Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Teases Global Destruction, New Alliances and Thanos' Rise to Power

Black Panther, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Thor team up in the Marvel Studios blockbuster

By Zach Johnson Mar 16, 2018 1:15 PMTags

Can Earth's Mightiest Heroes stop Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War?

Marvel Studios just released a new trailer for the blockbuster ahead of its Apr. 27 theatrical release. Expect to see a variety of heroes and villains teaming up and throwing down, as the cast includes Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Paul Bettany as Vision, Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Don Cheadle as Col. Rhodes/War Machine, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Benicio del Toro as The Collector, Vin Diesel as Groot, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Winston Duke as M'Baku, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Sebastian Stan as Buck Barnes/Winter Soldier, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Benedict Wong as Wong and Letitia Wright as Shuri.

The trailer opens with Gamora, Thanos' daughter, issuing a warning. "We have one advantage: He's coming to us," Iron Man responds. "We have what Thanos wants—so that's what we use."

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After the events of 2016's Captain America: Civil War, the heroes are "fractured at the start of the movie. It was always the intent, in a larger arc, to split the Avengers up before the greatest threat they've ever seen," co-director Joe Russo recently told Entertainment Weekly. "Thanos is a virtually indestructible character, which makes him an extremely difficult character to fight."

Downey, who launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 with Iron Man, promised a spectacular climax in Infinity War. "Believe me, I'm tired of every movie, you know, 'It's the end! It's Armageddon! It's the be-all, end-all, forever!' And then it's...not. This one actually is," Downey told the magazine with a laugh. "They're not kidding. This is a heads-will-roll scenario."

"The notion of an ending, the notion of a finale, became very intriguing to us, on large part because you don't see it that often in this particular genre," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige added. With this film, and its 2019 sequel, "We're going to pull out the stops, and stop exploring conventions, and look to do stuff where we go, 'Oh, but if we do that, that's very, very definitive,'" Downey said. "Well, great, let's get definitive for a change! We're like a family now. Ten years later, we're hanging out and having lunch, and kind of wondering when the draft is going to come in. Which one of us bites it and when?" At least some of the character will not survive, as screenwriter Stephen McFeely said, "It's safe to say we will say farewell to people."

But before then, the heroes must unite to stop Thanos.

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"He's from a planet called Titan that's no longer inhabited because of things that he thought he could help prevent, and he was not allowed to do that. What he feared most happened, and the planet and everybody on it basically went extinct. He vowed not to let that happen again. He thinks he sees the universe going down the tubes. He thinks he sees life expanding outward unchecked," Feige explained. "That will bring ruin, he believes, to the universe and to that life."

In short, Thanos wants to obliterate half the universe. "That's either genius or horrific, depending on your point of view, and most of our point of views say it's pretty horrific," Feige said. To accomplish his goal, Thanos needs to acquire the six Infinity Stones and combine them into one gauntlet. "He's on a hunt. We're using a bit of a '90s heist genre component," Russo teased. "Thanos is on a smash-and-grab, and everybody's trying to catch up the whole movie."

Sadly for the Avengers and their allies, it shouldn't be hard for Thanos to find the Infinity Stones: The Collector has the red Reality Stone, Doctor Strange has the green Time Stone, Loki has the blue Space Stone, the Nova Corps has the purple Power Stone and Vision has the yellow Mind Stone. "The end is near. When I'm done, half of humanity will still exist—perfectly balanced, as all things should be," Thanos says in the new trailer. "I hope they remember you."

Heroes Alike, Unite

These warriors from all different routes come together for one ultimate battle.

In the Office

The two veteran Avengers find themselves in a more tamed setting.

Behind Bars

Vision finds himself in a tough situation behind a closed gate.

Guardians of the World

The Guardians of the Galaxy are back together. Next stop: Earth.

Support Team

A crowd of heroes form around Thor as he recovers from his injuries.

Something's Wrong

Scarlet Witch can't hold back tears as she realizes the fight is not going to be an easy one.

Diving Into Battle

Star-Lord fearlessly dives falls from the sky, straight into the fight.

Tony Stark, the Handyman

Iron Man uses all of his strength to hold the fort together.

Heroes Walk

Doctor Strange, Tony Stark, Wong and Bruce Banner emerge from a cloud of debris and walk right into battle.

Stone Cold Stare

Thanos is determined to retrieve all six Infinity Stones—and nothing is going to stop him.

Here Comes Trouble

Thanos arrives with his deadly army fleet.

Everything OK?

After Thor crashes into the Milano, Rocket and Mantis take stock of the Asgardian's injuries.

Feel the Fury

Thanos unleashes his wrath on his home planet, Saturn's moon Titan.

In the Shadows

Loki is on the hunt for the remaining Infinity Stones.

Together Again

Col. Rhodes is walking again and reuniting with Captain America and Black Widow.

Space Cadets

The Guardians of the Galaxy set off on a separate missions, leaving Thor to team up with Groot and Rocket.

Saving the Sanctum

Doctor Strange summons Tony Stark and Wong to New York City—where Bruce Banner crashes back to Earth, just as a strange ship arrives.

It's a Cat Fight

M'Baku, Black Panther, Captain America and Winter Soldier prepare for battle in Wakanda.

Spidey Senses Are Tingling

Peter Parker leaves a school field trip to investigate a spaceship hovering above New York City.

The Latest and Greatest

Technology whiz Shuri meets with Scarlet Witch and Bruce Banner.

On the Front Lines

Okoye, Black Panther, Captain America, Black Widow and Winter Soldier team up to defend T'Challa's kingdom.

Captain America in Wakanda

Captain America looks like he means business in this still from the movie.

Power Duo

Captain America and Black Widow are ready to join in on the action.

Look Up

Black Widow, Falcon and Captain America are prepared to fight as they look up in this still from the Marvel movie.

Here Comes Spider-Man

Spider-Man appears to be up high in the sky in this pic from Avengers: Infinity War.

Don't Mess With Scarlet Witch

Scarlet Witch prepares to user her powers as Vision sits behind her.

Vision and Scarlet Witch

Scarlet Witch appears to be comforting Vision in this sneak peek pic.

Avengers Unite

Doctor Strange, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner and Wong join together in the film.

Hulk in Action

The Hulk looks ready for battle in this still.