Thanks to social media, movie trailers are much more scrutinized nowadays. Fans dissect them frame by frame to catch Easter Eggs and sometimes big spoilers. The Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer was especially criticized for giving away the entire plot, but even Marvel has been known to spoil crucial plot points in its marketing.
That being said, the marketing team for the #MarvelCinematicUniverse has also gone to great lengths to protect us from spoilers, even sometimes misdirecting us for our own sake. There have been times when a trailer has flat-out lied to us, but we're glad they did. Here are five examples of how the marketing didn't match the final product:
1. Ultron Lifts Cap's Car, Not Scarlet Witch (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
The trailers leading up to #AvengersAgeofUtron make it seem that Scarlet Witch is the one doing the heavy damage. We learn in this film that she is indeed very powerful, especially against all of Ultron’s robot minions.
However, in this particular scene, we are led to believe that she is lifting the car with #CaptainAmerica hanging on for dear life — when, in fact, Ultron does it. This mis-direct certainly didn't make or break the film for me, but it's a clever one for sure.
2. Ant-Man Talks With Falcon, Not Yellowjacket (Ant-Man)
Ant-Man’s second feature-length trailer showed audiences some of the humor we could expect from the film. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) admits to Yellowjacket, a.k.a. Darren Cross, that #AntMan is a corny superhero name and "wasn't my idea."
However, when we finally see the movie, we learn that Lang was actually speaking to a fellow Avenger, not Cross. Thankfully, Marvel kept this cameo secret.
3. Vision, Not Bucky, Shoots War Machine Out Of The Sky (Captain America: Civil War)
In the trailer for Civil War, Bucky appears to fire a rifle at a flying War Machine, making a direct hit, which sends War Machine back down to Earth. Or so we thought. In fact, Vision was the one who mistakenly fired on his own teammate, hitting War Machine in the process. It's a major moment in the film, when the Avengers realize they've all taken their squabble too far — but if it had been in the trailers this way, we definitely would've felt it showed us too much.
4. The Sovereign, Not Ego, Appear To Be The Primary Villains (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
In the trailer, we hear Ayesha — the leader of the Sovereign — tell Star-Lord: "I see it within you, fear jealousy, betrayal. It is our duty to cleanse the universe of this weakness." The only problem with this quote is that it’s not even in the movie!
The marketing for the film, including subsequent trailers, made us believe that the Sovereign were the primary villains in #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as we learn that Star-Lord’s father Ego (Kurt Russell) was the main baddie the entire time. A job well done on the marketing team for this one!
5. Ben Kingsley Isn't The Mandarin (Iron Man 3)
“You don’t know who I am and you’ll never see me coming.” -The Mandarin
Perhaps the biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe plot twist of them all dropped when we realized that actor Ben Kingsley was never playing the real Mandarin; he was just an actor diverting all the attention away from the actual Mandarin, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). Love it or hate it, Marvel did such a great job of fooling audiences around the globe.
Many fans, however, didn’t approve of Shane Black’s twist and have since cried out for the true comic book version of the Mandarin to appear. To calm some nerves, Marvel has since released what they call a Marvel One-Shot. This 60-second scene shows Kingsley’s character in jail with the real Mandarin, which you can check out below:
What other scenes from trailers managed to fool us? I’d love to hear what you all have to say in the comments below!