For the past hundred years or so, audiences have grown accustomed to an exciting movie to peak with an action climax scene. Next year Marvel Studios will fulfill a vision that was put into motion ten years ago with the unexpected blockbuster, Iron Man, that changed the course of superheroes forever. They have perfected long-form storytelling at the cinema and their upcoming epic, Avengers: Infinity War, promises to be a movie that serves as the climax to over 20 films worth of story.
The end credit scenes of Iron Man and The Avengers made a cinematic promise of a much larger universe and conflict on the horizon in the form of Thanos (Josh Brolin). Now your decade long commitment is about to pay off as the first trailer for the Avengers: Infinity War is here and we are about to break it down like cardboard boxes in your recycling bin. But first, the long wait is over. Enjoy the trailer first.
The scope of this film is unprecedented, along with a rumored budget of over $500 million dollars for this and the currently filming Avengers 4, with the Russo Bros at the helm of both adventures. However, when the size of this film’s cast comes into the equation, it’s clear how the budget is justified. Avengers: Infinity War features Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Sebastian Stan, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, and the voice talents of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
Marvel Studios have sharpened their marketing skills over the years and are well aware of the amount of scruitiny that their trailers generate and misdirection is often a key part of their strategy. With that in mind let’s dig into every key notable moment from the teaser trailer for Avengers: Infinity War.
This is the opening shot of the trailer showing an unnamed planet. It’s meant to hint at the intergalactic nature of the film’s story and if you look a little closer you can see many large scale explosions. This is a world under attack and probably will establish the devastating potential of Thanos’ army. This location is most likely Thanos’ hellish home world of Titan. However, we do see that the purple “power” stone is the first gem Thanos collects, in his gauntle. So if this isn’t Titan or Earth, it could be an early attack on Xander where the Nova Corp is protecting the stone.
Things have clearly went wrong for Team Stark in this shot. Robert Downey Jr’s character has had a lot of heartbreak in recent films and it looks like this could be the payoff for the deadly future that Stark glimpsed in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Also, in the footage that was screened at this past summer’s San Diego Comic Con, Stark was seen cradling an injured Spider-Man who is apologizing for letting the billionaire down. It’s possible that this is all part of the same sequence.
Return of the Hulk
This is clearly the return of the Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) to Earth. The most fun part of this shot is that it’s a clear allusion to opening of the Infinity Gauntlet storyline from the comics. In the story, the Silver Surfer crashes through the roof of the Sanctum Santorum warning Doctor Strange and Wong of Thanos’ pending invasion of the Earth.
Marvel Studios doesn’t own the rights to the Silver Surfer character (as of today), which is currently held by Fox Studios. So substituting the Green Goliath for the epic comic book moment is a stroke of genius. It also further hints at a huge space battle that leaves Thor hurdling towards the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Hulk crashing into NYC.
Doc and Wong
This looks to be the reaction shot to Banner crashing through the roof and they are probably observing his transformation back from his monstrous Hulk form. In Thor: Ragnarok it was established that Banner is trapped inside the Hulk. It will be interesting to see if Strange is able to use magic to help induce his return to his human form, which could be a funny play on Black Widow and Thor’s previous attempts.
Science Bros Meets Magic Bros
It appears that Stark was aware of the “falling star” and followed it to Strange’s lair. It will be interesting to see the clash of science versus magic that the characters inherently represent will result in a comedic and awkward introduction to each other. Plus, this means that we might also get a well-deserved goatee joke between Stark and Strange as well.
Thor has just seen the destruction of his homeworld and it appears that we are getting another look at his personal tragedy aboard his Asgardian ship. However, it’s even more likely that he is monitoring Thanos’ path of destruction aboard the Ravagers’ ship after crashing into the Guardians.
This movie will feature all of the familiar faces of the MCU and it appears that Marvel will still look to advance the individual heroes’ respective character arcs. Here we see that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is getting a warning of the pending danger coming to New York via his trademark Spider-sense.
This appears to be the device or drop ship that deploys Thanos’ invasion. It’s also hard to overlook its visual similarity to the language spoken in Arrival. We will soon see that Parker’s curiosity is peaked and will investigate further…
The Iron Spider
It appears that Parker takes Stark up on his offer of a brand new suit from Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s a clear adaptation of the Iron Spider armor from the comics and it’s likely that he is investigating at the same time that Stark is meeting up with Banner, Strange, and Wong.
Thor’s Money Shot
It’s likely that this is early in the movie as we know that the space ship carrying Thor, Valkyrie, Loki, and Hulk, is intercepted by one of Thanos’ battle stations. This looks to be a hero moment where Thor is (hopefully) allowing for the escape of his people, while sacrificing himself. Ultimately, this is probably the sequence that sends him hurtling through space and directly into the Milano.
Scarlet and Vision
If you are paying close attention, it’s clear that Vision and Scarlet Witch’s romance has been building since their debut in Avengers: Infinity War and Marvel is not steering away from the source material. In the comics they actually have kids and a recent casting call for the next Avengers film for twins has everyone speculating their future.
That’s Using Your Head Vision
The even bigger mystery will be how Vision will survive this vicious attack. Since Age of Ultron, the Infinity Stone embedded in Vision’s forehead has been a ticking time bomb. Paul Bettany has reported to the set of Avengers 4, so the question is what will happen to the android without the stone in place. Will he lose his powers, life, or free will? We will find out in six short months.
The identity of this booted warrior casually walking through a battlefield of casualties would seem to be Loki on first glance. However, it actually belongs to Ebony Maw, the intellectual villain of the four Children of Thanos, who will be assisting his master’s conquest of the Infinity Stones.
Just Another Wakandan Soldier
A fun side plot will be how and why the Winter Soldier is revived and if he will be gifted with a Vibranium arm, which would make him even more unstoppable. However, the social significance of seeing Bucky alongside the prideful Wakandan nation is palpable. Could the NRA and Black Lives Matter come together if we were attacked by a force that threatens our way of life… Probably not, judging by reality. But it’s a thrill to see the possibilities that superheroes can open.
Proxima Midnight and Cap’s Catch
This is another member of the Children of Thanos, aka the Black Order from the comics. Proxima Midnight is perhaps the most formidable opponent of the quartet, whose spear has magical powers that could rival Thor’s Mjolnir. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) has dropped the Captain America moniker, however emerges from the shadows to prove he still has the best hands and reflexes in the MCU. He catches Proxima’s weapon with the ease of his own shield and proves why Rogers is a legend among his peers.
Assault on New York Part 2
We have seen this look before back in 2012, when the Chitauri first attacked New York in The Avengers. It’s likely that directly after their introduction Thanos’ scout ship arrives. In fact, they could be looking up at Spider-Man who is getting a close and personal look at the alien technology.
Loki and the Tesseract
Loki was seen glaring at the Tesseract, aka the Mind Stone, at the end of Thor: Ragnarok. Apparently, he did nab the dangerous artifact and it appears that he is tearfully giving it away, presumably to Thanos. It’s likely that this is happening during the attack that leaves Thor and Hulk hurtling through space. Let’s just say that it’s noteworthy that we don’t see Loki anywhere else in the trailer…hmnn…
Puts the War in Infinity War
Falcon is peppered throughout the teaser, however this aerial shot looks like it will be his moment of glory. The sweeping shot shows the worldwide scope of the Infinity War, as a huge battle commences in Wakanda. This should also give a sense of scale to the action, which promises to deliver on the largest set pieces seen in the past ten years.
Thanos’ Profile Pic
After the shoddy visual effects of Justice League’s space villain Steppenwolf, a lot is riding on the visual believability of Thanos, the Mad Titan. It should help that he so closely resembles Brolin, who is known for delivering epic performances. With six months still left to go before release, he should look nearly flawless by May.
They also make a point to show that Thanos has collected two of the six Infinity Stones and already appears omnipotent. This may signal that it will take the second film for him to fully assemble the gauntlet and ultimately change the entire Marvel universe.
Hulkbuster on Safari
In MCU canon, the Hulkbuster was the brainchild of Dr. Banner conceived as a preventative measure against the Hulk in case he rages out of control. It looks as if Banner will get the chance to tinker with it again, either before or after the epic battle in Wakanda. While Doctor Strange could, and probably did, teleport Banner and Stark to Wakanda with a few magical hand gestures. It’s unclear if Stark actually made the trip and is indeed piloting the Hulkbuster in battle. Particularly, with Iron Man seen battling Thanos on a different world.
Captain America & Bucky Join Wakandan Army
Black Panther opens in less than three months time and will be fresh in everyone’s mind when going to see Infinity War. The movie will introduce audiences to a roster of fresh faces and promises to be a mostly insulated story. However, one question that isn’t expected to be addressed is the location and status of both the Winter Soldier and the soldier formerly known as Captain America, Steve Rogers, who are both fugitives of the law hiding out in the foreign country.
Thanos’ Old Man Strength
In case you missed it, Spider-Man is a mere teenage boy with extraordinary gifts. However, that fact has not been lost on Thanos who uses his old man-strength on the adolescent. In the SDCC trailer, a scene was glimpsed that found an unmasked Parker in the arms of Iron Man apologizing for letting him and the Avengers down. It will be interesting to see how this sequence plays out and the how the events shape the future of the Wall Crawler.
Get This Man a Shield
Captain America not only dropped his identity at the end of Captain America: Civil War, but also his trademark weapon of choice, his shield. The shield was forged from the rare Vibranium metal that is only found in Wakanda and is the most likely place to have a replacement made. It also should be noted that the mineral is the country’s most prized possession, so the fact that T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is willing to gift it to Rogers shows the level of trust and friendship between the two.
These A-holes again…
Marvel is the master of the button scene and they do it one more time in this teaser trailer. There is clearly a lot of information to process in the trailer and it’s understandable if the absence of the Guardians of the Galaxy went unnoticed. However, they are a large part of the plot and will have interactions with Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, and others, so we can expect to see more from them once the full trailers are released. Can this get any better?
Infinity War Money Shot
While Joss Whedon didn’t make his name by being a visual filmmaker, the rotating hero shot from The Avengers and the tracking shot during the opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron have set the standard for the franchise. The Russo Brothers have proven to be adept storytellers along with dynamic action directors and have not forgotten what makes the franchise tick. It should be noted that Rogers has been gifted Wakandan gauntlets that surely have some hidden technology that should provide the hero with new abilities for the intergalactic battle. Now, will we get a shot of all of the Avengers in one shot, much like we got in Captain America: Civil War? We will find out soon.
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Avengers: Infinity War opens on May 4th, 2018.