It’s Christmas week which means news is relatively slow compared to say, earlier this month. Early in December, we were bombarded with trailers for mega-movies such as Avengers: Infinity War and Jurassic World. Even so, that doesn’t stop some movies from occasionally making a splash with the smallest of information. One of the most highly anticipated movies of 2018, Avengers: Infinity War manages to do just that with the release of two official stills giving us a hi-def look at scenes we’ve previously seen in trailers.
The first of these shows a wounded Thor being attended to by new member of the Guardians of the Galaxy Mantis as Rocket Racoon watches with a tensed look. While we didn’t see this in the officially released teaser, it is part of the same cliffhanger sequence between Thor and the Guardians on which the first teaser concluded. Moreover, this scene was a part of the D23 footage screened for audiences first at Disney’s D23 and later on at San Diego Comic Con which sees Mantis moving her hand over Thor’s forehead and doing some spiritual magic commanding Thor to wake up.
The second of the stills shows Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark look to the skies possibly at the Portal created by Thanos in the middle of New York City. He watches in amazement and fear as Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner and Benedict Wong’s Wong stand frozen looking at the same thing. This shot is significant in the way it’s been framed and has also gained increased importance in the aftermath of trailer breakdowns for Avengers: Infinity War. In these breakdowns, fans have surmised that while this appears to be a normal shot of heroes gazing in awe at the destruction, something seems to be amiss what with the trio of characters in the background being frozen with Stark being the only one moving. Whether or not that’s a deliberate framing choice or due to some time stone shenanigans remains to be seen.
It’s still some time before Marvel kicks off their Avengers: Infinity War marketing campaign in full gear; this generally happens with big-budget movies hot on the heels of the release of their second trailer. For now, Marvel would be content to have its other release Black Panther take the spotlight as is evident with the exclusive Empire coverage that featured on this week’s magazine along with a handful of stills released to accompany the same. Marvel’s third 2018 movie Ant-Man and the Wasp has also wrapped production and all signs point to us receiving a trailer towards the end of Jan 2018 to allow it to be comfortably attached to Black Panther showings.
Avengers: Infinity War will be out in theaters on May 4, 2018. Stay tuned to Appocalypse for more coverage of the movie as the release date nears.