For a movie like "Captain America: The First Avenger", what is the term for the phrase after the colon, i.e. "The First Avenger"? Is that called a "subtitle" or something else?

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According to both Wikipedia and Websters, "subtitle" is used for both the phrase after the colon, and the text which appears at the bottom of a movie that is in a foreign language. So, your assumption is correct.

Thanks to Sonny Burnett for pointing that out.

  • Yet, Wikipedia has it without the hyphen for both usages. Is this an AE/BE thing?
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Aug 14, 2014 at 13:02
  • Hmm... Even Websters has it without the hyphen. I've always seen it with the hyphen to designate the difference. Interesting... Commented Aug 14, 2014 at 13:09
  • > In the United States and Canada, however, these terms do have different meanings. "Subtitles" assume the viewer can hear but cannot understand the language or accent, or the speech is not entirely clear, so they transcribe only dialogue and some on-screen text. ... The United Kingdom, Ireland, and most other countries do not distinguish between subtitles and closed captions, and use "subtitles" as the general term. The equivalent of "captioning" is usually referred to as "subtitles for the hard of hearing". –Closed captioning, Wiki
    – Mazura
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 4:59
  • The important part would be to pluralize subtitle. A movie that has a subtitle, may also have subtitles.
    – Mazura
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 5:00

It is called as Caption. Which represents the story of movie or differentiates the movie from same series of movies

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    Can you provide a source for this? Commented Jul 10, 2016 at 22:09

It's called a "tagline".

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    No, a tagline is a short sentence describing the concept of the movie and used in marketing materials - like The Magnificent Seven's "They were 7... and they fought like 700.", or Bonnie and Clyde's "They're young, they're in love, and they kill people."
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Mar 5, 2021 at 15:11
  • studiobinder.com/blog/best-movie-taglines
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Mar 5, 2021 at 15:17

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