Since debuting in 2012's The Avengers, we haven't really seen much of Thanos (Josh Brolin) doing anything more in the Marvel Cinematic Universe than ordering people around. Then came the first Avengers: Infinity War trailer, where we see him not just talking the talk, but walking the walk in his search for the Infinity Stones.
Thanos, despite having his Black Order and other alien foot-soldiers, is finally seen getting his hands dirty In addition to beating down an upgraded Spider-Man (Tom Holland), we also see him engaging none other than the poster-boy of the MCU, Iron Man. This leads us to question if the trailer actually spoils the final fight of the film!
In the Infinity Gauntlet comics, Thanos invited a wave of superheroes to fight him for the soul of the universe, and one by one they fell. Thor, Spider-Man, Vision and Iron Man were among the many to submit to the Mad Titan's rampage. Captain America was the last to offer resistance, and even he swiftly and literally dying at Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet-clad hand. This scene seems to have a counterpart in the trailer, albeit with Iron Man standing (or facing) in Captain America's place.
In the new trailer, the Avengers are seen all over the world, taking on various members of Thanos army, evidenced by a new-look Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and the Wakandan resistance. We see Thanos arriving under a dark cloud, clearly enjoying the havoc he's wreaking. The only heroes we see him engage with, however, are Spider-Man, who he seems to dispatch easily, and Iron Man, who he seems to take extra delight in beating down, admitting that his sadistic manner of restoring balance in the universe "puts a smile on my face."
The trailer sets the tone early on for Iron Man's possible fate. There's a shot of Stark holding a hand, around the 0:05 mark, which seems to be someone else's, and he's clearly distraught. This has fans speculating whether it's Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) Tony is clinging to as one of Thanos' potential casualties.
Thanos' confrontation with Iron Man doesn't look too optimistic for the Avenger. Around 1:50, Thanos, Gauntlet on the left hand, clocks Iron Man with a right hook, knocking him cold to the ground, emphasizing that he's so powerful, he may not even need the Gauntlet to take down Earth's Mightiest Heroes. This also hints that Stark's vision of death in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he's the last man standing, will be brought to life.
While the order of Thanos' assaults to gather the Stones, and the areas he attacks, whether cosmic or Earth-centric, are still being pieced together -- it is just a trailer, after all -- one thing is clear: Thanos isn't coming to Earth to play games. He's on course to get the six Stones he believes is rightfully is, and doesn't care who he has to injure, maim or kill in order to achieve his goal.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film opens May 4, 2018.