Marvel’s going all Leftovers in the new TV spot for Avengers: Endgame, which aired during yesterday’s Super Bowl LIII, as our heroes grapple with life after the snap.
The codename for the upcoming Marvel feature was “Group Hug” and it’s never seemed as relevant as it does with the latest teaser for Endgame, as a heavy sense of grief lingers over the 30-second trailer.
We begin with a quick flash through the departed heroes – as if we needed to be reminded – before it turns into a shot of New York, specifically Liberty Island which appears to be surrounded by boats, as though many have arrived seeking refuge. As well as this, Citi Field stadium is completely empty, save for the lot of empty cars being towed – clearly the snapture happened during a Mets game.
The teaser highlights the film’s time-jump, as a sign at a support group reads “Where do we go, now that they’re gone?” – while this could be specifically about those who disappeared, the group could just as easily be for soldiers, which would explain that the first Avenger we see is Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) who is dealing with losing both of his soldier friends – one of which is gone for the third time.
Steve appears to be sitting in on the support group, clearly unhappy with what’s being said in the room – which could either be the result of people not being happy with the heroes who were meant to save the universe, or being told that it isn’t his fault that his friends are gone, as his expression looks as though he doesn’t agree with what is being said. Regardless, the Captain’s mind remains rooted in the trauma, stating “Some people move on…But not us.”
What has become clear with this trailer and the first is that Cap isn’t coping well with post-snap life, most notably in this video we see his hands shake as he straps his iconic shield onto his wrist. This sudden loss of friends is the closest experience that Steve has had of returning from war to normal life, so perhaps the soldier can no longer hold back the emotions that have built up under the surface.
A long-haired Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is trying to work out her emotions, emptying clips into paper targets. For perhaps the first time in a long time, Natasha is completely without an objective – with no Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and Clint (Jeremy Renner) still possible AWOL at this time, she has lost the people she is closest to – what’s an assassin to do?
It seems that none of the heroes are giving up, as at Avengers HQ the remaining Avengers roll out – Cap, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow, Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and War Machine (Don Cheadle) – many have noted the strange gap between Ant-Man and War Machine, with fans suggesting that this line-up will include another hero that Marvel doesn’t want us to see just yet.
Thor, carrying Stormbreaker, walks out into the open – however, whether this is Wakanda or Thanos’ retirement farm is difficult to decipher. After tempting fate in Infinity War by asking “What more could I lose?” the Asgardian has unfortunately found out the answer.
Even harder to tell is whether Rocket has joined his new pal Thor on his journey, as the racoon walks into a cabin beside the water.
Elsewhere, in space, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are working hard together to try and fix the ship they are currently travelling on. At least this means that Tony isn’t completely alone while adrift in space.
Once again, Hawkeye’s appears foreshadows his darker Ronin identity, as the archer creeps in the dark, lit only by an eerie red light.
Finally, we end with Black Widow, Cap, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and War Machine outside Avengers HQ, looking up to the sky – perhaps to an incoming Tony Stark, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) or both? Larson’s hero has been conspicuously absent in Endgame’s promotion, but given the studio have assured fans that the trailers will only tackle the first 15 minutes of the film, this is perhaps why.
Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas on April 26th, or perhaps earlier in the UK.