We’ve been hoodwinked again.
Warning: Spoilers follow for Avengers: Endgame!
Most new MCU movies are shrouded in secrecy until the day they finally hit theaters. That’s been especially true for the latest Avengers sequels. Not only have directors Joe and Anthony Russo done their best to mask the plots of Infinity War and Endgame, but they’ve also gone so far as to include altered and downright fake footage in the trailers to throw fans off the scent. For instance, the Infinity War trailers had us all believing Hulk would take part in the climactic Battle of Wakanda… and he did not.
Read on for a breakdown of all the footage from Endgame’s trailers we found that either didn’t make the final cut or was altered.
Black Widow’s Target Practice
Several Endgame trailers feature shots of Black Widow practicing her marksmanship skills at what we assume is the New Avengers headquarters, Based on her hairstyle (her hair is still bleached blond but longer than it was at the beginning of the film), we’re guessing this scene was supposed to take place at some intermediate point between the Avengers’ retaliation against Thanos and the “five years later” mark. Was Endgame originally going to show more of this missing period?
Black Widow’s Tears in Rain
Another MIA Black Widow moment is included only in the trailers, one that shows her sitting somberly in the rain. Her red hair makes it clear this is after the time jump, and the environment and weather both suggest this happens at some point during her mission to retrieve Hawkeye/Ronin.
Banner in Mourning
One of the more haunting shots in the trailers features a grieving Bruce Banner holding his face in his hand as he looks at death records for characters like Peter Parker, Shuri and Scott Lang. While that scene is certainly in the movie, that specific shot of Banner isn’t. That seems almost a shame given that this is one of the last times we see Banner in human form.
Rocket Raccoon Confronts Thor
The trailers included an altered version of the shot where Rocket Raccoon and Professor Hulk enter Thor’s house in New Asgard. In the trailers, Hulk is edited out of the background, leaving Rocket to fly solo. Because of this edit, at the time we weren’t even sure if this scene was taking place on Earth.
Cap’s Unbroken Shield
Thanos breaking Captain America’s shield is one of the more dramatic moments in Endgame, and it goes without saying that Marvel didn’t want to give away that twist ahead of time. Even though the trailers included multiple shots of a battered Cap picking up his shield and making his stand against Thanos, they were altered to make it look as if the shield was still whole.
Hawkeye vs. The Outriders
Hawkeye has a very important mission in the climax of Endgame, recovering Tony’s homemade Infinity Gauntlet and staying one step ahead of the Outriders while Cap, Thor and Iron Man battle Thanos above him. Naturally, this is another case where Marvel didn’t want to give away too much of the plot beforehand. While Hawkeye’s race through the tunnels of the New Avengers headquarters is featured in the trailers, those shots edit out both the Outriders and the gauntlet, making it unclear who or what Clint is fighting.
Funnily enough, Marvel neglected to make those same edits for the 3D version of the trailer, so some fans wound up learning more about Hawkeye’s mission than others.
Tony’s Weight Loss
The trailers focused heavily on a stranded Tony Stark’s remorseful farewell message to Pepper. That makes sense, given that this material happens early in the film and that it sets the tone for Endgame so nicely. There’s one key difference between the trailer footage and the final version, however. The trailers don’t reflect Tony’s extreme weight loss and starvation. It’s hard to say whether Marvel intentionally withheld that plot point or if the “skinny Tony” special effects simply hadn’t been completed at that point.
Thor Calls the Lightning
The trailers feature a shot of Thor holding Stormbreaker and summoning his lightning, one which never appears in the actual movie. Given that Thor is still in his Infinity War costume at this point, this shot either has to be an unused relic from Infinity War or a deleted scene from when the Avengers confront the wounded Thanos near the beginning of the film. If the latter, this may suggest that the team’s first rematch with Thanos was originally intended to be longer and more violent.
Nebula is prominently featured in one shot in the early trailers as she stands defiant during the final battle sequence. However, in the actual movie this shot features the younger version of Nebula still loyal to Thanos. Her appearance was altered in the trailers to instead show her in her current red Ravager uniform, another example of Marvel working to hide any evidence that time travel played a role in the plot.
Steve and Tony’s Reconciliation
More recent trailers have featured a shot where Tony asks Steve if he trusts him, teasing the long-awaited reconciliation between two allies who were torn apart in Civil War. But as we learned during the movie, this moment happens while the two heroes are hiding out in 2012 and impersonating their younger selves. To disguise this crucial detail, the trailers show Cap wearing his battered Infinity War suit rather than the bright blue outfit he had in The Avengers.
Rocket and War Machine’s Missing Friends
The trailers featured a memorable shot of Rocket Raccoon and a fully decked-out War Machine preparing for battle, but it turns out there were some details missing. The actual shot in the movie also features an oversized Ant-Man and Hulk in the background.
Altered Team Shots
At this point, it seems safe to assume that any Avengers group shot in a trailer has been edited or disguised in some way. That was certainly the case with many group shots in the Endgame trailers. One trailer features a shot of the Avengers in civilian clothes prior to their time travel mission. The trailer edits out both Professor Hulk and the overweight “Lebowski Thor.”
One trailer featured a shot from the scene where Captain Marvel brings Iron Man and Nebula’s ship to Earth, one that shows the Avengers looking on in stunned silence. The trailer edited out Pepper Potts, probably so as not to make it obvious whom they were watching.
The already iconic shot of the Avengers marching to the time travel machine in matching Quantum Realm uniforms was also altered multiple times. At times they actually only showed an empty hangar. In later trailers, both Thor and Hulk were edited out of these shots, and even Tony Stark’s hair color was tweaked so as to make the time jump less obvious.
And finally, some of the later trailers feature a low-angled shot of Cap, Thor and Iron Man confronting Thanos, one where Mjolnir has been edited out and Thor’s new costume is obscured by his cape so as not to spoil that particular twist.
For more on Avengers, read our Endgame review, learn about the post-credits scene in Endgame, or let us explain the Endgame ending for you! Dig into Gamora’s dead or alive status in Endgame. And is Black Widow really dead? We explain here. Check out all the Endgame Easter Eggs we found, read up on our biggest Avengers Endgame questions, or ponder Endgame’s time travel rules.
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