Comic book fans were surprised earlier this week when Marvel unexpectedly released the first footage of the fourth Avengers film. Announcing the title of the latest entry in the series as Avengers: Endgame, the footage saw the superhero team still reeling from their encounter with the Mad Titan Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Lost in space, Iron Man send a last message to his long-time girlfriend Pepper Potts. Meanwhile, Captain America and Black Widow plan a way to fix the atrocities committed by Thanos and get unexpected help from Ant Man. Thor and Hawkeye are also featured prominently in the footage. Additionally, Marvel revealed a change in the film’s release date. Originally set to premiere on May 3, 2019, Avengers: Endgame will be released at an unspecified date in April of 2019.
Fans are already waiting with bated breath for the latest entry in the series, and the first footage from the film is sure to ramp up speculation as to how the Avengers will fix the universe after Thanos killed half of all living things at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Speaking with ComicBook.com, Joe Russo, who co-directed Avengers: Endgame with his brother Anthony Russo, said that their approach to the film was to look at it from a story perspective. Giving the example of one of the other films that they directed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, Russo said that Endgame raises the stakes for everything in the Marvel universe. The director said that Thanos is by far the toughest adversary the superhero team has ever faced and finally defeating the villain will be extremely costly for the group.
Set to conclude ten years of storylines, Marvel Studios wants Endgame to be a satisfying conclusion to first era of Marvel films while still planting the seeds for future films in the franchise. It is heavily rumored that Endgame will feature the final performances of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Chris Evans as Captain America, but official confirmation on this has yet to come from either actor. Also of note in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that the studio will soon have access to a large group of comic characters after Fox’s merger with Disney is finalized in early 2019. Among the characters Marvel Studios will then be able to introduce in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Deadpool.