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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Movie Trailer: A Shot-by-Shot Analysis

Did you catch everything in the latest ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer?

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Today we got a brand new trailer for the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, and with it a bunch of teases and suggestions as to where the plot will be going. The trailer is relatively short, but it packs an emotional punch to us Marvel fans who have been with the cinematic universe since its inception in 2008, as well as fans of the comics. So, let’s start the breakdown!

*SPOILER WARNING for several Marvel films, including Avengers: Infinity War. You might not want to read this if you’re not fully caught up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. You’ve been warned!

Red and Black

The most notable element of the trailer right from the get go is the style choice of black-and-white shots with hints of red. It is a powerful and striking choice, and is reminiscent to me of a scene in Schindler’s List, which was entirely black and white with the exception of a red coat worn by a little girl. This choice emphasizes the solemn, severe, and dramatic tone of the film, which is to be expected after the supposed demise of half the population in Infinity War.

Many people are assumed dead, including some of our favourite heroes, in a shocking moment that brought many fans to the emotional brink (myself included), so it is no surprise that the footage and promotional material we have seen so far would play on that drama. It is noticeably the flashbacks from older films that have been given the black, white, and red styling treatment, with moments from Endgame presented normally. It’s also interesting to note that this is the first Marvel film trailer without the usual Marvel Studios logo. The stylised scenes are important moments from throughout the years, but there does seem to be a focus on three characters in particular: Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor.

I Am Iron Man

Tony Stark is seen in the desert after his crash landing following the escape from the cave in the original Iron Man, and we also see his original arc reactor. We also hear him narrating about how the events of Iron Man feel like a thousand years ago, and how he wants to pull off one last surprise for his fiance Pepper Potts.

I Can Do This All Day

With Cap, we see his very first visit to the army recruitment centre back before he became a super soldier, followed by him at Peggy’s funeral in Civil War. Peggy has some narration here too, which is interesting. We hear her speech to Steve when he visits her not long before she dies, when she tells him “None of us can go back. All we can do is our best. And sometimes the best we can do is start over.” This could have a much deeper meaning for all of the Avengers, as well as Steve.

God of Thunder

Thor is shown in Asgard with his father, Odin, from the original Thor film. The bright red of the flags in Asgard are particularly noticeable, followed by Thor’s iconic red cape. Thor himself narrates on how he saw so many die — but more on that in a moment. These shots make you feel that these particular events in these characters lives have truly meant something, as if it has all been leading to this, and for us fans who have been there since the very beginning, it feels poignant.

Heroes Fall

This moment is then followed by black, white, and red shots of the deaths of the heroes from Infinity War. We see Sam (also known as Falcon), T’Challa (Black Panther), and Wanda (Scarlet Witch) crumble to dust as Thor looks on in despair. The colouring of these shots makes this already pivotal and painful moment even more heart-breaking, and emphasizes the loss that was felt as we watched them turn to ash. Thor’s reaction is also crucial; though they have been edited together in this instance (we didn’t see Thor react to these deaths in Infinity War) it is still a sobering shot. It is likely that Thor feels guilty about Thanos’ victory, as he didn’t go for the head when he had the chance to take Thanos down. It will be interesting to see how affected he is by the snap, and to what extent he blames himself.

Hawkeye and his Protégé

In between the stylised shots, there are some other scenes that are worth having a look at. Notable absentee of Infinity War Clint Barton (Hawkeye) is seen teaching a young girl to use a bow and arrow. This could be his daughter, who we were introduced to in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it could also be a character from the comics called Kate Bishop. Kate takes on the mantle of Hawkeye in the comics, and is a member of the Young Avengers. Perhaps his daughter and Kate are one and the same in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If so, could she end up taking on her father’s role?

Friends to the End

The next shot we get is of Hawkeye in a moment with Natasha (Black Widow), the first time we have seen them together since Age of Ultron. They hold hands in the rain, suggesting their continued friendship has been cemented by the traumatic events of Infinity War. It could also suggest that something terrible has happened to Hawkeye. His new look and sullen expression could be suggesting that his family were victims of Thanos’s snap.

Not Us

We get a look at a black and white Cap with red gloves mournfully touching Bucky’s (The Winter Soldier) ashes as he says that he keeps telling people to move on, but can’t do so himself. “Some do, but not us” he says to Natasha. Steve’s stubbornness is clear here, as he is unwilling to give up on his fallen comrades and move on.

Side note: Natasha’s hair is longer and red again here, with the last bits of her previous blonde lingering on the tips. As a girl who keeps track of things like how long it takes for hair to grow, I can confirm that a fair amount of time must have passed since the moments in the previous trailer with her short, blonde do. It would at the very least be a few months, as her hair dye has faded at this point too. It is possible that footage with her short blonde hair was filmed to throw people off the scent, but I’ve given you some hair knowledge that I’m sure you weren’t expecting to get today. You’re welcome.

Ant-Man

Scott Lang (Ant-Man) looks confused as he sees a bunch of missing people posters stuck to a lamppost. Not only has he successfully made his way out of the Quantum Realm, which we saw him get trapped in during the post-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp, but he clearly has no idea what has happened while he was gone. He gets stuck in there during the events of Infinity War, just as Thanos snaps away half the universe, and this may have saved him. We know that Hank Pym, Hope, and Janet Van Dyne all got snapped away (at the worst possible moment I might add), but what of Scott’s daughter, Cassie?

Homecoming

We see a ship flying through the air in New York, and it looks very similar to the one at the beginning of the trailer, hanging motionless in space with Tony Stark trapped within it. This looks like Tony and Nebula have fixed up the ship, and managed to get it to Earth. We get further confirmation of this later, but more on that when we get there.

Suit Up

Black Widow and Hawkeye get suited and booted for…something. Perhaps a battle, or a mission of some kind? Hawkeye grabs Black Widows shoulder, and she holds his hand in response, so whatever it is that they are preparing for seems to be something dangerous if they are comforting one another beforehand.

Big Boom

I wasn’t entirely sure who it was that we see in this next shot, running down a hallway as an explosion detonates, but if you look closely you can see a silhouette resembling arrows on his back, so I’m assuming this is Hawkeye. I’m glad he is getting more time in this trailer. I really hope his character has an important role to play after he was nowhere to be found in Infinity War.

Rocket and Rhodey

Rocket Raccoon and James Rhodes (War Machine) look ready for a fight as Rocket perches on War Machine’s shoulder. Rocket is arguably one of the characters who lost the most in Infinity War, as all his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy perished. Gamora was killed by Thanos to obtain the Soul Stone, whilst Star-Lord, Drax, Mantis, and Groot were snapped into dust. Nebula, who wasn’t really a proper Guardian — but did join forces with them in GOTG Vol.2 — is all that remains, and she is stuck in space with Tony Stark. I’m interested to see how Rocket will react when he realises that his comrades are all gone. He knows about Groot, but not the other Guardians. Hopefully, he will be able to find some solace in the other Avengers — especially Thor, who he got on particularly well within Infinity War. A nice touch is that Rocket is in his classic costume here from the comics, taking his look back to his roots.

We’ll Do it Together

A few shots of the remaining heroes here suiting up include Ant-Man (in his tiny form and maneuvering through what looks like a dangerous environment), Hawkeye, Thor (with his new weapon, Stormbreaker), Nebula, Black Widow, and Captain America. Cap is most noteworthy here. He appears in his classic outfit, and is covered in dirt and dust, obviously fighting for his life, his teammates lives, and the lives of just about everyone who is left in this world. Will he make the ultimate sacrifice to save us all?

Whatever it Takes

One of the last shots of the trailer shows what is left of the Avengers in some brand new white suits with red trims as they march towards what is likely their lost shot at saving the universe. Captain America heads up the team, and we then see Ant-Man and Nebula. This is followed by Hawkeye and War Machine, and finally, Black Widow and Iron Man. We don’t see everyone here; there is no Rocket, no Thor, and no Bruce Banner (The Hulk, who has gotten very little screen time in general in the promotional material). What this does confirm is that Nebula and Tony do indeed make it back to Earth after being stuck on Titan. That’s assuming that the Russo Brothers aren’t messing with us, but I have a feeling that they will both be needed in the plan to stop Thanos and restore the galaxy.

The new suits also raise some questions. Rumours have been flying about the Avengers using time travel via the Quantum Realm to return to key moments in previous films to try and undo Thanos’ destruction; if this is so, are these special suits for their journey into the Quantum Realm to access the time vortex that was mentioned in Ant-Man and the Wasp? Possibly. But as we are getting very little in the way of footage (which to me is a great thing), everything is still up in the air at this point.

Captain Marvel

In a little scene at the end of the trailer, we see Thor meeting Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel). As they size each other up, Thor summons Stormbreaker, which flies dangerously close to Carol’s head. She doesn’t even flinch. Thor announces that “he likes this one,” and a beautiful partnership is born. Captain Marvel is sure to shake things up in the fight against Thanos due to her insane powers. I loved her solo film, which came out recently, so I’m looking forward to seeing her in action again.

The Avengers

The Russo Brothers have been keeping tight-lipped about Endgame, and for good reason. This may well be the last Marvel film for some of our favourite heroes, the ones who have been around the longest. I was 15 years old when I first saw Iron Man in the cinema. Now, at age 26, I’m still watching. It was the start of a journey that no one could have predicted, leading to all manner of unthinkable characters getting their own movies, and team-ups that once seemed impossible. I feel like I have aged with the Avengers, and watched them grow to the heroes they are now. There is a personal element to this film that I think a lot of people will also be feeling. One thing I am certain of is that I don’t think I’m ready to see how this is all going to end.

Avengers: Endgame is out on April 26th 2019 (in the UK we get it on April 25th. Yes, that is me bragging about that).

Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Antlers’ Gets a Mysterious Trailer

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“History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t spell.”

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Check out the photos below along with the official press release.

Bill and Ted are two high school buddies who dream of becoming international rock stars. Their hilarious time travel adventure is depicted in the amazingly audacious comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

It’s like having them pop up right in front of you, with their iconic fashion and elaborate accessories. Besides, the iconic props are designed to let you reproduce a variety of wonderful scenes from the movie.

Be excellent to each other and travel to the past through the exciting story of Bill and Ted!

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One (1) graphic t-shirt
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The Transformers: Lessons in Warfare, Scale, and Childhood

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The Transformers are an enduring part of American pop culture. Starting with the introduction of the first toy lines in the early 1980s, the animated series went on to define a large part of ‘80s culture, reaching its apex with the release of The Transformers: The Movie in 1986. After a disappointing performance in theaters, however, the brand reached a nadir in the post-movie era, receding from the front of American pop culture until the late 1990s, when Transformers: Beast Wars brought the franchise to the forefront again.

It was into this climate that I was born. By the time I was old enough to watch TV and get toys courtesy of the North Pole and my parents, I began to take an interest in the series. After all, what five-year-old boy doesn’t like the idea of giant robots fighting each other for control of the earth and the universe?

My local video store (yes, those used to exist) had a copy of the first three episodes of the original Transformers series, Generation 1, on VHS. I remember renting this one particular copy from the store and watching it at least three times, sun-faded front cover and all. Even then, I loved the series, though I only had a few generic dollar-store “transformers,” an Armada Megatron that I had received for my fifth birthday, and a couple of hand-me-down G1 figures from my Dad.

Some of my earliest memories of Transformers came from a trip my parents and I took to visit my Dad’s former college roommate, a professed 80s culture geek. I remember watching a ton of G1 episodes, like “Dinobot Island,” as well as The Transformers: The Movie on his large projection-screen TV, an experience which inculcated within me an intense love of the series.

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Optimus Prime, bastion of bravery and an excellent role model for a maturing boy.

The first real episodic Transformers show that I watched with any sort of consistency, however, was Transformers: Armada. Now, I don’t remember much about this show — for good reason, as it’s derided by many Transformers fans for its poor animation, bad dubbing, and terrible story — but what I do remember is one particular toy that I really enjoyed: Armada Unicron.

I think it was the Christmas of 2002 when I first got Unicron. I remember having seen him in the store and (probably) telling my parents something or another about it, but I was utterly shocked when Santa brought it to me as a present. As a kid, Unicron was an impressive toy that towered over all of my other Transformers. He was such a hefty toy that I had trouble just picking him up from the ground. After having seen The Transformers: The Movie, I was just impressed by having the planet-eating destroyer of worlds himself in toy form. It was good to be a kid.

My consumption of Transformers-related content stayed relatively the same for a couple of years. Since my family didn’t get any of the channels that the shows came on, I was often left to make up what stories I could from my own memory, but we had Netflix (back when it was a DVD mail-in service), so I was able to watch some of the old series, including Beast Wars, Beast Machines, and Transformers: Energon on DVD. As usual, however, I spent most of my time in school or playing on my GameCube.  

When Michael Bay’s Transformers released in theaters in 2007, it ushered in an entirely new era of Transformers fandom across the world. With the return of G1 originals Peter Cullen and Frank Welker as the voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron, respectively, the ‘80s were alive and well again. This transformation (pun fully intended), brought about the introduction of an entirely new show, Transformers Animated, which aired on Cartoon Network. Before the days of DVR, it was nearly impossible for someone like myself, who was usually involved in any myriad of school activities on any given day, to find the time to watch a show at its air time. 

Unicron Armada Transformers Toy

Just look at this toy! Even today, it’s impressive.

However, luckily enough for me, Cartoon Network aired reruns of two episodes of Animated every day at 6:30 AM. As someone who lived literally two minutes away from school, I usually didn’t leave my house until around 7:45 or 8:00, so I had plenty of time to watch the show. I remember getting up every morning, fixing myself a big bowl of cereal, and sitting down to watch Animated before anyone in the house was up. Just me, Transformers, cereal, and a lot of fun. 

Soon, as I aged and Animated was replaced by Transformers Prime, I grew into a more nuanced appreciation for the shows’ storytelling. Prime, a dark tonal contrast with Animated, found me at the perfect time in my life. I appreciated its reverence for Optimus Prime and its overarching themes of sacrifice and leadership. While some would say it was boring or over-wrought, for a burgeoning pre-teen it was an engaging combination of cool and edgy that I thoroughly enjoyed.

When I sit down to think about the impact the Transformers series has had on my life, there’s one point in particular that sticks out to me: the imagination that playing with Transformers encouraged. While the brand was doubtlessly born of a commercial desire to sell as many pieces of plastic as possible, it nonetheless developed into a series capable of some interesting, if not always deep, storytelling. 

I copied this sense of storytelling when it came time to play with my toys. I remember incorporating various weather machines, weapons of ultimate power, and energy crystals into overarching narratives that could last a whole afternoon. Narratives in which Autobots died, lost limbs, or were otherwise in peril before the power of the Matrix of Leadership or Primus himself showed up to save them in the end. While this may not seem all that unique, I credit the series with instilling in me a sense of narrative detail. In fact, I remember not mixing my G.I. Joes and Transformers together, because in my internal head canon, they weren’t to scale (everyone knows that Transformers are at least three to four times taller than humans.) 

Megatron vs. Dinosaur G1 Transformers

I can safely say that I probably played out this exact scenario at least four or five times in my childhood.

However, Unicron himself created all sorts of problems for an internal narrative. For a being the size of a planet, he was rather puny in scale when compared to the other figures. So, I would always put Unicron to the side and pretend that the smaller Transformers were mere dots on him, tiny little specks that could barely be seen, the same as they had been in The Transformers: The Movie. I feel like the toys gave me an appreciation of the tropes of narrative fiction that I otherwise wouldn’t have noticed or appreciated. 

Today, I still love the series and try to watch The Transformers: The Movie at least once a year. Newer entries, like Transformers: Rescue Bots and Rescue Bots Academy allow me to share my love of the series with my younger siblings without encountering the darker elements of some of the classic shows. It allows me to teach them all about the Cybertronians that I grew up with, and perhaps encourage them to craft stories of their own. Now, excuse me while I help the Rescue Bots put out a fire on Wayward Island…

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