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This year's Super Bowl might not have been as filled with exciting trailers as past years, but Marvel did bring some new footage for both Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. The latter is arguably more exciting, as fans will have waited a long excruciating year after seeing Infinity War before finding out what happened in the wake of Thanos' snap.
Things are certainly look bleak, but it seems the surviving Avengers (plus Rocket) are indeed teaming up to try and reverse The Decimation from happening. But there's one shot of the trailer that is puzzling the fans, who believe that another character was cut out out. You can check it out below.
As you can see, there's a noticeable gap between Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner, and Don Cheadle's War Machine. It doesn't make sense that the framing would leave such a noticeable character-sized hole in the shot, so fans are already speculating which character may have been digitally removed to keep Endgame's secrets intact.
One of the most obvious choices to be in the above shot is Brie Larson's Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers will be making her live-action debut in Captain Marvel just months before Endgame arrives in theaters. Her presence on the upcoming battle agains Thanos was teased in the final moment of Infinity War, with Nick Fury managing to contact her before fading away to dust. Captain Marvel has been teased as the most powerful hero yet, and the Avengers are going to need the big guns when going back into battle with the Mad Titan.
Another likely option is Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon. After Thanos destroyed half the galaxy with the snap of a finger, Rocket was the only members of the Guardians left standing. He appeared briefly in the new Endgame trailer, although it's unclear how he'll factor into the narrative, or get along with anyone other than Thor. The Russo Brothers likely want to keep this ambiguous, and perhaps cut him out for that reason.
There's another shot in the Endgame trailer that seems to be missing a body, although Rocket is accounted for. Check it out below.
In this group shot in the Avengers hanger, there is another gap at the end of the line. Between the silhouettes of War Machine and Rocket, there seems to be enough space for another body. Could this be the same character left out of the first shot? Only time will tell, but Marvel Studios has been known to purposefully throw audiences off the trail.
The Russo Brothers have teased that the marketing material for Avengers: Endgame would only be from the first 15 minutes or so of the film. So while fans will speculate and theorize over each and every frame from the trailers, we're likely going to be mostly surprised by the film's contents once it finally arrives in theaters.
Avengers: Endgame will hit theaters on April 26th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.