The Marvel Cinematic Universe is kaput. We’ve had a yr to ponder the good dusting, and whereas we by no means doubted the return of blockbuster characters like Black Panther and Spider-Man, we additionally worry what their resurrection will value the others. Avengers: Endgame might function a grand going-out get together for Captain America and Iron Man. The Russo Brothers have a chance to ship a rousing heroic victory tinged with sacrificial heartache. You’ll be able to’t overturn Thanos and anticipate the whole lot to be heat and fuzzy.
We’ll be free from the hypothesis recreation in little over a month. Till then, nevertheless, we should dig into the newest Marvel Studios trailer and analyze each tantalizing second of it. Inside the 2 minutes and 25 seconds, the entrepreneurs don’t seem to provide us a lot to work with. Flashbacks, flashbacks, flashbacks. Cool, cool, cool. I respect the restraint, staff, however we’re nonetheless going to spend the day scrounging for each attainable narrative scrap.
So, yeah, it doesn’t appear as if there’s a lot to work with there. But, holy hell, there’s a lot to blather on about. We’ve obtained potential new characters, a bunch of clues as to the place salvation lies for our favourite Avengers, and hero shot after hero shot after hero shot. Simply once you assume you possibly can’t probably be extra excited a few film — growth — right here we’re. Let’s dig in.
We open the place all of it started. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), with shrapnel seeping ever-closer to his coronary heart, collapsed within the desert. His Mark I armor having simply saved his cover from the clutches of the Ten Rings terrorists. His black & white reminiscence is enjoying like a “Final time on the Avengers” tv intro. It might appear to be a thousand years in the past for him and some crotchety joyless members within the viewers, however for us, it was a rapid-fire decade that produced 21 segments of the MCU, and it’s all been resulting in this epic finale. Tony has walked away from each battle he’s ever confronted. Will he be so fortunate this time?
He fought his approach out of that cave and have become Iron Man. His ultimate reward is to die within the chilly loneliness of area whereas he wistfully apologizes to fiancee Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) by way of his helmet’s hologram recorder. We’ve seen this shot earlier than, however the decapitated, damaged, and retooled Iron Man cranium is about as apt a metaphor for a way we’re all feeling post-Avengers: Infinity Conflict as you can get.
Tony has come a great distance because the promiscuous billionaire we met within the unique movie. Dealing with the repeated risk of dying, staring down the barrel of an empty mass assassin legacy, and regularly discovering the acceptance of Pepper on the finish of every day modified this egocentric drunk. Tony Stark has a coronary heart, nevertheless it took a present from Pepper to disclose that notion to the person himself.
Adrift in area, ready to eat the final gasps of oxygen aboard the Benatar, Tony Stark leaves his apology to Pepper Potts and the remainder of the universe. He failed, and he’s getting ready to make an exit.
The trailer shifts views. We depart the reminiscences of Tony Stark and drift into the sorrow of his Civil Struggle opponent. The billionaire shares blame with that different failure, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). Nobody can maintain a burden fairly like Captain America. We hear his misplaced love Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) clarify how the world modified. Hah. If she solely knew. I additionally respect how these historic flashbacks are composed of the identical pallor as The Imaginative and prescient’s lifeless, grey corpse. The reds offering only a trace of colour to let you already know that there was as soon as vibrancy right here.
New York Metropolis is all doom and gloom. The remaining huddled plenty of planet Earth collect round one another. Distress loves firm based mostly on all these docked ships across the Statue of Liberty. “None of us can return,” says Peggy. What’s carried out is completed. We now have to cope with the hell we’re dwelling in right now. There’s no use in crying over spilled milk, proper?
In one other flashback we see Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) marveling within the archery prowess of his daughter. Based mostly on the size of his hair and the pre-teen/teenage child, this scene almost definitely occurs across the similar time Thanos will get to snapping in Wakanda.
Who needs to guess that after this high-five connects, the younger Hawkeye pops right into a cloud of mud? Unhappy, unhappy, unhappy. I’d additionally like to take a position that the MCU might fiddle with the comedian guide continuity a bit, rename Clint’s daughter Kate, and introduce Hawkeye II inside the context of a profitable Avengers: Endgame mission. You in all probability need fewer Hawkeyes in your Avengers, however not me. Let’s get this Younger Avengers spinoff franchise occurring asap.
As Peggy continues, “All we will do is our greatest,” we meet again up with Hawkeye in Japan. He’s ditched the bow and arrows, picked up the katana, and located new objective because the vengeance-seeking Ronin. New haircut, standard superpowerless self.
Peggy finishes her thought, “And typically one of the best we will do is to start out over.” Positive, however The Avengers shouldn’t be a gaggle of parents who’ve ever confronted defeat earlier than. Beginning over isn’t of their nature. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) meets Ronin within the streets after he has slain some faceless villains. She’s right here to redirect some function to his wandering existence.
Extra, sickly unhappy reminiscences. Take a look at child Thor (Chris Hemsworth) being all morose about Papa Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) insecurity in his means to reign. Ten years in the past he was not match to be a king of Asgard, and now there’s barely any Asgard left to rule over. Would Odin have aimed for the top?
We revisit a collection of dustings from Avengers: Infinity Warfare. The mighty god of thunder was confirmed impotent by that movie’s climax. He spent half that runtime developing Stormbreaker so he might ram it into Thanos’ chest and when he did he was merely not sufficient. Everybody might be reeling from the occasions of the snap, however Thor will want critical help to tug him out of a state of self-loathing. Extra on that later.
We assumed there can be a time bounce in Avengers: Endgame and this shot of Black Widow’s roots affirm it to be so. Captain America laments, “I maintain telling everyone they need to transfer on…”
“…some do, however not us.” We’re The Avengers, dammit. This hell on Earth is on us, and we acquired to make it proper. The time to shave the post-Civil Struggle mope beard has come. Steve has to get again within the recreation.
Guys, Tony P. Henderson is lacking! Take pleasure in falling down an Web rabbit gap with that shout-out. It’s not value it, FYI. Extra importantly, as Black Widow replies, “Even when there’s a small probability,” we get the trailer’s introduction of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). We’ve speculated that the Quantum Realm is the important thing to undoing the horror of Avengers: Infinity Struggle and this trailer all however confirms that suspicion.
“We owe this to everybody who is just not on this room, to attempt.” Black Widow and Hawkeye collectively once more. This journey has to prime their exploits in Budapest. Time to get your recreation faces on Avengers.
Hawkeye speeds by way of a hallway that appears straight out of James Cameron’s Aliens. He’s fleeing a fireball erupting from an unknown supply. Missed it by that a lot.
Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), the only survivor of the Guardians of the Galaxy, mounts himself atop Conflict Machine (Don Cheadle). Who wants a Gatling gun once you’re armed with this ferocious badass?
“No matter it takes…” Captain America begins a mantra. What sky do you assume that’s behind the mighty Thor? Wakandan? Are we again to that fateful second when Odinson did not goal for the top? After a visit by means of the Quantum Realm will Thor be given an opportunity to right his Stormbreaker swing? Each character in Avengers: Endgame craves a do-over, however perhaps none extra so than the thunder god.
Nebula might additionally use one other stab at Thanos. “No matter it takes…”
“No matter it takes…”
Black Widow bones up on her pistol expertise and responds in flip to Cap, “No matter it takes.”
Cap knocked down on the bottom once more. He re-straps his defend, prepares to face, and prepares to knock that smug smile off Thanos’ face. Avengers: Endgame will present loads of alternatives for Steve Rogers to land a satisfying thump on the villain, however I nonetheless consider that final victory would require a sacrifice of self. He’s given it earlier than, and he’ll be prepared to offer it once more.
There might be loads of punches to go round, in fact. Good to see that Ant-Man will get a while on the battlefield as properly. Though, the place is that this battlefield? It doesn’t look like off-world until No. 2 pencils are the usual for each intergalactic Scantron check. Might this be Avengers HQ? Tony picks up the mantra, “No matter it takes.”
The trailer ends with The Proper Stuff strut. Steve Rogers leads his Avengers (which now consists of Nebula on the roster) the place they’ve by no means gone earlier than. Based mostly on the go well with design, the group is geared to enter Hank Pym’s Quantum Realm. They don’t want an Infinity Gauntlet when time can simply as simply be manipulated inside the microverse. Nicely, perhaps not simply as simply, however shut sufficient.
A greater shot of Nebula alongside Scott Lang. It’s a must to contemplate whether or not Marvel is dishonest with these pictures. Has Captain Marvel been digitally erased from the squad? Might Thanos be standing subsequent to them on this group as properly? Wha? Huh? I’m simply saying that the Mad Titan won’t be as proud of the result as he appeared within the final shot of Avengers: Infinity Conflict. Thanos reluctantly helped the Avengers within the comics after the Infinity Gauntlet miniseries. Marvel Studios is understood to subvert expectation, and as a lot as we’re wanting to see a purple grimace beatdown, it might be a helluva factor to witness Thanos and the Avengers reluctantly working collectively to realize the identical aim.
Why does Rhodey get a particular Struggle Machine Quantum go well with? Shouldn’t all of them be decked out in such weaponized armor? Perhaps he’s simply extra snug with the majority.
Hey look, Tony Stark! He made it off the Benatar in any case. Phew. Um, until that is Marvel Studios trailer trickery. We will’t belief them!
Depressed hoodie Thor stares down Carol Danvers (Brie Larson). He calls Stormbreaker to his hand. Nobody blinks as star-forged metal whips into his mitt.
Stern stare one.
Stern stare two. One badass god meets one other.
“I like this one.” Captain Marvel will get the seal of approval from Thor, God of Thunder. Not that she wanted it. Her arrival means their salvation in addition to their redemption.
Avengers: Endgame saves the Marvel Cinematic Universe on April 26th.