Avengers 4 has a Name and No It’s not a Surprise
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Written by: Benjamin Ferrarini
Marvel has released a trailer for the fourth “Avengers” film finally revealing the much-anticipated title. Though after so much hullabaloo, fake outs and ad nauseam teases concerning the official nomenclature the reveal does feel a little anti-climatic.
“Avengers: Endgame” will offer the conclusion to “Avengers: Infinity War” and bring Phase 3 of the MCU to a definitive end. First of some details about our brief look at “Endgame” and then some thoughts about the film moving forward. However, before you continue I will offer a SPOILER WARNING because in discussing the trailer I will be referencing details about other Marvel films as well.
This trailer understandably is short on details. It mostly consists of our defeated heroes licking their wounds in the wake of their disastrous loss at the hands of Thanos. Tony Stark and presumably Nebula are adrift in space in the Guardian’s ship. I suspect they hope to return to earth but the ship is without power, food and running out of oxygen. In this bleak situation Tony records a farewell message to Pepper Potts. Else where Black Widow and Steve Rogers reflect on the reality that half of all life in the galaxy was snuffed out. However, the end of the trailer depicts Black Widow reassuring Rogers the something “will work” implying they come up with some kind of plan. And that’s about it… there are a few developments here that are worthy of note.
Tony’s message to Pepper has some rather significant implications first and foremost is his total lack of hope. Though cynical Tony Stark has also been a character isn’t known to give up. He doesn’t believe there’s a situation he can’t think his way out of. The clip of his message to Pepper indicates Tony has lost all hope of surviving his situation and has resigned himself to death. This may be a temporary laps which he will be roused out of but for the purposes of this trailer it does serve other purposes. Tony says to Pepper not to “feel bad” about what’s happened and that “Part of the journey is the end”. This is obviously a message to fans concerning the ending of this era of the MCU, but it also means to communicate the dismal situation our heroes face in this film. We also see Black Widow, Banner and Steve Rogers in various states of grief and a well of photos of people resumed to be dead or missing. Speaking of missing heroes, we catch a glimpse of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye but looking very different from we’re used to. In fact from the all too brief snippet there’s enough to suppose Clint will actually take on a different alter ego by the name of Ronin. (Something he did do in the comics) We can infer this from Clint’s brandishing of a sword rather than his iconic bow and arrow. The other point of note about this clip is Steve Roger’s VO that plays over it. Rogers is talking about what they have lost and one of the things he mentions is that they’ve lost all lost “family”. Right after he says this is when we see Clint. Knowing Marvel and their affinity for sheltering little pieces of information in their trailers I think this suggests that Clint’s wife and kids were lost in Thanos’s snap. Unmoored from his family and with no formal Avengers team to return to Clint dawns his new persona Ronin. That can’t be the whole story of course as it doesn’t explain why he’s in Japan but I’m sure more details will follow.
What’s worth noting in this trailer is what it doesn’t show. There’s no sign of Captain Marvel who supposedly has a large role in the new film. We also didn’t see a whole host of side characters such as Okoye or Rocket. There’s only the very briefest glimpse of Nebula and even less of Thanos. Obviously there’s quite a bit Marvel is keeping close to the vest but there’s enough here to keep us speculating and guessing for a while.
For Instance, the trailer ends with Scott Lang’s arriving at the Avengers compound. It’s a rather striking note to end on considering where Lang was left in the after credit sequence of “Ant-Man and the Wasp”. But there’s something a little bit off about this moment. From Rogers asking if the video of Lang at the gate is from a past recording to Lang acting as if no one would remember him. Again there’s more to this reveal which Marvel will tease us with for months to come. Aside from this moment there isn’t a lot of surprises here. Most of the trailer seems to concern our heroes licking their wounds after the events of “Infinity War” so it’s possible “End Game” will take some time to let us sit with our characters in their lowest point. I do wonder how effective this tactic will be. There’s been a growing malcontent among critics and fans concerning how seriously Marvel wants us to take the ending of “Infinity War”. After all we know another “Guardian’s” film is in production, “Spider-man: Far From Home” is in production and has a trailer which was just screened at a Comic Con in Brazil. There’s almost certainly another Black Panther film in the works etc… etc…
This is on top of knowledge of the source material where the Infinity Gauntlet is used to restore the galaxy. Thus it’s easy to fall into a smug confidence to think we know how “Endgame” is going to play out. irregardless Marvel is trying hard to make us all think twice about our preconceptions almost begging us to take the events of these two films seriously. It’s not impossible to build some amount of emotional investment when the end is already known, though it’s no simple task. Perhaps Marvel believes audiences care about these characters enough that they will be willing to go through the journey with them anyway. It’s also possible they may yet have a few twists up their sleeve which fans won’t see coming.
What are your thoughts on the new trailer? Does the title reveal feel a bit anticlimactic to you? Have any theories you’d like to share? Drop them in the comments below and come back from more on “Avengers: Endgame” as it become available.