It’s here, the film to top all comic-book films. Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of ten-years and almost twenty films. The first Infinity Stone appeared back in the post-credits scene of Thor in 2011 and we first saw Thanos in the post-credits scene for The Avengers in 2012. Unlike, ahem, Warner Bros with Justice League, Marvel Studios have been working cleverly and subtly to this point from the beginning. It’s a film with a hell of a lot of expectation on it and, based on that trailer, I’d bet my house on it being an absolute banger.
A quick recap then. The Infinity Gems have popped up all over this universe since Thor. The Space Stone, or the Tesseract, was last seen on Asgard during Ragnarok. However, in the trailer we see Loki hand it over (willingly?) to, we’re assuming, Thanos. The Mind Stone was originally in Loki’s Sceptre but is now embedded in the head of Paul Bettany’s Vision – which we see is forcefully removed by one of Thanos’ henchmen. The Reality Stone is still, we assume, with the collector and has been since Thor: The Dark World. The Power Stone, which was handed over to the Nova Corps at the end of GotG, is probably the first Stone Thanos obtains and we know that thanks to that shot in the trailer of the gauntlet. The time stone is still happily around Doctor Strange’s neck (for now).
The Soul Stone is the only one yet to be revealed, which leads me perfectly on to my first thought about this trailer…
Is the Soul Stone on Wakanda?
We’ve not seen Black Panther yet, which is due for release in February 2018. His only appearance so far in this universe was in Civil War so it seems curious that his homeland is such a major part of this trailer. Clearly, a lot will be revealed in the Black Panther film but we know the Bucky is still there, frozen and armless, and we know that Captain America and T’Challa have a decent enough relationship thanks to the Civil War post credits scene.
In the trailer, we see Thanos’ armies attacking a force of Wakandans – it seems obvious to me then, that the last Infinity Stone will pop up in Wakanda and that’s why our heroes are gathered there.
A Meaningful Death?
In the trailer we see Tony Stark holding a damaged hand, which to me looks like somebody else’s who is out of shot. Peter Parker? Captain America maybe? It seems like it has to be somebody Tony would feel responsible for getting killed. I’d throw Pepper Potts into the mix there too. It would be a safe option to kill her off, given she has no bearing on the future of this universe but it would ramp the stakes up a bit.
The MCU has been widely criticised for a lack of meaningful deaths so far and those that have been impactful have been reversed (see: Nick Fury, Phil Coulson). It’s about time then, that we get some real stakes and while I think we might see more than one character bite the dust, I think Pepper might be an early casualty in the film. There’s not really been much fallout from Tony’s vision in Age of Ultron, so it’s probably about time he lost someone important to him.
Besides, they could reverse all this using the Infinity Stones when all this is over anyway.
Banner in the Hulkbuster Suit?
Bruce Banner (Thor: Ragnarok spoilers ahead) suggested that he might not be able to transform back into Bruce if he let the Hulk take over one more time. However, here we see him in the Sanctum Sanctorum, seemingly having crash landed through the roof. It’s reminiscent of the scene in Avengers where he’s found by Harry Dean Stanton’s security guard. I’m guessing that after Thanos has attacked ‘Asgard’ for the tesseract, Hulk is somehow transported back to Earth and crash lands to warn Doctor Strange of the oncoming threat. It looks like he’s going to be playing the role the Silver Surfer plays in the Infinity Gauntlet graphic novel.
Now obviously we’ve seen Hulk and Banner in the trailer but I’m leaning towards the idea that the two might get separated from each other somehow or whether Bruce temporarily loses his ability to turn into the Hulk. It would be a cool way to carry on his story from Ragnarok. I’ve seen a few people band the idea round that perhaps it’s Banner in the Hulkbuster armour. I’m on board for that.
Are Steve and Tony Talking?
At the end of Civil War Steve sends Tony a phone telling him to ring whenever he gets lonely. Or something. In the picture above we can clearly see Tony holding the very same phone. It begs the question – have the two been in contact since their bust-up in Civil War? I’m guessing not, and that Strange has called Stark once Banner crashed through his ceiling. I’m guessing the first time they speak is when Tony calls up to warn Steve of Thanos’ arrival.
Where has Steve and his gang of fugitives (Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Falcon, Scarlet Witch) been all this time, given most of them were broken out of the Raft at the end of Civil War? Have they simply been hiding underground or have they formed a sort of Secret Avengers type of group? I love the idea of a covert Avengers group – will we learn more of Cap’s activities in Black Panther? I’m not sure.
Avengers in Space?
At the end of the trailer we see Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy. Most of this trailer seemingly takes place on Earth which makes us ask: how are the Guardians and Thor going to fit in to all this? The film is likely to open with Thanos obtaining the Power Stone from Xandar with the Guardians likely turning up too late. Following Thanos, they come across Thor who’s been defeated by the Mad Titan.
Do the Guardians and Thor simply head to Earth or do they lead a cosmic assault on Thanos’ forces? If the later is true, this could be the beginning of a more cosmic MCU – especially with Captain Marvel coming in 2019.
The Theme Tune is Back Baby!
The Avengers’ theme tune is one of the few recognisable themes in the MCU. It’s weird to think that Marvel haven’t really capitalised on Alan Silvestri’s theme, which was dropped for the 2015 follow-up. Thank God it’s back. The best superhero films have iconic scenes which are scored by an iconic soundtrack. William’s Superman theme. Zimmer’s Batman. Elfman’s Batman. Look at the role Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings film elevates a lot of the moments in those films.
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