‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is currently cleaning up at the box office, but despite the fact that the release of its sequel is now less than a year away, Marvel Studios has remained remarkably tight-lipped about the follow-up film. In fact, so little has been said publicly that we still don’t know the actual title of ‘Avengers 4’ (though co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo have said that the “closest guess” they’ve heard is ‘Avengers: Forever’). But despite Marvel’s ongoing radio silence, we may have just seen the first official synopsis of the film.
“A culmination of twenty-two interconnected films the fourth installment of the ‘Avengers’ saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”
Vague as it is, the synopsis hints broadly at the themes fans can expect ‘Avengers 4’ to deal with. It also ominously suggests that we may see more heroes may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice, a particularly daunting proposition, given the many character deaths that audiences were confronted with in the course of ‘Infinity War’.
And to reassure the compulsively skeptical (including yours truly) of the likely legitimacy of this synopsis, it’s worth pointing out that the first synopsis of ‘Infinity War’ was published in the same magazine at this time last year.
Directed by the Russo brothers from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ marks the culmination of a decade-long effort by Marvel Studios and sees the Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to take on Thanos. The film counts Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olson, Sebastian Stan, and three gentlemen named “Chris” among its gargantuan cast. The long-awaited movie is in theaters now, while ‘Avengers 4’ is set to arrive on May 3, 2019.