A new rumor suggests Marvel's Avengers 4 will take place at least five years after the shocking events of Avengers: Infinity War.
The 19th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe saw Josh Brolin's Thanos execute his plan to wipe out half of life in the universe by collecting the Infinity Stones. But instead of picking up in the emotional moments after that heartbreaking finger snap, fans may be introduced next year to an MCU that's had time to adjust to the radical, and heartbreaking, change in the status quo.
SuperBroMovies' Daniel R wrote on Twitter, "Avengers 4 starts YEARS after Infinity War. Not just a few months later as some people were hoping for. Sorry guys." He then clarified that five years have elapsed.
Avengers 4 starts YEARS after Infinity War. Not just a few months later as some people were hoping for. Sorry guys.— Daniel R (@DanielRPK) October 7, 2018
When Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters, there was a rumor that Avengers 4 would focus on Captain America, Tony Stark & Co. teaming with Hank Pym to develop time travel technology. After Ant-Man and the Wasp and the loss of Pym during Thanos' snap, it looked like the five-year gap was only hearsay, but the possibility of a time jump has reared its head again.
The five-year jump may be difficult to square with Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Far From Home taking place mere minutes after the events of Avengers 4, but time travel can cover over a multitude of problems.
Time travel is a popular theory to explain how the surviving Avengers will stop Thanos while bringing the fallen heroes back to life. Set photos showed Robert Downey Jr. looking like an older version of Tony Stark and sporting a S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform, suggesting that Iron Man and the survivors join a reformed version of S.H.I.E.L.D. after Thanos has wiped out half of the universe.
Doctor Strange already discussed the idea of multiple timelines and a future in which the Avengers "win," so it's just a case of waiting to see how this comes into play. A five-year time jump also fits with reports that Avengers 4 has cast an older version of Cassie Lang. Five years is definitely long enough to bring Hawkeye out of retirement, let Bruce Banner fix his Hulk issues and give Tony Stark enough time to get back from Titan.
The untitled sequel to Avengers: Infinity War will release on May 3, 2019. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.