18 Things We Learned From the 'Avengers: Infinity War' Trailer

The climactic MCU film isn't coming up empty.

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It’s finally here. The trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has arrived, and to call it a big one is an understatement. First things first, yes, this is an entirely different trailer than the one that was screened at San Diego Comic-Con this past July. Some shots are reused, notably Spider-Man swinging around in his snazzy new spider-suit, but this trailer is all-new. Alan Silvestri’s signature Avengers theme has been redone, with bleaker notes, to emphasize just how apocalyptic Thanos will be when he comes looking for the Infinity Stones.

As the 19th film in the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe, Infinity War unites all the major movie superheroes (sorry, Defenders) to fight Thanos, who ravages New York, Wakanda, and who knows where else on planet Earth to wield ultimate power in his Infinity Gauntlet.

With so much going on in the trailer, here’s a breakdown of all the most important things to remember about the MCU and how they’re changing in Infinity War.

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18. “There was an idea…”

If the opening narration sounds familiar, it’s Nick Fury’s “There was an idea…” speech redone by a few Avengers, each of them taking a line. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), Vision (Paul Bettany), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) all provide an ominous voice-over of Nick Fury’s inspiring pre-battle speech, which has a darker hue now as Thanos is here on Earth.

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17. Bruce Banner Is Back

The big tension for the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in Thor: Ragnarok was whether or not Bruce Banner could turn back after being Hulked out for so long. Ragnarok ended with Bruce as the Hulk, leaving it in doubt whether or not the big green guy could transform back into mild-mannered Bruce. Well, the first five seconds of the trailer answers that question, with a stunned Bruce looking up at two familiar faces: Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wong (Benedict Wong).

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16. Human Vision

Vision’s got some upgrades. The synthesized android appears in a more “human” form with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). And just like in the comics, his relationship with her has blossomed into something romantic.

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15. From Wakanda, With Love

Remember Black Widow’s cameo in Thor: Ragnarok? Well, as the trailer shows, Bruce and Natasha will have some kind of heartfelt reunion in Wakanda.

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14. New York Is Devastated, Again

Years after the Battle of New York in The Avengers, New York is the target for an invasion once more. As Thanos arrives on Earth, Manhattan erupts into chaos. People panic outside Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum while Peter Parker (Tom Holland) experiences a severe form of his spider-sense.

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13. Loki and the Space Stone

As seen in the Comic-Con preview, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) hands the Space Stone to a mysterious figure, who in all likelihood is Thanos. At the end of Ragnarok, Loki was in Odin’s vault when he took a second to gaze at the Space Stone, hinting that he took a great power with him.

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12. Evil Has Never Looked So Good

Say hello to Thanos, played by Josh Brolin.

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11. New Spidey Suit

As seen in the Comic-Con preview and promotional posters, Peter suits up with the new costume Tony Stark offered him at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The footage seen in the trailer is roughly the same shots seen in the Comic-Con footage.

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10. “Get this man a shield.”

The most kick-ass line in movie history has now been set. T’Challa, the king of Wakanda, is telling someone to get ol’ bearded Captain America — presumably under the name Nomad — a shield. Note that Cap doesn’t have his stars and stripes anymore.

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9. Thanos’s Henchman

Speaking of, the person throwing a spear at Captain America seems to be one of Thanos’s cronies. We haven’t gotten a great look at any of them yet, but this appears to be Proxima Midnight.

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The Hulkbuster is back! Of course Tony Stark would bring out his biggest guns.

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7. Look at These Big Spiky Things

In true Marvel fashion, big alien structures appear in Infinity War. While it’s unclear what Thanos’s exact game plan is, it’s safe to say that the big purple guy won’t invade Earth without some help. These spiky structures could be troop transports, satellites, or some terraforming tech to make Earth easier to conquer. Either way, they’re going to be everywhere.

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6. Vision Gets Wrecked

Because Vision is powered by the Mind Stone, it was curious how Thanos would take it from him. Seems that answer is simple: He’s going to rip it out of his head. Man, Infinity War is going to hurt.

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5. Bucky Marches With Wakanda

Also seen in the Comic-Con footage, Bucky (Sebastian Stan) leads an entire sect of Wakandan soldiers against Thanos. If you recall, Bucky is a prisoner of Wakanda at the end of Captain America: Civil War, but it’s all hands on deck when it comes to something as big as this.

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4. Black Panther Is Going to Be Super Important

Just before Infinity War will be Marvel’s Black Panther, hitting theaters in February, starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa as he deals with an insurrection in his kingdom. It’s going to be awesome, but the extra reason one shouldn’t skip Black Panther is because of how integral T’Challa will be in Infinity War. It seems Wakanda makes up the bulk of the army for the good guys. A lot of good people are going to die.

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3. Your New Avengers Shot

Each of the Avengers movies has that one shot that defines the status quo. In Infinity War, it’s this: Cap (wearing new gauntlets?) reunited with War Machine, Hulk, Falcon, and Black Widow, who have all teamed up with Black Panther, Okoye (Danai Gurira), Bucky, and the Wakandan forces. We told you this would be a big one.

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2. Yup, Thor’s Still Got an Eye Wound

The Comic-Con trailer featured heaping doses of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but this trailer keeps them until the very end. And it’s here where Thanos is introduced, showing he’s still missing an eye from fighting Hela.

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1. The Guardians of the Frickin’ Galaxy

What a bunch of A-holes.

See the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War below.

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018.

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