Breaking down Marvel's newest trailer
Like the Avengers when Thanos collected all of the Infinity Stones in last year's Infinity War, fans were not prepared for the release of the second trailer for Avengers: Endgame. With no advance warning, Marvel debuted another full-length trailer early on March 14. Just as you'd hope from a new look at what's likely to be the year's biggest movie, there are new scraps information to glean from this fresh footage, so a breakdown is in order. This trailer gives us a slightly better understanding of what the heck is going on in Endgame, aside from the fact everyone has multiple hair styles. Are they all Skrulls or fashion forward? That's the real question.
Following the post-credits sequence in Captain Marvel, this new trailer brought us a bit of the first interaction between Carol Danvers and one of the Avengers. Just as you'd hope, it was a pretty fantastic moment as she meets Thor. The new trailer also provides some unique superhero team-ups, new outfits--which fans have speculated are tied to the Quantum Realm--and a heavy reliance on flashback sequences, as we see parts of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America: Civil War. The new trailer was also accompanied by the release of a new poster, which has been updated since it was first shared to add actress Danai Gurira's name to the top.
Below, we're taking a closer look at the latest trailer and breaking down what we think is going to happen in Endgame. Who will live? Who will die? Who will keep their same hair style into Marvel's Phase 4? Bear in mind, there's also the very legitimate question of whether anything in this trailer is meant to mislead audiences. Marvel knows we're going to examine each shot with a fine-toothed comb and could be effectively lying to us to throw us off. We saw just that with Infinity War, which for instance featured a shot of the Hulk running around Wakanda (when in fact Bruce Banner was piloting the Hulkbuster at that point in the movie). As such, we have plenty of Endgame theories about what to make of the new information.
If you're looking for more on Endgame, check out the first trailer for the film, our theories about the story based on the first trailer, and new thoughts about Infinity War after a recent rewatch. Avengers: Endgame releases in theaters on April 26. If you've already seen Captain Marvel, we also have some thoughts on what we can take away from that movie and what it tells us about the final confrontation with Thanos that's surely coming in Endgame.
Where It All Began
The trailer opens up with Tony Stark in the Mach 1 Iron Man suit, from the original 2008 film, which is now 11 years old. Stark can be heard discussing his life as the superhero. Much like other flashback moments, everything is in black and white, with certain things highlighted red.
One Last Message For Pepper
Stark is leaving a message for the love of his life, Pepper Potts, as he's aboard a ship, floating through space. He doesn't think he's going to make it back home, or maybe, he just doesn't think he'll see Pepper again, as she's been dusted. This may be for his own sanity more than anything else, just to get his feelings out into the ether.
Lost In Space
From the previous trailer, we know both Nebula and Tony Stark are trapped on this ship.
"Scrawny" Steve Rogers
There is a scene of Steve Rogers before he became Captain America, when he wanted to join the military for WWII, but was too weak to do so. The red stripes on the American flag are highlighted here.
Clint And His Daughter
Looks like we're finally going to find out what happened to Hawkeye's family during Infinity War. There is a scene with Clint Barton and his daughter--Lila--enjoying the outdoors. Lila is practicing her archery and hits a bullseye. This has to take place early on or in the beginning of the movie. We knew already that Clint was under house arrest after accepting a plea deal related to the Sokovia Accords (note his ankle bracelet in this shot), but we'll finally get to see what happened to him during this time. And we're pretty sure he goes rogue and becomes Ronin because his whole family gets dusted.
Additionally, this may not be a flashback sequence, as everything here is in full color, and the flashbacks (at least in this trailer) have been black, white, and red.
Steve Rogers: Pallbearer
Although you may have forgotten about this, Steve Rogers was a pallbearer at Peggy Carter's funeral--his romantic interest in Captain America: The First Avenger. This scene happened during Captain America: Civil War in 2016.
We cut to Asgard--which was destroyed in Thor: Ragnarok--and see Odin (RIP) with his son, Thor, whose cape is red in this flashback.
Scott Lang Is Confused
Ant-Man--in his Scott Lang costume--looks at a post with a bunch of "missing" fliers on it. Because of Scott's bewildered look, we can infer this takes place right after Scott escapes the Quantum Realm. However, here's something to think about: He might have been stuck in the Quantum Realm for quite a while, as the missing signs on the post look pretty beat up, and that doesn't happen overnight.
Black Widow Is There For The Widower
We see Black Widow and Hawkeye hold hands in an earlier shot, but don't think this is Clint cheating on his wife--Natasha is in love with Bruce Banner anyway. She's consoling Clint, like a good friend. She's there for him in his time of need because his family was dusted.
The Team Up You Didn't Know You Needed
Rocket and War Machine? Yes, please. This is such an odd scene because it's not a team up we ever would have expected. There isn't a whole lot to make of this, aside from the fact of this new Avengers team, for Endgame. No clue why War Machine is glowing red here. Could it be a "kill" mode?
Here's A Nice Shot Of Clint's Haircut
When humans go through something traumatic, they tend to do something drastic in order to move on. Whether it's our actions--like turning our pain into addiction or becoming an assassin in Hawkeye's case--or just doing something as simple as changing up our look, little things help put the past behind us. Hopefully, we get to see the scene of Hawkeye cutting his own hair. He totally did it to himself, right?
Thor returns, fully powered--like at the end of Infinity War--with his new weapon, Stormbreaker. It's like his old hammer, Mjolnir, but with a sweet axe blade on one side.
Where Is This?
We see Ant-Man in action for a brief moment, and around him is firey carnage, as a shrunken Scott Lang rides a pencil. Could this be when Scott returns to Earth?
New Avengers Part 1
Before we get the title card, there are a few shots of the New Avengers team in brand-new outfits. Why are they in matching outfits like this? Well, that's probably a plot point. In any case, first, we see Steve Rogers.
New Avengers Part 2
Next is Scott Lang, Hawkeye, and Nebula.
New Avengers Part 3
War Machine pops up next.
New Avengers Part 4
Finally, we see Black Widow and Tony Stark.
Captain Marvel Appears
If you've seen Captain Marvel and watched the mid-credit sequence, you know Carol Danvers makes it back to Earth. We see her first meeting with Thor, where the God of Thunder calls his weapon to his hand, and Danvers doesn't flinch.
Black Widow Is A Blonde Again
Thor assesses Captain Marvel, as a blonde Black Widow looks at the two. Why are there so many hair styles here?
It's Not Mjolnir
If you pause the trailer at the exact right moment--which took some time to do--you can clearly see that Thor's weapon here is still Stormbreaker, no Mjolnir. I think it's time for all of us to accept that Thor's original hammer is gone forever. Frankly, we should have accepted it during Ragnarok when Hela blew it up.
Movie Poster Bonus!
Taking a look at the cast list for Endgame, you can see Benedict Wong and Jon Favreau are in the movie. Favreau has played Happy Hogan in the Iron Man movies and popped up in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wong played, coincidentally, Wong in Doctor Strange and Infinity War. We haven't seen either of them in the Endgame trailers.