Our first official look at Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has arrived, eleven months (!) before the film hits theaters. We get an irrepressibly charming Chris Hemsworth smashing toys that displease him, but not much new beyond that:
Hemsworth’s mocking of Hawkeye’s “Berlin techno rave” outfit, passive-aggressive cheerfulness, and wanton destruction of the Avengers toys (while sparing Bucky & Sam, and holding new best friend The Hulk close to his giant pecs) makes for a delightful clip. It’s a nice reminder of how fun Marvel films can be on their best days.
Still, those looking for clues don’t get much to hang onto. There’s a quick glimpse of a hand (presumably Thanos’s) slipping into the Infinity Gauntlet. There’s an interview with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt, and Tom Holland in front of a green screen. But we’re still too early for new footage or details. Anthony Russo mentions that “Tony senses this greater threat approaching, and so he is doing everything in his power” to protect the earth. This could mean nothing. Or it could suggest that the start of the movie will be more Iron-Man centric than most (which… eh).
Still, it’s interesting to see how Marvel’s choosing to frame the culmination of their first phase. Kevin Feige also really tries to sell Thanos as the film’s big bad. he’s billed as the “biggest, best, baddest villain [Marvel] has ever had, and the most frightening villain the Avengers have ever faced.” It’ll be an important test for Infinity War. Marvel films often tend to live or die based on their quality of their villains, and have done better when the conflict is more personal. This is a movie with a HUGE cast and a cosmic villain. It will be interesting to see if the Russo Brothers can keep things coherent and grounded.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. It will be directed by Joe & Anthony Russo and will star nearly everyone who has ever been tangentially related to the Marvel Universe.