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Now, Avengers: Age of Ultron might still be a ways away from its May 1, 2015 release date - but that doesn't mean we're anything less than over-excited about it. After all, it's The Avengers. Fighting an evil robot. Voiced by James Spader. What's not to love?

The only problem? An elevated level of over-excitement like that can be one hell of a thing to bear - especially when the movie's ending remains very much shrouded in mystery. Rumors have been flying about just how the movie is going to end - but, as of right now, we don't know for sure.

Or do we?

What If Marvel Already Revealed the Ending to Avengers 2: Age of Ultron...Two Years Ago?

"Say what, mortal?"
"Say what, mortal?"

Yup, that's right, two years ago. Or, at least, Summer 2013.

How, though, could that have happened without any of us noticing it?


The Clue's in the Name (Change)

Specifically, the change from The Avengers, with the first movie, to Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the second (and now the third, Avengers: Infinity War).

So, crucially, we've gone from THE Avengers...

To just plain Avengers...

It's a small difference, sure - but in the world of major motion picture branding and marketing, a pretty substantial one.

The big question, though?

What Does It Mean?

Well, the key to that lies in one of the most persistent rumors of the past year - the idea that at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America and Iron Man are going to split The Avengers in two, and form their own versions of the superhero team.

It's an appealing idea - and one that seems pretty much inevitable, since the announcement of [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) pretty much guarantees that the two are going to form opposing super-teams. Until now, though, all we've seen from Marvel are subtle hints about roster changes, and a (leaked) clip from Age of Ultron of Captain America and Iron Man arguing while (semi-symbolically) chopping wood...

That name change, though, seems to pretty much make it a certainty - and to confirm that the split will, indeed, happen at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

And why? Because...

The change from The Avengers, to just plain Avengers, totally implies that there'll be more than one Avengers team by the movie's end...

Which means we're definitely going to see two separate teams of heroes by the movie's end...

Or, y'know, that Marvel just really didn't want to us the 'The' anymore...

What do you guys think, though?


Does the Avengers title's name change mean we'll see more than one team of Avengers in Age of Ultron?


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