If you weren’t lucky enough to be at Disney’s D23 or San Diego Comic-Con earlier in the year, chances are that you’ve heard of some kind of mind-blowing presentation of the next Avengers film, with Spider-Man and Iron-Man fighting together, Thor meeting up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and a bearded Captain Rodgers. You may have even been so desperate to watch this that you ventured into the darkness and tried to find some sort of copy online because you simply can’t handle the expectation.
Well…that expectation is over.
Last week, Marvel Studios has revealed the very first official look at Avengers: Infinity War. And what a look it is. If you haven’t yet, make sure to catch our Editor-In-Chief’s reaction and watch the footage here.
Now that you’ve seen the trailer a good dozen times (I know I have) it’s time for probably my favourite part of the marketing of a comicbook film: easter egg hunting and speculation. I’ll start from the top of the trailer, highlighting things that surprised me, comicbook references and where I think this is all going. Feel free to join the discussion!
1- The Tone Is Changing
This is the first, and probably biggest, thing to notice in this trailer. From the haunting rendition of Alan Silvetri’s excellent Avengers Theme, to the sinister imagery, this trailer is the darkest of all MCU trailers.
It is also the best.
It’s a trailer worried about not just throwing in some jokes and comic book imagery, but actually setting up a story and the stakes of the film.
2 – The Aftermath of Ragnarok
Thor and Hulk have been (mostly) absent from our blue planet since the end of Avengers: Age Of Ultron. We got to see them briefly joining the Revengers in this year’s Thor: Ragnarok and (SPOILER WARNING!) fail to save Asgard from destruction. While on the way to bring the surviving Asgardians to Earth, Thor, Hulk and Loki get intercepted by a huge sized ship which resembles the vessels first seen in Avengers: Assemble. In the trailer we see that a rough-looking Thor ends up on the ship belonging to the Guardians Of The Galaxy while Bruce Banner crash landed on what appear to be Stephen Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum in New York. It seems like these two will be the bearers of bad news to Earth’s Mightiest Hero’s, as it seems like they’ve met Thanos’ wrath firsthand. Speaking of which…
3- Thanos Is Here, And He’s Been Busy
We finally get a proper good look at the Mad Titan. And he looks incredible. I mean, this is what performance capture was created for. Thanos is bearing the Infinity Gauntlet, and it’s interesting to note that, in the trailer, he already has two infinity stones: one purple and one blue.
Over the course of the MCU’s 17 films, we have seen the majority of the stones, all of them have distinct colours and, based on their comicbook counterparts (called Infinity Gems) we can figure out what they do.
There are a total of 6 Infinity Stones: Space, Mind, Reality, Power, Time and Soul. Thanos is seen, in this trailer, to hold the Power and Space Stones. Essentially, this means that he has gotten the Space Stone from the Tesserac and the Power Stone from the Orb in Xandar (the planet where the climax of Guardians of the Galaxy takes place). This leaves the Mad Titan within four Stones of being all-powerful. Just how many Stones will be in the Gaunlet by the end of Infinity War remains to be seen. My guess? Two more.
4 – They’re Doing The Thing
From the moment Vision and Scarlet Witch were introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the big question amongst comicbook fans was whether or not the MCU was going to go head first into the romance between the two characters.
Well, the answer is, apparently, a thousand times yes.
In the trailer we see Wanda and Vision sharing a bedroom and exchanging some incriminating looks. More on that, Vision is shown in full Paul Bettany glory! Whether this is due to Vision’s shapeshifting abilities (like the one displayed in Age Of Ultron with his cape) or is another extension of Wanda’s powers, remains to be seen.
5- Spidey-Sense…And That Suit
I was one of these people who had a massive problem with Spider-Man: Homecoming. That being said, I am excited to see more of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker and one of the moments of the trailer that gave me literal chills was the representation of his spider-sense. It’s simple and makes it less of an Deus Ex Machina and more of a fallible ability, which is good! We all like our heroes to have flaws.
Another thing we see is that Iron Spider suit in action and it looks…fine? I actually like it a lot more that I was expecting, considering how much I despised it in Homecoming. Here, it looks good, with the colours not being too vibrant or off-putting. Yes, it was only for about 5 seconds, but the point still stands.
6- Get This Man A Shield
And give Chadwick Boseman his own film! Oh wait…
Probably one of THE moments of the trailer was Captain America (bearded Captain America, aka NOMAD! Maybe?) grabbing the spear thrown by one of Thanos’ Black Order member, Proxima Midnight (God, I love comic books), and coming out of the shadows both literally and figuratively. This scene seems tied to a previous shot of Vision seemingly losing his Infinity Stone (although I don’t think that will happen just yet).
For a bonus point, notice how Tony, previously, is using the cellphone Steve Rodgers has handed him at the end of Civil War. Continuity, right?!
7- The Showdown…
The trailer seems to imply that the majority of the action will occur in two location: New York and Wakanda.
This is interesting for a number of reasons.
New York makes sense because almost all the films in the MCU have taken place there, including the invasion in Avengers: Assemble. Plus, Stephen Strange is around and Thanos may want a little something the Doctor carries around his neck.
But why Wakanda?
My bet is that the last Infinity Stone will be there, and we will be introduced to it in 2018’s Black Panther. Maybe there’s some connection between the Totem of the Black Panther and the Soul Stone? It would be an interesting twist from the comics and would save any complications/introduction of different types of magic. Or maybe I’m wrong and the MCU will decide to introduce Adam Warlock. One of the two.
8- …And The Casualties
I am going to be blunt; I thought Captain America: Civil War was going to bring some casualties into the MCU. I thought Cap was done for. Alas, I was wrong.
In hindsight, not killing him might have been the best option…
Because Thanos is here.
The Mad Titan needs a big entrance. A proof that he is an enemy unlike any other the Avengers have ever faced. And what better statement to make than to kill one of the big heroes?
The bets on who will die vary. Personally, I think Steve Rodgers will not make it out of Infinity War, which will be devastating, but necessary.
Or maybe the big deaths will come in Avengers 4?
This is the end of Infinity War:
So that’s it for my ramble on that incredible trailer.
But I want to hear what YOU have to say.
What are your thoughts on the Avengers: Infinity War trailer?