The most eagerly anticipated trailer of recent memory – possibly even outstripping the fervour around that first STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE teaser, back in the day – has finally arrived, with Marvel Studios unleashing the first glimpses of the world, post-Thanos Snap (or ‘The Decimation’, as some are reporting the official title of the events at the end of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR) in the trailer for the Russo Brothers‘ film, AVENGERS: ENDGAME.
Yes, that’s the title of Avengers 4 now, best get used to it. Being a callback to the final line of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange in INFINITY WAR, this is actually the end of the mis-direction by the Brothers who, up until now, have been insisting that the name of the fourth AVENGERS film would not have been said before now in the MCU, or that it would be two words, or that it would definitely not be called ENDGAME. Which means we can now officially call the Russos lying gits and never trust a single word they say, ever again. I don’t even think they’re brothers. Birth certificates!!
Released with the tagline “Part of the journey is the end”, we catch up with all the survivors of the Snap (nah, I’m not calling it the Decimation, bugger that) as they come to terms with the realisation that “fifty percent of all living creatures” from the universe. Which does not bode well for my two cats. Which one has been dusted?? Please don’t let it be Buzz, he’s okay, he doesn’t poop in random corners of the house like Baggs does. I’d be okay if Baggs went.
Speaking of individuals that are ‘previously useless, prone to stabbing when not looking and annoyingly missing at inopportune moments’, we do get a return of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye… or, at least, in his new guise of Ronin, just after he’s taken down a gang of baddies in a rain-soaked Japanese street with a very gnarly looking blade. He unmasks himself in front of a relieved looking Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), which means we could be seeing a return of the OG super-spy team, teased way back in the first MARVEL’S AVENGERS.
And that’s what this trailer promises, a conclusion to that epic six-year journey that Widow, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and a clean-shaven and understandably tired-and-emotional Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) embarked upon and that we fans have been emotionally invested in.
They’ll also be joined by fellow non-dusted heroes Nebula (Karen Gillan) and wise-cracking Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), who somehow has managed to extricate himself from the predicament he found himself in at the end of ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. He is a clever chap when he wants to be, isn’t he? You go, Lang, you cheeky whippersnapper, you.
How exactly he pulled that off – along with how the rest of the gang all come together to foil the whole ‘that’s a big bag of franchise money that’s just gone poof!’ situation – will be revealed when the film hits screens on 26th April 2009 – plenty of time for people to speculate further about what we shall see. The big question for us, though: how will it involve Goose, the MCU’s new MVP, huh? Give us more Goose!!
AVENGERS: ENDGAME is an upcoming Marvel Studios superhero film from their Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, directed by the Russo Brothers and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Following the events of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, the film finds our heroes in the aftermath of the attack by the Mad Titan Thanos who has wiped out half of life in the universe. Now, the survivors must come together to overcome incredible odds and some how recover their friends. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States and United Kingdom on the 26th April 2019 (but don’t be too surprised it it gets announced that we in the UK get it a little earlier. It’s happened before.)