Marvel Studios went out of its way to preserve some spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, with co-directors the Russo Bros. issuing multiple statements urging fans to keep quiet, limiting its earliest test screenings to incomplete cuts of the film, and even threating Thanos' wrath.
But Marvel actually went a step farther to preserve prized Infinity War spoilers – they included scenes in the trailers that were unabashedly altered from the versions that appeared in the actual film.
Here's the first trailer, in case it's been a little while:
And the second:
We’re not complaining – in today’s spoiler-averse culture, this kind of tricky marketing likely left many fans who thought they had seen too much of the film on the edge of their seats. Still, it’s an interesting enough marketing idea that we’ve compiled a quick look at the biggest examples of how some scenes from Infinity War changed from the trailers to the film (and we’re not counting material that may have been outright deleted – just altered).
Oh yeah, speaking of spoilers, consider this your warning if you don’t want to know what happens in Avengers: Infinity War.
Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War.
Throwing Down the Gauntlet
Leading up to Avengers: Infinity War there were many questions about how or even if Thanos would manage to actually assemble the Infinity Gauntlet. Most of those questions arose when the Mad Titan was only glimpsed with the Power Stone and Space Stone in his possession throughout both trailers.
One of the biggest examples of this ‘trickery’ is in trailer two’s climatic showdown between Thanos and Steve Rogers. In the trailer, his gauntlet still only has the Space and Power Stones – but by that time in the actual film, he’s assembled the whole thing.
Here’s how it breaks down:
Trailer 1, 1:49 - Thanos is seen on Titan with only the Space and Power Stones.
Trailer 2, 1:46 – Thanos fights Steve Rogers in Wakanda, is seen with only the Space and Power Stones in his Gauntlet.
The incredible Hulk looked to be a big part of Infinity War’s Battle of Wakanda, charging into battle alongside Cap, Black Panther, and more. But as it turns out, the film’s actual Hulk wasn’t so incredible after all, refusing to come out and leading Bruce Banner to pilot the Hulkbuster armor throughout the fight.
Speaking of which, the Hulkbuster was also spotted in Wakanda in the trailers, at one point rising triumphantly to meet Thanos’ hordes. But… in the film, that scene actually happens after the Hulkbuster comically trips. All that’s missing from the trailer is the dirt from the fall that eventually made it into the movie.
Here’s what to look out for:
Trailer 1, 1:59 – Hulk appears at the Battle of Wakanda.
Trailer 2, 1:08 – Hulkbuster’s fall is edited to be less embarrassing.
The little matter of Thor’s disappearing/reappearing eye is less of a continuity question and more an example of the great lengths Marvel went to to obscure spoilers about not just Avengers: Infinity War but also 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
See, Thor lost his eye in a battle with Hela in Ragnarok, a plot point that was not revealed in the film’s marketing. Likewise, footage from Infinity War released prior to Ragnarok showed Thor with two eyes in every scene to hide the spoiler. But here’s the funny thing: some scenes in the trailer that came out AFTER Ragnarok showed Thor with just one eye – when, by the time they happen in the final cut of Infinity War, he’s got two eyes again.
Marvel really wanted viewers to be questioning Thor’s depth perception, apparently.
Here’s where you should, uh, look:
Trailer 1, 1:20 – Thor has one eye in a scene that takes place after Rocket gives him a cybernetic replacement.
Trailer 2, 1:13 – Thor has only one eye again after the cybernetic replacement was given to him.