By Chris Campo
Until Tom Holland eventually spoils the entire movie, us non-SDCC-attendees finally have something to chew on when it comes to the third Avengers film, in the form of a full length trailer. It's pretty hard not to be blown away by the simple fact that this movie exists. It's mind-boggling. It's been 10 damn years since the first Iron Man, and what a long but worthwhile journey for us fans it's been. The trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, I think, does a mostly great job of culminating 10 years worth of hype. It's a good trailer, there's some moments I didn't like, but this still got me very excited for summer 2018.
The first thing I want to mention is something that does in fact worry me, and that's the scale of this film. My favorite moments of the other two Avengers films are the smaller moments. The crew all trying to lift Thor's hammer in Ultron is in my top 5 scenes in the whole franchise, and I will defend Hawkeye's homecoming scene until the day I die. Judging from this trailer, the film will have to be 9 hours long to fit those type of moments. We're going to New York, Wakanda, Space, and probably more places in this film, and each one probably has a big action scene associated with it. There's so much going on, it's hard not to wonder how they are going to find the time for character moments.
Similar to that point, will the Avengers even be together in this movie? Or are they all scattered? We don't really get a shot or tease for a scene with the whole team. Isn't that what we want to see? Are they saving it for the final film? Or waiting for Tom Holland to spoil it? The final shot of the trailer, where Cap, Bucky, Black Panther and company are running towards camera was cool and all, but is that supposed to be the film's big hero splash-page shot? For the end of an Avengers 3 trailer, it didn't get me that excited.
My favorite moment of the trailer, hands down, is the opening, where different characters quote Nick Fury, and the awesome Avengers theme roars. I never understood the hate for the Marvel film's music. The Avengers theme is a damn classic. This opening was almost everything I needed in this trailer. The visual of Tony grieving alone gave me chills. Other highlights for the trailer for me were Loki with the Tesseract, Black Panther requesting someone get Cap a shield, and Thanos' line "fun isn't something one considers when balancing the universe, but this does put a smile on my face." What a damn good line. Thanos looks great too, might I add. I really hope he steps up as the best Marvel villain to date.
While there's no mention of Ant-man, I loved seeing the inclusion of other heroes yet to be in an Avengers film. I will go on record saying I hated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (it's in my bottom 10 of this year), however I still loved the first film and the characters that film introduces, and it's hard not to smile seeing them meet a familiar face in Thor. I do hope they actually do something in this film though, and don't serve as an extended cameo. I want a full blown conversation with Tony Stark and Rocket, dammit! Adding to that, everything in Wakanda and Black Panther related looks great, and it looks to play a huge part in the story of the film.
And as the resident Spider-Man fan of not only DCM, but of the world, yes, we have to talk about Spider-man. I still get emotional trying to comprehend the fact Spidey is actually in this film, let alone this universe. Tom Holland is going to kill it once again. Spider-Man's presence in this film has me excited, but I'm not losing my mind like I did after the Civil War trailer. I love the fact that we see spider sense, but damn... the Iron Spider suit looks like shit. I really hope Thanos breaks it, or he loses it, or something. I hate it. That's not what Spider-Man should look like, I'm sorry. I know Peter won't have a huge presence in this film, but I do hope his arc with that suit comes to an end.
So yeah, there's a lot to love in this trailer, but I'm not losing my mind just yet. I don't want to watch any more trailers for this film, but I know I will, so here's hoping the next one jacks me up as much as I wish this one did. I didn't mention the tone, but I like the darker tone this trailer teases. Not for one second do I think this film will be as dark as, say, a DC movie, but it works for the trailer. This isn't the greatest trailer ever, but I still liked most of what I saw, and I am still eagerly awaiting May 4th (JACK NOTE: April 25th in Australia). Now, I must go watch the original Avengers, because i'm just in that type of mood.
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