If you were worried that the trailer for Avengers: Endgame had been manipulated to make you think certain things are happening in the upcoming movie that are, in fact, red herrings and lies, guess what? You’re right! This week, directors Anthony and Joe Russo confirmed that the various trailer for Avengers: Endgame are intentionally manipulated to not only preserve big twists in the movie but to misdirect fans ahead of time.
“The thing that’s most important to us is that we preserve the surprise of the narrative,” Joe Russo told Empire. As pointed out by SlashFilm, he also said something similar last summer, when questioned about the fact that the trailers for Avengers: Infinity War differed significantly from the final film, saying: “At our disposal are lots of different shots that aren’t in the movie that we can manipulate through CG to tell a story that we want to tell specifically for the purpose of the trailer and not for the film.”
The question now, remains, what can fans believe? Just how much of these trailers are misleading? The famous “running” shot from Infinity War never appeared in the movie, and not just because it was a deleted scene. Famously, that scene actually represented a version of a huge climactic battle scene that couldn’t have happened; the Hulk never Hulks-out in Wakanda. So which of these scenes in the Endgame trailer won’t be in the movie?
Fans already freaked out about the “missing gap” between characters in one trailer. Meanwhile, all the Avengers walking purposefully in those new white-and-red-suits also feels slightly suspicious. Is there a character there who won’t be there in the final film? The newest Endgame trailer was the first time we see Tony Stark reunited with the rest of the Avengers since heading into space in the last movie. So, what’s the deal? Does this actually happen, or has Tony been digitally inserted into this scene?
Until the movie comes out, the reality is, we will never know exactly what’s “real” and what’s “fake” in an Avengers trailer. For now, the reality stone isn’t just wielded by Thanos. It looks like Marve Studios publicity and marketing is casting all sorts of illusions. Hopefully, they won’t destroy us!
Avengers: Infinity War is out on April 26.