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Avengers: Endgame Special Look Pits Earth's Mightiest Heroes Against Thanos Once More

It's not over until they say it's over.

On Tuesday, April 2, Marvel Studios dropped a surprise special-look trailer for Avengers: Endgame, teasing that the surviving heroes will once again go head-to-head with their ultimate nemesis and the greatest threat to the universe — the good-for-nothin' purple-faced miscreant Thanos (Josh Brolin). 

A palpable mix of confidence and concern soaks the air, with some of our still-alive Marvel favorites expressing unease and others offering a strong conviction that things could turn out well, that the devastation of Infinity War can be reversed

"If we do this, we'd be going in short-handed," Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) admits in the trailer, worried about the odds of the Avengers coming out on top in a second battle against Thanos, who mercilessly killed half of all living things in existence with the snap of his Infinity Gauntlet-adorned fingers. 

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) delivers a powerful rejoinder to Banner's fret: "We owe this to everyone who's not in this room, to try." 

Even Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who has been shown in the past two Endgame trailers floating around in space with a rapidly dwindling supply of oxygen and absolutely no food and water, has a crackle of confidence in him. He opines in the new clip, "It's not about what how much we lost. It's about how much we have left." 

Later seen alive and well and standing alongside his fellow vigilantes, including Avengers series newbie Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Iron Man declares, "We're the Avengers. We gotta finish this." 

And then comes the biggest and best moment of the new Avengers: Endgame footage, the reunion everyone has been waiting for: Iron Man and Captain America (Chris Evans) are finally back together. More than that, the two heroes seem happy to see one another after their falling out in Captain America: Civil War and following Thanos' tour of terror in Infinity War that kept them apart. When Iron Man asks Cap if he trusts him, the Star-Spangled Avenger looks him square in the face, nods, and says, "I do." The two then shake hands, and in that split second, the entire Marvel fandom collapsed into fits of joy.

From there, we watch as Marvel's two captains — Marvel and America — board what appears to be the Avengers Quinjet with Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and War Machine (Don Cheadle) while Thanos' voice booms from the background. The intergalactic tyrant bellows as Iron Man looks solemnly at a photo of himself and Spider-Man (Tom Holland), a victim of Thanos' Decimation at the end of Infinity War, "You could not live with your own failure."

Shots of War Machine and Nebula (Karen Gillan) staring out into the galaxy with determined looks on their faces, Thor looking with a bewildered stare at something to his right, Rocket peering up with glassy eyes at someone or something standing above him, and Cap in his classic red-white-and-blue suit lifting himself off the ground in the middle of a fight scene flash across the screen. 

"And where did that bring you?" Thanos asks in voiceover as the music swells.

Then, we see it: a tunnel of blue and white sparks shower over Thanos as he materializes out of thin air. Decked out in his full suit of armor, Thanos states that the chaos brought all the Avengers back to him. He would be right, as the final seconds of the new Endgame footage feature Iron Man walking through a battle-ravaged landscape with Captain America and what looks to be — gasp!Doctor Strange also stepping forward to confront Thanos once more.   

Not only does this Avengers: Endgame special look restart everyone's hearts with the Iron Man-Captain America reunion, promptly rip them back out in having Iron Man remember poor Peter Parker's death, and tease a final blowout brawl between the Avengers and Thanos, but it also confirms that tickets for the film are on sale now. Seats will undoubtedly sell out fast, so head on over to Fandango via this link to purchase tickets for Endgame before they're gone. 

Additionally, Marvel has announced a massive movie marathon to prepare viewers for Endgame. In 12 theaters across the U.S. and Canada (11 in the States and one in the land of maple syrup and hockey), all 21 already-released Marvel Cinematic Universe entries will screen back-to-back leading up to Endgame's premiere. The marathon begins on Tuesday, April 23 and will end on Thursday, April 25 with the first Thursday-night preview showing of Endgame at 5 PM local time. 

As if that wasn't enough Endgame goodness to get wrapped up in, Marvel Studios also unveiled a stunning IMAX poster for the film, which you can marvel (pun definitely intended) at below.

There are still plenty of questions that are bouncing around in the brains of Marvel fans everywhere — ones we're hoping Endgame will lay to rest later this month. This new footage does an impeccable job at revealing just enough information to stir the pot of anticipation up again while also not spoiling anything about the film's plot. Sure, there are a few small details that hint at what the bigger picture will look like (Black Widow's hair changes from blonde to red between scenes, it truly does look like Doctor Strange is walking beside Iron Man and Captain America in the final moments, and there's that Pepper-hugging-Tony moment that signals a heartwarming homecoming), but fans will have to do their best to wait patiently until Avengers: Endgame opens on April 26 to know the full story. Only three weeks left (from the time of this writing) to go!