If twenty years ago, a Marvel Comics fan was told that a cinematic universe based around their favourite superheroes was to be made, they would have laughed it off. Well, look where we are now. Eighteen movies and ten television shows in, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to reach its zenith, planned out since Nick Fury broke into Iron Man’s house and told him about the Avengers Initiative. And, now, here we are. The trailer for Avengers: Infinity War has been released, and has left the internet collectively on the operating table from its sheer awesomeness. Let’s take a look at what is to come.
The trailer begins with a sombre but gentle piano rendition of the Avengers’ theme tune, as various characters (Nick Fury, Iron Man, Vision, Thor, and Black Widow) comment on why the Avengers was formed. The opening shots show Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) on an alien world, looking quite forlorn and emotionally broken. Whatever will happen in Infinity War might make the events of Captain America: Civil War look like a walk in the park.
The dialogue used matches deliberately with the visuals. “To bring together a group of remarkable people”, is accompanied by Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) appearing to have crashlanded through the roof of the Sanctum Santorum where he is met by Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberpatch) and Wong (Benedict Wong). This scene appears to mirror a moment in the comic book, but Banner is replacing the Silver Surfer to warn of Thanos’ plans. We see Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) now appearing to have started a new life as a couple. Surprisingly, Vision now looks human apart from the Mind Stone visible in his head. There are theories already about this, like perhaps Vision has harnessed the stone’s powers, or Wanda used her magic to create an illusion.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is seen watching several monitors in what is obviously Peter Quill’s spaceship (as revealed at the end of the trailer), while a blonde Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) will have a reunion with Banner. This trailer sure has some excellent music, including another rendition on the Avengers theme using bass instruments. It looks like Stark will find Banner and meet Dr. Strange, but Thanos, or at least his minions will come to Earth looking for the Infinity Stones. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) also literally senses something in wrong when his spider sense starts tingling, spotting an enormous circular machine floating above New York. Spider-Man is also seen wearing the spanking new armoured suit offered to him by Stark in Spider-Man Homecoming, leaping onto the giant machine.
I assume this machine is some sort of portal, but that also seems a little redundant when Thanos is shown to come into possession of the Tesseract thanks to Loki (Tom Hiddleston), finally completing his end of his bargain with the Mad Titan. Thor is also glimpsed trying to stop a similar-looking device in outer space.
Thanos (Josh Brolin) looks pretty spectacular, even if he is a giant purple who some reviewers have said looks like Bruce Willis. By the looks of it, he will obtain the Power Stone first, likely wiping out the Nova Corps in the process, and then gains the Tesseract shortly after. But, the Mind Stone is also seen being plucked from Vision’s head by an unknown villain, presumably one of Thanos’ children. Hopefully, this will not meant the end for the android. He’s only been in two movies! The film also may have answered the question of where the sixth Infinity Stone is, as an army of aliens is invading Wakanda. Considering Benicio del Toro is confirmed to be back as the Collector, it is likely the Aether will be obtained as well.
It appears there will be at least three interweaving stories in Infinity War. Thor will meet up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, presumably right after that post-credits scene in Thor: Ragnarok; Thanos’ quest for the Infinity Stones on Earth, specifically in America; and events in Wakanda. Speaking of which, the invasion appears to bring good old Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) out of retirement, and a number of the Avengers will meet up in the Black Panther’s nation to stop the attack, judging by that absolutely epic money shot right at the end of the trailer. The Hulkbuster shows up in Wakanda, so perhaps, rather than Stark piloting, maybe Banner is, since he co-created the mecha for the purpose of stopping the Hulk.
The sheer excitement throughout this trailer is unbelievable. It has all been building up to this moment, and come next year, Infinity War is going to blow everyone away. If I did have one complaint, it would be that the trailer perhaps gives a little too much away and act as a tease for what is to come. And no matter what any snobbish critics say about how superhero films are destroying the industry, or how much DCEU fanboys whine about how “superior” their own failing franchise is, the MCU and Avengers: Infinity War are milestones in cinematic history. And this culmination of ten years worth of filmmaking is going to be spectacular!
What were your thoughts on the Avengers: Infinity War trailer? Did you love it, hate it, or still on the fence? Have your own eyeballs melted out of your sockets from the sheer level of awesomeness this trailer conveyed? Are you creeped out by that previous question? If so, leave a comment below or on our Twitter feed.