Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Breakdown and Analysis

The Avengers: Infinity War trailer draws inspiration from multiple eras of Marvel Universe history. We're here to figure it all out.

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The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity Waris here, and it is jammed with new information, new characters, and new looks! So while this isn’t quite a shot by shot breakdown (Look at Iron Man’s head. Back and to the left. Back, and to the left…wait, wrong movie), we’re pretty sure we’ve got everything you need to get a better handle on what’s going on in the biggest, most cosmic Marvel movie of them all.

In case you haven’t watched it yet (or just want to watch it again), here’s that Avengers: Infinity War trailer…

We dug through it shot by shot so I could make a JFKjoke to see what we could figure out about the upcoming capstone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

The New Costumes

Let’s start with new looks. That’s human Vision! And it doesn’t look like he’s using an image inducer or anything. Could the Mind Stone have let him switch between human and synthezoid?

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Looks like Peter took up Tony’s offer for that Iron Spider costume. This looks like a cross between his comics Iron Spider costume (the red and gold Iron Man-esque outfit that Tony made him in Civil War) and Ben Reilly’s costume at the tail end of the Clone Saga. That’s how much goodwill Spider-Man: Homecomingbought Marvel, by the way: they can put an obvious Clone Saga reference in a movie and we’re still excited for it.

Hot Ryu! Wait I mean Hot Captain America! Seriously, we’ve been hearing stories about this beard since Marvel first started showing footage of Infinity Warat cons, and it is every bit of what was promised. Cap may or may not be going under the “Nomad” moniker in this movie, but we’ll see.

This isn’t so much a new look for Thor as it is the same look he had for about 30 seconds at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, but you can see the eyepatch on here, too.

This is a pretty radical departure for Black Widow. It’s actually referencing the second comics Black Widow, Yelena Belova, who was created in Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee’s late ’90s Inhumans series and ended up being an evil foil for Natasha.

We also got a look at some new characters!

The New Characters

Fighting Black Panther here is an Outrider, an alien race bred to be Thanos’s assassins throughout the galaxy. They first appeared in Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung’s epic Infinitycrossover, where they looked a little bit like if the Venom symbiote latched onto a Xenomorph from Alien.

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In other words: dope.

This is our first look at Proxima Midnight, one of Thanos’s Black Order. She’s a super badass fighter with a spear that never misses and kills on contact, and we see here her throwing it at Cap, and him promptly catching it.

She was created by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Deodato in the pages of New Avengersback in 2013.

Proxima Midnight is married to Corvus Glaive, another member of the Black Order. Glaive is Thanos’s second in command, a master tactician who is unkillable as long as his arced, golden glaive is intact. I can’t be certain that’s him in this shot – the spear here bears more than a passing resemblance to Loki’s sceptre – but that leg looks too big to be Loki’s, and “gathering the Mind Stone” seems to be something Glaive would be tasked with.

Glaive was created, like the rest of the Black Order, during Jonathan Hickman’s run on Avengers/New Avengers/Infinity.

The trailer also gives us a few neat teams, which seems to indicate that they’re trying to give us different insights into the characters.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s not a huge surprise based on where Thor was left at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, but we get confirmation here that he finds his way to the Milano to hang out with the Guardians of the Galaxy. What is a little surprising is how little time was spent with this group – given Thanos is a cosmic character, a massive threat, and has been lurking in the background of both Guardians films, they seem primed to play a huge role in his eventual defeat.

But the vast majority of this trailer is spent on Earth. 

Secret Avengers

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Those are the Secret Avengers! Created in 2010, the Secret Avengers was basically Marvel’s espionage team, and everyone who’s not Wakandan in this shot – Cap, Bucky, Black Widow, Hulk, War Machine, and Falcon (in the cartoon at least) has been a member.

There’s plenty of info about what to expect in the movie hidden in here, as well.

This shot looks like it’s the first time Banner and Natasha are seeing each other since the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. It should be an emotional reunion, if Hulk’s actions in Thor: Ragnarok are anything to go by. 

There appear to be two main settings for the action: New York, where Peter’s spider-sense goes off…

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…thanks to the arrival of Thanos’ ships…

…and gets his ass handed to him by Thanos in a fight that looks like it takes place on or around his ship…

…and at some point, Hulk connects with Iron Man, Dr. Strange and Wong…

Science bros team up with Magic Pals. Watching Banner and Tony interact with the magical corner of the Marvel Universe for the first time is going to be fun.

Hulk then at some point travels to Wakanda to join the other Secret Avengers in fighting off Thanos’s army.

Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet

Thanos’s plan is, as usual, to collect all the Infinity Stones into his Infinity Gauntlet for…some reason. We see Loki offer him the Tesseract, which we know from the first Avengersmovie is the Space Stone. This is what Loki stopped and grabbed from Odin’s vault at the end of Thor: Ragnarok.

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Thanos drops it in the Gauntlet.

Where it resides with the Power Stone.

In the trailer, he talks about having fun while we see him getting ready to pound the living heck out of Iron Man. That doesn’t necessarily track with comics Thanos, who wants the Gauntlet so he can kill the whole universe to impress the lady-presenting personification of the universal concept of Death, who is totally friendzoning him. Comics Thanos is a nihilist, and nihilists don’t have fun.

He’s probably going to add that Mind Stone to this soon, and then we’re really gonna be in trouble.

So what’s his play here? RAMPANT SPECULATION TIME: I think they’re going to turn movie Thanos into comics Apocalypse. Someone trying to gather enough power to defeat the Celestials (who have been conspicuous in several Marvel movies in the latest wave, from Guardians of the Galaxythrough Thor: Ragnarok). I think he’s rolling over the Avengers to get his hands on a full Gauntlet, and I would not be shocked to see the sequel to Infinity Warbe some kind of team up between Thanos and the Avengers against Arshem the Judge.

For more information on Avengers: Infinity Warincluding how and why my speculation is incorrect, stick with Den of Geek!

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