Although there weren't any exciting action scenes for fans to salivate over, the teaser for Avengers: Endgame packed quite an emotional punch. Picking up in the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War, the trailer's opening moments depicted Tony Stark adrift in space aboard the Guardians of the Galaxy's ship, the Benatar. With his food and water supply depleted and only a day's worth of oxygen remaining, Tony used his Iron Man armor to record a goodbye message to Pepper Potts back on Earth.
Tony has gotten out of life-threatening situations before, but even he looked to have given up hope. So you can forgive fans for believing the footage showed the final moments for Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially when you factor in all of the rumors of Endgame marking the end of the road for many of the original Avengers, including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.
However, the latest trailer for Avengers: Endgame, released this morning, confirms Tony Stark makes it back to Earth after being adrift in space, which should lead to one epic reunion between the surviving members of Earth's Mightiest Heroes as they assemble to battle Thanos one last time.
Tony Stark Is Alive And Well... For Now
Aside from his opening narration, Tony isn't seen or heard from again in the new Endgame trailer until the closing moments, when he joins Steve Rogers, Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff by stating they will do "whatever it takes" to avenge their fallen friends and loved ones.
We're then taken inside the New Avengers Facility in Upstate New York, where we see Captain America lead Ant-Man, Nebula, War Machine, Hawkeye (who was dressed in his Ronin costume earlier), Black Widow and Iron Man as they march forward together in their new suits.
Somehow, some way, Tony will arrive back to Earth in one piece. Nebula, who was also on Titan with Iron Man, is there as well, so it's possible she played a part in his galactic journey. Another theory suggests Captain Marvel finds Tony in space and brings him along after she responds to Nick Fury's distress signal. The Captain Marvel mid-credits scene showed Carol Danvers meeting the Avengers inside their facility after Fury's pager stopped sending its signal.
A second theory also revolves around Pepper Potts donning her Rescue armor from the comics to literally rescue Tony from space. A leaked photo from the set of Avengers: Endgame made its way online in October, showing Gwyneth Paltrow in a suit of armor, which many took as a confirmation Rescue would make an appearance. However, the photo could very well be a fake.
Of course, just because the second Endgame trailer confirms Tony escapes death while stranded in space doesn't mean he will walk away unscathed by the time the fourth Avengers film concludes. Along with its title, various references in the first trailer and past films like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Infinity War, Endgame truly feels like it will mark the end for many of our favorite superheroes in the MCU. Infinity War teased a potential child for Tony and Pepper, and if Iron Man lives through Endgame we could see him retire from the superhero life to be with his family.
The more depressing option is Endgame sees Iron Man risk his life to reverse Thanos' Decimation. If he is destined to die, at least we know it will be by the side of his fellow Avengers, and not while marooned in space.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, 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. The film arrives April 26.