Let’s take a look at everything we saw in the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War.
So, first things first – we’re going to be talking about the new trailer (which can be considered a spoiler for some) and I’ll also be theorising a little bit, too. If you’re avoiding all spoilers before then, avert your eyes now.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s jump right in. I got woken up this morning at about 1:30am by a few messages all along the same lines: “THE TRAILER IS UP YOU BETTER NOT BE ASLEEP!”, and now that I’m properly awake I’ve had the chance to rewatch the thing about 46 times.
The trailer opens with the spiel from Nick Fury – “There was an idea” – and shows a quite forlorn looking Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr). We then get a shot of Doctor Strange and Wong (Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong – huh, I never even realised that) checking out an offender that’s broken/crash landed into the Sanctum Sanctorum – oh, hi Mark (Ruffalo). Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk has come off a little worse for wear.
One of the first real surprises of the trailer is Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) with a humanoid version of The Vision (Paul Bettany). Though he’s never changed forms in the films before, chances are in this trailer he’s probably done it to hide the Mind Stone from Thanos.
Which brings us to the big bad. Thanos has been teased in post credit scene after post credit scene since the first Avengers film, and it’s been a long time coming for Marvel fans to finally see him hit the screen for more than five seconds. Played by Josh Brolin, Thanos is hunting for the Infinity Stones; if you’ve been keeping up, there’s one each in Vision’s head (the Mind Stone), the Tesseract (the Space Stone), the Aether (the Reality Stone), the Guardians’ Orb (the Power Stone), the Eye of Agamotto (the Time Stone), and the Soul Stone, which is yet to be seen in the films. When combined in the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos will use them to destroy everything as we know it. No big deal.
Anyway, Thanos is here to ruin everything, and the Avengers – and bloody everyone else in the known universe – are going to stop him (or die trying – think we all know how this is going to go…). The next super person to show up in the trailer is the back of Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) as he stares out the windows of a ship – later revealed to be that of the Guardians of the Galaxy. We then find Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (sporting a new platinum blonde hairdo) meeting Banner for the first time since the Hulk flew the Quinjet off into the sunset at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Banner’s also standing next to a severed Hulkbuster arm, and the full set of armour is seen in use later in the trailer, which begs the question: why has Tony got it out again? I’d like to entertain the idea that it’s actually someone else in there – could it even be Hulk himself?
A further important shot from the Infinity War trailer is Peter Parker/Spider-Man on a bus, presumably on his way to school, when the hairs on his arm stand up; his spidey senses have kicked in at long last, and we see a giant, ring-shaped structure hovering over the city. At best guess this is how Thanos and his cronies get around. That’s followed by a group shot of Doctor Strange, Wong, Banner, and Iron Man – who’s got an Arc Reactor in his chest again!? I doubt he’s actually reinstalled it – given he removed it at the end of Iron Man 3 – but he’s probably just using it as a source of power for the suits. That man needs to stop coming out of retirement.
Next, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) walks over a bunch of corpses to hold the Tesseract out to someone. We’re led to believe it’s Thanos, and he probably gets his hands on it eventually, but I’m not convinced that’s what’s going on here. We’ll see in April.
We then see Spider-Man doing spider things in what I’m really hoping will turn out to be the Iron Spider suit, only to be squashed by Thanos; it’s okay, surely they won’t kill off the youngest Avenger? They’ll take the ones that have run out of contract.
Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) makes his first appearance next. He’s grown a tonne of facial hair since we last saw him presumably breaking his team out of prison at the end of Captain America: Civil War, and is now really good at dodging spears, especially ones thrown at him by the Black Order’s Proxima Midnight. There’s a whole backstory to them, but the gist of it is they’re a league of aliens drafted by Thanos to do his bidding. The worst of the worst. In this same scene we also hear T’challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), before actually seeing him rallying Wakandan troops in a later shot. There’s also a bunch of quick peeks at people battling thrown in there too.
Potentially the saddest part of the trailer was another shot of Vision, apparently getting the damn Mind Stone ripped the hell out of his head by what looks a lot like Corvius Glaive’s weapon – another member of Thanos’ Black Order. We then see the Wakandans forming up their defenses, joined by a defrosted Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), and a battle that looks similar to The Lord of the Rings-level chaos.
Easily the most badass moment is an absolute ‘squad goals’ shot of Captain America, Bucky, the Black Panther, Black Widow, the Hulk, Okoye, James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Sam Wilson/The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) bloody hoofin’ it in a forest. The two minutes is rounded out by Thor winding up on the same ship as the Guardians of the Galaxy; Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt, third Chris to be named), Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Sh-t just got real.
It’s safe to say that Avengers: Infinity War is easily Marvel’s most anticipated film since the launch of the ‘official” Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man back in 2008. Everything we’ve seen of the heroes so far has been leading up to this film – well, at least to these two films, as Infinity War is the first of a two-parter. I’m hyped, and there’s every chance I actually won’t sleep between now and the April release date. Bearded Steve? The return of Bucky? The damn Guardians of the Galaxy finally crossing paths with everyone else?!? I can’t wait for my new favourite Marvel quote (for those interested, it’s currently “I recognise that the council has made a decision, but given that it’s a stupid ass decision I’ve elected to ignore it.”).
Something I’d like to point out too, though, is just how many people were missing from this trailer. For starters, Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is nowhere to be seen, nor is Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) despite both being held in the same stronghold as Wanda at the end of Civil War. SHIELD’s Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) don’t appear, and neither does Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), although she was in the promo pics and made an appearance at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s probably asking a lot to fit everyone into a trailer, I know, but I am left with more questions than answers.
Avengers: Infinity War is directed by the Russo Brothers and hits Aussie cinemas April 26. Start your countdowns. And please, do yourself a favour, and watch the trailer again: