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Why Is Avengers 4 Called Endgame?

Because Marvel Is Always Thinking Ahead, We've Actually Heard the Avengers 4 Title Before

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, from left: Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Wong, 2018. ph: Chuck Zlotnick / Marvel /  Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

When Avengers: Infinity War was released in April 2018, fans were left emotionally devastated and hopelessly clueless. Now, with the release of the trailer for the fourth and final film in Marvel's Avengers franchise, we're still emotionally devastated (maybe even more so) but a little less clueless. At least now we know the name and premiere date of the movie that will probably crush our souls! As the trailer reveals, Avengers: Endgame, formerly known as Avengers Untitled and Avengers 4, will hit theatres on April 26, 2019.

That's right: the movie title that fans have been theorizing over for months is actually one of the most popular guesses they had. It's also not surprising for those with keen eyes. The phrase "endgame" has been said in two Marvel movies, and each was uttered during a pivotal time. The first time we heard the phrase was from Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron. During the argument about Tony and Bruce Banner's decision to create Ultron, he explains that the invasion of Manhattan and future attacks from aliens were his main reasons to do so. "We're the Avengers," he says. "We can bust arms dealers all the live-long day, but that up there — that's the endgame." It's pretty telling that the very threat Tony was afraid of happens to come to life in the fourth film.

The second time we hear "the endgame" come up is in Infinity War, this time from Doctor Strange. Coincidentally (or not), he's talking to Tony when he says the magic phrase. When Tony asks why Strange would give Thanos the Time Stone, bringing him one step closer to completing his glove, Strange simply tells him, "We're in the endgame now." Yeah you are, buddy.

So obviously the phrase holds a lot of meaning in the Avengers world, particularly concerning our favourite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist. Since this is technically the endgame of our merry band of heroes, it's also a fitting name to the group's final adventure together. While we sob over that superdepressing fact, let's try to be happy that Endgame will most likely be the lengthiest Marvel movie. At least we'll be able to savor this end of an era.

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