*Warning: Spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Homecoming*
The first official trailer for the much anticipated Avengers: Infinity War played for attendees of The Walt Disney Studios Live Action Films panel at D23 expo showcasing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man fully rocking the new Iron Spider suit that Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark/Iron Man made for him. Unfortunately, the teaser has not been released online and may not be released for a while.
This suit is from the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming when Peter was officially offered a slot in the Avengers roster by Tony and along with it, the “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” also offered him an upgraded suit which die-hard fans immediately recognized as a variant of the famed Iron Spider armor from the pages Marvel Comics. But due to his newfound learnings about being a young superhero after his intense battle with the Vulture (Michael Keaton), Peter ultimately refused the opportunity, as well as the suit. Despite the young hero walking away from the gig and a new battle armor, it was speculated that he would eventually don the upgraded costume, especially with the massive battle that he will be involved in with Infinity War.
Marvel Studios brought out the big guns in their D23 expo panel with personal appearances by Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk/Bruce Banner), Paul Bettany (Vision), Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine), Sebastian Stan (Bucky/Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon/Sam Wilson), Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange) and even Josh Brolin (Thanos). While company boss, Kevin Feige and co-director Joe Russo hyped up the crowd with a promise of Avengers: Infinity War exceeding expectations, the specially made trailer for D23 has also been unveiled treating us with a glimpse of the Iron Spider armor in full action.
The fruition of the Iron Spider suit is only one of the endless opportunities that old iterations of the character were not able to touch on. With Holland’s version being a collaboration between Sony Entertainment Pictures and Marvel Studios, Peter finally getting immersed in the same world as Tony and the rest of the Avengers breathes new life to the property that has already been rebooted twice. Homecoming did a fantastic job on capitalizing on that advantage and it Infinity War is following suit. Feige has previously said that with the number of people in the ensemble film, we can expect the same amount of screen time that Spider-Man got in Captain America: Civil War in it, which frankly, is not a lot. But by letting him don the all-new suit makes for a great moment for Peter to shine amidst his limited exposure. And to keep Disney’s consumer products division happy!
Principal photography for Avengers 3 is near finished (this is why fellow co-director Anthony Russo could not appear) and the cast and crew have several days off from the shoot before Avengers 4 production kicks off officially, giving time for appears by the stars at D23 and next week’s Comic-Con International: San Diego.
Avengers: Infinity War is dubbed as the start of the culmination of the first three phases of the MCU since it launched with Iron Man in 2008. The film will bring almost every significant character in the shared cinematic universe in an effort to stop mad titan Thanos and his cohorts from wreaking havoc across the universe.
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