The trailer for Avengers: Infinity War (and its priceless Internet reactions) landed on November 29, 2017, and proceeded to break the internet harder than Vision did in Age of Ultron. Infinity War is easily the most anticipated movie in superhero film history, and that hype will likely only be bested by its own sequel, the still-unnamed Avengers movie set to hit in 2019. When Infinity War arrives in theaters in May 2018, it will mark the beginning of the end for the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a true culmination for the remarkable world that Marvel Studios has built.
Even long-time comic book readers may feel like they have all the answers, but the MCU has had plenty of twists and turns that surprised even the most veteran of fans, and Infinity War will likely be no different. Either way, speculation is fun, so the trailer presents an excellent opportunity to list out everything we know about Avengers: Infinity War thus far.
Originally, the third Avengers film was known as Infinity War: Part I, but it has since been decided that the sequel will hold a title all its own and that each film will be a complete story in and of itself. However, it’s no secret that the two films are essentially a two-part epic blockbuster, and the confusion over the titling has done nothing to discourage the hype.
When the first trailer arrived on November 29, 2017, it set the internet aflame and quickly broke the record for most views in its first 24 hours.
The Russo brothers, directors of Infinity War, once joked that their film was going to contain 62 Marvel characters, but that actually doesn't appear to be much of a hyperbolic statement. Almost every single superpowered protagonist in the MCU is scheduled to appear, including all of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy heroes.
Notably absent will be the characters from Marvel’s Netflix series, along with anything related to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
For once, the villain of a Marvel movie may end up being its central character. The main thrust of the Infinity War plot will feature legendary comic book antagonist Thanos and his quest to obtain all six of the Infinity Stones – artifacts that lend their users incredible abilities and power. Thanos has tried this trick a number of times in the comics and famously succeeded in the epic Infinity Gauntlet.
Thanos is supremely powerful, the deadliest villain yet in the MCU. If his comic book history is anything to go by, he’s more than a match for any of the current heroes in a one-on-one situation.
At the front of the Infinity War trailer is a seemingly broken Tony Stark. As the original face of the MCU, it surely hurts fans to see the character in pain, making this trailer quite emotional at times. Other than a devastating punch by Thanos, fans don't really get to see what happens to the wise-cracking billionaire. Judging by the tone, however, the outlook appears pretty bleak.