Yesterday was a time for celebration among fans of Marvel Studios, as the long-awaited premiere of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer finally dropped online. While a few lucky fans were able to see some of the released footage when it was presented at SDCC this year, the official trailer offered some new moments and fresh looks at the upcoming film that will serve as the finale of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. Today we are going to go over a few of the biggest moments from the trailer and why they continue to hype us up.
“There was an idea…”
The trailer begins much like Marvel Studios did in 2008, with Robert Downey Jr. and the plans for The Avengers Initiative that first kicked off the MCU, amidst a backdrop of a destroyed world and Tony’s vision of his team’s death from Avengers: Age of Ultron. The voiceover begins with Fury, then moves through some of the Avengers as we get reacquainted with the main members of the team.
Hulk Returns to Earth
We last saw the Emerald Avenger in space alongside Thor after the events of Ragnarok, but the trailer reveals his return to Earth in a familiar fashion, as he seems to crash land right in the middle of Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum. This is an easy yet destructive way to bring Dr. Strange (and Wong) into the fold with the rest of the Avengers, and heralds the dawn of the Facial Hair Bros! We also see a continuance of this scene that mixes Marvel’s tech team with its magic team, as Thanos is sure to drop in on Dr. Strange to collect a certain Time Stone locked within the Eye of Agamotto.
We see Paul Bettany as the Vision in his human form, who in the comics is named Vic Shade. We’ve already heard reports that the relationship between Vision and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen, who appears a few times in the trailer) will be further explored in this film, which doesn’t necessarily bode well for the Vision. Especially when we see the later scene of his Mind Stone being forcibly removed from his forehead. Poor Wanda is going to lose another loved one, and fans of the comics know what that means. Dark Scarlet Witch for Avengers 4?
Tom Holland makes his Avengers return as Spider-Man, and we already get to see a few new developments with the hero. Most notably, we get to see a unique look at his Spider-Sense in action, something that wasn’t explored too fully in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Plus we get to see the Iron Spider suit that was teased at the end of Homecoming in action, and it looks pretty great. We can expect a lot from Spider-Man in this film, including him taking on Thanos by his lonesome, which doesn’t seem to go to well in the trailer.
Thanos Arrives on Earth
After the Avengers’ voiceover ends, we hear the voice of Josh Brolin as Thanos, which gives us our best look yet at the despotic villain. Sure, we saw the more familiar comic version appear in Guardians of the Galaxy and a few post-credit scenes, but this version seems like the definitive example of Thanos on the big screen. Less armor than we are used to seeing, and no helmet, but as he has the beginnings of the Infinity Gauntlet with him, we don’t think he’ll be missing the armor in battle at all.
Loki’s Heel Turn
Even though nobody was surprised by Loki’s apparent turn back to evil in the trailer, it’s still a little sad after his redemption arc in Thor: Ragnarok. It does answer a lingering question from the film of course, which is did Loki take the Tesseract from Asgard’s vault? Yup, he sure did, and as we see in the trailer when Loki walks among the bodies of Asgardians – presumably killed in the battle with Thanos’ ship that was teased in the post-credit scene of Ragnarok – he submits the Space Stone to Thanos, furthering the Titan’s goal of gathering the Stones.
The trailer also offers our first brief look at Proxima Midnight, one of the Children of Thanos, or the Black Order as they are known in the comics. Proxima will be joined by Black Dwarf, Corvus Glaive/Cul Obsidian and the Ebony Maw as Thanos searches for the remaining Infinity Stones. We can expect more familial encounters as Gamora and Nebula are sure to face off against their fellow Children of Thanos when the Guardians meet up with the Avengers for the first time.
The Return of the Captain
We see the return of Steve Rogers during the first look at Proxima, as the former Captain America takes on the Child of Thanos in Wakanda. The new bearded look and costume – without the flag – suits Rogers in his first post-Civil War appearance, which calls back to his time as the Captain and Nomad in the comics, following his departure from the Captain America role. The trailer also reveals that his friends are never far behind him, with both the Falcon and Winter Soldier taking up arms to fight alongside the former Sentinel of Liberty.
Hulkbuster and the War of Wakanda
While we get to see our first brief look at Tony’s new armor for the film, all attention is drawn back to the Hulkbuster armor, which makes its powerful return as the Avengers gather in Wakanda. What Thanos and his army – which looks to be made up of the creatures known as Outriders, which were first introduced in the Infinity comic event – are doing in Wakanda remains to be seen, but it’s possible they are after either Vibranium – which we will learn more about in the upcoming Black Panther – or another Inifinty Stone, as there are still two unknown gems in play.
Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy
It was the final moments of this trailer that revealed one of the most exciting team-ups of the upcoming Avengers film, with Thor encountering the Guardians of the Galaxy. This was actually some of the first footage revealed during the presentation at SDCC, though there was much less of it in the trailer. We also saw some interesting shots of Thor either attempting to destroy a machine, or use it to open a portal of some kind, which could potentially be the way that Thor and the Guardians get back to Earth, though as we haven’t seen any footage of that yet, it’s possible that might come in the fourth Avengers film and not Infinity War.
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