Though the Russo Brothers were quick to refute the ultimately correct rumors earlier this year about the official title of the Avengers: Infinity War sequel, there were enough signs in retrospect that the word “endgame” was on the minds of the team at Marvel Studios that we probably shouldn’t have been so quick to dismiss “Avengers: Endgame” as a candidate.
One recent post from Reddit, for instance, observes how “The End Game” is even the name of a piece on the Infinity War soundtrack. And while this isn’t too out of the ordinary, seeing how “the endgame” is mentioned in a line of dialogue from Doctor Strange, it’s perhaps telling that those words were picked out among all the scene’s dialogue as the ones deemed significant enough to name the accompanying music after.
The name “Avengers: Endgame” first started making the rounds earlier this year when cinematographer Trent Opaloch used this exact title as one of his screen credits in his personal filmography, but in light of the claim from directors Anthony and Joe Russo that the official title of Avengers 4 wouldn’t be taken from any Infinity War dialogue, the internet soon moved on to new candidates.
For a while, the fan favorite was “Avengers: Annihilation,” and according to one report from earlier this month, this and “Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet” were two names that were used behind the scenes, perhaps in order to throws fans off the real title. If so, then the plan worked, since by the time “Avengers: Endgame” was confirmed as the real thing, the old rumors were but a memory.
But regardless whether we should’ve seen the title coming, Avengers: Endgame will have plenty more secrets to spill and theories to confirm or refute when the film hits theaters on April 26th, 2019.