Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Unveiled

Avengers: Infinity War has been the payoff fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been waiting for. Upon release, it will have been 10 years in the making, with hints here and there of a looming threat. Thanos has arrived, as has the Infinity War trailer.

The trailer does everything it’s supposed to do. It provides hints, but gives away no real spoilers. I had actually lost a little bit of faith in the Marvel films after the disappointing Captain America: Civil War, but maybe I was too harsh. Every film since has been spectacular. Anthony and Joe Russo did direct the best film in the universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and they are set to helm Avengers 4 as well. Avengers 4 is being filmed alongside Infinity War.

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The suit looks much better in action than when showed in Homecoming.

With Thanos’ overwhelming power, heroes from all over are coming together for the first time. This is a culmination, as previously stated, of 10 years worth of work. Dr. Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and more are coming together with our more well-known heroes. Even Spider-Man is getting in on the action with the suit Tony Stark offered him at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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The trailer ends with Thor, sporting an eyepach (reminiscent of his fathers), asking the Guardians of the Galaxy, “Who the hell are you guys?”. Thanos is the greatest villain the heroes of Earth have ever faced, and they’re going to need all the help they can get.

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Can the Avengers win against such a daunting foe?

There’s so much to take away from the trailer that at this point it needs to be looked at almost frame-by-frame, but from the trailer alone it promises to be one of the best superhero movies of the modern era.

Avengers: Infinity War comes out on May 4, 2018, and is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

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Marvel’s Infinity War Trailer Debuts Tomorrow

The wait is finally here. Marvel’s Infinity War trailer debuts tomorrow, November 29. The Avengers, among other parties from all over the universe, unite to fight a singular threat: Thanos, as he yearns for the Infinity Stones in order to restore the Infinity Gauntlet. He has been teased since the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now that plotline is finally getting its payoff (hopefully in spectacular fashion). While no doubt fans cannot wait for the trailer, it may be an even harder wait for the finished product, which releases on May 4, 2018.

Starring in the film are Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olson, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Tom Holland, Josh Brolin, and Paul Rudd. Returning to direct are Anthony and Joe Russo, who helmed Marvel’s best film yet, Captain America: Winter Soldier. While Captain America: Civil War wasn’t quite up to par, the duo have more than proven themselves.

They are also directing the yet-untitled Avengers 4, which is being filmed back-to-back with Avengers: Infinity War.

Who will end up left standing? Will Tony Stark, or even American icon Captain America escape unscathed? It’s looking unlikely, but we’ll have to wait until May 4 to find out.

Spider-Man the Animated Series Defines the Franchise

The Spider-Man animated series from the 1990s which aired on Fox was a masterpiece. In fact, Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise, the comic books aside. While Tobey Maguire’s films were not bad per se (save the third film), Maguire never portrayed Spider-Man’s/Peter Parker’s intelligence. He was a typical geek who masqueraded as being smart. While Willem Dafoe and James Franco did a great job of portraying the Osbornes, the script plagued the films and was simply put, hard to watch. Rami’s films were not bad, but they didn’t portray Spider-Man, and more importantly Peter Parker, adequately.

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Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man films were deeply flawed, but the casting was top-notch, especially with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He had both the boyish charm and was able to portray the intelligence that Maguire lacked. Unfortunately, the films themselves were just okay. The stories were disjointed and despite a stellar cast, the films lacked any kind of clear direction, which is a shame because there was so much potential. I have not seen all of Captain America: Civil War, but from all accounts Tom Holland did a spectacular job and with Marvel’s involvement, Homecoming is sure to please fans.

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With that being said, Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise in terms of characterization, storytelling, and even acting (albeit voice acting). It’s a shame that so many who didn’t grow up in the 90s weren’t exposed to the show because it was not your typical campy Spider-Man. There was drama, there were tears. It dealt with the real problems Peter Parker experienced as Spider-Man and while it was funny at times, at others it was downright tragic. Death was not allowed, nor actual guns because of rules by the studio, but Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise, save for the comic books, because it took a story for children and told it in a way that both kids and adults could relate to. It incorporated many of Spidey’s classic villains and while Spider-Man didn’t lack his classic whit, there was also a bit of a tragedy to the character. He wasn’t dark like Batman, who aired on the same station, but he constantly lost the ones he loved because of Spider-Man. The narrative was superb and the last four or five episodes or so actually brought me to tears. Spider-Man was portrayed with having real intelligence, something that was severely lacking in the Maguire films, which was my biggest disappointment.

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While Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise, Spider-Man Homecoming has the chance to shine. Tom Holland is an incredible actor and while Peter will be a teenager, as opposed to a college student in the television series, it has the potential to rival this classic cartoon. Spider-Man, X-Men, and Batman, who all aired on Fox in the mid-90s, all define their respective franchises, even though the films (I’m pointing to the Dark Knight Trilogy and some of the X-Men films) were lauded with critical acclaim and were good films. Up to this point though, there hasn’t been any iteration of Spider-Man to top the 90s cartoon series. It simply was that good, as well as the Batman Animated Series. Spider-Man Homecoming may not top the series, but hopefully with Marvel at the helm it will at least do the character justice. It’s a shame Garfield isn’t reprising his role as Peter, as he nailed the character, but they needed a clean slate. The films he was apart of simply put were not very good.

Spider-Man is, in my opinion, the best franchise that Marvel has to offer. If the movie bombs, at least there’s still the cartoon, which nails the essence of the comic book perfectly.