Avengers: Endgame trailer racks up nearly 30m views on Marvel’s channel in 11 hours
After months of feverish speculation from fans, along with much poring over tweets and blurry set photos, Marvel has finally dropped the trailer for the fourth Avengers movie, called Endgame.
Racking up more than 29 million views in 11 hours on Marvel’s official YouTube channel alone, the trailer confirms the movie’s name for the first time, and also gives fans a date to look forward to — April 26, 2019.
Warning: There are spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War below.
But it also kicks off on an ominous note — the title seems to confirm the end of an era in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and some of the original Avengers team — such as Chris Evans’s Captain America (now beardless) and Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man (now stranded in a spaceship somewhere) are tipped to bow out.
Frustratingly, the trailer itself is tight-lipped over how Earth’s mightiest heroes will recover from the traumatising events of Avengers: Infinity War, where supervillain Thanos snapped his fingers and disintegrated half of all life in the universe.
But it does reveal some hints on what we should expect — and leaves us with a more than a few questions.
Is this the end of Iron Man?
In the trailer, we find Tony Stark has seen better days — he’s stranded on a drifting spaceship, after his team of some of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Peter Parker got wiped out by Thanos on the planet Titan.
He’s out of food and water, and the oxygen is almost gone too — he’s recording some last messages for his sweetheart Pepper Potts.
He also has the ominous line: “Part of the journey is the end.”
There are a few ways he could get of it — we know from interviews that some space-going characters like Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie survived Thanos’s slaughter of the Asgardians in Infinity War.
It’s also likely that Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel is out and about, given the post-credits scene of the last movie.
Personally, we hope that Taika Waititi’s Korg saves the day.
What’s happened on Earth?
We get a recap of the events of the last movie from Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, saying the Avengers lost and things have definitely gone downhill.
Steve Rogers — aka Captain America — is sad, and interestingly, is wearing his stealth suit from The Winter Soldier, rather than his modified suit from Infinity War.
Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner is also sad, as he looks at a list of those presumed dead or missing — a list that includes Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and strangely, Letitia Wright’s Shuri.
Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is brooding, no doubt wishing he had gone for Thanos’s head. There’s no sign of Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, and we’re left wondering how long it has been since half the Earth’s population disappeared into dust.
There are no heroic group shots, no rising fanfare or inspiring theme — instead, we’re left in the desolation of what happened.
What’s up with Hawkeye?
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye was a no-show in the last movie, having retired to live in peace with his family.
But the trailer has confirmed a popular fan theory — he’s taken up the alternative persona of a character called Ronin, swapping his bow and arrows for a wicked-looking katana.
Given his new hairstyle, the fact that he appears to be somewhere that is definitely not the family farm, and his somewhat sullen expression when he turns around, it’s possible his entire family was disintegrated by Thanos.
The fact that Captain America narrates “we lost family” as we cut to his reveal also doesn’t bode well.
How did Ant-Man get out of the Quantum Realm?
The last we saw from Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, he was trapped in the Quantum Realm at the end of his most recent movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp — which also explained his absence during the events of Infinity War.
Having gone subatomic to enter the mysterious realm, he was trapped when the people who helped get him in there — and were going to help him get out — were disintegrated by Thanos.
So how did he get out? We know it’s not exactly easy — one character was trapped for decades before being rescued.
That said, it’s possible the Quantum realm could provide an answer on how to defeat Thanos — one popular fan theory speculates the Avengers could use it to travel back in time to before he collected the Infinity Stones.
Also, his dialogue — and Captain America’s reaction on seeing him — seems to be another indication it has been quite some time since Infinity War took place.
Unfortunately, we’re unlikely to get answers to any of these questions until Endgame’s release next year — unless Tom Holland or Mark Ruffalo accidentally leak spoilers again.