After months of waiting and endless speculation, the trailer for the fourth Avengers movie has finally arrived. For one thing, the trailer reveals the title for the feature as Avengers: Endgame, confirming previously leaked info indicating that that might be the case.
But beyond that, there’s a world of mystery to this footage, showing us our first official glimpse of the Marvel Cinematic Universe post-Thanos’ decimation.
You’ve already watched and rewatched this thing about a thousand times, so let’s break down some of the small details you might have missed in the trailer for Avengers: Endgame.
For months and months, rumors have swirled about the Avengers going back in time to undo the destruction Thanos has caused, a theory supported by leaks indicating that the production was rebuilding sets from older movies.
It’s hard to think of any other reason why Cap would be looking at a photo of Peggy with such significance unless he was about to go and find her for some reason. Other set leaks have indicated that the movie may have built a new set for Camp Lehigh, the boot camp in Captain America: The First Avenger where a pre-super serum Steve Rogers first proved his worth.
The base, located in New Jersey, was also visited in the modern era in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and more importantly, it was destroyed.
So if the movie is taking us to Camp Lehigh as the leaks suggest, then it’s probably not going to be in the present day. And that would help explain Cap going back to his outfit from the Winter Soldier sort of like when Star Trek characters have to go back in time and try their best to blend in so as not to screw up the timestream.
Return of the Ronin
After sitting out the events of Infinity War, Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton has returned for the fourth Avengers adventure and something is very different about him.
He’s got a new haircut, a new samurai-inspired outfit, and he seems to be stomping the streets of Japan, hunting down some sharp-dressed victims and leaving them dead in the street for some unknown end. You alright, Clint? This is more than just a costume change – it’s a whole new identity, one that Natasha seems somewhat shocked to see.
Rumors have been swirling about the meaning of Clint’s absence from Infinity War since before the movie even came out. The prevailing theory has been that Barton sheds his old identity and maybe even a little bit of his morality when his entire family presumably gets dusted at the end of Infinity War.
We didn’t see it go down on the screen, so we don’t know for sure if that’s what happened but c’mon. Do you think Clint is booking flights to Japan to go stab people if he’s got a wife and kids at home?
Thanos now retired to his quiet life as a big purple space farmer has put up his armor for good as an incredibly imposing scarecrow. You can actually see the scarecrow in Avengers: Infinity War, in the lower right corner of
the frame during the movie’s ending sequence of Thanos looking over his crops toward the shining sun on some unknown world.
But this image has some extra significance you might not be aware of. In the six-issue Infinity Gauntlet comic book series which served as the inspiration for the two-part Infinity War story, the scarecrow is a striking image from the final issue.
In the comic, the scarecrow appears to be Thanos’ only company. When the heroes come upon it, they regard it as “an empty shell of what was”, which
may imply some interesting twists in store for the final showdown between the Avengers and Thanos.
As for Thanos himself, he’s only seen briefly in the trailer, running his hand over some plantlife with his burnt-up Infinity Gauntlet. Does he have the strength for a second round? We’ll see after all: “We’re in the endgame now.”
In a bittersweet twist, it looks as though Tony Stark has commandeered the newest vessel of the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Benatar, which took the place of the Milano after its destruction in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Of course, not all is as bleak as it first appears.
For one, Tony does not seem to be alone on this sad, doomed trip across the universe. It looks like Nebula is there with him, hitching a ride after her ship was destroyed during her showdown with Thanos on Titan.
Her blue fingers can be seen on someone’s shoulder probably Tony’s. Considering she’s more robot than mortal being at this point thanks to Thanos’ tinkering, it’s possible that the lack of oxygen and food on the ship isn’t as big a deal to her as it is to Tony.
Ant-Man’s Ant-Van…and Ant-Plan?
Clint Barton isn’t the only Avenger making a triumphant return. Now that most of the heavy-hitters are dead and dusted, it’s time to welcome Scott Lang to the party. While Natasha and Steve are moping around Avengers HQ, they get a video message from Ant-Man, who seems to be at the gates of the facility. That’s exciting enough but what’s more exciting is the gear that Scott brought with him.
Last time we saw Ant-Man’s Ant-Van, it had been turned into a makeshift laboratory, kitted out with a portal to the Quantum Realm. In the post-credits sequence of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott entered the Quantum Realm and appeared to be stuck there, with his partners being dusted before they could pull him back.
Scott sure looked doomed so what gives? Right before Scott jumped into the Quantum Realm, he got this warning from the original Wasp. It seems pretty possible that Scott used a vortex to exit the Realm, depositing himself in the future and now he’s brought the time travel tech to Avengers HQ.
Who would have thought Ant-Man would be so important when it came time to save the world?
Shuri is missing
It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, but the Avengers: Endgame trailer revealed that Shuri, the woman who we thought might be Wakanda’s last hope, is among the missing.
During the sequence of Bruce Banner looking at the Avengers’ list of missing people, the image of Letitia Wright’s Shuri can briefly be seen among the presumed dead. With this, we’re meant to believe that she dies offscreen, snapped into dust just like her brother.
While the team’s intelligence is wrong about Ant-Man, who is indeed missing but not dead, we have no reason to believe that Shuri made it out alive. But while we’re on the subject of Ant-Man.