The Flickering Myth writing team share their thoughts on the new Avengers: Endgame trailer…
Marvel Studios dropped a big surprise yesterday with the release of the second trailer for next month’s Avengers: Infinity War follow-up Avengers: Endgame. And, just like the rest of the world, the Flickering Myth writing team was pretty excited about what Marvel served up; here’s our thoughts on what is certainly one of the most highly-anticipated movies in recent memory…
George Chrysostomou: This new trailer seems to gaze back at the past whilst revealing a lot of what’s to come. Managed to not spoil anything, yet still hint at the rumoured time travel plot that we may be getting. Thought it looked fantastic and was the right way to put this trailer together. We still know so little, yet this has hyped me more than I have been previously. Nice nod to Captain Marvel at the end to tie in to the latest studio release. I’m hoping we won’t see much more now so it can be a surprise in the cinema.
Andy Naylor: Marvel dishing out a lesson on how to produce a trailer. Lots of questions needing answers and no spoilers. I can’t wait.
EJ Moreno: While I didn’t love the trailer started out with a “Previously on Marvel Studios,” it was still enjoyable. I thought the first trailer was more impactful, more of a stunt show, so this was a bit more muted compared to that. Still really well-made and sells the film…even though all the hype is already built-in.
Sade Green: Can’t bloody wait. It gave me chills. Good to see Captain Marvel and to see Hawkeye back in the game. Very, very excited for this.
Eammon Jacobs: The opener did a perfect job of reminding us the emotional stakes at play as well as the journey these characters have been on so far. It masterfully showed everything to get audiences excited but without revealing too much of the main plot which is a genuine delight in the era of trailers dropping bombshells (a la Doomsday in BvS). Personally, I can’t wait to see new partnerships like Rocket and War Machine.
Eric Bay-Andersen: Perfectly judged. Goosebump-inducing voice-over, just the right amount of new footage (i.e. only a little bit) and a trademark humorous sting that didn’t feel overdone or out of place with the trailer as a whole. My hopes are ridiculously high for this film, and none of the teasers or trailers so far have given me any cause to worry.
Allen Christian: I actually really liked the reuse of old footage. It established that this is truly a culmination of the past 11 years of films, and gave the trailer and emotional heft without having to show us much new footage. The new footage that was shown as cryptic and interesting enough to leave you with a bunch of questions. And those suits are definitely for travel to the quantum realm, right?
Caillou Pettis: Really well done and I liked how they really did not show anything action heavy of any kind. Looks like it will be quite the emotional journey and a perfect conclusion to this long-running series. If it is true that the marketing material only shows footage from the first twenty minutes of the film, then we are absolutely in for a wild ride.
Shaun Munro: I think this is all we need to see, really. I like that Marvel Studios is keeping the spoilers light, and if this is the final trailer before release, all the better.
Cameron Frew: The emotional agony and sense of clawing for justice in this trailer is very powerful, indeed. A fantastic trailer, considering the stakes of releasing another when the plot is so secretive.
Tom Beasley: I’m struggling a little to form coherent thoughts on this because I can’t remember the last time a trailer made me feel this excited. It hammers home the fact that this really is the end of the story they’ve been telling for more than a decade, while suggesting that there’s gargantuan spectacle to come without feeling the need to show all of it in the trailer. There’s also plenty of room for characters like Black Widow and Hawk Eye who, with the best will in the world, have always felt a little bit sidelined in these mega-team movies. I felt every moment, and I’m prepping for tears pretty much all of the way through this one. Thanks Marvel. Thanks a lot.
Tai Freligh: Loved it. So many little teases….Scott escapes the Quantum Realm… Tony Stark gets rescued… Hawkeye/Ronin has a bigger role… Nebula and War Machine are on the team. This time Steve is leading the group and it looks like they are wearing Quantum Realm suits at the end, so maybe time travel is the key. And nice little Captain Marvel tease at the end. So many feels in the trailer and yet not a lot is given away. I like it!
Laura Jorden: Loved it for all the points made in these other posts. Focusing on the emotional fallout is a powerful angle, showing us their utter desolation without giving too much away really hits the mark. The whatever it takes attitude of those grieving and left behind fills me with excitement and maximum high hopes for this film.
Ricky Church: This was a nice surprise to wake up to. I loved the look back at the origin films for the heroes. It’s a reminder of how far they and the MCU have come since all this began and heightens the emotional impact of the trailer. It’s a good sign that even though the Avengers are likely to succeed and bring the deceased back, the stakes feel real, especially from that emotional standpoint for Cap and Iron Man. It does what a trailer should do by just teasing the audience without spoiling any of the big moments. Even the brief action shots we get are exciting to see and I cant wait to see Cap bust Thanos’ face with his shield, but the emotional journey they’ll go through to get there should be the real highlight of the film.
Gerald James: One thing that I think is really interesting about both the teaser and the trailer is how they’ve danced around the motive of the crew so far. Even though the speculation is that they plan to undo the decimation through the use of time travel they never once allude to it through dialog. There’s no “we can bring them back” moment and to the casual viewer it may come across that they are just on a mission to take revenge on Thanos. I think what really works about this trailer is that in the final film there will be a lot of moments where people go “oh! That’s what that meant!”
George Nash: Many questions; very few answers. The pulling power of the MCU – built upon a decade’s worth of storytelling – means that the film requires very little by way of a promotional push. That said, this is exactly how a trailer should be: impactful, engrossing, yet enigmatic. Cap might have lost his beard, but Marvel has lost none of its ability to captivate entire generations of comic book buffs and movie fanatics alike. I simply can’t wait.
So, almost overwhelming excitement from the FM crew, but what did you make of the trailer? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @FlickeringMyth…
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
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), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), 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).