You know your movie is a big deal when the announcement of the movie’s title sends the internet into a frenzy. Yesterday, Marvel Studios announced that the title of the last “Avengers” movie is “Avengers: End Game,” putting to bed all the speculation about the possible title. The title was revealed in the very first teaser trailer for the most important Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
The teaser trailer has gotten fans exciting and curious about the film. Here is Super’s deep dive into the 2:25 trailer’s possible hidden meanings.
The title: Ever since “Avengers: Infinity War” ended this year, people have been guessing what the title of the final film would be. The most popular choices have been “Avengers: Annihilation” and “Avengers: Secret Invasion.” “”Avengers: End Game” is a new title, without a comic book connection, indicating that directors Anthony and Joe Russo were setting out on their own journey instead of veering close to an existing comic book arc. The “Endgame” part aptly presents the film as the closing chapter to this current “Avengers” franchise movie line as well as reflects the resolution of the battle against Thanos, a battle currently lost.
Tony lost in space: The trailer begins with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) tranded in space. He was off-planet at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War” and now he is clearly trying to get back to Earth but has experienced a hiccup or two along the way. He is on the Guardians of the Galaxy’s ship, the Milano, but is running out of air. He is recording what he believes to be his final message to Pepper on his damaged Iron Man helmet (he did take quite a beating in the last film). “Part of the journey is the end,” he says. “When I drift off, I will dream about you. It’s always you.” When he finished recording his message, he turns off his helmet and prepares to die. This is a sad moment when one considers he has been discussing possible baby names with Pepper prior to being thumped by Thanos. But it had always been a question about how exactly Tony gets back to Earth from Titan. That question remains unanswered here.
3) The Marvel Studios card: Now we get to see the full title, beginning with the Marvel Studios’ 10th anniversary logo—but in a snap, it turns to ash! It has become a casualty of the Thanos finger snap.
Thanos at rest: We see Thanos’ armor and helmet hanging on a pole like a scarecrow as Thanos is walking through a field. It indicates that Thanos feels he has succeeded in his plan and is now relaxing. We just see his hand but we know it’s Thanos (Josh Brolin).
The heroes appear: Black Widow talks (Scarlett Johansson) in voice over about how half the population of all living creatures had indeed been erased by Thanos. We see the new Avengers base which is by the water. It’s not clear how much time has passed since the end of “Infinity War,” so the rumored five years after is still possible. Captain America (Chris Evans) is shown shedding a tear, now cleanly shaven again. Black Widow looks the same.
The lost: Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) s shown looking at images of heroes who were lost in the snap. We can see that the first is Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), which is marked “missing.” This is an important image because we know that, at the end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Scott wasn’t turned to ash perhaps because he was in the quantum realm when the snap happened. This also indicates that the surviving Avengers don’t have all the correct information right now. In a turn that might sadden people, the next image is clearly of Shuri (Letitia Wright). We can’t see if she’s missing or considered dead, as we don’t know what happened to her at the end of “Infinity War.” Again, this might be proof that Avengers are not fully informed, but it’s also possible she might be dead. The saddest twist is, as Banner puts his hand over his head, Shuri’s image turns into that of Peter Parker (Tom Holland), who was indeed erased.
More heroes: We then see a shot of an Avengers hanger that is empty. We see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in civilian grab, brooding. You can see he no longer is wearing an eye patch (he lost one eye in “Thor: Ragnarok”) and, upon closer inspection, you can see one eye is different from the other, meaning he is wearing some kind of cybernetic eye. Cap is heard is heard in voice over: “We lost. All of us.” We see Nebula (Karen Gillen) appear from the shadows so we know she will be part of this.
Hawkeye is back: Cap goes on—“We lost friends. We lost family.” We cut to a hooded figure with a sword on a rainy street as Black Widow looks on. The man unmasks, and it is Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), who was missing from “Infinity War.” He is wearing the costume of Ronin. In the comic books, Hawkeye had been killed but then returned in this exact Ronin identity. The Ronin identity is now used by superheroes who are hiding their true identity. The voice-over and the look on Hawkeye’s face confirm that his family was indeed erased during the snap, destroying the peace that he had found and is now back for vengeance. With this appearance, the two heroes missing from “Infinity War,” Ant-Man and Hawkeye are confirmed to be in the fourth film.
Ready for action: We see Cap back in his costume with Black Widow in what appears to be the interior of either a Quinjet or a spacecraft. “This is the fight of our lives,” he says. We then see that he is looking at the compass he had on him at the end of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and he is looking at the photograph of Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell). This callback to the earlier film also is a sad reminder that Cap lost the love of his life when the now elderly Carter died at the start of “Captain America: Civil War.” “This is going to work, Steve,” Black Widow tells him. “I know, because I don’t know what I’m going to do if it doesn’t.” This dialogue not only shows the desperation the heroes are experiencing but also the fact they are setting out on a mission to change history.
The title card, again: Now the words “Avengers” and “End Game” are seen, but the words are formed by what appear to be pieces of space debris reforming as a chorus rises. This can be a clue indicating that the many heroes—and people—killed by the snap are going to be reformed. Also, just a pretty cool title card.
The funny part: What has been a very somber trailer is turned on its head when we hear the inimitable voice of Scott Lang, yelling at the security camera to be let into the Avengers base. “Hi! Is anyone home? This is Scott Lang. We met a few years ago. At the airport. In Germany. I got really big. Ant-Man?” This is Scott referring to the events of “Civil War,” when Scott joined Cap against Team Iron Man and grew to a large size. It’s a funny callback but the big thing is to know that Scott is indeed alive.
Hope and amazement: Cap stands up with an astonished look on his face. “Is this an old message,” he asks. An equally flabbergasted Black Widow replies: “It’s the front door.” Scott keeps yammering on. “I know you know that. Buzz me in?” Aside from the shock of knowing Scott is alive, this scene gives them a bit of hope, because Cap and Widow are thinking the same thing: How did Scott survive the snap? This ties into the theory that the quantum realm was introduced in the “Ant-Man” films because it would play a part in restoring the heroes lost in “Infinity War.” Also, we aren’t sure exactly when this scene happens, but it is safe to say this particular scene happened before the earlier scene in the trailer when Cap and Widow were talking about their mission. It is likely that this development regarding Scott enables Cap and Widow to formulate the plan to bring back their friends.
No Captain Marvel: Many people are missing from this trailer, but the most glaring omission is Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) who will get her own movie in March and appears to be playing a big part in “End Game.” This is proof that the Russos are still keeping a lot to themselves.
The real release date: At the very end of the trailer, we get a surprise. When “Infinity War” ended, we were informed that the then untitled fourth Avengers movie would arrive on May 3, 2019. We know now this has been changed. The trailer ends with “April,” meaning we will get the final “Avengers” movies earlier—and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.