Marvel Superheroes Loki, Scarlet Witch, and Other ‘Beloved’ MCU Characters Will Get Standalone Streaming TV Shows — Report

Some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes might be getting new life on Disney’s soon-to-be-launched streaming platform.

Snap be damned? Despite nearly halving the list of active Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” a handful of the franchise’s most beloved heroes are still reportedly set for small screen glory. Variety reports that Disney is “in early development on an ambitious plan for a number of limited series centered on popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These series will likely include shows centered on Loki and the Scarlet Witch, along with other beloved superheroes who have yet to appear in their own standalone movies.”

As the outlet reports, the potential streaming series have an “important distinction from other Marvel small screen efforts,” namely that the actors who play these characters in the MCU film franchise, including Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, are “expected” to play them on the new shows.

The series are still in early development — writers haven’t even been attached yet — and “storylines for each series are still being teased out.” Additionally, “insiders stress the Avengers that have gotten their own movies like Iron Man and Captain America will not be featured in the series with the studios focusing on characters who have served as second tier characters in the MCU.”

There’s also no word on budgetary expectations, but Variety reports that each series would include just six to eight episodes. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige will take a “hands-on role” in their creation. Unlike current Marvel shows like ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and Netflix’s “Daredevil,” these new series would exist as part of the Marvel Studios banner, not Marvel TV.

This is a big bit of news not just because of the MCU association, but because it provides further insight into how Disney expects to treat its upcoming streaming service. As Variety notes, since announcing the service in August of 2017, details have remained slim, with only a few details slipping out, including that it “will likely cost less than Netflix and will launch at some point in late 2019.”

Other shows announced on the platform include a new Star Wars series crafted by Jon Favreau, a show based on “High School Musical,” and a live-action “Lady and the Tramp” feature film. Of those picks, Favreau’s series will reportedly cost $100 million, further hinting at the amount of money the studio is willing to spend to outfit its new service with high quality programming.

IndieWire has reached out for to Disney for further comment.

Loki, Scarlet Witch, More Marvel Characters to Get Standalone Shows on Disney Streaming Service

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to Disney’s upcoming streaming service — and we’re not just talking about all those movies the platform will be adding to its catalogue upon launch. Yes, Marvel TV series.
Disney has several sta…

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to Disney’s upcoming streaming service — and we’re not just talking about all those movies the platform will be adding to its catalogue upon launch. Yes, Marvel TV series.

Disney has several standalone shows centering on Loki, Scarlet Witch and other MCU characters in the early stages of development, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

And these limited series — created for the SVOD — are expected to star the actors who play the superheroes on the big screen, with Tom Hiddleston expected to reprise his role as Loki and Elizabeth Olsen set to take on Scarlet Witch once more.

These shows are the latest in a line of projects Disney is stacking up to fill its SVOD, which is expected to launch in late 2019. There are currently “multiple Star Wars” productions in development, including a live-action series from “Jungle Book” and “Lion King” director (and MCU alum) Jon Favreau.

Marvel and Disney had no comment when reached by TheWrap. Representatives for Hiddleston and Olsen did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Variety first reported the news.

Umberto Gonzalez and Tim Baysinger contributed to this story.

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20 Big Things We Learned From the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Director Commentary

Fans have been speculating about all kinds of things about “Avengers: Infinity War” since the movie came out. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Chris Markus and Steve McFeely layered their culmination of 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies with references that cut right back to the MCU’s beginnings, and there are plenty of clues about what the future might hold scattered within, too.

In the home video release for “Infinity War,” the Russos and Markus and McFeely give feature commentary to go with the movie, and they reveal all kinds of interesting things about the film — plus, they confirm a few fan theories about what’s going on in the movie that might give hints about the events of “Avengers 4.” Here are all the interesting, cool and cryptic things we learned from the director commentary on “Infinity War.”

Kenneth Branagh was the voice of the Asgardian distress call

“Infinity War” opens almost directly after “Thor: Ragnarok,” the MCU movie which takes chronologically right before it. That movie ended with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) leading his people away from a destroyed Asgard. “Infinity War” picks up with Thanos (Josh Brolin) attacking the Asgardian “ark” ship. We hear a distress signal from the Asgardian ship at the start of the movie. Turns out, the person calling for help is Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World” director Kenneth Branagh, or Sir Kenneth if you’re feeling especially British.

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Thanos assaulting Xandar to get the Power Stone was in a previous draft of the script

Markus and McFeely discuss how they went through multiple iterations of the “Infinity War” script, because they were developing it even before other MCU movies — notably “Black Panther” and “Thor: Ragnarok” — were completed, or even written. That meant there were multiple versions of the script. In the finished version of “Infinity War,” Thanos gets the Power Stone, which was left in the care of the Nova Corps of the planet Xandar in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” off-screen — he has it when he attacks Thor and the Asgardians.

One version of the script included a huge battle where Thanos attacked Xandar, but it was cut because it was pretty much a foregone conclusion, McFeely and Markus said. They figured the audience wouldn’t need yet another battle in which Thanos emerged victorious with an Infinity Stone, especially because that battle wouldn’t add much to the characters or plot.

The most interesting part of this nugget, though, was that in that version of the story, Thanos and Gamora ran into each other during the battle on Xandar Meaning in that version the crucial “find Gamora and get her to take Thanos to the Soul Stone” part of the plan wouldn’t just have been the result of an odd coincidence.

Also Read: James Gunn Appears in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Special Features With Other Marvel Directors

The filmmakers confirm Doctor Strange has a secret plan

One scene that’s key to understanding the later events in “Infinity War” is when Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) uses the Time Stone to look at “alternate futures,” the possible outcomes of the battle with Thanos. In that scene, Strange says he sees only one outcome out of 14 million in which the heroes defeat Thanos. Not much more is said after that, but the implication is that his actions from that point, including surrendering the Time Stone to Thanos to save the life of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), are all part of the sequence of events that need to happen to create that victorious future.

During the commentary, the filmmakers talk about Doctor Strange’s character and what he knows at several points, and more than once the Russos and the screenwriters confirm that Doctor Strange knows a lot more than he’s letting on — the term “ominous prophecy” comes up during that scene. While they’re cryptic about it, they’re still strongly implying that everything that happened on Titan, at least, was part of Strange’s plan based on his vision.

Read more about Doctor Strange’s big plan here.

Hulk isn’t scared of Thanos, he’s tired of bailing out Banner

The “Infinity War” arc for Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and his alter-ego, the Incredible Hulk, is that Banner can’t summon the Hulk to help fight Thanos’ lieutenants, the Black Order, when they attack Earth. Hulk starts the movie by getting absolutely thrashed by Thanos, and after that, every time Banner tries to get the Hulk to come out and fight, he refuses.

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The Russos put to bed the idea that Hulk refused to come out to fight the Black Order because he was afraid of Thanos after his definitive defeat. Instead, the issue is more of a culmination of Hulk and Banner’s ongoing issues — the two sides of the same person hate each other and are constantly battling for control of their shared body. Hulk resents the fact that Banner only wants him around when he needs to smash things. In the movie, Banner is forced to deal with his own problems, rather than continually rely on Hulk.

They blew on Tom Holland’s ear to make his hair stand up (not really)

When Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is introduced during the Black Order’s attack on New York, his hair stands up — visual representation of his “spider-sense” that helps Peter detect and avoid danger. In the commentary, the Russos joke that to get Tom’s hair to stand up, they just “blew gently on his ear.” They reference the fact that they made same joke during an “Anatomy of the Scene” video for the New York Times, but don’t reveal how the effect is really achieved in “Infinity War.” Turns out, it’s just CGI.

Even the filmmakers don’t really know how much time passes over the course of the movie

During the scene when Peter Parker sneaks aboard the Q ship, the Russos and the screenwriters took some guesses at just how much time passes between Thanos’ arrival and the snap at the end of the movie. They didn’t have a firm answer, putting it probably about two days, at the outside. They’re just like us!

Thanos’ plan isn’t a plot hole, it’s a character thing

The filmmakers spent a lot of time talking about the inner and emotional life of Thanos, especially in terms of his relationship with his adopted daughter, Gamora (Zoe Saldana). During the scene on Knowhere, in which Thanos uses the Reality Stone to trick Gamora into thinking she killed him, they talk about how messed up Thanos is — because even though he’s manipulative and abusive, he thinks he’s been good to Gamora.

That led to a discussion of Thanos’ overall plan, and a “plot hole” a lot of people have brought up since the movie was released: If Thanos can use the near-limitless power of the Infinity Stones, instead of killing half of all life in the universe (which he says is to stop the suffering and death created by too many people competing for not enough resources), why not just double all the resources in the galaxy?

Also Read: Here’s How We Think ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Links ‘Infinity War’ to ‘Avengers 4’

Well, apparently that wasn’t a permanent enough solution for ole Thanos, an egotistical maniac with a messiah complex who is on a quest to save the universe his way and no one is going to be able to convince him his plan sucks.

Here’s a bit more about how Thanos’ plan was actually logical — by his own insane standards.

And why not just use the Reality Stone if it can, like, alter reality?

While discussing Thanos’ use of the Reality Stone to trick Gamora, the Russos also brought up a time when a fan questioned why Thanos couldn’t just use the Reality Stone to enact his plan, since it seems to alter the physical makeup of reality. We see it turn real objects to bubbles and people into ribbons or rocks; why bother gathering all six Infinity Stones if this one is so cool? The answer is that, really, the Reality Stone just doesn’t have enough power. The filmmakers also mentioned that while the Reality Stone seems to have an incredible amount of power, it’s mostly illusory. When it turns Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) into rocks and ribbons, respectively, the effect doesn’t last because it’s more of a short-term trick.

The movie’s inciting incident is Thanos finding out about the Soul Stone

One question that lingers in “Infinity War” is why Thanos hasn’t gotten around to grabbing up all the Infinity Stones before now. In the past, we’ve seen him try to gather them using intermediaries — he sent Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to conquer Earth and steal the Tesseract for him in “The Avengers,” which contained the Space Stone, and he dispatched Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) to get the Power Stone in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” But why did it take Thanos so long to go on his all-out campaign to get the stones? According to Markus and McFeely, the game-changer was when Thanos found out that Gamora knew the location of the Soul Stone.

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The Soul Stone was the only Infinity Stone that was never teased in the MCU before “Infinity War,” and in the movie, Thanos reveals that he tortured Nebula (Karen Gillan) and found out that Gamora knew of the stone’s location. The screenwriters say that it was that knowledge that turned the tide for Thanos; he previously used agents to go after the stones because he didn’t want to tip off the universe to his genocidal plan and have everyone array against him. When he found out that Gamora could lead him to the Soul Stone, he kicked off his campaign to get the other stones in earnest, creating the events of the movie.

Read more about why Thanos took so long to strike here.

Markus and McFeely had ‘a fetish’ about bringing back Red Skull

The idea to make Red Skull (Ross Marquand) the guide to the Soul Stone on Vormir served a purpose for the script, but it also fulfilled a longtime wish for the movie’s writers. The pair have written all three of the “Captain America” movies, and really wanted to bring the Red Skull, who was the villain in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” back to the MCU. Vormir gave them that opportunity, since they said they needed a reliable guide to the Soul Stone whose information audiences would believe immediately.

As an added bonus, go back and rewatch “The First Avenger” to see for yourself how well Red Skull’s appearance in “Infinity War” is supported by his fate in the earlier film.

Also Read: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ — Yes, The Keeper of the Soul Stone Was Who You Thought It Was

The Wakandans’ chants on the battlefield were ad-libs

Portions of “Infinity War” and “Black Panther” were being made simultaneously, which meant that Joe and Anthony Russo didn’t know a lot of the ins and outs of Wakanda. The decision to set the third act of “Infinity War” in the country was made before “Black Panther” was released to critical and audience acclaim. When the “Black Panther” actors showed up for their big battle scene, though, they already knew their characters — so the powerful Wakandan chants led by M’Baku (Winston Duke) and T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) were ad-libs by the actors.

Read more about how the success of “Black Panther” was a real benefit to “Infinity War” here.

The Russos say Shuri is the smartest person in the MCU

It’s not too big of a tease for the future that the “Infinity War” directors consider Shuri (Letitia Wright) the MCU’s smartest super-genius, especially since it’s the reason the heroes bring Vision (Paul Bettany) to Wakanda to get the Mind Stone removed from his head. But with some fans speculating that Shuri could be the successor to Tony Stark and Iron Man in the future of the MCU, it could be loaded comment.

Rocket’s quip about ‘space dogs’ came from a focus group

The Black Order uses an army of multi-limbed alien lizards to attack Wakanda’s energy shield, and the heroes have to fight a horde of the beasts. After the Russos showed the movie to an early test group, one person described those aliens as “space dogs.” The directors said they thought the description was funny enough to turn it into a line for Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), which he uses while firing away at the creatures alongside Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), shouting, “Come and get some, space dogs!”

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Star-Lord’s joke about his plan for catching Thanos was an ad-lib

On Titan, when the Guardians of the Galaxy, Tony Stark, Peter Parker and Doctor Strange manage to tie up Thanos, they very nearly get the Infinity Gauntlet off his hand. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) rockets over a few seconds later, as everyone struggles to keep Thanos tied up, and says, “I thought you’d be hard to catch — for the record, this is my plan.” The joke about the plan was an ad-lib by Pratt.

Speaking of the Guardians, read more about the deleted “Infinity War” scene that definitely should have been in the movie.

There was a draft of the script in which Captain America didn’t show up until Wakanda

Markus and McFeely wanted the arrival of Captain America (Chris Evans) to carry a huge amount of weight, coming after the character’s two years of exile following the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” They achieved that with Cap’s entrance in the Edinburgh scene, alongside Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), but in some of the other drafts of the script, the screenwriters wanted to push the entrance even farther. One draft, they said, had Cap’s first appearance being in Wakanda, when he rockets out of the trees to save Vision’s life as he grapples with bad guy Corvus Glaive (James Michael Shaw). The screenwriters say they were told holding Cap back for that long would be a huge mistake — and then, after thinking about it, decided those people were absolutely right.

Captain America’s big character arc is in ‘Avengers 4’

Grappling with so many characters in one movie was tough, which left Captain America without much character development in “Infinity War.” The screenwriters said that, since they knew “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers 4” would be two parts of the same story all along, they were able to leave the bulk of Cap’s personal story to the second part. During the commentary, the filmmakers mentioned that Cap has “a big story” in “Avengers 4.”

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That orange place Thanos goes at the snap is, in fact, the Soul World

Speculation has run rampant about the nature of the Soul Stone, which, in the comics, contains a whole world where the souls of people killed by the stone are trapped and reside. Fans have figured that the orange place where Thanos winds up briefly after he achieves the snap, where he meets a young Gamora, was the Soul World. In the commentary, the Russos said, “Of course it’s the Soul World,” which likely means the place will have a big part to play in “Avengers 4.”

There’s an actual story reason why Spider-Man took longer to die than everyone else

Most of the characters who fell victim to Thanos’ cosmic finger snap turned to dust in a second or two, but Peter Parker managed to hold out for nearly 30 seconds after uttering his much-memed “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good” line. Apparently, according to Joe Russo, they decided when they filmed the scene that they wanted to draw it out a bit to increase the emotional impact of the whole thing, and they justified it by telling Tom Holland that “you’re using your strength as Spider-Man to fight this.” Which is a fascinating, and believable, bit of lore that they apparently came up with on the fly.

Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet were permanently damaged by the snap

When Thanos snaps his fingers at the end of “Infinity War” and gets his wish, a huge amount of energy is expelled, and the Gauntlet and Thanos’ arm are singed by it. In fact, the snap looks like it hurts Thanos pretty badly. The Russos confirmed in the commentary what they’ve said before: using the Gauntlet took a toll on Thanos. What’s interesting is that the filmmakers used the word “permanently” to describe the damage done to both the Mad Titan and his weapon. Sounds like that could have implications for Thanos and the Gauntlet in the future, and maybe, how they can be beaten.

Also, imagine if Thanos is dead at the beginning of “Avengers 4,” having succumbed to that gaping chest wound. Hoo boy.

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The final shot of Thanos contains a comic Easter Egg

Eagle-eyed fans will notice that when Thanos comes out of his hut on the unnamed planet at the end of “Infinity War” after achieving his goal, there’s a figure in the bottom-right corner of the frame. It’s a scarecrow, one made out of Thanos’ armor from the beginning of the movie. That’s a nod to the Marvel comics, in which, after the “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline, Thanos leaves the life of villainy to become a farmer, and uses his armor to make a scarecrow in his field.

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Fans have been speculating about all kinds of things about “Avengers: Infinity War” since the movie came out. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Chris Markus and Steve McFeely layered their culmination of 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies with references that cut right back to the MCU’s beginnings, and there are plenty of clues about what the future might hold scattered within, too.

In the home video release for “Infinity War,” the Russos and Markus and McFeely give feature commentary to go with the movie, and they reveal all kinds of interesting things about the film — plus, they confirm a few fan theories about what’s going on in the movie that might give hints about the events of “Avengers 4.” Here are all the interesting, cool and cryptic things we learned from the director commentary on “Infinity War.”

Kenneth Branagh was the voice of the Asgardian distress call

“Infinity War” opens almost directly after “Thor: Ragnarok,” the MCU movie which takes chronologically right before it. That movie ended with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) leading his people away from a destroyed Asgard. “Infinity War” picks up with Thanos (Josh Brolin) attacking the Asgardian “ark” ship. We hear a distress signal from the Asgardian ship at the start of the movie. Turns out, the person calling for help is Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World” director Kenneth Branagh, or Sir Kenneth if you’re feeling especially British.

Thanos assaulting Xandar to get the Power Stone was in a previous draft of the script

Markus and McFeely discuss how they went through multiple iterations of the “Infinity War” script, because they were developing it even before other MCU movies — notably “Black Panther” and “Thor: Ragnarok” — were completed, or even written. That meant there were multiple versions of the script. In the finished version of “Infinity War,” Thanos gets the Power Stone, which was left in the care of the Nova Corps of the planet Xandar in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” off-screen — he has it when he attacks Thor and the Asgardians.

One version of the script included a huge battle where Thanos attacked Xandar, but it was cut because it was pretty much a foregone conclusion, McFeely and Markus said. They figured the audience wouldn’t need yet another battle in which Thanos emerged victorious with an Infinity Stone, especially because that battle wouldn’t add much to the characters or plot.

The most interesting part of this nugget, though, was that in that version of the story, Thanos and Gamora ran into each other during the battle on Xandar Meaning in that version the crucial “find Gamora and get her to take Thanos to the Soul Stone” part of the plan wouldn’t just have been the result of an odd coincidence.

The filmmakers confirm Doctor Strange has a secret plan

One scene that’s key to understanding the later events in “Infinity War” is when Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) uses the Time Stone to look at “alternate futures,” the possible outcomes of the battle with Thanos. In that scene, Strange says he sees only one outcome out of 14 million in which the heroes defeat Thanos. Not much more is said after that, but the implication is that his actions from that point, including surrendering the Time Stone to Thanos to save the life of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), are all part of the sequence of events that need to happen to create that victorious future.

During the commentary, the filmmakers talk about Doctor Strange’s character and what he knows at several points, and more than once the Russos and the screenwriters confirm that Doctor Strange knows a lot more than he’s letting on — the term “ominous prophecy” comes up during that scene. While they’re cryptic about it, they’re still strongly implying that everything that happened on Titan, at least, was part of Strange’s plan based on his vision.

Read more about Doctor Strange’s big plan here.

Hulk isn’t scared of Thanos, he’s tired of bailing out Banner

The “Infinity War” arc for Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and his alter-ego, the Incredible Hulk, is that Banner can’t summon the Hulk to help fight Thanos’ lieutenants, the Black Order, when they attack Earth. Hulk starts the movie by getting absolutely thrashed by Thanos, and after that, every time Banner tries to get the Hulk to come out and fight, he refuses.

The Russos put to bed the idea that Hulk refused to come out to fight the Black Order because he was afraid of Thanos after his definitive defeat. Instead, the issue is more of a culmination of Hulk and Banner’s ongoing issues — the two sides of the same person hate each other and are constantly battling for control of their shared body. Hulk resents the fact that Banner only wants him around when he needs to smash things. In the movie, Banner is forced to deal with his own problems, rather than continually rely on Hulk.

They blew on Tom Holland’s ear to make his hair stand up (not really)

When Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is introduced during the Black Order’s attack on New York, his hair stands up — visual representation of his “spider-sense” that helps Peter detect and avoid danger. In the commentary, the Russos joke that to get Tom’s hair to stand up, they just “blew gently on his ear.” They reference the fact that they made same joke during an “Anatomy of the Scene” video for the New York Times, but don’t reveal how the effect is really achieved in “Infinity War.” Turns out, it’s just CGI.

Even the filmmakers don’t really know how much time passes over the course of the movie

During the scene when Peter Parker sneaks aboard the Q ship, the Russos and the screenwriters took some guesses at just how much time passes between Thanos’ arrival and the snap at the end of the movie. They didn’t have a firm answer, putting it probably about two days, at the outside. They’re just like us!

Thanos’ plan isn’t a plot hole, it’s a character thing

The filmmakers spent a lot of time talking about the inner and emotional life of Thanos, especially in terms of his relationship with his adopted daughter, Gamora (Zoe Saldana). During the scene on Knowhere, in which Thanos uses the Reality Stone to trick Gamora into thinking she killed him, they talk about how messed up Thanos is — because even though he’s manipulative and abusive, he thinks he’s been good to Gamora.

That led to a discussion of Thanos’ overall plan, and a “plot hole” a lot of people have brought up since the movie was released: If Thanos can use the near-limitless power of the Infinity Stones, instead of killing half of all life in the universe (which he says is to stop the suffering and death created by too many people competing for not enough resources), why not just double all the resources in the galaxy?

Well, apparently that wasn’t a permanent enough solution for ole Thanos, an egotistical maniac with a messiah complex who is on a quest to save the universe his way and no one is going to be able to convince him his plan sucks.

Here’s a bit more about how Thanos’ plan was actually logical — by his own insane standards.

And why not just use the Reality Stone if it can, like, alter reality?

While discussing Thanos’ use of the Reality Stone to trick Gamora, the Russos also brought up a time when a fan questioned why Thanos couldn’t just use the Reality Stone to enact his plan, since it seems to alter the physical makeup of reality. We see it turn real objects to bubbles and people into ribbons or rocks; why bother gathering all six Infinity Stones if this one is so cool? The answer is that, really, the Reality Stone just doesn’t have enough power. The filmmakers also mentioned that while the Reality Stone seems to have an incredible amount of power, it’s mostly illusory. When it turns Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) into rocks and ribbons, respectively, the effect doesn’t last because it’s more of a short-term trick.

The movie’s inciting incident is Thanos finding out about the Soul Stone

One question that lingers in “Infinity War” is why Thanos hasn’t gotten around to grabbing up all the Infinity Stones before now. In the past, we’ve seen him try to gather them using intermediaries — he sent Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to conquer Earth and steal the Tesseract for him in “The Avengers,” which contained the Space Stone, and he dispatched Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) to get the Power Stone in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” But why did it take Thanos so long to go on his all-out campaign to get the stones? According to Markus and McFeely, the game-changer was when Thanos found out that Gamora knew the location of the Soul Stone.

The Soul Stone was the only Infinity Stone that was never teased in the MCU before “Infinity War,” and in the movie, Thanos reveals that he tortured Nebula (Karen Gillan) and found out that Gamora knew of the stone’s location. The screenwriters say that it was that knowledge that turned the tide for Thanos; he previously used agents to go after the stones because he didn’t want to tip off the universe to his genocidal plan and have everyone array against him. When he found out that Gamora could lead him to the Soul Stone, he kicked off his campaign to get the other stones in earnest, creating the events of the movie.

Read more about why Thanos took so long to strike here.

Markus and McFeely had ‘a fetish’ about bringing back Red Skull

The idea to make Red Skull (Ross Marquand) the guide to the Soul Stone on Vormir served a purpose for the script, but it also fulfilled a longtime wish for the movie’s writers. The pair have written all three of the “Captain America” movies, and really wanted to bring the Red Skull, who was the villain in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” back to the MCU. Vormir gave them that opportunity, since they said they needed a reliable guide to the Soul Stone whose information audiences would believe immediately.

As an added bonus, go back and rewatch “The First Avenger” to see for yourself how well Red Skull’s appearance in “Infinity War” is supported by his fate in the earlier film.

The Wakandans’ chants on the battlefield were ad-libs

Portions of “Infinity War” and “Black Panther” were being made simultaneously, which meant that Joe and Anthony Russo didn’t know a lot of the ins and outs of Wakanda. The decision to set the third act of “Infinity War” in the country was made before “Black Panther” was released to critical and audience acclaim. When the “Black Panther” actors showed up for their big battle scene, though, they already knew their characters — so the powerful Wakandan chants led by M’Baku (Winston Duke) and T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) were ad-libs by the actors.

Read more about how the success of “Black Panther” was a real benefit to “Infinity War” here.

The Russos say Shuri is the smartest person in the MCU

It’s not too big of a tease for the future that the “Infinity War” directors consider Shuri (Letitia Wright) the MCU’s smartest super-genius, especially since it’s the reason the heroes bring Vision (Paul Bettany) to Wakanda to get the Mind Stone removed from his head. But with some fans speculating that Shuri could be the successor to Tony Stark and Iron Man in the future of the MCU, it could be loaded comment.

Rocket’s quip about ‘space dogs’ came from a focus group

The Black Order uses an army of multi-limbed alien lizards to attack Wakanda’s energy shield, and the heroes have to fight a horde of the beasts. After the Russos showed the movie to an early test group, one person described those aliens as “space dogs.” The directors said they thought the description was funny enough to turn it into a line for Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), which he uses while firing away at the creatures alongside Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), shouting, “Come and get some, space dogs!”

Star-Lord’s joke about his plan for catching Thanos was an ad-lib

On Titan, when the Guardians of the Galaxy, Tony Stark, Peter Parker and Doctor Strange manage to tie up Thanos, they very nearly get the Infinity Gauntlet off his hand. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) rockets over a few seconds later, as everyone struggles to keep Thanos tied up, and says, “I thought you’d be hard to catch — for the record, this is my plan.” The joke about the plan was an ad-lib by Pratt.

Speaking of the Guardians, read more about the deleted “Infinity War” scene that definitely should have been in the movie.

There was a draft of the script in which Captain America didn’t show up until Wakanda

Markus and McFeely wanted the arrival of Captain America (Chris Evans) to carry a huge amount of weight, coming after the character’s two years of exile following the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” They achieved that with Cap’s entrance in the Edinburgh scene, alongside Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), but in some of the other drafts of the script, the screenwriters wanted to push the entrance even farther. One draft, they said, had Cap’s first appearance being in Wakanda, when he rockets out of the trees to save Vision’s life as he grapples with bad guy Corvus Glaive (James Michael Shaw). The screenwriters say they were told holding Cap back for that long would be a huge mistake — and then, after thinking about it, decided those people were absolutely right.

Captain America’s big character arc is in ‘Avengers 4’

Grappling with so many characters in one movie was tough, which left Captain America without much character development in “Infinity War.” The screenwriters said that, since they knew “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers 4” would be two parts of the same story all along, they were able to leave the bulk of Cap’s personal story to the second part. During the commentary, the filmmakers mentioned that Cap has “a big story” in “Avengers 4.”

That orange place Thanos goes at the snap is, in fact, the Soul World

Speculation has run rampant about the nature of the Soul Stone, which, in the comics, contains a whole world where the souls of people killed by the stone are trapped and reside. Fans have figured that the orange place where Thanos winds up briefly after he achieves the snap, where he meets a young Gamora, was the Soul World. In the commentary, the Russos said, “Of course it’s the Soul World,” which likely means the place will have a big part to play in “Avengers 4.”

There’s an actual story reason why Spider-Man took longer to die than everyone else

Most of the characters who fell victim to Thanos’ cosmic finger snap turned to dust in a second or two, but Peter Parker managed to hold out for nearly 30 seconds after uttering his much-memed “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good” line. Apparently, according to Joe Russo, they decided when they filmed the scene that they wanted to draw it out a bit to increase the emotional impact of the whole thing, and they justified it by telling Tom Holland that “you’re using your strength as Spider-Man to fight this.” Which is a fascinating, and believable, bit of lore that they apparently came up with on the fly.

Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet were permanently damaged by the snap

When Thanos snaps his fingers at the end of “Infinity War” and gets his wish, a huge amount of energy is expelled, and the Gauntlet and Thanos’ arm are singed by it. In fact, the snap looks like it hurts Thanos pretty badly. The Russos confirmed in the commentary what they’ve said before: using the Gauntlet took a toll on Thanos. What’s interesting is that the filmmakers used the word “permanently” to describe the damage done to both the Mad Titan and his weapon. Sounds like that could have implications for Thanos and the Gauntlet in the future, and maybe, how they can be beaten.

Also, imagine if Thanos is dead at the beginning of “Avengers 4,” having succumbed to that gaping chest wound. Hoo boy.

The final shot of Thanos contains a comic Easter Egg

Eagle-eyed fans will notice that when Thanos comes out of his hut on the unnamed planet at the end of “Infinity War” after achieving his goal, there’s a figure in the bottom-right corner of the frame. It’s a scarecrow, one made out of Thanos’ armor from the beginning of the movie. That’s a nod to the Marvel comics, in which, after the “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline, Thanos leaves the life of villainy to become a farmer, and uses his armor to make a scarecrow in his field.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War:’ Kevin Feige Tells Us All About That Shocking Opening Death (Exclusive)

(MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD for the beginning of “Avengers: Infinity War.” If you don’t want to know anything about the film, stop reading now.)

“Avengers: Infinity War” raised a lot of questions for fans of the franchise, starting with that brutal, heartbreaking first scene — Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is finally coming clean about what motivated the shocking twist and what it was like for the actors involved.

FINAL SPOILER WARNING: If you still haven’t seen the movie, read no further.

Within the first 10 minutes of “Infinity War,” the villain who helped define the Marvel Cinematic Universe left it, apparently forever, when the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin) killed Loki (Tom Hiddleston) — along with Idris Elba’s good guy Heimdall.

What made the scene particularly painful for fans is how he went out — almost immediately after the end of 2017’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” when he made a vain attempt to assassinate Thanos and save his adopted brother, Thor.

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Loki has come a long, long way from the sneak who betrayed Asgard in 2011’s “Thor” and then led an alien invasion of Earth the following year in “The Avengers.” And it was pretty hard to watch since it comes so soon after Loki’s apparent redemption in “Ragnarok” as he developed from embittered adopted brother to reluctant, though seemingly sincere hero.

But was it as hard for Hiddleston to shoot his death scenes as it was for audiences to watch them die? Feige told TheWrap, “It’s emotional.”

“A lot of days on this movie were emotional, not just if anything that drastic happened, but just characters that have been around for so long, or for whom the actor is their most identifiable role, or it’s a role that started them on their current giant career path,” said Feige. “Not just a big dramatic bow, final curtain call, but anything some of the emotional dialogue scenes in this movie people … it would get emotional. For the most part, the film was fun because all these people are fun and all these actors are fun.”

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“Everybody loves being in the shared sandbox, but there’s emotion when people have been playing these characters for this long and are this closely,” Feige continued. “They are as emotionally connected to the characters, if not more so, than the audiences are.”

“So you have to imagine it’s emotional as they go through scenes that either represent, as I said, some sort of a curtain dropping, or just scenes that allow them to reflect on how far they’ve come, so there are a lot of days like that, that were emotional. And for Tom in particular, yeah, there was some. Some days were more emotional than others.”

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But if it came as a surprise to audiences, at least Hiddleston had time to process it.

Asked by TheWrap Marvel’s famous secrecy regarding key plot details means actors don’t find out about their death scenes until the day they show up to shoot, Feige replied, “They know beforehand.”

Now you tell us.

“Avengers: Infinity War” is currently playing in theaters.

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(MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD for the beginning of “Avengers: Infinity War.” If you don’t want to know anything about the film, stop reading now.)

“Avengers: Infinity War” raised a lot of questions for fans of the franchise, starting with that brutal, heartbreaking first scene — Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is finally coming clean about what motivated the shocking twist and what it was like for the actors involved.

FINAL SPOILER WARNING: If you still haven’t seen the movie, read no further.

Within the first 10 minutes of “Infinity War,” the villain who helped define the Marvel Cinematic Universe left it, apparently forever, when the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin) killed Loki (Tom Hiddleston) — along with Idris Elba’s good guy Heimdall.

What made the scene particularly painful for fans is how he went out — almost immediately after the end of 2017’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” when he made a vain attempt to assassinate Thanos and save his adopted brother, Thor.

Loki has come a long, long way from the sneak who betrayed Asgard in 2011’s “Thor” and then led an alien invasion of Earth the following year in “The Avengers.” And it was pretty hard to watch since it comes so soon after Loki’s apparent redemption in “Ragnarok” as he developed from embittered adopted brother to reluctant, though seemingly sincere hero.

But was it as hard for Hiddleston to shoot his death scenes as it was for audiences to watch them die? Feige told TheWrap, “It’s emotional.”

“A lot of days on this movie were emotional, not just if anything that drastic happened, but just characters that have been around for so long, or for whom the actor is their most identifiable role, or it’s a role that started them on their current giant career path,” said Feige. “Not just a big dramatic bow, final curtain call, but anything some of the emotional dialogue scenes in this movie people … it would get emotional. For the most part, the film was fun because all these people are fun and all these actors are fun.”

“Everybody loves being in the shared sandbox, but there’s emotion when people have been playing these characters for this long and are this closely,” Feige continued. “They are as emotionally connected to the characters, if not more so, than the audiences are.”

“So you have to imagine it’s emotional as they go through scenes that either represent, as I said, some sort of a curtain dropping, or just scenes that allow them to reflect on how far they’ve come, so there are a lot of days like that, that were emotional. And for Tom in particular, yeah, there was some. Some days were more emotional than others.”

But if it came as a surprise to audiences, at least Hiddleston had time to process it.

Asked by TheWrap Marvel’s famous secrecy regarding key plot details means actors don’t find out about their death scenes until the day they show up to shoot, Feige replied, “They know beforehand.”

Now you tell us.

“Avengers: Infinity War” is currently playing in theaters.

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James Corden Hosts ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Cast on Tour Around Los Angeles

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Cast Tours Hollywood on James Corden’s Double-Decker Bus (Video)

While the world is lining up to see “Avengers: Infinity War” in theaters, the cast of the film took a tour on James Corden’s double-decker bus of Los Angeles, visiting standard coffee shops and brunch places.

“There’s no tour for the stars to take, until now. That’s why I created ‘James Corden’s Star Star tour,’” Corden said, adding that he invested a lot of his own money and cash from “The Late Late Show’s” budget, so he really hopes stars will actually turn up for this tour.

Turns out, Corden’s worries were unnecessary, given that the “Avengers” cast showed up for the tour. Tom Hiddleston was up first, with Paul Bettany, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Pom Klementieff, Zoe Saldana, Winston Duke, Sebastian Stan, Letitia Wright, Elizabeth Olsen, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie and Josh Brolin following.

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Weapons, including “Vibranium and Infinity Gauntlets,” were prohibited on the tour. Their first stop was a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, which Corden described as a place where people run to get the star’s coffee should they want one. Cheadle was so mesmerized that he took a photo.

Then the bus drove past people waiting in line for a brunch, a sight previously unseen by Pratt.

“When you say, ‘waiting in line,’ what does that mean?” Pratt asked Corden.

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“It’s like a red carpet,” Bettany clarified.

When Corden asked the team whether anyone died in “Infinity War,” awkward silence ensued until Bettany shouted, “Snitches end up in ditches!”

Then, the bus halted at a comic book store, where the cast signed books for surprised fans. When Mackie was handed a “Black Panther” comic, he shouted, “I wasn’t IN ‘Black Panther!’”

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Lastly, the cast sang a beautiful rendition of “We Are the World,” of course with the lyrics changed. At one point, the cast sang, “We’ll probably be doing these movies until we have dentures.”

And that’s the end of the tour. Of course, one Avenger missed the memo and showed up late — Chris Hemsworth, who ended up taking the tour alone.

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While the world is lining up to see “Avengers: Infinity War” in theaters, the cast of the film took a tour on James Corden’s double-decker bus of Los Angeles, visiting standard coffee shops and brunch places.

“There’s no tour for the stars to take, until now. That’s why I created ‘James Corden’s Star Star tour,'” Corden said, adding that he invested a lot of his own money and cash from “The Late Late Show’s” budget, so he really hopes stars will actually turn up for this tour.

Turns out, Corden’s worries were unnecessary, given that the “Avengers” cast showed up for the tour. Tom Hiddleston was up first, with Paul Bettany, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Pom Klementieff, Zoe Saldana, Winston Duke, Sebastian Stan, Letitia Wright, Elizabeth Olsen, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie and Josh Brolin following.

Weapons, including “Vibranium and Infinity Gauntlets,” were prohibited on the tour. Their first stop was a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, which Corden described as a place where people run to get the star’s coffee should they want one. Cheadle was so mesmerized that he took a photo.

Then the bus drove past people waiting in line for a brunch, a sight previously unseen by Pratt.

“When you say, ‘waiting in line,’ what does that mean?” Pratt asked Corden.

“It’s like a red carpet,” Bettany clarified.

When Corden asked the team whether anyone died in “Infinity War,” awkward silence ensued until Bettany shouted, “Snitches end up in ditches!”

Then, the bus halted at a comic book store, where the cast signed books for surprised fans. When Mackie was handed a “Black Panther” comic, he shouted, “I wasn’t IN ‘Black Panther!'”

Lastly, the cast sang a beautiful rendition of “We Are the World,” of course with the lyrics changed. At one point, the cast sang, “We’ll probably be doing these movies until we have dentures.”

And that’s the end of the tour. Of course, one Avenger missed the memo and showed up late — Chris Hemsworth, who ended up taking the tour alone.

Watch the video above.

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Roles You Forgot the Cast of ‘The Avengers’ Played (Video)

The cast members of “Avengers: Infinity War” have become some of the biggest movie stars on the planet over the last 10 years of appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s almost hard to imagine that they once portrayed characters in films and TV who weren’t so heroic.

In this exclusive video for TheWrap, we gathered up a few of the choice roles you forgot the Avengers ever played. Some are more embarrassing looks or smaller roles before they were famous. Others are parts they squeezed between films that couldn’t be more different from their MCU counterparts.

Take Robert Downey Jr. for instance. He had a busy rise and fall and second rise before he played Tony Stark. But you might’ve forgotten that he once was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” Rolling Stone ranked him dead last on their complete ranking of every cast member. And this clip of him inside a suitcase says a lot about how his stint there went.

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Chris Pratt was a pudgy Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation” before he got into superhero shape with “Zero Dark Thirty,” where you may have missed him as one of the Seal Team Six members responsible for hunting down Osama bin Laden.

You’d hardly recognize Chris Evans as Steve Rogers if you saw him in “The Iceman.” Or did you know that Josh Brolin, now playing the uber-powerful Thanos, once did his best George W. Bush in Oliver Stone’s biopic?

Check out TheWrap’s quick video roundup above, also featuring early and obscure parts for Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen.

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The cast members of “Avengers: Infinity War” have become some of the biggest movie stars on the planet over the last 10 years of appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s almost hard to imagine that they once portrayed characters in films and TV who weren’t so heroic.

In this exclusive video for TheWrap, we gathered up a few of the choice roles you forgot the Avengers ever played. Some are more embarrassing looks or smaller roles before they were famous. Others are parts they squeezed between films that couldn’t be more different from their MCU counterparts.

Take Robert Downey Jr. for instance. He had a busy rise and fall and second rise before he played Tony Stark. But you might’ve forgotten that he once was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” Rolling Stone ranked him dead last on their complete ranking of every cast member. And this clip of him inside a suitcase says a lot about how his stint there went.

Chris Pratt was a pudgy Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation” before he got into superhero shape with “Zero Dark Thirty,” where you may have missed him as one of the Seal Team Six members responsible for hunting down Osama bin Laden.

You’d hardly recognize Chris Evans as Steve Rogers if you saw him in “The Iceman.” Or did you know that Josh Brolin, now playing the uber-powerful Thanos, once did his best George W. Bush in Oliver Stone’s biopic?

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Stagecraft Special Edition: Tom Hiddleston Talks Shakespeare, ‘Avengers’

Today we offer a special “Passion Projects” edition of “Stagecraft,” with Variety‘s deputy awards and features editor Jenelle Riley speaking to actor Tom Hiddleston about his recent production of “Hamlet,” dire…

Today we offer a special “Passion Projects” edition of “Stagecraft,” with Variety‘s deputy awards and features editor Jenelle Riley speaking to actor Tom Hiddleston about his recent production of “Hamlet,” directed by Kenneth Branagh. Hiddleston, who rose to prominence playing the God of Mischief Loki in “Thor” and subsequent films like “The Avengers,” will be […]

This ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Fan Edit With ‘Holding Out for a Hero’ is Absolutely Perfect (Video)

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— piss off ghost (@solversonlou) March 13, 2018

One of the fun things about the Internet is it gives fans a chance to mess with movies, and one thing folks often do is add different music to scenes to totally change their effect.

Take this inspired fan edit of the big fight on Asgard’s Rainbow Bridge in “Thor: Ragnarok” created by Twitter user @solversonlou. The clip replaces the 1970s tone provided by Led Zeppelin’s pounding “Immigrant Song” with an 80’s gloss courtesy of Bonnie Tyler’s 1984 hit “Holding Out for a Hero.” Watch the video above.

No joke, this thing is so good you’d believe “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi  intended all along for that song to play while Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his friends duke it out with the undead forces of the villain Hela (Cate Blanchett).

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As the music ramps up, it starts to look like the sequence was built around the song. Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) marches into battle in the first chorus, her sword landing with a clash of cymbals. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) clashes with the huge wolf Fenrir just as the song starts to talk about needing a hero who’s “gotta be strong and he’s gotta be fast and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight.” Loki (Tom Hiddleston) takes out a guy, does a barrel roll, and comes up into a slow-motion hair swish perfectly timed with a drum crescendo. It. Is. Perfect.

There are a lot of great similar fan edits out there on the Internet, but this particular “Thor” one stands alone. It might function as a joke to make the scene a bit funnier, but really, it also feels in keeping with the comedic tone the film already nails throughout — and it does kind of pound along with the same kind of energy as “Immigrant Song.” This is a standard all Internet film jokesters should aspire to reach.

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One of the fun things about the Internet is it gives fans a chance to mess with movies, and one thing folks often do is add different music to scenes to totally change their effect.

Take this inspired fan edit of the big fight on Asgard’s Rainbow Bridge in “Thor: Ragnarok” created by Twitter user @solversonlou. The clip replaces the 1970s tone provided by Led Zeppelin’s pounding “Immigrant Song” with an 80’s gloss courtesy of Bonnie Tyler’s 1984 hit “Holding Out for a Hero.” Watch the video above.

No joke, this thing is so good you’d believe “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi  intended all along for that song to play while Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his friends duke it out with the undead forces of the villain Hela (Cate Blanchett).

As the music ramps up, it starts to look like the sequence was built around the song. Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) marches into battle in the first chorus, her sword landing with a clash of cymbals. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) clashes with the huge wolf Fenrir just as the song starts to talk about needing a hero who’s “gotta be strong and he’s gotta be fast and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight.” Loki (Tom Hiddleston) takes out a guy, does a barrel roll, and comes up into a slow-motion hair swish perfectly timed with a drum crescendo. It. Is. Perfect.

There are a lot of great similar fan edits out there on the Internet, but this particular “Thor” one stands alone. It might function as a joke to make the scene a bit funnier, but really, it also feels in keeping with the comedic tone the film already nails throughout — and it does kind of pound along with the same kind of energy as “Immigrant Song.” This is a standard all Internet film jokesters should aspire to reach.

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10 Big Takeaways From That Bananas Final 'Avengers: Infinity War' Trailer

10 Big Takeaways From That Bananas Final ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer

Wow, we’re just six weeks away from the cinematic superhero event of the decade, and the final trailer for “Avengers: Infinity War” has us chomping at the bit to see this thing go down. But this trailer is more than just awesome action — there’s lots of little details that can give us some big hints about what’s going to happen in this superhero team-up to end all superhero team-ups.

We previously dug into the first “Infinity War” trailer to see what information could be gleaned. Below you’ll find our observations from some of the key moments from the final trailer.

More Thanos and Gamora history

We know Thanos (Josh Brolin) has a lot of history with two major players from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films — Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and her adopted sister Nebula (Karen Gillan). It looks like “Infinity War” will lay out more of Gamora’s childhood and her experiences with Thanos, judging by a brief shot of what looks like a flashback in which Thanos takes a young green girl by the hand.

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Gamora and Nebula were taken at a young age and raised by Thanos, and in the first “Guardians” movies, they serve as his agents. Gamora first meets Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) while she’s trying to track down the Orb (which houses the Power Infinity Stone) for Thanos — but she’s really planning to steal it and betray him. She later fights Nebula, who hates her because Gamora was always Thanos’ favorite. The two sisters later reconcile their differences, at least to some degree, in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

According to Gamora and Nebula, living under Thanos’ rule was a torturous experience that had them constantly fighting each other. Nebula’s cyborg appearance is a result of those fights (Gamora would always win, Thanos would replace Nebula’s body with robot parts to make her stronger). Since it seems like Gamora will be the character giving the Avengers the low-down on Thanos’ deal in “Infinity War,” we’ll likely be getting a sense of why he’s so scary from a flashback detailing her personal experience with the villain.

Who’s that new baddie torturing Doctor Strange?

When Thanos comes to Earth hunting the Infinity Stones, he doesn’t come alone — he brings along the Black Order, a group of powerful lieutenants that help him wreck planets and conquer stuff. A new one of those powerful baddies shows up in the new “Infinity War” trailer, where he’s seen torturing Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). It looks to be Ebony Maw, an alien who isn’t much of a fighter, but whose intelligence and abilities more than make up for it.

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In the comics, Ebony Maw has the power to manipulate people and bend them to his will using his powers of persuasion, merely by talking to them. The effect is pretty powerful. He even manages to make Dr. Strange work for him in the comic story, before later erasing Strange’s memory so he has no recollection of helping Maw carry out his plans. The trailer shows Maw torturing Dr. Strange, who we know is in possession of the Amulet of Agamotto, the time-bending artifact that houses the Time Infinity Stone. So Maw might be trying to get the stone from Strange — or he could be working his mind-control abilities on him.

For more about Ebony Maw and what he might be up to with Doctor Strange, check out our breakdown of the character.

Doctor Strange’s cape seems to be doing its own thing

It’s tough to make out, but a shot in the trailer appears to show Dr. Strange’s red and billowing Cloak of Levitation… without Dr. Strange actually in it. This one’s a little hard to understand, exactly, but from the shot in the trailer, it looks as though the cape has a red-clad body of its own (or arms, at least), but pointedly, no head.

We know the Cloak of Levitation is more than just a spiffy piece of clothing. In “Doctor Strange,” the cloak is all but alive, coming to Strange’s aid in his moment of need to save his life. As Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) explains it, the cloak “chooses” Strange to be its master (all “relics,” of which the cloak is one, do this to some degree), and we even see it trying to communicate and acting with a will of its own, pulling Strange in certain directions when it wants him to go somewhere or do something.

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It doesn’t seem too far-fetched that there might be more to the cloak than “Doctor Strange” previously let on. The comics aren’t much help here either, since the cloak is much more of a magical tool there than it is in the movie. But we also know that Thanos’ Infinity Stones have the ability to alter reality, so maybe bringing the cloak fully to life with a body of its own is an unforeseen consequence.

Captain America can hold his own in a fistfight with Thanos

This is kinda wild. We, of course, knew that Captain America (Chris Evans) was really, really strong, but strong enough to be able to keep the Mad Titan Thanos from punching him in the face? We’re very worried the next part of that scene is Cap getting crushed to death.

Hiding Vision in Wakanda?

There’s a part in the trailer where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is describing a plan to try to play keep-away with the Infinity Stones so Thanos can’t get hold of them. We see Captain America and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) visiting Wakanda, and Shuri (Letitia Wright) looking at a hologram of that shows a floating disembodied head, belonging to Vision (Paul Bettany) — which also contains the Mind Stone.

Also Read: ‘Black Panther’: Did We See the Soul Stone in Wakanda?

So is the big battle in Wakanda going to happen because they’re hiding one or more of the Stones there? The nation’s technological superiority makes it the best place for such a plan, anyway.

Loki in trouble — or on the wrong team

In the final trailer, we see Loki standing with Thanos’ powerful group of lieutenants, the Black Order, and it’s not clear if he’s a prisoner (it looks like the Black Order member that appears to be Proxima Midnight has her weapon trained on him) or if he’s switched sides.

Both are possible. The trailers for “Infinity War” have all but confirmed what fans suspected at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok”: When Thanos comes calling after the Asgardians escape the destruction of their planet, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) hands over the Tesseract, the powerful artifact from “The Avengers” that houses the Space Infinity Stone. Loki previously worked for Thanos in “The Avengers” — it was Thanos’ army of aliens Loki brought to Earth, and Thanos who provided Loki with his mind-controlling scepter, which later turned out to house the Mind Infinity Stone.

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From the look of the trailer, Loki might be taking up a spot among the Black Order in “Infinity War” — at least temporarily. Loki went through some big character changes in “Thor: Ragnarok,” so it seems just as likely that he’s biding his time and pretending to work for the bad guys.

Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy have an adventure before they get to Earth

So we know that Thor manages to escape from Thanos before teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. And we can presume that happens before the Guardians get to Earth, which would mean that in the intervening period they have some kind of adventure of their own involving, as we see in this trailer, a visit to what looks like an old abandoned ship of some sort.

Notably, we have not seen Thor on Earth in either of the “Infinity War” trailers, so this must be some kind of substantial side trip. Maybe Thor will die there? We think, by the way, that the shot from the trailer of Thanos squeezing Thor’s head is from before Thor escapes from the ship that he, Valkyrie and Loki fled Asgard on at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok.” But who knows?

Is that Hulk in the Hulkbuster suit?

Though we did see Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) near the beginning of this trailer, we still have not seen the big green guy in either of these trailers. Or did we? The Iron Man Hulkbuster suit is kind of a weird anomaly in the battle in Wakanda, because there’s seemingly nothing there that would seem to warrant it over any other Iron Man suit. Also, that shot of Banner we mentioned earlier also had Black Widow and War Machine in it — coincidentally, those two are also in Wakanda in “Infinity War.”

Also Read: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’: Is Baby Groot the Same Person as Big Groot?

So our thought, at this point, is that the Hulk is actually wearing that Hulkbuster suit himself. Which is awesome.

Iron Man has a weird new muscle suit

Iron Man, meanwhile, has a weird looking new suit of his own that looks kind of like a muscle suit. And he’s got some kind of rocket platform attached to it at one point. It’s probably just a curiosity but it’s worth noting. Since Tony previously had some trouble taking his suit into space, maybe this new design is meant to deal with that problem better than his sub-orbital suit, briefly shown in “Iron Man 3.”

Who’s missing?

It would be a tough task to fit every single major character in “Infinity War” into a trailer, but this thing nearly pulls it off. There are a few key names absent here, and while the previous trailer picked up some of the slack, there are still seven important characters we have not seen at all in either of them. They are: Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Nebula (Karen Gillen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Heimdall (Idris Elba) and the Collector (Benicio Del Toro). Nebula, at least, made an appearance on the new poster, and Idris Elba and Benicio Del Toro are listed among the cast on that poster, even though they’re not seen in the artwork.

That leaves Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Valkyrie and Nick Fury as major question marks at this point. They do get mentions on the iMDB page for “Infinity War,” though, so it seems we should expect them all to pop up at some point.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’: 11 Things We Learned From New Trailer

Wow, we’re just six weeks away from the cinematic superhero event of the decade, and the final trailer for “Avengers: Infinity War” has us chomping at the bit to see this thing go down. But this trailer is more than just awesome action — there’s lots of little details that can give us some big hints about what’s going to happen in this superhero team-up to end all superhero team-ups.

We previously dug into the first “Infinity War” trailer to see what information could be gleaned. Below you’ll find our observations from some of the key moments from the final trailer.

More Thanos and Gamora history

We know Thanos (Josh Brolin) has a lot of history with two major players from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films — Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and her adopted sister Nebula (Karen Gillan). It looks like “Infinity War” will lay out more of Gamora’s childhood and her experiences with Thanos, judging by a brief shot of what looks like a flashback in which Thanos takes a young green girl by the hand.

Gamora and Nebula were taken at a young age and raised by Thanos, and in the first “Guardians” movies, they serve as his agents. Gamora first meets Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) while she’s trying to track down the Orb (which houses the Power Infinity Stone) for Thanos — but she’s really planning to steal it and betray him. She later fights Nebula, who hates her because Gamora was always Thanos’ favorite. The two sisters later reconcile their differences, at least to some degree, in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

According to Gamora and Nebula, living under Thanos’ rule was a torturous experience that had them constantly fighting each other. Nebula’s cyborg appearance is a result of those fights (Gamora would always win, Thanos would replace Nebula’s body with robot parts to make her stronger). Since it seems like Gamora will be the character giving the Avengers the low-down on Thanos’ deal in “Infinity War,” we’ll likely be getting a sense of why he’s so scary from a flashback detailing her personal experience with the villain.

Who’s that new baddie torturing Doctor Strange?

When Thanos comes to Earth hunting the Infinity Stones, he doesn’t come alone — he brings along the Black Order, a group of powerful lieutenants that help him wreck planets and conquer stuff. A new one of those powerful baddies shows up in the new “Infinity War” trailer, where he’s seen torturing Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). It looks to be Ebony Maw, an alien who isn’t much of a fighter, but whose intelligence and abilities more than make up for it.

In the comics, Ebony Maw has the power to manipulate people and bend them to his will using his powers of persuasion, merely by talking to them. The effect is pretty powerful. He even manages to make Dr. Strange work for him in the comic story, before later erasing Strange’s memory so he has no recollection of helping Maw carry out his plans. The trailer shows Maw torturing Dr. Strange, who we know is in possession of the Amulet of Agamotto, the time-bending artifact that houses the Time Infinity Stone. So Maw might be trying to get the stone from Strange — or he could be working his mind-control abilities on him.

For more about Ebony Maw and what he might be up to with Doctor Strange, check out our breakdown of the character.

Doctor Strange’s cape seems to be doing its own thing

It’s tough to make out, but a shot in the trailer appears to show Dr. Strange’s red and billowing Cloak of Levitation… without Dr. Strange actually in it. This one’s a little hard to understand, exactly, but from the shot in the trailer, it looks as though the cape has a red-clad body of its own (or arms, at least), but pointedly, no head.

We know the Cloak of Levitation is more than just a spiffy piece of clothing. In “Doctor Strange,” the cloak is all but alive, coming to Strange’s aid in his moment of need to save his life. As Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) explains it, the cloak “chooses” Strange to be its master (all “relics,” of which the cloak is one, do this to some degree), and we even see it trying to communicate and acting with a will of its own, pulling Strange in certain directions when it wants him to go somewhere or do something.

It doesn’t seem too far-fetched that there might be more to the cloak than “Doctor Strange” previously let on. The comics aren’t much help here either, since the cloak is much more of a magical tool there than it is in the movie. But we also know that Thanos’ Infinity Stones have the ability to alter reality, so maybe bringing the cloak fully to life with a body of its own is an unforeseen consequence.

Captain America can hold his own in a fistfight with Thanos

This is kinda wild. We, of course, knew that Captain America (Chris Evans) was really, really strong, but strong enough to be able to keep the Mad Titan Thanos from punching him in the face? We’re very worried the next part of that scene is Cap getting crushed to death.

Hiding Vision in Wakanda?

There’s a part in the trailer where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is describing a plan to try to play keep-away with the Infinity Stones so Thanos can’t get hold of them. We see Captain America and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) visiting Wakanda, and Shuri (Letitia Wright) looking at a hologram of that shows a floating disembodied head, belonging to Vision (Paul Bettany) — which also contains the Mind Stone.

So is the big battle in Wakanda going to happen because they’re hiding one or more of the Stones there? The nation’s technological superiority makes it the best place for such a plan, anyway.

Loki in trouble — or on the wrong team

In the final trailer, we see Loki standing with Thanos’ powerful group of lieutenants, the Black Order, and it’s not clear if he’s a prisoner (it looks like the Black Order member that appears to be Proxima Midnight has her weapon trained on him) or if he’s switched sides.

Both are possible. The trailers for “Infinity War” have all but confirmed what fans suspected at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok”: When Thanos comes calling after the Asgardians escape the destruction of their planet, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) hands over the Tesseract, the powerful artifact from “The Avengers” that houses the Space Infinity Stone. Loki previously worked for Thanos in “The Avengers” — it was Thanos’ army of aliens Loki brought to Earth, and Thanos who provided Loki with his mind-controlling scepter, which later turned out to house the Mind Infinity Stone.

From the look of the trailer, Loki might be taking up a spot among the Black Order in “Infinity War” — at least temporarily. Loki went through some big character changes in “Thor: Ragnarok,” so it seems just as likely that he’s biding his time and pretending to work for the bad guys.

Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy have an adventure before they get to Earth

So we know that Thor manages to escape from Thanos before teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. And we can presume that happens before the Guardians get to Earth, which would mean that in the intervening period they have some kind of adventure of their own involving, as we see in this trailer, a visit to what looks like an old abandoned ship of some sort.

Notably, we have not seen Thor on Earth in either of the “Infinity War” trailers, so this must be some kind of substantial side trip. Maybe Thor will die there? We think, by the way, that the shot from the trailer of Thanos squeezing Thor’s head is from before Thor escapes from the ship that he, Valkyrie and Loki fled Asgard on at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok.” But who knows?

Is that Hulk in the Hulkbuster suit?

Though we did see Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) near the beginning of this trailer, we still have not seen the big green guy in either of these trailers. Or did we? The Iron Man Hulkbuster suit is kind of a weird anomaly in the battle in Wakanda, because there’s seemingly nothing there that would seem to warrant it over any other Iron Man suit. Also, that shot of Banner we mentioned earlier also had Black Widow and War Machine in it — coincidentally, those two are also in Wakanda in “Infinity War.”

So our thought, at this point, is that the Hulk is actually wearing that Hulkbuster suit himself. Which is awesome.

Iron Man has a weird new muscle suit

Iron Man, meanwhile, has a weird looking new suit of his own that looks kind of like a muscle suit. And he’s got some kind of rocket platform attached to it at one point. It’s probably just a curiosity but it’s worth noting. Since Tony previously had some trouble taking his suit into space, maybe this new design is meant to deal with that problem better than his sub-orbital suit, briefly shown in “Iron Man 3.”

Who’s missing?

It would be a tough task to fit every single major character in “Infinity War” into a trailer, but this thing nearly pulls it off. There are a few key names absent here, and while the previous trailer picked up some of the slack, there are still seven important characters we have not seen at all in either of them. They are: Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Nebula (Karen Gillen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Heimdall (Idris Elba) and the Collector (Benicio Del Toro). Nebula, at least, made an appearance on the new poster, and Idris Elba and Benicio Del Toro are listed among the cast on that poster, even though they’re not seen in the artwork.

That leaves Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Valkyrie and Nick Fury as major question marks at this point. They do get mentions on the iMDB page for “Infinity War,” though, so it seems we should expect them all to pop up at some point.

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The 17 Best Parts of Taika Waititi’s Hilarious ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Commentary Track

As you might expect from a person as silly as Taika Waititi, his director’s commentary for “Thor: Ragnarok,” which you can check out on Blu-ray and the iTunes version of the movie, is anything but run-of-the-mill. No, this is the rare situation in which the director’s commentary actually warrants buying the disc. That you get an excellent movie along with it is just a bonus.

Sure, Waititi does occasionally provide some real information about the making of the movie, but more often than not he just riffs, in a way only someone as downright wacky as Taika Waititi would do on the home video release for a $200 million Disney blockbuster. Another bonus: Waititit’s two-year-old daughter Matua makes a couple of really precious appearances on the track as well.

That fits perfectly with a movie as weird and funny as “Thor: Ragnarok,” so you’ll find no complaints from us. In place of complaints, below you’ll find, in no particular order, the 17 best ridiculous moments from what may be our favorite commentary track we’ve ever listened to.

Let’s dive in.

1) When Taika doesn’t really have anything to say but he’s pretending he does because he’s supposed to talk nonstop through this whole movie

 

2) Production on “Thor: Ragnarok” was pretty….extreme

 

3) The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps getting bigger

 

4) Exciting news about what Waititi is working on next

 

5) Shout out to all the fans of tools watching the movie

 

6) Don’t ask Waititi about geeky Easter eggs, because he ain’t a nerd, okay?

 

7) “Thor: Ragnarok” is NOT part of the “Earth Girls Are Easy” shared universe

 

8) Taika Waititi may be more rich and famous than you and me, but he’s still human

 

9) Since they shot “Thor: Ragnarok” in Australia of course a boomerang was involved somehow

 

10) Contrary to the popular rumor, Anthony Hopkins was not doing anything lewd on screen at any point

 

11) Waititi had to convince Chris Hemsworth to take his shirt off

 

12-17) All the times Waititi misidentified the actors

 

BONUS: A video of Waititi’s song he made up for the Marvel logo

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As you might expect from a person as silly as Taika Waititi, his director’s commentary for “Thor: Ragnarok,” which you can check out on Blu-ray and the iTunes version of the movie, is anything but run-of-the-mill. No, this is the rare situation in which the director’s commentary actually warrants buying the disc. That you get an excellent movie along with it is just a bonus.

Sure, Waititi does occasionally provide some real information about the making of the movie, but more often than not he just riffs, in a way only someone as downright wacky as Taika Waititi would do on the home video release for a $200 million Disney blockbuster. Another bonus: Waititit’s two-year-old daughter Matua makes a couple of really precious appearances on the track as well.

That fits perfectly with a movie as weird and funny as “Thor: Ragnarok,” so you’ll find no complaints from us. In place of complaints, below you’ll find, in no particular order, the 17 best ridiculous moments from what may be our favorite commentary track we’ve ever listened to.

Let’s dive in.

1) When Taika doesn’t really have anything to say but he’s pretending he does because he’s supposed to talk nonstop through this whole movie

 

2) Production on “Thor: Ragnarok” was pretty….extreme

 

3) The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps getting bigger

 

4) Exciting news about what Waititi is working on next

 

5) Shout out to all the fans of tools watching the movie

 

6) Don’t ask Waititi about geeky Easter eggs, because he ain’t a nerd, okay?

 

7) “Thor: Ragnarok” is NOT part of the “Earth Girls Are Easy” shared universe

 

8) Taika Waititi may be more rich and famous than you and me, but he’s still human

 

9) Since they shot “Thor: Ragnarok” in Australia of course a boomerang was involved somehow

 

10) Contrary to the popular rumor, Anthony Hopkins was not doing anything lewd on screen at any point

 

11) Waititi had to convince Chris Hemsworth to take his shirt off

 

12-17) All the times Waititi misidentified the actors

 

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Kevin Feige Teases Killing Off Avengers for Good: ‘People Need to Be Careful What They Wish For’

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has teased killing off members of the Avengers team in the upcoming “Infinity War.”

In a cover story with EW, Feige was asked if certain characters die in the upcoming superhero ensemble — and if it happens, will they remain dead since like the comics, characters who die tend to come back?

“Yes. I mean, I could always list off the characters that we’ve killed in our movies that haven’t come back, but the big ones, which I know they’re looking at … I would just say, yes,” he said. “People need to be careful what they wish for.”

Feige added, “People always will jump to that. That’s not necessarily what we’re talking about. I talk a lot, because I’m a big-ass nerd, about ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ finale ‘All Good Things.’ That to me is one of the best series finales ever. That wasn’t about death. Picard went and played poker with the crew, something he should have done a long time ago, right?”

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As for Marvel, upcoming “Infinity War” will be the culmination of big bad Thanos’ quest to collect all the Infinity Stones that have been bouncing around the universe over the past decade. Thanos (Josh Brolin) has thus far remained in the shadows, dispatching agents like Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in the first “Avengers” movie and Ronan in “Guardians of the Galaxy” to handle the search for him. But now, tired of failure, Thanos is taking matters into his own hands in a bid to use the stones to achieve true omnipotence.

At the very end of “Thor: Ragnarok” during the mid-credits scene, we saw the ship carrying Thor, Loki, Hulk, Valkyrie and the remainder of the living Asgardians snatched up by Thanos’ flagship, the Sanctuary II. Based on a few shots from the last trailer we can guess how that encounter worked out for at least Thor, Loki and Hulk.

Marvel Studios “Avengers: Infinity War” hits theaters on April 27

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Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has teased killing off members of the Avengers team in the upcoming “Infinity War.”

In a cover story with EW, Feige was asked if certain characters die in the upcoming superhero ensemble — and if it happens, will they remain dead since like the comics, characters who die tend to come back?

“Yes. I mean, I could always list off the characters that we’ve killed in our movies that haven’t come back, but the big ones, which I know they’re looking at … I would just say, yes,” he said. “People need to be careful what they wish for.”

Feige added, “People always will jump to that. That’s not necessarily what we’re talking about. I talk a lot, because I’m a big-ass nerd, about ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ finale ‘All Good Things.’ That to me is one of the best series finales ever. That wasn’t about death. Picard went and played poker with the crew, something he should have done a long time ago, right?”

As for Marvel, upcoming “Infinity War” will be the culmination of big bad Thanos’ quest to collect all the Infinity Stones that have been bouncing around the universe over the past decade. Thanos (Josh Brolin) has thus far remained in the shadows, dispatching agents like Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in the first “Avengers” movie and Ronan in “Guardians of the Galaxy” to handle the search for him. But now, tired of failure, Thanos is taking matters into his own hands in a bid to use the stones to achieve true omnipotence.

At the very end of “Thor: Ragnarok” during the mid-credits scene, we saw the ship carrying Thor, Loki, Hulk, Valkyrie and the remainder of the living Asgardians snatched up by Thanos’ flagship, the Sanctuary II. Based on a few shots from the last trailer we can guess how that encounter worked out for at least Thor, Loki and Hulk.

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‘Rampage’ Moves Up One Week to Make Room for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s monster movie “Rampage” will debut a week earlier than planned.

New Line moved “Rampage” up from April 20 to April 13 in response to Disney deciding last week to move “Avengers: Infinity War,” up to an April 27th release date.

“Infinity War” had previously been set to launch on May 4. Now “Rampage” has an extra week to collect at the box office without the monster that will be the third “Avengers” film. Additionally, Johnson’s upcoming film has received positive responses at first screenings, so the shift could mean New Line wants to get the film to fans sooner.

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“Rampage” is based on the 1980s video game and will feature three monsters who are wreaking havoc across North America. Johnson is the only hope of stopping them.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, and Naomie Harris also star in the action film, directed by Brad Peyton (“San Andreas”). The thriller reunites Johnson, New Line, producer Beau Flynn and Peyton, who also worked together on “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”

Ryan Engle wrote the original screenplay. Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal revised it, with Adam Sztykiel handling current revisions.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s monster movie “Rampage” will debut a week earlier than planned.

New Line moved “Rampage” up from April 20 to April 13 in response to Disney deciding last week to move “Avengers: Infinity War,” up to an April 27th release date.

“Infinity War” had previously been set to launch on May 4. Now “Rampage” has an extra week to collect at the box office without the monster that will be the third “Avengers” film. Additionally, Johnson’s upcoming film has received positive responses at first screenings, so the shift could mean New Line wants to get the film to fans sooner.

“Rampage” is based on the 1980s video game and will feature three monsters who are wreaking havoc across North America. Johnson is the only hope of stopping them.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, and Naomie Harris also star in the action film, directed by Brad Peyton (“San Andreas”). The thriller reunites Johnson, New Line, producer Beau Flynn and Peyton, who also worked together on “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”

Ryan Engle wrote the original screenplay. Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal revised it, with Adam Sztykiel handling current revisions.

“Infinity War” will be the culmination of big bad Thanos’ quest to collect all the Infinity Stones that have been bouncing around the universe over the past decade. Thanos (Josh Brolin) has thus far remained in the shadows, dispatching agents like Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in the first “Avengers” movie and Ronan in “Guardians of the Galaxy” to handle the search for him. But now, tired of failure, Thanos is taking matters into his own hands in a bid to use the stones to achieve true omnipotence.

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‘Black Panther’: Did We See the Soul Stone in Wakanda?

(Spoilers ahead for the more mystical portions of Marvel’s “Black Panther.”)

“Black Panther” is here, and the final story in the Marvel Cinematic Universe prior to “Avengers: Infinity War” has been told. The stage is now set for the biggest fight yet for the myriad heroes of this gargantuan movie franchise — we’re only three months away from Thanos showing up on Earth to get that party started. But there’s still one big piece missing.

What Thanos (Josh Brolin) has been working toward during all these movies is to collect the Infinity Stones in order to power his Infinity Gauntlet, which would give him essentially complete power over the universe and even the nature of reality. He would become not god, but the God. But that will only happen if he has all six of the stones — one for each of his five fingers on the Gauntlet, and the last for the big slot in the middle of the back of his hand.

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Over the course of the last decade of movies, we’ve seen five of the stones bouncing around the universe, often passing through many different hands. Thanos will have obtained two of the stones by the time he gets to Earth, judging by the “Infinity War” trailer: the Space Stone and the Power Stone. The Space Stone, A.K.A. the Tesseract, was last seen in the hands of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok.” The Power Stone was entrusted to the Nova Corps at the end of the first “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The trailer shows those two stones equipped in the Gauntlet.

Two other stones are known to be on Earth: the Time Stone, which Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) wears around his neck, and the Mind Stone, which is what gives Vision (Paul Bettany) life. The fifth known stone, the Reality Stone, was last seen in the possession of the Collector (Benicio del Toro), an immortal Elder of the Universe.

That leaves the Soul Stone, which was not seen in “Black Panther” — at least not directly.

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A key thing to remember about the Infinity Stones is that they usually don’t initially appear in the form of a gem. The Tesseract, for example, has always appeared as a large blue cube; the Reality Stone, known as the Aether in “Thor: The Dark World,” was a liquid in that movie; and the Mind Stone was hidden in plain sight inside Loki’s scepter for a whole bunch of movies before its true nature was revealed in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” So it’s very likely we have seen the Soul Stone, or its effects, without having seen something that looks like an Infinity Stone.

While we did not see anything that looked like the Soul Stone in “Black Panther,” we definitely did see some things that could have been caused by the Soul Stone’s power. Specifically, Wakanda’s Ancestral Plane, in which T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is able to consult with his dead father twice during the film.

One of the key traits of the Soul Stone is that it, well, captures souls. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it could be the Soul Stone, trapped inside the Vibranium meteor that crashed in Wakanda thousands of years ago, that created that spiritual plane. Likewise, the Soul Stone could also be the source of the Heart-Shaped Herbs that give the Black Panther his power — it would follow then that it’s the use of the Herb would then tie a Panther’s soul to the Soul Stone.

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We know from “Infinity War” trailers that Wakanda is a major locale in the film, and not just because of Black Panther’s greater involvement with the Avengers. Thanos’ forces collide with Wakanda’s army in the trailer, suggesting the most technologically advanced nation on Earth has something the supervillain wants. That provides a little further evidence for the theory that Wakanda is, perhaps unknowingly, housing the Soul Stone. If the stone is what gives the Black Panther his powers and creates the ancestral realm, it would make a lot of sense that Thanos is trying to take it by force.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’: 11 Things We Learned From New Trailer

(Spoilers ahead for the more mystical portions of Marvel’s “Black Panther.”)

“Black Panther” is here, and the final story in the Marvel Cinematic Universe prior to “Avengers: Infinity War” has been told. The stage is now set for the biggest fight yet for the myriad heroes of this gargantuan movie franchise — we’re only three months away from Thanos showing up on Earth to get that party started. But there’s still one big piece missing.

What Thanos (Josh Brolin) has been working toward during all these movies is to collect the Infinity Stones in order to power his Infinity Gauntlet, which would give him essentially complete power over the universe and even the nature of reality. He would become not god, but the God. But that will only happen if he has all six of the stones — one for each of his five fingers on the Gauntlet, and the last for the big slot in the middle of the back of his hand.

Over the course of the last decade of movies, we’ve seen five of the stones bouncing around the universe, often passing through many different hands. Thanos will have obtained two of the stones by the time he gets to Earth, judging by the “Infinity War” trailer: the Space Stone and the Power Stone. The Space Stone, A.K.A. the Tesseract, was last seen in the hands of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok.” The Power Stone was entrusted to the Nova Corps at the end of the first “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The trailer shows those two stones equipped in the Gauntlet.

Two other stones are known to be on Earth: the Time Stone, which Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) wears around his neck, and the Mind Stone, which is what gives Vision (Paul Bettany) life. The fifth known stone, the Reality Stone, was last seen in the possession of the Collector (Benicio del Toro), an immortal Elder of the Universe.

That leaves the Soul Stone, which was not seen in “Black Panther” — at least not directly.

A key thing to remember about the Infinity Stones is that they usually don’t initially appear in the form of a gem. The Tesseract, for example, has always appeared as a large blue cube; the Reality Stone, known as the Aether in “Thor: The Dark World,” was a liquid in that movie; and the Mind Stone was hidden in plain sight inside Loki’s scepter for a whole bunch of movies before its true nature was revealed in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” So it’s very likely we have seen the Soul Stone, or its effects, without having seen something that looks like an Infinity Stone.

While we did not see anything that looked like the Soul Stone in “Black Panther,” we definitely did see some things that could have been caused by the Soul Stone’s power. Specifically, Wakanda’s Ancestral Plane, in which T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is able to consult with his dead father twice during the film.

One of the key traits of the Soul Stone is that it, well, captures souls. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it could be the Soul Stone, trapped inside the Vibranium meteor that crashed in Wakanda thousands of years ago, that created that spiritual plane. Likewise, the Soul Stone could also be the source of the Heart-Shaped Herbs that give the Black Panther his power — it would follow then that it’s the use of the Herb would then tie a Panther’s soul to the Soul Stone.

We know from “Infinity War” trailers that Wakanda is a major locale in the film, and not just because of Black Panther’s greater involvement with the Avengers. Thanos’ forces collide with Wakanda’s army in the trailer, suggesting the most technologically advanced nation on Earth has something the supervillain wants. That provides a little further evidence for the theory that Wakanda is, perhaps unknowingly, housing the Soul Stone. If the stone is what gives the Black Panther his powers and creates the ancestral realm, it would make a lot of sense that Thanos is trying to take it by force.

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Nick Park Discusses His Return to Directing With Aardman’s Stop-Motion ‘Early Man’

Four-time Oscar winner Nick Park is back on the big screen with Aardman Animations’ “Early Man,” his first directing effort in a while, which opens wide in the U.S. on Friday. The tale of a peaceful band of valley-dwelling Stone Agers who must fight to win back their verdant home from the more advanced Bronze […]

Four-time Oscar winner Nick Park is back on the big screen with Aardman Animations’ “Early Man,” his first directing effort in a while, which opens wide in the U.S. on Friday. The tale of a peaceful band of valley-dwelling Stone Agers who must fight to win back their verdant home from the more advanced Bronze […]

‘Early Man’ Review: Cavemen & Soccer A Match In Aardman’s Latest Delight

For me, if an animated film has Aardman’s name behind it, I’m there. Even if bigger entities like Disney/Pixar, DreamWorks and others are guaranteed box office, Aardman is guaranteed delight. The force behind films including Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, Shaun The Sheep Movie, and Pirates! have taken their stop-motion magic and applied it to another winner. As I say in my video review above, and to put it in the simplest terms, Early Man is…

For me, if an animated film has Aardman’s name behind it, I’m there. Even if bigger entities like Disney/Pixar, DreamWorks and others are guaranteed box office, Aardman is guaranteed delight. The force behind films including Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, Shaun The Sheep Movie, and Pirates! have taken their stop-motion magic and applied it to another winner. As I say in my video review above, and to put it in the simplest terms, Early Man is…

‘Early Man’ Film Review: Aardman Scores a Rare Whiff With Caveman Soccer Story

Britain’s Aardman ranks alongside Pixar and Studio Ghibli as one of this generation’s greatest animation studios, from early shorts like “Creature Comforts” to the ongoing adventures of Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit to such beloved features as “Chicken Run” and “Arthur Christmas.” So it’s more than a little disappointing that Aardman’s latest, “Early Man,” is so crushingly mediocre.

When a studio has made some of the finest animation in the history of cinema, it’s quite a letdown to describe their new movie as better than the “Ice Age” series but not quite up to “The Croods.”

Like those other titles, this is a tale of cavemen, although in this case the Stone Age comes butting up against the Bronze Age. And while there are countless paths by which one could portray such a clash of cultures, Aardman vet Nick Park and a trio of writers decided the best way to tell this story was with … a soccer game. (Sorry, football.)

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Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) is a member of a tribe that subsists on rabbit; it’s a bit of a miracle that they have managed to survive since, despite their smooth teamwork as hunters, they would appear to be fairly inept. (To say nothing of the fact that one little bunny is expected to feed a dozen or so people.) Despite the tribal chief (Timothy Spall) poo-poohing Dug’s dreams of hunting mammoths, mammoths come to them as the beasts of burden of Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston), a higher-up in a nearby kingdom that has fully embraced bronze mining and production.

Dug and his friends are kicked out of the valley by Lord Nooth’s mining interests, and Dug realizes the only way to get his home back is to challenge Lord Nooth’s champion football team to a match. The cavemen are hopeless at first, but Goona (Maisie Williams) — who dreams of being the first female footballer — whips the knuckle-dragging team into shape. But can Dug still lead the squad after he realizes that his tribe’s ancestors not only invented football but were also terrible at it? Will Lord Nooth’s cheating keep these underdogs from winning the day?

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Had “Early Man” chosen to satirize sports-movie tropes rather than merely indulge in them, the results might have been more fun. There’s so much familiarity to the proceedings that by the time we get to the requisite kid-movie messaging (you are not a slave to destiny, teamwork is good), it’s all the more apparent that there aren’t enough solid jokes or interesting characters or careful plotting to distract us from the inevitable.

The titular early men (and women) are mostly interchangeable, and even our protagonist Dug never really changes or learns all that much over the course of the film. Over in the more civilized area, Lord Nooth isn’t a particularly interesting villain; he’s merely greedy and somewhat effete. Even the preening divas on his football team are fairly flat star-athlete archetypes.

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It’s immediately apparent that the trademark Aardman humor is in short supply, since the first five minutes feels like leftover shtick from “The Flintstones” (baby crocodile clothespins) and Douglas Adams (the opening cards tell us we’re in “The Neo-Pleistocene Era” (beat) “near Manchester” (best) “around lunchtime”). The visuals and the character designs are unspectacular — those piggy noses on most of Dug’s tribe are distractingly awful — as is the high-profile voice cast.

Rob Bryden (“The Trip to Spain”) easily steals scenes as a message bird (which mimics its sender’s voice) and a pair of football commentators. (Their jokes about cricket and Man United will no doubt play better in the UK than in the States.)

There’s a mild chuckle every so often in “Early Man” — “You’ve barely touched your primordial soup!” — but overall the movie collapses in a heap of familiarity and lackadaisicalness. Park is an animation legend, but even the greats occasionally whiff it.



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Britain’s Aardman ranks alongside Pixar and Studio Ghibli as one of this generation’s greatest animation studios, from early shorts like “Creature Comforts” to the ongoing adventures of Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit to such beloved features as “Chicken Run” and “Arthur Christmas.” So it’s more than a little disappointing that Aardman’s latest, “Early Man,” is so crushingly mediocre.

When a studio has made some of the finest animation in the history of cinema, it’s quite a letdown to describe their new movie as better than the “Ice Age” series but not quite up to “The Croods.”

Like those other titles, this is a tale of cavemen, although in this case the Stone Age comes butting up against the Bronze Age. And while there are countless paths by which one could portray such a clash of cultures, Aardman vet Nick Park and a trio of writers decided the best way to tell this story was with … a soccer game. (Sorry, football.)

Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) is a member of a tribe that subsists on rabbit; it’s a bit of a miracle that they have managed to survive since, despite their smooth teamwork as hunters, they would appear to be fairly inept. (To say nothing of the fact that one little bunny is expected to feed a dozen or so people.) Despite the tribal chief (Timothy Spall) poo-poohing Dug’s dreams of hunting mammoths, mammoths come to them as the beasts of burden of Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston), a higher-up in a nearby kingdom that has fully embraced bronze mining and production.

Dug and his friends are kicked out of the valley by Lord Nooth’s mining interests, and Dug realizes the only way to get his home back is to challenge Lord Nooth’s champion football team to a match. The cavemen are hopeless at first, but Goona (Maisie Williams) — who dreams of being the first female footballer — whips the knuckle-dragging team into shape. But can Dug still lead the squad after he realizes that his tribe’s ancestors not only invented football but were also terrible at it? Will Lord Nooth’s cheating keep these underdogs from winning the day?

Had “Early Man” chosen to satirize sports-movie tropes rather than merely indulge in them, the results might have been more fun. There’s so much familiarity to the proceedings that by the time we get to the requisite kid-movie messaging (you are not a slave to destiny, teamwork is good), it’s all the more apparent that there aren’t enough solid jokes or interesting characters or careful plotting to distract us from the inevitable.

The titular early men (and women) are mostly interchangeable, and even our protagonist Dug never really changes or learns all that much over the course of the film. Over in the more civilized area, Lord Nooth isn’t a particularly interesting villain; he’s merely greedy and somewhat effete. Even the preening divas on his football team are fairly flat star-athlete archetypes.

It’s immediately apparent that the trademark Aardman humor is in short supply, since the first five minutes feels like leftover shtick from “The Flintstones” (baby crocodile clothespins) and Douglas Adams (the opening cards tell us we’re in “The Neo-Pleistocene Era” (beat) “near Manchester” (best) “around lunchtime”). The visuals and the character designs are unspectacular — those piggy noses on most of Dug’s tribe are distractingly awful — as is the high-profile voice cast.

Rob Bryden (“The Trip to Spain”) easily steals scenes as a message bird (which mimics its sender’s voice) and a pair of football commentators. (Their jokes about cricket and Man United will no doubt play better in the UK than in the States.)

There’s a mild chuckle every so often in “Early Man” — “You’ve barely touched your primordial soup!” — but overall the movie collapses in a heap of familiarity and lackadaisicalness. Park is an animation legend, but even the greats occasionally whiff it.

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The Evolution of Chris Hemsworth: From ‘Home and Away’ to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (Photos)

It didn’t take long for Hollywood to realize it had something with Chris Hemsworth, but Australia held on to this star-in-the-making for years. The Wrap takes a look at the short-yet-productive career of the only man who could rival Hugh Jackman for pure Aussie star power.

Guinevere Jones (2002)

Thor wasn’t the first mythical figure Hemsworth got to play. His first screen appearance came courtesy of the Australian fantasy series “Guinevere Jones,” in which he appeared as the legendary King Arthur for a handful of episodes. Even then, it was clear that long hair was his look.

Home and Away (2004-07)

His breakout role, Hemsworth’s turn as high school dropout Kim Hyde came about after he auditioned for another role, but was turned down. He won a Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent and, at the height of his character’s popularity, competed in the fifth season of “Dancing With the Stars Australia.” In May 2015, Hemsworth returned to the show as an extra after catching up with old friends on the set.

Star Trek (2009)

For his first film role, Hemsworth appeared in “Star Trek” in the small but important role of George Kirk, the father of legendary Enterprise captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine).

Thor (2011)

The Aussie finally broke out in America by playing Thor, God of Thunder, in the eponymous film. He won the role over, among others, little brother Liam Hemsworth (“The Hunger Games”) and Tom Hiddleston, who was promptly hired to play Loki.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Filmed in 2009 and kept on the shelf for three years, “Cabin” was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its skillful skewering of horror cliches.

The Avengers (2012)

By far the biggest film of the year, “Avengers” vaunted Hemsworth and the rest of the cast to the top of Hollywood’s A-list. Oh, and it just happened to change how studios make movies for the foreseeable future.

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Hemsworth continued his 2012 assault with this fantasy film co-starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. Though the film received mixed reviews, it was a surprise box office success with nearly $400 million worldwide, further establishing Hemsworth as a bona fide star. He and Theron would later return for the 2016 sequel, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” with new cast mates Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt.

Red Dawn (2012)

Yet another 2009 project that was delayed until it could bask in the “Avengers” success, this remake of the 1984 cult classic starred a pre-“Thor” Hemsworth in the role originally played by Patrick Swayze.

Rush (2013)

Hemsworth earned some of the best reviews of his young career for his portrayal of racing great James Hunt in the story of his rivalry with Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl).

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thanks to the “Avengers” afterglow, “The Dark World” vastly outperformed its predecessor in the box office with nearly $645 million taken in worldwide. Some critics were also quick to point out the growing chemistry between Hemsworth and co-lead Tom Hiddleston as an important factor in the film’s success.

Blackhat (2015)

Credit to Hemsworth for trying new things (like playing an expert hacker who happens to look like Chris Hemsworth), but “Blackhat” became, by far, the actor’s biggest failure yet and was pulled from theaters after only three weeks.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Another hit with audiences, “Age of Ultron” won Hemsworth a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie Actor. However, the actor would later admit it was around this time that he had started to get “a bit bored” of playing Thor.

Vacation (2015)

Hemsworth took a try at pure comedy for the first time with the remake to the 1983 Chevy Chase classic. Though the movie itself was panned, Hemsworth earned positive notices for his comedy debut.

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

For a man who started a career based on how his body looks, give him credit for having the courage to do away with it for a role. To play Owen Chase, a sea captain who was stranded for months at sea, Hemsworth dropped forty pounds by eating only 500 calories a day.

Ghostbusters (2016)

Hemsworth put his comedy chops back to work by playing opposite some of the best comedians working today: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. For playing a dumb-as-a-post secretary in a clever gender trope-reversal, Hemsworth received high marks from several critics.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Marvel finally realized how to utilize Hemsworth’s comedic abilities for his most famous role: hire a comedy director. Under helmer Taika Waititi, Hemsworth (and the film) soared to new heights in the franchise, delivering what many believe to be the best film in the series and one of the best Marvel films overall.

12 Strong (2018)

Hemsworth is next slated to star in “12 Strong,” the true story about how a team of Special Forces and CIA paramilitary joined with local Afghan soldiers in order to wage war against the Taliban shortly after 9/11.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Hemsworth follows up on “Ragnarok” with a co-starring role in “Infinity War,” the culmination of the MCU (to this point) and one of the most massive outings by any studio in movie history.

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Hemsworth is signed on to star in Drew Goddard’s thriller with Russell Crowe, Dakota Fanning and Jeff Bridges.

It didn’t take long for Hollywood to realize it had something with Chris Hemsworth, but Australia held on to this star-in-the-making for years. The Wrap takes a look at the short-yet-productive career of the only man who could rival Hugh Jackman for pure Aussie star power.

Guinevere Jones (2002)

Thor wasn’t the first mythical figure Hemsworth got to play. His first screen appearance came courtesy of the Australian fantasy series “Guinevere Jones,” in which he appeared as the legendary King Arthur for a handful of episodes. Even then, it was clear that long hair was his look.

Home and Away (2004-07)

His breakout role, Hemsworth’s turn as high school dropout Kim Hyde came about after he auditioned for another role, but was turned down. He won a Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent and, at the height of his character’s popularity, competed in the fifth season of “Dancing With the Stars Australia.” In May 2015, Hemsworth returned to the show as an extra after catching up with old friends on the set.

Star Trek (2009)

For his first film role, Hemsworth appeared in “Star Trek” in the small but important role of George Kirk, the father of legendary Enterprise captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine).

Thor (2011)

The Aussie finally broke out in America by playing Thor, God of Thunder, in the eponymous film. He won the role over, among others, little brother Liam Hemsworth (“The Hunger Games”) and Tom Hiddleston, who was promptly hired to play Loki.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Filmed in 2009 and kept on the shelf for three years, “Cabin” was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its skillful skewering of horror cliches.

The Avengers (2012)

By far the biggest film of the year, “Avengers” vaunted Hemsworth and the rest of the cast to the top of Hollywood’s A-list. Oh, and it just happened to change how studios make movies for the foreseeable future.

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Hemsworth continued his 2012 assault with this fantasy film co-starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. Though the film received mixed reviews, it was a surprise box office success with nearly $400 million worldwide, further establishing Hemsworth as a bona fide star. He and Theron would later return for the 2016 sequel, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” with new cast mates Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt.

Red Dawn (2012)

Yet another 2009 project that was delayed until it could bask in the “Avengers” success, this remake of the 1984 cult classic starred a pre-“Thor” Hemsworth in the role originally played by Patrick Swayze.

Rush (2013)

Hemsworth earned some of the best reviews of his young career for his portrayal of racing great James Hunt in the story of his rivalry with Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl).

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thanks to the “Avengers” afterglow, “The Dark World” vastly outperformed its predecessor in the box office with nearly $645 million taken in worldwide. Some critics were also quick to point out the growing chemistry between Hemsworth and co-lead Tom Hiddleston as an important factor in the film’s success.

Blackhat (2015)

Credit to Hemsworth for trying new things (like playing an expert hacker who happens to look like Chris Hemsworth), but “Blackhat” became, by far, the actor’s biggest failure yet and was pulled from theaters after only three weeks.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Another hit with audiences, “Age of Ultron” won Hemsworth a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie Actor. However, the actor would later admit it was around this time that he had started to get “a bit bored” of playing Thor.

Vacation (2015)

Hemsworth took a try at pure comedy for the first time with the remake to the 1983 Chevy Chase classic. Though the movie itself was panned, Hemsworth earned positive notices for his comedy debut.

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

For a man who started a career based on how his body looks, give him credit for having the courage to do away with it for a role. To play Owen Chase, a sea captain who was stranded for months at sea, Hemsworth dropped forty pounds by eating only 500 calories a day.

Ghostbusters (2016)

Hemsworth put his comedy chops back to work by playing opposite some of the best comedians working today: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. For playing a dumb-as-a-post secretary in a clever gender trope-reversal, Hemsworth received high marks from several critics.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Marvel finally realized how to utilize Hemsworth’s comedic abilities for his most famous role: hire a comedy director. Under helmer Taika Waititi, Hemsworth (and the film) soared to new heights in the franchise, delivering what many believe to be the best film in the series and one of the best Marvel films overall.

12 Strong (2018)

Hemsworth is next slated to star in “12 Strong,” the true story about how a team of Special Forces and CIA paramilitary joined with local Afghan soldiers in order to wage war against the Taliban shortly after 9/11.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Hemsworth follows up on “Ragnarok” with a co-starring role in “Infinity War,” the culmination of the MCU (to this point) and one of the most massive outings by any studio in movie history.

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Hemsworth is signed on to star in Drew Goddard’s thriller with Russell Crowe, Dakota Fanning and Jeff Bridges.

11 Big Takeaways from the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer

So here we are. There’s still one more Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in between us and “Avengers: Infinity War” (the uber-anticipated “Black Panther”) but now that we’ve got a trailer we can watch over and over again — as opposed to the one Disney dropped at D23 and Comic-Con this summer that was only for those in the room — we can practically taste it. This is why we’ve watched all these movies over the past 9 years. To see it all come together right here.

So we couldn’t help but pore over this thing to see what insights we could glean about where this thing is going. And we have about 2,000 words worth of thoughts that you can check out below. But before we get to it let’s remember what we already knew: “Infinity War” will be the culmination of Thanos’ quest to collect all the Infinity Stones that have been bouncing around over the past decade. Thanos has thus far remained in the shadows, dispatching agents like Loki in the first “Avengers” movie and Ronan in “Guardians of the Galaxy” to handle the search for him. But now, tired of failure, Thanos is taking matters into his own hands in a bid to use the stones to achieve true omnipotence.

OK, now we can dive in.

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It’s very heavy on Wakanda

A few years ago when Marvel was shuffling its schedule around, bumping “Black Panther” up from being the first movie after “Infinity War” to being the last movie before “Infinity War,” it didn’t feel like that big a deal. But it’s clear now that the move was hugely meaningful, given how much of this trailer is set in Wakanda — it looks now like “Black Panther” will serve as the stage-setter for this main event, with at least one major battle taking place in T’Challa’s home country.

It’s not quite the whole Avengers crew participating in that fight, but we’ve got Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, the Winter Soldier, Hulk, Black Widow, Falcon and what looks like War Machine, not to mention the armed forces of Wakanda, fighting a pitched battle against Thanos’ alien army. Our guess is that the final Infinity Stone, the Soul Stone, is in Wakanda, and that’s what Thanos is after.

What happened with Thor, Hulk and Loki after Ragnarok

At the very end of “Thor: Ragnarok” during the mid-credits scene we saw the ship carrying Thor, Loki, Hulk, Valkyrie and the remainder of the living Asgardians be snatched up by Thanos’ flagship, the Sanctuary II. Based on a few shots from this trailer we can guess how that encounter worked out for at least Thor, Loki and Hulk.

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At the start of the trailer we see Dr. Strange looking down on Dr. Banner after he seemingly crashed through the building they’re standing in — our guess is he feel to Earth from space after fighting back against Thanos’ forces. That idea would seemingly be reinforced by the last shot in the trailer, in which Thor meets the Guardians of the Galaxy. In the “Infinity War” trailer we saw in Hall H at Comic-Con, we got an extended version of that scene in which the Guardians found Thor when he literally crashed into their windshield, having apparently just been floating through space after that encounter with Sanctuary II.

It looks like Loki, on the other hand, does not escape, as we see him in the trailer holding up the Tesseract (one of the Infinity Stones Thanos is after) to someone offscreen. He’s likely presenting it to Thanos — as you’ll recall, the events of the first “Avengers” movie were part of Thanos’ plan to use Loki to obtain the Tesseract. We’d bet Loki is going to try to spin a yarn about how he was totally on his way to bring the Tesseract to Thanos, for real this time.

Captain America with a beard

I don’t even really have anything to say about this. Let’s just take a second to enjoy Cap’s new look.

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Thanos has at least two Infinity Stones

It looks like, fairly early in the movie, Thanos will manage to snag at last two of the stone. The first is the blue Space Stone, which is also known as the Tesseract. That’s the object Loki stole in the first “Avengers” movie that gave him incredible power, and which it was implied he grabbed again from Asgard at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok.” Since the Tesseract is one of the two stones we see that Thanos has in the trailer, we feel pretty confident about our guess that Thanos is who Loki is presenting it to earlier in the ad.

The second stone Thanos has in the trailer is the Power Stone, which first showed up in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” That stone was hidden in the Orb, the object the bad guy Ronan was trying to get during the course of the movie. The Guardians left the Orb in the hands of the good guy space military known as the Nova Corps. That suggests Thanos might have used some of his considerable power to get it away from them.

The third Infinity Stone: Vision

The trailer also shows what looks like Thanos’ goons trying to claim another Infinity Stone for him — the Mind Stone. This one was originally located in Loki’s scepter, allowing him to control people’s minds in “The Avengers.” In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the Mind Stone is what brings Ultron to life.

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During the course of “Age of Ultron,” Ultron tries to use the Mind Stone to make an ultimate version of himself. Instead, the stone and Tony Stark’s Jasper artificial intelligence merge to become Vision. The Mind Stone is part of Vision and is parked inside his forehead right now. Obviously, though, Thanos is making a play for the stone and might even get it out of Vision’s robotic head. If that happens, it’s not clear what will become of Vision. That’s a bummer, because…

Clearly something sexy going on between Vision and Scarlet Witch

Wait a second, was that Vision as a human instead of some kind of purple robot person at the beginning of the trailer? Sure seemed that way, although the telltale yellow glow in Paul Bettany’s forehead suggests that he’s still an Infinity Stone robot man despite the more human appearance in the trailer. Regardless, that’s an interesting thing to add to the trailer.

Apart from Vision looking human in the shot, we also see that it’s a shared, romantic-looking moment with Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch. She and Vision has a pretty close relationship despite being at odds in “Captain America: Civil War.” It looks like they might get closer still. Wanda has the ability to alter people’s perceptions with her powers, which might explain how Vision looks human during this moment — it might be an illusion, or a dream, as part of the two of them getting close.

Also Read: Tracking the Infinity Stones in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Thanos’ superweapons

We aren’t sure what these machines are that Thanos has sent down to wreck New York and other parts of the world — in comic book lore Thanos is usually in possession of a massive armada of space ships of unspecified power, but his real strength typically comes from his personal abilities and the Infinity Guantlet. Safe to say that the movie version of that armada will be able to flex its muscles a bit more than its comics counterpart did.

Spider-Man’s got a cool new suit

A new spider suit was teased at the end of “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” but it’s in full effect in “Avengers: Infinity War.” The suit looks distinctly upgraded from Peter Parker’s former Tony Stark-made suit, too — it’s shinier, which suggests more metals involved, and seems to make more mechanical noises as Spidey moves around in it.

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Fans speculated when “Homecoming” came out that the suit was one of Spider-Man’s spiffy variants, specifically the Iron Spider armor. In the comics, Tony Stark makes an Iron Man-like suit for Spider-Man, which Peter Parker wears during part of the comic version of the “Civil War” story. That version has Iron Man’s colors, though, as well as four sharp spider leg-like appendages coming out of the suit’s back.

Clearly, if this new suit is the Iron Spider armor, it’s quite a bit different from what was seen in the comics. But it does look tougher and more special than Peter’s last spider suit. And given that the trailer shows Spider-Man and Iron Man getting pretty soundly pummeled by Thanos, putting Peter in a tougher, better-armored suit would at least help him survive the battle.

Is War Machine back?

James “Rhody” Rhodes, Tony Stark’s pal who pilots the Iron Man-like War Machine suit (also known as Iron Patriot), suffered a serious injury during “Captain America: Civil War.” A stray blast during the superhero battle knocked Rhody out of the sky and crashing into the ground, damaging his spinal cord. Rhody isn’t paralyzed, but at the end of “Civil War,” we see him doing physical therapy as he struggles to regain the ability to walk.

A big hero shot (the one directly above this section) toward the end of the “Infinity War” trailer clearly shows the War Machine suit flying into action, though (upper left corner). That suggests Rhody could be back on the team, in enough of a capacity to help in the fight. Then again, we’ve seen other people wear Iron Man suits, including Pepper Potts. Could someone new be in the suit this time?

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Looks like bad things happen to Tony Stark

In addition to shots of Iron Man getting walloped by Thanos, the “Infinity War” trailer also has quite a few shots of a sad, brooding-looking Tony Stark outside of his armor. Things don’t seem to go well in the shots that include that weird orange background. Tony seems like he has it hard and might be suffering some major losses, which is fitting since Tony has a lot to answer for.

Up to now, the real villain of much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been Tony. It’s his irresponsibility that helped kick off the need for the Avengers in the first place way back in the first “Iron Man.” Since then, he’s been unable to follow orders on numerous occasions. His refusal to work with the team and trust other people led to the creation of Ultron and the destruction in Sokovia in “Age of Ultron.”

Feeling bad about what he did, Tony then led the charge to force the Avengers to agree to the Sokovia Accords, even though the only one really responsible was Tony, thanks to his arrogance. And his refusal to see Captain America’s side of things or to put aside his ego long enough to consider that he might be wrong, led to the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” Then he almost got Peter Parker killed on numerous occasions, first by recruiting him at an extremely young age, and then by neglecting him throughout “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

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Tony has a lot to answer for, part of which makes him one of the more interesting Marvel Cinematic Universe characters. It looks like that might all be finally catching up to him in “Infinity War.”

Not all the major players showed up for the trailer

Though we see almost every major character we’re expecting to see, two current members of the Avengers are conspicuously absent: Hawkeye and Ant-Man. They’re probably together somewhere having their own adventure — they are, after all, the two most “normal” members of the team since they have kinda normal domestic existences with families and stuff outside of work.

There are two other missing non-Avengers notables: Nebula and Valkyrie. We last saw Nebula strike out on her own at the end of “Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2” on a quest to kill Thanos, so it would be extremely surprising if she doesn’t turn up (we do get a glimpse at a character who looks very similar to Nebula, but the color scheme of her skin is different). And since Valkyrie was with Loki, Thor and Banner at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok” you gotta figure she’s gonna have something to do here.

And, of course, we fully expect Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel to maker her debut in “Infinity War,” but of course there’s no way they’re going to spoil that in a trailer so it’s no surprise that we don’t see her anywhere.

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So here we are. There’s still one more Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in between us and “Avengers: Infinity War” (the uber-anticipated “Black Panther”) but now that we’ve got a trailer we can watch over and over again — as opposed to the one Disney dropped at D23 and Comic-Con this summer that was only for those in the room — we can practically taste it. This is why we’ve watched all these movies over the past 9 years. To see it all come together right here.

So we couldn’t help but pore over this thing to see what insights we could glean about where this thing is going. And we have about 2,000 words worth of thoughts that you can check out below. But before we get to it let’s remember what we already knew: “Infinity War” will be the culmination of Thanos’ quest to collect all the Infinity Stones that have been bouncing around over the past decade. Thanos has thus far remained in the shadows, dispatching agents like Loki in the first “Avengers” movie and Ronan in “Guardians of the Galaxy” to handle the search for him. But now, tired of failure, Thanos is taking matters into his own hands in a bid to use the stones to achieve true omnipotence.

OK, now we can dive in.

It’s very heavy on Wakanda

A few years ago when Marvel was shuffling its schedule around, bumping “Black Panther” up from being the first movie after “Infinity War” to being the last movie before “Infinity War,” it didn’t feel like that big a deal. But it’s clear now that the move was hugely meaningful, given how much of this trailer is set in Wakanda — it looks now like “Black Panther” will serve as the stage-setter for this main event, with at least one major battle taking place in T’Challa’s home country.

It’s not quite the whole Avengers crew participating in that fight, but we’ve got Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, the Winter Soldier, Hulk, Black Widow, Falcon and what looks like War Machine, not to mention the armed forces of Wakanda, fighting a pitched battle against Thanos’ alien army. Our guess is that the final Infinity Stone, the Soul Stone, is in Wakanda, and that’s what Thanos is after.

What happened with Thor, Hulk and Loki after Ragnarok

At the very end of “Thor: Ragnarok” during the mid-credits scene we saw the ship carrying Thor, Loki, Hulk, Valkyrie and the remainder of the living Asgardians be snatched up by Thanos’ flagship, the Sanctuary II. Based on a few shots from this trailer we can guess how that encounter worked out for at least Thor, Loki and Hulk.

At the start of the trailer we see Dr. Strange looking down on Dr. Banner after he seemingly crashed through the building they’re standing in — our guess is he feel to Earth from space after fighting back against Thanos’ forces. That idea would seemingly be reinforced by the last shot in the trailer, in which Thor meets the Guardians of the Galaxy. In the “Infinity War” trailer we saw in Hall H at Comic-Con, we got an extended version of that scene in which the Guardians found Thor when he literally crashed into their windshield, having apparently just been floating through space after that encounter with Sanctuary II.

It looks like Loki, on the other hand, does not escape, as we see him in the trailer holding up the Tesseract (one of the Infinity Stones Thanos is after) to someone offscreen. He’s likely presenting it to Thanos — as you’ll recall, the events of the first “Avengers” movie were part of Thanos’ plan to use Loki to obtain the Tesseract. We’d bet Loki is going to try to spin a yarn about how he was totally on his way to bring the Tesseract to Thanos, for real this time.

Captain America with a beard

I don’t even really have anything to say about this. Let’s just take a second to enjoy Cap’s new look.

Thanos has at least two Infinity Stones

It looks like, fairly early in the movie, Thanos will manage to snag at last two of the stone. The first is the blue Space Stone, which is also known as the Tesseract. That’s the object Loki stole in the first “Avengers” movie that gave him incredible power, and which it was implied he grabbed again from Asgard at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok.” Since the Tesseract is one of the two stones we see that Thanos has in the trailer, we feel pretty confident about our guess that Thanos is who Loki is presenting it to earlier in the ad.

The second stone Thanos has in the trailer is the Power Stone, which first showed up in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” That stone was hidden in the Orb, the object the bad guy Ronan was trying to get during the course of the movie. The Guardians left the Orb in the hands of the good guy space military known as the Nova Corps. That suggests Thanos might have used some of his considerable power to get it away from them.

The third Infinity Stone: Vision

The trailer also shows what looks like Thanos’ goons trying to claim another Infinity Stone for him — the Mind Stone. This one was originally located in Loki’s scepter, allowing him to control people’s minds in “The Avengers.” In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the Mind Stone is what brings Ultron to life.

During the course of “Age of Ultron,” Ultron tries to use the Mind Stone to make an ultimate version of himself. Instead, the stone and Tony Stark’s Jasper artificial intelligence merge to become Vision. The Mind Stone is part of Vision and is parked inside his forehead right now. Obviously, though, Thanos is making a play for the stone and might even get it out of Vision’s robotic head. If that happens, it’s not clear what will become of Vision. That’s a bummer, because…

Clearly something sexy going on between Vision and Scarlet Witch

Wait a second, was that Vision as a human instead of some kind of purple robot person at the beginning of the trailer? Sure seemed that way, although the telltale yellow glow in Paul Bettany’s forehead suggests that he’s still an Infinity Stone robot man despite the more human appearance in the trailer. Regardless, that’s an interesting thing to add to the trailer.

Apart from Vision looking human in the shot, we also see that it’s a shared, romantic-looking moment with Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch. She and Vision has a pretty close relationship despite being at odds in “Captain America: Civil War.” It looks like they might get closer still. Wanda has the ability to alter people’s perceptions with her powers, which might explain how Vision looks human during this moment — it might be an illusion, or a dream, as part of the two of them getting close.

Thanos’ superweapons

We aren’t sure what these machines are that Thanos has sent down to wreck New York and other parts of the world — in comic book lore Thanos is usually in possession of a massive armada of space ships of unspecified power, but his real strength typically comes from his personal abilities and the Infinity Guantlet. Safe to say that the movie version of that armada will be able to flex its muscles a bit more than its comics counterpart did.

Spider-Man’s got a cool new suit

A new spider suit was teased at the end of “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” but it’s in full effect in “Avengers: Infinity War.” The suit looks distinctly upgraded from Peter Parker’s former Tony Stark-made suit, too — it’s shinier, which suggests more metals involved, and seems to make more mechanical noises as Spidey moves around in it.

Fans speculated when “Homecoming” came out that the suit was one of Spider-Man’s spiffy variants, specifically the Iron Spider armor. In the comics, Tony Stark makes an Iron Man-like suit for Spider-Man, which Peter Parker wears during part of the comic version of the “Civil War” story. That version has Iron Man’s colors, though, as well as four sharp spider leg-like appendages coming out of the suit’s back.

Clearly, if this new suit is the Iron Spider armor, it’s quite a bit different from what was seen in the comics. But it does look tougher and more special than Peter’s last spider suit. And given that the trailer shows Spider-Man and Iron Man getting pretty soundly pummeled by Thanos, putting Peter in a tougher, better-armored suit would at least help him survive the battle.

Is War Machine back?

James “Rhody” Rhodes, Tony Stark’s pal who pilots the Iron Man-like War Machine suit (also known as Iron Patriot), suffered a serious injury during “Captain America: Civil War.” A stray blast during the superhero battle knocked Rhody out of the sky and crashing into the ground, damaging his spinal cord. Rhody isn’t paralyzed, but at the end of “Civil War,” we see him doing physical therapy as he struggles to regain the ability to walk.

A big hero shot (the one directly above this section) toward the end of the “Infinity War” trailer clearly shows the War Machine suit flying into action, though (upper left corner). That suggests Rhody could be back on the team, in enough of a capacity to help in the fight. Then again, we’ve seen other people wear Iron Man suits, including Pepper Potts. Could someone new be in the suit this time?

Looks like bad things happen to Tony Stark

In addition to shots of Iron Man getting walloped by Thanos, the “Infinity War” trailer also has quite a few shots of a sad, brooding-looking Tony Stark outside of his armor. Things don’t seem to go well in the shots that include that weird orange background. Tony seems like he has it hard and might be suffering some major losses, which is fitting since Tony has a lot to answer for.

Up to now, the real villain of much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been Tony. It’s his irresponsibility that helped kick off the need for the Avengers in the first place way back in the first “Iron Man.” Since then, he’s been unable to follow orders on numerous occasions. His refusal to work with the team and trust other people led to the creation of Ultron and the destruction in Sokovia in “Age of Ultron.”

Feeling bad about what he did, Tony then led the charge to force the Avengers to agree to the Sokovia Accords, even though the only one really responsible was Tony, thanks to his arrogance. And his refusal to see Captain America’s side of things or to put aside his ego long enough to consider that he might be wrong, led to the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” Then he almost got Peter Parker killed on numerous occasions, first by recruiting him at an extremely young age, and then by neglecting him throughout “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Tony has a lot to answer for, part of which makes him one of the more interesting Marvel Cinematic Universe characters. It looks like that might all be finally catching up to him in “Infinity War.”

Not all the major players showed up for the trailer

Though we see almost every major character we’re expecting to see, two current members of the Avengers are conspicuously absent: Hawkeye and Ant-Man. They’re probably together somewhere having their own adventure — they are, after all, the two most “normal” members of the team since they have kinda normal domestic existences with families and stuff outside of work.

There are two other missing non-Avengers notables: Nebula and Valkyrie. We last saw Nebula strike out on her own at the end of “Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2” on a quest to kill Thanos, so it would be extremely surprising if she doesn’t turn up (we do get a glimpse at a character who looks very similar to Nebula, but the color scheme of her skin is different). And since Valkyrie was with Loki, Thor and Banner at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok” you gotta figure she’s gonna have something to do here.

And, of course, we fully expect Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel to maker her debut in “Infinity War,” but of course there’s no way they’re going to spoil that in a trailer so it’s no surprise that we don’t see her anywhere.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer Explodes With Superhero Combat on Many Fronts (Video)

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Marvel Studios on Wednesday debuted the first full trailer for “Avengers: Infinity War,” with explosive combat on many battlefronts — both on Earth and apparently in outer space as well.

The Avengers and their superhero allies again team up to sacrifice in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. 

The clip finds the Guardians of the Galaxy encountering Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) meetin up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Spider-Man (Tom Holland) feeling his classic Spider-Senses for the first time, and Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) fighting the forces of villain Thanos (Josh Brolin).

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Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” have grossed a combined $1.08 billion at the domestic box office.

“Avengers: Infinity War” hits theaters May 4, 2018.

Watch the trailer above.

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iframe width="640" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6ZfuNTqbHE8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>

Marvel Studios on Wednesday debuted the first full trailer for “Avengers: Infinity War,” with explosive combat on many battlefronts — both on Earth and apparently in outer space as well.

The Avengers and their superhero allies again team up to sacrifice in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. 

The clip finds the Guardians of the Galaxy encountering Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) meetin up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Spider-Man (Tom Holland) feeling his classic Spider-Senses for the first time, and Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) fighting the forces of villain Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” have grossed a combined $1.08 billion at the domestic box office.

“Avengers: Infinity War” hits theaters May 4, 2018.

Watch the trailer above.

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