We knew that Avengers: Infinity War was going to bring together all of our favorite heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe into one massive feature film. It turns out we don't need the movie to get see that, the trailer is huge by itself. The list of Marvel characters who make an appearance in the trailer is massive, but we're going to go through them all. Here's every character that you see or hear in the brand new trailer for Avengers: Infinity War.
The Voice Of Nick Fury
The first character to appear in the trailer doesn't do so on screen. In fact, we never actually see Nick Fury in the trailer at all, but we do hear him. As the trailer opens, showing a planet out in space, we hear Fury recite the first line of a speech that he gave in the original Avengers film. The fact that we don't see him, and that this line of dialogue is probably taken directly from the older film rather than being new is interesting, as he's one of only a few characters that don't have something new to do here, but the fact that we hear his voice would seem to confirm that Nick Fury will be there.
Tony Stark/Iron Man
It wouldn't exactly be an Avengers movie without the man who started the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, now would it? The first face we see in the trailer is that of Robert Downey Jr. We see both Tony Stark and Iron Man several times throughout the trailer. It appears he'll primarily be paling around with Doctor Strange, Wong, and Bruce Banner as we see some combination of those four in multiple shots of the trailer. Based on this first look, however, things are going to get bad for the man in the suit.
Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk
When last we saw The Incredible Hulk he was hanging around in outer space with Thor. While the trailer doesn't reveal what brought him back to Earth, we see that he's literally coming crashing to the ground. Also, he's transformed back into Bruce Banner, something he wasn't even sure he'd be able to do again. We see several shots of Bruce Banner, but the Hulk also makes an appearance near the end of the trailer, showing that the big green guy will be back at some point in Avengers: Infinity War.
Doctor Strange and Wong
What's just about as interesting as what's happening to Bruce Banner, is who finds him upon his crash to Earth. Banner looks up from where he's landed and sees Doctor Strange and Wong standing above him. We know that Doctor Strange likes to keep tabs on people who could be a problem for Earth, and as such he's probably got some sort of psychic push notification that goes off whenever the Hulk is on the planet. Of course, we're guessing that Strange may also have an idea that something even worse is coming, which may actually be the reason he finds Bruce Banner.
Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
The last we saw of Wanda Maximoff she was being broken out of prison by one Captain America at the end of Civil War. She's apparently taken back up with Vision, even though they were on opposite sides in the last film, and whatever relationship they had begun back then appears to have become something more significant. This is about all we see of her in the trailer, so exactly how she'll fit into the larger story is unclear. We can certainly guess the film could be an emotional one for the character considering what we see happen to her other half, and speaking of him...
We learn a great deal about Vision the first time we see him, because he really doesn't look like himself. Instead, he looks like Paul Bettany with something stuck in his forehead. It appears Vision has decided to use his abilities to make himself look more human. Probably a good movie since he's almost certainly hiding Wanda and thus wouldn't want to be recognized himself. Unfortunately, the trailer reveals something that we were afraid was going to happen, as Thanos appears to go after the Infinity Stone that gives Vision his power. One wonders if this will be his last appearance in the MCU.
Our first look at Thor is an unclear one, we only see his back, as Chris Hemsworth's voiceover includes his part of the Nick Fury speech. This shot prevents any spoilers from Thor: Ragnarok from being revealed, though if you watch through to the end you'll certainly get one. This shot appears to be on board the spaceship that was flying the Asgardians to Earth at the end of the most recent MCU film, though that movie's post-credits sequence certainly implied that something was going to happen before they got there. That may be what we're seeing here. We get a couple other brief shots of the Asgardian, but we only seem with other characters once. More on that later.
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
The final line of the speech is delivered by Scarlett Johansson as we get our first look at Black Widow. The first thing that we notice is that her hair color has changed as she's gone blonde. We get to see Black Widow do some fighting later on the trailer, though a few action shots is the extent of what we get. Although, the trailer does imply she'll be reunited with Bruce Banner, so it will be interesting to see what happens with that relationship. How is this movie going to possibly cover all these subplots, is it four hours long?
Following the Marvel Studios logo, we get into the meat of the trailer which starts with Peter Parker apparently on the bus to school. The hair on his arm stands up, which would seem to imply he does have some form of Spider Sense after all. From there we get to see Spider-Man in all his glory, including a brand new suit, which looks to be the one that Tony Stark built for him that he rejected at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. We also see him getting smashed to hell by Thanos.
Another minor spoiler from the events of Thor: Ragnarok. Our first, and only, shot of Loki shows him in possession of the Tesseract, the Infinity Stone previously hidden in Odin's vault. The recent MCU movie implied he had taken and this seems to confirm it. What's less clear is what he's doing with it here. Is he handing it over to Thanos, completing the job he was instructed to do in the original Avengers movie? Is he trying to use its power against some enemy force, and if he is, who exactly is Loki's enemy in this moment, it changes so often with this guy.
And that brings us to the big bad of Avengers: Infinity War. We finally get to see Thanos in all of his glory. While it's not the first time we've seen the Mad Titan in the MCU, the amount that we see him in this trailer comes close to matching his total screen time so far, a couple of post-credits teasers and a small role in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. He certainly looks like everything he's been hyped up to be here. We do see him obtain two of the Infinity Stones, and possibly a third depending on what happens with Vision, putting him well on his way to the complete power he seeks.
It's a blink and you'll miss it moment in the trailer, but we see this character hurling a spear at a guy in the shadows (we'll get to him). This appears to be Proxima Midnight, a member of Thanos' Black Order. She's a fearsome warrior which makes the fact that her target in the shadows seems to easily dodge her attack, and take the spear, impressive. He must be some sort of super soldier to be able to shrug her off like that. If one member of the Black Order is here, we can bet there will be others, though they don't show up in the trailer.
We hear him a few moments before we see him, but the next shot is of Black Panther. He's giving orders like he runs the place, which means the moment probably takes place in Wakanda. Other shots clearly take place there, implying that a significant part of the story will be based there, which in turn implies that the upcoming Black Panther movie could contain a lot of important information that will lead into the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Not the least of which is the person who is apparently hiding out in Wakanda...
Steve Rogers/Captain America
Almost a minute and a half into the trailer we finally get our first look at Steve Rogers. It's not clear if even calling him Captain America is accurate, as he essentially gave up the title when he dropped his shield at the end of Captain America: Civil War. However, it seems that T'Challa will fix that minor oversight as Black Panther orders a shield be made for him. Since the nation is heavy with vibranium, it shouldn't be a problem. It makes sense that Cap is in Wakanda, he needs to hide someplace, and his best friend is there after all.
Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier
The Winter Soldier was put back in suspended animation in Wakanda at the end of Captain America: Civil War until their scientists could find a way to deprogram him. We have no idea whether or not they were successful, but either way, the decision will be made to defrost Bucky Barnes, likely because our heroes will require all the help they can get. We see him at the head of an army of Wakanda soldiers, again showing that some serious stuff is going to go down there.
The trailer is nearing its conclusion when Sam Wilson finally makes an appearance, but he does it with style. Falcon flies in from above guns blazing, literally. Since this is the only shot we get of him in the trailer, except for a group shot later, we have no idea what his story will be since his last appearance. There's a pretty good chance that he will be hiding out wherever Captain America has been as the pair has been pretty inseparable for the last few films. Next to cap is where we see him later, along with a couple other more surprising faces.
James Rhodes/War Machine and Okoye
This massive group shot includes many characters that we've already met, but there are a pair of trailer debuts here as well. First, we see Daini Gurira as Okoye, who makes her MCU debut in Black Panther just a couple of months before Avengers: Infinity War arrives. She's running toward the fight with several more of our heroes, but then, flying in from the top left comes an unexpected face, War Machine. When last we saw James Rhodes he was so injured he was having trouble walking. It seems that he will have recovered to some extent, he may have traveled to Wakanda in order to get some specialized treatment. Though, it's also possible that the War Machine armor is still doing most of the work here.
The Guardians of the Galaxy
Of course, while seeing all these characters together is great, the fact is that we've seen many of them cross paths before. The one group of MCU characters who have never met anybody else are the Guardians of the Galaxy. That changes in the trailer's final moments as we return to Thor, on board a spaceship, with some people he's never met before. Cut to the last shot, the entire Guardians team, including Mantis. They don't get any lines, but really, it's not like they need to say much. Their mere presence says it all. The Avengers will meet the Guardians of the Galaxy and we can't wait to see what happens when they do.