If you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War, you know that it ends on the most soul-crushing note in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
(That’s your cue to stop reading if you’d rather avoid spoilers from the most recent Avengers installment.)
While few expect that the genocide wrought by Thanos will be permanent, the first trailer for Avengers 4—which we now know will be called Avengers: Endgame—certainly doesn’t give us many hints at how Earth’s mightiest (remaining) heroes will reverse the Mad Titan’s instant eradication of 50 percent of life in the universe.
What we do get are some fun reappearances by familiar faces and a good sense of where the Avengers stand as they prepare to mount some sort of counteroffensive against Thanos (who, one would assume, must first be drawn out of his blissful, post-annihilation retirement).
Without further ado, here’s a look at the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame:
So what do we know after watching that? Not a tremendous amount, but enough to be intrigued about the squad left standing as credits rolled on Infinity War.
Least surprising: Hawkeye is back and (as many fans had predicted) reborn as Ronin, a samurai-themed identity Clint Barton adopted in the comics after Civil War.
We’ve also got a bit of a head fake about Ant-Man, who was also oddly absent from Infinity War other than in a passing reference. But looks like he will indeed be back to help fight … whatever it is the Avengers are fighting this time around. (Perhaps some new baddies will take advantage of the chaos to step onto the scene before the Avengers have time to tussle with Thanos again?)
What we notably don’t see is Captain Marvel, perhaps because Marvel wants to avoid divulging any hints about where her upcoming prequel leaves off when it hits theaters in March.
On that note, it’s worth mentioning the release date: April 26, 2019. That’s a nice early Christmas present for fans, who’d been expecting the movie to come out in early May. (OK so maybe coming out a week earlier isn’t all that big of a deal, but when the fate of the universe is in the balance, we’ll take any head start we can get.)