Marvel Studios has released a new television spot for Avengers: Endgame. The spot reveals another Marvel Cinematic Universe character felled by Thanos’s snap during Avengers: Infinity War. The ad opens with War Machine, Captain Marvel, and Captain America watching images of their missing friends. The first face to appear on the left side of the shot is that of Dr. Erik Selvig. Selvig was an astrophysicist and a colleague of Jane Foster. He met Thor when Odin exiled the god of thunder to Earth. Selvig and Thor became friends, leading to Selvig’s work for SHIELD, involvement in the Battle of New York, and position at the New Avengers Facility.
Selvig's is one more name added to the list of fallen characters, which also now includes Black Panther's sister Shuri. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has spoken before about the narrative power of that snap. "We did Infinity War and Endgame at the same time, but those have been the longest gestating movies we've ever made," Feige said. "Four years now, almost five years. And it was always about delivering on the promise that we had set up. And the way the world received Infinity War was amazing, it was exactly what we wanted.
"And that ending, which we had been working on for many years, and I do remember people, on all of the movies we've made and I'm sure on many of the movies we'll make in the future, whenever the good guy wins, which is often — good guy, good woman, good hero wins — they go, 'Eh, it's kind of predictable. Good guy wins. Well, sometimes that's fun. But for years I remember thinking, 'I wonder what they're going to do when they don't?' Because we knew that was coming. And it couldn't have been better. The reaction was the best. The reaction. Was. The. Best."
According to the film’s official synopsis, “The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, Avengers: Endgame.”
Anthony and Joe Russo direct Avengers: Endgame from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The film’s ensemble cast includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye/Ronin, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, and Josh Brolin as Thanos.
Avengers: Endgame opens in theaters April 26th. Captain Marvel is now playing in theaters. Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5th.
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