The Avengers 4 trailer is finally here, but despite revealing the title - Avengers: Endgame - and catching up with the surviving heroes, it actually hides an awful lot about next year's MCU culmination. That should hardly be surprising. Marvel has increasingly marked itself out with secretive marketing campaigns, and that goes double for the latest Avengers movie; they've been so silent on this film that even the trailer release was a topic of much speculation.
But that doesn't mean that details aren't out there. This is a movie the previous 21 MCU entries have been setting up and we've carefully been piecing together the clues. Fold in set photos that tease major events, enticing artwork and sneaky hints from the cast and crew, an image of Avengers: Endgame has formed that the teaser trailer has only hinted at.
Jumping off from our thorough breakdown of the Avengers: Endgame trailer, here's everything related to the movie that wasn't revealed.
Captain Marvel Is On The Team In Avengers: Endgame Too
The team in Avengers: Endgame is predominantly made up of the original heroes from 2012's The Avengers, all of whom conveniently survived the snap for one last rodeo. However, the core six aren't the only ones involved, despite their focus in the trailer. As the post-title stinger reveals, Ant-Man will join up, and after his time in the Quantum Realm will surely have some knowledge essential in beating Thanos. And he's not the only hero absent from Avengers: Infinity War who's going to be key to the Endgame.
Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel will also play a key role in Avengers 4, using her immense Binary powers to turn the tide against the Mad Titan. Her arrival was first teased in Infinity War's post-credits scene and she's since appeared in full art of the team. Despite this, Carol doesn't appear or even get a mention in the Avengers: Endgame trailer. While this is in part due to Marvel not wanting to distract from her debut solo movie coming in March, it could also be a result of the trailer focusing on the very early part of the film.
Also on the team in Avengers: Endgame but not in the trailer are War Machine and Rocket. Both survived and have been seen in Avengers 4 art (the former with a snazzy nanotech suit), so will presumably appear at some point later in the marketing campaign.
How Ant-Man Escapes The Quantum Realm
The last time we saw Scott Lang, he was not in a good place - literally. In Ant-Man and the Wasp's mid-credits scene, he was in the Quantum Realm (collecting healing particles to help Ghost) just as Thanos snapped his fingers; when Hank Pym, Janet van Dyne and Hope van Dyne turned to dust, he was trapped in the microverse with no obvious route of escape. The Avengers: Endgame trailer ends revealing that Ant-Man does get out and makes his way to Avengers HQ to try and help the surviving heroes.
What it doesn't show, however, is exactly how he escapes. And while at the moment it's all just a theory, there are clues dropped in previous movies that suggest his route to freedom. Before going into the Quantum Realm, Janet (who survived there for 30 years) tells him to avoid "time vortexes". Dangerous under normal circumstances, these would be a major asset for someone trapped in the dimension. Especially given where the Avengers 4 story is going...
The Avengers' Plan Is Time Travel (In Some Form)
"This is going to work Steve," says Black Widow to Steve Rogers, revealing that the Avengers have some sort of plan in Endgame. Like any real semblance of plot, that is not explored further by the Avengers 4 trailer itself. However, thanks to the long lead-in to the movie's marketing, we have a good idea of what it is: time travel.
It's long been theorized that Avengers 4 will be, at least in part, a time travel film thanks to set photos showing the cast on a recreation of the Battle of New York from The Avengers, specifically multiple versions of Tony Stark joined by Ant-Man. The implication taken has been that the heroes will try and use the Quantum Realm (and those time vortexes) to go back to the events of previous movies and, through some altering of the timeline, avert or undo Thanos' actions.
Of course, none of that is overly teased here, likely because it's all a bit much considering how much can be revealed otherwise.
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The Team (Not Just Hawkeye) Will Look Very Different
One of the biggest reveals in the Avengers 4 trailer was the return of Hawkeye in a decidedly different form. This is Ronin, the title taken up by an angry sword-wielding Clint Barton, presumably a result of his family's death (it was said in Infinity War he was retired at his farmhouse). That's not the only redesign to expect in the film, however.
While the only discernable difference between the characters in Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame from the trailer is that Steve Rogers has shaved, promotional art has revealed a slew of changeups later in the film. Black Widow reverts to her classic red hair, Captain America gets his scaled armor from the comics, Iron Man & War Machine both get upgrades, and perhaps most excitingly, Hulk gets a costume hinting at a Professor Hulk arc.
Thanos' Role In Avengers: Endgame
There are a whole two shots pertaining to Thanos in the Avengers: Endgame trailer: his armor fashioned into a scarecrow as in the comics; and him walking through alien grass with the damaged Infinity Gauntlet. This, coupled with Black Widow's narration, seems intended to suggest that he's enjoying his grateful retirement. However, that's not going to be the case.
Avengers: Endgame may have a snazzy new title, but it is still very much the Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 it was announced as. And, with that, Thanos is still very much the villain, as evidenced by his presence in the Avengers 4 wrap cake and art. After all, surely any attempt by the Avengers to avert the snap will invariably bring him back into the fold. The trailer plays this down intentionally, likely to make figuring out what plan he's responding to more difficult.
In addition to Thanos, there's not a hint at any of the other rumored new villains. Speculation has been rife about whether the Avengers will face another comic foe in addition (or alongside) Thanos, and there have been several teases of new opponents in the story thanks to toy merchandise. However, while Avengers: Infinity War's trailer introduced the Outriders, its sequel has no such surprise.
The Snap Victims' Return
Avengers: Infinity War ended with half of the universe being blipped out of existence, including a lot of big name heroes. Since then, one of the few things regarding Avengers 4 that those at Marvel have been willing to say is that the characters Thanos wiped out of really are dead. Of course, like the film's title not having been spoken in Avengers 3, that isn't exactly true; thanks to actors' prior confirmations of having a role in Avengers 4 and upcoming sequels for Black Panther, Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy, a mass return is the closest thing to a sure-thing in Avengers: Endgame's plot as you can get.
How is one of the biggest questions, with it unclear if the film will deal with a resurrection or timeline rewrite. Regardless, that these heroes aren't in the Endgame trailer is hardly surprising given its spoiler-y nature. Indeed, Kevin Feige's gone on record saying none of the Avengers: Endgame marketing will feature any dead heroes (unless they're on screens like Peter Parker here).