It’s been a long time coming, but Marvel has finally released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming superhero team-up to end all superhero team-ups, Avengers: Infinity War.
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As the clip shows, Infinity War is shaping up to be one of Marvel’s biggest movies ever, uniting the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and almost every other superhero Marvel has ever put on-screen in the 17 prior films over the last decade. All these heroes are banding together to face off against Thanos, the big bad that Marvel has been teasing since the post-credits scene of the first Avengers back in 2012.
Marvel first showed off a teaser all the way back in July at parent company Disney’s D23 Expo, and again at San Diego Comic-Con, but for the vast majority of fans who weren’t in the audiences at those events, the trailer marks the first look at the film.
Infinity War is set to be a major, game-changing film for Marvel — so big, in fact, that the story will spill over to a second, still-untitled Avengers movie set for release in 2019.
Along with the trailer, Marvel has also released the first poster for the movie, which doesn’t do much but remind viewers that yes, this is in fact an Avengers movie (although the design is a bit of a stylistic nod to the first teaser posters for the original Avengers and Age of Ultron).
The third instalment in Marvel and Disney’s Avengers film franchise, Infinity War sees Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest of the gang team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to thwart supervillain Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) in his quest to claim the Infinity Stones. The film will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the duo responsible for the Captain America sequels The Winter Soldier and Civil War. The pair will also direct the as-yet-untitled fourth film in the series, due in 2019.
The trailer gives us our first look at the Avengers extended team, which now includes not only the Guardians of the Galaxy, but also Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Also glimpsed is Thor’s nemesis Loki (Tom Hiddleston), as well as Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, now sporting a new blond haircut.
The forthcoming duo of Avengers films will mark the end of what Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has described as “phase three” of the Marvel cinematic universe (MCU), with a fourth phase beginning at the end of the fourth Avengers film. Feige has said that 20 films have already been plotted out as part of this next phase, though only two – a third Guardians of the Galaxy film, and a sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming – have so far been announced. There has been some speculation that a reboot of the MCU is due, with the contracts of several of the franchise’s key players – including Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr – set to expire.
Avengers: Infinity War is due in UK cinemas on 27 April 2018 and US cinemas a week later.
Avengers: Infinity War will be arriving in theaters on May 4th, 2018.