Audiences will get their first glimpse at Avengers: Infinity War within the next few months, says Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige. Principal photography for Anthony and Joe Russo's highly-anticipated Avengers film has been underway in Atlanta, GA, for the past five months, and we've already seen several set photos and production videos crop up online. Although the cast and crew are close to wrapping production on the upcoming superhero movie, audiences still have to wait almost another year to see the finished product on the big screen.
Until then, franchise fans have three other movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to look forward to: Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming, Taiki Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok, and Ryan Coogler's Black Panther -- all of which Feige says will heavily influence Infinity War. Superhero team-up films are no longer a novelty; people have become used to these productions thanks to past Avengers films as well as movies like Captain America: Civil War. Still, nothing of this magnitude has ever been attempted before, and audiences can't wait to get their first look at the film.
The Russos' Avengers: Infinity War unites Earth's mightiest heroes -- the Avengers along with other superheroes like Spider-Man and Doctor Strange -- with the Guardians of the Galaxy, presumably for an ultimate showdown with the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin). That's something that the shared universe's overarching narrative has been building towards since Joss Whedon's The Avengers released in 2012. Fans are undoubtedly excited, and it's something Feige has addressed numerous times while promoting Spider-Man: Homecoming. While speaking with ComicBook, Feige revealed that the first Infinity War trailer should arrive with Thor: Ragnarok.
"It's a good question. I'm not sure. I think it would be late summer, early, mid fall? Ragnarok, probably."
It makes sense that Marvel Studios would choose to release the movie's first trailer alongside one of their productions; it's a common practice in Hollywood, in addition to releasing trailers alongside similarly-themed releases. For instance, the first trailer for Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted during an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., while many other first trailers have aired during episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live (another ABC/Disney program). Although releasing the first teaser with Thor: Ragnarok makes the most sense, it begs the question, will the studio will show anything from the movie at San Diego Comic-Con next month?
After skipping the entertainment convention two years ago, Marvel Studios returned to Hall H last year and they will be showing up this year as well (banners for Ragnarok and Black Panther have already taken over San Diego). Looking back at previous years, the studio has shown brief footage from upcoming releases as well as first look images promoting certain characters. Attendees should expect to see something along those lines at next month's event, though it's unlikely those promotional materials will be officially released online.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018