The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong since it launched in 2008 with Iron Man, and while movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Spider-Man: Far From Home will keep the franchise going into its Phase Four and beyond, the end of an era is approaching. Avengers 4 will conclude not just Phase Three of the MCU, but also wrap up numerous plot threads. While Avengers: Infinity War was long advertised as the biggest Marvel movie yet, rest assured that its follow-up will be just as important, if not more so.
Because Avengers 4 is so closely (but not 100% directly) intertwined with Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios is, understandably, keeping details for Earth's Mightiest Heroes' fourth epic tale close to the proverbial chest. However, there is a fair amount of information that's already available to the public, so read on to find out what we know about Avengers 4 so far. Be warned, though. This guide is filled with SPOILERS both mild and extreme about Infinity War and Ant-Man and The Wasp, so proceed with caution if you haven't seen either film yet!
Unlike the previous three year gaps between Avengers movies, Avengers 4 will be released only a year after Avengers: Infinity War, on May 3, 2019. Its principal photography began in late summer of 2017, only a few weeks after Infinity War wrapped shooting. Avengers 4 was previously known as Avengers: Infinity War Part II, but, in 2016, that title was removed to make it clear that this was one singular movie as opposed to the second half of a larger story (the real title has yet to be announced). However, Marvel fans should still expect close connectivity between Avengers 4 and Infinity War, hence why they don't have to wait nearly as long for the follow-up.
It will be a long time before the MPAA officially rates Avengers 4, but like the rest of the MCU movies, you can guarantee it will walk away with a PG-13 rating so that it can be accessible to both adults and younger moviegoers (but not too young). The reasons for being PG-13 will likely include having "extended/intense sequences of violence, action and destruction," along with some "suggestive comments" and language. These are nothing out of the ordinary, although keep in mind that Avengers 4 will ratchet up the intensity to an 11, so keep that in mind if you're bringing kids along to the theater.
Avengers 4 is keeping the same creative team that guided Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War to success. Just like with those movies and Avengers: Infinity War, Joe and Anthony Russo will be sitting in the directors chairs, while Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (who also wrote Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor: The Dark World) penned the script. As the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," and by keeping these creative teams intact, fans can look forward to a degree of familiarity.