Good morning, true believers! Are your knees weak? Your arms heavy? Your heart pounding with the force of a linebacker’s tackle on Superbowl Sunday? Well, Marvel is finally ready to relieve you of your burdens with the release of the first trailer and title reveal for Avengers 4.
The film, directed by Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo, picks up from where the previous film ended. The mad (or moral, if you follow /r/Thanosdidnothingwrong) titan has eliminated half of all life in the universe by assembling the Infinity Stones into a mighty gauntlet and snapping his fingers – – an event now canonically known as the Decimation. Although the Avengers’ made every effort to stop him, Earth’s mightiest heroes now lie broken, snapped, or simply dead.
This trailer opens with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark drifting out in space following his bruising battle against Thanos, at the end of which he had to watch his surrogate son Peter Parker struggle before turning to ash in his arms. On board, Stark is running out of air, so he uses the last of the power in his Iron Man suit to send a message to his partner, Pepper Potts. He says there’s “zero promise of rescue…” Foreshadowing?
Meanwhile, back on Earth, surviving heroes such as Black Widow and Captain America have retreated to the Avengers headquarters in upstate New York– it seems that the American government is a little too busy reeling from the Decimation to bother trying to arrest the pair for their actions during Captain America: Civil War.
The overall tone of the trailer is obviously despondent, but it’s also surprisingly withholding of much new information. As much as we get reveals– the return of Hawkeye (albeit transformed– stay tuned for more on that), for example– for the most part, this is a mood setting piece rather than a plot establishing one. We don’t even get to see a hint of the role Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel might play – – a big question mark due to her symbol’s introduction at the end of Infinity War and the release of her first solo movie just before this new Avengers film.
There are so many questions to answer. What is Cap’s mysterious plan? Is it to undo what Thanos has done or to simply avenge those who were lost? What is Thanos up to now, anyways? How did Scott Lang escape the Quantum Realm? How will Marvel pay homage to the recently departed Stan Lee?
All we know is this: Avengers: Endgame will release on April 26, 2019. And it’s going to shatter box office records, internet traffic, and our hearts.
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.