The second trailer for Avengers Infinity War came out a week ago and yet and I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve seen the trailer around 100 times. Initially when I first watched the trailer I gave my thoughts and opinions on it. And while I was happy with the analysis I put out on the trailer, the more I watched the trailer the more stuff I started to pick up. So for this article I want to give my analysis on things I missed when I first wrote about my thoughts on the trailer. It also maybe some stuff you missed out too. Keep in mind I don’t try to portray myself as an expert so please feel free to correct me if I get anything wrong.
Where is the soul stone
My biggest question going into this film is “Where is the Soul Stone?”. Arguably it’s the most important stone that makes up the infinity gauntlet. The Soul Stone will allow the owner to take control over people’s soul by taking away life and also bringing people back to life. You can see why this is the infinity stone that we haven’t seen at all in the MCU yet. With the first trailer I thought that the Soul Stone was located in Wakanda as we see a huge battle taking place there in both trailers. Also it has been reported that the final act of the film will take place in Wakanda. However after watching the trailer multiple times it’s clear that the scenes in Wakanda are not related to the Soul Stone, again I could be wrong. But If you listen to Tony Stark’s lines closely throughout the trailer he says how they need to use what Thanos wants to their advantage. We see shots of Vision who posses the mind stone along with Scarlett Witch in Wakanda. Now I think they’re hiding Vision in Wakanda. Which of course makes sense given the Wakanda’s technology and secrecy, they would provide the best chance of taking out Thanos when he eventually tracks them down.
How many Infinity Stones does Thanos have?
Throughout both trailers whenever we see Thanos with the infinity gauntlet he only has 2 stones. These stones are the Power Stone and the Space Stone. If we believe the third act of the film takes place in Wakanda we see the shot of Captain America going up against Thanos and again he has the same two stones on his gauntlet. However I am willing to bet that Thanos has more than 2 stones at this point. If you remember in the first trailer they CGI’d Thor’s eye back in, they also did the same with the Thor: Ragnarok trailers. I think at this point Thanos would have at least picked up another Infinity Stone from The Collector which is the Reality Stone.
Thanos collects the Tesseract
When Thor: Ragnarok ended we were treated to an after credit scene where Thanos’s ship showed up in front of Thor and the rest of the Asgardian’s that survived the destruction of their homeland. I believe this film will open with Thanos collecting the Tesseract from Loki as we see the Black Order are standing around him in the trailer. We also see shots of Thanos almost torturing Thor in front of Loki forcing him to give up the Tesseract. Somehow I think the ship will eventually blow up and Thor finds himself crashing on ‘The Milano’ where he meets the Guardians of the Galaxy. What happens to Loki after this is interesting, does he join Thanos and the Black Order? Also with this scene it’s important to note that Bruce Banner is also present on that ship. Judging by how the first trailer opened with Banner crashing into Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum alerting Tony and the others of Thanos’s imminent arrival. Maybe we’ll get to see a fight between Thanos and Hulk early on in the movie which should be epic.
Ebony Maw is apart of Thanos’s team which is known as the Black Order. They will play an important role in the film by doing a lot of Thanos’s dirty work and maybe even collecting some infinity stones for him. I feel the most important member of the Black Order will be Ebony Maw. Just to give you some background on the character’s abilities one of his main traits is persuasion. He can use mind control to take over someone’s thoughts and movements. Clearly from the trailer this ability will be used on Doctor Strange. As we saw from the trailer Ebony Maw is torturing Doctor Strange and I believe he’s in the process of taking over his mind. I believe Ebony Maw will be using Doctor Strange to locate a number of Infinity Stones that Thanos is looking for. My guess would be that’s how they find Vision hiding in Wakanda given how secret Wakandan is to the rest of the world.
Let me know your thoughts on the trailer
Did I miss out anything from the trailer that you picked up on?
“The entire time I knew him he only ever had one goal… To wipe out half the universe. If he gets all of the Infinity Stones he can do it with a snap of his fingers” – Gamora
All I have to say is WOW! that was something! Honestly for me that topped the first trailer we saw back in November. I won’t waste anymore of your time because there is a lot jam-packed into this 2 minute trailer.
The trailer opens with a monologue by Gamora who is talking about how her Father’s (Thanos) one goal is to wipe out half of the universe. We start to see scenes of a Thanos looking very differently from the Thanos we saw in the last trailer. A lot of these shots show Thanos with his full armour on which personally is his best look to me. I like how a lot of this trailer is focused on the character of Thanos. We see flashback scenes of a young Gamora holding his hand on their home planet. It’ll be interesting to see what will happen when they see each other again.
“We’ve got one advantage… He’s coming to us” – Tony Stark
This line from Tony Stark tells us how Thanos has finally made his way to Earth and is now invading. How many planet’s he destroys on his way to Earth we don’t know yet. Remember the Power Stone is currently located in Xandar from Guardians of the Galaxy. So I’m sure we’ll see a scene of Thanos visiting there collecting the Power Stone before he arrives on Earth. New York as we know it seems to be the place where Thanos chooses to invade first as we see Peter Parker is forced to abandon his school bus to swing around the city because of what is going on in the sky.
“We have what Thanos wants so that’s what we use” – Tony Stark
It looks like the Avengers are actually using the Infinity Stones to their advantage as a way to bait Thanos. While Tony says this line we see shots of Doctor Strange with Eye of Agamotto and Vision who is of course the one in possession of the Mind Stone. Now what I’ve been wondering this whole time is “Where the hell is the soul stone, is it in Wakanda?!”. Watching this trailer again it’s clear that Vision is now in Wakanda. So it looks like they’re protecting him instead of the soul stone which makes sense to me. Tony’s line above shows that have some type of plan where they are using Vision to draw Thanos to Wakanda. I mean why not they clearly have the best weapons by being the most technological advanced country in the world. This explains why half of the Avengers are in Wakanda during this trailer and most likely for the majority of the movie.
Also in this trailer we get to see shots of Thanos’s own team the ‘Black Order’ which includes characters like Proxima Midnight, Loki, Ebony Maw, Corvus Glaive and Cull Obsidian. It’s interesting that when we first see all of them together in the same shot they’re also standing with Loki. I’m not sure if Loki is on their side or if this is from when they first meet when we Thanos’s ship turned up at the Thor: Ragnarok. Ebony Maw is the one who looks like he is about to kill Doctor Strange in that crazy shot.
Now my favourite shot of the entire trailer comes at the end where Cap stands up to Thanos. I literally screamed “No way”. I know Cap is a super soldier but it’s crazy to see him match his power on the big screen. This shot is exactly reminiscent of an iconic shot from the comics where Cap stands in the way of Thanos and goes toe to toe with him. It’s also important to note that throughout both trailers Thanos only has two Infinity Stones on his gauntlet. One being the Space Stone (blue) we saw in the first Avengers movie. We actually see a shot of Thanos crushing the Tesseract turning it into a stone for his gauntlet. The second stone he has on his gauntlet is the Power Stone (purple) which we last saw in Guardians of The Galaxy. Will we see Thanos collect all the stones during this film or will that be the ending shot?
Other than the epic fight scenes and dialogue from Thanos this trailer still shows there is some fun to be had with this film as we see characters start to meet up. Everyone except Hawkeye of course the poor guy. We get to see Cap, Black Widow and Banner turn up at Wakanda to meet T’Challa and Shuri. We see the Guardians of the Galaxy meet Tony Stark as Starlord tells him his plan sucks. The last shot of the trailer is dedicated to a great scene between Doctor Strange and Spider-Man where they are introducing themselves to each other.
I don’t know what else to say, this was a great trailer. I was worried they wouldn’t be able to live up to the first trailer because I loved it so much but they did. Right now we are only one month away before this film comes out, I can’t believe it. This is about to be the longest month ever!
Let me know what you thought of the trailer down below!
We are just one month away from one of the biggest comic book movies ever. It feels like forever since we got that first trailer for Infinity War back in November last year. Now we are finally getting the second trailer tomorrow! The Russo Brothers did hint that the trailer would be coming sometime this week on Twitter with themselves asking for the trailer. Well it looks like we don’t have to wait much longer now as the Marvel Studios Twitter account posted a video with the tagline ‘Tomorrow’.
As for what I hope to see from the trailer I honestly don’t know. I loved the first trailer so much I don’t know how they’ll top that but I trust them. I’ll be fine with just one trailer if it were up to me because I’m that hyped for the trailer.
Here’s a list of what I want to see from this upcoming trailer:
- Reference to where the soul stone maybe located
- More interactions with characters we haven’t seen before
- More scenes in Wakanda
- Focus a little more on Thanos, especially the Children of Thanos
- Are there anymore locations in this which we haven’t explored yet?
- Shots of characters we haven’t seen yet (Hulk not Banner, Hawkeye, Ant-Man)
That’s all I have for my expectations… Not a lot I know mainly because of that first trailer but I trust Marvel will hit it out the park again with this trailer.
Let me know your expectations for the trailer tomorrow
Be sure to come back here tomorrow as I will have a full breakdown/review of the trailer.
Ever since the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fans have been speculating about the role of Thomas Wayne in the future of the DC extended universe. Originally played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan it would be a no brainer that if the character was to ever return it would be him that would play the role of Thomas Wayne again. While Thomas Wayne died in Dawn of Justice (obviously) the future for the character certainly isn’t dead. A huge reason for this is because DC’s future Flash movie was revealed to be called ‘Flashpoint’. Now of course with the name ‘Flashpoint’ titled after one of the most popular graphic novels ever some would expect the film to follow along the same lines of the comic. With Flashpoint the timeline is messed up by Barry Allen who attempts to go back in time and prevent the murder of his Mother. Not knowing the ramifications of these actions on the rest of the universe. One of the biggest changes that see is that instead of Thomas Wayne dying in the alleyway is its Bruce who doesn’t survive. This results in Thomas Wayne taking up the role of the iconic hero. However, unlike the Bruce Wayne/Batman we’ve come to love in previous iterations, this Thomas Wayne is a broken man. Still hurt by Bruce’s death he’s enraged and resorts to alcohol to numb his pain. Now I won’t giveaway the whole story for those haven’t read it yet. But I would highly recommend reading it as it provides a take on Batman we’ve never seen before.
So with a theatrical Flash film titled ‘Flashpoint’ would this film follow in the same footsteps? There is one person who hopes it does and that’s Thomas Wayne himself, Jeffrey Dean Morgan who in a recent interview with TotalFilm stated:
“And what I know about the Flashpoint Batman is, you know, for me, I think he is not only the darkest of the Batmen, but the coolest. And I love his whole storyline and who he is and the tortured soul of it all.”
As for actually wanting to play Batman on the big screen he stated:
We’ll see. I mean, look, DC is DC and they’ll figure out what they’re going to do next. But I’m highly aware of the character, I will say that. I’m highly aware of the character, and it would probably be a thrill of a lifetime to put on the Batsuit.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan actually goes on to say him and Zack Snyder have actually talked about the role in the past:
“Look, I’m not going to lie. Zack Snyder and I talked about doing Batman together when we did Watchmen. I think it was both he and I’s favorite character and favorite story.
While I love what I’ve seen from Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the likes of Watchmen and The Walking Dead, I don’t want a Flashpoint movie yet. The idea is great don’t great me wrong, plus I think he would make a great Thomas Wayne/Batman. Looking t the DC universe as a whole this movie is way too soon especially for the character of The Flash. If they’re going with the Flashpoint storyline this film is going to inflict some major changed in the DC universe. There have been constant rumours that the studio will use this film to recast Ben Affleck’s Batman which is a ridiculous is you as me. It shouldn’t take one of your biggest storylines in comics to do it.
That’s just my 2 cents on the whole situation, it’s nice to see how passionate Jeffrey Dean Morgan is about the potential role. I know from experience too a couple of months ago I posted some fan art of him as Batman on Twitter and he liked it.
Let me know what you think down below
Do you think he would make a good Batman?
Is it too soon for a Flashpoint movie?
Welcome to the second week of this ‘Weekly Roundup’ series. There has been a wide range of news/stories that came out last week and mainly a lot of rumours. However I picked the ones that are both official and the ones that I felt were most interesting to talk about. Today we will be looking at Wonder Woman 2 casting news, more Shazam leaks, Black Panther’s Box Office numbers, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The Joker movie.
So let’s get started with the first story!
Wonder Woman Casting Announcement (Cheetah)
It was reported last week that Warner Bros. were in talks with Kristen Wiig to star as Cheetah in the Wonder Woman sequel. While there are rumours surrounding the DC extended universe everyday this story just felt different to me. Maybe it was because of the outlets that were reporting the news such as TheWrap that made it feel like there was something to this than just rumours. Well last week Patty Jenkins confirmed these rumours to be true as she welcomed Kristen Wiig to the Wonder Woman franchise with a tweet. Gal Gadot soon followed with her own welcoming message to Kristen Wiig on Twitter. Spending a lot of time on social media I’m still seeing a very mixed response to this news just like when the rumours first appeared. I for one have learned especially with the DCEU not to judge casting announcements until the film comes out because thankfully I have been proven wrong a few times.
Wonder Woman 2 is set to be released November 1 2019 and is expected to start shooting this summer.
Black Panther crosses $1 Billion at Box Office
One of Marvel’s most successful movies ever… Wait one of the most successful movies ever! Honestly I didn’t think this film was going to be as big as it is now I’ll admit that. I’ve lost count of the number of records it has already broken having been out only for a month. Well the film’s latest biggest achievement came just a couple of days ago when it reach $1 Billion at the WorldWide Box Office. That’s insane for a comic book movie! Honestly at best I was thinking it would be around the $800 Million mark but this has blown my expectations out of the water. And it’s fully deserved I loved this film I think it’s a win for the comic book movie genre in general. It’ll be interesting to see how Infinity War’s numbers will compare to Black Panther’s which is only a couple of months away.
Joker Movie To Follow The Killing Joke Plot
Now this is a movie that when I first heard about it I thought was a long shot. At best I didn’t expect to hear anything about this film for a number of years. However this film seems to be a priority for Warner Bros. It was earlier last year when reports started to surface about a script being written and plans to start production late 2018. Then we heard that this Joker film would be an origin story but without Jared Leto’s Joker. The studio were reportedly looking at Joaquin Phoenix to play the iconic role. Well just last week we got even more developments as the plot details about the project emerged. It’s believed that this Joker origin movie will be heavily influenced by Alan Moore’s ‘The Killing Joke‘ with a Joker who was a failed stand up comedian. Honestly I’m not sure what to make of this… I mean the more DC films the better right? But I just feel like they could be putting their efforts into a character that really needs it. I’d love to see another Superman film, Cyborg film even a Deathstroke movie. I’d rather hear about developments on those films. However what I took from this whole story is that Warner Bros. with this film are attempting to create a separate DC universe where standalone films such as this will exist. Now I think that’s a great idea I love the thought of putting out these DC storylines in film which require no build up or universe building at all. If this goes well this could be the start of something great for DC.
More Shazam set photos leak
Last week set photos from the upcoming Shazam movie leaked and the internet as it usually does went crazy. Some loved it and some just outright hated it. I’ll be honest I didn’t like what I saw but I knew this was a bad picture in general. Shazam is a character where the costume in live action is going to require a lot of VFX because of his powers and you’re just not going to see that until we get the final product. Thankfully with these newly leaked images which I must say are with a MUCH better angle I really like the suit. My biggest worry from the original suit was it looked like the material was cheap. However with these recent images the material for the suit looks good and the suit is heavily detailed which is another worry I had. Overall I’m seeing a lot more positive reactions to these latest images. Also leaked from the set were images of Zachary Levi’s Shazam going up against the main villain Doctor Sivana played by Mark Strong which provide for an interesting look.
First look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix costumes
Just like with Shazam another movie that is currently shooting is X-Men: Dark Phoenix also experienced leaks of a set image. Granted there aren’t as many set photos that leaked it’s only one really and it’s not the best quality so I’ll keep this short. In this set photo you see the cast standing around not doing much. But what got fans talking about this set photo is that we get a glimpse of their costumes for the film. The look of the costume resembles Frank Quietly’s work on the New X-Men series with the blue uniforms that have the Yellow X on them. While writing this a report also came out earlier claiming that this X-Men film will be more of a drama than a Superhero film. I personally feel that this has been the case for the majority of X-Men films and I can’t wait for this film especially after the disappointment of X-Men: The Last Stand. I’d also like to add that this film is reportedly going to be scored by Hans Zimmer too, without a doubt one of my favourite film composers ever. An X-Men: Dark Phoenix described as a drama scored by Hans Zimmer is music to my ears.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to be released on November 2 later this year
There you have it for this week!
Let me know your thoughts on the stories I covered and any feedback is welcome
See you next week!
Welcome to a new series that I will be doing here weekly on my site. The purpose of the ‘Weekly roundup’ is pretty simple, I will take the news and rumours from the week surrounding the comic book industry (movies in particular) and give my thoughts and opinions on them. This will allow me to cover more stories and give me a chance to write about both DC and Marvel as there seems to be new stories and rumours everyday. With that being said in this week’s edition I will be covering news such as Fox Studios future plans, Avengers: Infinity War, Wonder Woman 2, Batgirl and Shazam.
Fox Studios planning more X-Men movies
A couple of months ago when the deal with Disney and Fox was announced many comic book fans feared the worst. What would happen to the Fox movies? After X-Men: Dark Phoenix will they stop producing comic book movies? Well it looks like the deal hasn’t impacted futures plans at all for the studio as they plan to release 3 X-Men movies in 2019 and another 3 in 2020. Amongst these could possibly be solo films for both The Silver Surfer and Dr. Doom which were confirmed this week to be in production. Overall this is very encouraging news for all comic book fans because it means we have more studios producing these films not just two. Fox studios this year will release Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Infinity War Date Pushed up
Staying with Marvel they just decided to push up the date for their biggest movie to date. Yes Avenger: Infinity War will now be released a week earlier on April 27 worldwide. It’s the way they announced this new date which made everyone stop and admire the way Marvel runs its organisation. Here’s a recap of how the new release date was announced with a conversation between Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel Studios on Twitter:
Personally I think it’s great that everyone gets to experience this huge film at the same time around the world. However does this mean that some characters will actually die in Infinity War? And they chose to push up the release date in hopes to stop spoilers from coming out by those would have got to seen it earlier in Europe like myself.
What’s going on with Batgirl?
The Batgirl project is one that has been surrounded by a lot of controversy ever since it was announced that Joss Whedon would be directing it. Personal stories that were made public about Whedon’s relationships made fans think that he wasn’t the right choice for this project in the first place. Now fast forward to after Justice League where he was brought in to do the majority of the reshoots which really rubbed fans the wrong way. Some felt he was brought in to change the film into a more Marvel like film under the studios instructions and he got a lot of the blame for Justice League. This really created a negative feeling around the Batgirl project in general, people just didn’t want to see him direct this film. However some fans actually got their wish as it was reported last week that Whedon had left the project after he ‘failed’ to come up with a story for Batgirl. Now it looks like Batgirl is back to square one with reports stating that the studio “has no imminent plans to find a new director”. Personally I felt it was a good decision for Joss Whedon to step down from the project. As a huge DC fan who spends a lot of time on Twitter, there was this negativity that surrounded the project because Whedon’s name was attached to it. The feeling around Batgirl would have only gotten worse as time went on if he was in charge.
Shazam First look (kinda)
A couple of days ago the internet was sent into a frenzy when a picture of Zachary Levi in the Shazam costume leaked online from the film set. Now granted it’s not an official reveal of course, but that didn’t stop fans from either loving or hating what they saw. I personally love the look of the costume which resembles the New 52 Shazam with the cape and the hood. My only issue is that the materials used for the suit makes it look cheap, I was hoping for a more skin tight suit. I honestly thought the picture was a fake when I first saw it on my timeline. However I have faith in David F. Sandberg and the VFX team that they will do their best to make the suit look great when we finally get a official reveal from the studio.
Wonder Woman 2 developments
With the success of the first Wonder Woman movie fans like myself can’t wait to see what Patty Jenkins has to offer with the sequel. Well this week we learned two things about the movie which is set to be released in 2019. The first being that the film will start production this summer in London which is great news. The second being that Cheetah is rumoured to be the main villain of the film. Along with that it was reported that Kristen Wiig is in talks with the studio to play the role. This news actually created some controversy amongst fans given her previous work. I for one have learned not to question casting decisions anymore I find them exciting actually especially when people are proved wrong. Lets hope the same happens if Kristen Wiig is actually set to play the role which we should get some official confirmation in the upcoming months. It was also rumoured that Steve Trevor’s character would also return in Wonder Woman 2. However that seems to have cooled down for now It’ll be interesting to see if there are any developments on this in the future.
That’s it for the first week of this ‘Weekly Roundup’ series, let my know your thoughts on the stories I covered above.
Also feel free to give me any feedback positive or negative I don’t mind.
See you next week!
One of the biggest comic book movies ever has not got a new release date. Initially set to be released on May 4th in North America Avengers: Infinity War will now be released a week earlier on April 27th worldwide! This was done to match up with the release dates of the European markets which is a smart decision in my opinion, especially great for trying fans to avoid spoilers because people like me were going to see it a week earlier (not that I would spoil it though). Like Marvel does they have their own way of doing things and they announced this new release date publicly in a twitter conversation between Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel Studios Twitter account. RDJ asked “Any chance I could see it earlier?”.
Here was their response:
Just like that they announced a new release date for their biggest movie ever! While I loved seeing Marvel films early because I live in the UK I love this news. Honestly it was hard for me not to talk about films that released a week earlier without going into spoilers.
Let me know you think of this news down below