The second and final trailer for the much-anticipated “Avengers: Infinity War” has dropped, giving us more to unpack about the epic Marvel Studios superhero team-up.
The film’s release date was pushed up a week, to April 27, so we’re one week closer to seeing what promises to be a game-changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The new teaser for the 19th film in the franchise shows stunning action sequences, more of the characters we’ve come to know and love, and those same characters in increasingly dangerous situations. Not everyone will make it out alive of “Avengers: Infinity War.”
The trailer gives more insight into the world-destroying motivations of Thanos (Josh Brolin), the big bad who’s been lingering in the background of the MCU. He’s on a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, and once he has them in his Infinity Gauntlet, he can wipe out most of the universe with a “snap of his fingers,” as his daughter, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), explains.
Still evading him are the green Time Stone, which Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is wearing as the Eye of Agamotto; the yellow Mind Stone, unfortunately situated in Vision’s (Paul Bettany’s) head; and the orange Soul Stone, which we haven’t seen yet in the films. The Soul Stone’s whereabouts remain unknown (though the trailer does cut to a scene of Wakanda after showing the Time and Mind stones. Hmm …).
In the new teaser, more superheroes are coming together. Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is reunited with Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) for the first time since “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Capt. James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle) is back on his feet after being paralyzed in “Captain America: Civil War.” Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) mixes it up hilariously with Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Drax (Dave Bautista).
In Wakanda, T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), his security head Okoye (Danai Gurira) and brilliant sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) are met by Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow, Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Banner, Vision and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Also returning to action is Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Meanwhile, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is stranded somewhere in space with the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel).
We get thrilling shots of vibranium armor, Stark’s Hulkbuster armor, and Wakandan battle sequences on land and in the air. Doctor Strange and Star-Lord team up to go through some sort of hazardous area. And Spider-Man gets his own share of the fiery action, donning his Iron Spider suit.
There’s also heart-pumping scenes of Thor and Doctor Strange in mortal danger, followed by Thanos saying the chilling lines, “I hope they remember you.” Then the trailer cuts to the two characters who most fans are speculating will not survive the film or its sequel: Iron Man and Captain America. Gulp.
The trailer sets up a momentous fight between Thanos, Iron Man and Captain America. As Cap forcefully pushes back against the Mad Titan, Thanos seems surprised to find someone who could potentially match him in strength. That brings to mind Cap’s famous phrase: “I can do this all day.”
The trailer ends with Spider-Man meeting Doctor Strange, both of whom were created by Marvel legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Along with Black Panther, who’s coming off his hugely successful solo outing, will Spidey and Doctor Strange become the new face of the MCU?
Conspicuously missing from the trailer are Cliff Barnes/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lilly). To be continued …
When does April 27 get here? “Avengers: Infinity War” invades theaters then.