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Things We Saw Today: Marvel’s Avengers 4 Tease Is Getting Tiresome

Marvel Avengers 4 concept art

Listen, I know. We’re a ways out from Avengers 4: We Can’t Tell You The Title, but the fact of the matter is that in the business of big movie news, we need at least some meager crusts to sustain us. We are receiving only crumbs from Marvel, and the ups-and-downs of waiting excitedly for information that doesn’t manifest is growing old.

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Marvel co-president Kevin Feige was just at CineEurope in Barcelona, and many, many fans on social media and in the media were eagerly anticipating what he’d reveal about Avengers 4 and Captain Marvel. Rumors abounded, including that the title could be “Fallen Heroes.” Would the 4’s title finally be formally announced or leaked? Would actual footage from either movie be screened? Would we get some answers at last, or at least tidbits?

The CineEurope event seems to have been locked down tighter than Fort Knox. According to journalist Nikita Byrkin, who was present, “There was also a small look at the Avengers’ suits,” the main takeaway from this being “Hulk’s new armor,” but if anything major happened we’d all know it by now. In much better news, a Captain Marvel featurette was shown (though reports say it was mostly behind-the-scenes things like Brie Larson talking about the character), and the audience was told, “Captain Marvel is about to take the lead in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Awesome, I cannot wait for that to become my entire life. The thing is, every detail about Carol isn’t being treated like top-secret information that will damage the government if revealed. That’s how Marvel’s currently talking about Avengers 4. By barely talking about it. At all.

Marvel is skipping the usual Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this year, which makes zero sense to me—that means by the time 2019’s Comic-Con rolls around, both Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 will already have long since hit theaters. Where’s the hype?!

It’s hard not to contrast this aggressively tight-lipped approach with the fun reveals that are being done for Wonder Woman‘s sequel. Wonder Woman is scheduled for theaters six months after Avengers 4, yet we got a mysterious name reveal that director Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot soon confirmed and set the Internet on fire with some well-crafted pictures of Diana and Steve in the multicolor ’80s. The goodwill I already feel towards Wonder Woman 1984 for being kind enough to whet our appetites like this is overwhelming.

I’m sure Marvel has some big unveilings planned for some point in the not-so-distant future, but the example of Wonder Woman shows that you can trust fans (and reporters) with super-fun teases that don’t give too much away at all. Would a couple of pictures that aren’t far-away paparazzi shots of the actors on set really hurt? Please feed us some scraps, Marvel.

(via CBR, image: Marvel Studios)

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Kaila Hale-Stern
Kaila Hale-Stern (she/her) is a content director, editor, and writer who has been working in digital media for more than fifteen years. She started at TMS in 2016. She loves to write about TV—especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery shows—and movies, with an emphasis on Marvel. Talk to her about fandom, queer representation, and Captain Kirk. Kaila has written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.

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