Thanos has arrived: Breaking down every frame of the 'Avengers: Infinity War' trailer
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There's a lot to digest from the first trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War so let's get into it.
Does that opening monologue sound familiar? You might remember the Nick Fury quote from the end of The Avengers. This time it's being read by Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Paul Bettany's Vision and Chris Hemsworth as Thor.
We move to Wong and Doctor Strange standing over Bruce Banner, who looks as if he's just crashed through a ceiling as Hulk.
Next we see Vision looking a lot more like Bettany, having a moment with Scarlet Witch. Marvel made sure to light up his infinity stone to remind us exactly who he is.
Thor peers out a porthole in what could be his sort of safety raft ship from the conclusion of Thor: Ragnarok.
We jump to Wakanda, home of Black Panther, to see Banner working on a new version of the Hulkbuster armor alongside Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow.
Having presumably just reunited with Banner in New York, Stark leaves Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum in a state of panic as he reacts to some sort of commotion.
We get a nice instance of Peter Parker's spidey sense going off as he and his classmates witness what I'd guess is the arrival of Thanos.
Next we see someone stepping over corpses. This could be Loki, who we next see offering up the Tesseract/ space Stone, presumably to Thanos. This also confirms whether or not Loki actually stole the stone when we see him gazing at it in Thor: Ragnarok.
We get our first real shot of the Mad Titan, but it doesn't look like he's arriving on earth. It *does* look pretty war-torn so who knows?
We get our first shots of Spider-Man in his Iron Spider Armor as he jumps around on the large spinning gate in New York.
In one of the more intriguing shots of the trailer, we see Thor straining to either activate some sort of giant machine or hold it together. Maybe he's trying to reunite with Mjolnir somehow.
We see Proxima Midnight, one of Thanos' minions and a member of the Black Order, chuck her spear at Captain America, who is decked out in a new suit.
Sticking with Cap, we see T'Challa demanding someone to "get this man a shield." It makes sense considering T'Challa harbored Bucky, the Winter Soldier, in Wakanda. Cap's shield is also made of Vibranium, which is almost exclusively found in Wakanda.
A bearded Cap walks out of the shadows to the surprise of Scarlet Witch.
We get a shot of the new and improved Hulkbuster armor making a cool superhero landing somewhere in Wakanda.
Next we get a quick shot of Black Widow stabbing someone with a spear. It could be Corvus Glaive, another member of the Black Order.
We see Strange using some magic as he looks skyward. He's also still in possession of the time stone in his amulet, the Eye of Agamotto.
We then see some massive landing ships crashing to earth. This seems to be Wakanda because in the next scene we see Cap and Black Panther duking it out with some wild looking aliens.
We get a quick action shot of Thanos as he choke-slams Spidey to the ground in what I'm assuming is their first interaction.
We see Stark looking very emotional with destruction all around him. Maybe he's leaning over someone who just kicked the bucket?
Next we see Corvus Glaive presumably trying to extract the mind stone from Vision. Bad news.
We get a voiceover from Thanos teasing his intentions: "Fun isn't something one considers when balancing the universe. But this does put a smile on my face."
If you go back to the source material, you'll remember that Thanos' chief motivation is to impress Death herself by destroying half of all life in the universe. This could be the balancing he's referring to.
We see Thanos adding the space stone to his Infinity Gauntlet, which seems to confirm Loki handing it over to him earlier. We see the purple power stone is already locked in, meaning he's somehow already stolen it from the Nova Corps. So basically the entire plot of "Guardians of the Galaxy" was just undone.
We assume the red reality stone is still in the possession of The Collector, played by Benicio Del Toro. That leaves the soul stone MIA.
Thanos slugs Iron Man with his non-gauntlet fist sending him crashing to the ground.
Next we see a battle on Wakanda featuring Black Panther, Cap, Bucky, Falcon and the Hulkbuster. T'Challa leads his army against the alien force.
The climax is a quick ensemble shot of Cap, T'Challa, Black Widow, Bucky and Okeye charging into battle with Wakanda in the background. This is also the only shot we see of Hulk and War Machine. Bad sign?
Finally, we have a quick scene of Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy. According to chatter from SDCC, this might be a sort of rescue as the Guardians find Thor floating in space after his ship was attacked by Thanos. At the very end of Thor: Ragnarok we see the appearance of Thanos' massive ship the Sanctuary II. We also see a larger teenage Groot, who we first saw in the sequel to Guardians.
Welp, a lot to process there. Are you excited? Happy? Sad? Let us know in the comments.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018.