WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, in theaters now.
Ever since the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame was released back in December, fans have been pouring over every frame available to try and piece together story beats from the highly anticipated film. Of course, it was always going to be a difficult task, especially considering co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo had previously admitted to misleading audiences with the Avengers: Infinity War trailers, which featured both fake and altered scenes.
Now, Avengers: Endgame is finally in theaters, and the closely kept secrets of Marvel's latest ensemble film are finally revealed. So, which scenes from the trailers never made it into the film?
Since Endgame was such a secretive affair, the trailers never revealed a whole lot. The first teaser showed only a handful of scenes, most of which we can now confirm took place in the first 20 minutes of the film, while the second trailer featured mixed flashbacks from previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies with certain, carefully selected scenes from Endgame. For that reason, most of the scenes from the movie's trailers actually made it in -- but there are a few exceptions.
Black Widow Takes Aim
When looking back at the Endgame trailers, perhaps the most obvious scene missing from the movie is one featuring Scarlett Johanssen's Black Widow. In the film's second trailer, we can see a clearly distraught Natasha Romanoff take aim at a target inside the Avengers compound training room and emptying a full clip of bullets dead in its center before rapidly reloading. This was a sign of how dire the situation was for everyone left -- especially Romanoff.
However, the scene never made it into the film. From the character's hair length, we can deduce that this was set to take place after the film's five-year time jump. Was this set before Scott Lang returned from the Quantum Realm, or during training for the time heist? Perhaps we'll find out on the film's home release if this moment is added as a deleted scene.
Thor Charges Up
There is another noticeable scene missing from Avengers: Endgame, this time featuring Thor, the God of Thunder. In the film's second trailer, as well as many television spots, we see a shot of Thor floating in the sky, steadying his grip on Stormbreaker, lighting crackling all around him. However, that moment never takes place in the film. In fact, when taking into consideration Thor's physical transformation in Endgame, one can wonder if the scene was ever even meant to be in the film.
In fact, in Endgame, Thor is only briefly seen in his Infinity War armor. The only moment where this scene could have potentially been in the film is just before the God of Thunder attacks Thanos on the garden planet.
Altered Footage to Keep Us Guessing
Shockingly, those are the only two scenes from the Avengers: Endgame trailers that never made it into the film. But that's not to say that the trailers didn't lie to us. In fact, when going back and carefully looking at them, one notices a whole bunch of footage that was altered. Characters were digitally removed, such as Hulk and Thor in the team shot of the Avengers walking with their quantum suits on. Even Giant-Man was removed from a shot featuring Rocket hanging onto War Machine.
What's more, the background of a shot featuring Nebula leaping into action was altered to a fiery background (and with a different costume), while Captain America's shield appeared intact in his battle scenes, though we now know that it was broken by Thanos. Finally, Natasha's hair length was altered in the first trailer's scene where she and Steve Rogers see Scott Lang return to the Avengers compound, all of which was done to make certain that the fans could never figure out the film's timeline.
After this, will we ever be able to trust another Marvel movie trailer again?
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos.