With an online tease and a 30-second TV spot, fans learned today that the long wait for the second Avengers: Infinity War trailer is nearly over. The new footage arrives tomorrow, three and a half months after the teaser trailer, and 42 days before the worldwide premiere of the Marvel Studios film. But the question remains: When tomorrow?
To call Infinity War "highly anticipated" would be a gross understatement. Arriving on the heels of the blockbuster Black Panther, which has already earned $1.1 billion worldwide, smashing numerous box-office records along the way, the Avengers sequel is actually expected outperform the Ryan Coogler film. Therefore, we might expect fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to obsessively check their phones or computers on Friday, anxiously awaiting the trailer's debut.
We typically might expect the premiere of new footage from a Marvel Studios release on ABC's Good Morning America or Jimmy Kimmel Live, as Disney enjoys that kind of corporate synergy. However, there's no indication that either television show will host the debut; there's no mention of Infinity War (or anything, for that matter) on the GMA tickets site, and Friday's episode of Kimmel is a rerun featuring Lionel Ritchie.
With those two options eliminated, we can look to today's tease for a significant clue: It was released at noon ET/9 a.m. PT, and the Infinity War trailer, in all likelihood, will fall at the same time on Friday. That would ensure the premiere is seen by a wide audience, and considering it will probably end with the announcement that advance tickets have gone on sale, the timing is just about ideal.
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 27.