Whereas Marvel Studios and the Russo Brothers lastly offered followers with their first take a look at footage from Avengers: Endgame (that is the title, by the best way, Avengers: Endgame), the primary trailer for the fourth Avengers film has raised as many questions because it answered.
That tends to be the best way with first/teaser trailers anyway, however it’s doubly apparent when you might have a film like Endgame, which takes place after the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first ten years have been utterly turned on their head and a long-established universe is thrown into chaos.
The trailer presents a imaginative and prescient of a world in mourning and shellshocked superheroes following The Decimation (that is what we’re calling the Thanos snap now), none of whom can absolutely get their fingers round what to do subsequent after the crushing and universe-altering defeat by the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity Warfare.
So let’s take a fast take a look at the trailer and see what our largest questions are, within the hopes that our commenters can chime in under and provides us some good concepts, or simply inform us “hey, you’re dumb, you missed that shot in that other part of the trailer that answers your dumb question.”
On second thought, do not do this last item. It is impolite. However if in case you have one thing intelligent so as to add or a query you would like we had included, by all means, remark under or hit up @russburlingame on Twitter.
The earlier Avengers movie ended with a post-credits stinger that a determined and dying Nick Fury was hailing Captain Marvel from area…and a month earlier than Endgame hits theaters, Carol Danvers herself can be making her solo film debut.
So, if Carol goes to be intrinsic to the plot to cease Thanos, as many followers suspect, the place is she on this trailer?
Just like the Hawkeye factor, you possibly can type of suss this one out from context and a bit of widespread sense.
Whereas Carol goes to seem in each her personal film in March and Endgame, now in April, the chances are the precise nature of her involvement in Endgame might be teased in a post-credits coda to Captain Marvel. Displaying her massive entrance now wouldn’t solely spoil a plot level, however arguably would carry so much much less weight than it might to try this in a “final trailer” within the days following Captain Marvel’s launch, when followers have a longtime relationship with the character and might be suitably impressed by her arrival.
This trailer was additionally sort of downcast and reflective (nicely, apart from the Ant-Man half), so bringing in a brand new character who’s inspirational and upbeat would offset the downcast elements…and bringing in a personality who has no prior historical past with both Avengers followers or the Avengers themselves would offset the reflective half.
When final we noticed Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), he was exploring the Quantum Realm when his tether to the bodily world was misplaced by the sudden Decimation of the remainder of his group again at residence.
The implication was that he, like Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) earlier than him, can be misplaced within the Quantum Realm, doomed to linger there till somebody might work out his state of affairs and pull him out.
Once we see Scott within the trailer, although, it doesn’t seem as if anybody has joined him within the van (which was their cellular operations middle the final time we noticed him). As an alternative, it appears he managed to flee the Quantum Realm by himself one way or the other, and went straight to the Avengers for assist (or to assist).
We see Thor, the god of thunder, stripped of his residence, his individuals, his greatest good friend, and his brother earlier than and through Infinity Warfare — and now sitting, alone, mourning these numerous losses.
Alongside the best way, Thor managed to make a single pal who helped him deal with the varied losses of Ragnarok and Infinity Conflict: Rocket, the lone surviving member of the Guardians of the Galaxy left in place after the Decimation.
So the place is Rocket?
Our greatest guess is that he’s merely out of body — that the 2 have probably continued to stay collectively, missing (as each of them are) a lot of anybody else to hook up with. One other apparent risk is that he’s off drowning his sorrows someplace separate from Thor, as a result of whereas they turned shut throughout their journey collectively in Infinity Conflict, a couple of days making an attempt and failing to save lots of the universe with Thor was by no means going to eclipse the loss Rocket feels from dropping his “son” when Groot died or the remainder of his household when the Guardians disappeared.
This one…properly, this one appears apparent from a story viewpoint, and comedian e-book followers doubtless perceive much more than these simply watching the trailer at residence.
Nonetheless, it isn’t explicitly answered within the trailer, and this provides us an opportunity to look sensible by speculating about one thing that’s virtually undoubtedly proper.
Followers will keep in mind that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) didn’t seem in Avengers: Infinity Conflict, partially as a result of he was retired from the entire costumed-do-gooder enterprise. Clint had a household to consider, and the superhero civil warfare didn’t make him many associates, so it appeared a great time to concentrate on the house entrance, as seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Now, although, he is again, he is sporting a black go well with with a hood, wanting world-weary, and beating the crap out of individuals in Japan, relatively than on a farm center America. So what modified?
To start with, he’s doubtless not referred to as Hawkeye, however Ronin. This can be a position that Clint took up within the comics after he returned from the lifeless at one level.
Second? Nicely, it appears possible his household have been erased from existence following The Decimation, and that in impact, after the Snap, Clint…snapped.
This one is slightly totally different than the opposite “where is…?” questions, as a result of we do see Nebula within the trailer, she simply doesn’t look like in the obvious place for her to be, and there’s little context for what shes’ as much as.
In a extra “normal” state of affairs, the obvious demise of each member of the Guardians of the Galaxy apart from them would make it apparent that Rocket and Nebula by some means discovered one another and are headed off collectively in the hunt for solace and a brand new journey.
Not so, clearly, because the final time we noticed Nebula she was hanging out with Tony Stark. That signifies that his heartbreaking message to Pepper Potts and obvious isolation raises some critical questions on what occurred to the Mad Titan’s “daughter.”
Nebula has all the time been sort of a lone wolf and there was little or no emotional connection between her and Tony Stark anyway, so it’s distinctly potential that the reply is so simple as she discovered a method to depart and left him to rot, or that she selected to go off and die alone in a special place, or that she is simply elsewhere on the ship. As with Thor, the isolation could also be a storytelling gadget used within the trailer (and/or film) greater than it’s literal.
Followers had observed that Shuri was marked as “missing” among the many faces that Bruce Banner was taking a look at in pc information. This, together with the truth that no one has made any try to seek out Tony or Scott so far as we will inform previous to the occasions of the trailer, raises an fascinating query:
How does the world at giant cope with the Decimation?
A personality like Shuri might have gone underground in order that she might work in secret, might have recoiled again into the secrecy and security of Wakanda in an effort to shield the nation from the chaos outdoors, or might have merely disappeared into the persona of the Black Panther following the demise of T’Challa in Infinity Warfare. If she had achieved any of this stuff, no one would have any purpose to suspect that she was alive and working in secret, and as an alternative would simply assume she acquired “snapped” away.
That may be confirmed out by the truth that it seems to be what actually occurred to Scott Lang, whose re-emergence on the finish of the trailer appears to shock Captain America in a method that nothing has since he popped out of SHIELD’s holding cell into modern-day Manhattan.
This might go for supervillains, as properly: with half their jailers abruptly gone, what are a few of the most harmful individuals on the planet so far that a jail break might be mistaken for a demise and never investigated? It has massive implications for the form of issues going into Engame.
Steve Rogers seems to be within the costume he wore in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which appears more likely to imply that he’s again in good with the U.S. authorities following the occasions of Infinity Struggle.
Captain America tends to vary his costume much less arbitrarily than different superheroes (definitely much less so than Iron Man), and the truth that he’s again in that specific go well with doubtless “means” one thing. Give it some thought: his first costume change was as a result of altering time durations. His subsequent costume change got here when he went into lively obligation with a particular department of the army. The subsequent? After he turned a fugitive from justice.
Given that everybody else appears to be principally resigned to their destiny and in mourning, whereas Captain America and Black Widow are preoccupied with placing the Avengers Iniative again collectively and discovering a method out of the mess Thanos left behind, one robust risk is that Cap wears the go well with as a rejection of the hopeless established order.
However extra clearly, it probably signifies that even the federal government realizes that after Thanos’s assault there are greater fish to fry than the Sokovia Accords simply now.
Clearly, this one was by no means going to be one thing revealed within the first trailer. No matter their plan is, it should doubtless take till an excellent chunk into the film earlier than followers can discover it out, and it’ll virtually definitely be a reveal — which means that giving it away within the very first footage you launch would undercut the entire first a part of the film.
That stated, the one factor we do get from the trailer is Captain America and Black Widow — two individuals with out tremendous powers, caught battling towards an unstoppable foe who has already gained — saying that their plan goes to work.
That’s some Batman-level confidence proper there, people, and it makes us marvel what they’ve up their sleeve. There are some concepts on the market within the ether already — principally involving time-travel — however with no official hints but, we should wait till April, or no less than till a extra spoilery trailer hits, to make certain.
Avengers: Endgame opens in theaters on April 26, 2019. Different upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films embrace Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, and Spider-Man: Far From House on July fifth, 2019.