Predicting What We Will (& Won't) See In The Avengers 4 Trailer

Thanos with Captain Marvel and Captain America in Avengers 4

The Avengers 4 trailer is coming, but what will actually be revealed in the first look at next year's epic MCU culmination? The trailer for the next Avengers film is probably the most hotly-anticipated teaser in Marvel history, not least because we don't yet even know the movie's title. And, with the trailer expected to release very soon, anticipation is going through the roof.

But what should viewers expect from the Avengers 4 trailer? It's important to remember that Avengers: Infinity War was one the most secretive film of all time; most of the stars didn't even get access to the full script and the release itself was dominated by #ThanosDemandsYourSilence. And while there's no big cliffhanger to be hidden in Avengers 4 (presumably), all the evidence suggests it will still have a highly secretive marketing campaign. So don't expect this first trailer to give away major secrets.

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But the Avengers 4 trailer still needs to sell the film, establishing its surviving heroes, returning villain and getting audiences hyped for one of the biggest movies of 2019. From what little is known about the movie and Marvel's track record in advertising their tentpoles, here's what we expect to see in the Avengers 4 teaser.

Thanos Somehow, Somewhere

Perhaps surprisingly for some, the Avengers 4 trailer will surely focus strongly upon Thanos. The Mad Titan's exact role in Avengers 4 is unknown, but so far this film does appear to be the continuation of his story. For all fans have gotten distracted with talk of "new threats" in the Avengers sequel, the fact remains that Avengers: Infinity War's sequel tease card read "Thanos will return". In part a reference to his victory in the cliffhanger ending, Josh Brolin was nevertheless on set for a substantial portion of the Avengers 4's shoot (and Thanos featured prominently on the official InfinityWar/Avengers 4 wrap cake). Given this is the case, it's safe to assume the trailer will be designed to remind viewer that Thanos is still the star of this show.

All that said, it's currently unclear what Thanos' exact role will be in Avengers 4. Presumably, Earth's Mightiest Heroes are attempting to undo or avert the snap, and Thanos is attempting to stop them. If that's the case, then the trailer would want to establish a contemplative Thanos realizing that his "achievement" is imperiled, as well as what he'll do to stop the surviving Avengers.

In addition to expecting new footage, it must be noted that a lot of Thanos' Avengers: Infinity War dialogue would be perfectly suited for the Avengers 4 trailer: "Now is no time to mourn, now is no time at all"; or perhaps the Soul World conversation with Gamora, where Thanos admits his victory cost "...Everything".

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The New Avengers Team

Thanos may be the central character of Avengers 4, but this is still an Avengers film, and the trailer will need to introduce the new team. If rumors of a five-year time-jump are correct, that may be quite a challenge. Perhaps the trailer could use Scott Lang to frame the film; he's expected to escape the Quantum Realm and emerge in a world that's significantly changed. Scenes of him racing through the deserted streets of San Francisco would be particularly chilling.

Avengers 4's main line up of heroes includes OG group Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow along with fellow survivors Captain Marvel, War Machine, Ant-Man, Nebula and Rocket. Along with being a large core team of eleven heroes, based on production artwork there's going to be some changes to what audiences expect: War Machine will have nano armor; Hawkeye will have taken on his Ronin identity; Captain America has his comic-accurate scaled armor; and Hulk will be wearing clothes, hinting at Bruce Banner's two personas merging into the "Professor Hulk" identity.

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Naturally, there'll have to be some sort of "money shot," akin to the Wakanda charge in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer. Considering that the leaked art has been widely circulated, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Avengers 4 trailer included the live-action version of that scene, with the heroes apparently in space rushing towards a threat.

The Quantum Realm

Ant-Man in The Quantum Realm

Aside from the core characters, one essential location that the Avengers 4 trailer may want to include is a glimpse of the Quantum Realm, a mysterious plane of reality outside the normal laws of time and space from the Ant-Man movies. While the microverse's importance isn't fully understood, the Quantum Realm appears to be the narrative thread running from Ant-Man & the Wasp, through Captain Marvel, and presumably on to Avengers 4.

The popular theory is that the Avengers will use the Quantum Realm to travel in time, attempting to rewrite history and prevent the snap ever happening. Even if that is the case, though, don't expect an extended sequence in the Quantum Realm; the purpose of this trailer isn't to reveal the film's plot, it's simply to generate excitement.

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Key Release Dates
  • 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
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