Find out the true secrets of the Endgame in our Avengers 4 trailer breakdown. After months of theories and speculation, the first trailer for Avengers 4 has finally dropped, officially confirming its title and revealing lots of secrets about the movie. This year’s Avengers: Infinity War ended on a cliffhanger, with Thanos succeeding in his insane goal of erasing half the life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. The Avengers 4 trailer really focuses on the immediate aftermath of his triumph, with the world reeling as half the human race was killed in an instant. The Avengers initially seem broken and defeated, devastated at the losses they have suffered.
Avengers: Endgame is easily the most eagerly-anticipated Marvel trailer there’s ever been. There’s been an unprecedented degree of secrecy surrounding next year’s Avengers blockbuster, and up until now Marvel has even been keeping the film’s title under wraps. The trailer gives the first ever footage from the movie, confirming some popular theories, debunking others, while carefully avoiding revealing much of the plot. Details from merchandise leaks have teased that there will be “new threats” in this film, but notice that there’s no hint of them in the trailer.
However, dig deeper and you’ll find a lot of secrets. Here we’ll explore the Avengers: Endgame trailer in detail, looking at everything from the fate of Tony Stark to Hawkeye’s shocking change in identity. Just what have the repercussions of Avengers: Infinity War been? And how can Earth’s surviving heroes put the world to rights?
10. There Is No Time Jump At The Start of Avengers: Endgame
There have been frequent rumors that Avengers: Endgame would kick off with a five-year time jump, although evidence has been sparse. That is apparently debunked by the trailer, which clearly kicks off shortly after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Certainly, some time has passed; the world has been able to start numbering its dead, and in one scene Bruce Banner looks at the list of the lost and grieves. But there’s no evidence that the film will jump years into the future. Of course, that does raise a curious question; why did Marvel Studios reportedly cast Emma Fuhrmann as an older Cassie Lang?
9. Tony Stark Is Stranded In Space On The Guardians’ Ship
Avengers: Infinity War ended with Tony Stark and Nebula stranded on Titan, the last ones left alive after the Guardians of the Galaxy – and Spider-Man and Doctor Strange – crumbled to dust before their eyes. Titan, of course, was a barren world, and so they naturally had to leave at speed. According to the Avengers: Endgame trailer, Tony Stark and Nebula took the Benatar, the Guardians’ ship, and presumably attempted to get back to Earth. It hasn’t gone well; the Benatar is floating through space, unable to move faster-than-light, and resources are running out. Stark is already out of food and water, and says he only has a day’s worth of oxygen left. Convinced he’s about to die, Stark is using his damaged Iron Man helmet to record a last message in the hopes it will reach Pepper Potts. “Part of the journey is the end,” he reflects mournfully, resigned to his fate.
8. The Thanos Scarecrow
Jim Starlin’s classic Infinity Gauntlet comic is largely the inspiration for this two-part Avengers saga. That story ended with a defeated Thanos settling down as a farmer on an unnamed planet, consigning his armor to serve as nothing but a scarecrow. The end of Avengers: Infinity War teased something similar, although in this it was a triumphant Thanos who sat down to watch the sunrise and contemplate the ungrateful universe he believed he had just saved. It’s certainly fitting that the Avengers: Endgame trailer confirms that Thanos turned his armor into a scarecrow, just as he did in the comics.
7. The Broken Infinity Gauntlet
The Infinity Gauntlet was forged by the dwarf Eitri to house all six Infinity Stones; but the act of combining the power of the ingots and wiping out half the life in the universe was too much for even this powerful device. In this brief shot from the Avengers: Endgame trailer, you can see that the Gauntlet is still seriously damaged. It’s interesting to note that Thanos hasn’t taken it off; perhaps the cosmic energy he wielded has fused it to his arm. Alternatively, it’s also possible that he doesn’t want to risk letting the Infinity Stones out of his sight; there’s a hint of blue, suggesting that the Stones are still in place.
Thanos’ “retirement” doesn’t seem to have gone well for him; his clothes are tattered. The fact he isn’t even looking after himself suggests that, having succeeded in his mission, he’s now uncertain just what his purpose should be for the rest of his life. The insane philosophy of rebalancing the universe was as much an excuse for his love of war as anything else – notice the glee with which he took down the Hulk in Avengers: Infinity War. Will he really be able to live as a farmer now?
6. Shuri Died In The Snap
A grieving Bruce Banners looks at the list of the dead – and their numbers include Shuri, Black Panther’s genius younger sister. This directly contradicts comments from actress Angela Bassett, who said that both her character Ramonda and Shuri had survived the snap. Perhaps that was deliberate disinformation; perhaps Shuri isn’t relevant to the plot, so Bassett simply didn’t know she’d been killed; or perhaps the faces on this screen aren’t final. It’s worth remembering that Marvel do have a history of using trailers to deceive, and it would be very easy to adjust this scene.
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5. Nebula Is Working With Tony Stark In Avengers 4
The Avengers: Endgame trailer confirms that Nebula is aboard the Benatar, too, and suggests that she’s working with Tony Stark. Like Stark, she’s shaken by everything she’s endured; after all, she lost her sister when Thanos sacrificed Gamora in order to acquire the Soul Stone. The Russo brothers have insisted that they chose the snap’s survivors for story purposes, meaning that Nebula’s knowledge and experience must somehow be relevant to the plot of Avengers: Endgame. Official art has shown that Nebula will work alongside the Avengers in the end.
4. Hawkeye Becomes Ronin
The Avengers: Endgame trailer gives a stunning shot of Hawkeye’s new identity – Ronin. In the Ultimate Comics, this was an identity Clint Barton assumed after the deaths of his family. The dialogue strongly suggests that the same will be true here as well; “We lost family,” Steve Rogers says in the voice-over, “We lost part of ourselves.” Presumably Clint’s wife and children vanished before his eyes, leading him to embrace this new, darker identity. This scene seems to indicate that Black Widow has tracked her old friend down to Japan, where he’s currently conducting a one-man war on the Japanese underworld. She looks on in horror; it’s clearly implied that Barton has stopped pulling his punches, and has just killed a man before Natasha’s eyes. For Black Widow, who was pulled out of her old life as an assassin by Hawkeye’s faith in her, this must be a heart-wrenching moment.
3. The Avengers Have A Plan: Time Travel?
But the Avengers have a plan. Everything in the Avengers: Endgame trailer builds up to this moment, establishing that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are fighting to save half the life in the universe, to put the world to rights. “This is the fight of our lives,” Steve Rogers says. Notice that he’s wearing a very familiar costume; this isn’t the suit Captain America has been wearing in the official art. Instead, it’s the costume he wore back during the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There have been a lot of theories that Avengers: Endgame involves an element of time travel – and, indeed, this may be the plan – but this is the first scene in the trailer to hint that might just be the case.
“This is going to work, Steve,” Black Widow reassures him. It looks as though Black Widow will have an exciting role in Avengers: Endgame; Steve Rogers is crumbling, devastated at what has just happened, and she’s the one offering strength and counsel. Whatever the Avengers’ plan may truly be, she believes it has a chance – even if Captain America isn’t so sure.
2. The Official Title Is Avengers: Endgame
The Avengers 4 trailer confirms that the official title is Avengers: Endgame – complete with a stunning new logo. It’s lifted from a crucial line of dialogue from Avengers: Infinity War; after giving Thanos the Time Stone, Doctor Strange told Iron Man, “We’re in the endgame now.” Strange had used the power of the Time Stone to view 14 million possible futures, and only identified one in which the heroes emerged triumphant. It’s commonly assumed he was acting in accordance with that timeline, ensuring that everything was in place so the Avengers could ultimately win. If that’s the case, as sinister as the title Avengers: Endgame sounds, it actually carries a sense of hope to it.
1. Ant-Man Escaped The Quantum Realm
The final scene in the Avengers: Endgame trailer shows Scott Lang arrive at the Avengers Compound. In the post-credits scene of Ant-Man & the Wasp, Lang traveled into the mysterious dimension known as the Quantum Realm to collect “healing particles” for his new ally, Ghost. Unfortunately, he was still in the Quantum Realm at the precise moment Thanos snapped his fingers. All the people who knew Scott was there vanished from existence in an instant, leaving him trapped inside this strange plane of reality. Ironically, the world just assumed he was another one of the countless people who were killed. His face is visible on the “list of the dead” monitors earlier in the trailer; that’s why Steve Rogers and Black Widow are so shaken when they realize Ant-Man has pulled up at their front door.
So how did Scott escape the Quantum Realm? This is a plane of reality where the normal laws of time and space don’t apply, and Janet Van Dyne suggested it’s filled with what she called “time vortexes.” It’s been theorized that Scott will use one of these time vortexes to get out of the Quantum Realm, and then seek out of the Avengers. The placement of this scene really does make it seem important, supporting popular theories that the Quantum Realm will be key to the Avengers’ plan to defeat Thanos and put the universe to right. We’ll find out when Avengers: Endgame releases in April 2019!