When Disney’s Marvel Studios revealed the new title of Avengers: Infinity War, there was a collective sigh of relief from fans everywhere. The company has removed the “Part I” and “Part II” designations from its two previously announced Infinity War movies according to Deadline.
Marvel Changes Titles of the Infinity War Movies
The third and fourth Avengers movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been treated as a matched set since we first learned about them. They were announced together in 2014 with the same directors working on both of them, they were to be filmed back-to-back, and of course, they were explicitly linked through their titles: Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War Part II.
It was assumed like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2, among similar movies, that the Infinity War movies would be two different parts of the same story. This left some fans upset, as the Deathly Hallows and Mockingjay movies met with heavy criticism against the “incomplete narratives” and annoying cliffhanger endings of their first parts. Surely, Marvel wouldn’t do the same?
Three months ago, the Russo brothers, the directors of both Infinity War movies as well as Captain America: Civil War, provided fans weary of multi-part movies with a ray of sunshine. They told Uproxx that the “Part I” and “Part II” in the movies’ titles were “misleading” and that the movies would be retitled because they were “two very different movies.”
Now, Disney has confirmed those comments, announcing the first of these Avengers movie will retain the title Avengers: Infinity War while the other has been rechristened Untitled Avengers Variety reports.
Obviously, Untitled Avengers will be changed again before the movie comes out. For now, we can only speculate on what its plot will be. Will the film still continue Infinity Wars or will it move on to something else?
Anthony Russo told Comicbook.com that both movies are “intended to be a culmination of everything that’s happened before in the MCU.”
Given the fact that Thanos and his quest for the Infinity Stones has been teased since 2012’s The Avengers, it makes sense that Avengers: Infinity War and Untitled Avengers would both deal with the villain. This is backed up by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige’s comments to MTV last year. He said the movies would have shared elements, even though they were “distinct [and] stand-alone.”
In spite of the name changes, the release dates for Avengers: Infinity War and Untitled Avengers have not changed. The first will arrive in theaters on May 4, 2018 with the second following on May 3, 2019.