Where, oh where is the Avengers 4 trailer? That's the question that's been on the lips of MCU fans pretty much since the credits rolled on Avengers: Infinity War and has grown increasingly loud lately. Recent evidence has pointed to the trailer arriving before the end of the year and possibly this month, but according to co-director Joe Russo, our Christmas present may not get delivered this year:

You may or may not see it before the calendar turns 2019.

This may not be Star Wars, but that sound you hear is legions of MCU fans belting out a Darth Vader-esque 'NOOOOO!' at the prospect of waiting until 2019 for the Avengers 4 trailer. Granted, 2019 is less than two months away at this point, but the hope and expectation has been that we'd get an Avengers 4 preview in some form or other before year's end.

All hope is not yet lost though. In his live-stream for his new bar Duello (via MCU Cosmic), Joe Russo played it coy about the trailer's actual release date, teasing that it may or may not arrive this year. That leaves a ton of wiggle room for the trailer to still arrive in 2018, but it looks like Marvel isn't quite ready to reveal when we'll be getting our first look at the MCU's biggest movie to date.

A couple of weeks back, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that the trailer will be released before the end of the year, and some have speculated that it will drop this month, but Joe Russo's comments, even if he's just messing with us, add greater uncertainty about when the trailer will arrive. And short of a firm announcement, it's all just speculation.

We know that they are about halfway through the editing process on Avengers 4 and still have plenty of VFX to do on what is currently a 3-hour cut. But even though there is still a lot of work to be done, there should be plenty for a teaser trailer.

We've speculated about there not being a trailer at all, but there is historical precedent to think the Avengers 4 trailer could still arrive in 2018. The trailer for Avengers: Infinity War dropped on November 29 last year, a day after a hype video was released. So Avengers 4 could still follow that same timeline.

The Infinity War trailer arrived before Black Panther and certainly didn't draw attention from that movie, so there is no reason to think we'll be waiting till after Captain Marvel. Disney has a few big holiday releases coming to theaters, and from a business standpoint it would make sense to attach the Avengers 4 trailer to one of those titles to start building audience awareness around the Mouse House's biggest 2019 film.

Ralph Breaks the Internet opens in theaters on November 21 and Mary Poppins Returns follows it on December 19. So both of those dates are also still in play to have a trailer attached, likely after it debuts online or on a morning show right before.

If Disney really wanted to draw this out, it could release a video that just had the title this year, followed by the actual trailer in 2019. I don't expect that; rather, I think the title, possibly Avengers: Annihilation, won't show up until the end of the first trailer to put a cap on it.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest on whether or not Rocket Raccoon sees his shadow and you can expect eight more weeks of waiting for the Avengers 4 trailer.

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