The week started innocently enough, with the Russo Brothers hinting at something special on the horizon, courtesy of their Facebook page. Then Vanity Fair Magazine unveiled their new photo gallery of the heroes to feature in the upcoming epic AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, along with some very tasty covers. And then, yesterday saw a rash of social media teases which involved TOM HOLLAND (Spider-Man/Peter Parker) apparently going behind Marvel Studios back to reveal the teaser poster for the film, due for release in May 2018.
TOM HOLLAND SHOWING A CONFIDENTIAL INFINITY WAR POSTER THAT MARK RUFFALO SENT HIM IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN pic.twitter.com/tYVdOyMxiz
— sara (@JensenAcklesGod) November 28, 2017
Marvel Studios then confirmed the news that fans have been clamouring for: a first trailer for the nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – they did so via an amazing teaser which brought full circle the massive fandom that has supported the franchise from the release of Jon Favreau‘s IRON MAN, back in 2008, highlighting the eager trailer reactions – something that will no doubt be replicated by the powerful footage, first shown on Good Morning America this morning.
It’s a very dramatic trailer, as you would expect, underscored by renditions of Alan Silvestri‘s march with a number of the MCU’s finest also reciting lines from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)’s famous speech from the Helicarrier cockpit in 2012’s AVENGERS – “There was an idea…” No word yet on whether we will be seeing ol’ Chocolate Bonce in this first chapter of the Infinity War or whether Fury will be showing up like the much-needed cavalry at the end of the piece: the man’s signature move.
All the rest of your favourites are on display here, though – Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is still looking shaken from his experiences in AVENGERS and AGE OF ULTRON, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is all moody and enigmatic, keeping his face away from camera – can’t think why…! – Bruce Banner (Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo) gets his reunion with a now-platinum blonde Natasha Romanoff (Scarlet Johansson‘s Black Widow), following his welcome home to earth with a bang and a crash by Doctor Strange (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) and Wong (BENEDICT WONG), and also a now very human looking Vision (PAUL BETTANY) appears to have finally entered a relationship with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson), heralded by the comics decades ago – something tells us that that happy union will be torn asunder during the events of the film, what with an Infinity Stone residing on his bonce.
And speaking of Infinity Stones, we’ve finally get our first look at the big bad of the MCU – Thanos, voiced by Josh Brolin – out of his floaty chair and getting well and truly into the faces of our heroes. Admittedly, the planet’s greatest defenders (and supposedly frozen ex-assassins, in the form of decidedly unthawed fan favourite Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Solder, played by Sebastian Stan) are not going to let the Mad Titan completely have his own way, with shots of a massed army rushing to take on Thanos’ Black Order armada. There’s going to be a tussle, people!
Everybody shows up: TOM HIDDLESTON comes bearing the Tesseract (which is a neat trick, seeing as [SPOILERS!]…), Chadwick Boseman‘s T’Challa (Black Panther) leads his Wakandians into battle alongside both Cap, Bucky, War Machine AND Falcon; and we also get to see the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY making an appearance at the end of the trailer, fulfilling the promise that all the disparate corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will coming crashing together in one adventure. Who will survive? Well, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has already confirmed that AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR will see the dissolution of the current MCU line-up, with characters either moving on, passing away or transitioning to a new plane of existence, at the close of these two films. Bum-bum-BUUUUUUUUUUUUUM!!
All-in-all, it’s great first look at this most anticipated of superhero movies, as the genre continues to dominate at the box office. Could all of this story and character tip the applecart completely when it arrives in cinemas next year? We guess we’ll find out next May – don’t forget, we’ve got BLACK PANTHER to relish before that, in February…