New Avengers: Endgame Theories After Watching The Super Bowl 2019 Trailer
By Mat Elfring on
The NFL's biggest game of the year, the Super Bowl, was a back and forth, defensive battle on the evening of February 3. However, plenty of folks watching the big game were glued to their televisions for the trailers for upcoming movies.
The one that got the most people talking was none other than the spot for Avengers: Endgame. And there was a good amount to learn from the 30-second spot when you break the teaser trailer down. We got a new look at Thor, who was possibly in Wakanda; a character was potentially edited out throw off fans (or to avoid spoilers); and Captain America seemed to be picking up his shield again for the first time in years. All of this got us thinking about the future of the MCU and what's going to happen in the upcoming movie.
Back in December, the very first trailer for the April movie got us thinking a bit about theories regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of them were probable and others were near nonsense-level of madness. We're back at it again, using the Super Bowl spot to figure out what's going on in Endgame, which hits theaters on April 26. Read on for some thoughts on what might unfold, and be sure to share your ideas in the comments.
Endgame Takes Place A Few Years After Infinity War
At the eight second mark, we see a poster that says, "Where do we go, now that they're gone?" This is obviously referring to the Thanos Snap, which resulted in half the life in the universe being wiped from existence. We're living in a world where support groups exist now, and that means people are on the road to healing. This takes time, and I'm thinking that at least a couple years have passed since Infinity War.
New York City Is A Dead Zone
There is a really quick shot of Ellis Island, just outside of NYC, with what looks like hundreds of boats docked outside. Just before that, we saw a shot of Manhattan, and there wasn't a single light on the island, which is crazy because it's the "city that never sleeps." Because of the events of Infinity War--as well as what happened during the first Avengers movie--people have fled the city, since it tends to attract world-ending events.
"What about Spider-Man: Far From Home? We see NYC in the trailer, and it looks fine!" Don't worry, all of this will be undone by the end of Endgame and everything will go back to normal.
Captain America Is Time Travelling Back To WWII
In the last Avengers: Endgame theory piece, I mentioned that Captain America could travel back in time to fight Red Skull in WWII. This teaser solidifies the theory even more. There is a brief shot of Captain America strapping up his shield to his arm. Everything about this quick shot screams, "This is 1944."
Nebula Is A Double-Agent
We briefly see Tony Stark and Nebula working together on a ship. Lest we forget that Nebula is still the daughter of Thanos, and while it's been made apparent--time and time again--that she hates her father for everything he's done to her, what if she's actually a double agent, spared from death in order to ensure Thanos' plan doesn't get undone? Thanos held her captive during Infinity War, and he obviously did so in order to get Gamora to take him to the Soul Stone. However, what if there is more to that? What if Nebula had another purpose? What if she was then supposed to implant herself amongst the heroes in order to sabotage them? While the clip of her and Stark is brief and doesn't help this theory on its surface, it seems too obvious that a character from such an evil lineage--just like her half-sister Gamora--would also betray her father.
All Phase 4 Characters Revealed In The Opening
During the opening, there are a few quick flashes of characters, all in black, white, and red: Wasp, Nick Fury, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Winter Soldier, and Vision. The majority of these folks were dusted off at the end of Infinity War. So why show these characters before the Marvel Studios logo? Because this is the future of the MCU.
Aside from Nick Fury, no one here is a Phase 1 character. The characters we know and love from the MCU are probably going to die if they weren't in that quick opening montage. Why would Marvel choose those characters to show? Why is it happening so quickly? It's because these characters are the future, which actually really bums me out because Scott Lang wasn't there.
The Avengers Recruit Their Own Thanos
There are a few shots in the trailer where it looks like someone should be standing, but it's an empty space. Many people across the internet are saying, "They edited out Captain Marvel." But that doesn't make sense. Why remove a character we know is going to be in the movie? Myself and Tamoor Hussain think the reason there's a giant, empty space there is because the Avengers have recruited Thanos to help defeat Thanos. Where in the timeline this version of the Mad Titan is from is the real question. However, I believe this is a Thanos from the future, who finally comes to the realization that his life without Gamora is too much to bear on his soul, so he goes back in time to help the Avengers defeat a younger version of himself.