It’s finally here! Marvel Studios has released the long-awaited teaser trailer for its epic superhero team-up “Avengers: Infinity War.” The 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings together all its heroes from the far reaches of the expansive franchise.
Entering theaters on May 4, 2019, “Avengers: Infinity War” comes out 10 years after the MCU began with the iconic “Iron Man.” The Russo Brothers-directed film and its still-untitled sequel, set to be released in 2019, will usher in the end of the first three phases of the MCU and reset the film universe as we know it. This means some of the characters we’ve come to know and love over the last decade will meet their end by part 2 of “Infinity War.” (Gulp)
So let’s dive in! Here’s your warning for spoilers from some of the MCU films.
The two-minute, 24-second trailer opens with a voiceover by in-hiding S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson – who is not actually listed in the film’s cast) explaining the reason for starting the Avengers initiative, with Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the Vision (Paul Bettany), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) finishing the sentiment. A secluded Vision, lovingly looking at the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), appears more human, and Black Widow, likely on the run after “Captain America: Civil War,” is now blonde.
Thanos (Josh Brolin), the big bad of the MCU, has been working behind the scenes of all the films to collect the six Infinity Stones. If Thanos gets all the stones, he’ll have unlimited power, threatening the fate of Earth and the whole universe. In the trailer, the Mad Titan drops into the forefront of the action, showing off his Infinity Gauntlet and the stones he’s acquired so far.
And it looks like that includes the Tesseract, or blue Space Stone, last seen in “Thor: Ragnarok.” The trailer confirms the mischievous Loki (Tom Hiddleston) swiped the Space Stone before fleeing a soon-to-be-destroyed Asgard. As “Thor: Ragnarok” ended with the Asgardian refugees interrupted by Thanos’ ship, Loki probably gives up the Tesseract to the Mad Titan.
But that’s not the only Infinity Stone we see. The Vision has been walking around with the yellow Mind Stone in his head since “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” putting him in mortal danger. In the trailer, it looks like Thanos or his minions have finally caught up to the Vision, trying to rip the stone FROM HIS HEAD. Did we just see the Vision get killed?!
“Avengers: Infinity War” appears to show the war against Thanos being fought on different fronts. In New York City, Iron Man and a crash-landing Hulk are with Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wong (Benedict Wong) at the Sanctum Santorum at 177A Bleecker St. Meanwhile, Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s spider sense is tingling – an ability he didn’t have yet in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” We see him don the Iron Spider suit that Tony Stark gave him at the end of his solo film.
Over in the African nation of Wakanda, Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is trying to bolster his country’s defenses – and in my favorite line of the trailer, says, “And get this man a shield.” From the shadows enters a bearded Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Rogers). Now a government fugitive, Cap’s new suit has muted its patriotic colors. It also appears the Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) has woken from his induced slumber in “Captain America: Civil War” to join in the fight, with help from a flying Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie).
On the ground in the Wakanda, the trailer reveals its money shot – and it’s a good one: Captain America leads the Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Hulk, Okoye (Danai Gurira), the head of Black Panther’s security force Dora Milaje, and Black Panther into battle. War Machine/James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), who was left paralyzed at the end of “Captain America: Civil War,” and the Falcon are flying behind.
If that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s more. The trailer ends with a weary and disheveled Thor – wearing an eye patch after losing his eye in “Thor: Ragnarok” – seemingly picked up by the Guardians of the Galaxy in space (presumably after Thanos targets the Asgardian ship). Thor turns to Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Groot (Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Drax (Dave Baustista) and says, “Who the hell are you?”
“Avengers: Infinity War” assembles the six original heroes in the MCU – Iron Man/Tony Stark, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Thor, Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, the Hulk/Bruce Banner and Hawkeye/Cliff Barnes (Jeremy Renner) – with recent additions Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Black Panther/T’Challa, Doctor Strange/Stephen Strange and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). For the first time, the Guardians of the Galaxy will mingle with Earth’s mightiest heroes.
What else did you take away from the “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer? Let us know in the comments below.