Yup. I’m a Marvel fan. I am buying into the hype for this thing. The 19th instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the big screen, the sequel to 2012’s Avengers Assemble, 2015’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron, featuring damn near every character this universe has put to film. Oh my giddy aunt. Watch the trailer HERE. Each character as they’re introduced speaks a portion of the ‘There was an idea’ speech Nick Fury gave in Avengers Assemble.
We open in space, with an orange planet. A few small explosions going off on the surface.
Tony Stark sits, surrounded by rubble, holding someone’s hand…
Bruce Banner lies in a crater, presumably having just de-hulked. God knows how he gets there after Thor:Ragnarok but here he is.
Sorcerer Supreme Dr Stephen Strange and Master Wong stand looking down at Banner, so we can assume Hulk fell through their roof into the New York Sanctum. Enough to make anyone jumpy…
Vision and Scarlet Witch are apparently now living together. We can assume they’re now a couple like their comic counterparts.
Wanda looks longingly at Vision…
Who’s now in more human form? His Infinity Stone still jammed into the forehead, maybe Paul Bettany got sick of the purple face paint he needed for Vision.
Thor stands looking out through a spaceship’s windows. But which spaceship? That answer comes later…
Bruce and an arm of the HulkBuster Iron Man suit (so glad that’s back) stand in Wakanda, glad Bruce has learn to control his Hulk after what he said in Ragnarok.
A silver haired Black Widow smiles back at Bruce, loving the hair. Still trying out that budding romance from Age Of Ultron?
We then cut to the Marvel Logo fanfare we’ve seen in every movie since Dr Strange. Ooh I still get the shivers at this thing. Seeing it in the cinema is extraordinary.
Cut to logo.
New York! Still with the Avengers/Stark Tower in the background. No sign of Netflix’s The Defenders who are still part of this universe despite the films ignoring them.
“In time, you will know what it’s like to lose” A booing voice narrates.
Wong, Dr Strange, Bruce Banner, and Tony Stark notice something’s going on outside the New York Sanctum. How cool is that lineup?
Stark goes to check it out…
“To feel so desperately that you’re right, then to fail all the same” the voice continues.
My Spidey-Senses are starting to tingle…
Peter Parker your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, fresh from the success of his first solo MCU movie, starts to think something’s not quite right in New York.
But wait! There’s a ruddy great stargate above the city! It’s no Thanoscopter but it’ll do I suppose…
Parker looks worryingly at the portal. Spider-Man may be able to help.
The other kids on the school bus notice the portal.
The portal begins spinning. The city is already in ruins below.
“Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.”
Stark steps forward to greet the invaders. He also apparently has his arc reactor back in his chest…
A figure steps through the bodies.
Loki emerges, clutching the Tesseract. Thanos is gonna need that magic box, there’s an Infinity Stone inside.
And so opens the space portal.
The Mad Titan Thanos emerges. Not yet in full battle gear, he’s presuming this is an easy victory then.
He surveys the landscape.
Spider-Man flies through the air!
And lands on the stargate.
How cool is that Iron Spider suit?
A figure stands in a circular structure in space.
It’s Thor! Eyepatch and all after the events of Ragnarok. Holding down a giant lever of some sort. I’ve no idea.
She throws a glowing spear!
Towards a shadowy figure.
“Evacuate the city, engage all defences. And get this man a shield.”
Black Panther here to remind you his solo movie is out before Infinity War. It’s got Martin Freeman in too.
The silhouette emerges…
Steve Rodgers. The disgraced Captain America who’s been hiding out in Wakanda after the events of Civil War protecting The Winter Soldier. Love the beard Chris.
Wanda, mid magic casting, looks around and smiles.
The Hulkbuster jumps forward, doing damage to that poor grass as it goes.
Natasha jabs forward with a spear!
Dr Strange magics up some shields, I’ll bet Cumberbatch feels a right fool doing that before the CG is added.
A large spire comes crashing down,
And lands with an almighty explosion in Wakanda. Why would Thanos be attacking Wakanda? Maybe the Soul Infinity Stones lies hidden there… We’ll find out in the Black Panther Movie I suppose.
Captain Rodgers, looking quite a lot like his comic counterpart Nomad, mid battle looks up and notices –
Black Panther battling an alien thing with four arms. Is this from the comics? I haven’t a clue.
Thanos slams Spider-Man to the ground!
“Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe”
You leave Spider-Man alone you bastard.
Tony looks on in despair. His dream from Age Of Ultron of the Avengers dead because of him is probably weighing heavily on his mind.
Vision (back to purple) is pinned down!
They’re dragging out his forehead Infinity Stone! The stone that powered Loki’s staff in Avengers Assemble, and gave Scarlet Witch her powers.
Presumably Vision loses his superpowers, and possibly his life, if the stone is in Thanos’ hands.
The blue stone, taken from the Tesseract, joins it’s partner the purple stone in The Infinity Gauntlet. When worn with all Infinity Stones the gauntlet grants the wearer power over the entire universe. Every aspect of life is in their control. The purple stone was last seen in Guardians Of The Galaxy where it was given to Nova Corps to look after. We can assume Thanos finished them off pretty quickly.
Pops into place. Thanos now has control over the aspects ‘space’ and ‘power’.
“But this (laughs) does put a smile on my face.”
Thanos lifts his powered up gauntlet aloft.
A streamlined Iron Man suit faces Thanos…
The mad titan he certainly is.
And takes down Iron Man with one punch! More powerful than anything The Avengers have ever faced before.
Down crashes Tony.
Winter Soldier loads a gun, not sure how much good that’ll do against super powered aliens but sure he’s got his talents.
Black Panther looks on at the incoming battle.
And leads the army of Wakanda. Note Captain America and Winter Soldier behind them on the right.
The Falcon flies over the battle, he’s still involved then.
Hordes of alien fighters emerge from the trees. Just broken down Wakanda’s defences maybe?
Lead by Black Panther, the army runs forward.
Now that is cool. War Machine, Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Captain America, Hulk, Okoye, Falcon, and Black Panther lead the charging army. Holy hell that shot is cool.
We fade into the logo. The Avengers theme still present, probably the greatest track in the whole MCU.
“Who the hell are you guys?”
We fade back in on Thor, the first Avenger to encounter…
The Guardians Of The Galaxy! Fresh from their second movie with new members Teenage Groot and Mantis.
The Avengers: Infinity War. The first part of the finale, coming 2018.
No sign of Hawkeye, or Ant-Man, or The Wasp, or Maria Hill, or Coulson, or any characters from the TV shows, or Valkarie, or Nebula, or any of Thanos’ Black Order. Still a great trailer though.