The first official trailer for Avengers: Infinity War dropped today, and while the world was busy picking apart every last frame in search of answers, the lifecycle of the internet took hold and the something beautiful began to happen – reactions were being born. Every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to this moment, so it’s only natural that things got vocal. Within moments, Facebook and Twitter were awash with photoshops and side-by-side comparisons breaking down every second of the trailer that teases Thanos’ arrival on Earth.
Naturally, the heroes of Earth aren’t prepared for the alien conqueror’s arrival, much like the unsuspecting internet wasn’t ready for this sudden invasion of hot takes. Thanos was a major of point of criticism today, his CGI visage being likened to all manner of celebrities. Predictably, some reactions became highly referential, harkening back to other moments of internet infamy. The well-being of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man seems to have turned into a source of paternal concern for some, but we’ll get there.
After all, you could shuffle through social media on your own, but that sounds like a lot of work, and you've got things to do. So, sit back. We’ve sifted through the chaff to find the funniest, most incisive Avengers: Infinity War reactions you need to cap off your trailer-viewing experience. But proceed with caution! You may never look at Thanos’ face the same way again…
Ok since this #thanos artwork gone viral again due to #InfinityWar trailer, and mostly not directly from my acc, i post it here again. #Marvel #AvengersInfinityWar #Avengers pic.twitter.com/b7QHQ0jEi6— roshfaizal (@roshfaizal) November 30, 2017
At first, this image looks to be nothing more than a glorious, Infinity Stone-dropping Thanos with some snazzy sunglasses and a cocky pose. The meme-literate among us, though, will see that it’s actually a reference to an infamous Instagram video – Salt Bae. Much like Thanos is poised to cut through Avengers like hot butter, Turkish chef Nusret Gokce became an internet phenomenon in January of 2017 when a video of him carving a steak and generously sprinkling it with salt went viral.
While Thanos doesn’t look very much like Gokce, both have displayed a mastery over their particular craft. If only Thanos were coming to Earth to cook a nice steak…
You're Not Gonna Get a Better Conquering Deal Anywhere Else
Sadly, Thanos isn’t coming to Earth to cook anything for anyone. He’s coming to collect the reality-altering Infinity Stones, seemingly so that he can bring “balance” to the universe. In the comics, that meant eradicating half of all life to appease Death itself. That’s a pretty hard bargain for Earth, which is seemingly why one Twitter user likened Thanos’ raw deal to the unflinching business tactics of Rick Harrison, star of the History channel’s Pawn Stars.
The similarities are startling. Thanos has been at work on his master plan with his Black Order for almost ten years. Every world he has conquered has had a story and a price. One thing’s for sure, you never which superhero is gonna walk through the door and try to stop you.
Thanos, the Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon’s connection to The Avengers film series was, at one time, absolute. In 2012, The Avengers knocked everyone’s socks off. It was the first time the MCU’s heroes came together to fend off a truly world-ending threat. Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 didn’t quite net the same acclaim, prompting Disney and Whedon to go their separate ways.
Now, though, some eagle-eyed fans have noticed a… similarity. Maybe Thanos doesn’t look like the Pawn Stars guy, but rather… no, it couldn’t be. No, no, no. That would be too weird. But when you squint…
A Harmless Hobby Gone Terribly Wrong
Thanos is a big, powerful guy. He is a superpowered Eternal after all, an ancient race of beings native to one of the many moons of Saturn. While much of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer is focused on Thanos smug gaze and sinister intentions, he throws down with Iron Man in one scene and quickly sends ol’ Tony Stark for a dirt nap.
The scene doesn’t offer much of a background for the fight, but one Facebook user theorized a potential conversation that led to the bout. Yes, it's all about Thanos' weird CGI face that seems to have changed radically since his debut in The Avengers.
A Study in Superheroes
Movie studios are always looking for big, marquee names to sell their upcoming projects. A big name means brand recognition, which can turn into a massive spike in ticket sales. Of course, actors aren’t just sitting around, waiting for Disney to call. They’re always, always working on projects both big and small.
For example, Benedict Cumberbatch became a household name on Sherlock, playing the eponymous detective Sherlock Holmes. Robert Downey Jr. already enjoyed an expansive filmography before kicking off the MCU with Iron Man, but has played lots of roles since his superhero-fueled comeback, like… Sherlock Holmes… in 2009’s Sherlock Holmes. Huh. Anyone else in the MCU got an Arthur Conan Doyle-related confession they’d like to make? J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement, anyone? No?
If the Avengers: Infinity War memes today have taught us one, salient thing, it is this: People think Thanos’ face looks weird. When the Mad Titan cameoed in The Avengers’ mid-credits scene back in 2012, he was a dark, growling thing made of hate and lust for space conquering.
The Thanos depicted in the new trailer looks good enough, but there are plenty who think his CGI needed another pass. The disappointment of receiving something that isn’t quite what you ordered is an evergreen one and endlessly relatable. Black light posters. High school. Enough said.
Hey, Kid, You Wanna See a Spider-Man?
thanos: i will kill u, spider-man... wait who tf are u-— dar-ell (@caroldnvers) November 29, 2017
me, in disguise, ready to die instead of my son: pic.twitter.com/5axf06iLji
Disney doesn’t even own the movie rights to Spider-Man, but Tom Holland’s portrayal of the web-slinger has already made him one of the MCU’s most beloved stars. Some adore Holland’s Spider-Man so much that they’ve become kind of paternal about his well-being. So, when an imperiled Spider-Man showed up in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, things got heated.
One Twitter user even suggested he could take Holland’s place so that his character wouldn’t have to go into battle. It was a noble gesture, but this replacement Web-Head’s secret identity seems a little obvious. Besides, you don’t want an It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia-era Danny DeVito crawling your walls. That’s just a recipe for disaster.