Avengers Endgame Trailer Breakdown For Super Bowl 2019 TV Spot
By Meg Downey on
As April marches closer and closer, the Avengers: Endgame hype train is only picking up speed and now, with a brand new TV spot shown during Super Bowl LIII, we've got a brand new batch of footage to work with--the first since the first trailer dropped back in December.
Endgame is slated for an earlier-than-anticipated release on April 26, hot on the heels of Marvel Studios' first major release of the year, Captain Marvel, on March 8. We've already confirmed at least one brutal loss between the infamous Thanos snap and the start of Endgame, but we've come up with plenty of theories to help fill the gaps and make the wait a little less agonizing--and we've got more on the way now that there's more footage to work from. So, with that in mind, let's break down each new moment from the spot, piece by piece.
A Decimated World
While we still don't have a concrete idea of just how much time has passed between the snap and Endgame, it looks like the safe bet is "a while." We see the apocalyptic skyline of New York, an abandoned Citi Field, and most importantly, a support group for those left behind either led or attended by Captain America himself, Steve Rogers. Obviously, enough time had to pass for people to organize, print flyers, and form groups like this, which means that we're probably in for some real good ol' fashioned heartbreak and angst for those opening moments of the movie. Whatever's been going on in the gap between the two films, however long it actually ends up being, probably wasn't all that happy-go-lucky.
Tony and Nebula, Teaming Up
The first trailer gave us a pretty bleak look into Tony's situation aboard what we assume is the Benatar, where he narrated what sounded ominously like his last will and testament to Pepper Potts. This time around, Tony doesn't look quite as resigned to his fate. We see him actively teaming up with Nebula, the only other survivor from Titan, making some sort of mechanical repairs to the ship. Of course, we have no real way to tell if these repairs were taking place before or after they left the planet, so it's probably best not to get your hopes for Tony's survival up too high just yet, but--hey, we'll take what we can get, right?
Look, Up In The Sky(?)
The next shot features a familiar lineup of Steve, Natasha, Rhodey, and Bruce all exiting the Avengers compound in the middle of the night, apparently heading towards something (or someone?) up in the sky.
This shot is particularly mysterious because of just how many variables are in play. Perhaps it's the first arrival of Captain Marvel from space? A Quantum Realm anomaly care of Ant-Man? Something to do with one of the Stones and Doctor Strange? It's really impossible to say just yet--but it's certainly something to begin speculating on.
Rocket on the Beach
Rocket Raccoon is notably absent from the moment outside of the Avengers compound, leaving us to wonder just what, exactly, he's been up to since the snap as the last Guardian of the Galaxy on Earth. We get a pretty pointed shot of him entering a house on the beach (note the lobster traps behind him) but very little context to work from. Rocket doesn't have much history on Earth, but his love of weapons and engineering might mean he went searching for Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne who, if you remember from the end of Ant-Man & The Wasp, moved their conveniently portable home to the beach after Jan was recovered from the Quantum Realm.
Of course, both of them were turned to dust in the snap, so hopefully Rocket won't be too disappointed if that's actually where he's at and who he's looking for. Then again, this might be a completely different beach house--though it seems a little unlikely that any of our main protagonists secretly purchases some beachfront property in between all their world-saving antics. Though, we suppose, Hawkeye did have a secret farm for so many years, so stranger things have happened.
Natasha, Shooting to Kill
Though she's always been far from the cuddliest Avenger, Natasha Romanoff has taken on a decidedly more lethal look here in her trailer moment as we see her firing off rapid-fire rounds right into the dead center of a series of bullseyes. It looks like she's in the Avengers compound shooting range, so there isn't much to ascertain from this specific scene other than Nat has definitely got her eye on the prize. And that prize is making sure something gets extremely dead. Who could blame her?
War Machine and Ant-Man Suiting Up
Though we still have no real idea just how Scott Lang managed to get out of the Quantum Realm, we do know thanks to the first Endgame trailer that he did, somehow, and managed to find his way back to the Avengers compound, much to Steve's confusion. So the fact that Scott's around isn't necessarily news--the fact that he and Rhodey are apparently in need of their superhero'ing gear kind of is, though.
What is it that has them preparing for battle? Who are they going to fight? What is the plan?
Thor in Wakanda?
Thor's situation post-Infinity War has been especially confusing, thanks to his ambiguous position in the first Endgame trailer--and this spot doesn't really clarify much. We see him still in his full Asgardian regalia, as opposed to his worn down civilian clothes from the first trailer, in what looks like Wakanda. It's probably a safe bet that this moment might be a flashback to the moments immediately after the snap, before everyone had a chance to go their separate ways (and before Thor had a chance to change.)
Alternatively, if this scene isn't set in Wakanda, it could indeed be on some alien planet (maybe even the planet Thanos has made his new home). It's certainly possible that Thor was able to leave Earth, considering his new ax, Stormbreaker, has the ability to summon the Bifrost--though how he would know where to go is still a major question, if that's the case.
We've known for some time that Hawkeye was going to be making a comeback with his new codename, Ronin, but the finer points of the hows and the whys are still a mystery. Unfortunately, the split second look at him in this spot doesn't really clarify much--it's just an ominously lit close up of Jeremy Renner in some sort of rubble. The red glow could be from one of the stones, but it also could just be from something totally mundane. Sorry, Hawkeye fans, looks like you'll have to hold off on any major speculation for a while--at least until we have a bit more to work with.
Get This Man A Shield
In one of the most emotionally poignant moments of the spot, we see a close shot of Steve Rogers' hands, tightening the straps on his iconic shield--something he gave up entirely at the end of Captain America: Civil War. He spent the entirety of Infinity War without it after that particularly bad break up, so it's pretty understandable that his hands would be visibly shaking as he goes to commit again.
The real question is, of course, what made him decide to go back to it? It probably wasn't that hard, post-snap, to break it out of whatever government storage facility it was being housed in, but why would Captain America feel the need to make such a symbolic return when the Avengers aren't exactly around to be assembled around him?
Whatever the answer turns out to be, we're pretty sure it's going to make us cry a bunch.
The final shot in the spot is a lineup of heroes silhouetted by the setting sun, walking through the compound's hanger to places unknown. They're obviously led by Steve, who is followed by Hawkeye/Ronin (or, maybe Thor?), Natasha, Rocket, Scott, Rhodey, and finally Bruce (we think). Where are they going? We don't know. What are they planning? We don't know that either. But whatever or wherever it is, Cap's got his shield so you know it's serious.