Yesterday, Marvel Studios unleashed the trailer for Avengers: Endgame, giving us our first glimpse of the Marvel Cinematic Universe following the devastating conclusion to Avengers: Infinity War where Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out half of all life in the universe.
Said event has been referred to by fans as ‘The Snap’ or ‘The Snappening’, but now thanks to the new book Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath, we have its official name – The Decimation.
Marvel has previously used the name ‘Decimation’ before as the title of a 2005 comic book event which explored the ramifications of ‘M-Day’, where Scarlet Witch used her powers in an attempt to rid the world of the mutant gene, depowering the vast majority of the mutant population.
Interestingly, the book also reveals that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have chosen to keep the truth about The Decimation quiet from the surviving members of the population, believing that it would “hardly help the world to heal”.
Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Evangeline Lilly (The Wasp), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One) and Frank Grillo (Crossbones), as well as Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolvervine) and Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why).