Earlier this week, we talked about rumours floating around that the first Avengers 4 trailer would finally get released. It took a little longer than expected, the Avengers 4 trailer is out now and with it comes the name of the previously untitled film. On 26 April 2019 (yes, earlier than the previous 3 May date) Marvel fans across the globe will get to watch Avengers: Endgame. The film will wrap up the MCU’s phase 3 and the trailer, which you can view at the bottom of this article, is equal parts depressing and brilliant.
Note: Avengers: Infinity War & Antman and Wasp spoilers to follow.
I’m not going to waste your time with too much talk and you can just watch the trailer right now. However, maybe check out all the details of the trailer, some of which you might have missed during that first watch, as well as some theories about what it all means.
The trailer starts off with Tony, down and out on a spaceship away from the planet he was stranded on with Nebula. He desperately tries to record his last message to Pepper. Tony is running out of air and it seems a plan to get off the planet and back to earth didn’t work, where he utters what seems to be the film’s tagline: “Part of the journey is the end.” Then, the next shot shows a spaceship that looks very much like an eagle. At first glance, I thought it was the ship Tony was in, but then again, it could very well be another ship, Captain Marvel coming to save him, or the Guardian’s ship. We also see another shot later on of Nebula, who seems to be touching Tony’s shoulder as it is the same outfit he was wearing earlier.
Then, we see how Thanos is spending his retirement on a peaceful farm, hanging up his armour but with the Infinity Gauntlet still firmly on. Thanos is limping which indicates he is still injured from his fight and victory against Earth’s mightiest heroes. The Infinity Gauntlet has also seen better days and it looks a bit broken after that infamous snap.
Then, we see Captain America and Black Widow, two survivors of the snap. Just after a little chat between these two Avengers, something very interesting happens as it shows Hawkeye, but maybe not the hero we once knew. He is cleaning off some blades after obviously killing a few people, and when he turns around, you can see the pain on his face.
It’s a brilliant little scene which, in my opinion, (this is just a theory) shows that Hawkeye has taken up the mantle of Ronin and might even be working for Thanos in a ruse to get close to the mad Titan, but he has to do some terrible things to achieve his goal. The pain on his face also clearly shows that one, or likely more of his family might have been taken by the snap.
Back to Captain America and Black Widow and here’s where it gets quite interesting. Captain America looks down at his locket with a photo of Peggy Carter, his love interest during the war when he got his powers. At the same time, Black Widow and Captain America sound like they have a plan and they are hoping the plan will work.
Here’s my best theory at the moment. Old Steve is looking at the picture because he knows he is going back to that time. Time travel will likely play a massive role in Avengers: Endgame and this is further hinted at with Antman showing up at the Avengers headquarters.
Scott was supposed to be trapped in the Quantum Realm as shown in the post-credit scene of Antman and Wasp, but he managed to make it out somehow. With access to the Quantum Realm, time-travel is very much possible and the only way for the remaining Avengers to undo that snap, in my opinion, is to go back and gather the Infinity Stones for themselves, create a gauntlet with the help of Eitri the Dwarven King and snap Thanos out of existence.
You also get a glimpse of Thor in the Avengers: Endgame trailer and guess what, he has both his eyes intact. This further indicates that time-travel will be involved in some way.
Edit: A reader pointed out that this is Thor from the present as it is a fake eye Rocket gave him.
Last, but not least, is the title of the film itself. The film is titled Endgame, which might not sound as significant and the word has been used across multiple franchises and comic book arcs, both for DC and Marvel. With that being said, think back at that moment in Infinity War where Dr Strange handed over the Time Stone to Thanos and said that “we’re in the end game now”.
Out of all the outcomes, Strange only saw one in which the Avengers eventually won, and set the events in motion by saving Tony and handing over the Time Stone, yes, the Time Stone. If that isn’t a big hint regarding time-travel now that we know that the film will be called Avengers: Endgame, then I don’t know what is.
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