Avengers: Endgame Trailer –
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a large cluster of movies. It houses 22 feature films, numerous one-shots, and web series and even some comics. It is a large bulk of content that meshes together seamlessly to form the Marvel Cinematic Universe but the subtle nuances of this continuity are more pervasive than it ever lets on. One thing the fandom has grown accustomed to is that Marvel and Disney guard the plot of their movies with their life. Avengers: Endgame will release worldwide in less than a month and still we know little of the actual plot.
We know that the Avengers will do something to reset the universe and reverse all the deaths that the snap caused and we know that somehow time travel will be used in this endeavor (this is the common belief of the fandom considering the available plot leaks and leading Fan theories). It is also the prevailing theory that time travel will happen with the help of the technology of Hank Pym and the help of Ant-Man vis-à-vis Scott Lang and his prowess over the Pym particles and his familiarity with the quantum realm.
We see a hint of this in the first Avengers: Endgame trailer when Captain America and Black Widow seem to be staring at old footage which presumably shows Scott Lang showing up at the Avengers HQ. Now we don’t know how much of this is actually true and we don’t even know if this is how the scene will be portrayed in the movie. Marvel is famous among the fandom for a simple reason; they seldom give any plot details away in the trailer. We don’t know how the progression of events will work and whether all the scenes from the trailers will make it to the final cut.
The redditor u/rustyphish posted a theory on r/Fantheories showcasing this exact trope of Marvel studios and questioning the legitimacy of the first Avengers: Endgame trailer. The theory and the original post have been reproduced below for your scrutiny, please take a look and keep on reading further for the analysis of the said post.
The redditor proposes that Marvel has done what it always does vis-à-vis lie to the fans. They have masterfully edited the footage released in the trailer so as to make us think that Ant-Man will make contact with Captain America and Black Widow. But the said communication is presumed in the trailer to come from Ant-Man from the past. As Captain America points out ‘is this an old message?’ the implication being that archived footage has found it’s way to the hands of Captain America and Black Widow during the events of Endgame. But what if that is not the case.
What if the message Cap and Widow are watching has nothing to do with the Ant-Man footage. The suggestion in the Reddit post is that the message being viewed by Captain America most likely belongs to Iron Man’s last moments and Ant-Man is communicating with someone completely else in a completely unrelated sequence. It is entirely possible that this is the case and it is further substantiated by the lack of evidence.
We cannot trust Marvel and this speculation (based on the length of ScarJo’s hair) may be revealing more than Marvel would ever like to admit. We have seen Marvel fool us over and over again throughout the years and the Endgame trailer may just be the latest installment in the long history of cons by Marvel Studios.
Maybe Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff discover the plight of Iron Man very early but spend most of the movie trying to rescue their comrade rather than fighting Thanos. If we are to have any hope of trampling the Mad Titan and his infinity gauntlet powered by the infinity stones, we have to band together and we have to hit him with our full remaining force, including Iron Man and even Nebula.
We do see the Avengers assembled at the end of Endgame trailer and this is where we realize that Tony is in fact back on Earth alive and well but the real question is whether this is the original timeline or not. I guess we will find out when the movie comes out.