In case you somehow missed it, last week #Marvel Studios dropped a very exciting teaser for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, due to release in May of 2018.
The first look at the now-in-production movie took us behind the scenes of the ensemble, and we witnessed Star-Lord, Iron Man and #SpiderMan sharing the screen for the first time. Well, it was really Chris Pratt, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland, but close enough. Check it out below!
The featurette also focused on the mysterious Infinity Stones, the driving MacGuffins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. As it stands, only one is yet to be revealed, and #Thanos is coming after our heroes to get the power he needs to fuel the legendary Infinity Gauntlet.
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But there's something else pretty interesting lurking in the background of the behind-the-scenes section — literally. In the scene where we see Pratt, Downey Jr. and Holland hanging out, they appear to be on an #alien planet of sorts. An alien planet that looks kind of familiar...
The cut out steps that appear in Tony Stark's Scarlet Witch-induced vision that he experienced during the opening sequence of #AgeOfUltron do look kind of similar to the ones that we see behind the three actors in the teaser video. Could this be the same planet?
Now it might seem like a bit of a stretch, but it would make a lot of sense given what #InfinityWar directors Anthony and Joe Russo have said about Tony Stark, and this scene in particular. Speaking to Empire back before the release of Captain America: Civil War, the Russo Brothers pinpointed Tony Stark's guilt complex as the reason why he does what he does in the movie.
As Joe Russo said:
"[Tony Stark] now has a guilty complex and the guilt drives him to make very specific decisions."
In the Civil War comics it makes sense for Tony to take the pro-registration side, due to his guilt over the Stamford Incident. In the #MCU, it's the Battle of Sokovia or, more precisely, the creation of Ultron that fuels this complex. And the birth of Ultron was in turn caused by Tony's overcompensating complex, resulting from the events of The Avengers and the PTSD he suffered during Iron Man 3.
But it's not just Ultron and the Battle of Sovokia that affect Tony's decisions in Civil War — and a large part of these anxieties are revealed in the Age of Ultron vision. Here he sees his team mates lying dead and dying at his feet. Defeated, presumably, by Thanos, the Big Bad of the MCU.
"You... could've... saved... us..." Steve Rogers accuses him before dying, his voice echoing in Tony's mind "Why didn't you do more?" Tony is again faced by the wormhole that he passes through during the climactic scene of The Avengers, looking down upon an Earth that is soon to be destroyed. Destroyed by Thanos's forces. You see where we are going with this.
This scene perfectly embodies Tony's fears and weaknesses — the PTSD, the fear of failure and the terror that he won't be able to save his teammates in the oncoming battle. Though we don't see Thanos directly here, the Russos did clarify that this vision Tony experiences was caused by Thanos, and he is the fear driving Tony forward into the events of Civil War and onwards towards Infinity War.
So with all this in mind, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see something approximating Tony's vision in the first installment of the Infinity War two-parter. But what does this mean? Will Thanos defeat the Avengers in Infinity War? Will we finally witness the fabled Big Death, which has been rumored for years? We'll have to wait a while to find out, unfortunately, as Avengers: Infinity War isn't set for release until May 4, 2018.
What do you think will happen in Avengers: Infinity War? Have your say in the comments below!