All Avengers 4 rumors and spoilers leaked so far

The more Marvel gives us, the more we want to know about where the story is going for Avengers 4, even if it means exposing ourselves to potential spoilers.

A combination of cast slip-ups, leaked set images and insider knowledge can make one hell of a spoiler cocktail, and that was as evident as ever when it came to Avengers: Infinity War. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo actually went out of their way to ask fans not to spoil the movie for others, though in this day and age it's practically impossible to go into a Marvel movie without at least some inkling of what you're going to see.

Infinity War was marketed as the most anticipated superhero movie of all time, but given how it ended, that moniker now belongs to the follow-up, the as-yet untitled fourth Avengers movie. If you plan on going into that completely spoiler-free, then we wish you the best of luck. But if you just can't wait for your Avengers 4 fix, we've got all the leaks and rumors rounded up right here.

Captain America leads a new Avengers lineup

It isn't beyond the realm of possibility that this supposed leaked piece of concept art for Avengers 4 was created by a fan who happens to be a wizard with Photoshop, but given that it looks very similar to the images teased at San Diego Comic Con in 2017, it seems pretty genuine. The image in question reveals how the Avengers will line up now that half of humanity has been reduced to dust by the tyrannical Thanos. If it's real, then the revamped team will consist of surviving core members Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye and Thor, who will be joined by Ant-Man and War Machine. Newcomer Captain Marvel is also present, as are Guardians of the Galaxy member Rocket Raccoon and Nebula, daughter of Thanos.

Captain America stands front and center, and he cuts a far cleaner figure than he did when we saw him last. Nomad Cap is no more, with Steve Rogers apparently set to revert to his clean-shaven look in Avengers 4, much to the disappointment of many. He's back in a far more traditional costume, another updated version of his classic star-spangled suit, though he remains without his signature shield. Chances are we'll see him tossing the old thing at some point, however, and here's why…

We'll time travel back to the first Avengers movie

According to Avengers 4 spoilers and rumors published by the Express, the suit Captain America is sporting in the leaked concept art could be his Civil War getup, which strengthens the long-running theory that time travel will play an important part in the story — and in defeating Thanos. Upon closer inspection, the leaked image suggests that we'll be going back further than Civil War, and the clue is in Scarlett Johansson's hair color. Black Widow sported a blonde look in Infinity War, yet here she's gone back to being a redhead, the same style she had around the time that the Battle of New York took place.

It seems increasingly likely that the team will return to this pivotal moment from the first Avengers outing. Set photos obtained by Atlanta Magazine have revealed that Marvel has built a new set there, though it isn't really a "new" set at all. "The scene is an almost perfect recreation of the moment from [2012's The Avengers] where Nick Fury warns Tony Stark that a nuclear bomb is on the way to Manhattan," CBR notes. Chris Evans has been photographed on the set in his Battle of New York costume, meaning this is pretty much a lock to happen.

Hawkeye will become Ronin

Chris Evans isn't the only Avenger to have been snapped on set in a telling outfit. Thanks to a rumor scoop from Chinese website Weibo (via ScreenRant), we can all but confirm that Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton will shed the Hawkeye moniker and adopt a new persona in Avengers 4. In 2007's New Avengers #30 (via CBR), Barton hangs up his bow and arrows and goes on a journey of self-discovery that takes him to Japan. He learns how to fight with swords and becomes the hero known as Ronin (a Japanese term for a wandering samurai with no master).

Of all the original Avengers, Renner's Hawkeye has been given the least attention onscreen. He was nowhere to be seen in Infinity War, having cut a deal with the government to protect his family after the events of Captain America: Civil War. There's a good chance that some, or maybe even all, of his family vanished when Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet, which could explain his adoption of the Ronin identity. Renner is wearing a trench coat in leaked set photos, though the black and gold motif worn by Ronin can be seen clearly on his legs.

Tony Stark builds his own Infinity Gauntlet

There were so many leaks and rumors about what would go down in Avengers: Infinity War before the movie was released that, by the law of averages, some would inevitably turn out to be correct. When it comes to a 4chan user by the name of Anonymous, however, there seems to be more than just luck involved. Anonymous successfully predicted a staggering amount of Infinity War's plot, including the fact that Thanos would sacrifice Gamora to obtain the Soul Stone and the shocking return of Red Skull. In May 2018, the same user posted a detailed run-down of plot points for Avengers 4, which in which a rumor surfaced that Tony Stark will build his very own Infinity Gauntlet.

"Iron Man reassembles the Avengers and decides to build his own Infinity Gauntlet to undo everything that Thanos did," Anonymous wrote (via the Express). "They recruit Ant-Man to help them travel through time and space using the Quantum Realm to retrieve the Infinity Stones from different time periods. Thanos finds out about their plans and becomes hellbent on stopping them. The movie revolves around the relationship between Captain America and Iron Man." Of course, this is nothing but unconfirmed rumor right now, but given the source's track record, it can't be ignored.

Professor Hulk will wield the 'Stark Gauntlet'

What's going on with the Hulk? It was one of the biggest questions post-Infinity War, which (aside from the beating he took from Thanos right at the start) the big green guy was conspicuously absent from. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) was unable to transform into Hulk after he escaped Thanos with a helping hand from the now departed Heimdall, so where is all this leading? If the Avengers 4 rumors inspired by the leaked concept art are anything to go by, it's leading right to Professor Hulk.

One of the things about the leaked image that really stands out is the fact that Hulk is wearing clothing. Not only that, but his facial expression speaks volumes — he looks far more human than ever before. It seems as though Banner will finally figure out how to co-exist with the Hulk, and in doing so he becomes Professor Hulk. This version of the character (who has all the physical attributes of the Hulk but retains the mind of Banner, minus the anguish) was born out of Peter David's epic run on The Incredible Hulk.

The Professor Hulk theory checks out with 4chan tipster Anonymous, who predicted (via the Express) that Hulk will have a huge role to play in the coming rematch against Thanos. "Hulk's subplot centers on Banner and Hulk finally merging to become Professor Hulk. He is the one that ultimately wields the Stark Gauntlet against Thanos, losing his arm in the process."

The death of Steve Rogers

Sadly, Anonymous' leaked Avengers 4 plot points don't make good reading for fans of Chris Evans as Captain America. People have been predicting Cap's death since Civil War was announced (he was assassinated in its comic book source material), and it seems as though there's a very high chance those rumors will ultimately come true in Avengers 4. "At one point, Captain America and Thor fight Thanos," Anonymous claims (via the Express). "Timeline alterations have restored Mjolnir, and Cap wields it against Thanos to allow the others to escape, and is killed holding Thanos off."

These are just predictions and rumors at this stage, but the way Cap's arc has been going seems to indicate that he's going to go out with some kind of grand sacrifice, and this certainly fits the bill. He seems to be right at the top of everyone's death prediction lists right now, Vox's Alex Abad-Santos included: "I'd expect there to be a continued emphasis on Steve's 'we don't trade lives' mantra — it's one of the few lines he's given in Infinity War, and it's repeated — in contrast to Thanos' worldview. There's just too much symmetry and thematic opportunity there for Marvel to ignore it."

Iron Man has a kid

Seeing as this Avengers 4 leak came directly from the mouth of Gwyneth Paltrow, it seems almost certain that Tony Stark will be a daddy by the time we catch up with him in Avengers 4. Speaking during an interview for the official Avengers: Infinity War magazine (via ComicBook), she revealed that her character, Tony Stark's longtime love interest Pepper Potts, was destined to become a mother.

"Pepper and Tony have had a real long journey together," Paltrow said. "She obviously starts as his dutiful assistant, and then the relationship evolves, and now this decade later they're married, and they have a child. Their relationship has evolved in all of the ways that great romances evolve."

The first question raised here is, "How did this spoiler make it to print in an official Marvel magazine?" The second question is, "Does this mean there's going to be a time jump?" We can't answer either definitively, but the fact that Paltrow has said she's going to become Mrs. Stark and have a child by Tony does imply that we will rejoin Earth's Mightiest Heroes at least a few years after the devastating events of Infinity War.

There'll be a scene with 'every character' in it

Navigating the press can be tricky when you're a Marvel star. A comment that might seem pretty innocuous to an actor will inevitably be analyzed at length by fans, who do sometimes have a tendency to jump to conclusions. Sebastian Stan's comments in April 2018 didn't need much decoding, however. He dropped one of the bigger spoilers in the run-up to Infinity War, revealing that there will be a huge scene that involves every character.

"There was one scene, I think, we had where everybody was there," Stan said (via ScreenRant). "I can't really talk about that scene, but I knew it took them three months in planning this scene to have everyone there. You look around and you just saw everyone from Samuel L. Jackson to Michael Douglas to Michelle Pfeiffer. Everybody was there."

Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) has also alluded to a huge coming together of Marvel heroes in Avengers 4. During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Johansson discussed filming a scene that she believed could have featured up to 32 characters. "There's so many of us, I don't even know who's a Marvel character and who's like a crew member," she joked.

Did Zoe Saldana spoil the title?

One of the biggest leaks for Avengers 4 came pretty early on, back when the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 were doing press interviews in promotion of James Gunn's sequel. The culprit was Zoe Saldana (Gamora), who seemed to accidentally reveal the title of Avengers 4 (or at least part of it) on the red carpet. "Infinity War is the first part, and we all have to go back for Gauntlet later this year," she said.

Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige had previously informed the press that he would be keeping the title of the upcoming Avengers instalment under wraps because it was a spoiler for the plot, but Saldana apparently missed that memo. Gunn attempted to explain away her reveal when he told Yahoo! that she simply had her wires crossed. "It's not the title," he asserted. "My guess is that Zoe just misspoke. I'll talk to Zoe today, but I would imagine that is just Zoe misspeaking and saying Infinity Gauntlet instead of Infinity War."

Gunn's reasoning didn't match up with what Saldana actually said, however. The Guardians director seemed to be covering up his star's big mistake, which has reportedly forced Marvel to rethink the title altogether. "The title was Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet at one point, but it might be changed after Zoe Saldana accidentally leaked it," Anonymous said (via the Express).

Characters confirmed to be coming back from the dead

The fact that Tom Holland's Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther were wiped out by Thanos despite both having sequels on the way pretty much confirmed that some (if not all) of the departed heroes will be brought back to life in Avengers 4. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been doing their best to throw us off the scent by implying that the mass deaths at the end of Infinity War are permanent, though it's hard to keep up that pretense when many of the actors themselves are contradicting them.

"I got a lot of texts saying, 'I can't believe you're dead, your character is dead,'" Drax actor Dave Bautista said (via MovieWeb). "They were really like heartbroken and I was like, 'I'm gonna be in four, I'm gonna be in Guardians 3.' I don't know how they're bringing me back, yeah but somehow I'm going to make it because, as far as I know, I am going to be in Guardians 3, so I have to be back." Drax's Guardians colleagues Star-Lord and Gamora are also rumored to return.

Zoe Saldana told E! Live From the Red Carpet (via ComicBook) that being sacrificed by her father/abductor Thanos felt like a "see you later" rather than a formal goodbye. "I knew that we will have to all come back, at some point this fall, and finish up the fourth installment of Avengers." Letitia Wright (Shuri) has added to the Avengers 4 spoilers, confirming that she and Chris Pratt are also returning.