Avengers: Endgame Super Bowl Trailer Might Have Edited Out a Key Character

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There was no shortage of teaser trailers during last night’s Super Bowl LIII, and Avengers: Endgame was one of the most highly anticipated. The teaser was the perfect length: short enough to leave fans wanting more, but just long enough to generate some juicy conspiracy theories.

One of the most talked-about aspects of the teaser was the scene in which Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Chris Evans’s Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/The Hulk, and Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes/War Machine stand awestruck outside of Avengers HQ and walk toward something, with their heads tilted sharply up toward the sky the entire time. The unique shot has sparked a debate about what, exactly, they are looking at. But according to ComicBook.com, some eagle-eyed viewers noticed something even more peculiar: It appears one of the on-the-ground character might’ve been edited out of the shot.

One theory as to who that missing Avenger might be is Tony Stark/Iron Man, who earlier in the trailer is seen stranded in outer space and trying to make his way back to Earth. If he's not the erased character on the ground, he could also be who the heroes are looking up to in the sky. However, even more fans are convinced that the airborne interest is in Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, as producers would likely want to keep her appearance in Avengers: Endgame under wraps until her solo movie drops in March.

But those aren't the only guesses: Some fans think the character edited out on the ground could be Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye/Ronin. And as for who they’re looking up at? Some say it could be Paul Rudd's Ant-Man—or even Josh Brolin's villainous Thanos. Clearly, we have as many questions as we do unsubstantiated answers.

The scene has created enough speculation to make it a hot topic until the final installment of the Avengers series makes its way to theaters on April 26, 2019.

Mifflin Madness: Who Is the Greatest Character on The Office? It's Time to Vote

Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.
Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.

Your years of watching (and re-watching) The Office, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, have all led up to this moment. Welcome to Mifflin Madness—Mental Floss's cutthroat competition to determine The Office's greatest character. Is Michael Scott the boss you most love to hate? Or did Kevin Malone suck you in with his giant pot of chili?

You have 24 hours to cast your vote for each round on Twitter before the bracket is updated and half of the chosen characters are eliminated.

The full bracket is below, followed by the round one and round two winners. You can cast your round three vote(s) here. Be sure to check back on Monday at 4 p.m. ET to see if your favorite Dunder Mifflin employee has advanced to the next round. 

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

The Office Planned to Break Up Jim and Pam in the Final Season—Then (Smartly) Thought Better of It

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
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Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly's relationship in The Office was truly a romance for the ages. Fans were delighted when, in Season 3—after years of flirting—John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer’s characters finally got together. But an alternative plan for the show’s ninth and final season saw the couple going their separate ways.

Season 9 saw one of the most stressful storylines the show had to offer when Jim took a job in Philadelphia and Pam struggled to take care of their children on her own back in Scranton, putting intense strain on their otherwise seemingly perfect relationship. In one unforgettable scene, a particularly tense phone call between the couple ends with Pam in tears. Fischer’s character then turns to someone off camera named Brian for advice.

As Collider reports, Pam and Jim's relationship could have taken a turn for worse in the final season—and the writers had planned it that way. As recounted in Andy Greene's new book, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, series creator Greg Daniels sat down with each of the show's stars before starting the final season to discuss where their characters would go. John Krasinski, who played Jim, pitched the idea of putting Jim and Pam’s relationship on thin ice. According to Krasinski:

"My whole pitch to Greg was that we’ve done so much with Jim and Pam, and now, after marriage and kids, there was a bit of a lull there, I think, for them about what they wanted to do … And I said to Greg, ‘It would be really interesting to see how that split will affect two people that you know so well.'"

Several writers weighed in with ideas about how they might handle a split between Jim and Pam from a narrative standpoint—though not everyone was on the same page.

Warren Lieberstein, a writer on the series, remembered when the idea of bringing Brian—the documentary crew's boom operator—into the mix. “[This] was something that came up in Season 5, I think," Lieberstein said. "What if that character had been secretly there the entire time and predated the relationship with Jim and had been a shoulder that she cried on for years?’ It just seemed very intriguing." Apparently, the writers thought breaking the fourth wall would jeopardize the show, so they saved it for the last season.

Writer Owen Ellickson said there was even some talk of Pam and Brian “maybe hooking up a little bit," but the negative response to the storyline led the writers to "pull the ripcord on [Pam and Jim's separation] because it was so painful to fans of the show." Ellickson said that they backtracked so quickly, they even had to re-edit certain episodes that had already been shot to nix the idea of Jim and Pam splitting up. Which is something the show's millions of fans will be forever grateful for.