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What is Avengers 4's official title going to be? Infinity Invasion Disassembled?

Marvel has been holding out on us.

We've grown used to having the MCU schedule mapped out for us, sometimes years in advance. But as we approach Phase Four of the franchise, we still know very little about what to expect.
One of our biggest questions is reserved for the untitled Avengers: Infinity War sequel, aka Avengers 4, due in May 2019 – namely, what will its 'scary' title actually be.

We have some theories…

Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet?
At the time of Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2's 2017 release, Gamora actress Zoe Saldana let slip that the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War would be called 'Infinity Gauntlet'. So that settles it, right?

Maybe not. We're inclined to believe the claims that Saldana misspoke rather than revealing something she shouldn't have done. That's mainly because we're inclined to believe Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and directors Anthony and Joe Russo when they say that the title hasn't been revealed yet because it's a spoiler for Infinity War.
Why else keep the title a secret so close to the release (it's only a year away now) other than because knowing it will tell us something big about how its plot follows on from Infinity War? Calling it 'Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet' isn't a spoiler because we know that the Infinity Gauntlet is in Infinity War, and that its plot will draw from the comic of the same name.
We've been told that the film – which was originally announced as Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 – transformed during development to become a standalone story of its own. The question is, what could that story be?

Avengers: Secret Invasion?
One theory that raises its head from time to time is that Avengers 4 will be based on Secret Invasion. This was the comic-book event that followed up the original Civil War at Marvel Comics, in which it was revealed that people across Earth – including some superheroes – had been replaced in the past by Skrulls – a race of shapeshifting aliens who had managed to make themselves completely undetectable.

Interestingly, the Skrulls will appear in 2019's Captain Marvel, which is set in the 1990s but is also setting up for her appearance in Avengers 4, which arrives in cinemas shortly afterwards. Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) is closely related to the alien Kree, who are basically the Skrulls' archenemies. Maybe her film is setting the scene for the revelation that Earth has been infiltrated.
We have to admit to a certain amount of scepticism regarding a Secret Invasion film. The MCU's adaptation of past comics events has been all over the place in terms of chronology and how close they stick to the original story. Just because it follows Civil War, that's absolutely no guarantee that Secret Invasion will be adapted now or ever.

And for a film intended to wrap up threads from the last decade of the MCU, it seems unlikely that it would introduce a complex story about people being replaced by aliens that hasn't (as far as we've noticed) been seeded at all over the years.

If any film is likely to borrow from Secret Invasion, it could be Captain Marvel itself. Maybe Carol (a captain in the Air Force) will uncover an alien infiltration of the US government and/or military. That way, Marvel won't have to reveal that Iron Man was a Skrull all along…

Avengers: Disassembled?
The 'Avengers: Disassembled' storyline saw the team torn apart by wave after wave of disaster. Hawkeye and Ant-Man were killed and a rampaging She-Hulk tore the Vision to pieces. It was all revealed to be caused by Scarlet Witch, whose reality-altering powers had gone out of control.

In the aftermath, the team was disbanded and replaced by two new versions. The MCU probably won't make Wanda its final Phase Three villain, but they could end with a major shakeup that leaves Earth either without an Avengers team or with a very new lineup of heroes.

It does however feel quite a negative note to end 22 films' worth of storytelling, and we're not entirely sure it's the direction Feige would take.

Avengers: Secret Wars?
If Disney plans wants a big Marvel name to round out Phase Three (and most likely bid goodbye to some of their biggest stars), they couldn't do much better than Secret Wars. The original Secret Wars was released in 1984, and is widely considered to be the first major comic-book event of its kind (it was also created to help promote a new line of action figures, but never mind).

Another event of the same name was released in 2015, concluding two years of Marvel storytelling with the (temporary) destruction of the multiverse.

It's strange to say, but the details of the stories aren't as relevant as their setting – in the original, a powerful being called The Beyonder forces heroes and villains to battle each other, and in the second an all-powerful Doctor Doom creates a world out of broken shards of reality. That setting is Battleworld, a composite planet where everyone can fight it out.
There are various theories about why actors were seen on set in their old costumes. Could the past and future collide on some movie version of Battleworld that emerges from the chaos of Infinity War? It doesn't even need to do that – any titanic bust-up could justifiably be named after Secret Wars, as secrecy was never a really big factor in either of those storylines.

We wouldn't put money on it, but out of the options available, Secret Wars seems the likeliest choice. Or perhaps the film really will be called Avengers: Iron Man, Captain America and Thor Die Horribly.

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