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Continuing directly on from Avengers: Infinity War, the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4 marks the end of an era. The surviving heroes of the MCU will face up to the aftermath of Thanos’ finger-snap, setting the scene for a new phase of the franchise.

For a film with such a huge cast and a ravenous fanbase, Marvel has done an impressive job of hiding spoilers from the public. We still know very little about Avengers 4′s plot (hell, we don’t even know the real title), and the only major spoiler was revealed due to outside factors: Chris Evans already announced that he’s leaving the franchise, so we know this will be Steve Rogers’ last movie.

Like Infinity War, Avengers 4 is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. It comes out two months after Captain Marvel, our next MCU movie.

Avengers 4 title

Back in 2014, Marvel Studios announced Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 and Part 2. However, this changed in 2016. Marvel dropped the Part 1/Part 2 thing, suggesting that while these movies are closely linked, it’s not a single story like the last two Harry Potter movies.

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The real title is still under wraps, with fans speculating that it may include a spoiler-y hint about the film’s plot. (After all, why else would Marvel avoid announcing it for months after Infinity War‘s release?) We expect to learn the title when the first trailer comes out, probably in late 2018.

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Avengers 4 cast

Like Infinity War, this movie will have a massive ensemble cast. While half the main characters are supposedly “dead,” we already know that most (if not all) will return, since Black Panther and Spider-Man both have solo sequels in the works. Also, a whole raft of actors has already confirmed their roles in Avengers 4, meaning you can basically expect the same lineup as Infinity War. The bigger question is who will join that cast, with Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) as the biggest new name.

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Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier villain Crossbones, aka Brock Rumlow) will supposedly appear in some kind of flashback scene, and Tilda Swinton (the Ancient One from Doctor Strange) filmed a cameo13 Reasons Why actress Katherine Langford plays an undisclosed role, with fans speculating that she might be Clint Barton’s teen daughter. (Oh, and yes, Hawkeye will be in this movie, after his mysterious absence from Infinity War.)

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Avengers 4 plot

After the shocking end of Infinity War, Marvel is keeping a predictably tight lid on what Avengers 4 is actually about. It will presumably involve the Avengers undoing Thanos’s finger-snap, although we won’t be surprised to see several major character deaths. Avengers 4 is the end of an era, with Chris Evans (and maybe some other lead actors) leaving the franchise for good, paving the way for a new Avengers lineup led by Captain Marvel and Black Panther.

Since Carol Danvers will have a major role in Avengers 4, the Captain Marvel movie may include some foreshadowing. In particular, it’s going to introduce a new interplanetary conflict to the MCU. Could the Kree-Skrull war have a role in the Infinity War sequel?

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There are some very plausible rumors about Avengers 4 involving time travel in some capacity, but since this post is spoiler-free, you’ll have to seek them out for yourself. Watch this space for an official plot synopsis from Marvel Studios.

Avengers 4 trailer

MCU producer Kevin Feige says we’ll see a trailer before the end of 2018. (In other words, you won’t have to wait for the release of Captain Marvel.) It may air in theaters before the animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse or possibly before another Disney movie like Mary Poppins —unless it leaks online again, and they’re forced to release it early.

Avengers 4 release date

Avengers 4 comes out on May 3, 2019.

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.