Major SPOILERS for Captain Marvel ahead.
The Captain Marvel after-credits scene proves the early Avengers: Endgame trailers lied - here's what it means for the upcoming movie. Marvel Studios kicked off 2019 strong, with the release of their first female-fronted solo film, Captain Marvel. It also marks the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie co-directed by a woman, with Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck at the helm. With positive reviews of Captain Marvel and the movie dominating its opening weekend at the box office, it's safe to say the studio is off to a good start already this year. And Marvel Studios will follow up Captain Marvel with their biggest event film yet, Avengers: Endgame.
The fourth Avengers movie picks up after the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War, which saw half the universe wiped out by Thanos' snap. The movie will also wrap up Phase 3 of the MCU and conclude the story the franchise has been telling for a decade. As a result, expectations are understandably high. Those expectations have been even more elevated by the Avengers: Endgame teaser trailer, which revealed the very first footage from the movie. Marvel additionally released an Avengers: Endgame Super Bowl TV spot that included even more footage. Most recently, Marvel surprise unveiled the full Avengers: Endgame trailer, which proved that the early teasers were hiding something - or, rather, someone.
Based on the Captain Marvel post-credits scene, we know Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) arrives on Earth before the events of Avengers: Endgame. She shows up at the Avengers Compound and confronts Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and James 'Rhodey' Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle) about where Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is. The scene proves that the early Avengers: Endgame trailers were lying by omission about Captain Marvel, who finally appeared in the latest trailer. Now, we break down just what the Avengers: Endgame trailers have been lying about and what it means for the movie.
- This Page: Marvel Trailer Lies & Suspected Avengers: Endgame Lies
- Next Page: Captain Marvel Hidden From Endgame Trailers & Other Secrets
Marvel Trailers Always Lie
Marvel Studios trailers lying about their respective movies isn't a new practice. Marvel has routinely used trailers to mislead viewers about what to expect from their films, going all the way back to Phase 1 and The Avengers. That film's trailer used footage from the final battle to distract from The Avengers actually being about the superheroes taking time to trust each other and form the team they eventually become. Further, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers used footage from a dream sequence - particularly Captain America's broken shield - to inspire a sense of doom among fans.
Most recently, fans were tricked by the Avengers: Infinity War trailers, which featured a hero shot of many characters running at the camera through a forest. But after seeing the movie, fans figured out that shot never actually appears in Infinity War. Turns out, that particular shot was filmed specifically for the Infinity War trailers. Though fans may have been disappointed the movie didn't include that specific scene, there were plenty of other action shots in the movie - even if none united the heroes in the same way.
Ultimately, Marvel must walk a difficult line between selling their movies and not spoiling the films. To do this, the studio sometimes bends the truth a little in order to craft their movie trailers. And with Avengers: Endgame being the most highly anticipated, and the most secretive Marvel Studios project yet, it's safe to assume some, if not all of its trailers are lying.
Suspected Avengers: Endgame Trailer Lies
So far, the Avengers: Endgame trailers have teased the film without giving too much away. The teasers have all featured characters fans know survived Thanos' snap, an event called the Decimation. But so far, it's unclear how long after the Decimation Avengers: Endgame is set. Fans have speculated there will be a time jump between Avengers 3 and 4. At the very least, it will take Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) some time to get to Earth. The latest trailer seemed to confirm a time jump in Avengers: Endgame thanks to the changing hair styles of Black Widow, but early trailers hid her hair as a means of misdirecting fans.
Further, the trailers have hidden what role Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) plays in Avengers: Endgame. The first teaser trailer featured Scott showing up on the cameras outside the Avengers Compound and it appears to be after he escapes the Quantum Realm, where he was stuck in the Ant-Man and the Wasp post-credits scene. The latest trailer sees Ant-Man teaming up with the Avengers in Endgame, but the trailers have hidden when exactly that happens and why he's got a new white suit along with the other Avengers - possibly to hide how key the Quantum Realm is to Avengers: Endgame.
Another instance of the Endgame footage misdirecting fans may be in certain shots where it seems someone is missing. In the Super Bowl spot, there's a scene where Nat, Steve, Bruce and Rhodey are on the lawn of the Avengers Compound and there's a gap between Bruce and Rhodey that fans suspect is a character Marvel removed from the teaser. Fans speculated it could be Scott Lang, but it could just as easily be another hero altogether. And after Captain Marvel, we may know which hero it is.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019