I’m sure by now you’ve seen the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. I mean, who hasn’t at this point. If by some chance you haven’t, or you want to watch it for the 4 bazillionth time (Oh, just me? OK.), here it is:
OMG! How awesome was that!? Guys, I was literally in tears at the end. I’ve never had that kind of reaction from a movie trailer before. It was unexpected to say the least. After the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and how that movie turned out, I tried not to let my expectations get too high but this giant crossover has been 10 YEARS in the making. I hope that the wait has been worth it.
I haven’t done any kind of trailer review in a few years, but there is so much to digest from this trailer and so so much I want to comment or speculate on/about. Be warned, I do go into spoilers for several MCU films, including the latest Thor. Below are a combination of my observations, questions, and theories I have after watching this trailer. There is a lot to get through so let’s just jump into it.
Bruce Banner is not trapped as the Hulk
At the end of Thor: Ragnarok, Bruce Banner made the comment that if he hulked out one more time, that he may not be able to revert back to his non-green self. As heroes do, he chose to sacrifice himself and unleashed the Hulk in order to save the Asgardians from Hela. Right away in this trailer, we can see that he is in fact not trapped as the Hulk and can transform back as needed (he can be seen as the Hulk later in the trailer).
How does Banner get separated from Thor?
Speaking of Banner, how did he end up on Earth? As mentioned above, at the end of Thor Ragnarok, he was was Thor and the rest of the Asgardians. So how did he end up back on Earth? And better yet, how did he just happen to land in Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum?
Rhodey is feeling better
Another character whose fate was left open was James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes, AKA War Machine, after being partially paralyzed in Captain America: Civil War. However, knowing Tony Stark is his best friend, it’s no surprise that he is back in action, as you can see in the upper left of the image above. I’m sure Tony wasted no time or expense in getting Rhodes up and around again. Now whether his paralysis is cured or he is getting some technological assistance will have to be revealed in the movie.
Spider-Man dons the Iron Spider suit
After Spider-Man defeats the Vulture, Tony offers him a spot on the Avengers and a new suit, called the Iron Spider suit. Peter ultimately turns down the offer, which also included turning down the suit. So why does he have it now? Is it temporary or did Tony give him the suit anyway? Either way, as excited as I am to see Peter wear this suit, I don’t like how he just gets all these bells and whistles.
Vision has a human form
Whether there are story reasons for this or financial ones for not putting Paul Bettany in makeup are yet to be seen but Vision has some sort of human form as opposed to his normal, purple form. I think this will be explained as a way to allow him to better interact with humans without being awkward.
Thanos has the Power Stone by the time he attacks Earth
We know that at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, the Power Stone was in the care of the Nova Corp. However, how he gets it before his invasion of Earth is not clear. There are two ways I think this will happen: 1) The movie will start with him taking it from wherever the Nova Corp had it or, 2) it will happen off screen and he will just have it by the time he invades Earth. Either way, the Nova Corp aren’t going to take the theft of the Power Stone lightly, so…
The Nova Corp sends the Guardians to retrieve the Power Stone
I think this i s the why/how the Guardians go to Earth and meet up with the other heroes. When Thanos retrieves the Power Stone from the possession of the Nova Corp, they enlist the help of everyone’s favorite team of misfits to get it back. Along the way, they pick up Thor from whatever it is he is seen doing in the trailer.
How exactly does Thanos get the Space Stone?
Or another way to phrase this is “is Loki working with Thanos?” The trailer makes it look like either Loki opens the portal for Thanos or he hands the tesseract to Thanos. I don’t think either of those happen and the trailer is cut to make it look that way. What exactly Loki’s role in Infinity War is still up in the air but my friend had the theory that he pretends to be on Thanos’ side, only to betray him later. It appears that Thanos’ attack on New York City is for the Space Stone, so I don’t think it will be a simple hand-off.
Why does Thanos’ army attack Wakanda?
At some point in the movie, there is a giant fight in Black Panther’s home country of Wakanda. The big question is: why does Thanos’ army attack Wakanda? What’s there? I doubt Thanos is trying to get his hands on vibranium so the only other explanation is there is an Infinity Stone there. Is this the yet-to-be-seen Soul Stone? Or has one of the others been hidden there?
The Second Battle of New York is early in the movie with the Battle of Wakanda later
I just made those names up so don’t take them as fact. Anyway, the statement is pretty self-explanatory. Most of my evidence for this observation comes from Tony Stark and the armors he wears. When he confronts Thanos in New York, he is wearing his traditional armor. We also see Tony wearing the Hulkbuster armor while in Wakanda. To me, he wears this because he already knows how strong Thanos is, especially with the Power Stone, and knows his traditional armor is not strong enough.
Someone’s gonna die!!
This really isn’t a surprise, everyone figured this was going to happen. Vision is the most likely candidate given he has the Mind Stone in his head (and he seems to be in trouble as seen in the image above). I thought the same once I saw the stone placed in his head in Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, given the prominence of Corvus Glave attacking him for the stone, I think it is a red herring. I have no doubt Thanos will get the Mind Stone but I also think that someone, or someones, will find a way to keep him alive without the stone. At least one person is going to die but not Vision. And if he does, it won’t be for long.
I had a few more things but they weren’t that important, like we finally see Peter’s Spider-Sense and is that a real reactor in Tony’s chest? Anyway, that’s most of what I had to say about this first trailer. What about you? What are some of your observations? Theories? Hopes? Dreams? I’d love to know in the comments below.
Until next time, cheers!