With the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the cusp of Avengers: Endgame, directors Joe and Anthony Russo warn fans that they might have been misled by the movie's marketing campaign -- again. Trolling the MCU's loyal fanbase, the Russos joked that the trailers may be nothing more than fake footage.
The various Endgame trailers and TV spots haven't given much away, apart from the fact that the original six Avengers will team up with newcomers like Rocket Racoon, Ant-Man and Captain Marvel to go on a top-secret mission. While there are various theories about using the Quantum Realm to travel through time and collect the Infinity Stones, fans are still in the dark.
Speaking to Rotten Tomatoes, Anthony Russo teased, "Maybe it's all fake. Maybe there's not a real frame in that whole trailer." If this is the case, it would be a massive curveball; however, it's far more likely the Russos are joking.
That being said, there's almost certainly been some trailer trickery when it comes to Endgame. After all, the promos for last year's Avengers: Infinity War showed Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in the climactic Battle of Wakanda, only to leave audiences confused when the Green Meanie was absent from the final fight. From the number of Infinity Stones Thanos already had to an eyepatch-wearing Thor at Nidavellir, Infinity War's trailers were drastically different when compared to the theatrical cut.
Russo's comments aren't the first footage controversy. Eagle-eyed fans are convinced someone has been digitally erased from Endgame's Super Bowl trailer. Later footage has confirmed Brie Larson's Captain Marvel will be part of the OG Avengers' plan, so it could be her. Elsewhere, others are convinced Hulk is being hidden again.
In the past, Kevin Feige teased Avengers: Endgame trailers wouldn't spoil anything past the first 20 minutes. Whatever Feige and the Russos are up to, they've done a pretty good job of keeping everyone on their toes. Going to the lengths of creating an entirely fake trailer might seem a little extreme, but at least that reported $200 million marketing budget has been well spent.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 26.