Avengers: Endgame Super Bowl Trailer Might Have Edited Out a Key Character

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There was no shortage of teaser trailers during last night’s Super Bowl LIII, and Avengers: Endgame was one of the most highly anticipated. The teaser was the perfect length: short enough to leave fans wanting more, but just long enough to generate some juicy conspiracy theories.

One of the most talked-about aspects of the teaser was the scene in which Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Chris Evans’s Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/The Hulk, and Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes/War Machine stand awestruck outside of Avengers HQ and walk toward something, with their heads tilted sharply up toward the sky the entire time. The unique shot has sparked a debate about what, exactly, they are looking at. But according to ComicBook.com, some eagle-eyed viewers noticed something even more peculiar: It appears one of the on-the-ground character might’ve been edited out of the shot.

One theory as to who that missing Avenger might be is Tony Stark/Iron Man, who earlier in the trailer is seen stranded in outer space and trying to make his way back to Earth. If he's not the erased character on the ground, he could also be who the heroes are looking up to in the sky. However, even more fans are convinced that the airborne interest is in Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, as producers would likely want to keep her appearance in Avengers: Endgame under wraps until her solo movie drops in March.

But those aren't the only guesses: Some fans think the character edited out on the ground could be Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye/Ronin. And as for who they’re looking up at? Some say it could be Paul Rudd's Ant-Man—or even Josh Brolin's villainous Thanos. Clearly, we have as many questions as we do unsubstantiated answers.

The scene has created enough speculation to make it a hot topic until the final installment of the Avengers series makes its way to theaters on April 26, 2019.

Captain Marvel's Goose the Cat Funko Pop! Toy Delivers Cuteness (and Spoilers)

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Marvel Studios

Why pay Robert Downey Jr. $50 million to appear in an Avengers movie when you can just hire a cat and get the same buzz? Marvel Studios accountants must be debating this very issue now that Captain Marvel's supporting feline Goose has become the hit film's breakout star. Naturally, she has now been bestowed with an honor in line with her status: She's been immortalized as a Funko Pop! figure. Lots of them, actually.

The Funko Goose vinyl collectible, now available for $8.45, features her distinctive markings along with a “Goose” name tag. The now-famous cat joins a line of several other Captain Marvel Funko Pop! releases, including Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, and a 1990s-era Nick Fury.

But in this case, going down the Funko rabbit hole carries some risks for Captain Marvel fans. /Film reports that two of Funko's pending Goose releases may spoil some key revelations in the film. So you’re better off sticking with a classic Goose until you’ve seen the movie.

If you’re curious about the kind of cat wrangling that went on behind the scenes in the movie, you might be surprised to learn that there are actually three ways Goose performs onscreen. The production used an orange tabby named Reggie to portray Goose, with stand-ins Archie, Gonzo, and Rizzo filling in occasionally to perform specific tricks or to relieve a fatigued Reggie. There was also a CGI Goose and a cat puppet that the filmmakers used in scenes where actress Brie Larson needed to interact with her furry friend—because while Carol Danvers may love cats, Larson herself is allergic to them.

Explore Funko's whole Captain Marvel line on Amazon.

[h/t /Film]

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New Avengers: Endgame Theory Predicts That Four of the Original Heroes Will Die

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Marvel Studios broke the internet last week when they dropped a brand-new trailer for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.

Unlike the first trailer, which was released in December, this one gave fans much more insight into how the Avengers will attempt to defeat Thanos and restore balance to the world. And since the trailer provided these extra details, there's been even more fan speculation over the past several days about what the new footage could mean for some of our favorite superheroes. And according to at least one fan, the situation could be bleak for some of the original Avengers, as Comicbook.com reports.

After noticing something peculiar in the trailer, Redditor TheRealBrandini97 took to the social media platform to share their prediction that four major deaths could be upon us:

"[T]here was a theory going around that only two of the original six Avengers will survive at the end of Endgame. If you listen to the new trailer, you'll notice four of the original Avengers say the line, 'Whatever it takes.' The four that say this are Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye/Ronin, and lastly Iron Man. Could these be the four original members that sacrifice their lives to save everyone?"

Citing behind-the-scenes reports, the user mentions that Chris Evans is likely leaving the role of Steve Rogers, and Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man is likely about to see his last days as well.

As for the two other heroes, the theory states, "The Russo Brothers said Hawkeye would have a big arc in Avengers: Endgame that all Hawkeye fans would enjoy (what bigger arc than laying down your life, to bring your family and half of all life back?) And as for Black Widow, her movie is guaranteed to be a prequel now."

It's also mentioned that the Russo Brothers said 2016's Captain America: Civil War would play a fundamental part in Endgame.

"The four Avengers that repeated ['Whatever it takes'] in the new trailer happen to all [be featured] in Civil War while the other two original Avengers (Thor and Hulk), [who] didn't repeat the phrase, are not in Civil War," the Redditor adds.

Of all the theories out there right now, this one definitely has some legs. The repetition of "whatever it takes" definitely did stand out in the trailer, so maybe Marvel was hinting at this being the last hurrah for Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Black Widow.

We'll find out for sure when Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 26, 2019.

[h/t: Comicbook.com]

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