Do you remember when the first Marvel movie for their newest cinematic universe came out? Iron Man, May 2008. I remember watching it back in high school with my girlfriend at the time. We were both in awe of the way the character, rather unknown to the normal, movie-going population at the time, was introduced to the world. But it ended up being much more than that. In 2008, you were also introduced to a whole new Marvel, one you could trust to bring these obscure characters to light. In the summer of 2018, 10 years after the release of Iron Man, Avengers: Infinity War will be released. Check out the trailer below.
After Iron Man, though, you were given a whole lineup of superhero movies–from Thor to Guardians of the Galaxy to Ant-Man–that was never bad. Some were mediocre but never were they terrible. All of these films have served one purpose: to build up to the biggest film in Marvel history, the one you just watched the trailer for. The most recent Marvel movie to be released, Thor: Ragnarok, is a shining example of the importance these independent films have had on Infinity War. Remember Loki looking at that glowing cube in Asgard’s secret treasure room? That’s an Infinity Stone. And, well, of course, he was going to take it (the trailer embedded above shows him with it). It’s these small details that make Thanos’ arrival to Earth that much terrifying because it shows that he has the means to complete the Infinity Gauntlet and wreak havoc on the universe.
Thanos is looking rather powerless in the trailer without some of his armor, but don’t let that fool you. He is not a threat that should be taken lightly. In the trailer, you see that he only has two Infinity Stones embedded into The Infinity Gauntlet. One is blue, the Tesseract, the Space Stone, the one Loki stole; the other is the one seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, the Power Stone. But you also witness Thanos ripping out a third Infinity Stone from Vision’s head, the one from Loki’s Scepter, the Mind Stone. So, potentially, Thanos could have three of the six Infinity Stones by the end of the movie. Loki you idiot, why does Thanos getting these stones all have to do with you in some way? To answer my own question, I think you can expect Loki to be hypnotized by Thanos’ power and to willingly give him the Power Stone. The trailer shows him doing something along those lines around the 1:08 mark.
The aspect that I loved most about this trailer was the way that the Avengers are depicted: defeated. There’s no way to sugar coat it, they are going to be defeated hard before they have a chance at being victorious. And that’s what I love about this movie already–just from watching the trailer–Anthony and Joe Russo aren’t taking any shortcuts around this story. It may not be 100% loyal to its 1992 source material (where the heck is Wonder Man or Moon Knight?), but I can already tell that defeating Thanos will be no easy task. That’s all that matters. He is a character deserves to be portrayed as what he is: the most powerful being in the universe.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018. What was your favorite moment from the movie’s first trailer? Personally, I liked the ending. The Guardians of the Galaxy showing up to Thor has the potential to be even funnier than Korg from Thor: Ragnorok. Don’t forget that Black Panther will be in theaters on February 16, 2018.
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