The countdown has already begun to the follow-up to 2018's 'Avengers: Infinity War' as fans prepare for the end of MCU’s third phase
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 22nd film will no doubt be billed as being bigger and better than any of the 21 films that preceded it, but Avengers 4 really could take the crown as the Daddy of the franchise come 2019.
The sequel to next year’s already much-hyped Avengers: Infinity War (which’ll be the 19th film in the MCU, for anyone who’s counting), Avengers 4 – or, if you want to be official, the Untitled Avengers Sequel – is set to arrive in UK cinemas in April 2019 to bring about the end of the franchise’s Phase Three. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has already been hyping up the importance of Avengers 4, saying it “will bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale.”
With over a year to go until Avengers 4 hits screens, we’ve rounded up all the information that’s currently available on the film for your reading pleasure – and we’ll keep it updated as more details about the movie emerge in the coming weeks and months.
What is the release date for Avengers 4?
The film – which is currently going by the title Untitled Avengers Sequel – will be released in the US on May 3, 2019.
Given that Infinity War is due to be released in the UK a full week before it is in the US next year (April 27, 2018 in the UK), it is conceivable that UK audiences will be able to see Avengers 4 from April 26, 2019 – a week before the aforementioned May 3 US release date.
Is the trailer out yet?
It is not – which isn’t too surprising given that Avengers: Infinity War won’t even hit cinemas here until April 2018, and that film’s official trailer, below, only arrived at the end of November.
If Avengers 4 follows the same schedule as Infinity War, then we can expect a full trailer for the former in November 2018.
What is the official synopsis of Avengers 4?
Details on the plot of the new film are scarce at present, but the events of Avengers 4 will surely pick up from where Infinity War leaves off next year – especially given that Avengers 4 is being treated as a sequel to the upcoming film.
In the meantime, here’s a reminder of the synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artefacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
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Is Avengers 4 the second part of Infinity War?
Originally, Infinity War was set to be released in two parts – Part 1 and Part 2 – but on May 4, 2016 the Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed that this was no longer the case. The first film will retain the title Infinity War, while the second – aka Avengers 4 – is currently untitled.
“The movies are two very different movies,” Joe Russo said earlier this year. “The intention is we will change it; we just haven’t come up with the titles yet. But yes, we will change it.”
What’s the story so far?
The Russo brothers have said that they saw 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as “setting the stage for Infinity War” – and with its crossover cast from multiple Marvel films, it’s something of an Avengers 2.5 between 2015’s Age of Ultron and 2018’s Infinity War. In that film, a schism developed between the Avengers, leaving them in two groups led by Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Steve Rogers (Captain America) – and vulnerable to a new threat.
Infinity War takes place four years after Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, and the title is presumed to refer to the Infinity Gauntlet, a six-issue comic series published in 1991 – spoilers for the series follow here.
The villain of the comics is Thanos, a Titanian mutant-Eternal superhuman and supervillain, who mounts six Infinity Stones on a glove, granting him mastery over Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality and Power. Combined, this gives the user Omnipresence, Omniscience and Omnipotence – and in the comics, it’s up to his equally villainous stepdaughter, Nebula, to stop him. In the film, Thanos will be played by Josh Brolin, and Nebula, a character who appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, will be played by Karen Gillan.
As previously mentioned, Avengers 4 will be a watershed moment for the MCU – with Marvel President Kevin Feige telling fans that “there will be two distinct periods: everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.”
Who else is in the cast?
IMDb have published a long list of the actors who are due to star in Avengers 4, which include Karen Gillan (who plays Nebula), Brie Larson (Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America) and Evangeline Lilly (Hope van Dyne / The Wasp).
Also set to appear are Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton / Hawkeye), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa / Black Panther), Gwyneth Paltrow (Rescue / Pepper Potts), Pom Klementieff (Mantis) and Ty Simpkins (Harley Keener).
The Russo brothers. After directing Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the brothers – Joe and Anthony – have taken the reins for Avengers 4 after also helming Infinity War.
Separately, the brothers have directed numerous episodes of Arrested Development and Community.
The script has been written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who also penned the screenplay for Infinity War.
When did Avengers 4 start shooting?
Avengers 4 started shooting on August 10, 2017, and production is due to continue through to July 2018.
It started filming under the working title Mary Lou 2 – Infinity War of course went by the name Mary Lou during production.
Where is filming taking place?
Filming began straight after production wrapped on Avengers: Infinity War, with a number of the locations that were used for Infinity War also being utilised for Avengers 4.
This includes Pinewood Atlanta Studios in the US state of Georgia, downtown Atlanta, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Production on the film in Georgia was affected back in September due to the effects of Hurricane Irma.