The Avengers Come Up With a Plan
If Scott Lang does bring Hank Pym's laboratory with him, the combined brain power of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner should be more than enough to start piecing together a plan for undoing Thanos' galactic-scale mass murder. The conversation between Black Widow and Captain America in the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame points to the team coming up with an idea quite early on. Natasha says, "This is going to work, Steve," to which he responds, "I know it is. Because I don't know what I'm going to do if it doesn't." However, the trailers also indicate that some time passes before their plan is put into action.
Black Widow Training
We've seen Black Widow with short blonde hair in previous trailers, and with blonde-tipped long red hair in the most recent trailer - but what about this shot of Natasha with long(ish) blonde hair? Our best guess is that this shooting range scene takes place shortly before Black Widow heads to Tokyo in search of Clint Barton, pointing to a time jump of several months.
Black Widow Recruits Ronin
It's generally assumed that Hawkeye's family were turned to dust when Thanos snapped his fingers, and that this is what spurs him to adopt a new persona: Ronin. When Natasha first finds him in Tokyo, with his new identity (and weapon of choice), she still has her longer blonde hair and Clint's hair appears to be shorter than the fully grown-out mohawk we see him with later (though that could just be because it's wet). Regardless, the length and color of Black Widow's hair indicates that while Clint may be one of the last Avengers to be recruited for the new mission, he's still recruited - or at the very least, approached - before the major jump forward in time.
Black Widow and Hawkeye Team Up Again
We haven't actually seen Hawkeye in his Ronin garb outside of that one shot in Tokyo, and the second trailer for Avengers: Endgame showed him with his new mohawk, using a bow and arrow again instead of a sword. This suggests that Clint's time as Ronin is only temporary, and he reverts back to being Hawkeye once he joins the Avengers again. Assuming that Clint did lose his family when Thanos snapped his fingers, he would surely leap at any chance to bring them back.
Suiting Up For the Quantum Realm Mission
Barring the trailers' action shots (more on those in a moment), the furthest peek along the Avengers: Endgame timeline that we see appears to be this shot, of the Avengers assembling in their new, white suits. The popular theory is that these suits are designed to help them survive in the Quantum Realm, a dimension that was introduced in the Ant-Man movies, which is accessed by shrinking down to the sub-atomic level. In the Quantum Realm, time and space become irrelevant, so with the right calibrations it could be the perfect path for anyone who wanted to, say, travel back in time to prevent a series of events that would lead to a Mad Titan wiping out half of all life in the universe.
Context Unknown: The Action Shots
Because so much of the Avengers: Endgame trailers have been dedicated to the immediate aftermath of "the snap," showing our heroes either in a state of despair or declaring their intention not to give up, the few shots we've seen of them in action are harder to place. These are:
- A miniaturized Ant-Man leaping through some kind of office environment during a battle scene.
- Hawkeye running through a narrow metal corridor and leaping away from an explosion.
- A dirt-covered Captain America tightening his shield strap on a battlefield.
- Nebula charging on a battlefield.
- Thor powering up his lightning abilities while holding Stormbreaker.
- Rocket riding on War Machine's shoulder.
It's possible that some of these battle scenes are taken from a fight scene that takes place early on in the movie, especially since Marvel Studios seems reluctant to show much beyond Endgame's first act. We should also keep in mind that the studio isn't above altering action scenes in order to hide story beats (for example, trailers for Infinity War showed Hulk fighting in Wakanda, rather than Bruce in the Hulkbuster suit). In fact, the Russos have openly admitting to manipulating Endgame's footage with CG to try and trick savvy audiences. So, while we think we have an idea of how the film's third act plays out - and what the Avengers' plan involves - it's possible they've managed to fool us all.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019