More Questions Arise with the Trailer for Avengers: Endgame

“Part of the journey is the end.”  -Tony Stark (Iron Man), “Avengers: Endgame”

Eight long months of shock, heartbreak, and speculation have finally been met with the long awaited “Avengers 4” trailer. On December 7th, 2018, fans were delivered a near two and a half minute video seemingly picking up right after the events of “Avengers: Infinity War” (released April 27th of the same year).

Viewers are met with a distraught Tony Stark (Iron Man) recording a video to his fiancé, Pepper Potts, back on Earth. In his message, he addresses his lack of subsistence and air, which will run out the next day, leaving everyone wondering if he’ll live or asking who will save the man who set the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) rolling almost ten years ago. The eerie, cyan-lit spacecraft is matched with epic background music which ultimately builds to a crescendo, thus leading viewers into the aftermath of Thanos’ snap from the previous film.

Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) narrates the past events at the Avengers HQ, explaining the onslaught of fatalities as familiar faces including Bruce Banner (Hulk) and Thor express defeat.

After flashing back to Nebula touching Tony Stark’s shoulder and a surprise reveal of Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner), Chris Evans’ star-spangled hero (Captain America) picks up with a mission-briefing, saying “This is the fight of our lives.” Right after he says that, he flips shut a pendant with a photo of Peggy Carter, his past-lover, much like he did in his debut to the MCU, “Captain America: The First Avenger.” In doing this parallel to how he did in his debut, he allows viewers to assume that he’s going to make a sacrifice as he did in crashing the main antagonist’s aircraft/bomb into ice to prevent it from ruining New York.

A one-on-one with Black Widow and Cap reveals that if their unspoken plan doesn’t go accordingly, Captain America has no alternative. The main bulk of the trailer lacks what the Marvel movies are known for: action. This took a lot of viewers by shock, but ultimately made it so powerful and beyond norms due to the catastrophic result of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Their conversation concludes with a black screen, which then lightens to expose rocks and dust, forming the Avengers logo, and then the title fans have been theorizing since the end of the last film, appearing in a striking purple text that read: “ENDGAME.”

But no fantastic Marvel feature is complete without a surprise clip to further tease viewers as to what’s to come. After the logo and title were made apparent, Scott Lang (Ant-Man) and his van blipped onto a screen at the Avengers’ HQ, piquing interests as Captain America asks with no answer, “Is this an old message?”

Fans are left with more questions than answers, but are satiated with an epic trailer for “Avengers: Endgame” which is set to release in April 2019.