It’s been rumored that Avengers 4 might be titled as Annihilation, giving us a hint of the entry of an even greater threat, Annihilus.
In the comic book counterpart of Avengers: Infinity War, the Infinity Gauntlet, there was an eponymous comic book crossover which featured Annihilus, the bug-like ruler of the Negative Zone. The ruler unleashed the Annihilation Wave, his galatic invading army on the galaxy.
However, Annihilus is a Fantastic Four villian and thus his presence in Infinity War is still in doubt. The character is still owned by 20th Century Fox, along with others like Galactus and Silver Surfer. But recently we saw in the Captain Marvel trailer that the Skrulls, the typical shape shifting villains existing in the Fantastic Four realm, being utilised by Marvel Studios.
James Gunn once explained that Skrulls are actually co-owned by Disney and Fox. Only some specific ones, which include Paibok and Kl’rt the Super Skrull are solely owned by Fox and Disney is prohibited to use them in any form.
So, there might be a chance that some behind-closed-doors deal might have been signed by Marvel and Fox to use Annihilation in Avengers 4. Marvel had once tried such a deal to get back Galactus and Silver Surfer in exchange for Daredevil.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt.
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Avengers: Infinity War is now on Digital and Blu-ray, while the Untitled Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.