I hate to be a Debbie Downer but I’m a little underwelmed by the new Avengers Infinity War trailer.

It’s impossible to get a complete picture from a movie trailer of course, but what I am seeing is…underwhelming. I don’t like Spider-Man’s costume. I thought the audience made it clear that Robo-Spider was not something we were interested in. I like the Scarlet Witch/Vision romance, it’s as it should be. Hate the black widow’s hair, not sure what they’re doing there. I did like the “And get this man a shield.” line from the Black Panther.  I liked the way the character was portrayed in Civil War and he looks like he is the same in this. I’m strongly thinking of skipping the Black Panther movie altogether so that my good will towards the character is not tainted.

Not liking Thanos. Not like Thanos at all. This is a being of extreme power and he is looking very dialed down here. I expect a voice like gravel and an intensity in the eyes that boggles the average mortal.

When Thanos hits the world should shake.

I get the impression that they are still placing a lot of weight on the novelty of having all these characters on the screen together. If so, I believe that’s a grave mistake. I know for me, that novelty wore off a long time ago. It’s time to place the emphasis on events and dynamic villains. Like the comic writers did during the golden era of comics. In these types of situations adhering to Hero Theory is more vital then ever.

And, oddly, I envisioned the Infinity War taking place on an Alien planet (or several Alien planets). Seeing it on the plains of (Africa?) seems a tad…anti-climatic. I imagined an intergalactic brouhaha on the scale of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Of course these are just first impressions. Whose to say it won’t reach that level before it’s all said and done.

It was hard to tell from the trailer but it looks like we have yet another group of beings who will be playing the role of punching fodder. We have to get away from that, far far away. It hampered Age of Ultron and it hampered Justice League. Hero need solid adversaries with unique personalities and skills to combat, swarms of nameless CGI minions does not get the job done.

 

Finally, on a positive note, I loved the introduction of the lovable ‘A-holes’ The Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s hard not to smile when those guys show up.

Avengers: Infinity War starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey Jr. and many others hits theaters May 4, 2018