The Trailer for Avengers: Endgame has finally been released and is grim .
Fifty percent of all living beings have disappeared. Tony Stark dies slowly in space. Bruce Banner looks at pictures of dead or missing friends. The Avengers hangar is empty.
Everyone looks defeated, but that's because they were defeated. There is a vague idea that Captain America has a plan to fight back somehow, but it's a last-ditch effort, and we have no clues as to what it might be. Thanos is only visible for a moment; For this first trailer, the loss of these characters is more important than the enemy whose work seems to have been done.
Packaged That Way, Avengers: Endgame plays like a comic reboot of The Leftovers . How do the survivors deal with so many others who have gone under supernatural or magical circumstances?
The trailer leans into defeat, delivering a Grimdark tone and a nihilistic undertone known in another corner of the comic film landscape: the early films in the DC Cinema Universe. Except that this sound is delivered at the end of the "Phase 3" of the MCU, not at the beginning.
Both series had to adapt over time, and it's almost as if we were at a point where they exchanged tonal definitions.
The two franchises are moving in opposite directions
And it happens at a time when Warner Bros.'s DC films focus more on stand-alone movies with a darker tone, after in one place the violence and the fear had begun. The two competing film franchises almost mimic after all these years where the other one started.
Take a look at this: The Trailer Endgame presents a version of Captain America that sounds like it has given up hope. This is a shocking thing for a character who has flipped through so many films with one shot and one good heart. On the other hand, Man of Steel began the franchise with a Pa Kent arguing that Superman may let children die if it keeps their secret a secret, and a "Boy Scout" hero in front The credits have killed someone killed. What is left if this is your starting point?
This is not a critique of any approach or of creating this kind of interlocking universe is a challenge, and it is natural to stumble along the way. Warner Bros. plunged into his version of The Avengers and landed in the ultra-dark and critically repulsive aesthetics of Zack Snyder's films.
The company slowly turned to find the fun and hope in these comic stories, or at least began hiring employees who could do so, and now after the massive box-office hit by Wonder Woman and The prospects for Aquaman seem to be on a better way. It's just a way that looks a lot like the brighter colors and sharper tone of early Marvel movies. Because of me.
Marvel went the other way. Iron Man was often funny, although Tony is now more serious than any other character when he deals with PTSD and has a greater responsibility for protecting the Earth. And the story has been slowly building despite the inclusion of the Nick Fury post-credits scene. Iron Man 2 came two years later, while Captain America and Thor were introduced a full year later with their own original stories.
These films were all snatched together satisfactorily, but this connection was not the whole point. The characters underwent difficulties, but they were mostly heroic and optimistic about the future.
Marvel knows that all this fun has to go somewhere to be satisfying, especially if they can not get any bigger with each new movie. The world had to contract a little before the movies could begin to build up another big fight in whatever comes after this cycle of films. And the team that directed these films did not quite finish it.
That's why the darkness of this trailer works when Warner Bros. DC's early films stumbled and sank into self-parody. The darkness has been earned over a long period of time, with a very complicated setup.
These characters are not very hopeful and we can feel sorry for knowing how they got there in all these films. Marvel is not afraid to give the audience a sense of how dark this world can become and how much it is at stake.
Age of Ultron was built more or less from the existential fears of Iron Man, and Civil War took place due to the actions of two men who could not understand how they should talk to each other , The MCU has gone to great lengths to prove that these heroes are often their own worst enemies and how much damage they can do to others through their own wounds. Early on, the films of DC had insisted.
Both mega-franchises feel like they're in fixed locations. Avengers: Endgame is only at the beginning of its trailer and hype cycle, but it's not that the audience is not hungry for film. Aquaman with its history and aesthetics, seems to enjoy having bizarre, bizarre places while adapting a slo-mo combat aesthetic that Snyder has so well established and executed.
Marvel will still have carefree movies future and the Warner Bros. DC movies will probably feel comfortable even in the dark. However, the most logical way from these starting points is always in the direction of the opposite spectrum. We are just at a point where the rods have been completely turned over.
What we refer to as "Marvel film" or "DC movie" is based on the development of ideas for dozens of films over a long period of time. The stereotypes of these franchises can change with the films, and it seems that both film universes are doing exactly what they need to do to entertain the audience. No one stands still, and both learn from their own mistakes and themselves.
The fact that both franchises started in opposite places before they ended where the other started is a decent piece of symmetry, but mostly shows a way Explaining how both trains get better. As a fan of comic movies, I could not be happier or more excited to watch the next movie in both franchise films.