‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Takes a Mournful Approach to Sequels

The Marvel Cinematic Universe bookended this week with trailers, dropping the second clip for “Captain Marvel” during “Monday Night Football,” then releasing the first look at “Avengers: Endgame” on Friday. And that may not be all: The first trailer for “Spider-Man: Far from Home” is expected to be released on Saturday.

After introducing Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, in September, Marvel rolled-out a follow-up explaining that she’s part of the Kree, a race of noble heroes in a seemingly endless war with the evil Skrull empire. The new clip also provided a peek at Annette Bening in a mysterious role as a scientist who tells Carol, “Your life began the day it nearly ended. We found you with no memory. We made you one of us, so you could live longer, stronger, superior. You were reborn.”

As Carol battles the Skrulls, she searches for answers about her earlier life on Earth and sees flashes of herself as a “Top Gun”-style fighter pilot. The action takes place in the 1990s, years before the cataclysmic events depicted in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Picking up after the cliffhanger ending of this year’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the newest film in the M.C.U. leaves the surviving superheroes to pick up the pieces after Thanos (Josh Brolin) exterminated half the Earth’s population.

The trailer is long on mournful drama and short on action. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) records a farewell message to his beloved Pepper Potts (an unseen Gwyneth Paltrow) as he drifts toward his apparent doom in outer space, while Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) prepare for what he calls “the fight of our lives.”

“Captain Marvel” lands in theaters on March 8, while “Avengers: Endgame” will be unleashed on April 26.

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