It seems unwieldy "Part One/Part Two" film titles are falling by the way side. It has been previously reported that the current Justice League — Part One title will eventually be discarded for something more traditional, like, perhaps "Justice League."
But Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have told Uproxx that they intended the same for their Marvel Cinematic Universe epic. Anthony Russo explained that labeling the films as "parts' is misleading to what they will eventually be.
"The movies are two very different movies," added Joe Russo. "The intention is we will change it, we just haven't come up with the titles yet."
If only the directing duo had somewhere to look for inspiration …
Film titles featuring "Part" have never been exactly popular in Hollywood despite a love of sequels. Before the blockbuster era, B-pictures would incorporate the established title into a new one — The Thin Man Goes Home — and A-pictures would generally use a new title and depend on marketing to tell the audience an established character or setting was coming back in a new story.
The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola tells a story that he had to fight to call his mob family sequel The Godfather Part II because of a belief in Hollywood that calling out a film as part of an ongoing story cheapened the product. A number of Rocky and Star Trek sequels later, he would lose the fight to call The Godfather Part III by his initial title, The Death of Michael Corleone.
But even in an era when movie studios were willing to slap a number on a film, there was still a reluctance to actually use the word "part" itself. These days, numbers are increasingly rare with the old B-picture solution coming into vogue for films like Star Trek Beyond and the more recent Die Hard sequels; and the now firmly established "Brand: Subtitle" format.