It was worth the wait.
Please, take a moment to gather your composure. This is going to be a long one. If you’re anything like Marvel fans across the globe, you’re no doubt losing your geeky mind over what may be the most incredible-looking Marvel trailer to date.
Ten years ago, we got our first taste of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with the introduction of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Eighteen movies later and it’s fair to say that things are a bit more … complicated. Television shows and one-shots are only the tip of this iceberg, but rest assured, you’ll find more than a frozen super soldier inside. Marvel has been very, very busy. From 2016 to 2017 alone, we have seen multiple television shows and five cinematic releases, with “Black Panther” coming in as the sixth at the beginning of 2018. With a release date of May 4 for “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel has had a lot of ground to cover in the complex, overlapping storylines.
Despite being riddled with accidental leaks and spoilers (to which Marvel has responded with grace and plenty of humor), this release absolutely rocked fans everywhere. It is not hard to see why. This film will be the converging point of every MCU film thus far. This year alone, we saw Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) take to the screen for the first time as well as the third installment of the Thor (Chris Hemsworth) films as well as the second appearance of Spider-Man (Tom Holland). It has been a very rough ride for the Avengers family. Division and betrayal will be the least of their problems when Thanos (Josh Brolin) rolls up on planet earth, sporting some very dangerous bling. The Infinity Gauntlet is here, ladies and gentlemen, and the earth is in trouble.
Let’s take a closer look at what we can expect to see in “Avengers: Infinity War.”
The trailer opens with Nick Fury‘s (Samuel L. Jackson) voice repeating a quote from the first “Avengers” movie. He is then joined by Thor, the now blonde Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and several others. This voice-over accompanies shots of a strange orange planet that we see several times in the trailer. We see shots of Dr. Strange and Wong (Benedict Wong) looking down at Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), who appears to have crashed right through the roof of the Sanctum. This raises plenty of questions, given that Banner was last seen with Thor and the gang on a ship in space at the closing scene of “Thor: Ragnarok.” Mind you, that last scene also showed their escape ship encountering a larger ship that could very likely belong to Thanos.
The three men are then seen with Tony Stark, who has been busy since the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” We saw Tony being a less than perfect “Iron Dad” to young Peter Parker in “Spider-man: Homecoming.” Now, they all have bigger problems to worry about. Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are pictured as a happy couple, with Vision having taken on a more human appearance. Will the domestic bliss last?
Probably not. We also get a look at Thor on a spaceship that could very well belong to the Guardians of the Galaxy. Either way, we don’t seem him on earth, but it looks like New York may need some help. Peter just can’t catch a break. With “spidey senses” tingling, we see him faced with a giant … spinning wheel … thing that is definitely bad news. Is it the work of Thanos, or does this tech have a more earthly origin?
Either way, Peter dons the new Spider-Man suit Tony gave to him at the end of “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and he and leaps into action while Strange, Tony, Banner and Wong deal with the destruction on the ground. The trailer gives us a very clear look at the arc reactor on Tony’s chest, which suggests a brand-new Iron Man suit.
In the meantime, things seem to go from bad to worse. We see a figure stepping over bodies and ruins. That figure doesn’t appear to be Loki (Tom Hiddleston), but it does look like the God of Mischief is offering up the Tesseract to someone. Fans speculate that this is almost certainly Thanos, as Loki promised to deliver the Tesseract to him in the first Avengers film. Clearly, Loki doesn’t learn from his past mistakes, and adoptive brother Thor seems to have his own problems to deal with. Each shot of the one-eyed God of Thunder shows him in space, once on the desk of a ship and again in the middle of a frightening-looking contraption. Could this be the work of Thanos as well?
Speaking of Thanos, we finally get a good look at him and his league of bad guys as T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) delivers what could be the best line in the movie.
“Get this man a shield.”
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is back, and he’s ready to rumble. Sporting a glorious beard and a new getup totally absent of stars and stripes, Steve has returned to help stop Thanos. The events of “Civil War” left our favorite Brooklyn boy as a war criminal on the run. What has he been doing while gone? Whether or not this newer, rougher version of Steve will be a nod to his alter ego, Nomad, is anyone’s guess. The trailer doesn’t offer up any details, but judging by the way he dodges that spear, he hasn’t been slacking off.
The trailer ramps up the action with the appearance of Tony’s Hulk Buster armor, which we saw near Banner and Black Widow at the beginning. It’s unclear whether or not these two will have the chance to revisit the romance that was teased in earlier movies. They’ll probably be too busy fighting the hoards of Thanos’ alien creatures shown swarming the plains of Wakanda. Both Steve and Black Panther are in the melee with warrior Okoye (Danai Gurira) throwing down in the background. Falcon (Anthony Mackie) swoops in, and even Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) is in the ranks of the Wakandan army, this time with both arms.
Wakanda has become more and more crucial in the MCU, being T’challa’s home and the main source of vibranium, the material used to create Captain America’s shield and Ultron‘s (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) body. It is also where Steve stashed Bucky in the freezer, leaving him under the care of T’Challa’s scientists. Apparently, Thanos’ arrival warranted a little defrosting. As a proud member of #teambucky, I’m hoping well see more of the Winter Soldier in upcoming trailers.
With “Black Panther” being the last film to go before “Avengers: Infinity War,” fans are eager to see if the film will finally reveal the location of the final Infinity Stone. Thanos has two in his glove, and his minions attempt to rip the Mind Stone out of vision. That third stone isn’t in the glove when Thanos uses it to pummel Iron Man. At this point in the trailer, we have no idea what sort of shape Tony is in, but the shots of his grief-stricken face are worrying. We know that a main character will die in this upcoming movie. All arrows point to Steve Rogers (meaning Bucky could step into his star-spangled shoes), but it’s still possible that someone else will die, and Tony’s broken expression is the result. The trailer makes it clear the battles the Avengers have faced are nothing compared to what’s coming.
At least they’ll have a few new buddies along for the ride. In classic Marvel fashion, the trailer closes down the heavy drama with perhaps one of the most awkward meetings in space history. Thor meets the ragtag Guardians of The Galaxy and asks a very important question.
We have some questions of our own. Who will survive the Infinity War? Is this only the beginning of the end for the Avengers family? What in the world is growing on Chris Pratt‘s face? Fans will have to hold it together and find out on May 4, 2018.
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