Analysing the Avengers: Infinity War Trailer… With a Lot of Speculation

As with any trailer for a comic book movie, there is a lot that can be taken away from the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, which is #1 Trending on YouTube with more than 30 million views already, having been unveiled just over fourteen hours before beginning to write this.

This isn’t an article about my thoughts on the trailer. That article can be found here. This is purely speculation.

Beginning with something I did not actually catch no matter how many times I watched the trailer – and having been pointed out by a Facebook page – the image above highlights a flip-up phone in Tony Stark’s hand, which is the same phone Steve Rogers mailed to him at the end of Captain America: Civil War. This is a nice touch. They may have finished that film on different sides, but all differences have to be put aside when Tony sees the threat that Thanos poises, and he calls in Captain America himself.

Something which I’ve surprisingly found nobody talking about is that when we see the same characters later on in the trailer, surrounded by wreckage, everything and everyone is frozen, except Tony Stark.

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I think it’s safe to say this is the moment Thanos, or someone from the Black Order, attains the Eye of Agamotto – and therefore the Time Gem – from Doctor Strange, and is manipulating time with it.

Finally, it appears as if Bruce Banner crash lands in the Sanctum Sanctorum after supposedly being shot back out into space by Thanos, which is a parallel to the Silver Surfer doing the same thing in the Infinity War comic storyline, when he warns Doctor Strange that Thanos is coming. I have not read the comic, but a lot of people have pointed this out, and it could ultimately be a good way to begin the movie, with Doctor Strange taking the warning seriously and calling Tony Stark to tell him about it.

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Moving on, as I mentioned in review yesterday, it appears as if Loki could either be the sinister mastermind he always has been, or has actually become a better person, as he walks through dead bodies (supposedly Asgardians) to present the Tesseract to Thanos.

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Now, even though this seems less likely, I do think Loki puts up a fight here, because he too looks worn out. It could ultimately end up being that Loki sees no way out of handing Thanos the Space Gem, and inevitably hands it over to the man he once served.

This may (speculation only) be the demise of everyone’s favourite villain/anti-hero, as Thanos could just kill him after taking what he wants. This would be a beautiful way for him to go. Not only would he have died with honour, but Thanos killing Marvel’s greatest villain would establish him as something bigger than we’ve ever seen before.

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As I also mentioned in my review, Thanos looks like he has the Power Gem before returning to Earth, so Xandar is probably completely annihilated in this film. This would make for a brilliant opening scene – which could possibly involve the Guardians of the Galaxy – but a way of making it even better is to involve someone who isn’t even featured in the trailer.

Nebula ended Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by setting out to find her abusive father, and murder him. This shouldn’t be too hard for her, considering she knows where he would be. She could follow him to Xandar and try to defend the Infinity Stone there with all she can muster, and put up a formidable fight against Thanos, to ultimately be killed by her own father. Like Loki, this would be a fitting end to the character, and Thanos killing his own daughter to get what he wants would be powerful.

The final two things I want to talk about are rather far-fetched, but there could be something to them.

First is something I really, really want to be false, but very well could be true.

We see Peter Parker in this trailer as Thanos first arrives, and we see him in his Iron Spider suit in the same situation. Now, what’s concerning is that the only other time we see him, he is being severely beat down by Thanos himself.

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It could very much be true that Spider-Man is the world’s first line of defense considering he’s the only one around when Thanos arrives, and the Mad Titan kills him early on in the film. We don’t even see Spider-Man anywhere later on, not even in the huge battle in Wakanda. This is only aided by the fact that in the Comic Con trailer, Peter Parker is injured and frantically apologising to Tony Stark for failing, which many speculate is actually something to do with this shot.

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This could be disproved by the fact that the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is already confirmed, but with Miles Morales known to exist in the MCU, that could mean anything. Peter Parker dying so quickly after being introduced in the MCU is, truthfully, heartbreaking, and my biggest hope for this film is that this prediction is not true.

Personally, if Thanos does kill Spider-Man, that would define him as the worst of the worst, at least in my books. And as much as I want to think of Thanos that way… This isn’t how I want that to happen.

Finally is Wakanda, a nation first seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, known for its rich deposits of Vibranium, and that it hides its advanced self from the rest of the world. The fictional nation has always been an important place in Marvel, but there does need to be some sort of firm reason for the biggest ‘war’ in the trailer to be taking place there.

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Thankfully, Black Panther speculation has actually provided a possible answer for this, indicated by the fact that T’Challa visits his ancestors in the trailer for that film: The Soul Gem.

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Now I am aware of the THANOS theory, and the strong possibility of the Soul Gem being associated with Heimdall, but that theory could still be proven right if the gem is in a… Hyena?

Regardless, it has always been a bit strange to me that the Soul Gem will apparently make its first appearance in Infinity War itself, and whether it aligns with the THANOS theory or not, I do predict that the Soul Gem may be in Wakanda. It isn’t so surprising considering how advanced Wakanda is.

Naturally, I can only be proven correct or wrong in February, but this would be an appropriate reason for Wakanda being a major setting in Infinity War. Perhaps it could be a scenario in which Thanos has all the other stones and only needs the Soul Gem to complete his collection, but Wakandans and the Avengers will stop at nothing to defend their nation and this prized possession they have. It makes sense.

Obviously, most of what I’ve said can be entirely untrue, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they are correct (except Spider-Man dying. Please no).

Interestingly, Avengers: Infinity War is releasing on Star Wars day (well played, Disney), but for any geek out there, May 4th is arguably the biggest day of 2018. This is only the beginning of all the speculation, and it is appropriate that Marvel have highlighted the fans for all their enthusiasm over the last ten years. It’s things like these that make millions around the world come together, and come May, it’ll be no different.

 

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The Infinity War Trailer Couldn’t Be More Beautiful Even If It Tried

Let Wednesday, 29th November, 2017 be remembered as the day every nerd on the planet collectively lost their minds.

Three years after the announcement of its existence, the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is finally here, which is officially the first footage we peasants who couldn’t go to San Diego Comic Con this year received (unofficially, of course, we all saw that trailer). Thankfully, this trailer is different. And it is so much better.

The genius of the Infinity War trailer is that it knows just how monumental it is. It opens with shots of various characters, saying the original line that prompted the Avengers to initially assemble in The Avengers from Nick Fury: “There was an idea…”.

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After the greatest start to any trailer ever, Marvel proceed to give us the entire Marvel logo, and even if this takes quite a bit of the trailer’s time, it doesn’t matter, because it’s set to Alan Silvenstri’s original score from The Avengers, as the entire trailer is, and that just makes the film feel like something everything has been leading up to. Which it is.

What’s interesting is that we see Vision as just Paul Bettany at first, with a yellow gem stuck in his forehead, of course. Later on, we see what could potentially be his death, which is not much of a spoiler considering it’s essential to the plot, but is no less tragic.

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The Infinity War trailer is bleak, but it’s so beautifully bleak. It reminds me of the Age of Ultron trailer, but you know this is so much more significant. Every single frame of this trailer has so much weight attached to it. The one above, for example, sees the most powerful Avenger, worthy of wielding Mjolnir, screaming helplessly in pain. You couldn’t be more bleak than that.

We get quite a lot of Spider-Man in this trailer, which is always welcome. The Iron Spider suit is obviously featured, but it isn’t like all of us didn’t know about its inclusion. It’s fitting that this is the first time he employs it, even after turning it down at the end of Homecoming. It’s little details like that that are so important to selling Thanos as a threat.

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And this trailer does a wonderful job of establishing Thanos’ power. The whole world is shaken by his arrival.

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Seeing every Avenger in nothing but peril throughout the trailer is what makes Thanos seem like more than just a threat. We don’t see a lot of Thanos in this trailer, but even the two scenes he is a foreboding presence in are jaw-dropping. Chaos is all over the place, and they’re all because of one being.

Unlike the trailer for the first two Avengers films, we never see all the Avengers together as a singular unit, and that is wise because the trailer indicates how dangerous Thanos is by showing action from all over the world. Everything looks so vastly scattered, and that itself speaks for the scale of the film.

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They are not, obviously, separated in groups for the whole film, indicated by The Hulk being in the final shot of the trailer. The shot below is actually really interesting, because in the five consecutive times I watched the trailer, I saw someone new in the shot every time. I only spotted Falcon on the last watch.

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There are a couple of other interesting developments on display. The first is that Loki appears to be battle-worn and walking through a sea of bodies before he (supposedly) presents the Space Gem in the Tesseract to Thanos, which could either mean Loki has changed to be a much better person and tried to fight off Thanos’ assault, or he is still his maniacal self and fought through an entire army to get the gem to Thanos. I’m not going to speculate further because this is a mystery I want to reserve for the film.

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The other interesting detail is that we actually do see Thanos filling the slots on the Infinity Gauntlet in the trailer, and the second one he is placing in its slot appears to be the blue Space Gem that Loki presents to him. However, what is to be noted is that the first slot is already filled by the purple Power Gem, which was left in the protection of the Nova Corps at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. It appears as if Thanos will make a disastrous stop on his way to Earth.

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After the title card, which is, again, set to Alan Silvestri’s original masterpiece, we see a final tease at the Guardians of the Galaxy (complete with Teenage Groot!), who were previously absent from the entire trailer. We see them after Thor, eye-patch and all, apparently crash-lands on their ship.

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The Avengers: Infinity War trailer is what one would get if they tried to define ‘perfection’ with an example. No trailer has ever been this anticipated, and I doubt any in the future will be either. Ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has all led to this, and the movie – and this trailer – knows how much of a spectacle it is.

Avengers: Infinity War will be beautiful. In the hands of the Russo brothers, that was never any doubt. Having come this far, it’s still a wonder how this movie manages to have us all jumping up and down in excitement.

Avengers: Infinity War will be beautiful.

After all, its very trailer made me tear up.

 

Black Panther Looks Dangerously Like Something It Shouldn’t Be (But Still Looks Beautiful)

The first Black Panther trailer has been unleashed upon us by our superior overlords at Marvel Studios, and needless to say, it is excellently cut together.

It’s cut together so well, in fact (especially with the music), that it seamlessly flows from start to finish, perhaps better than any Marvel trailer thus far. It’s a two minute work of art that has been masterfully made.

It’s a trailer that features rather contrasting tones as well. Even now, I’m unsure about what seems to be the overall tone of the film. I would initially think, royalty and all, this would be a serious, perhaps coming-of-age, almost family drama (of sorts), but the music used indicates nothing along the lines of this. There seems to be a lot of traditional Wakanda with a lot of modern urban environments as well, and it’s unclear how Andy Serkis and Michael B Jordan are linked in the film.

All of that, despite not seeming like it, is praise. When a trailer gets you excited for a film with uncertainty, the paradoxical nature of which is enough to express how difficult it is, it is a great trailer.

However, as far as actual developments go, there is one that struck me as an “Are they really doing that?” moment.

Think of the Iron Monger. And Abomination. And Yellow Jacket. And Kaecilius. In Marvel’s solo origin movies, they tend to have the villain be someone who is the direct opposite of the hero, and every time they’ve done that, the villain has just not been good.

And then I watched this trailer and saw that Michael B Jordan’s Killmonger is going to have a suit very similar to the Black Panther suit, and that makes for a really rigid pairing. I thought this movie would break the streak and have a more versatile villain, but it looks like this is what we are going to get. I hope it exceeds expectations, though. I really do.

Regardless, the Black Panther trailer is, as I mentioned, exquisitely made, and can be rewatched over and over and over and over. And over.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Looks Like It’s Going to Be Truly Special

This is going to be filled with a lot of stills. This is my most anticipated film of the year and I will discuss it with all the beautiful imagery I can use to aid me.

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here and it is utterly and unforgivably mouth-watering.

Immediately you see similarities and differences between Rey and Kylo Ren. Both are going to be trained in this movie, and both have remarkably similar abilities.

Luke Skywalker has had a past with Kylo Ren (which we will see), and tells Rey that he wasn’t afraid the last time he saw the kind of ability she has, but this time he is. This is incredible. Both Rey and Kylo Ren are tied together so much that this seems to be an even more intimate Star Wars story than ever before, which is really, really saying something.

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On the other end of the spectrum, we have General Leader Snoke training Kylo Ren after his failures in the last film, and in this case, he is trying to have Ren embrace that raw power and whatever is ‘truly special’ (see, even the title for this article is a pun) about him, going as far as (possibly) telling him to kill his own mother (the late Carrie Fisher has been featured in the middle of the new poster, which I think is a wonderful gesture). Ren, of course, is still as conflicted as he was in the last film, and no matter what anyone says, I will always love the number of layers that have been given to this character. He is deeply vulnerable and really not that strong at all, but that’s what makes him so compelling.

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Now, miscellaneously, we see Poe Damoran (also known as everyone’s crush and man-crush. Don’t deny it), who appears to have taken a very personal vendetta against the First Order, and Finn, who is seen taking on the (not dead) Captain Phasma, who I hope receives more in this film than the last. At least, this shot is beautiful.

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Something I’m also very excited to see is the battle involving Tie-Fighters, Rebel fighters, AT-AT’s and more, on a planet that we haven’t seen before that’s sending visually astounding red dust everywhere. The overall red theme that this film has been built around, I think, is marvelous.

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Finally, towards the end of the trailer we see a shot of Snoke and then this shot of Rey.

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The person in the background may indeed be Snoke, which is similar to The Emperor’s role in The Return of the Jedi, but it could be possible that Rey is lost and trying to find answers, shuffling between Luke Skywalker and Snoke, possibly even conflicted between the light and the dark, just like Kylo Ren. This is even more evident (‘evident’ in the sense of prediction) in the very last exchange in the trailer, as Rey says after a (supposed) battle, to Kylo Ren, “I need someone to show me my place in all this”, and Ren extends his hand.

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Now, really, this is what I want this film to be. Both Kylo Ren and Rey have these strings being pulled by mentors and superiors, and while they may each be on one side, they are both conflicted and, in a way, they are both victims. This story looks like it’s going to be as personal as it gets, and quite simply, that makes my excitement for this movie multiply by twelve parsecs (I’m sorry).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi really can’t come soon enough. The trailer is tonally gripping and visually magnificent, and it is, living up to my prediction yesterday, the best trailer of the year.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch The Force Awakens again.

The Justice League ‘Heroes’ Trailer is the Best Trailer of the Year (So Far)

If, at any instance of time, you see a trailer which uses a David Bowie song, there is no doubt that it is going to be a magnificent trailer.

In the mixed bag of Justice League trailers that we’ve had over all this time, none are as perfect as this one. It’s short, it’s rather random and has less to offer than the previous trailers, but that doesn’t stop it from being the best one.

The trailer opens with a dream that is beautifully reflective of the first time Lois Lane and Clark Kent converse in Man of Steel, except with their roles reversed. As Superman looks out over the horizon, Lois Lane stands behind him and he says “I take that as a yes”, relating to the ring he planned to propose to her with while he was alive at the end of Batman v Superman.

Lois wakes up in the cold, Superman-free, ‘hopeless’ world, and the tone is brilliantly established. This is especially where this trailer prevails. From this point forward, the theme of the trailer is ‘hope’, and that’s exactly what it needed to be. Set to the masterful ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie, this is essentially a series of shots of members of the Justice League working together and trying to keep their spirits up in an increasingly difficult situation.

Really, that image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman smiling sums it all up. This is about hope, and this trailer’s depiction of that is wonderful. As much as Batman v Superman was about Superman’s role on Earth, this is Earth without him, and an Earth that needs these heroes more than ever.

Also, Ezra Miller’s Flash is simply sublime.

The Justice League ‘Heroes’ trailer is as poetic as it is awesome. That phrase is exactly what I hope the Justice League movie will be like.

I say best trailer of the year so far because The Last Jedi trailer is releasing tomorrow. Seeing as it’s been my most anticipated film of the year, there perhaps will be some prejudice in judging the trailer. That’s for tomorrow, though. Today belongs to DC.

A Look at 3 Comic Con Trailers: Stranger Things, Justice League, Thor: Rangarok

I am writing this article before any other trailer has been released, so should an Infinity War trailer actually be made public soon, I’m just being stupid here. That will get its own post though, should it be released. Also, I cannot have the trailers here, so if you want to watch them, find them on YouTube.

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The greatest thing I can say about this trailer is that it convinced me that a second season for this show is a good idea. I loved Stranger Things but I felt like it could have been a one-season show, but if this trailer is any indication, the awesomeness is not over. And Eleven is alive. Obviously.

It’s clear that the second season of this show will not be as restricted as the first to only a certain set of characters. Logically, more people are going to be affected by everything that is going on, and it’s going to be interesting to see how that’s handled.

Regardless, come October, Netflix might crash from all the simultaneous streams.

Justice League

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I am already on Death Row with this film, and I fear I’m going to receive a lot of backlash for saying anything else about it. I’ll just go ahead anyway.

I am not excited for Justice League, and if me from three years ago read this, I would lose faith in myself (that makes sense, right?). The thing is, we live in a post-Avengers world. Hell, we live in a post-Ant-Man world. We’re at a point now when competition in the comic book movie genre is at its peak. Excuse my business mindset here, but in order to get ahead, you need to be able to make films that stand out.

Marvel have been very smart with their films, because all of them, in one way or the other, stand out. This year alone, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been its own distinct space opera, Spider-Man: Homecoming has been a John-Hughes-style high school film, and Thor: Ragnarok looks like it’s going to be a road trip film of sorts (more on that in a bit). Fox’s Logan was a film far too mature to be a comic book movie. Even Wonder Woman, which I loved, was a powerful war film. All of these films are great because they are fresh in their own nature.

The problem with the Justice League film is that it just looks so bland, and the trailers are no different. It just looks like another heroes-come-together-to-stop-an-alien-threat film, and honestly that is all that it is. Is this film too early? Yes. It is. Three of the five (excluding Superman) members of the Justice League are making their first appearance in the DC cinematic universe, and them jumping right into something of this scale is crazy. My biggest fear is that it’s just going to be long, drawn-out action sequences with nothing much in between.

I hate to make the Avengers parallel, but I have to. There are basically two action set pieces in The Avengers, and a lot of the movie is devoted to actually making the team a team. I am not sure if the Justice League movie will be able to do that.

Furthermore, the tone is just all over the place. I’ve disliked both trailers for this film because I think the choice of the soundtrack has been laughable. Whoever thought rock music would be a better choice than an orchestra score, at least for the trailers, really set the wrong mood. I might be nitpicking here, but one of the DC Universe’s biggest problems has been its tone, which, despite what anyone will tell you, has been a complete mess. Choosing to go all out and have the tone of Independence Day for this movie is very strange.

Maybe my idea of a Justice League movie is different to most. I respect everyone’s opinions but I’m just not sold on this movie. The fact that it is sandwiched between Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi really isn’t helping it much. Disney is evil. But, for the sake of the comic book film, I really, really hope my thoughts about Justice League change dramatically when I watch the film.

I will end this section with things I liked. The idea that everyone is throwing around quips I do not like. It is unfitting and, quite frankly, very Marvel-esque. However, the one character that does seem to have this as a benefit is Ezra Miller’s Flash. He just looks great.

I liked the Steppenwolf reveal on Themyscira. That was a nice touch.

Also, the end of the trailer can either be Superman or Green Lantern. Personally, I think it’s the former, but speculate as you will.

Thor: Ragnarok

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I just realised how long the last section was. Wow.

Anyway, the last trailer I want to talk about is Thor: Ragnarok. Right off the bat, I’ll address my one concern, and it’s that there will be a lot of exposition in the film, of which I’m not a fan.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about how incredible this trailer is.

The things seen are brilliant. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is always beyond perfect. The Hulk and Thor relationship seems to be one that is going to be fun. Also, The Hulk can talk in Hulk form, albeit with a little broken grammar. Cate Blanchett’s Hela looks like she’s going to be a true menace on screen (making this the only year ever in which all of the villains in Marvel films are excellent. One can only hope). My knowledge of Norse mythology made me immediately recognise Fenris Wolf, who I somehow did not know was associated with Marvel Norse mythology, but that was nice to see. Loki is clearly on Thor’s side, but what is most interesting to me is that in the Infinity War footage shown at D23, I read that Loki is shown handing the Tesseract over to Thanos. Loki lives up to his trickster moniker. Loki is just amazing in the MCU.

The last shot showed the Hulk flying right into Surtur, and my first thought was ‘Dormammu’. I just hope Surtur is better.

Evidently, this film is not holding back on ‘Ragnarok’. There appear to be many, many elements but that is the point. It is the end of the nine realms as we supposedly know it.

As I’ve mentioned before when talking about this film, despite all the characters and actors in the film, Taika Waititi being in the director’s chair is what excites me the most. Just watch Hunt For the Wilderpeople.

I’m going to stop here because this has been long. Despite what I may have said about the Justice League, I still cannot wait to watch all of these. What are trailers for?

 

The Defenders Trailer Gets Your Excitement on Steroids

Marvel have been killing it on Netflix. Say what you want about Iron Fist, the only reason it was so criticised is because the bar for it was set so high for it by Jessica Jones and Daredevil. If those hadn’t come before it, everyone would have loved Iron Fist. Luke Cage is… Passable.

Naturally, when the time comes for all four heroes to finally come together for a series, the excitement is uncontrollable, and you think you can’t get any more excited. That is, until Netflix decides to give us a trailer.

We had a teaser before, but it wasn’t much. This is a complete trailer. And if there’s one thing the trailer tries to make sure you understand, it’s that everything that has happened so far matters, and it does so by using most of its time to show as many characters as it can. Hoping I haven’t missed anyone, the list includes the four main characters, Stick, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, Claire Temple, Elektra (who definitely has a big role), Sigourney Weaver’s character, Madam Gao, Colleen Wing and Patsy Walker. No Punisher though.

Clearly, elements from every preceding show exist in this one. Furthermore, the interactions between the four heroes is highlighted, and it’s exactly how it should be.

I’m glad this trailer arrived when there is just under a month left until release, because I might have died in anticipation if there was any more.

Lastly, the only reason I selected that image to be the feature is that I love it. See if you can spot why.

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The Last Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer is Exactly What It Should Be

I don’t usually have my featured images be vertical posters, but I had to make an exception with this one because a) That’s the only new picture I could find for this movie, and b) That new poster is just awesome.

What is (hopefully) the final trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming has arrived, and it is awesome.

In contrast to my earlier very long review for The Flash season 3 today, this will be a short review. Also juxtaposing that, this will be pretty positive.

This is a very well made trailer, for one particular reason: its music. It begins pretty upbeat, very in line with the tone of this movie, and then when Michael Keaton’s Vulture comes on screen, it turns on its head and becomes quite ominous. This is actually a really nice touch, even though it’s a pretty big cliche in the world of movie trailers. With this particular movie, however, I hope it’s an indication of how both characters will be. It also sets up The Vulture to be one of the more memorable Marvel villains, which would be a good streak following the greatness that was Ego the Living Planet. That is a weird sentence.

In terms of what’s actually in the trailer, I don’t have much to say because most of it has been seen before. I did particularly like the shot of the Vulture taking Spider-Man up into the sky with him.

Overall, this is a trailer that gets you excited for the movie just by showing you things you’ve seen before, to different music and edited slightly differently, and strangely, that’s not a bad thing. This is actually a great trailer, and July can’t come soon enough!

You can watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0D3AOldjMU

Stray observation: Much like Batman v Superman, this movie has a good first trailer, a second trailer that gives too much away, and a groovy, brilliant third trailer. I really do hope the similarities end there, though.

The Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Has (Norse) Godly Amounts of Awesome

The internet was buzzing last week when James Gunn stated that the Thor: Ragnarok teaser is the best Marvel ever put together (and if James Gunn says something, you better believe it), and rumours began spreading like wildfire of the teaser being released soon. This teaser was so anticipated, in fact, that Screen Junkies News even made a video discussing the fact this is the regular time before a Marvel movie that a teaser is released. There was a lot of anticipation for this.

Having said that, it has been received in a mixed manner, which is not surprising for the internet. However, I would like to consider my agreement with James Gunn entirely justified. The complaints are majorly the fact that the teaser has a rather light tone, and that apparently the whole film has been given away.

Taika Waititi is directing this movie, and if anybody knows anything about his films, they’d know that he specialises in comedy (and, in the rarest of occurrences these days, does spectacular comedy), and that he never said this film would be otherwise. The funniest thing about this complaint of the teaser being too funny is that there is barely anything to laugh about in it. Let’s break it down.

We see Thor lose his most prized possession. Really funny. We see Asgard get annihilated. Hilarious! Thor gets kidnapped. That’s a great laugh.
The only moment that offers a laugh is one which does it great, and it comes right at the end with the Hulk reveal.

Now, having said what is in the teaser, it should be known that everything that is seen is all from the first to middle-second act. Mjolnir being destroyed has been known for a while, Asgard’s fall is one of the basic constituents of Ragnarok in Norse mythology (and, subsequently, Marvel’s Norse mythology), and the Hulk reveal? Has anybody who criticised that not known anything about this movie?

The final criticism I will address before going on to vomit out praise regards the music. There is no argument here. It is amazing.

In fact, I’ll start with the music. It gives you goosebumps. Granted, the ‘high pitched screech’ is nothing new, but it is entirely appropriate for a movie like this, as is the fast paced back track, which ensures a quick-moving thrill ride of a movie to come. That’s actually something Marvel deserve applause for, in all of their teaser trailers. Their movie scores may not be anything special – except perhaps The Avengers’ one – but their trailer tracks are brilliant.

Now, I can only assume the opening setting is Muspelheim, meaning Surtur is likely involved in that scene, or more appropriately it could be Helheim, seeing as Cate Blanchett’s Hela is seen prominently early on. Speaking of, she is just magnificent, and in her few seconds on screen, appears set to be one of Marvel’s best villains to date. Valkyrie is seen, and her role in the film becomes clearer. Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster is also seen, as is Tom Hiddlestone’s (perfect) Loki. My fears of overcrowding in this film have vanished, seeing just how balanced all the characters are in this teaser. Even more so, the fact that the movie will get going right from the start makes it all the more exciting.

Now, the final Hulk reveal was inevitable, but I was not expecting it to be as it was. That’s the brilliance of Waititi’s comedy: it hits you when you least expect it, and it lands, without ruining important moments (looking at you, Doctor Strange). Thor initially seems shocked, then scared, about The Hulk’s appearance as his opponent in The Grandmaster’s arena, but then he laughs and almost celebrates the prospect of facing a friend – who will supposedly not hurt him – and finding Bruce Banner after he goes missing. Of course, that doesn’t exactly pay off, and the final, mouth-watering shot is the two of them colliding.

Just exquisite.

My excitement for this film sky-rocketed after watching this trailer. My biggest concern for it is the release date, which puts it very close to the Justice League and may hurt the film’s commercial success, but I hope people don’t refuse to watch it in order to watch the Justice League. Do yourself a favour. Watch both.

After a run of mostly mediocre trailers as of late, this teaser really stands out. Well done, everyone who put it together. James Gunn was right.

As I can’t place the trailer here, I’m presenting you with the link to it, over here.

 

The Second Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer is Great Despite Swinging a Little Too Far

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These trailers just don’t stop, do they?

On Sunday, rumours surfaced of a new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, and yesterday those rumours were made fact. Today, Marvel’s second film of the year got its second trailer, and it is rather polarising.

I am a huge Spider-Man fan and have been since I was four. Naturally, I’m excited for this movie, and considering the fact that Marvel Studios is producing it, I would have loved anything this trailer had to offer. And, I do. Everything this trailer shows us is fantastic. But the key word here is everything. Everything.

A condition trailers today often suffer from is that they reveal far too many details about the movie. Interestingly, my last trailer review criticised the Justice League trailer for doing the opposite, but that was because it felt like the trailer was obsolete in its existence. My expectations for this trailer were for it to be like the second trailer for Captain America: Civil War. That is, to build off of the first trailer and present similar plot details in a different way.

While it does actually work off the first trailer (which was good but not really that good), it added an overdose of additional details. I am now able to do what a trailer absolutely shouldn’t allow me to do: Sketch out the three acts of this film, in sequence. Read ahead with a mild spoilers caution.

It’s clear now that Peter Parker wants to get into the Avengers team, but Tony Stark thinks otherwise, possibly testing Peter’s ability. Peter tries to prove himself, messes up on that boat, and Tony takes away the suit he made for him. Peter takes his old suit out again and uses it in the final act to take down the Vulture, after which Tony Stark is impressed and gives Peter his suit back.

I don’t view this in the same light as the Doomsday reveal in the Batman v Superman trailer 2, because nothing very major is revealed, but it could have been toned down a notch. Not to say it has anything bad in it, because here’s all the good stuff.

Michael Keaton’s Vulture looks great, as he already did. I like that his character ties in to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be a one-dimensional villain (Hopefully. It’s Michael Keaton. Do him justice!). Peter Parker’s high school life looks like it’s going to be fun, with a lot of emphasis on his relationship with his best friend Ned Leeds, and Liz Allen, Peter’s actual first love interest. Tony Stark seems to have a lot of involvement in this film and I’m okay with that because the trailer hints that he’s woven into the main plot as well. Also, a lot of the action in this film seems to be vehicle-based, from helicopters to a ship to an aircraft, and I’m particularly excited about the last one because even after five films we’re able to see Spider-Man in a completely new setting.

So that’s that. I actually wanted a second trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, which should really be getting more attention than it is right now, but what we got was pretty great too, even though it went deep into spoiler territory. July can’t come soon enough!