“Avengers: Infinity War” Trailer: Heroes Befall Their Deaths
Thanos has one calling. “To wipe out half the universe,” points Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the only green-skinned femme fatale who would grow up to know. Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, would later scoff—“When I’m done, half of humanity will still exist”—offering a mockingly glass-half-full contention. Of course, Thanos doesn’t only mean humanity-humanity, because fuck that, who cares? And it’s not as if Marvel has taught us the value of the universe and its peoples in the past few movies. If Thanos’ threat carries some weight, it is pressed on the Avengers themselves, the characters we’ve grown to legitimately love.
Which is to say: Kevin Feige is pulling the “Game of Thrones” rug under us.
Indeed, this has been due development. The characters in the MCU are bound to retire sooner or later, regardless if it’s due to contract clauses, growing ages, or just straight-up narrative sense. But the fact that it’s actually happening right now is amazing, and enlivens the franchise—at least for me—with thrill and excitement. For the first time in a long while, the MCU has stakes. And boy, are they high, billion-dollar stakes (ahem, Tony Stark might be dying soon).
For the first time in a long while, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has stakes. And boy, are they high, billion-dollar stakes.
All this reflection roots from the new trailer, which dropped today and you can watch if you click the play button above this post (you know that’s how you watch trailers on this site, right?). In it, there’s plenty of action and teases to what are inevitable demises of our heroes. They sort of offered us a taste with “Captain America: Civil War” with Don Cheadle’s War Machine, and perhaps more thrillingly, with the final battle between Iron-Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain Amarica (Chris Evans). That threat spreads here like a virus, with Thanos balling his fists around Thor’s skull (Chris Hemsworth), and Cap blocking a right hook from Thanos’ infinity stones-clad gauntlet.
Speaking of infinity stones, it took Thanos about two seconds to extract the Space Stone from the Tesseract, crushing it with his left hand like a peach. If you’re thinking there’s no way he’s not going to collect all stones by the end of “Infinity War,” you must be born yesterday. Which is why Vision (Paul Bettany) going to Wakanda and enlisting the help of Shuri (Letitia Wright) to extract the Mind Stone from his forehead is a smart move, because who knows what Thanos will do to his cute plump little head?
Beyond the gloomy stuff are the staple funny bits. There’s a fun moment towards the end of the trailer where Peter Parker (Tom Holland) politely asks for a quick shake from Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who tells Peter his superhero name. “Oh, we’re using our made-up names. Then, I am Spider-Man,” he says, referencing a key gag in the “Doctor Strange” movie. Somewhere, too, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is annoying a perpetually eye-rolling Tony Stark.
Great trailer, all-around. Oh, and one last aside: I guess Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has hit retirement.
Finally, a quick refresher for those of you who need it. “Avengers: Infinity War” marks the fourth to the last film in MCU’s Phase Three lineup, which is to be concluded by the fourth “Avengers” movie following the “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marve” solo outings. And in case the trailer didn’t present the movie’s premise well enough for you, here’s the official synopsis.
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, “Avengers: Infinity War” opens across Philippine theaters April 25—two days early than our Stateside friends.