The wait is over. Our first look at the terror and carnage caused by Thanos, the Mad Titan (Josh Brolin), is here. Marvel Studios has dropped the first official trailer for Joe and Anthony Russo's Avengers: Infinity War, a massive comic-book team up event that's storming theaters next summer. Watch it... now!
This has been a long time in the making. Marvel fans will recall that Thanos was originally teased at the end of Joss Whedon's first The Avengers, as the master manipulator behind Loki's planet-conquering scheme. Since then, Marvel has threaded the Mad Titan through its Guardians of the Galaxy films, as well as the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. But the payoff will be in theaters on May 4, 2018, when Thanos launches Avengers: Infinity War thanks to his quest for the all-powerful Infinity Stones.
There are several other dangling MCU plot threads that need to be addressed in Avengers: Infinity War, and this first footage seems to address a few of them. It will be a massive moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy leave their corner of the MCU to interact with the earthbound Avengers -- from Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). And when last we left the team, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) was basically the lone member of a broken Avengers unit. How will they all unite?
I screamed out loud numerous times during that trailer. How is that possible? The first amazing look at the Iron Spider costume. Black Panther telling his Wakanada generals to "get that man a shield" -- referring to Captain America (Chris Evans). And that capper, of Chris Hemsworth's Thor asking who the Guardians of the Galaxy are? It's all so damn incredible!
There's also just the full land total rush of seeing all of these Marvel heroes together for the first time on screen. There's a screen grab from the trailer of Tony Stark, Stephen Strange, Bruce Banner and Wong together, and it's the flawless melding of so many MCU worlds that it's still unbelievable that Marvel Studios makes it look effortless.
The next Marvel Cinematic Universe movie will be Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, due in theaters in February. Then the decks clear for Avengers: Infinity War, which storms theaters on May 4, 2018. Have you bookmarked our Upcoming Marvel Movies Guide yet? It's a helpful resource as we work our way to the end of Phase Three, and beyond.