Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War movie will no longer be two parts

Fans of the Avengers movies and Marvel's "Cinematic Universe" as a whole have been eagerly waiting for the Infinity War story arc to come to the big screen. And that's been the plan since at least 2014, when Marvel Studios revealed its release schedule for the next few years included Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in 2018 and Part 2 in 2019. However, the movie studio has just confirmed that Infinity War will no longer be split into two films.

Fortunately there are still two Avengers movies in the works, and their release dates remain the same. May 4th, 2018 will now see the release of Avengers: Infinity War, dropping the whole Part 1 and Part 2 from the name. The second film, schedule for May 3rd, 2019, is now simply known as "Untitled Avengers film."

While this means that Marvel's announcement is little more than a name change, it does reflect that the two movies may be a bit more disconnected than when they were originally planned. The studio didn't comment about either films' story, but even the directors of both movies, Joe and Anthony Russo, have said in the past that a name change was needed due to them being "very different."

The decision to change the names is also an important move for the marketing. The last few years have seen a number of big franchises release Part 1 and Part 2 films, including Harry Potter and Hunger Games, and they tend to leave fans and critics disappointed. Sometimes it's because individually the movies don't tell a complete story, or because the story could've been told in one film, but was stretched out to be too long.

Either way, hopefully Marvel's change will be for the better of the Avengers movies, and result in two separate but great films.