What began in 2008 with Iron Man will begin to come to a close in 2018 with the release of Avengers: Infinity War. The first of a two-part finale to an unprecedented 22-movie story arc spanning the Marvel Universe, the film will unite essentially the entire MCU in a fight against the Mad Titan Thanos. Heroes will die. Stories will end. It’s no small coincidence that this trailer is dropping as Black Panther’s run at #1 begins to come to a close. Marvel is clearly trying to keep the momentum of its unexpected phenomenon going, and has moved up the release date of Avengers: Infinity War one week, so that we’re only six weeks out from the BIGGEST film of the year. This trailer is very Thanos-centric, fully introducing the threat first seen at the end of The Avengers six years ago. Avengers: Infinity War will open April 27, 2018.
Spider-Man: Homecoming got so many things right about the character of Peter Parker that the Raimi and Webb films flubbed, but I think the thing I like the best about Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is….he’s not very good. Don’t get me wrong, he’s enormously powerful, smart, and talented. Everyone can see it….however, he’s also just a high school sophomore and, by definition, kind of an idiot. There are two scenes that highlight Peter’s youth in the film in different ways.
My favorite is easily his attempt at a Batman-esque interrogation of The Prowler (Donald Glover). Badly utilizing his suit’s vocal scrambling, he spectacularly fails to impress Glover (who if we want to get super-geeky and project down the line a long ways, is the uncle of the Marvel Universe’s other Spider-Man: Miles Morales).
Downey Jr. and Holland have a fantastic dynamic as Tony Stark and Peter Parker, and 10 years into the MCU, you can have scenes like this one. Where we’ve seen Tony make questionable choice after questionable choice and in this kid he sees himself, but with the chance to do what he wanted to achieve with Iron Man sans his personal baggage. There is no more wisdom that Stark could distill from what lessons he’s learned when he snaps at Peter, “If you can’t do this without the suit, then you shouldn’t be doing it at all!”
Through 17 films, I would only count one MCU film as a disappointment (though some are certainly better than others) and that’s Iron Man 3. The only thing that has kept me from loathing the film more than I do was the Marvel One-Shot (I really miss those) that they did “All Hail the King” in which they fixed the film’s biggest blunder: making The Mandarin, Iron Man’s only good villain, into a complete joke.
Aside from The Mandarin debacle, Iron Man 3’s main problem is that it butchers Warren Ellis’ classic Extremis storyline, doesn’t do anything to advance Tony’s character other than blow up all his stuff, which he starts rebuilding before the credits finish, and the film generally stands outside of the MCU’s storyline. That’s fine for a lot of films, but Iron Man has been the backbone of the MCU since he started it, and to waste his last solo film was unforgivable.
There are two things about IM3 that are good enough that the film ekes out a positive rating (post-All Hail the King): Tony & Harley and the plane rescue sequence. I honestly could’ve done with a whole film of just Tony and that kid hanging out in Tennessee, but the film’s best sequence is a mid-air rescue of 13 free falling passengers after Air Force One is compromised. It’s an amazing F/X sequence, a great use of JARVIS, and some very creative problem solving by Tony. Would that the rest of the film had lived up to it.
After over a year of anticipation, everyone finally got to see the first full trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Now is the time to scrutinize every frame for hidden meaning! As you scroll down, you’ll see the Spider-Armor from Spider-Man: Homecoming, the cosmic cube Loki nicked in a blink-if-you-missed-it moment from Thor: Ragnarok, and Peter Quill with a mustache! STACHE LORD!!! Clearly Black Panther is going to be the perfect lead-in film for Infinity War, as it looks like a lot of the battle for Earth is going to take place in Wakanda. Poor Vision is going to lose that forehead decoration, and SOMEBODY please get bearded Cap a shield! I can’t wait! Continue reading 55 HD Stills from Avengers: Infinity War Trailer #1!!!!
What began in 2008 with Iron Man will begin to come to a close in 2018 with the release of Avengers: Infinity War. The first of a two-part finale to an unprecedented 22-movie story arc spanning the Marvel Universe, the film will unite essentially the entire MCU in a fight against the Mad Titan Thanos. Heroes will die. Stories will end. The first trailer is essentially a polished version of the one shown to crowds exclusively at this summer’s San Diego Comic Con, but it’s spectacular. We’ll have more analysis later in the day along with tons of stills from this jaw-dropper, but for now watch, rinse, repeat. Avengers: Infinity War opens May 4, 2018.