The title for Avengers 4 wasn’t revealed by Doctor Strange at first, but in fact, the credit goes to Tony Stark.
In 2015’s Age of Ultron, Tony Stark had used the word “Endgame” for the first time in the MCU, years before Doctor Strange said it before he turned to dust, thanks to Thanos’ snap.
“A hostile alien army came charging through a whole in space,” Tony said in the midst of an argument over the creation of the villainous, artificially intelligent robot referred to as Ultron. “We’re standing three hundred feet below it. We’re the Avengers. We can bust arms dealers all the live long day but that, up there, that’s the endgame.”
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This conversation is far more important now than fans may have realised at that time.
“How are you guys planning on beating that?” Tony goes on to question the group.
Before the events of the Civil War, which tore the Avengers apart, Captain America was optimistic in his plans. “Together,” he told Tony.
“We’ll lose,” Tony predicted, correctly (so far).
“Then we’ll do that together, too,” Steve concludes.
The same film featured a dark dream sequence from Tony’s point of view, seeing him standing above a huge pile of bodies. However, those same Avengers are the only ones to have survived Thanos’ deadly snap that wiped out half the existence.