The long-anticipated first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War dropped earlier today, and fans who caught the footage of the film shown at this year's San Diego Comic Con may have noticed that a few major moments were left out of today's teaser. Obviously, the first publicly released glimpse at Infinity War wasn’t lacking in buzzworthy moments in the least. From the terrifying footage of Josh Brolin’s Thanos to the teased battle sequences in New York, Edinburgh, and Wakanda, the official trailer had more than its share of awesomeness that will have the fan base buzzing for weeks to come.
All things considered, the changes made to the SDCC trailer make sense. Reserving Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy for a rousing glimpse after the title card in the official release may not work when you’re dealing with a live audience, since they’re too busy screaming their lungs out to hear anything. Of course, the main reason for the changes probably has to do with unfinished special effects. Infinity War is nearly six months away from its release date, so a sizable portion of the film’s CGI is still a work in progress. It’s one thing showing off 75% completed VFX sequences to a room full of people that can only see it once, but releasing official footage that will be poured over in the online community for weeks on end is another matter entirely. You only get one chance to make a first impression.
All told, there’s three or four huge moments from the SDCC glimpse that were left out of the cut that the world was treated to today. Nevertheless, both trailers do an excellent job of teasing a superhero movie that looks to be on a grander scale than anything audiences have ever seen before. Screen Rant is hopping aboard the MCU hype train as we take a look at Everything From The Avengers: Infinity War SDCC Footage Missing In The Trailer. We're talking about unreleased footage here, so expect some mild SPOILERS to follow.
Thor and the Guardians Intro
Arguably the biggest difference between the SDCC footage and today's trailer are the contrasting opening moments. The official trailer leads in on a somber note with a touch of nostalgia, showing off shots of the Avengers with voiceover of Nick Fury's "there was an idea" monologue from the original 2012 team-up (Earth's Mightiest Heroes provide the voiceover this time around). The SDCC trailer goes in the complete opposite direction, kicking off with a trio of humorous scenes that see Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time. The second sequence has since been changed in at least one major way, since the God of Thunder had two eyes in the Con footage, and as we learned in Thor: Ragnarok, that's...no longer the case. Insert pat on the back here.
The first and third Thor/Guardians sequences didn't make it into today's trailer at all, and only about half of the second scene made the cut. As we touched on the intro, this change was likely made because of the format in which the footage was being displayed. Marvel loves to cap off their official trailers with one last exclamation point after the title card, and since many fans may not have known that the Guardians of the Galaxy would be getting in on the Infinity War action, Star-Lord and the gang definitely fit the bill.
Grandmaster's ship crash
The Grandmaster won't be thrilled with this one. At the conclusion of Thor: Ragnarok, Thor and his fellow Asgardians escape into space aboard a massive ship that belonged to the Sakaaran head honcho. Their freedom didn't last long, however, as the mid-credits scene revealed that they soon encounter an even larger vessel -- one belonging to Thanos himself. We see the aftermath of this encounter in both the opening scene of the SDCC trailer (where a floating-in-space Thor meets the Guardians of the Galaxy by crashing into the Milano's windshield) and in another shot that shows the Grandmaster's ship hurtling towards Earth.
It remains to be seen if Thor is hanging out in space because he hopped out to distract Thanos and co. so that his citizens could escape, or if the ship seen in the SDCC trailer is carrying a bunch of dead Asgardians. Either way, it wasn't a super necessary inclusion in today's trailer, so it was left on the cutting room floor.
Character shots and a family reunion
Today’s footage was missing a handful of notable character shots that were seen in the SDCC trailer, including brief glimpses at Falcon and Nebula in action, as well as an odd shot of Vision behind bars, seemingly in captivity of some kind. Perhaps it’s more of a protective custody situation, seeing as how Thanos will be after that Infinity Stone that Vision has in his head. Not that it will matter — if Vision can’t survive without that stone, he’s super doomed.
Regardless, the big takeaway from the missing pickup shots is one that features a horrified-looking Gamora. Sure, most of the heroes look understandably terrified for the majority of the two trailers, but the accompanying voiceover in the SDCC footage gives this glimpse a major significance boost.
In both trailers, Thanos is heard delivering some seriously sinister dialogue, and “Fun isn't something one considers when balancing the universe, but this does put a smile on my face" may be the baddest of the bunch. But while that quote plays over a few different shots in today’s preview, it exclusively accompanies the Gamora scene in the SDCC trailer, strongly implying that he’s speaking to his adoptive daughter in the scene. This exclusion from today’s trailer centers around not wanting to give too much away this early in the promotional campaign -- namely, the Guardians’ reveal at the end of the teaser.
Doctor Strange and Star-Lord hopping, skipping, and jumping
Just when you thought you had a good sense of the various small-scale team-ups we'll see in Infinity War, you recall that in the SDCC trailer, Star-Lord and Doctor Strange are seen pairing up to bring a little visual flair to the proceedings. Well, if you were lucky enough to see it, anyway. We get about 5 or 6 seconds of this dream team in action in the Con footage, in which Benedict Cumberbatch's Doc Strange creates a few disc constructs for Chris Pratt's Peter Quill to run across in mid-air, with the latter firing his signature blasters the whole way.
It's an effects-heavy sequence, so it makes sense that Infinity War's CGI team hasn't quite finished this one and therefore couldn't squeeze it into a montage for today's trailer. Plus, the Guardians' reveal was being saved for the very end, so showing off Star-Lord beforehand would have taken away from that.
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018