No Hulk standalone, and Thanos is bringing friends.
18 Jul 2017 - 11:50 AM  UPDATED 18 Jul 2017 - 11:51 AM

*****Spoiler Alert for the Marvel cinematic universe, including Spider-Man: Homecoming, light spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok and the opening five minutes of Avengers: Infinity War*****

A behind-closed-doors Trailer of Marvel’s upcoming Avengers: Infinity War film at D23 Expo 2017 proves that Marvel’s ten year long build up to a cinematic universe was worth it.

According to Gizmodo, the Trailer opens with Thor crashing into the cockpit of the Guardians of the Galaxy’s ship, being brought on board and revived by Mantis. The team awkwardly introduce each other before heading to a destroyed planet, cutting to Scarlet Witch moving debris with a female voice bellowing, “death follows him like a shadow.” Loki is seen handing the Tesseract to someone taller than him. Spider-Man is wearing the suit given to him by Iron Man at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Captain America emerges from the shadows with a beard, now a fugitive after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and Bucky, the Winter Soldier, is seen standing with an army of Wakanda soldiers featured in 2018’s Black Panther.

It all comes together at the end of the Trailer with shots of the Guardians, Iron Man, Dr Strange and others staring in shock as Thanos appears from a black hole, pulling the moon towards Earth with just a slight twitch of his wrist. If this news tells us anything, it’s that every Marvel film is important to the overarching narrative. Avengers: Infinity War’s Trailer encompasses the various characters, locations and themes of the past ten years of Marvel’s cinematic universe, bringing everyone together to battle one giant threat. It feels rewarding to both comic book fans and anyone who’s invested in the various films, and it’s damn exciting.

According to Marvel, the Trailer won’t be publicly released until after Thor: Ragnarok, which begins airing in theatres October 26. It also seems unlikely we’ll ever see a true standalone Hulk film.

“A standalone Hulk movie will never happen,” Hulk's Mark Ruffalo told Variety. “Universal [Studios] has the rights to [a] standalone Hulk movie and for some reason they don’t know how to play well with Marvel. We talked about it but I don’t see it in the cards.”

“[In Thor: Ragnarok, Hulk’s] even more angry than the last time we saw him,” Ruffalo told Good Morning America. “For a much longer period of time. It’s fun smashing [Thor]. He’s just a puny God.”

The voice of Thanos, Josh Brolin, also revealed that Thanos will be joined by four of his elite team of children, the Black Order. The Black Order first appeared in the New Avengers series in 2013. In the comics, each of them are strong enough to take on a team of superheroes, so it’s likely we’ll see groups take on each of the four children in Infinity War.

Avengers: Infinity War is the first in the two-part film Thanos saga in the Marvel cinematic universe, scheduled to release April 25. The film brings together characters from every Marvel film, including Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Until then, you can quench your superhero thirst with the recently released, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok in October and Black Panther early next year.

D23 Expo is Disney’s official fan convention. At the show, the company reveals news of their upcoming films and Disney Park amusement rides, including traditional Disney animated films, Star Wars, Pixar and Marvel properties, as well as details about Kingdom Hearts 3.

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