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Avengers: Infinity War won’t show us the real title of Avengers 4

The Russo Bros want us to “digest” it first

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Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Avengers: Infinity War directors the Russo brothers have put to rest a persistent fan rumor — or maybe a fan hope — that the closing credits of the upcoming Avengers team movie will reveal the name of the untitled movie known only as Avengers 4.

“It’s going to be quite a long while before people see that title,” Joe Russo told Yahoo Movies. “We need people to see this movie, digest this movie, and then we can tell them what the next story is they’re going to see.”

Why are folks so eager? Well, Avengers 4 was once known as Avengers: Infinity War — Part 2, in an era in which Avengers: Infinity War’s official title was Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1. But somewhere along the Russo’s creative process with the two films, they realized that those titles no longer fit. They weren’t crafting one long story split into to movies, but two separate films entirely.

“[Infinity War is] a complete story,” Joe told Yahoo movies. “It’s got a beginning, middle and an end and the next movie has a beginning, middle and an end, in the same way that Civil War handed off to Infinity War.”

So don’t walk into Infinity War expecting to see the title of Avengers 4. It seems like that film, which will mark the end of Marvel’s Phase Four and the beginning of what the Russos call a “massively different” new era in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will remain shrouded in mystery for a while.