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Avengers: Endgame TV spot sees heroes split into teams

You know what they say: divide and conquer, right?

Marvel Studios has unleashed yet another TV spot for Avengers: Endgame — one that reveals a juicy detail about the forthcoming film. 

Over top the footage, Captain America (Chris Evans) rattles off a rousing recitation about the fight ahead, the battle against the big bad Thanos (Josh Brolin) who's responsible for murdering half everyone and everything in the universe. It's the first line of Cap's speech, however, that will cause Marvelites to sit up straight in their seats and send the wheels in their minds turning a mile a minute: "You know your teams, you know your missions."

This confirms that the Avengers and co. will operate not as a collective unit on their mission to defeat the Mad Titan but instead will work in smaller teams, likely carrying out specific operations to make the dream of avenging the fallen a reality. 

How they'll split up is unknown for the time being, but it looks like most of the surviving heroes will work together to formulate their overall plan and perhaps even complete the first phase of it before they branch off. That some of Earth's Mightiest Heroes are seen wearing the same suit — those silvery-white ones accented with red — in this TV spot adds credence to this idea.  

The promo clip shows some of what we've seen in previous trailers — Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) doing a little target practice; Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Cap, and Black Widow together in a ship, blasting off into the stars; War Machine and Nebula (Karen Gillan) staring at something off screen; and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) fleeing from an explosion at Avengers HQ — but it also offers a sequence Marvel hasn't revealed before. 

The scene in question features the heroes wearing those aforementioned suits and standing in a circle, seemingly getting ready to either go their separate ways on their respective teams' journeys or board a ship to execute a group mission. Captain America ends his speech by saying, "No mistakes, no do-overs. Look out for each other. This is the fight of our lives." Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who begins Endgame floating through space with rapidly dwindling resources, shoots Cap a look that can only mean, "Damn, Steve — you're a natural-born public speaker!" Rocket then pays Captain America a compliment on his moving monologue — giving us a fresh look at the raccoon hero in the new Avengers suit – and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) agrees. 

While this moment may seem like it features all of the Avengers and friends, it actually doesn't. Already released Endgame footage shows the Original Six Avengers (Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Bruce Banner), plus their companions Captain Marvel, Nebula, Rocket, Ant-Man, and War Machine. However, we know that Okoye (Danai Gurira), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Wong (Benedict Wong) are alive in Endgame and they sure as hell aren't going to sit on the sidelines while the rest of the heroes try to take down their greatest enemy. 

That's 14 heroes, but the concluding scene of this new footage only includes nine hands in the group huddle: Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, Rocket, Ant-Man, and Hawkeye, plus the hands of three heroes whose faces weren't shown. The characters who have been included in past Endgame trailers who aren't seen here are Captain Marvel, Nebula, Bruce Banner, Thor, and War Machine. Subtract three sets of hands from those five missing, and there are still two other heroes unaccounted for, heroes who could be completing their own undertakings in the endeavor to vanquish Thanos. Take those two, add in the three heroes yet to be seen in Endgame footage (Okoye, Valkyrie, and Wong), and combine it with the nine heroes seen in the new clip, and that brings the count up to 14 again. 

All that mental math considered, it seems that the breakdown of heroes in Endgame might not be even — it could be a split of 9-3-2 to start and then change as the movie progresses. Regardless, the characters are definitely dividing into groups to work toward the same goal, much like they did in Avengers: Infinity War

Fans will find out exactly how the heroes split up in Avengers: Endgame and how successful their plan to best Thanos for good turns out when the film launches on April 26.