After weeks of anticipation, and more than a few red herrings, Marvel Studios finally debuted the second full-length trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, unleashing a torrent of new, fan-pleasing footage, and answering some questions while raising plenty more.
For instance, we now have a pretty good idea of how (most of) the Guardians of the Galaxy meet Iron Man, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, even if we’re a little hazy about where. And we likely know when, and why, Bruce Banner transforms into the Incredible Hulk, despite his concerns that he may not be able to turn back. But that’s only for starters.
Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot to unpack from the more than two minutes of footage, so let’s get started with the highlights.
Is Gamora Key to Defeating Thanos?
Zoe Saldana’s Gamora provides the introduction to the trailer, swiftly establishing Thanos’ longtime goal: “to wipe out half of the universe.” But the Guardian of the Galaxy goes further, setting up what happens if he gathers all six Infinity Stones, a thread that’s run through the past six years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and culminates in Infinity War. It’s a solid primer for any viewers who haven’t been paying attention, but it also raises a question: How important is Gamora to stopping the Mad Titan?
As one of Thanos’ adoptive daughters, she obviously knows him better than just about anyone. And, as we see later in this trailer, the film will take us back to their first meeting, presumably hammering home their special connection and shared pasts.
‘Tell Me His Name Again’
Sly editing juxtaposes Gamora’s warning with Tony Stark’s statement, “Tell me his name again,” but the two characters are in different locations. Robert Downey Jr.’s billionaire playboy-superhero is in Doctor Strange’s New York Sanctum, which suggests it’s Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) who fills him in on the threat posed by Thanos.
As you may recall from the teaser trailer released in November, Banner falls through the roof of the Sanctum, presumably following the encounter with Thanos’ massive vessel in the mid-credits scene of Thor: Ragnarok. Whatever occurred there, we know it sent Banner flying back to Earth, and Chris Hemsworth’s thunder god into the waiting arms of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Ruffalo has said that “Banner knows more about Thanos than probably anybody,” but the question is, when did he accumulate that knowledge — from his time on Sakaar, or as a result of a battle waged in space?
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