Are you seeing this? Seeing but still working on believing? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. The final trailer for Avengers Infinity War has landed and it’s an absolute beauty. Dangling long anticipated encounters in front of our eyes in between some drool-worthy sequences and collisions that have no uncertain victor, and more importantly, major concern for casualties. If you can just interrupt your billionth viewing of the trailer that will be dominating the internet over the next 24 hours, here’s some of the key moments that had me screaming and chin-scratching in equal measure. Hang on to something.
“TELL ME HIS NAME AGAIN.”
Already playing a clever game in the final glimpse at what will be the biggest movie of the year, Guardian of the Galaxy and educated student in the ways of Kevin Bacon, Gamora, breaks down just who her father is; the interesting part is just who she’s chewing the fat with.
As she recalls memories of the purple-skinned antagonist and utterly Mad Titan there’s one thing that sticks out and it’s that Gamora isn’t necessarily talking to Tony Stark. “The entire time I knew him, he only ever had one goal – to wipe out half the universe,” states Gamora. “If he gets all the Infinity Stones, he can do it with a snap of his fingers.” The wave of chills from Tony Stark asking for this chump’s name is all well and good, but it might distract us from the fact he and Gamora look to be in two very different locations.
Taking the patterned furniture behind our billionaire playboy philanthropist in contrast to the shiny metal interior of the Milano, this looks like an editing job well done. Is Stark actually in the Sanctum Sanctorum as shown in previous previews? Trick of the eye it may be, but it’s got me sold already. Cue the theme tune.
LET BATTLE COMMENCE
“We’ve got one advantage,” proclaims Stark. “He’s coming to us. We have what Thanos wants, so that’s what we use.” From here there’s a sprinkling of all various players prepping for battle, including a bit more of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) skipping school (or should that be skimming?) as he sweeps under a bridge, Stark clicking his ruby slippers together and rocketing off in pursuit of Thanos’ ship(?) and Doctor Strange checking in on time with the Eye of Agamatto. One side of the battlefield looks to be well defended, but what about the other?
Well thankfully, those lines look to be drawn and ready for action, as there’s that giddy moment of T’Challa and Steve reuniting after the events of Civil War and Black Widow by Cap’s side in Wakanda. There’s also a look at show-stealing Black Panther star, Shuri (Letitia Wright) eyeing up what appears to be a hologram of the Vision’s head, Mind Stone included. Chances are this is her getting up to speed about what the film’s big bad is after, and it’s going to take our bravest and brightest to stop him. Unfortunately, some heroes are lacking the latter.
MR. QUILL, MEET MR. STARK
Always one for a pep talk, Star Prince or whatever his name is looks to be evaluating the course of action to save the universe and isn’t seeing eye to eye with one of the founding Avengers. Shock. Judging by the scene and the state of Stark and Pete’s flashy new armour, this is pre-getting their collective asses handed to them by the Titan as shown in the earlier trailers. Heck, maybe Quill is right – the plan might suck, after all.
Understandably, there’s going to be testing altercations such as this as factions split off to ensure the war sways in their favour, this conflicting quartet included. Whilst I’d love to have seen Spidey hang with teenage Groot, I’m excited to see what will happen when the two intellectual minds of Stark and Parker collide with the not-so-smart leader of the Guardians and its metaphor-deflecting muscle. Will Drax be able to keep up with the whip smart wit of Parker? Definitely not. Will two of the most rebellious hot-headed heroes in the galaxy get along together? Heck no – and I can’t wait for it!
GAMORA: THE YOUNGER YEARS
“The end is near. When I’m done, half of humanity will still exist.” Big talk from the fella with the shiny gold glove but considering the brief shots of beatdowns Thanos and his cronies are delivering, it’s looking like he may be on to something. What’s interesting though is the millisecond of days gone by that are snuck in between them, focusing on some father and adopted daughter time.
In between the God of Thunder’s head close to cracking and Stark’s bleeding armour looking a little worse for wear, there’s what looks to be Thanos taking the hand of a young Gamora before he took her from her home planet. Would this play out under her previous analysis of her world destroying Daddy? All massive purple fingers point to yes.
BIG MAN IN A SUIT OF ARMOUR – BUT WHO?
So here’s an interesting morsel that got my attention. In between the Doctor getting an injection and what looks to be Loki being held hostage by the bad guys, there seems to be an awful lot of Stark’s Hulkbuster inflicting some damage on invading forces in Wakanda. What’s interesting is just how little we see of the target the suit was coincidentally built for, fighting alongside him. Where is the Hulk? You know the guy. Big, green, smashes a lot? How and why isn’t he shoulder to shoulder alongside Stark’s stupendous villain exterminator? Surely they’re the perfect tag team? Maybe that can’t happen because at this point, one is actually inside the other.
Just consider for a moment that we’ve seen a lot of footage of Banner, and not much of Stark in Wakanda. More to the point, how does Banner even get to Wakanda in the first place? Could the answer be that he actually hitches a ride in one massive iron-plated peace-offering from Stark to Captain America? More to the point, could Banner use the suit that he helped build to avoid inflicting the same damage he delivered last time he was in Wakanda fighting Ultron? Putting himself in a metal cage and away from harms way does sound possible, but as we all know the Hulk can only be kept at bay for so long before he lets rip. Place your bets, folks.
HE COULD DO THIS ALL DAY
It’s strange, to think of all the monumental moments in Marvel history: that ridiculous teamwork money shot from Avengers, Steve’s scuffle in the lift at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ in The Winter Soldier and Spidey’s final arrival at the airport in Civil War. All of them will no doubt pale in comparison to the final battle for humanity and what looks like the last stand between one man and a monster with a god complex.
Considering the heavy amount of green surrounding Steve and Thanos, it looks like this showdown is some time after Team Cap’s run through the Wankandan jungle as shown in the earlier previews? Is this how it ends for the great American hero? Is he the last line of defense between our world and destruction? Is Peter Parker ever going to get this superhero game down right? Can you really wait that long to find out? Of course you can. It’s been ten years, what’s a few more weeks?
Avengers: Infinity War arrives April 27. Speculate and consolidate your own theories and lemme know what you think. Are you excited to see Infinity War? Or are you simply dead inside?