COMIC-BOOK MOVIE PREVIEW
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Mackie, Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin eta 27 April 2018
The inside line on superteams the Avengers and Justice League. Plus some doofus called Deadpool.
Kevin Feige: “It feels amazing to showcase what will be this climax of, by that point, 19 films in the Cinematic Universe,” the Marvel Studios mastermind tells TF, just after unveiling a first look at the Infinity War trailer at Disney’s D23 Expo, where he brought a few familiar faces on stage to introduce the footage.
“And to see the reaction today when the Avengers came out, when the Guardians of the Galaxy came out, when Doctor Strange walked down the stage, when Spider-Man walked on stage, when Iron Man… The Black Panther coming out… It was overwhelming.”
It’s the culmination of a decade-long journey for Feige and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Iron Man turns 10 next year. “We wanted [fans at D23] to be the first to see the beginnings of the footage of a movie we’re still working on,” continues Feige. “But we wanted to still show something.” And show something they did. Total Film
witnessed the first look at the trailer (which had an encore in Comic-Con), and even three phases into the MCU, after two previous Avengers team-ups (three if you include Captain America: Civil War), Infinity War still manages to feel momentous. This is, after all, a pretty big get-together, for a pretty big reason. Josh Brolin’s big bad, Thanos, who’s been threatening the MCU’s stars from the sidelines for years, is finally going to be centre stage, so it’s going to take a lot of heroes to stand a chance of stopping him and his Black Order henchfolk.
The trailer footage begins with Thor thudding onto the windscreen of the Guardians’ ship The Milano, and it just gets wilder from there. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker demonstrates his spider-sense and later sports that hi-tech suit he was offered at the end of Homecoming. Captain America looks like he’s gone fully rogue, sporting longer hair and a beard. Scarlet Witch and Vision are getting cosy. Iron Man, of course, gets a suit upgrade, and Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Black Widow (with a striking platinum-white ’do) are all present and correct, fighting in different combinations in an effort to stop Thanos, who launches a planet (yes, a planet) at the Avengers during a showdown.
It’s very dramatic stuff, not least the moment when an injured Spidey wheezes, “I’m sorry,” to someone off-screen (Tony?) and Loki is up to no good with the Tesseract. “I think [the cast] were as overwhelmed as the fans were,” Feige gushes of the trailer reveal. “It’s been a heck of a 10 years.” MM