Well, here it is, the movie the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building towards since the release of Iron Man in 2008. Following the teaser trailer that was released at San Diego Comic-Con that left hall H attendees cheering/crying in sheer nerd nirvana, the anticipation for Avengers: Infinity War is at an all-time high. With such a growing around the release of the film, fans are clamoring for any information they can get on the most hyped Marvel movie of all time. Marvel has yet to officially release the trailer online, but many diehard fans have scoured the internet for pirated versions (not recommended) and written breakdowns to gather what little information they can on the movie. With a release date of May 4, 2018, the third Avengers movie is a long way off, but that won’t stop us from joyfully speculating about what the Infinity War will possibly entail.
15 Spider-Man will wear that fancy new suit from Homecoming
Remember that sleek and shiny Iron Spider suit that Peter Parker refused to wear in the final moments of Spider-Man: Homecoming? It turns out that Peter’s reluctance to don it won’t last long. In the trailer released at San Diego Comic Con, Spider-Man can be seen in battle wearing the upgraded tech suit.
It’s clear that the battle with Thanos will be the most brutal the Avengers have encountered to date, so it’s no surprise that Peter might need a little extra help protecting himself from the cosmic forces of Thanos. Despite the upgraded abilities the Iron Spider suit provides, there is a brief moment in the trailer that shows Peter significantly battered and beaten. Lets hope Peter Parker—and his awesome Iron Spider suit—will make it out of Avengers: Infinity War in one piece.
14 There will be major losses
Infinity Gauntlet, the story that inspired Avengers: Infinity War, is one of the most revered Marvel comic book series of all time. Nearly every character in Marvel’s endless roster made their way into space to do battle with the Mad Titan Thanos. While many heroes were able to survive the battle, many, unfortunately, didn’t make it back home.
During the battle, Marvel didn’t simply kill off lower tier characters that no one would miss; they took out some of their most key players. This was truly a story of great loss and change in the Marvel comic universe. All that being said, it’s to be expected that following Avengers: Infinity War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe may look vastly different than it has for the past decade.
13 The Guardians will finally meet the rest of the MCU
The Guardians of the Galaxy movies have been vastly different from any of the other Marvel Cinematic releases thus far. This is largely due to the fact the Guardians inhabit the cosmic universe of the MCU, and have had absolutely no contact with the Iron Mans and Captain Americas of the world. Fans have been eager to see the Guardians of the Galaxy cross paths with these characters, and from the looks of it, they will finally be getting what they want.
In the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, the Guardians pop up several times (arguably more than any of the other Marvel characters). With Gamora and Nebula’s strong ties to Thanos (they are both his adopted daughters), we can only assume that their involvement will play a significant role in the film.
12 Captain America may not be the hero we’re used to
Fans may be quick to forget, but the fallout of Captain America: Civil War brought major changes to Steve Rogers—especially his relationship with the government and Tony Stark. With Cap basically becoming a war criminal, his role in Avengers: Infinity War is arguably the most fascinating of all.
Captain America only made a brief appearance in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, but the fleeting moment was very telling. Steve Rogers can be seen sporting a burly beard, much longer hair and a much darker look. The colors on Cap’s costume are far from the bright blue and red that they once were. Is this possibly a reflection of where Cap’s head is? Who knows, but he did look pretty badass.
11 It will be split into two parts
Avengers: Infinity War is a juggernaut of a movie, and with such a vast story to tell fans began to worry that Marvel could possibly have a six-hour movie on their hands. Marvel fans are pretty hardcore, but sitting through a six hour film would be trying for even the nerdiest of nerds.
Luckily, this will not be the case, as Marvel will release Avengers: Infinity War in two parts—a first for the superhero genre. Principle photography seemed to have just finished when it was reported that all the actors were back on set for round two of filming. It will be fascinating to see how the movies are split apart, and even more so to see how fans react to having to wait a full year between their releases.
10 Teenage Groot is back
Who doesn’t love Groot? To date, we have seen the beloved tree take a few different forms. There's adult Groot, twig Groot and, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, baby Groot. Some of the more die-hard Groot fans may be squirming in their seat, but don’t worry, we didn’t forget the angsty, adolescent Groot who appeared in the post credit scene of Guardians Vol. 2.
Being that this appearance occurred in a post credit scene, many fans were quick to peg it as a simple one-off gag. However, this is the version of Groot that appeared in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer that debuted at San Diego Comic-Con. It's safe to say that this form of Groot is here to stay for at least a little while.
9 Black Panther will play a significant role
Black Panther is a character who fans only got a brief taste of in Captain America: Civil War, but it’s clear that his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will only grow from here on out. With a solo movie of his own coming in February 2018, fans are dying to learn more about T’Challa and his kingdom of Wakanda.
Black Panther has been a key player in the Marvel comic universe since his introduction in 1966, and has only grown more prominent as he’s moved into the modern era. Black Panther is unlike any other member of the Avengers, and with the most technically advanced nation standing behind him, he will prove to be a threat unlike any the Mad Titan Thanos has ever seen before.
8 Thanos is on a spiritual journey to retrieve the Infinity Stones
To Thanos, the Avengers are merely a nuisance that stand between him and his ultimate goal of acquiring all six of the Infinity Stones. He has no real problems with Iron Man or Black Panther, but will take out absolutely anything or anyone to attain his goal. Another interesting fact coming out of San Diego Comic-Con is that Thanos has a much different appearance than we have previously seen in other films.
Gone are his metal crowns and armor—in fact, his appearance is almost casual. It has been reported that Thanos is simply on a spiritual journey to acquire the Infinity Stones and not looking for war at all. We can only assume that Thanos’ cavalier approach to the Avengers won’t last long.
7 This could be a changing of the guard for the Avengers roster
We’ve already covered that the source material in which Avengers: Infinity War is based off of ends with several significant casualties in the wake of the final showdown with Thanos. So how will Marvel continue on if several of their mainstay characters like Captain America and Iron Man are killed off?
While it will be difficult to continue on after the passing of these beloved characters, Marvel has done a fantastic job setting up the future of their cinematic universe. Characters like the Winter Soldier, The Falcon, Spider-Man and Captain Marvel are more than capable of becoming key players in the Avengers. While this is merely speculation at this point, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans have both commented on their inevitable retirement from the Avengers.
6 Black Widow will have a new look
Like Captain America, Black Widow was left in a strange place following the events of Captain America: Civil War. Similar to Cap, Natasha chose to rebel against Tony Stark’s superhero registration act, even going so far as to turn on the billionaire in a key battle. Black Widow allowed Cap to escape, putting her at odds with both the government and Stark.
We’ve already discussed Captain America’s change in appearance, but from the brief glimpse we get to see of Black Widow in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, Natasha appears to be sporting blonde, almost silver hair—a distinct change from the red hair we are accustomed to. Is she on the run from the government like Cap? All signs point to yes, but only time will tell.
5 It will differ significantly from its source material
While Marvel has done a wonderful job of adapting their beloved comic book characters and stories to the big screen, they have also managed to make each one distinctly unique from their source material. Infinity Gauntlet is one of the most beloved comic book stories Marvel has ever told, but even it will be subject to significant tweaks and changes in its big screen adaptation.
Will these changes sour fans, or will they do justice to the beloved comic book lore they are based off of? Judging from Marvel's near perfect cinematic track record, it can only be assumed that Avengers: Infinity War will only serve to expand on the timeless source material that inspired it. Will Avengers: Infinity War live up to the hype? Only time will tell.
4 Captain Marvel won’t be a part of the movie
With the release of the Brie Larson-led Captain Marvel movie scheduled for 2019, Marvel fans considered it a foregone conclusion that this cosmic character would make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. Unfortunately, fans began to lose hope when the beloved character didn’t make an appearance in the San Diego Comic-Con trailer. Well, that’s okay, it is just a trailer, right? Apparently not.
Just a few days later Joe Russo, co-director of Avengers: Infinity War, claimed that Carol Danvers would not be making an appearance in the forthcoming Avengers film. Fans minds were further blown away when it was revealed that the Captain Marvel movie would actually take place in the '90s rather than present day. Hey, we’ll take what we can get.
3 Thanos will finally be in action
We’ve only briefly seen Thanos pop up in a few MCU movies, but this time, the Mad Titan will be far from just an ancillary character in a post credit scene. Really, the only thing audiences have seen Thanos do in his scarce appearances are order minions around from his floating stone throne. We can’t really blame him; it is a pretty cool throne. This time, though, audiences will get to see Thanos in action, fighting a plethora of Marvel’s greatest heroes.
Judging from the San Diego Comic-Con trailer, Thanos looks to be just as threatening as he has been built up to be. He appears to be agile, menacing and cold as ice. With a few Infinity Stones already in his possession, the Mad Titan will be nearly unbeatable.
2 Will every hero be in the same battle?
Avengers: Infinity War boasts the biggest roster to ever grace a superhero film, and with all these characters in play, it could prove to be a difficult task to manage all of their appearances. We know that Thanos will be searching for the remaining Infinity Stones, so we can only assume that this will take him to several different places across the galaxy.
From what can be gathered from the Comic Con trailer, several key battles take place in a few different locations. It appears that one may take place in Africa, and another in a more cosmic location. While it’s almost certain that we will see all these characters in the same location in one epic bad ass battle eventually, the real question is if it will occur in part one or two of Avengers: Infinity War.
1 Will this be the last appearance of the Russo Brothers?
It’s no question that the Russo Brothers know how to handle a big budget comic book movie (check out the Captain America: Civil War airplane scene if you doubt us), but after such a deep dive into the world of comic book movies, could they be ready to hang it up after part two of Avengers: Infinity War?
We’ve already seen the stress that guiding the Marvel ship can put on someone with Joss Whedon’s unceremoniously departure from the MCU after a less-than-stellar reception to Avengers: Age of Ultron. Putting that many years into such a niche section of the film industry would be enough to make anyone more than a little sick of capes, tights and powers. Will the Russo brother’s sufferer the same fatigue their predecessors did? Only time will tell.