Avengers: Endgame Theory –
The trailer to the fourth (and presumably the final) Avengers movie took the internet by storm. Not only did it leave us completely baffled and awestruck it also changed all the fan speculation the fandom was spouting all this while since the release of Avengers: Infinity War. I wonder if the advent of Avengers: Endgame would be any different since everything Marvel studios touch seems to be turning into gold at the moment.
Whether or not Avengers: Endgame will follow suit remains to be seen. However, there is a distinct possibility that the moments showcased in the first Endgame trailer may be completely out of context. Because after all, that is Marvel’s signature move, to misguide its fans in the trailers and to bring them back to reality when the movie finally rolls around.
Let’s talk about it, shall we? At the start of the Avengers: Endgame trailer we see a stranded Tony Stark stuck in an interstellar vehicle (presumably out of fuel and food and almost out of breathable air) adrift in space with no hope of rescue. This Avenger seems to be moving not towards rescue but towards death.
Before the trailer cuts away from Stark we see him recording a final message for his one and only love Pepper Potts (the character of Gwyneth Paltrow from the Marvel Cinematic Universe). This message seems to be a eulogy of Stark for him, something that he had always wanted to say to his love but never could.
Now, the majority of the fandom believes that this solemn and monotonous sequence from the trailer is a clever misdirection and that Tony Stark will, in fact, be rescued but there is still a small section of the audience that is of the opinion that the misdirection is of more than just the situation of our favourite protagonist from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You see, there are rumours that we may not see this very scene from the trailer appearing in the movie or rather we may see it at a completely different point in the story.
Most notably there was a post on reddit by u/Hypedup80 who presented a rather interesting take on the entire issue. This user believes that Marvel will not only rescue Tony Stark from the deep clutches of space but also use his stranded situation to correct the pacing of Avengers: Endgame. The idea here is that we will see the scene from the trailer at the start of the movie and that will be all we will see for a long while of Stark in the entire movie.
You see, Hypedup80 believes that Marvel studios will try to focus the first half of the movie on Captain America and pals. They will make sure that the entirety of the crew is at the CenterStage in the first half so that the post-snap struggle can be properly showcased. Of course, the premise being that Marvel wants to stress the post-snap regrouping of the Avengers.
Then there is also the whole Ronin subplot that needs to be fleshed out properly so that the audiences are able to hold in awe the return of Hawkeye as a more edgier and angrier version of himself. There is also the issue of bringing Ant-Man back into the fold in a way that the heroes are able to discern what the quantum realm is and how to use it in their battle against Thanos. Will it work like that in the actual movie? That remains to be seen.
The belief of Hypedup80 is that Tony Stark will meet Captain America right when the audience sees him back on earth for the first time. The idea being that we may not actually see Iron Man being physically rescued. The objective here would be to give the audience a cliffhanger in the first half only to redeem it in the second half with complete and utter misdirection.
Well, if Marvel is planning anything like that then more power to them because that sounds like something utterly ingenious and authentic. It will not only ensure that the audience is hooked to their seats for the entirety of the first half but also demand relieved sighs when Stark does appear back on earth. Let’s wait and see whether Avengers: Endgame follows suit to the theory.