Since Joss Whedon has retired from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (at least for now), outside of Kevin Feige, the directing duo of Joe and Anthony Russo may very well be the most powerful people working for Marvel Studios. They directed the last two Captain America movies, both of which are considered to be among the best movies in the MCU. Now, the pair are gearing up to shoot the next two Avengers movies, starting with Avengers: Infinity War and then moving onto the now untitled Avengers 4. The recent name change threw a lot of people off, and the directors recently took some time to address the decision.
The Russo brothers are currently promoting the release of Captain America: Civil War on Blu-ray and DVD and recently spoke with CinemaBlend. During the course of the interview, the subject of the recent name change for the new Avengers movies came up. While they didn't divulge and overly specific information, or state what Avengers 4 will be titled yet, they did address the change, saying that the two movies are going to be very different from one another, but will still share plenty of connective tissue. Here is what Joe Russo had to say.
"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 Marvel first announced their Phase 3 slate back in 2014, the movies were announced as Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2. However, back in May Joe Russo confirmed that the titled would change, and recently it was revealed that it would no longer be a Part 1 and Part 2 situation. As for when we are going to find out the title for Avengers 4? Don't think it will be anytime soon. Anthony Russo addressed that in the interview as well, and it seems like we may have to wait a while. Here is what he had to say.
"You'll learn that, but not for quite some time."
Both Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers 4 will be shooting back-to-back starting this November, with the shoot 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 specific plot details have surfaced yet. We do know that Thanos, who is being played by Josh Brolin, will be the main villain. We can also safely assume he will be trying to assemble all of the Infinity Gems for the Infinity Gauntlet, so that he can become even more super powerful and destroy lots of stuff.
Given that both movies will still be shooting back-to-back, and that they were both written at the same time by the same writers, it is hard to believe that both of these new Avengers movies won't be heavily connected. Not only that, but Thanos has been teased for four years now, and it would be nearly impossible to think that Marvel Studios won't be using him heavily in both movies. Especially given the general criticism over the MCU having underdeveloped villains, with the exception of Loki. Avengers: Infinity War is slated for release on May 4, 2018, and the as of yet untitled Avengers 4 is due out a year later on May 3, 2019.