Nothing gums up the works during a high-profile film shoot quite like looky-loos poking around the set. When a big-name production gets up and going, the goal is to attract as little outside attention as possible, leading many crews to adopt “working titles” that conceal the true nature of the project. Most famously, George Lucas shot Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi under the codename “Blue Harvest” in an effort to give his legions of fans the slip. Christopher Nolan, perhaps in an effort to evade Batman geeks and summon Gilmore Girls geeks in one fell swoop, worked on The Dark Knight using the title “Rory’s First Kiss.” More recently, one of the production designers for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters informed me during an interview that the remake shot as “Flapjack” while on set in Massachusetts.

Today, and Production Weekly have outed a new pair of working titles for hotly anticipated gestating films. notes that the upcoming sequel to this past February’s Deadpool will operate under the alias “Love Machine” when it gets up and running early next year. And the industry publication Production Weekly included Avengers: Infinity War on their roundup of work listings, revealing the working title to be “Mary Lou” once principal photography commences next month.

You may be thinking to yourself, “Wait, if the working titles are intended to keep a production incognito, then wouldn’t revealing them ahead of time defeat the entire purpose?” To which I say yes, you are correct! All Marvel fans in the readership, I wish you the best of luck on your hunt around Vancouver or wherever for “Mary Lou” and “Love Machine.” And to all Marvel executives in the readership, I wish you the best of luck on your hunt for a fun new working title. I’m spitballing here, but maybe How Rory Got Her Groove Back?


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