As I’m sure a lot of you know, Disney is holding its annual convention right now. It’s titled D23 and it’s basically a gigantic hype-fest for everything Disney related, which means Star Wars, Pixar, Disney’s own films and of course, Marvel Studios. The initial filming of next year’s Avengers: Infinity War has just wrapped filming and in 2017 we typically get a teaser trailer (or two) before a film even wraps filming so the fact that there hasn’t been any footage of Infinity War has really only built the suspense for it. So, the people who where lucky enough to go to D23 got to see the first actual footage from Infinity War and the word is that it got a standing ovation:
So, while phones were confiscated before the footage was screened (to avoid the leaked footage that has plagued events like this in the past), people’s memories weren’t wiped (yet) and descriptions of the footage have been leaking out ever since. We scoured the interwebs to find the most credible description and seemed to have found it. So, take this with a grain of salt as it still could be completely made up by a person with literally no reason to live, but it seems like it’s the real deal. So, if you are the type of person that likes to avoid all trailers for films they like, again, this contains SPOILERS. So, without further nonsense, let’s get into it!
This comes from a post on Gizmodo:
“The footage began with probably a two-minute intro of footage from the first several movies, all focusing on the Infinity Stones we’ve seen so far. Then, the Marvel Studios logo, and on to the new stuff.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are flying around. “Put on your mean faces,” Star-Lord says, because he expects something nasty. There has been crazy destruction, and then a body smashes up against their ship. “Get it away,” Rocket says. They bring the body in and it’s Thor. (Spoilers for Ragnarok, we guess?) Mantis wakes him up and Thor jumps up and exclaims “Who the hell are you guys?”
Next we see the Guardians with Thor, flying to another planet, and when they arrive—again, it’s just massive destruction again. They all know something is very wrong.
Cut to Earth. Scarlet Witch is moving around some cars or something and a female voiceover says “Death follows him like a shadow.” Loki emerges and presents the Tesseract to someone who is taller than him.
Cut to Queens and the hairs on the arm of a young Peter Parker stand up on end. He turns around in fear and we see a ship flying toward a planet we assume is Earth. “We have one advantage,” Tony Stark says. “He’s coming to us.” As the ship crashes, we see Mantis, Iron Man, Star-Lord, Doctor Strange, and a few others characters in total shock.
“Fun really isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe,” a voice says. Gamora turns around in total horror. “But this puts a smile on my face.” Star-Lord: “Oh no.” And out of a black hole emerges the purple madman, Thanos.
A fight begins. Doctor Strange is putting down platforms and Star-Lord is jumping off them, shooting his guns. Cut to Spider-Man, in his new suit revealed at the end of Homecoming, jumping through the air. A shot of Vision behind bars. A shot of a Wakandan army which includes Bucky. Captain America comes out of shadows with a full beard. Black Widow is shown with blonde hair. Iron Man has new, very sleek armor. Someone is using the Hulkbuster armor. Just a huge montage of shots.
Peter Parker is on the ground very hurt. “I’m sorry Tony,” he says behind tears with Iron Man holding his head. Thanos grabs Thor’s head and squeezes. Then Thanos, in the heat of battle with the Infinity Gauntlet on his hand, uses the power of the two stones he has (Purple and Blue, I think) to grab a moon. He starts to drag it toward whatever planet everyone is standing on. The debris starts to fly and… cut to title card.”
While it’s sort of hard to read as it’s written as if the person was typing it as they watched it (stenographer style) it still is a goosebump creator. Wow. Over ten year’s worth of movies leads to something that sounds so amazing. It sounds like it’s bringing together every Marvel (movie) character and is going to pay off the ten-plus years of films that we’ve all fallen in love with. While a lot of people are hoping that some of the TV/Netflix characters get incorporated into the story, you’d have to think that they would at least address it in their shows a lot like comics all address major events from their perspective while not necessarily always also being included in the main storyline. Marvel Studios and it’s master, Kevin Feige, are very in tuned with what their fans are saying and what they want so they have to know that fans of the shows (especially) are pining for a pay-off of their own. The issue with the TV/Netflix shows stems from the fact that the TV arm of Marvel Studios is a completely different (almost) company than the film arm. There were stories going around that Feige and the head of the TV/Comic arm Ike Perlmutter were essentially frenemies and that their rivalry was what was causing issues with any cross-overs between the two branches, on top of that television shows are written long before they’re filmed and obviously filming a TV show takes a lot longer than a movie, so logistically it’s hard enough to ensure everything happens at the same time, before you get into egos and internal strife. Luckily, it was announced over a year ago that Feige no-longer had to work with Perlmutter and a lot of people thought that that would lead to more interaction between the films and shows. While that hasn’t happened yet, if there was a reason or opportunity to introduce some of the TV characters (back) into the films, it’s Infinity War. One has to think that if you have someone as powerful as Black Bolt, who is the King of the Inhumans (as movie/show hybrid that is debuting this fall), that the movies wouldn’t be able to ignore going to him for help when Thanos is essentially wrecking every shop possible. Outside of that though, it’s hard to nitpick and complain about something that sounds this amazing.
So, the typical pattern for situations like this is you get the description of the trailer, which piques people’s interest and creates/builds hype, then Marvel releases the footage/trailer a day or two after.