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What If the First Trailer for Infinity War Was Really a Trailer for Endgame?


The cast of 'Avengers Infinity War' from Marvel Entertainment

Do you spend your days wondering about what is going to happen in Avengers: Endgame, or is that just me? Well, I know it isn’t just me because there are plenty of fan theories out there to talk about what’s going to happen in the fourth installment of the Avengers series.

One Reddit user may have cracked the code. Or, at least, they got somewhere in the ballpark and I think that if we go just a bit further, we can maybe figure out the entire Avengers: Endgame plot (just kidding, but it’d at least be a start).

The theory is simple: The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War was actually a sneak trailer for Avengers: Endgame, and since we hadn’t seen the movie yet, we didn’t know about it. It goes on to point out some moments that differ from what we saw in the movie and points out that, if this theory were true, that’s how we’d get a lot of the shots that never made it to Infinity War. Maybe that’s how we get the Hulk at all.

Here’s the thing: We know that the Russos are kings of misleading audiences. If they don’t want us to know something, we don’t know. Could this be their crowning achievement of misdirection? The movies were shot back-to-back, after all.

What if the Avengers find themselves trapped in a Groundhog Day situation? Though it is now a common theme in movies and television shows, this could work, especially since we’ve already seen Stephen Strange use his abilities to essentially Groundhog Day Dormamu into annoyance to win—and Thanos himself did a quick rewind to complete his plan in Infinity War. So, if they have the option to go back and redo their mistakes and fix what they did wrong, maybe they could defeat Thanos. Or … annoy him until he’s tired of them all.

We don’t know much about Endgame because that’s how the people over at Marvel headquarters want it. But, we can, through context clues, understand what is happening in the movie. We know that there has been some time since everyone has gone, Steve Rogers is dealing with some hardcore survivor guilt, and even though they’re giving us footage, Marvel is still cutting at least one character out of the trailer to keep us guessing.

So yes, there are just little moments of change in the trailer. Tony Stark not being in his suit, that running sequence where Bucky is running next to Cap and where the Hulk is … the Hulk … that we never got being some of the few. But that doesn’t mean that this entire trailer is what we’re going to get in Endgame.

There is so much that goes into making these movies, so many secrets they have to keep, that yes, there are going to be scenes shot that don’t make it to the final cut, and there may even been shots in the trailers that we don’t get to see in the actual movie—that happens all the time on tons of movies. Maybe there’s something behind this theory, or maybe it’s just one of those things that the Russo brothers didn’t even think about when they cut the first trailer.

It would be a cool move on Marvel’s part, though, if the next trailer we get for Endgame is just a recut version of this trailer. I’d hate them for it, but also, in a way, I’d have respect for the overall arc that they had created.

Our questions will be answered on April 26th when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters, and look, at least we have Carol Danvers flying into the future to help us survive whatever Thanos has in store for our favorite heroes.

(image: Marvel Entertainment)

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