The third Avengers movie may not have been released yet, but the fourth one has already wrapped production. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo moved straight from shooting this year's Avengers: Infinity War to the currently untitled Avengers 4, which is set to hit theaters in summer 2019.
The Russo brothers marked the end of production by tweeting an image of a spectacular "wrap cake." It shows the villainous Thanos astride a galactic slab of iced cake, itself held aloft by a gloved hand. Check it out below:
Wrap cake. pic.twitter.com/cdanZXwL1e
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) January 11, 2018
Given that Infinity War isn't out until May, it is not surprising that very few details about Avengers 4 have been released. However, we do know that it will complete a 22-film run in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that kicked off with Iron Man in 2008. Last year, Marvel boss Kevin Feige said, "As we get to Avengers: Infinity War, there will be a sense of a climax. By the time we're at Avengers 4, 22 movies will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU. And what happens after that will be very different. I don't know if it's Phase 4, it might be a new thing."
In a separate interview, Feige explained that the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming, which hits theaters shortly after Avengers 4, will start the next era of Marvel movies. "So much happens in [the third and fourth Avengers movies], as you can imagine, and so much is affected by it, that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker?" he said. "So, coming out two months after Untitled Avengers, [that's what] much of what the next Spider-Man film will be about."
The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War arrived in November. The upcoming superhero epic brings together pretty much every hero from the last decade of Marvel movies in their fight against Thanos. It hits theaters on May 4, 2018.