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TRAILER BREAKDOWN: “Avengers: Infinity War”

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At last! The long awaited drop of the “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer is here, giving us our first real glimpse at what we can expect from the much anticipated third team up of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s greatest heroes. Considering tomorrow I will be posting my list of the Top 10 Superhero and Comic Book Movies of 2017 and that I myself am a big fan of the MCU I wanted to break down this amazing trailer that promises a lot for fans of the long running multi-billion dollar franchise that has redefined what it means to create a universe of intertwining films. Be aware there may be spoilers in this breakdown relevant to past Marvel movies, including this year’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2”, “Spiderman: Homecoming”, and “Thor: Ragnarok” so if you have not caught up yet you may want to watch them before you read my breakdown. Let me know what you thought of the trailer in the comments below!

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The trailer opens with several different shots of Avengers who will be featured in the film including Thor, Dr. Strange, Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk), Scarlet Witch and a humanized Vision, and a blond Black Widow. A voice over features Nick Fury, Stark, Vision, and Thor repeating a slightly altered version of a speech that Fury made to the Avengers in the first team-up film about how the initiative was formed to bring together extraordinary people to fight the battles others could not. Considering the impending war the film’s title implies these heroes will be challenged to do just that. There are a few important notes from the shots in this monologue. We see the shot above of a distraught Tony Stark. Throughout much of the Post-“Avengers” MCU Stark has had fears of the loss he and his fellow Avengers would suffer from the oncoming events. It’s part of why he created Ultron, part of why he supported the Sokovia Accords in “Captain America: Civil War”, and it’s even hinted at in the vision Scarlet Witch gives him in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” where he sees his friend near death and Captain America telling Tony he could have saved them. To be blunt I think this shot is Tony mourning the loss of a teammate. Many have theorized that an Avenger will die in this film and I’ll get to who I think it’s going to be a bit later on, but for now this shot shows a bit of the personal pain Stark will undergo as the war rages on.

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Following the Marvel Studio’s logo and a slowed down version of the well-known Avengers theme we see our first meeting of heroes with Tony Stark, Bruce Banner and Dr. Strange all in the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York reacting to something taking place outside. We know that the film’s main villain Thanos will be seeking out the Infinity Stones and we also know that Dr. Strange has one in the Eye of Agamotto. This scene sets things up nicely to reveal that Thanos and his Black Order will finally attack earth and that maybe he knows where the Time Stone lies. The scene is set with a voiceover from Thanos himself who says “In time you will know what it’s like to lose”, a warning to the Avengers that he plans on winning this war without too much of a struggle. His warning continues acknowledging that the Avengers truly believe they are doing the right thing but “will fail all the same”.

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Next we get a glimpse of another hero, Peter Parker who finally shows some sign of a spider sense as his hair stand up on end on his arm, signaling him to look outside his window where a ship (presumably Thanos’ ship, or one of his at least) is hovering over New York. We can assume this is happening concurrently with Stark, Strange and Banner’s realization of what is happening as they leave the Sanctum Sanctorum to investigate.

Screen shot 2017-11-29 at 4.56.36 PM.pngAs the voice over continues Thanos speaks about destiny and how it is inescapable, but one major thing I want to point out that is shown during this monologue is the photo above. That’s Loki seemingly handing over the Tesseract to presumably Thanos. We know by now that the Tesseract is the Space Stone and its fate was left unknown after Ragnarok ended Asgard at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok” (see I warned you about spoilers). Despite showing more signs of changing his ways at the end of the third “Thor” film Loki could still be working to serve Thanos, who handed him the Mind Stone and the scepter to act as the big bad for the first “Avengers” movie. Loki clearly saved the Tesseract from destruction when he could have let it burn and either out of loyalty or fear seems to be returning it to Thanos. Or maybe he’s trying to use it against his former master? So we know now possibly how Thanos will get at least one stone as the film progresses. It should also be pointed out that Loki steps over bodies to hand over the artifact, meaning it’s likely the ship we saw in the post credits of “Ragnarok” was a Thanos ship that devastates the escaping Asgardians to get what he wants, an Infinity Stone.

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As expected we get our glimpse of the big baddy himself, Thanos, who looks like a more polished CGI creation than in previous films. He is pretty close to his comic counterpart although he is missing his trademark headgear. I liked that the appearance of Thanos in this trailer is so casually presented because honestly that’s probably what his personality will be like in the film itself. He’s an egomaniac who believes it is his destiny to collect the stones and rule everything around him. He’s stoic and in this shot alone carries himself with a sense of self-righteousness that immediately allows us to understand the foe the Avengers will face. After seeing the villain we see something that comic book and super hero nerds alike have waited to see for a long time…

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Peter Parker is in battle, seemingly on board the ship he saw earlier, and is wearing the Iron Spider Armor! For those unfamiliar with this it’s a modified Iron Man suit specifically made for Peter Parker and was hinted at during the end of “Homecoming” earlier this year. We don’t know how or why Peter is equipped with this armor yet but we do see him engaging in battle with it for the first time in a moment that brought me giddy feelings reminiscent of the first time I saw him in the “Civil War” trailer. This is a cool piece of equipment from Marvel lore that I’m personally super excited to see on screen. We also see Thor, with his new eyepatch from “Ragnarok”, trying to activate, or maybe stop a machine of some sort. Honestly I’m not completely sure what this is and maybe more educated comic book fans could fill me in, but whatever Thor is doing he looks to be in a bit of pain and the situation looks dire. Clearly we will see heroes all in action doing whatever they can to stop Thanos. It seems all the heroes that are included in the cast won’t be there just for fan service. The trailer promises that everyone has their part to play, and that’s a good thing.

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The next scene we see is T’Challa, the Black Panther who gets his own movie in February, telling his people to evacuate and activate their defenses. He then points off screen and demands someone “give this man a shield”, leading to the on-screen debut of the new look for Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. We last saw Rogers at the end of “Civil War” being protected from U.S. custody in Wakanda. He has longer hair and new facial hair and seems to have adopted his other comic book alter ego, the Nomad. A few important revelations come from this moment. One is that Cap may have a new shield in the film. His iconic red, white and blue one is with Tony Stark who doesn’t seem to be in the picture in this event so we may see a different iconic shield come into play. It wouldn’t be unthinkable to have another of his classic shield made either though seeing as the weapon is made of vibranium, a popular resource in Wakanda, which also makes up the Black Panther’s uniform. More importantly however it’s clear Wakanda is under attack, and why might that be? Well while the “Black Panther” film has yet to be released it’s a common fan theory that Wakanda is home to the Soul Stone, another Infinity Stone that may the source of the Black Panther’s gifts as each Panther passes their knowledge down to the next. So if the Soul Stone is truly there then it would be the perfect place for Thanos to launch an invasion.

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With still a minute to go in the trailer a lot is still there to cover. We do get scenes that show several Avengers in action. We see Black Panther going toe to toe with an enemy, Dr. Strange doing his mystical arts, and Iron Man redawning the Hulk Buster armor he utilized in “Age of Ultron”. We also see Steve Rogers and others facing off against alien creatures that are presumably part of Thanos’ army and even Spider-Man kind of looks like he’s getting his but kicked by someone. What happens next however foretells some complete dread! You may remember that Vision was created by the Mind Stone being fused with a vibranium body Ultron wanted to use for himself. Well in order to collect all the stones Thanos needs that Mind Stone and it looks like he’s going to put Vision’s life on the line to get it. We see someone, possibly Thanos or, more likely, a member of the Black Order that serves him, putting Vision through a lot of pain in an apparent attempt to remove the stone. Considering it gives him his powers it’s safe to assume Vision can’t survive without the stone. So remember when I said Tony Stark looked distraught and that someone might die? Yeah, I think Vision will be destroyed and spark fear and maybe inspiration into the Avengers to take down their new foe to, well, avenge their fallen friend.

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Thanos continues his monologue with a pretty badass line really. “Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe, but this puts a smile on my face.” It’s a powerfully intimidating line that says a lot about Thanos. To him this isn’t a hobby. This is destiny. He’s not doing it for fun, he’s doing it because he believes this is what he is meant to do. Not only that, he uses the word “balance” meaning he believes what he is doing is not only destiny, but it’s the right thing to do for the entirety of the universe around him. Thanos has a god complex and that makes him the most intimidating foe any of these heroes have ever faced. As his monologue ends we see he has two Infinity Stones in his possession, a purple one and a blue one. The blue stone is the Space Stone from the tesseract, meaning whether Loki gives it to Thanos to it’s taken by force he does get the stone, and the purple stone is the Power Stone which debuted in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and when last we saw it was being protected by the forces of Xandar, which Thanos was tasked with destroying for Ronan the Accuser before he backed out and Ronan went his own way with the stone. Unless the stone is left out for the sake of avoiding spoilers it does not appear the Mind Stone is in Thanos’ possession yet so whatever happens with Vision happens after this encounter or possibly elsewhere if a member of the Black Order is truly to blame. Thanos shows his might by beating Iron Man face to face while we get a glimpse of the battle to take place in Wakanda.

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This is a cool way to end the trailer because it not only gives us a glimpse at the heroes who will fight in possibly the biggest overall battle set piece of the film, but it establishes that several different story lines will play out in this movie. Iron Man’s allies will take on Thanos it appears, Captain America and Black Panther with defend Wakanda, and Thor has his own adventure which I’ll get to in a second. Among the heroes in the lineup in Wakanda are Cap, Panther, Falcon, Black Widow, the Hulk and Winter Soldier (with his metal arm returned to him) charging into the conflict head on. This leads to the logo with the booming “Avengers” theme overlapping it to close out the epic trailer…but not before one more reveal.

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While we didn’t get a lot from Thor in the trailer we do know he will have his adventures in space. So before the trailer closes we get the eye-patched God in a spaceship asking someone off screen who they are. This leads to a great reveal that everyone already knew was coming, that the Guardians of the Galaxy will also be involved in the Infinity War and Thor will come in contact with the group of ragtag heroes who will become official, or unofficial, members of The Avengers in the new film. A side note just look at Star Lord in this photo for a second…he looks a little…off. Maybe older and wiser. Considering this film takes place years after both “Guardians” films it wouldn’t be unimaginable that Star Lord has a slightly different look and style about him.

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Overall this trailer has me absolutely pumped for the new film and what it has to offer. It’s epic, it shows just enough without showing too much. We get a glimpse at nearly every major hero who will be involved in the story and it leaves a lot of mystery as to exactly what will play out as the movie progresses. Thanos looks to be a truly terrifyingly powerful being with a great attitude and God complex and it appears we will not see everyone together on screen just yet as separate stories play out leading to the ultimate battle against Thanos which may or may not wait for the fourth film that is expected to close out the primary story of the Avengers. So, what did you think of the first look at “Avengers: Infinity War”? Let me know in the comments below and if you caught something I didn’t in the trailer feel free to fill me in.

“Avengers: Infinity War” releases on May 4, 2018. You can view the new trailer below for yourself.

 

 

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