Get your salt shakers ready, as another supposed Avengers 4 bombshell has dropped, and it’s going to require a suspension of disbelief on the level of thinking that Marvel really killed off Black Panther and Spider-Man in Avengers: Infinity War. Film editor Vahn Gharakhani kicks off the latest round of speculation on Twitter, posting, “Teaser… IMAX… DMR… #Avengers4” soon after directors the Russo Brothers announced that filming on Avengers 4 had wrapped. DMR stands for Digital Media Remastering, and it means that the first Avengers 4 trailer is completed and is converted for IMAX release. IMAX disputes the accuracy of this claim, of course, but you can check out the Tweet and the resulting comments directly below.
Teaser… IMAX… DMR… #Avengers4
— @ImAFilmEditor (@ImAFilmEditor) October 17, 2018
If true, this means that the initial trailer and title reveal will likely occur in November. If they follow the Avengers: Infinity War playbook the trailer will drop in late November, though if the below leak is accurate they may move it up a few weeks for damage control. At the very least we will definitely know the title of the superhero sequel this year, as revealed by Marvel film boss Kevin Feige in an interview with Collider a few months ago. “That’ll be after the Captain Marvel teaser probably, announcing that title,” Feige said. “It’ll be towards the end of the year with however we launch that film.” And one would assume that a teaser trailer would accompany a title reveal for a film event as hyped as this upcoming Avengers outing.
Now we move onto more fanciful realms of the internet, where Esquire details an alleged title reveal and trailer synopsis for Avengers 4, enticing those who wish to spoil Marvel’s elaborate teasing game. If the following is to be believed, the title for the 4th Avengers film is indeed Avengers: Annihilation (as we previously postulated), and as if that isn’t enough, a user on Reddit posted (and then deleted) a fairly detailed synopsis of the supposed trailer that is poised to drop soon. Read on for what is either damn good fan-fiction or a spoiler-filled description of the most anticipated trailer in Marvel Cinematic Universe history.
The trailer starts off showing the damaged Infinity Gauntlet in a field on the farm planet. As the camera focuses in on the Gauntlet, we hear Tony’s voice: “We were destined to lose.” Epic music score starts
The Quinjet is shown landing in a Wakandan wasteland as we hear Steve Rogers say: “We have come so far.” Tony and Nebula step off the jet as the remaining Avengers approach. Steve has a look of relief and says: “Tony”. Tony, seemingly defeated, shakes his head and gives a friendly smirk back to Cap.
Marvel Studios Logo appears. We get a glimpse of the Battle of New York from 2012 Avengers. Loki is shown looking shocked and baffled as he is on top of the Stark tower. There is a flash of a blue light as the camera pans back. (Cuts to black)
Next we see the Wakandan throne with M’Baku at the helm. He’s surrounded by his new kingsguard. (A mix of the hill tribe and Dora Milaje). Shuri and Banner are seen working on a new project in the lab. Black Widow, in full gear, is in Hawkeye’s family home from Age of Ultron. Basically everything is thrown all over the place and broken. Nat is studying some type of map with multiple photos and locations on it. A quick shot of Thanos is shown with a long sword, walking down an alleyway in New York City.
The next shot is a dark hooded figure with glowing eyes, aiming a bow and arrow before shooting towards the camera. (1-2 visuals of the Quantum Realm) Scott Lang (no suit) is shown running through a park dodging explosions. (Shot of Space) Thor and Valkyrie are aboard a Kree ship. Thor says: “If the stories are true, you’re our universe’s last hope. If such a thing even exists anymore”.
The next shot is an older, determined Tony Stark walking through the new SHIELD HQ’s (Avengers Facility in upstate New York). He’s in full SHIELD attire and carrying an orange briefcase. Banner (wearing spandex) is seen running from something, looking terrified. The next shot is Ant-Man appearing out of a flash of light and landing in a desolate place. We see it from his point of view from inside his helmet. He looks left to right and to his left again and says: “What in the-”. (Camera focuses on Vormir and its stars)
Next, a shot of Rocket and Nebula modifying some new weapons in the lab. Rocket says “When can we try this bad boy out?” They both smile at each other and fist-bump. We get our first glimpse of Iron Man in his red and gold nanotech armor. Hulk falls from the sky and lands in front of him. Thanos, in full armor, smiles. Hulk smiles back.
The next shot is in Japan. War Machine, Nat, and Steve (in their full Avengers gear) are surrounded by The Yakuza. Hawkeye (Ronin) walks through everybody from behind them and approaches the Avengers. There’s an intense exchange of looks between Clint and Natasha (Next shot is at the Sanctum) Wong is communicating with Dr. Strange’s soul via portal. (Cuts to black)
Grey haired Tony Stark and Ant-Man are in a post-apocalyptic NYC. The screen flashes back and forth multiple times through multiple scenes. We see Captain Marvel floating with her fists on fire and her eyes lit up. Thanos in the soul stone with young Gamora screaming at him Loki and Thor fighting off Chitauri together. And Tony handing Steve a brand new shield in the Wakandan throne room. (Cuts back to Tony and Scott)
Tony opens the orange briefcase as Scott hands him an illuminated bracelet. Tony asks: “How?… Is this even possible?” (Iron Man and Ant-Man are shown travelling through the Quantum Realm. Tony and Scott are back in the battle of New York from 2012. The final shot before the title reveal is an Infinity Stone disappearing from Thanos’ damaged gauntlet. He abruptly gets up and puts on his armor. His face goes from extremely infuriated to a menacing smile.
The Hulk is training at the new SHIELD facility with Black Widow and Steve. Steve notices that Hulk has been training non-stop as of late, so he asks why. Hulk responds in Banner’s normal voice with: “My rematch is coming real soon, I can feel it!”
Rumors now suggest that the main villain (and curveball) for Avengers: Annihilation is Annihilus, a big bad who has given the Fantastic Four and the Avengers fits in various formats over the years. Annihilus can fly, he is nearly indestructible, he lifts (like, a lot), he can survive in space, he wields a Cosmic Control Rod that controls matter and generally wrecks stuff, and in some forms he wears powerful Quantum Bands that enhance his power and may be a way to link him to the Quantum Realm last seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp. He also leads an army of Centurions that would effectively serve as fodder for Thor and friends.
There you have it. That’s enough rumors for one article (or one lifetime). Hopefully Disney and Marvel take mercy on us and reveal official news soon, as the wait is literally annihilating my waistline. Yes, I’m a stress eater. Avengers: Annihilation, or whatever it’s called, hits theaters on May 3, 2019. In the meantime, I’m going to go eat some shawarma.