Thanos’ Snap From ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Now Has An Official Name


The official title and a first look at Avengers 4 looms ever closer, but we’re still coming to terms with the events of Avengers: Infinity War. The snap heard around the galaxy put the Marvel Cinematic Universe on its ear and also eliminated half of the population of the films to boot, including a number of major players in the Avengers and beyond.

But did you ever think that calling Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Infinity War, well, a snap, was a bit too on the nose? In that case, problem solved, because it has a new official name in the Marvel canon. According to, a prelude comic that came out earlier in the week gives a name to the event the remainder of those left in the Avengers universe have now lived through.

Those that have seen the movie may have taken to calling it “the snap” but the new title does make a lot of sense, and also points to just how devastating the event was to everyone involved.

Via Comic Book:

In the Avengers MCU prelude comic, which was released this week, the event was referred to as “The Decimation.” So, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is the name given to the Snap by those who witnessed it.

That prelude comic, MARVEL’s Avengers: Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath, which yes does feature three colons in the title, takes place between the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4: Officially Untitled Infinity War Sequel in the MCU mythology.

In that book, the fictional characters of the MCU call the snap that happened in their fictional universe which killed so many wonderful characters, “The Decimation.”

In addition to The Decimation, the snap is also refereed by at least one other name. Via Slashfilm:

In the wake of Thanos’s horrifying success, the people of Earth are left reeling in despair and confusion. Without any logical explanation for the blip-out event, those remaining must pick up the pieces.

That comes from the back cover of MARVEL’S Avengers: The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath, which also confirmed that two more members of the MCU survived the event.

So, we’ve got The Snap, The Decimation, The Blip-Out Event, and eventually, when Shaquille O’Neal gets involved, Snap Diesel. Perhaps we won’t know the officially official term for the event until Avengers 4 actually hits theaters. But maybe the subject is breached in the long-awaited trailer, too.