It's no secret that not every hero who died in Avengers: Infinity War will be back for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, most of them will; the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer already confirms Peter Parker and Nick Fury will journey back from the afterlife, and we're expecting quite a few others to return as well.
But Marvel Studios really wants us to think this isn't the case. It's clear from the newest round of marketing for Avengers: Endgame, the studio is trying to fool us into thinking none of these heroes will come back, even though we all know this won't be the case.
The biggest piece of misdirect comes in the form of the latest Endgame poster, where we see the characters that weren't dusted by Thanos' Decimation. The 12 heroes tasked with going up against Josh Brolin's Thanos are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), Hawkeye/Ronin (Jeremy Renner), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper).
In the film's official credits, the studio is only focusing on those heroes who are in the land of the living, most likely a misdirect to keep it a surprise as to who will actually be resurrected.
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.
From the credits, we discern that Benedict Wong's mystical sorcerer, Wong, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts and Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan, are alive and well. Pepper, in particular, comes as no surprise given that she's been rumored to be gearing up with her own armor as Rescue, but Marvel is determined to keep as much of the film a guessing game as possible.
It certainly helps Marvel Studios keep the mystery going; Warner Bros.' Justice League was unable to keep Henry Cavill's Superman resurrection under wraps, and when he showed up, it didn't have the impact it might otherwise have had. It appears that until Endgame hits theaters, we have to play along with Marvel and believe this current roster will be all that's left, even when Thanos is defeated. Because in the movies, unlike comics, there's no coming back from dead -- wink, wink.
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.