‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Won’t Be a Two-Part Film After All
The Infinity War just got a lot less infinite.
Marvel Studios originally announced their two-part Avengers crossover film back in 2014. The movies were to be called Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War Part II, and they were scheduled for release on May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 respectively. The crossover event promised to deliver a massive two-part blockbuster in which the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) finally squared off against their interstellar menace, Thanos, who is trying to acquire all of the Infinity Stones that, when brought together in the Infinity Gauntlet, can bestow their wielder with omnipotent power. (Or at least that’s how it works in the comics.)
We’ve known for a while now that the titles of Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War Part II were probably going to change, but today’s news from Marvel Studios might be a little anticlimactic. They have just revealed that the first film will now be called just Avengers: Infinity War, and the second film is now just Untitled Avengers… for now.
So why even make this announcement in the first place, if the second film doesn’t even have a title yet? It may be because Marvel Studios is changing their plans altogether. It’s very possible that their two-part blockbuster idea has been jettisoned in favor of a better or at least a more manageable concept. Or perhaps, if your in the mood to speculate wildly, the title of the Untitled Avengers movie could be considered a spoiler if they revealed it too soon.
But what we expect is also likely is that production on Avengers: Infinity War is starting in November, and Marvel wants to be able to focus all of our attention on just one film at a time. They’re keeping all the emphasis on Infinity War so that the follow-up, which may or may not follow the events of Infinity War directly, doesn’t seem like the elephant in the room.
Feel free to theorize all you want, and check out our exclusive podcast interview with Avengers: Infinity War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely about how they plan to handle Thanos as a character in the upcoming film!
William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and Canceled Too Soon, and watch him on the weekly YouTube series Most Craved, Rapid Reviews and What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.