While we may not be as hyped as Lupita Nyong'o after watching the first Black Panther trailer, perhaps you'll be the one twerking after the first teaser for Avengers: Infinity War comes around. To get us even more excited for when that mighty trailer drops, the Russo brothers recently shared some production prop photos.
Last time, the Marvel directors teased us with an image of Mjolnir and the entire cast together in one photo, but now they've given us a glimpse into what looks like Thanos's vault. See for yourselves:
The golden metallic aesthetic of the prop definitely looks like something Thanos would keep around his house (it matches his shiny armor to a detail). There's no way to confirm, but let's just say it really is his vault. If so, it creates a number of interesting possibilities, like:
1. Does Age Of Ultron's Mid-Credits Scene Take Place After Infinity War?
Thanos made his third appearance in the #MCU during the mid-credit scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he drew his line in the sand by declaring, "Fine. I'll do it myself." Before delivering that line, Thanos opened what looked to be some sort of vault and from which he retrieved the Infinity Gauntlet (with no Infinity Stones).
Perhaps this scene actually happens during or at the end of next year's Infinity War. Prior to the Age of Ultron mid-credit scene, Loki and Ronan the Accuser were the only ones to disappoint Thanos's quest for the Stones. With the rumor that the Black Order will have a more personal tie to Thanos, his line during Age of Ultron's mid-credit scene would make more sense if it were his own children who failed him; placing the scene around the events of Infinity War.
2. If Not The Infinity Gauntlet, What's Inside The Vault?
If it's not a matter of continuity and the vault has nothing to do with the Age of Ultron post-credit scene, then what could hide inside the vault? Here's one possibility: Red Skull. I know, you're probably rolling your eyes right now, but not so fast: Last time we saw Red Skull he was blasted into space by the Tesseract, one of the Infinity Stones Thanos so dearly wants. What if Red Skull's Tesseract-produced space journey led him straight into Thanos's vicinity? Not only is it possible, but it's happened already in Disney XD's Avengers Assemble. In the TV show, Red Skull became a prisoner of Thanos after stealing an Infinity Stone.
3. Could It Be A Flashback In Avengers: Infinity War?
Okay, maybe Red Skull isn't within Thanos's vault. As amazing as that would be, what if instead, the vault is part of a flashback scene in #InfinityWar? There's a lot of ground to cover with Thanos, as the only hint of his ambitions and character has been covered predominantly in the video games and slightly in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and 2. The vault could be part of an important moment in his long life, or a crucial scene that explains fills in a key detail about the current events in Infinity War.
What do you think this photo means? Let me know in the comments below!