INFINITY WATCH1 of 12
This week, the first Avengers: Infinity War trailer premiered - and predictably, for a film that features nearly every character and location of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even just the trailer is laden with enough film continuity to keep fans speculating until May 4, 2018 finally arrives.
In the course of watching the trailer approximately 500 times since its release (Hey, we're professionals!), we've picked out the biggest tidbits that those of you waiting for the film on the edge of your seats will want to keep track of.
THROWING DOWN THE GAUNTLET2 of 12
Nearly all the original Avengers seem to have undergone some fundamental cosmetic changes going into Infinity War (only Bruce Banner seems like his old self – whatever that means).
Captain America has a beard and a darker outfit along with what look to be a pair of Wakandan gauntlets, Black Widow’s traded in her red locks for blonde hair, Thor is missing an eye a laThor: Ragnarok, and Tony Stark has his ARC reactor reinstalled (again, we’ll come back to this).
Then, among the new-ish recruits, we see Spider-Man don his new Iron Spider-style Stark suit, and Vision take on human form (you guessed it – read on).
Of course, we should also talk about what’s not shown – namely Hawkeye, Ant-Man, and Wasp, the three biggest guns not to show up in this clip. Likewise, we've still seen hide nor hair of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel (nor do we know for sure whether she'll even appear).
STARGATES3 of 12
There’s a major scene in the trailer in which a giant, spinning portal powered by a massive, ring-shaped machine opens above New York, bringing Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man into the fight. It’s a bit reminiscent of the Chitauri portal in the first Avengers movie – and there may be a good reason for that.
There’s another scene in the trailer in which Loki offers the Tesseract – A.K.A. the Space Stone – to someone unseen. The trailer implies he’s offering it to Thanos thanks to some swift editing, but it’s not exactly clear where it’s actually going.
Still, given the Space Stone’s ability to open portals, there’s a safe bet that any similarities are entirely intentional.
On a side note, there’s a second giant mysterious ring device in the trailer – one Thor seems to be struggling with in a brief shot.
ARMOR WARS4 of 12
Tony Stark and his armored alter ego are all over the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, including a comic book-influenced scene in which he takes on Thanos alone.
That may have something to do with why Tony’s got an Arc reactor in his chest again, after having his removed in Iron Man 3. But Tony’s old power source isn’t the only thing that’s back.
War Machine also makes an appearance in the trailer in Wakanda, presumably still piloted by Rhodey. However, there is a bit of a bigger question as to who is inside the Hulkbuster armor, which also returns here.
It’s a long shot, but could Bruce Banner – seen next to the armor’s gauntlet in human form (we’ll come back to that in a minute) – be the armor’s pilot? Seems a bit far-fetched, but the MCU is somewhat built on those kind of moments - and if he is indeed having problems transforming into and out of the Hulk as mentioned in Thor: Ragnarok, it could be a useful thing to do in a fight.
HULKING... IN?5 of 12
After a threat of not being able to return from his Hulk persona in Thor: Ragnarok, it looks as though Banner will be back in human form for at least part of Avengers: Infinity War (though he’s also spotted as the Hulk in Wakanda).
And with his return to Earth (after crashing into the Sanctum Sanctorum), he’s also returning to Black Widow and her newly platinum locks. “Sun’s getting real low,” as they say.
COSMIC SPIDER-MAN6 of 12
The Infinity War trailer has some big moments for Marvel’s latest leading lad, with Spider-Man showing off his new costume, displaying his spider-sense, and finally teaming up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
It also looks like Spidey’s jetting off to the same alien world seen in several bits of the trailer, which leads us to a spectacular theory…
If Peter Parker travels to an alien world, what are the chances he’d bring a symbiote back with him? We know Sony’s Venom isn’t directly linked to the MCU, but if the studios wanted to establish a connection, this would be the time (still, don’t hold your breath).
THANOS AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS7 of 12
Thanos may be powerful enough to take on the fully assembled Avengers, but he's not arriving alone - he's bringing his Black Order with him.
We don't get to see too many members of the Black Order in the trailer - just a quick flash of Proxima Midnight hurling her spear at Captain America ("Somebody get this man a shield!"), and Corvus Glaive's eponymous blade.
There's also the matter of the horde of enemies invading Wakanda, who bear a striking resemblance to the Annihilation Wave from comic books - but those insectoid aliens are presumably part of the Fantastic Four rights thanks to their connection to Annihilus.
ROLLING STONES8 of 12
In the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, we only see Thanos wield two Infinity Stones - one of which, the Space Stone, he claims in the course of the trailer.
He's also got the Power Stone, which he failed to capture in Guardians of the Galaxy, and which was relegated to the Nova Corps for safekeeping - presumably until Thanos came to take it himself.
For more about the MCU Infinity Stones, read our rundown of their individual film origins and whereabouts right here.
TO INFINITY AND BEYOND9 of 12
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes look to be going off-world in Avengers: Infinity War, visiting a planet seemingly ravaged by Thanos. The world – possibly glimpsed in the trailer’s opening seconds – looks to have a red sky, similar to the Incursion worlds from Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers comic book run leading up to 2013’s Infinity - and of course Secret Wars.
That red sky may also hint at Thanos’ use of the Reality Stone – also known as the Ether – which can be used to transform whole worlds, and manifests as red mist.
We also can’t discount that this world might even be the Nova Corps homeworld Xandar – after all, Thanos definitely claims the Power Stone, last held on Xandar, at some point in the film.
WORLD OF WAKANDA10 of 12
Black Panther's nation of Wakanda seems to play a pretty central role in Avengers: Infinity War (it certainly does in the trailer) - no surprise, considering Black Panther is Marvel's next big franchise, and the last Marvel movie before Infinity War.
Wakanda also played a big role in Infinity, the mini-series that introduced Thanos' Black Order and pitted the Mad Titan against Marvel's heroes once again. In Infinity War, there's strong speculation that the Soul Stone - the only Infinity Stone which has yet to play a role in the MCU - may be stored there, possibly explaining some of Wakanda's secrets (and that trippy Lion King-esque sequence from that movie's trailers). The fact that, in comic books, Black Panther was part of the Illuminati group that secretly held the Infinity Stones may lend some credence to this theory.
Speaking of which, it looks as though Winter Soldier is up and at 'em again after being cryogenically frozen in Wakanda to protect him after Captain America: Civil War. M'Baku - known in comic books as the villainous Man-Ape - appears briefly alongside T'Challa as well, holding over from his upcoming appearance in Black Panther's solo movie in which he is reportedly one of the villains.
We're betting Winter Soldier, the Soul Stone, or both will play a big part in Black Panther, directly setting the stage for Thanos' arrival.
VICTOR SHADE11 of 12
It looks like there is some big news in store for the Vision in Avengers: Infinity War, as we’re given a glimpse of Paul Bettany in Vision’s human form - while embracing his comic book paramour Scarlet Witch, no less. This may be a version of Vision’s classic holographic human alter ego Victor Shade – though we’ll be honest, he’s got a kind of Adam Warlock look with his blonde hair and the Mind Stone stuck in his forehead.
Vision’s days may be numbered, however, as someone appears to use Corvus Glaive’s, uh, glaive, to pry the Mind Stone loose from his synthezoid form – possibly making way for Warlock himself to debut later on (though we won’t go so far as to suggest Bettany evolve again and play Him… Yet).
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