Way back in October 2014, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige held a special half-hour presentation in Hollywood, where he unveiled all of the movies that will be featured in Marvel's Phase Three lineup. There have been plenty of changes to this slate since then, including the additions of Ant-Man and the Wasp and Spider-Man: Homecoming, while the final movie, Inhumans has been pulled from the schedule. It was revealed at that event that Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War Part II will hit theaters in May 2018 and 2019, but now it seems that those titles may have changed.
Buried within Deadline's report about Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson emerging as the front-runner for Captain Marvel is news that Marvel has changed Avengers: Infinity War Part I to the more simple Avengers 3. The report claims that Marvel plans on introducing the Carol Danvers character in one of their upcoming movies, such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 or Avengers 3, before the Captain Marvel stand alone movie hits theaters on March 8, 2019. While this is the first we're hearing about the Avengers 3 title, we've heard before that the title would be changed.
While promoting Captain America: Civil War last month, director Joe Russo, who will direct both Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 with Anthony Russo, teased that both movies will get new titles, but they haven't come up with them yet. He also clarified that they are both two very different movies, and the Part I and Part II titles are "misleading," since they aren't just two halves of one gigantic movie. Still, we'll have to wait and see if Marvel eventually confirms the Avengers 3 or Avengers 4 titles.
Production is slated to begin this coming November, with both Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 slated to shoot back-to-back over a shoot that is expected to last over nine months. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote all three Captain America movies, wrote the script for both of these new Avengers movies, but no plot details have surfaced yet. We do know that Thanos (Josh Brolin) will be the main villain, presumably as he tries to assemble all of the Infinity Gems for the Infinity Gauntlet.
The directors have also teased that the Infinity War movies will mark a culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, and that there may be as many as 67 characters featured in both movies. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely recently confirmed that the Guardians of the Galaxy will be featured in the upcoming Avengers movies, which isn't too surprising since it's widely believed that all of the previously-established MCU characters will be featured in both movies. Stay tuned for more on Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 as we get closer to production starting later this year.