'Avengers: Infinity War' trailer assembles the Marvel Universe, gets the Spidey senses tingling

Gwynne Watkins
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

The Guardians of the Galaxy, Thanos, Loki, and every single Avenger in a single film? This can only mean one thing: war. The trailer for Disney’s supersize sequel Avengers: Infinity War has just landed online, giving fans a first look at the long-awaited confrontation between Marvel’s finest and cosmic warlord Thanos (Josh Brolin). Watch it above.

The action-packed trailer, a version of which premiered at D23 this summer, sets the scene with a quick catch-up voiceover accompanied by images of Earth’s mightiest heroes. “There was an idea…” begins Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

“To bring together a group of remarkable people…,” continues Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr. ).

Wong and Doctor Strange team up with Science Bros Bruce Banner and Tony Stark. (Photo: Marvel Studios)

“To see if we could become something more…,” adds Vision (Paul Bettany, seen in human form keeping house with Elisabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch).

Vision has assumed a human form and has coupled with Scarlet Witch in a nod to the comics. (Photo: Marvel Studios)

“So when they needed us, we could fight the battles…,” says Thor (Chris Hemsworth).

“That they never could,” says the newly blond Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). And with that, the Avengers’ greatest threat arrives.

Black Widow, presumably still on the run since Civil War, has gone blond. (Photo: Marvel Studios)

In a series of quick cuts, we see what they mean. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has the Tesseract, the Infinity Stone that got him into so much trouble in the first Avengers film (which he apparently purloined from Odin’s trophy room during Ragnarok). Even worse: Thanos has the Infinity Gauntlet, and if he manages to collect every stone, he could have unlimited power over the universe itself.

Thanos has two gems in his Infinity Gauntlet. The red represents the Reality Stone, last spotted in the Collector’s possession at the end of Thor: The Dark World, while the blue is the Space Stone.   (Photo: Marvel Studios)
Loki appears to offer the Tesseract, aka the Space Stone, to Thanos. (Photo: Marvel Studios)
Thanos plucks the Mind Stone from Vision’s forehead, perhaps spelling doom for the android Avenger and giving Thanos three of the five gems for his gauntlet. (Photo: Marvel Studios)

Time for the Avengers to assemble. Among those seen in the trailer are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), a bearded, shield-less Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), the defrosted Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), War Machine (Don Cheadle) back in flight following his debilitating accident, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and a newly costumed Spider-Man (Tom Holland, still on loan from Sony), whose Spidey sense literally tingles in the trailer.

Peter Parker’s spider sense is tingling ahead of Thanos’s arrival on Earth. (Photo: Marvel Studios)
Iron Man in his Hulkbuster suit. (Photo: Marvel Studios)
Cap, Bucky, Black Widow, War Machine, Hulk, Falcon, Okoye, and Black Panther lead Wakanda on the attack. (Photo: Marvel Studios)

The 2-minute, 24-second video ends with the shaken-up, one-eyed Thor, who seems to have arrived directly from the closing credits of Thor: Ragnarok, meeting-cute with the Guardians of the Galaxy. “Who the hell are you guys?” he asks Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), young Groot (Vin Diesel), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff).

One-eyed Thor meets the Guardians of the Galaxy. (Photo: Marvel Studios)

(Notably MIA from the trailer are Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, and Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp.)

The trailer teases an epic battle (with Thanos ripping an Infinity Stone from Vision’s head and beating up on Spider-Man and Iron Man) — but not the final battle. As Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently told Vanity Fair, the grand Avengers “finale” will take place in the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4, slated for May 2019.

Spider-Man in his new “Iron Spider” suit (Photo: Marvel Studios)

“There will be two distinct periods,” Feige said of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.”

Avengers: Infinity War opens May 4, 2018.

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