Avengers: Infinity War had a big presence at the Super Bowl, with a trailer full of secrets and teases for the upcoming ensemble. 2018 is the most exciting year yet for Marvel fans. Black Panther looks set to kick things off in style, and will be swiftly followed by Infinity War. This epic adventure is a 10-year celebration of the MCU, and promises to bring Thanos the Mad Titan to Earth. Even the combined might of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy may not be enough to stop him.
Following up a trailer late last year, Marvel chose this year's Super Bowl to drop a brief teaser for the film. As with all Marvel trailers, it offers hints rather than making statements. It presents subtle clues, pointing to key scenes and suggesting character arcs, but still tends to leave more questions than answers. We're going to break it all down and reveal some hidden secrets.
10. Spider-Man's Latest Team-Up
The trailer opens with a pose that practically seems trademarked for Infinity War; heroes stand, staring up at the heavens in absolute horror. In this case, the heroes in question are Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man. All three have featured prominently in the film's marketing to date, and appear to be central to a key subplot. This scene appears to be towards the end of the film's first act, or possibly early in the second. Note that Spider-Man is already wearing the Iron Spider costume (he isn't in other scenes in the trailer).
9. Vision and Wanda
The first trailer showed a romantic scene between Vision and Scarlet Witch; as the Avengers: Infinity War Prelude comic established, the two have settled down to live an ordinary life together. Vision hides his identity beneath a holographic disguise, but occasionally - as in this scene - the Mind Stone flares with power.
This shot in the Super Bowl spot appears to carry straight on from that point, as Wanda uses her own power to help Vision master the Mind Stone. It's certainly an appropriate approach, given that Wanda's powers are actually linked to the Infinity Stone.
8. Thor With The Guardians of the Galaxy
Fans are particularly excited at the prospect of seeing the Avengers and the Guardians team up. Unfortunately, that may not be as big a part of Infinity War as hoped; all these clips suggest that the Guardians will ally with Thor and then head off on a side-quest that means they don't meet the rest of the Avengers until the film's third act.
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It seems likely that the quest is for a new weapon: Thor will encounter Thanos and his agents in the first act, be defeated and wind up floating through space before seeking out the enchanted axe known as Jarnbjorn (a cosmic weapon that can be used to slay Celestials).
7. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner
It's time for the Science Bros to reunite. The first trailer revealed that a defeated Hulk will crash-land in the Sanctum Sanctorum (a beautiful homage to Jim Starlin's classic Infinity Gauntlet miniseries, which kicked off with an identical sequence involving the Silver Surfer). No doubt Banner tips Strange off to the threat of Thanos, and soon he's teaming up with Tony Stark once again.
A lot has changed over the last few years. Every time Banner turns into the Hulk, he risks it being his last. Meanwhile, Tony has effectively shattered the Avengers. He's realized too late that the Earth is unprepared for the threat he believes is out there - and now Thanos has come.
6. Loki's Day of Reckoning
Thor: Ragnarok closed with the surviving Asgardians confronted by a massive spaceship. This has been confirmed to be Thanos's vessel, and the first trailer showed it in flames, with the bodies of Asgardians lying on the deck. This brief scene sees Loki amidst the devastation, looking around himself in horror. He will be forced to hand over the Tesseract at last, and nly time will tell whether or not the God of Mischief survives.
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- 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
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019