D23 UPDATED: ‘Infinity War’ Begins With Screening of First New ‘Avengers’ Footage (Plus Thanos’ Sidekicks Revealed)
If it wasn’t for Star Wars, Avengers: Infinity War would probably be the biggest thing at D23 today. The third Avengers movie is not only the next chapter in the highly lucrative series, but its the culmination of 10 years and nearly 20 Marvel Studios movies. That fact was gently reinforced at D23 today, and then they rolled the first footage anyone has ever seen anywhere as Thanos finally does it himself.
/Film Editor-in-Chief Peter Sciretta described the footage thusly:
The footage began with the Guardians of the Galaxy in their new ship, flying through space when someone lands right on their hood. It’s Thor, sporting the shorter haircut seen in the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok! He’s unconscious and they wake him up. “Who the hell are you guys?” the god of thunder asks. He then adds “Something’s very wrong.”
There are shots of dead people in the streets. Loki holding the cosmic cube from the first Avengers. Peter Parker on a school bus. Star-Lord. Gamora. Everyone has “we’re screwed” looks on their faces.
Then Thanos shows up. We see Spider-Man in a new suit, standing on a huge circular object. We see Captain America sporting a beard. Thanos clutching Thor’s head in his hand. Thanos punching Iron Man. And then…a shot of Thanos holding a gauntlet that will prove familiar to comic book fans. Cue the logo.
Thanos himself, Josh Brolin, was in person at D23, as were some of his adversaries Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, and Dave Bautista. Infinity War co-director Joe Russo and Marvel producer Kevin Feige were also in attendance.
UPDATE: 6:45 pm EST
The previously shrouded figures around Thanos on the convention floor at D23 were revealed a short time ago.
— Dustin Sandoval (@DustinMSandoval) July 15, 2017
These chaps are the Black Order, a relatively new group of bad guys introduced into the Marvel Comic Book Universe. They will be Thanos’ back up when it comes time to face off against the Avengers.
— MrVicks (@MrVicks) July 15, 2017
Avengers: Infinity War will be in theatres everywhere on May 4, 2018.