The directors of “Avengers: Infinity War” just shared a photo on social media that’s presumably a tease about “Avengers 4” — and fans are freaking out.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo published the photo through their joint Twitter account, @RussoBrothers, and on their Marvel-laden Instagram account, therussobrothers. The dark, black-and-white photo shows Joe Russo seated on what appears to be a studio sound stage, looking at a laptop. Nothing about the photo seems especially out of place or even particularly mysterious, but then there’s the caption.
Look hard… pic.twitter.com/NxI8RFh4f6
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) September 19, 2018
“Look hard….” reads the tweet that goes with photo. So, of course, fans have been looking very hard at their computer and smartphone screens ever since. Still, nobody is quite sure what the Russos are trying to tell fans.
Speculation about the photo so far is that it’s a tease for the reveal of the official title of “Avengers 4,” which Marvel Studios still hasn’t released. Some see the “A”-shaped frame of the ladder in the photo, plus what looks like an “E” made out of stuff to its right — which syncs up with the fan theory that “Avengers 4” will be called “Avengers: Endgame.”
Others are brightening the photo, trying to make out what’s on the laptop screen or identify the object on the nearby table, which looks like a bottle with writing on it. Some are scanning the ladder to make out letters there. A couple of fans on Reddit even think the word “Thanos” might be hidden in the photo.
There’s also another small possibility — that the tease is actually a bit of a troll, and that it has nothing to do with “Avengers 4.” On Tuesday, the Russos published a photo to their Instagram account in which a number of Marvel Studios royalty posed together at a restaurant. It included a bunch of notable Marvel folks, like “Infinity War” stars Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Karen Gillan and Pom Klementieff, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Marisa Tomei, “Avengers 4” Executive Producer Trinh Tran, “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, and Joe Russo.
That photo also included something of a teasing caption, which read, “Check out the bio…coming September 20th….”
The reference to the “bio” in the caption led to a link in the Russos’ Instagram account’s profile, which gave the context that clarified the image: The restaurant is Simone, a Los Angeles spot that Joe Russo co-owns, and is opening on Sept. 20. Also featured in the photo is Simone’s chef, Jessica Largey.
So could it be that, with Simone’s opening Thursday, the Russos are teasing fans with something non-“Avengers” related? It’s possible, but doesn’t seem too likely — one would think messing with the hearts of “Infinity War” fans wouldn’t be great for a new restaurant’s business.
There’s no such luck of finding a link that explains it as of the time of this writing. And while lots of fans are trying to divine the message of the Russos’ photo, quite a few are just desperate for answers.
I've been staring at this for thirty minutes.
— MT (@MasterTainment) September 19, 2018
WHAT DOES IT MEAN pic.twitter.com/NQyL0uYkHo
— Jordan (@ZeusLFC) September 19, 2018
— Lula Madison (@LulaMadison) September 19, 2018
JUST REVEAL THE TITLE PLEASE pic.twitter.com/dKA4Kd9dar
— incorrect marvel (@incorrectmarvel) September 19, 2018