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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.