The trailers for Avengers: Endgame was edited to avoid revealing Hawkeye was fighting Outriders in a mysterious tunnel scene. The plot of Avengers: Endgame is a closely guarded secret, with Kevin Feige even teasing that the trailers may only show footage from the first 15-20 minutes of the film. Compounding that is the fact that Marvel is notorious for making digital alterations in order to hide plot points, meaning scenes from the trailers may play out very differently in the film.
There's already substantial evidence Marvel has taken this approach with Avengers: Endgame. One scene from the trailers, for example, shows a group of Avengers staring up at the sky; there's a clear gap, suggesting another person - most likely Captain Marvel - has been carefully edited out. There'd been speculation that another scene had been similarly edited, one in which Hawkeye raced through tunnels with an explosion behind him. It clearly showed a combat scene, and yet there was no hint of who he was fighting.
One eagle-eyed Redditor has spotted evidence that this was indeed the case. While Marvel had edited the original version of the trailer, they'd failed to make the same edits to the 3D version, and as a result it's possible to tell who Hawkeye was taking on. It's clear that the tunnels contained Thanos' Outriders, and that the explosion was a way of dealing with a group of them.
This revelation makes the scene far more intriguing. Hawkeye has assumed the Ronin identity in Avengers: Endgame, a dark vigilante persona he adopted in the comics at the darkest points in his life. He's headed to Japan, and Black Widow tracks him down in order to persuade him to return to the Avengers Compound and join the team in a last-ditch desperate attempt to defeat Thanos. It had originally been assumed that the explosion was an action scene in Japan, with Clint perhaps taking down a group of Yakuza thugs.
The 3D trailer, however, makes it clear that Hawkeye is taking on the Outriders. This is possibly from the secret Avengers: Endgame action scene that the trailers have been noticeably edited around. Where or when this takes place is unclear, although shots of the team - including Captain America, Ant-Man and War Machine - suggest there could be an attack and subsequent fight in the Avengers Compound with Thanos' forces. Alternatively, a recent Disney shareholder call revealed Nebula will reveal Thanos' "retirement plan" to the Avengers, and that they'll head out into space to confront the Mad Titan.
Either way, it's clear that Thanos and his forces are far from retired and, at the very least, Clint Barton will get to enact some form of revenge on them in Avengers: Endgame.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019