Captain America's Winter Soldier Suit
Even if the Avengers missed meeting back up with Ant-Man initially, that reunion will happen at some point. When it does, he will be sure to explain what happened to him and his experiences. And based on everything else we know about Avengers: Endgame, it appears they will latch on to the idea of time travel. The popular theory suggests the Avengers will travel throughout time in an effort to prevent the snap from happening, possibly by making sure Thanos never gets his hands on the Infinity Stones to begin with. But, traveling through time can get complicated, as doing the wrong thing or looking the wrong way could alter the course of history beyond what the Avengers are trying to do.
This is why the shot of Captain America suited back up in his stealth suit from Captain America: The Winter Soldier also appears to be a hint towards the film's time travel plot. The costume is not what Cap has been shown wearing in official promo art for the movie, so what reason would he have for wearing a stealth suit other than having to relive the events of his second solo movie? Set photos previously showed Tony Stark undercover in S.H.I.E.L.D. gear, possibly to try and conceal his identity and reduce the impact of his presence as he alters a point in time. It isn't clear why Steve would need to go back to 2014, but this would appear to be what he is doing.
The Avengers: Endgame's Title Reversed Dusting Effect
The final and arguably most clever sign of Avengers: Endgame's time travel plot isn't with any of the actual footage from the movie. Instead, it comes in the title and logo reveal sequence near the end of the trailer. The camera zooms out from a broken Avengers "A" before revealing Endgame is the title. But, it's the way that the logo is being reformed that could be another great clue to what the movie will hold.
The Avengers team is obviously broken and scattered, but they will come to fight on the same side for the first time since Avengers: Age of Ultron in this movie. The reforming of the "A" could be symbolic of the Avengers team coming back together, but it also looks exactly like the effect that reversing time can have on an object. Both Doctor Strange and Thanos have demonstrated how the Time Stone can reverse time and piece back together something that was broken. For Doctor Strange, it was with repairing Hong Kong at the end of his solo movie, while Thanos uses this ability to bring Vision and the Mind Stone back to their regular state in Avengers: Infinity War, only so he could preserve the stone by ripping it out of the android's head himself.
Avengers: Endgame isn't going to completely reverse the events of the MCU in this literal of a fashion, but the heroes will definitely attempt to reverse the outcome of the Battle of Wakanda. It remains to be seen whether that means more sacrifices have to be made in the fourth film, but the goal will be to undo the snap, reverse the dustings (which is officially known as The Decimation), and bring several major MCU characters back to life. This logo effect doesn't appear to just be a stylish reveal, but actually further plants seeds for what is to come.
Since this is just the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios was never going to show anything that blatantly revealed a time travel element. Marvel only released two trailers for Infinity War, so there's not even a guarantee that a second trailer for Avengers 4 will confirm this element of the plot. They may, instead, decide to keep the marketing as vague as possible, only laying small clues like these for fans to discover. Most have accepted or believe time travel is coming in Avengers: Endgame, but it's finally nice to see some official evidence on the matter.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019