The Avengers: Infinity War trailer has finally arrived and it is glorious. The trailer was released on November 29th and immediately set the internet ablaze, racking up a record 200 million views in just 24 hours to the surprise of absolutely no one.
Infinity War is the culminating movie event with ten years of masterful storytelling in the making that began with Iron Man back in 2008 and runs through Black Panther, set for release in February.
When Nick Fury approached Tony Stark regarding the "Avengers Initiative," fans salivated at the prospect of seeing their favorite Marvel heroes appearing on screen together.
Then the mid-credits scene of 2012's The Avengers showed audiences that the initial crossover was only the beginning of an epic shared universe that would unfold in three meticulously crafted phases.
Infinity War will be the beginning of the end of Phase 3 as it will be followed by Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, and Avengers 4 before Phase 4 takes the MCU in a new direction entirely.
With the hype for the film rapidly increasing, here are the 8 Avengers: Infinity War Rumors We Hope Are True (And 7 We Hope Aren't).
15 HOPE: The avengers will fight separate battles early on
Of all the shots revealed in the Infinity War trailer, the more intriguing by far has got to be the one of Captain America, Black Panther, Black Widow, the Winter Soldier, Hulk, War Machine, Falcon, and Okoye running (and flying) into battle. As fun as the shot is for the characters featured, it's also telling for the characters left out.
Missing are Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Wasp, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, no shots of these characters appear to show them in this battle at all (although a Hulkbuster armor does make an appearance).
Either these characters have died or otherwise been incapacitated by this point in the film (unlikely) or they are handling a battle elsewhere. Not only would this be brilliant planning by Thanos (to divide and conquer), but it will be a visual feast for audiences.
14 HOPE NOT: Vision lives
Vision needs to die. This may sound harsh, but it’s true. Ever since he first showed up with the mind stone imbedded in his head, he was marked for death. How could he not be? Thanos needs the stone and, as the first trailer showed us, he’s going to get it.
That being said, rumors have started circulating suggesting the removal of the stone from Vision’s head won’t necessarily kill him but will instead simply turn him into a human.
Hopefully this isn't the case. While Vision’s death may be predictable, not killing him would be a cop out. And even assuming the removal of the stone doesn’t kill Vision outright, what reason would Thanos (or whoever takes the stone) have for sparing him afterward?
Instead, Vision needs to meet his demise and Scarlet Witch needs to be on a brutal (and amazing) quest for revenge from that moment on.
13 HOPE: Thanos completes the gauntlet by the film's end
The plot of Infinity War should be relatively straight forward: the Avengers discover that Thanos is trying to assemble the Infinity Gauntlet, and they set out to stop him.
Ten years of films have conditioned MCU fans to believe that Earth's Mightiest Heroes will prosper by the film's end, which is precisely why Infinity War should be different.
If the end of Phase 3 is going to be the epic event that Marvel Studios and audiences around the world are hoping it will be, then Thanos must succeed. Infinity War must end with the Avengers defeated and Thanos in possession of the most powerful object in the universe.
This way Avengers 4 can be a story of redemption in which the MCU's mightiest heroes are forced to rise from the ashes (without some of their fallen comrades) to once again take on the greatest threat the MCU has ever known.
12 HOPE NOT: Peter Parker dies
One scene that appeared in the Infinity War footage shown at Comic Con that did not appear in the official trailer is a close-up of Peter Parker apologizing to Tony Stark after what appeared to be the former’s first fight with Thanos.
The scene seems to foreshadow the eventual death of Peter at the hands of the Mad Titan (and even the trailer seems to suggest this with Thanos manhandling the web slinger with ease).
While the greatness of Infinity War will certainly depend on a few Avengers meeting their ends, one of those Avengers had better not be Peter Parker. Tom Holland’s (and more importantly Marvel Studios’) depiction of the character has been spot-on, and killing him off just three films in would be a colossal mistake. If anyone is going to survive Thanos’ wrath, it had better be Spider-Man.
11 HOPE: Hela returns
In a cinematic universe often criticized for having bland villains, Hela rises above the rest. In Thor: Ragnarok, Cate Blanchett's Goddess of Death is powerful, ruthless, motivated, and every bit the formidable foe for the God of Thunder (aka the Lord of Thunder aka the God of Hammers).
In fact, it wasn't even Thor but a mountainous Surtur who delivered the blow that finally brought her down, though we hope not for good.
Hela returning in Infinity War to play the MCU's version of Lady Death (with whom Thanos falls in love with in the comics) would be most welcome. The character was simply too cool (and Blanchett's performance too magnetic) for her to be a one-off villain.
We can only hope that she returns to take her place beside Thanos in his quest to obtain the Infinity Gauntlet and bring balance to the universe.
10 HOPE NOT: Loki betrays Thor (again)
Every time Loki appears in an MCU movie, two things happen: Tom Hiddleston further endears himself to fans despite the diabolical actions of his character (because the man is just so damn charming) and the God of Mischief betrays his adoptive-brother Thor. It’s as simple as that. If Loki is in the movie, then audiences know a double-cross is in the works.
That being said, it’s time for Loki to grow as a character and to, well, quit betraying his brother. The shot of Loki handing the Tesseract over to an unseen recipient has led many to assume Loki will betray Thor and align himself with Thanos to spare his own skin.
We hope that is not the case and that Loki is handing it over for a more noble reason (perhaps to save the lives of Thor and others), which would be much more interesting than a Loki-betrays-Thor retread.
9 HOPE: Thanos destroys Xandar
Xander was first introduced to the MCU in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy as the planet Ronan the Accuser had planned to destroy using the power stone.
In the film, it was revealed that all Ronan had to do to complete his genocidal task was touch the stone to the planet’s surface, but Star-Lord managed to distract him via a dance-off (because Ronan is not a very smart man) and ultimately save the day.
One particularly intriguing rumor regarding Infinity War is that Thanos will succeed where Ronan failed and finally blow Xandar to bits.
This would be one hell of a way to show Thanos as a force to be reckoned with. Despite the Mad Titan’s MCU presence since The Avengers, he hasn’t done anything to instill fear in characters or audiences. Blowing up Xandar would instantly make him a threat unlike any that the Avengers have seen before.
8 HOPE NOT: Nick Fury surprise appearance
Samuel L. Jackson’s name doesn’t appear anywhere on the Infinity War’s IMDb page, suggesting that Nick Fury will not be making an appearance in the film. That being said, his voiceover in the first trailer has led many to assume that the man who brought the Avengers together will in fact make a surprise appearance in some form or another. However, we’re hoping that’s not the case.
Based on the trailer, it seems like there is far too much happening in the film for Nick Fury to be shoehorned in. He is much better suited keeping a low-profile and sitting out of this film so that he can make a triumphant return when the Avengers need him most.
It may seem like a letdown to not have Fury in the film, but withholding the character for now will make his return somewhere down the line all the more satisfying.
7 HOPE: Giant man makes a return
Two characters conspicuously absent from the epic Infinity War trailer are Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne. Unlike Samuel L. Jackson, both Rudd and Lilly are listed in the film’s cast, which makes their absence all the more glaring.
Since we know both characters will appear in the film, the hope here is that we not only get to see Ant-Man, but Giant Man as well.
Simply put, Giant man’s appearance in Civil War was one of the best moments in the entire MCU so far, and we’re hoping he makes another appearance in Infinity War.
In fact, let’s hope he makes his anticipated return during that epic battle sequence shown at the trailer's end. Giant man showing up during this battle and kicking the crap out of dozens of Thanos’ soldiers would be a sight for sore eyes.
6 HOPE NOT: Thanos is defeated
When the MCU's Phase 3 was first announced back in 2014, Avengers: Infinity War was originally presented as a two-parter. Part 1 would be released in 2018 and Part 2 would hit theaters the following year.
Then Marvel changed its plan and announced that the last film in Phase 3 would simply be titled Avengers 4. This led to the rumor that Thanos will be defeated by the first film's end, as opposed to having his character arc stretch across both films. Hopefully, this is not the case.
The studio has been teasing Thanos for five years, which means that the Mad Titan simply cannot be dispatched in a single film. Defeating him would be a colossal mistake that could irrevocably harm the MCU as a whole by showing audiences that the villains are indeed throwaway characters.
Thanos is supposed to be different, and he should be treated accordingly.
5 HOPE: Several avengers die
One criticism often levied at the MCU is a lack of stakes. While Earth and the universe itself seem to be threatened at least once a year, fans have become accustomed to the MCU’s heroes not only saving the day, but doing so virtually unscathed (except of course, for Quicksilver, the one member of the team fast enough to dodge a bullet, who couldn’t dodge a bullet).
Thus, if Infinity War is going to be the epic movie event that audiences are clamoring for, then a few Avengers will need to meet their end.
This simply needs to happen. Not just from a storyline perspective (to establish Thanos' power), but because the contracts of original Avengers are reaching their ends. It’s time for the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk and Hawkeye to either retire or die, and noble deaths will be much more dramatic.
4 HOPE NOT: Captain Marvel appearance
It was way back in July of 2016 that Marvel first announced the casting of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. Since then very little has been revealed about the production aside from the release date of March 2019 (making it the last MCU film before Avengers 4). '
Some have taken the 2016 casting announcement to mean that a surprise Captain Marvel appearance in Infinity War isn't out of the question, but we sure hope it is.
Captain Marvel's place in the MCU should be firmly established in her solo film before she shares the screen with the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Sure, Black Panther and Spider-Man were introduced in Civil War, but that film needed the extra heroes (unless Marvel wanted to change the title to Civil Spat). This one doesn't.
There are plenty of heroes already, and a Captain Marvel introduction is better suited for 2019.
3 HOPE: The 30+ character scene happens
Back in June, Scarlett Johansson appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote her movie Rough Night and was inevitably asked for some details about Infinity War. While trying to not reveal any crucial details about the film, Johansson did say there was one scene that involved "like 32 of us."
Now, it's possible that this scene will be cut from the film entirely or it's an action sequence that features the characters engaged in separate smaller fights in the midst of a larger battle, but we're hoping for a quieter scene between the MCU's mightiest heroes.
The party scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron was an absolute blast because it gave fans the opportunity to see the Avengers simply interacting with each other as opposed to avenging. A similar scene in Infinity War that allows fans to see their favorite characters mingle will be absolutely incredible.
2 HOPE NOT: Thanos resurrects past MCU Villains
One rumor that has followed Thanos around like a shadow since his first appearance in The Avengers is the theory that he will use the Infinity Gauntlet to resurrect past villains already dispatched by Earth's Mightiest Heroes in previous films. This would be a terrible decision, especially since the studio has been so often criticized for its lack of intriguing villains.
Bringing Hela back is fine, but doing the same for other villains would come across as nothing more than a retread. Do audiences really want to see the returns of Whiplash, the Abomination, or Malekith the Accursed? In a word, no.
Marvel is much better off introducing new, exciting foes to battle its most popular heroes as opposed to resurrecting old, underwhelming ones. The greatest attribute of the MCU is that it is constantly growing and evolving. Bringing back old villains will be a step backward.
1 HOPE: The avengers fight side by side before the film ends
The odds of the Avengers uniting in the first half of Infinity War seem rather slim. After all, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, and Hulk are nowhere near Earth, and Captain America, Falcon, Black Widow, Vision, and Scarlet Witch are likely in hiding.
Heck, it's possible the Avengers don't unite at all by the film's end and Kevin Feige holds off on bringing them back together until Avengers 4, but we hope that's not the case.
Instead, we hope teams of Avengers are forced to split up to handle smaller threats across the planet early on before ultimately reuniting to combat a concentrated effort by Thanos to retrieve the final stone necessary to assemble the Infinity Gauntlet.
The visual of the Mad Titan assembling his forces to do battle with every single MCU hero is simply beyond words, and we hope to see it on the big screen.
Are you excited for Avengers: Infinity War? What are some of the other rumors you've heard surrounding it? Let us know in the comments.