The latest alleged title for Avengers 4 might make a lot of sense, but that doesn’t mean it’s an actually good title for a movie.
Another day, another set of rumors surrounding the still-mysterious Avengers 4. As usual, it concerns the movie’s title. Per leaks as reported by ScreenRant, the title of the movie is Avengers: End Game.
The first of this writer’s many complaints about this title is pretty pedantic, but here it is anyway: endgame is one word, so either the cinematographer is not particularly good at avoiding typos, or the great Marvel hive mind didn’t catch this mistake. The latter is fairly unlikely, but the former seems almost too plausible.
Now, ScreenRant puts forth the theory that this is all due to Doctor Strange’s use of the term, but here’s Merriam-Webster’s definition of endgame, linked above:
the stage of a chess game after major reduction of forces; also : the final stage of some action or process
Both the former and the latter sound like accurate descriptions of the Avengers’ situation as we currently know it. That’s not why this title is uninspiring.
It’s uninspiring because it makes things seem like the Avengers are going away. Even discounting the oodles of money that the franchise makes for Marvel (and Disney, its parent company), reports have it that Earth’s Mightiest Avenger herself, Captain Marvel, will become the cornerstone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
How exactly can one maintain the title of Earth’s Mightiest Avenger when there are no Avengers to compare to? Sure, this is a movie franchise where it is totally acceptable to be frozen solid with no ill effects for decades, but we ask for just a little clarity in language at the very least.
On a grander scale, it might also draw unflattering comparisons to the Friday the 13th universe, which had not one, but two movies dubbed final installments, only for there to be several more movies afterward.
So, no, Endgame or End Game just doesn’t work for us. We’ll stick with Avengers 4 for now, thank you.