“WE’RE IN THE END GAME NOW.”
The words above were uttered by Doctor Strange after Thanos deebo’d the Time stone from him and all hope seemed lost. This past Friday, Marvel Studios’ finally released the long-awaited and highly anticipated trailer for the next installment of the Avengers franchise, the secretly titled (even the trailer’s title and the description box do not spoil the film’s title), Avengers: Endgame.
This trailer is more powerful than the purple Infinity stone and does a spectacular job at selling the film, which most MCU films do. Starting out with a shot of Tony’s helmet that was nearly destroyed thanks to the duel with Thanos in the previous film. The fact that Iron Man was the first film in the MCU, he’s leaving a message for the love of his life Pepper Potts, and this trailer begins with him is significant because it displays the growth Tony Stark has made over the years throughout these movies. We’re looking at a guy who only cared about himself and making money, yet his story arc has progressed to the point of him being in love and thinking of someone else. The dark and gloomy palette that is used magnifies that all hope is lost for our MCU founding hero. Pairing that palette with Starks monologue about not having food and water for the past four days and the lack of oxygen the next morning is gut wrenching and makes you feel his despair.
The next shot of Thanos’ armor propped up like a scarecrow is taken from the comics. Some say it’s like Thanos hung up his jersey in the rafters like a Hall of Fame player would, which I agree with. Black Widow’s voice-over and the background music’s epic buildup really sets the scene that the fight is on. Clean-shaved Captain America has a tear rolling down his eye which compliments the mood this trailer establishes. Thor is dressed in normal clothing and he has a look on his face as if he’s just thinking about how we would not be in this situation if he had just aimed for the head. Captain America recaps what everyone has lost during this whole ordeal, and after he says family, the family man of the Avengers, Hawkeye is shown looking like he’s been on a revenge tour after his family has, possibly, died during Thanos’ Snappining. Hawkeye’s transition into Ronin might be the best example of someone losing themselves in the film, especially since he was nowhere to be seen during Infinity War. Ending the trailer with Scott Lang and a pinch of humor is why Marvel’s ahead in the cinematic universe game. This trailer gives enough insight into the next film, yet I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few misdirections that were edited in so nothing would be spoiled.
Overall with this trailer, Marvel did a marvelous job of (
pun intended) selling this film. It never undermines the tone of the events from the previous film. Having all the original Avengers present was a nice, subtle touch because these four movies were built off their success. Endgame is most likely going to be the last hurrah for most of the founding Avengers, and it’s going to be one hell of an adventure to see where their arc takes them before it’s game over.
Avengers: Endgame is currently scheduled to be in theaters April 26, 2019.