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?
- Page 1: Tony Stark's Endgame Arc (& How It Mirrors Iron Man 1)
- Page 2: Thanos' Role In Avengers: Endgame
- Page 3: What Happened To The Avengers After Infinity War
- Page 4: How The Avengers (Including Hawkeye) Are Different In Endgame
- Page 5: The Avengers' Plan In Endgame
- Page 6: Ant-Man's Role In Avengers: Endgame
30. The Iron Man Armor Is Destroyed
The opening shot of the Avengers: Endgame trailer is a stunning one, showing the badly-damaged Iron Man helmet. Iron Man is very much symbolic of the MCU as a whole; the entire shared universe began with the release of the first Iron Man movie in 2008, and Tony Stark remains the most prominent hero in the Marvel franchise. So kicking off with an image of the ravaged Iron Man helmet is just as much a symbol, reminding viewers that this film picks up with a universe that's been torn apart by Thanos, the Mad Titan.
29. Tony Stark Is 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, Stark and Nebula took the Benatar, the Guardians' ship, and presumably attempted to get back to Earth.
28. Tony Stark Is Trying To Send A Message To Pepper Potts
Naturally, Tony Stark is a tinkerer, so it's hardly a surprise that he's used the time on the Benatar playing with the technology there. He seems to have found a way to charge the Iron Man helmet independently, and has either adapted or installed a new recording system so he can record a message for Pepper Potts. Given the (literally) astronomical distance between Titan and Earth, it seems likely he intends to transmit this message in the hopes it will reach her. That may well mean he's cracked some sort of intergalactic messaging system.
27. The Benatar Is Adrift In Space
Assuming Nebula and Tony Stark were indeed attempting to head to Earth, it really hasn't gone well. The Benatar is drifting through space, unable to move to faster-than-light, and hope of rescue is slim as resources begin running out; Stark and Nebula are already out of food and water, and Tony says he only has a day's worth of oxygen left. He is essentially using this recording system to try to say goodbye to Pepper. The tragedy, of course, is he has no way of knowing whether or not Pepper survived the snap.
26. Tony Stark Accepts His Death
Ultimately, Tony Stark has become resigned to his fate. He's convinced that there's no way out of this - the chances of rescue are zero, in his view. It's a tragic end for Earth's greatest defender; he knew Thanos was coming all these years, and yet in the end he still failed. Still, Tony wants his last words to Pepper to offer her comfort. "Don't feel bad about this," he tells her. "Part of the journey is the end." That's as much as message to Avengers 4's audience as it is Pepper!
25. A New Beginning For Tony Stark
At first glance, the Avengers: Endgame trailer's entire opening sequence is dark and foreboding. But even at this stage, there's one very subtle, very deliberate reason for hope. Tony Stark's superhero career began when he was captured by a terrorist group, who attempted to force him into forging weapons on their behalf. Instead, Stark created the first Iron Man armor. And here's the interesting detail; in this scene, Stark is wearing identical clothes to the ones he wore while forging the Mark I armor in a cave in Afghanistan back in the first Iron Man movie. There's absolutely no way this is an accident; it suggests that this experience in space will serve the same kind of function in Tony Stark's personal journey, that he will both survive and use this to reinvent himself once again.
The parallels between Iron Man and Avengers: Endgame also highlight the character journey Stark has been on over the last decade. The Tony Stark of Iron Man was an egocentric whose only real focus was upon his own hedonistic pleasure. In contrast, ten years on, Tony Stark's focus is on trying to send a last message to the woman he loves.
Page 2 of 6: Thanos' Role In Avengers: Endgame
24. 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 - after all, when the film begins, Tony and Nebula are still on the journey from Titan. 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?
Read More: Avengers 4 Trailer Debunks Time Jump Theory
23. The Dusted Logo
The Avengers: Endgame trailer features probably the most creative rendition of the Marvel Studios logo to date. First the familiar image forms across the screen; then it crumbles to dust, the same effect used in Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos snapped his fingers. This fantastically creative logo sets the scene for the entire trailer, reminding viewers of what happened in the last film and promising that this is all about the aftermath.
22. 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.
21. Thanos Is Triumphant... But Will Have To Return
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?
Page 3 of 6: What Happened To The Avengers After Infinity War
20. The Avengers Compound
The defeated Avengers have returned to the Avengers Compound in upstate New York. Notice that the grounds are in a severe state of disrepair, with the lawns definitely needing some work. While there isn't a significant time-jump between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, then, there's enough time between them for the world to decay a little. No doubt lawn maintenance became far less of a priority when half the planet's population vanished - and that's assuming the gardeners weren't killed too.
This scene is significant for another reason, though. It's important to remember that Steve Rogers and his team of Avengers have been outlaws for the last two years, on the run from the United Nations, branded as illegal vigilantes after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Clearly, the chaos that ensued has made the Sokovia Accords far less of a priority, and the Avengers are now comfortable being based at the Compound once again.
19. Steve Rogers Crying (And Shaved)
Steve Rogers grew a beard in the two years he and his friends were on the run, an attempt to make himself harder to identify. In Avengers: Endgame, he's now clean-shaven, which reinforces the sense that the Avengers are no longer wanted fugitives. That said, for all some time has passed since the snap, Captain America is still tremendously distraught. He's a man who cares greatly about his friends, and he's just watched Bucky and Falcon die before his eyes. Worse still, he's also aware this has happened to the entire world - on his watch.
The Avengers 4 trailer seems to strongly suggest that Steve Rogers is a broken man. Black Widow seems to have stepped up as leader of the surviving Avengers, and she's the one who runs this heartbreaking debriefing.
18. Black Widow Confirms The Full Extent Thanos' Victory
Next in the Avengers: Endgame trailer, Black Widow confirms the scale of Thanos' victory. "Thanos did exactly what he said he was gonna do," she observes. "He wiped out 50 percent of all living creatures." Notice that she's not saying only sentient beings were affected - Thanos eradicated half the life in the universe, including half the animals and even the plants. Marvel has always insisted that, but the trailer confirms it. Ironically, this detail means Thanos' entire plan makes no sense in the first place. In the MCU, Thanos believed that explosive population growth across the cosmos would ultimately outstrip resources too. But by killing off half the plants and animals, he's depleting the resources as well as the population. Thanos has truly earned his title of the "Mad Titan."
17. Hulk Surveys The Dead
By the time Avengers: Endgame starts, the world has begun to grieve, and now Bruce Banner reviews the dead (or missing - those he's looking at are all presumably unaccounted for). According to the recently-published tie-in novel Cosmic Quest Volume II: Aftermath, the world calls the snap "The Decimation" and developed countries have begun to do an audit of the missing, all of whom are presumed dead.
16. Shuri Died In The Snap
Surprisingly, it seems that Shuri - Black Panther's genius younger sister - is among the missing. Shuri's face directly contradicts comments from actress Angela Bassett, who said that both her character Ramonda and Shuri had survived the snap. It may be that this was deliberate disinformation; or perhaps Shuri isn't relevant to the plot, so Bassett simply didn't know she'd been killed. It could also be a hint at her actually being in hiding. Or, it may be another example of Marvel tricking fans. The House of Ideas has a history of using trailers to deceive, and it would be very easy to adjust this scene.
If Shuri has indeed died in the snap, then the African nation of Wakanda will be in a state of chaos. Wakanda is a monarchy, and Shuri is the Heir Presumptive. The deaths of both T'Challa and his sister could potentially mean the end of the line of succession.
15. Everybody Thinks Scott Lang Is Dead
This Avegners 4 moment also reveals that the world believes Scott Lang is among the dead. There's a certain irony to the fact Bruce Banner is looking at that particular photo; he's never met Scott Lang, and in Avengers: Infinity War even expressed surprise at the idea there's now an Ant-Man and a Spider-Man. Of course, in reality Scott suffered a very different fate. As the post-credits scene of Ant-Man & the Wasp revealed, he was investigating the Quantum Realm when Thanos snapped his fingers. He was left stranded there after everybody who knew where he was literally crumbled to dust.
14. The Avengers Hangar From Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Avengers: Endgame trailer lingers over the hangar of the Avengers compound, last seen in the final scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The focus appears to be on the fact that the base is absolutely deserted, which fits with the fact the grounds aren't being maintained. At the same time, though, notice a subtle degree of symbolism here; the sun is rising over the Avengers Compound, another visual cue that there is still reason to hope.
13. Thor Grieves The Loss Of The Asgardians
Nobody suffered more in Avengers: Infinity War than Thor. When that film began, the God of Thunder had already been forced to destroy his homeworld; he believed he was leading his people into a bright new future, but instead he led them straight to Thanos. Thor was then forced to watch as half the Asgardian refugees - including his own brother Loki and his best friend Heimdall - were murdered before his eyes. As if that wasn't bad enough, though, Thor had his chance to get revenge and stop Thanos into the bargain; but he chose to draw out the killing blow, and thus inadvertently allowed the Mad Titan to snap his fingers. It's no surprise Thor is seated here, grief-stricken, another hero who has been broken by the horrific reality of the snap.
12. 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 - the scene ends with her putting her hand on Tony's shoulder. 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.
11. 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.
10. The Avengers vs. Yakuza
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 - there were casting calls for Avengers 4 involving the Yakuza, with one of them played by Hiroyuki Sanada. Natasha looks on in horror; it's 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.
Page 5 of 6: The Avengers' Plan In Endgame
9. The Avengers Have A Plan: Time Travel?
The focus of this entire scene is really the fact that 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. The trailer doesn't reveal the nature of the plan at all, but there's strong evidence that it involves time travel; it's generally believed that the Avengers will attempt to rewrite history to prevent the snap from ever having happened in the first place.
"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.
8. Steve Rogers Remembers Peggy
Steve Rogers has lost so much over the course of the years, and the weight of it is pressing down upon him more than ever. Given that's the case, it's unsurprising that he's remembering the love of his life, Peggy Carter, who he left behind when he was frozen in the ice in 1945. Considering Avengers: Endgame's time travel, it's entirely possible that Steve will do a lot more than think about his lost love; this is Chris Evans's last film in the MCU, so many fans are hoping Captain America will get a happy ending and somehow go back to the 1940s to live happily ever after with his beloved Peggy.
7. The Winter Soldier Suit
Notice that Steve Rogers is wearing a very familiar costume at the end of the Avengers: Endgame trailer; this isn't the suit Captain America has been wearing in the official Avengers 4 art. Instead, it's the costume he wore back during the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Set photos have already hinted that the Avengers are attempting to be very precise indeed with regard to the changes they make to the timeline. Perhaps this mysterious "plan" involves Steve Rogers going back to 2014 for some reason; he's donned this costume so he can pretend to be the Captain America of that time.
6. Black Widow's White Hair Remains
Black Widow's white hair is one of the strangest details in the entire trailer. Where Steve Rogers grew a beard to hide his identity from the world, Natasha Romanoff chose to dye her hair. If the Avengers are no longer on the run, though, she has no reason to keep it white. Significantly, official promotional artwork has indeed suggested Black Widow will go back to her normal redhead look.
There are three possible explanations for this discrepancy. The first is that Black Widow could simply choose to go back to her normal look later on in the film; indeed, some viewers have suggested there's a hint of red in her hair in the earlier scene in Japan. The second is that, for some reason, Marvel is trying to hide something about this scene, thus they've digitally altered Black Widow's hair to make it look white. The final possibility, though, is that the artwork could well be wrong about this point; concept artists for Marvel never considered the idea of giving Black Widow white hair, with that change only coming later in production.
Page 6 of 6: Avengers 4's Title Confirmed... & Ant-Man
5. 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.
Notice the way the title forms. It's reminiscent of an effect used in Doctor Strange, where the sorcerer used the Time Stone to draw rubble together. That may serve as a subtle hint that the time-travel theory is correct.
4. Ant-Man Escaped The Quantum Realm
The final scene in the Avengers: Endgame trailer shows Scott Lang arrive at the Avengers Compound. As previously noted, Lang was stranded in the Quantum Realm at the end of Ant-Man & the Wasp. The world has assumed he's among those killed in the Decimation; 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, and it's worth noting that the music swells to create a sense of optimism at this point too. All this supports popular theories that the Quantum Realm will be key to the Avengers' plan to defeat Thanos and put the universe to right.
3. The Civil War Callback
Scott Lang adds a much-needed note of humor to the Avengers: Endgame trailer, as he desperately attempts to remind the Avengers who he is. He casts back to the events of Captain America: Civil War, remembering the airport battle in Germany where he teamed up with Captain America and fought against Iron Man. "Ant-Man," he tries, "I know - I know you know that!" Given the Ant-Man films aren't among Marvel's most popular, this may serve as a useful reminder to the average moviegoer.
2. The Quantum Realm Van
Attentive viewers will recognize the van Scott Lang is driving; it's the same one from the post-credits scene of Ant-Man & the Wasp, and itcontains a portable Quantum Tunnel that can be used to access the Quantum Realm. It's generally believed the Avengers will use the Quantum Realm to travel in time; if that's the case, this van could be a very important part of the plot.
1. April 2019
Marvel normally do a staggered global release in order to align with holidays in different territories, but they chose to ditch that plan for Avengers: Infinity War. Instead, Marvel did a same-day release for every single territory. The trailer concludes with the exciting news that they plan to do the same thing here - it ends with the promise that Avengers: Endgame will release in April 2019, when all questions will finally be answered!