Beginning Of The End
Alright Nerds, it’s time to get ready to save the multiverse. The new Avengers: Endgame trailer is here and in true Alpha Nerds fashion, it’s time to give our impressions. Above all, the production quality is astounding like always. As a result, Marvel consistently finds ways to outdo themselves in terms of the angles they choose when shooting scenes. The visual effects produced to catch our eyes and showcase the adrenaline pumping action. The beautiful orchestra score they produce to tug on our heartstrings and even the set design designed to tell stories through objects placed within the environment. And on all fronts, this trailer delivers.
First off, let’s talk about the story. When we last left our heroes, they were in a state of disarray. People died, many, many people died, and they were defeated in a way they had never even imagined before. And the heroes still haven’t forgiven themselves for it. They know they did the best they could, as evidenced by the quote “The world has changed, none of us can go back, all we can do is do our best, and sometimes the best we can do is to start over”. However, they know that their best wasn’t good enough to save the untold billions that found themselves on the wrong side of Thanos’s wrath.
How Our Heroes Are Coping
We pick up almost immediately after the conclusion of Infinity War and see the aftermath. Cities and towns are empty, people have lost loved ones, men and women that were once whole and happy are now empty and broken. Tony’s struggling to find his way back to Earth. Clint Barton and Scott Lang are trying to figure out how to carry on without their families. Honestly, I think they’re also asking why they should try and carry on without their families. Flashbacks to the past show that people use their memories as a way of escape. Possibly even as a method of motivation to try and regain what they lost.
Earlier in the trailer we got to see Clint Barton shooting an arrow with a young girl. Some predict that this is Kate Bishop, the female Hawkeye, this flashback opens up two possibilities. The first being it is Kate Bishop, which is a sign Clint dies and she takes his place. Subsequently the second being, that the girl he’s training is his daughter and he’s going back to his memories of her to carry him through the pain and trauma of the modern day events of the film. Clint even dons his Ronin costume, abandoning his bow and arrow for swords as a new way to fight, and an attempt to re discover himself and his shattered identity.
Bonds That Make Us Strong
Subsequently also clear that Endgame will focus on the bonds between people. The relationship between Clint Barton/ Hawkeye and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow sets the tone for that early. Clint’s lost his family so he’s falling into disarray, but Natasha is there to help him through. Similarly Thor and Carol Danvers begin to strike up a relationship towards the end of the trailer that could have powerfully dangerous connotations for anyone that gets in their way. Steve Rogers/ Captain America is struggling to hold on but the fight against Thanos and the need to lead the Avengers team gives him purpose. Likewise Tony Stark/ Iron Man holds on to his love of Pepper Potts. Nebula fights for her love of her sister Gamora and her hatred of Thanos, everyone involved carries real emotional weight, Marvel has set the stakes high.
Hopes For The Film
To summarize, this will be the climactic fight within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’ll be something special. I personally can’t wait to see how things end as a life long comic and Marvel fan. I’m fairly confident we’ll end up seeing the cosmic entities make an appearance, hopefully even Adam Warlock and his merry brigade of misfits. However even if we only have the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stand against Thanos, we can be sure we’re in good hands.