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The MCU, to date, has all built to this. Joe and Anthony Russo's Avengers: Infinity War finally brings Thanos (Josh Brolin) to Earth on his quest to retrieve the Infinity Stones. Standing in his way? Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Marvel fans around the globe have been begging the studio for a trailer for next summer's event picture. Now, it's coming, and this hype video will get you prepared for the glory:
Marvel Studios takes the "fan reaction" concept to new heights in this hype video by showing passionate fans from all around the world watching previous Marvel trailers dating back to the original Iron Man and stretching through the debut of the Black Panther clip. Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok was the 17th movie in the MCU, and by the time this current phase comes to a conclusion in Avengers 4, we will have seen 22 total Marvel movies -- though the studio says they have 20 more planned, at least, for the future.
What do we hope to see in the first Avengers: Infinity War trailer? The might of Thanos (Josh Brolin). We have discussed, at length, over the years the fact that the MCU has a bit of a villain problem, and Infinity War needs an adversary who's staggering enough to warrant the reunion of the full Marvel lineup. Otherwise, powers like The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Drax (Dave Bautista), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and even Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) could easily disperse with Thanos and his crew. The stakes have to be raised, and I hope the trailer sells that.
Beyond that, this will be Marvel fans' first opportunity to catch up with a number of key heroes who they left in precarious positions in previous films. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is off the grid, having given up his shield for the benefit of his best friend. Promo art also reveals that Captain America sports a beard, while Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) has lovely blonde locks now. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is back to being a high-schooler, though the footage that Marvel brought to D23 and Comic-Con showed Spidey in that Iron Spider suit from the end of Homecoming. And how will Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) feel about his first trip back "home" to Earth? We might know more tomorrow.
Avengers: Infinity War is racing toward a May 4, 2018 release date. We're all still very curious how that movie will end. Will it be a cliffhanger that leads into Avengers 4? Are the movies not connected in the least? Peruse our Upcoming Marvel Movies guide in the meantime, and be back here tomorrow for the trailer, and the best analysis on the web.