While we have been waiting for Marvel to release the Avengers 4 trailer for a long time, the truth is that we had no idea what to expect of the actual teaser. Outside of a title reveal, there was no telling how much footage from Avengers: Endgame we would get, how many questions from Avengers: Infinity War it would answer, and how many new questions about the upcoming film it would introduce.
It therefore came as a surprise that the trailer started by revealing what became of Tony Stark following Thanos' Infinity Stone-powered finger snap. Following the Mad Titan's killing of half of all life in the universe, Iron Man was left stranded on Titan with half-machine, half-alien, sometime-Guardian of the Galaxy Nebula. But with the release of the teaser, we saw that Tony was now drifting in space in a dying spaceship. Contemplating his oncoming death, the once genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist recorded a goodbye message to his love, Pepper Potts
Well, a piece of fan art, courtesy of SPDRMNKYXXIII's Instagram account, imagines the other side of the recording: Pepper Potts, back on Earth, inside Tony's workshop, watching the recording of the goodbye message. It's a heartbreaking portrayal to be sure, especially considering that Tony didn't get the chance to tell Pepper a proper goodbye when he first blasted off into space at the start of Avengers: Infinity War.
Of course, it's unclear if, in the film, Tony's message will ever make it to Earth for Pepper to hear, or if he is simply too far away for the transmission to reach his home planet.
However, it's quite possible that a scene similar to what this fan art pictures could unfold in the film. There have been increasing rumors that, like her comic book counterpart, Pepper Potts will suit up in an Iron Man-like armor of her own as Rescue. Receiving this message, and seeing her fiancé near-death in the far reaches of space like this could lead Pepper to put on a suit and, well, rescue Tony Stark.
Avengers: Endgame will release on April 26, 2019. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.