Who is the mysterious young woman firing an arrow with Clint Barton? Why are the Avengers all wearing white-armor uniforms? What’s with Thor’s sheepish grin when he meets Captain Marvel? All this and more, as EW decodes the new trailer for Avengers: Endgame.
First in Line
There is something about Steve Rogers that is always alone. In the trailer, we hear his conversation with Peggy Carter from The Winter Soldier. “Sometimes the best we can do is start over…” Alone, maybe. But he carries her with him. And this memory may be the key to fixing things.
Into the Before
The white suits that the surviving Avengers are wearing are reminiscent of Ant-Man’s shrinking armor, and we know that the quantum realm is where one can stumble into a time vortex. Obviously, some part of the plan involves turning back the clock. Peggy was right: “Start over.”
Clearly, Tony Stark makes it safely back to Earth, since he and Nebula are both seen in the quantum armor. The trailer opens with him, the hero who started the Marvel Cinematic Universe, trapped with Nebula aboard the Benatar.
“I know I said no more surprises, but I was really hoping to pull off one last one.” This is Tony Stark leaving a goodbye message for Pepper Potts, but it’s really directors Joe and Anthony Russo talking to the fans.
A Tale of Two Expressions
Let’s skip around in time ourselves. The trailer is overwhelmingly melancholy, but it ends with bliss — Carol Danvers and Thor coming face to face. This is the one she shows him…
This is the expression Thor gives her in return.
Thor and Carol
Clearly, the God of Thunder is smitten. Game always recognizes game.
Rabbit and Robot
No one is a better couple than these two, however. Rocket Raccoon and War Machine are obviously soul mates.
Hawkeye Trains a Sharpshooter
Another mindblower for fans was this shot. At first glance, it would appear to be Clint Barton (a.k.a. Hawkeye) teaching his daughter his skills while the rest of the family picnics in the background. But…
But … the little Lila Barton we met in Age of Ultron would still be a little kid. This teenage girl could be someone else, and fans are guessing (hoping?) it is Kate Bishop, a sword-fighting, arrow-slinging warrior who was part of Marvel Comics’ Young Avengers — and later took on the mantle of “Hawkeye.”
Not Hawkeye Anymore
In Avengers: Endgame, whatever grief has befallen Clint (most likely the dusting of his family) has transformed him into the masked vigilante known as Ronin. Hawkeye is not who he is anymore.
When Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, finds him again, she sees her old friend. This moment of clasped hands is so sweet it hurts. “Start over…” as Peggy Carter said.
Rememberance of Things Past
We get a reminder of the stakes. Just as the survivors see their history in black and white, with a mysterious splash of red, we see the ordeal of the Disappeared. Falcon vanishes, then Scarlet Witch…
Okoye watches as her fellow fighters turn to ash. She remains as one of the protectors of Wakanda, although the fate of Shuri is unknown. T’Challa has become ash, but his sister is merely among the “missing.”
When Scott Lang returns from the quantum realm, where he was alone and stranded at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp, he finds what looks like missing pet posters. But these are for people who vanished in The Snap.
The Original Crew
One mystery of the trailer is “when.” We know these characters, but where in time are they? For example, sometimes Natasha is a blonde, and sometimes she’s a redhead.
Natasha’s style changes from movie to movie, but the haircuts, including Clint’s, may be a clue that we’re not always seeing linear time in this trailer.
Man Out of Time
That also seems to be the case here. This looks a lot like Captain America in the battlefields of World War II. How far back could they go? And who might he find again in that far off time? It won’t be long until we find out on April 26.