If you’re merely a infrequent fan of a Marvel Cinematic Universe, a attainment of a initial trailer for Avengers: Infinity War competence not seem like a outrageous deal: After all, flattering most any Marvel film now feels like an Avengers movie, with a team’s several heroes personification essential ancillary roles in such new hits as Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok. What began as a winking, post-credits provoke in 2008’s Iron Man—“I’m here to speak to we about a Avenger initiative”—has turn a series’ hours-long, deeply threaded mega-narrative, full of Infinity Stones and intra-squad squabbling, and populated by dozens of characters. At this point, even a Watcher needs Wikipedia to keep up.
But Infinity War is a MCU’s biggest gambit nonetheless (and, quite speaking, its usually one), a initial partial of a reckoning/realignment that will eventually lead to Marvel’s much-discussed “Phase 4,” emphasizing a opposite patrol of heroes and villains. With some of a series’ biggest stars impending a finish of their contracts, including Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson, Infinity War will expected be one of a final chances you’ll get to see some of a strange MCU stars in movement before retirement—assuming they don’t kill any other first.
For those who can’t remember where things went wrong, a discerning re-Cap of a pre-Infinity imbroglios: After defeating Ultron, and fast a ascent anti-superhero domestic backlash, a Avengers became divided along ideological lines, with one side teaming with Iron Man’s pro-cooperation stance, a other siding with Captain America’s keep-it-indie worldview. Along a way, Thanos has continued his query to collect all 6 Infinity Stones, Marvel’s changed dazzlers (but not its usually ones!) that will give him control of a universe.
That tension, not surprisingly, comes to a conduct in a Infinity War trailer. “ In time, we will know what it’s like to lose,” says Josh Brolin’s Thanos (Josh Brolin). The two-and-a-half-minute provoke facilities no necessity of skirmishes, along with lots of forbidding looks from large superpeople. Stick around to a finish for a glance of a Guardians of a Galaxy—who are entrance together with a Avengers for a initial time—meeting a righteously confused Thor. Also spotted: Loki, Spiderman in his imagination new duds, Black Panther, a blonde Black Widow, a bearded Captain America, and a whole lot of Wakanda. It’s like an Ed Hannigan poster brought to life, with an additional lurch of Hulkbuster.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (who also rubbed crossover-lites Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Infinity War will be fast followed in 2019 by Avengers 4—a pierce that indicates that Marvel’s execs have some critical stones of their own.
Though a MCU has so distant succeeded in avoiding a kind of authorization depletion that’s tormented such array as Transformers and Pirates of a Caribbean, a brazen Avengers two-parter feels like a quite unsure move: If 2017 has told us anything about a metabolism of complicated movie-going audiences, it’s that even once-sturdy franchises can fast turn too most of a good thing. Will Avengers fans arrange for a subsequent installment with a same passion as they have in a past? Can Marvel solve a unconstrained galaxy-spanning storylines they’ve set adult but removing mislaid in space? And when will Howard a Duck finally see some cigar-chomping action?
We’ll find out when Avengers: Infinity War opens in May.