The Most Intriguing Part Of The New AVENGERS INFINITY WAR Trailer
Finally! A new look at Marvel’s impossibly ambitious blockbusters. A phenomenal reminder that we actually get to see if the hype is real in a few short weeks. But it’s not the enormous cast featuring all of Marvel’s biggest heroes that has me intrigued. It’s not even the countless incredible reveals this trailer contains.
I’m not thinking about Thor creating a new Mjolnir or subsequently getting his head crushed.
I’m not thinking about the remarkable potential for humor when the Guardians meet up with Earth’s mightiest heroes.
I’m not thinking about Vision’s role in the Wakanda invasion and Shuri’s interest in him.
The idea of wiping out half the universe in order to bring balance isn’t dominating my thoughts.
Right now, I’m not concerned about Doctor Strange being tortured or Loki’s odds of surviving after handing the Space Stone to Thanos.
I’m not thinking about Bruce’s struggling to contain and/or unleash Hulk or the curious absence of characters like Ant-Man and Hawkeye.
I’m certainly not thinking about whether Steve Rogers survives his intense encounter with the Mad Titan.
No. What I find most intriguing about this trailer is the flashback. The backstory of Marvel’s big bad… Thanos.
It’s widely known to fans that Thanos is considered to be one of the stars of Infinity War. Not just a villain.
“With Infinity War, the biggest new element to the movie is Thanos and the fact that he’s entering the storytelling in a very bold, strong way, to the degree that he’s almost one of the leads. We’ve shaped an interesting narrative around him that in some ways leans heavily on a heist film in the fact that he’s going after the Infinity Stones in a much bolder, successful way than he has in the past. The entire movie has that energy of the bad guy being one step ahead of the heroes. We looked at a lot of movies that had that heist-style energy to them, [and] that brought some inspiration.”
(Anthony Russo, Cinemablend)
But it’s not enough to simply cut from scene to scene watching him steal infinity stones. If that was the case you can plot out the film fairly efficiently.
The movie begins with Thanos invading Xandar to retrive the Power Stone they’ve been (presumably) protecting since the first Guardians of the Galaxy.
Next he intercepts Thor’s ship in a continuation of the post credit scene in Thor: Ragnarok. There, he’ll acquire the Space Stone from Loki and more than likely kill him.
There are pods in the trailer that resemble the ships from the Collector’s base of operations in Knowhere. Is the Reality Stone still there?
Then Earth to retrieve the Mind Stone from Vision’s head and the Time Stone from the aforementioned tortured Doctor. Strange.
For a while the soul stone was rumored to be in Wakanda. That may still be the case but I’m guessing the soul stone has a role to play on that orange-dusty planet where Thanos throws moons like shattered baseballs.
Either way, there’s your skeleton for the film with various Avengers struggling and failing along the way.
BUT we’ve been given repeated hints that there is more to Thanos than his quest to bring balance to the universe. The key question being WHY does he want to bring balance and when did his quest begin.
Our first glimpse of Thanos’ backstory is presented in the second and final(?) trailer for Infinity War. It shows Thanos and his forces conquering Gamora’s home world and depicts the Mad Titan’s first contact with his ‘favorite daughter’.
It also suggests she goes with him willingly.
I’m hoping this isn’t the only flashback and we get a detailed look into the mythology behind the character and why he’s planning on destroying so much.
If much of the movie is focused on him, it also plays a big role in the still untitled Avengers 4. Is all this backstory meant to establish elements that will play a larger role in the final film of Phase 3? Why is this huge for the MCU as a whole? It has the potential to establish the state of the universe as well as several new worlds and species we have yet to discover. Thanos’ backstory could impact every corner of the MCU including the Phase 4 and beyond.
Not much longer until some of the answers arrive!
Infinity War releases worldwide on April 27th.