I don’t think they’re keeping Bucky around for nothing…..

      • Steve Rogers

        You’re probably right ;;; I’m rooting a bit for a Sam Wilson cap tbh

        • Thanostic

          Either would be cool, but Sam has a role to play already, and Bucky sort of does not right now. I don’t know where they take his character if he doesn’t get the shield.

  • Jason Scarpelli

    Old news. I read about this a few months ago.

    • Will Ashton

      The title change isn’t the news. The quotes are the news.

      • Jason Scarpelli

        I read Joe Russo’s exact quote on the title change a few months ago

  • AlphaBlu

    Seems like a bad idea to spend a decade building up Thanos to waste him in a single film.

    • Thanostic

      I don’t think that’s going to be the case. I think these will still effectively be Parts 1 & 2, just not titled that way. I fully expect Thanos will be a major player in both movies.


    I’ll bet the 4th Film is called Thanos Imperative.

    • Will Ashton

      Nice profile picture.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Marvel keeps crankin’ out the QUALITY with ease, while dceu is so far batting 0 for 3 artistically and financially. They should re-christen themselves dceu: A FAILURE TO LAUNCH!

    • the_real_costantino


    • Joey Wabi-Sabi

      Are you seriously calling Infinity War a quality movie TWO years before it even comes out? Enough already. Your obtuse comments prove that your just a biased viewer who will never judge movies individually. Immediately rating a Marvel movie 10/10 YEARS before it comes out is the most insane idiotic thing I’ve ever heard. And clearly you didn’t learn from the basic math lesson we tried giving you the other day. Suicide Squad is a HUGE financial success and is continuing to shatter box office records in just TWO weeks of opening. It’s already made a ton more money than your precious A$$holes Of The Galaxy did in the same amount of time. Let us know when you need another math lesson. Maybe after you watch BvS Ultimate Edition for the 30th time?

  • Math

    My feeling is the title of Avengers 4 must contain spoilers for Infinity War and that’s why they won’t divulge it for a while. Maybe someone like Captain America dies and the title for the 4th one would be something like Return of Captain America or something like that.

    What I’m wondering is that I thought I heard they were going to film both Avengers 3 & 4 at the same time… Is that still the case?

    • Will Ashton

      Interesting. And I believe that’s still the case, yes.

    • Joey Wabi-Sabi

      A plot spoiler within a movie title? Haha that would be…..different I guess.

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