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.

Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War are ahead

With the snap of his fingers—and after one very heartbreaking sacrifice—Thanos turned half of the universe into cosmic dust. It was a cruel, shocking ending to a journey that fans have enjoyed for ten long years. Now, we have just under twelve months to wait until we see how Tony Stark and the Avengers will undo this mess.

Very few concrete details have been revealed about Avengers 4. We know for sure Captain Marvel will make an appearance. We also know that time travel will play a part. But exactly how the Avengers will defeat Thanos and restore order to the universe remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure: Hitting the undo button might come at a big cost for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

There have been a lot of theories floating around since Avengers: Infinity War concluded, and a lot of them sound plausible. So, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite theories that may unfold when Avengers 4 hits theaters next May.

The question on everyone’s mind heading into Avengers: Infinity War was: Who will die? Now that the movie is finally behind us, our attention has turned to Avengers 4, a movie that carries with it incredible significance. Not only will it conclude the Thanos saga, but it will mark the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3, likely making way for a new wave of heroes.

Very few details are known about Avengers 4 at this point. We don’t even know the movie’s title, which for a time was simply called Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. With only twelve months until the film’s release, everyone is anxious about what’s to come.

So, what can we expect to happen in Avengers 4? This post will deal less with the many theories currently circulating and more with what we already know about the upcoming film.

Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.

Here’s who will return

So many of our favorite characters perished at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, including Spider-Man, Black Panther, Groot, and Doctor Strange. Even Nick Fury disintegrated in the movie’s post-credits scene. Needless to say, it was a shocking end to what may go on to be Disney’s most successful movie ever.

But all hope is not lost. Several key members—most notably all of the original members—survived, and you can bet they won’t take the death of their friends lightly. It will be up to them to figure out how to move forward now that half the universe has disappeared, and possibly reverse the damage that’s been done.

Here’s a list of who we think will return in Avengers 4: Iron Man, Captain America, Nebula, Thor, Hulk, Rocket, Black Widow, M’Baku, Okoye, Falcon, Ant-Man, Hawkeye and Wong.

The title is a spoiler

The title of Avengers 4, which is now a placeholder, was originally Avengers: Infinity Way Part 2. But as we got closer to the release of Infinity War, Marvel Studios decided to change the title of Part 2 so it had a better narrative fit. The reason the title hasn’t been revealed is because it would spoil what happens in Avengers: Infinity War, which means the real title of Avengers 4 probably won’t be revealed for a while.

It will be a fitting end to Phase 3

Avengers 4 is notable for several reasons, not least of which because it will end Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More importantly, it could be the final time we see characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Thor.

Many of the actors we’ve seen over the past ten years have expiring contracts, which means Marvel may no longer have plans for these characters in the future. Those plans could change, of course. Chris Evans’s contract was up after Avengers: Infinity War, but he signed on to appear in Avengers 4.

Expect the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include a lot more Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel, and much less of the original Avengers.

Captain Marvel makes her Avengers debut

Although we’ll meet Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) in her solo movie next March, she’ll become a focal point in Avengers 4 as well. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has described her as the most powerful Avenger by far, so her involvement will likely be crucial for mounting a response against Thanos. Once she joins up with the Avengers, she’ll likely become a key member going forward.

Time travel will likely play a part

Thanos used time to his advantage, so why can’t the Avengers? In photos from the Avengers 4 set, we see a decidedly clean shaven Captain America in his suit from The Avengers, while Tony Stark is looking rather youthful.

But the real important part could be those bracelets worn by Iron Man and Captain America; they could be the key to traveling back in time in order to undue the damage done by Thanos. We don’t know their magical properties or how they were made, but clearly they’ll be a key part of the upcoming film.

We’ll see everyone together

While Avengers: Infinity War featured a lot of characters, they never appeared together in the same place. There will apparently be at least one scene in Avengers 4 in which every appears together.

“There was one scene, I think, we had where everybody was there,” said Winter Soldier actor Sebastian Stan. “I can’t really talk about that scene, but I knew it took them three months in planning this scene to have everyone there.”

Does that include the characters who perished in Avengers: Infinity War? We’ll find out in a year.

Not all those deaths are permanent

There were a lot of deaths in Avengers: Infinity War, but don’t expect them to be permanent when Avengers 4 is released. It’s very likely Loki will remain a permanent casualty, but Gamora, Vision, and the other Avengers who disappeared into ash at the end are likely to return.

As the events of Avengers: Infinity War unfolded, Doctor Strange made a lot of key comments that suggested giving Thanos the Time Stone was important to “winning” against the Mad Titan. He was playing the long game. After all, he sifted through over 14 million possible scenarios, with only one where Thanos was defeated. As he told Iron Man when handing over the Time Stone to Thanos, “There was no other way.”

But there are more deaths to come

Even though we expect much of the damage in Avengers: Infinity War to be undone, that doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences. Could Captain America finally meet his doom? After Iron Man’s brush with death, will his luck finally run out? Can the God of Thunder’s destiny end in death?

Iron Man’s nightmare from Avengers: Age of Ultron painted a pretty grim picture, and there’s still a possibility that could come to pass. If something like that does happen, it could end Phase 3 in a definitive way as Marvel moves on to a universe without the group’s founding members.

Thanos will return

After successfully eliminating half of the universe, it might seem like a job well done for Thanos. But expect him to feature prominently in Avengers 4 as the movie deals with Infinity War’s aftermath.

Last we saw, Thanos had a look of contentment as the sun was rising over his new home on a lush paradise. But will he stay happy? Although he achieved his goal, it came at a great cost. I wouldn’t expect him to willingly undue the destruction he wrought across the universe, but I don’t expect him to act as if nothing happened.

As Avengers: Infinity War showed, Thanos is a very complex character, so it will be very interesting to see how Avengers 4 further develops his narrative arc, and how it comes to a close.