Marvel fans are a step closer to discovering just how the comic book-turned-blockbusting-movie franchise plans to resurrect some of its most popular superheroes.
With the latest addition to the Marvel cinematic universe, Captain Marvel, still drawing big crowds to movie theatres, Disney has released its movie poster and full trailer for Avengers: Endgame, the much-anticipated sequel to the Infinity War cliffhanger.
With 50 per cent of the universe, including at least half of the Avengers superheroes, disintegrated by deranged alien baddie Thanos and his infinity stones, the new trailer opens with Robert Downey Jr‘s Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man, reflecting on his life and the sequence of events that led to the catastrophe.
“I know I said no surprises but I was really hoping to pull off one last one,” he laments.
And while no one seriously believed that Disney and Marvel would allow some of its biggest box-office earners to be lost forever, the trailer gives few clues as to how exactly the remaining avengers plan to get them back.
Apart from once again assembling, donning shiny new suits and marching in slow motion to take on a powerful new challenge.
The atmospheric and sombre trailer depicts a devastated Earth as the surviving Avengers come together, reliving past moments in black-and-white and preparing for their next battle.
“All we can do is our best, and sometimes the best that we can do is to start over,” she adds before Captain America (Chris Evans) says as we watch him emotionally carrying a coffin.
The Avengers lost a host of valuable team members, including Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Star Lord (Chris Pratt), in the closing moments of Infinity Wars.
To attempt to bring them back, the producers have introduced some other Marvel favourites to the Avengers team.
Paul Rudd’s Ant Man – last seen in microscopic size in the final scene of Ant Man and the Wasp, trapped in the Quantum Realm as he disintegrated in Thanos’ purge outside – has somehow escaped to join the fray.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for Marvel fans comes in the final scene as Chris Hemsworth’s Thor tries to impress an impassive Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), who has been drafted in to join the team.
Thor walks right up to the newcomer and summons his hammer past Captain Marvel’s head without breaking eye contact.
“I like this one,” he declares, echoing the verdict of ticket-buying movie fans.
Avengers: Infinity War generated over US$2 billion in ticket sales worldwide to become one of the biggest money-earners of all time.
Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, return for the sequel, which will hit Australian cinemas on April 24.
In a sentiment that could come from the mouth of a die-hard Marvel fan, Captain America explains why the sequel is important.
“I keep telling everybody they should move on. Some do. But not us,” he tells Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.