After months of waiting, leaked SDCC footage, and now a double-whammy of a Vanity Fair photoshoot/feature article and fan reaction-hype teaser, the world can finally see the first teaser trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, the culmination of all of the MCU films to date.
Hearkening back to one of Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) speeches in The Avengers, this first theatrical trailer for Avengers: Infinity War unites all the heroes we’ve spent the last nearly 10 years watching as they recite his speech, line by line. There are a few moments that call back to the SDCC footage – namely Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) Spidey-sense moment on a school bus, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) handing over the Tesseract, and a few mid-fight sequences. Otherwise, it’s all new footage.
Most of the MCU heroes have their moments in the spotlight: Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and a human-looking Vision (Paul Bettany) share a tender moment. Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) crash lands in the Sanctum Sanctorum and joins Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Wong (Benedict Wong) on the torn-up streets of Manhattan as Thanos likely arrives to claim the Time Stone from Strange’s Eye of Agamotto. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Pom Klementieff). And a beardy Captain America (Chris Evans) reteams with Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), a blonde Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle), Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and Hulk to face off against Thanos’s army with an army of Wakandans at their back.
Inverse is theorizing that this scene, along with other shots of Wakanda and Black Panther’s “Get this man a shield” order, signal that Thanos invades Wakanda to collect the Soul Stone, the last Infinity Stone, and I’m inclined to agree. Additionally, the trailer hints at the promise of Proxima Midnight and Corvis Glave, two members of Thanos’ Black Order, his right-hand warriors and children.
To say that I’m anticipating this impending entry into the MCU is an understatement, maybe even the understatement of the year. The hype is indeed real.
Check out the trailer (and teaser poster) below, and let us know what you think and what you’re looking forward to most about Avengers: Infinity War!
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018 and will be followed by an untitled Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019. As for the solo heroes, Thor was just seen in Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther‘s solo venture is out on February 16, 2018, Ant-Man & The Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018, and the still-unseen Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) soars into theaters on March 8, 2019. And speaking of post-Phase 3, the next Spider-Man film is slated for July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has a 2020 release penciled in.