Marvel’s massive Phase Three announcement at Disney’s El Capitan theater was BIG on theatrics, but SMALL on actual footage. Like a lot of what Marvel does, the presentation had to do with the reveal of titles and release dates, but no real video representation of what the studio has in store… except for the incredible trailer they cut together for the upcoming, two-part Avengers: Infinity War saga. Watch a copy of the trailer below, while you still can:



Much like Marvel’s Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, this reel is a walk down memory lane, reminding fans of all the amazing things Marvel has accomplished to this date. With Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury narrating, the studio ticks off all of the Infinity Stones (the name being used in the MCU), telling us where they were first seen – starting with the Tesseract from The Avengers -- and showing us where they are going to end up. More on that in a second, but in the montage, we see scenes of the Aether from Thor: The Dark World:

Aether

We see Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) holding Loki’s staff, which contains an unconfirmed, colored Infinity Stone.

Loki’s staff

We see The Orb, obtained by the Guardians of the Galaxy and turned in to the Nova Corps:

Orb

And finally, we get the payoff. The Infinity Stones placed in the Infinity Gauntlet, which is worn by the mighty Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Thanos

If it feels like it has been taking a very long time to reach the point where Thanos wears the Infinity Gauntlet and wages what will be known as Infinity War on the Avengers… well, you’re right. By the time the two-part Avengers films conclude the Infinity War in May 2019, Marvel will be nearly 20 movies – and three phases – deep into its massive Cinematic Universe. Our on-screen heroes will have endured a Civil War, and multiple other dangers in their standalone movies. We’ll need a new storyline to anticipate in Marvel’s future. But for now, this is how the studio teased fans of Thanos’ arrival. What do you think?

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