There was a lot of speculation about Avengers 4's official title when Avengers: Infinity War premiered in April last year. Fans knew that the title had a lot to do with the content of the film, and while many guessed Endgame after hearing Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) offer the word to Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) in Infinity War, the Russo Brothers lied through their teeth about the movie's name.
Now, as Endgame slowly approaches its release date, Joe and Anthony Russo talk about why they lied saying that Avengers 4 wouldn't be named Endgame.
Speaking in an interview with Slash Film, the Russos were asked about the title of the film, and Anthony joked that they hadn't really lied since no in Infinity War specifically said Avengers: Endgame.
After all the laughs, Joe continued to explain the real reason behind the issue, saying that they hadn't really lied because the film's name wasn't set in stone.
"That was a year before the movie gets released, and we are constantly changing things and these are iterative and creative processes," the director explained. "It is impossible to commit to anything with any kind of clarity a year before you're about to release some content. ‘Cause who knows your DP could accidentally put the title on his resume and then we throw it out. You know, like there are a million reasons why that may or may not be a title for the movie. And until we sit in a room and we watch a trailer with the title on it, then we all look at each other and say, we running with this title. That's usually when the title sticks to a movie."
"So when people are asking us questions a year before release… And look, they have the right and that's their job but we also have the right and it's our job to protect the creative integrity of our choices," the director went on, "And you don't want to be trapped into, and pressured into choices in the same way that a writer wants to feel like they're getting accurate answers out of us – There are no accurate answers a year out!"
It might be a bit technical, but it turns out that the Russos didn't lie about Endgame's title over all – though we're pretty sure that the two were blatantly trying to mislead fans so that they wouldn't spoil themselves too soon.
How about you, are you happy with Avengers 4's official title? Are you excited for Endgame?
Avengers: Endgame premieres April 26, 2019.