Our heroes may not have been super successful at stopping Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, but as we head into Avengers: Endgame, they’ve gained one significiant advantage: Captain Marvel.
That’s our big takeaway from the new Endgame clip unveiled at CinemaCon Wednesday, which picks up basically where the Captain Marvel mid-credits scene left off.
In the new footage, the Avengers — including Black Widow, Captain America, War Machine, and Bruce Banner — are trying to make sense of this stranger, Carol Danvers, who’s just dropped into their lives.
She’s more than ready to go after Thanos and his Infinity Stones, especially after Nebula and Rocket have helped her pinpoint his exact location. But not everyone’s on board.
Captain America explains to her that they usually work as a team, and Bruce points out that they’ve gone up against Thanos before, and lost. “How do we know it will end differently this time?” Bruce asks Carol.
“Because before, you didn’t have me,” she says.
Then Thor weighs in with his judgment. As seen in a previous trailer, he stands in front of her and reaches out for Stormbreaker. Carol doesn’t even flinch as it whizzes by her head and into his hand.
“I like this one,” says Thor.
“Let’s go get this son of a bitch,” says Cap.
We then cut to a ship flying through space, piloted by Rocket. “Okay, who here hasn’t been to space?” he asks.
All the characters from the previous scene are on board, and a few of them raise their hands, including Cap. “You better not throw up on my ship,” says Rocket.
By putting Carol so front and center in this scene, Marvel seems to be counting on her almost as much as the Avengers are. And based on the reception in the room, their bet seems to be paying off — Endgame got enormous cheers.
The clip also serves as a reminder that Marvel’s greatest strength is its knack for creating memorable characters and throwing them together. The team dynamic is what sells this footage, more than whatever convoluted plan they’ve cooked up for getting rid of Thanos.
And, finally, it reveals that part of Marvel’s plan here is to share very few of its plans at all. As entertaining as this extended clip was, it offers very little we haven’t already seen, whether in the Captain Marvel credits or in earlier teasers.
Avengers: Endgame remains a glorious mystery — one we can’t wait to dig into once it hits theaters April 26.