Action In Edinburgh
The Infinity War trailers have only given fans a glimpse of action sequences set in Edinburgh, where the Black Order come for Vision and Scarlet Witch. What little has been shown has suggested Corvus Glaive will attempt to extract the Mind Stone from Vision's head, but that he and Proxima Midnight will be interrupted by Steve Rogers and Black Widow. However, a lot more was actually revealed at D23/SDCC.
The footage shown last year included a number of scenes of Scarlet Witch in action, using her hex powers against the Black Order. It also saw Vision in a cage, presumably designed to prevent him phase-shifting. There was later a shot of Falcon in battle against Proxima Midnight, confirming that Steve Rogers will bring his whole team with him to the UK in order to help Wanda and Vision.
It does make sense that the Edinburgh section hasn't been a central focus. Infinity War has galaxy-spanning action, but this may be the most boutique. Sequences set in New York have a certain power for the domestic audience, and feature Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man to boot - 'A'-level characters whose arcs are of real interest to the fans. In contrast, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Falcon are part of the MCU's secondary cast, sometimes acting as sidekicks, never starring in their own solo movies.
Perhaps the most disturbing scene aired at SDCC and D23 was a momentary glimpse of a fallen Spider-Man, unmasked, apologizing to Tony. What is he apologizing for? How badly is he injured? That's not clear, but the trailer has teased that Spider-Man will foolishly go head-to-head with Thanos himself - and be seriously injured as a result.
While this moment hasn't been elaborated on, a lot of the Titan sequence has been elsewhere in the marketing. We've seen Team Iron Man joining up with the Guardians, Doctor Strange fighting with Star-Lord, and Tony emotional on the ground. Whatever happens, it's going to be pretty serious.
Thanos Tosses A Moon
Probably the most stunning scene in the D23/SDCC footage was Thanos tossing an entire moon at the Avengers. It was possibly the most remarkable feat seen in the MCU to date, a testament to Thanos' (or, more accurately, the Infinity Stones') raw power.
Although the trailers have neglected this scene, it was featured in EW's cover story on Infinity War, revealing a still of the already-iconic moment. We're still waiting to see it unfold in action though, as well as learn how exactly Earth's Mightiest Heroes can survive this kind of firepower.
All in all, none of these "missing" scenes dramatically changes our understanding of Avengers: Infinity War. Trailers, set visits and interviews have made the film's structure pretty clear, and several of these scenes link easily to what's been shown in the trailers besides. But put all together, it sets up an even more exciting prospect for the film, which is now a little over a month away.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018