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The next Avengers movie officially has a name — and it’s only slightly different than you might expect.
Disney announced Friday that the Marvel Studios sequel will be titled Avengers: Infinity War (its release date of May 4, 2018 remains unchanged). The film was previously titled Avengers: Infinity War Part I. Its followup is now in search of a name, with the previously titled Avengers: Infinity War Part II, temporarily being referred to as an untitled Avengers movie. It’s still set for May 3, 2019.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo said in May during press for their hit Captain America: Civil War, that they planned on renaming both Avengers films, which they are directing.
“The two movies are two very different movies,” Joe Russo told Uproxx, with Anthony Russo adding that the shared subtitle is “misleading.”
“The intention is we will change it, we just haven’t come up with the [final] titles yet. But, yes, we will change it,” Joe Russo promised. “That is a scoop: we will retitle them.”
The Infinity War title comes from a classic 1992 comic book series in which the heroes of the Marvel Universe were brought together to fight sinister dopplegangers of themselves, created by a cosmic entity called the Magus, who wanted control of the Infinity Gauntlet. Marvel Cinematic Universe viewers got a glimpse of the Gauntlet (sans Infinity Stones) at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Thanos (Josh Brolin) put on the glove and vowed, “Fine. I’ll do it myself.” (In other words, he’s done sitting around and is going to gather the Infinity Stones himself.) When the Infinity Stones are placed on the Gauntlet, it grants its wearer godlike powers.
The third and fourth Avengers movies were announced as the two-part Infinity War during a presentation in October 2014.
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