Just one trailer this week, but it’s a big one.
Avengers: Infinity War – https://youtu.be/6ZfuNTqbHE8
Juliana: Oh. My. God. OH MY GOD! THIS TRAILER IS FINALLY HERE! I’ve been freaking out about this all day, and I don’t think my blood pressure has returned to normal since this morning. The beginning of the trailer features the meetings and reunions of some of the most notable heroes, accompanied by a (simply spectacular) voiceover. It’s all good, and I’m pretty hyped up, already jumping up and down, but then Thanos shows up, and there’s this feeling that finally, finally he’s here (seriously, people, we have been waiting for him to show up for years now). Loki gets the Tesseract (what’s up with him, anyways? Is he a villain or a hero now?), Spiderman wears his new suit (YES! YES! YES!!!), and Captain America returns from the shadows (I’m in love with Black Panther’s “And get this man a shield” line!). I’m freaking out with excitement, but then THANOS ATTACKS SPIDERMAN! AND VISION! AND IRON MAN! And I’m reminded that people are going to die in this movie. The funny thing is I’ve known this for a while now, but I don’t think I’ll ever be OK with that. The trailer wraps up with the epic orchestral theme for the Avengers, and, if that wasn’t enough, THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY SHOW UP! (Once again, FINALLY. Seriously, I cannot stress enough how long I’ve been waiting for this team up.) Anyways, while I definitely have some concerns with the movie (there’s literally dozens of heroes now, and I’m curious to see how the Russo brothers managed to fit all of them in the narrative), I’m definitely counting the day for this one to hit the theatres.
Rachel: This highly anticipated cinematic monolith will have had nearly 20 films leading up to it which is admittedly an unprecedented feat in the movie industry — no one has quite attempted to make a movie with this much buildup and extensive world building before. My general reaction to the trailer is positive, albeit mildly concerned at how a movie will tackle having such a massive ensemble cast to this extent. Some observations: Why is Black Widow blonde now? Thanos is a ridiculous looking villain whom I will never be intimidated by. And where the heck was Hawkeye? Overall, I am intrigued at how this movie will measure up to the preceding hype and excited to explore what seems like a darker tone. Cap and Thor’s new looks, for example, indicate a more serious layout since the heroes aren’t donning their usual vibrant outfits. For a Marvel trailer, there was surprisingly little action — I am assuming subsequent edits will be more apt to tease some well-crafted fight scenes and dazzling final battle. It will be interesting to see how Avengers: Infinity War manages to incorporate the characters and plot of 20 strikingly different films and if the product of the franchise’s bold plan will be well received.
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