Untitled Avengers film

The untitled Avengers film, colloquially referred to as Avengers 4, is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the direct sequel to 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, as well as the sequel to 2012's Marvel's The Avengers and 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron and the twenty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast with many actors from previous MCU films.

The film was announced in October 2014 as Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. The Russo brothers came on board to direct in April 2015 and by May, Markus and McFeely signed on to script the film. In July 2016, Marvel removed the film's title, referring to it simply as Untitled Avengers film. Filming began in August 2017 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, shooting back-to-back with Avengers: Infinity War, and ended in January 2018. Additional filming took place in the Downtown and Metro Atlanta areas.

The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 3, 2019, in IMAX and 3D.

Untitled Avengers film
Avengers Infinity War logo
Original logo
Directed byAnthony Russo
Joe Russo
Produced byKevin Feige
Screenplay byChristopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
Based on
Starring
Music byAlan Silvestri
CinematographyTrent Opaloch
Production
company
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • May 3, 2019 (United States)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Cast

Additionally, Frank Grillo and Letitia Wright reprise their roles as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones and Shuri from previous MCU films.[35][36] Hiroyuki Sanada and Katherine Langford have been cast in undisclosed roles.[37][38] Avengers co-creator Stan Lee has a posthumous cameo in the film.[39]

Production

In October 2014, Marvel announced a two-part sequel to Age of Ultron, titled Avengers: Infinity War. Part 1 was scheduled to be released on May 4, 2018, with Part 2 scheduled for May 3, 2019.[40][41] In April 2015, Marvel announced that Anthony and Joe Russo would direct both parts of Avengers: Infinity War,[42] with back-to-back filming expected to begin in 2016.[43] Also in the month, Kevin Feige said the films would be two, distinct films "because they [have] such shared elements, it felt appropriate... to [subtitle the films] like that. But I wouldn't call it one story that's cut in half. I would say it's going to be two distinct movies."[44] By May 2015, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely signed on to write the screenplays for both parts of the film.[45] The following May, the Russos revealed that they would be retitling the two films, to further remove the misconception that the films were one large film split in two, with Joe stating, "The intention is we will change [the titles], we just haven't come up with [them] yet."[46] In July 2016, Marvel removed the film's title, simply referring to it as Untitled Avengers film.[47] Feige and the Russo brothers indicated the title was being withheld because it would give away plot details for this film and Infinity War,[48][49] with Feige suggesting the title would be revealed at the end of 2018.[50]

Principal photography began on August 10, 2017,[51] under the working title Mary Lou 2,[52] at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia,[53] with Trent Opaloch serving as director of photography.[54] The film, along with Infinity War, were shot using IMAX/Arri 2D cameras, thus marking the first time that a Hollywood feature film was shot entirely with IMAX digital cameras.[55] Also in the month, filming occurred in The Gulch area of Downtown Atlanta, near the Five Points MARTA station, and Piedmont Park.[56] Feige stated that the films were originally scheduled to be filmed simultaneously but instead decided to shoot them back-to-back explaining, "We're doing them one right after another. It became too complicated to cross-board them like that, and we found ourselves—again, something would always pay the price. We wanted to be able to focus and shoot one movie and then focus and shoot another movie."[57] Anthony Russo originally felt it made more sense to shoot the films simultaneously due to financial and logistical reasons considering the large number of cast members, even though each part is its own distinct film,[58] and suggested that "some days we'll be shooting the first movie and some days we'll be shooting the second movie. Just jumping back and forth."[54] Production wrapped on January 11, 2018.[59] Additional photography began by September 7, 2018,[60] and concluded on October 12, 2018.[61] Evans and Hemsworth both earned $15 million for the film.[62]

Music

In June 2016, Alan Silvestri, who composed the score for The Avengers, was revealed to be returning to score both Infinity War and the untitled sequel.[63]

Marketing

Germain Lussier of io9 spoke on the approach Marvel might have to take in marketing the film, given the end of Infinity War, which sees many established characters die. He questioned if those characters would appear on posters and in toy campaigns, and if the actors portraying them would participate in press events leading up to the film's release. Lussier felt Disney and Marvel could focus on the original Avengers team members, who make up the majority of the living characters, but noted it would be more beneficial to show the return of the dead characters, which would "build a mystery and curiosity about how they come back. It could create a whole new level of interest about the film while having all the stars front and center, as they should be".[64] In June 2018, Feige spoke to this, stated that these dead characters would not be featured in any marketing for the film, though the decision regarding that could change.[65] He presented a behind-the-scenes video from the film at CineEurope,[66][67] and said that the official marketing campaign for the film would begin at the end of 2018 with the announcement of the film's title then.[50]

Release

The untitled Avengers film is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2019,[19] and United States on May 3, 2019,[40][41] in IMAX and 3D.[68][69]

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