If you’ve been on Twitter at all in the past hour, or any other social media, you’ll note that there’s a large commotion around the release of the “Avengers: Infinity War” full-length trailer.
There’s a reunition of Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo,) Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson,) and James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) shown, which can raise many questions from Captain America: Civil War (2016.) After Banner’s transformation into The Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok, how was he able to revert to a human state? James Rhodes had been paralyzed in the aftermath of the war, yet here he is seen armored and standing upright.
Doctor Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) sanctions are shown as he resides in New York at the time, though Strange himself is not featured until a later point within the trailer. The same location was shown in Doctor Strange (2016) and in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) under for a cameo appearance.
We finally get a better glimpse of our main antagonist, the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) as adds another Infinity Stone to his heralded gauntlet. Currently, there are six Stones scattered throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which serves as the motivation of the war.
Cut to Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) conversing over the mere mention of Thanos. As Gamora is one of his two daughters and his greatest oppressor, the tension is thick and certainly growing as she confirms that she will face what she fears most. Thanos is again shown briefly.
After his debut in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and his solo-film Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017,) Peter Parker (Tom Holland) makes his return as the web-slinging high-schooler. Compared to his whole-body suit, he only pulls on a mask to shield his identity. He is later seen wearing the Iron Spider attire in the trailer.
Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and romantic interest Vision (Paul Bettany) are seen side-by-side. It’s a well-known fact that Vision possesses the Mind Stone, one of the Infinity Stones, and it is exposed on his forehead. There are fan theories that Vision will be one of the characters that are killed off.
We return to Wakanda after Black Panther (2018) where we see Romanoff and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) approaching T’Challa and his people. Rogers, compared to his typical “Captain America” look, is now clad with a thick beard, dark hair, and altered suit. The star from the middle of his chest has been removed, as well as the Avengers patch from his shoulder. This can be speculated as a transition towards his Nomad identity.
King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and other Wakandans, like Shuri (Letitia Wright), will step up to aide the quickly approaching war, as an army is recruited and fights alongside the newcomers to the country. Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) returns in what appears to be full cognition after his reformation at the end of Black Panther, where post-credits revealed his new Vibranium arm and shoulder-reaching hair.
Fan-favorite and comic relief Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) returns to diverge his plans on the downfall of the Mad Titan to an unimpressed Stark, Parker, and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista.) The scene makes light of a dramatic situation overall, which hints that Quill will serve as the comedian once again in this installment to the “Avengers” saga.
The return of the Hulkbuster armor is teased while forces take on Wakanda. The armor was first debuted in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) to control Banner during his uncontrollable outrages, though there isn’t a clear answer in why we are seeing the return of the suit.
Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) faces reality after the repercussions of Ragnarok, as he and brother Loki Laufeyson (Tom Hiddleston) are posed in great danger. Loki is later seen with Ronan (Lee Pace) onlooking towards Thanos, before another scene shows Thor writhing as he is tortured. There is a suspicion that there is a correlation between Loki’s affiliation with Thanos, as he once was in control of the Tesseract “Stone.”
A young Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) are teased as well, completing the original Guardians of the Galaxy in the trailer. “Guardians” director James Gunn had commented, saying that this is not, in fact, the return of the original Groot that was demolished in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) but his son.
Strange and Quill are shown teaming up before a clip of Strange being tortured flashes across the screen. An unnamed villain is glimpsed at twice, yet he seems to be one of Thanos’ accomplices.
Rogers engages in hand-to-hand combat with Thanos himself, and the Mad Titan seems utterly offended and baffled when it comes to the super-soldier’s strength, and the ferocity that he repulses his pressing attack with.
The logo slowly glints across the screen as the once-triumphant music seems to sound exhausted and sunken. The last scene involves a formal introduction as Parker and Strange meet- which acts as another piece of comedy relief as Parker doesn’t quite understand the difference between an alias and a given name.
Avengers: Infinity War‘s first full-length trailer looks intense, gripping and packed with emotion as it furthers the end of an era. It combines an impressive number of characters into an overwhelmingly exciting cinematic crossover event.