Possible spoilers ahead
Marvel recently said it wouldn’t reveal the title for Avengers 4 until the end of the year, but the movie’s cinematographer may have accidentally spoiled the surprise. According to the resume page of Trent Opaloch, who is the cinematographer for Avengers 4, the film will be called Avengers: End Game. That spells bad news for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
There are a few reasons why the movie’s title is significant. “End game” was a key phrase uttered by Doctor Strange before he disappeared into dust. Strange was the one who saw how they could defeat Thanos, telling Tony Stark that giving the Mad Titan the Time Stone was the only way.
“End game” could also signify the end for some of the franchise’s biggest heroes, namely Captain America. It’s been theorized for years that Captain America would perish at the hands of Thanos, and that might finally come to be when the next Avengers movie hits theaters next year.
The title could also point to the closure of the Thanos story and make for a fitting end to Phase 3 of the Cinematic Universe.
Since the title was discovered on Opaloch’s website, the cinematographer has changed the text to simply say “Avengers 4.” Was it a genuine slip-up on Opaloch’s part? Or was it just a placeholder and Marvel fans are getting hyped over nothing?
Marvel has been very careful not to reveal anything about Avengers 4’s title other than to say it is in and of itself a spoiler. Avengers: End Game doesn’t sound like much of a spoiler to me, whether you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War or not, so it remains to be seen if that’s what the film will be called.
For what it’s worth, Opaloch worked on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War, so he isn’t just some Marvel newbie.
Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.