Avengers: Infinity War – A Trailer, A Wardrobe Choice

Alright, so the new and final trailer for Avengers: Infinity War dropped yesterday.  Aaaaaaahhhh – as if Fridays weren’t exciting enough!!  Naturally, I watched it as soon as it came out (thank you well timed prep mod/trailer release) and then I spent my entire lunch break watching it again (and again (and again (and again and again and again (and again)))).  We are barely a month away from the culmination of ten years of storytelling within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  We are finally hereThey are finally going to do battle with Thanos.  In and around grading exams today, I figured I’d write about my excitement with the trailer, ALL THE FEELS it elicited, and the major clothing conundrum it caused.

Before we go any further, let’s look at that trailer one more time huh?  Now, I’m sure you’ve seen it but I want to watch it again so I’m putting it here.  Plus who doesn’t want to watch it again?!?  I’m sure you do too so here we go.

AAAAAAHHHHHHH WE ARE FINALLY GOING TO SEE THIS MOVIE AND I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN HANDLE THE ANTICIPATION OR THE EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE OF ACTUALLY SEEING IT.  Now that that’s out of my system, when I wrote about the first trailer back in December, I said I was excited for the film but my overarching feeling was trepidation.  I was worried they’d be unable to balance all the characters.  I was worried it would feel cluttered and crowded and many of these rich, dynamic characters I’ve grown to love on screen over the last ten years would be relegated to group shots and side roles while a few were allowed the chance to shine.  I can’t say those anxieties have left me.  But my excitement has totally overpowered them!

Black Panther showed me the MCU still has the ability to dramatically redefine both itself and what the comic book movie genre can be.  Not since Iron Man in 2008 has the Marvel Cinematic Universe felt so fresh.  More than anything, Black Panther and the chance to see T’Challa, Shuri, Okoye, and Wakanda (FOREVER!) again on screen so soon have put my excitement through the roof for Infinity War.  When you add in Anthony and Joe Russo (who gave us Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War) at the helm and the reality that we’ve waited TEN YEARS FOR THIS, it’s a good place to be.

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So many incredible actors.  So many brilliant characters.  This has the potential to give a whole new meaning to “epic.” / Photo Credit – Avengers: Infinity War

Also, to be direct, the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t disappointed me yet.  Sure, there are movies I like more than others.  That’s only natural.  And in an age where we get sooooooooo many of these a year, they do become more commonplace.  For better or worse, it’s easier for me to take the MCU for granted now and it takes more for one of their films to blow my mind than it used to, in part because they keep raising the bar.

Even so, I’ve never left a Marvel movie feeling disappointed.  Each and every entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been fun.  They’ve all been entertaining.  Some have worked to convey mythic themes and deeper messages too.  And every single one is clearly made with love and respect towards the source material.  In an age where I have an increasingly complicated relationship with the Disney Canon of Star Wars (which, if you like, you can read about in regard to The Last Jedi here and in regard to the books/comics Disney puts out here), I appreciate the sheer joy and excitement the Marvel movies always provide all the more.

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Like much of the rest of the internet, I can’t get enough of this scene.  CAPTAIN AMERICA IS SO AMAZING!!!  Bring it Thanos.  You’re going down. / Photo Credit – Avengers: Infinity War

So, anxiety over the chance of an overcrowded film aside, HOW COULD I NOT BE SUPER EXCITED?!?  What were you thinking Past Michael?  How could you ever doubt your excitement for this??  You were always going to be FREAKING OUT.  I’ve already got my tickets for opening night too.  (I may be wondering if I need to see it at 11:15 after seeing it at 7:00 though… (I don’t have a problem…you have a problem.))

The trailer is wonderfully edited because – from those first piano notes and the spinning camera shot – I feel ominous dread and foreboding hanging over the entire thing.  Part of me wishes Thanos looked a bit more intimidating/horror monster-esque, but I’m still scared of him regardless.

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Photo Credit – Avengers: Infinity War

I love the glimpse of a flashback where Thanos takes Gamora.  I wonder if we’ll see a similar backstory with Nebula too.  I hope so!  Thanos – being erotically and romantically in love with Death, looking to destroy creation in the name of wooing her – has always been such a fascinating character.  And James Gunn has made Gamora and Nebula into brilliant characters too, both on their own and in their relationship as sisters, so the chance of seeing this “family” dynamic develop has me waiting on baited breath.

I need to say this too.  Yes, we see Loki standing with Thanos’ Black Order BUT I am still holding to the fact that Loki’s redeemed.  He’s a good guy.  He’s tricky and a pathologically brilliant liar sure, but I have faith in him!  Just like I always believed with Severus Snape before him, I’m totally convinced that Loki will be a hero who does the right thing.

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Loki standing with the Black Order BUT NOTE they totally have a gun (or, uh, something) pointed at him.  Yep, that’s totally something a bad guy would do to a hero.  I’m just sayin’… / Photo Credit – Avengers: Infinity War

Of course I’m still concerned about Peter suiting up alongside the Avengers in this one.  It just seems irresponsible to allow a sixteen-year-old kid to help battle a creature bent on wiping out half of the life in the cosmos as his opening gambit.  I can’t imagine Peter would be willing to sit it out, but it also seems improbable the Avengers – Tony specifically, given his character arc since Civil War – would be cool with it.  But the final shot of Spider-Man swinging through wreckage in the sky makes me super excited Spidey’s there all the same :).  Is it irresponsible.  Yes.  Is it crazy exciting and badass??  YES.

It’s just…THEY ARE ALL GOING TO BE IN THIS THING TOGETHER.  Do you remember the feeling of The Avengers?  Of seeing Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, and Hawkeye all suiting up together to defend the Earth against Loki and the Chitauri for the first time?  I’d never felt like the comics I loved as a kid had come to life more than I did in that moment.  Now, what happened after those first four years is happening again, but this time we have ten years of characters, relationships, and stories coming together.

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WAKANDA FOREVER and AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! / Photo Credit – Avengers: Infinity War

For me, this has always been the most exciting part.  I loved team-ups and crossovers as a kid.  I still do.  And it’s working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  From the moment Black Widow and War Machine showed up to help Tony in Iron Man 2, it’s all been leading here.  I can’t wait…

But I have a problem.

I’m being serious.  This is a major problem, not dumb anxiety over a potentially crowded film.  This is BIG and this is real.  What am I going to wear??

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Thor understands the struggle to look good.  Sure, he lost an eye but he’s not letting it slow down his superhero style. / Photo Credit – Avengers: Infinity War

You might think this is ridiculous, that I’m even thinking about this forty days ahead of time, but I’m a planner.  I also like to commit.  If I’m doing something, I’m going to do it right.  So what can I wear that will do Avengers: Infinity War justice?

Do I go the costume route?  I’ve done some cosplaying.  I’ve had some fun with it too.  However I don’t know if that’s the best option.  I enjoy dressing up.  I think I do an alright job with it too :).  Deep down though, I doubt I’m really a costume guy at heart.  And if I dressed up, how would I even begin to choose which character to be?!?  There are so many to choose from!  Plus, when I’m dressed up I always have to worry about how I’m sitting or standing or moving in it.  Wearing a costume is never as fluid or as comfortable as wearing a t-shirt.

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See?  Like Peter has to look cool in his Spider-Man suit but also be comfortable enough and mobile enough to fight the Mad Titan too.  It’s tough. / Photo Credit – Avengers: Infinity War

I am most certainly a t-shirt guy though.  So that’s natural.  That’s organic.  That’s me.  It also allows me maximum comfort when it comes to standing in line beforehand and – most importantly – when I’m actually watching the movie.  But this route is not without problems either.  Avengers: Infinity War is a big movie.  It’s the culmination of ten years of storytelling, planning, and incredible films.  Which t-shirt would be worthy of such a night??

Do I wear an Avengers: Infinity War t-shirt?  Nah, that seems too easy and too new a relationship.  For a movie like this I feel I need a shirt I have some history with.  Do I wear the shirt I wore on opening night of The Avengers for a full-circle sort of moment?  Do I choose Iron Man, since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with him?  How about Thor, as he’s my favorite Avenger?  Or Spidey, because he’s my favorite superhero?  Do I go with the Guardians of the Galaxy because they’re by far my favorite films in the MCU?  

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Your quizzical look matches my struggle Natasha.  If anything, you’re a little too calm about it. / Photo Credit – Avengers: Infinity War

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO.  HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT OUTFIT FOR THE NIGHT?!?  THIS IS A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME MOMENT AND CAN NEVER BE RECAPTURED SO I MUST DO THIS RIGHT.

No, I don’t think I’m being melodramatic or over-the-top at all here.  Why do you ask?  Anyway, while I go finish my exams (and begin to try to start to untangle my outfit angst (which will be a looooooong road on the way to 26 April)), may you enjoy the rest of your day.  Watch the trailer.  Ponder when you’ll see it.  And good luck picking your outfit too.  If you figure out anything particularly inspired, let me know…

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I mean, Cap’s got a new shield here so maybe going outside the box of my normal choices is a good idea.  But then again, this shield makes me SUPER ANXIOUS and I can’t wait for him to get his regular shield back so all will be right with the world so maybe deviation isn’t a good idea for me.  Hmmm… / Photo Credit – Avengers: Infinity War

53 thoughts on “Avengers: Infinity War – A Trailer, A Wardrobe Choice

  1. AH YES!
    As soon as I watched this trailer and again (and again and again and again and etc etc.) my immediate reaction was: blazes! What is Michael going to wear to that 1st screening?!?! 😉
    I understand your concerns about how to juggle so many rich characters, but with the Russo Bros @ th helm, I have every confidence – like u said, th MCU can’t put a foot wrong.
    Yep, like much of the rest of the internet, I can’t get enough of Captain Crumbcatcher getting feisty w th Mad Titan.
    Josh Brolin looks and sounds awesome as Thanos – totally impressed w that.
    Here’s hoping th Black Order can avoid th Phasma-curse and have sufficient roles in this…
    For th record, that’s Proxima Midnight wielding her spear (forged for her by Thanos himself)
    Yes, I want to see more of that Thanos/Gamora flashback!
    Been wondering how th Stark/Starlord interaction will work – already, I’m pleased to say, it looks really groovy!
    I am fighting th flu so I can get my Thanos Post up tonight
    Oh, I concur: its a helluvagood place to be!! 🙂
    Cheers!

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    1. I’m my wardrobe woes was first on your mind too! See? This is just another reason we’re friends. You get me :).

      However, I hadn’t even thought about “the Phasma curse” in regard to the Black Order! Oh no! I’ve just been thinking about the heroes but you’re right, I hope we have the villains developed too. I think that’s one of the reasons everyone loves Loki so much. He (along with the Vulture in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and Killmonger in ‘Black Panther’) is one of the only villains who we can see/feel as a fully fleshed out character.

      Either way, I can’t wait to see them going toe-to-toe with the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy! Oh, and thanks for the head’s up on Proxima Midnight too.

      Good luck with the flu and I can’t wait to read your Thanos post! It will be a motivator for me to finish my grading today :).

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  2. Badass trailer!! I love every minute of it!! The 26th is Thursday, so I’m going to miss premiere day!! 😦

    I have already asked for a free day on the 30th to watch it. But I hope that day would be my second time and not the first one!! My crazy schedules always getting in the way of my nerd needs!! XD

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    1. Well technically opening night is the 27th, the Friday. But for whatever weird reason they always do (at least in my hometown theatre) an “advanced screening” night the day before. So opening night becomes Thursday instead of Friday and then makes me more tired than I need to be for work on Friday!

      And I TOTALLY feel your pain of other schedules getting in the way of your nerd needs. I get it! Why can’t life just all revolve around our being able to watch nerd-tastic movies a bunch of times when they come out?? Life would be so much simpler :).

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      1. In my town is also on Thursday, I have checked. No idea why they are doing that. It’s the first time.

        I agree. We need some laws to protect the needs of the nerds. We can’t keep going like this! 😛

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    1. Well…I think you have two options. Option One you just wear whatever you want. You don’t have any Marvel t-shirts so far so you can just wear whatever you’d normally wear to the movies. (Or you could cosplay!) Option Two, you seize this moment AND BUY THE PERFECT FIRST MARVEL T-SHIRT TO WEAR TO ‘AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.’ Personally, I think you should go that route :).

      Also, I think Thor is a solid choice! I like your rationale. I’ve always loved him and it would fit the theme of the night. But how do I choose which Thor shirt? I may have six…

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    1. OH MY GOSH CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE?!? The ironic t-shirt choice!!! And this would be like THE IRONY of ironies. Wow. Honestly, I don’t think I’m bold enough (in my fashion choices or my nerdom) to do it. But it makes me wish we still lived in the same town because I could TOTALLY see you pulling this off.

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      1. Okay, since you are clearly unwilling to go to THAT level of irony, here is another option: you wear a shirt with The Defenders. That way, when people ask you why you are wearing it, you can say that you are supporting super heroes who SHOULD be in the film but are getting screwed because the two sides of Marvel (TV and Studio) won’t coordinate together.

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      2. Ooooo, that’s a pretty great idea too. I’ve seen this fun Defenders shirt a few times but I haven’t bought. This would TOTALLY give me a reason to though…

        BUT is this workable?!? I mean for OPENING NIGHT?? Can’t it be seen as a tad disrespectful to the Avengers and the Guardians who will be suiting up to battle Thanos? Should this be a future wear? Again, you challenge my boldness sir.

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      3. Hahaha, I like it! I could be that guy! Maybe I could get a t-shirt made with his picture on the front and the back can say, “I know it’s fictional but it’s still impossible for a bunch of costumed heroes to beat a maniacal villain with the LITERAL TRANSCENDENT POWER OF “BIG G” GOD. Just sayin’. Enjoy the movie.”

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      4. Then everyone would be like, “Look at that guy, trying to be all edgy. Hey man, it’s not the 90’s anymore! Bad guys aren’t getting their own titles because they’re cool!” And I’d just look at them and scoff all, “Whateves, you think someone who wears a shirt with all bad guys on it cares?”

        Or maybe it could be a shirt with Thanos looking at all those villains saying, “All I needed to win was a glove. Not even two gloves…what’s up gang?”

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      5. In addition to being a classic, deep-cut reference to our bromance, it also fits with the character. I think Thanos would be ALL ABOUT reading books with titles like ‘Fear and Trembling,’ ‘The Sickness Unto Death’ and ‘The Concept of Anxiety.’

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  3. As time goes by I’m increasingly in awe of Marvel’s achievement with the MCU. It is unparalleled in cinematic history and it is basically one massive story with an ensemble cast. I tend to leave Incredible Hulk and Captain America: The First Avengers out of my re-watch. The former due to the cast change (although I do like that plus the Ang Lee Hulk film), the latter because I just don’t like the film and the CGI in it. The rest for me are stellar – I even like Iron Man 2 and Thor 2! It will be exciting to see the fall out from Infinity War!!

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    1. This will be the first time I’ve re-watched ‘The Incredible Hulk’ in years. I do enjoy ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ – and I like the period piece feel to it – but his later films are just SO CAPTIVATING. Sometimes the original feels a little…I don’t know. So I get what you’re saying. And HELL YES for ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ too! I still think the Iron Man/War Machine/Black Widow team-up is one of the coolest fight scenes/sequences/whatever in the MCU.

      Cinematically, you’re right too. This was unprecedented when they started and they’ve only grown stronger/more cohesive with what they’re doing. It will be interesting to see what “film history” has to say about this moment in 20-50 years. You know? Does this fade away? Does it become a more common thing? It’s exciting to be a movie-lover and to be experiencing something so unique!!

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    1. I HAVEN’T! I keep thinking I’ve made my decision and then overthink it, decide it might not be worthy for such an epic night, and then I go right back into the planning stages. It’s starting to stress me out but I’ll find it eventually!

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      1. HAVEN’T?!?!
        Last Minute Man Strikes Again, huh?
        Hey, no stressin out, man!
        Brad is easy: gonna show up @ my local popcorn parlour in me mo-cap jimjams, take a butcher’s at what th other dweebs are wearing, and THEN change.
        With my blond hair and considerable crumbcatcher, it always turns out to be THOR, but for such a monumental movie as this, I’ll plump for something a LOT different. Or just Strange. English accent an’ all…
        The case continues…

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      2. Now that I’m TWO DAYS AWAY I’ve got it a little narrowed down. I think it’ll be either my super comfy solo Iron Man shirt (featuring vintage Bronze Age art) as a salute to where the MCU began OR my Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 shirt, featuring the whole team, as they are my favorite MCU films. I think those are the finalists…unless it changes again :).

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      3. Hmm, sounds tough
        Stark and Rocket have arguably the best lines in th MCU
        But Guardians Vol.2 is better than Iron Man 2 – if I were u, I’d go w th Guardians.
        Have a great evening! 🙂

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      4. Haha! Only too happy to help, amigo!
        As my final preparation for A:IW, I had another look for Avengers Annual #7 from 1977. Captain Marvel teams up w th Avengers to fight THANOS. Jim Starlin basically hijacked th book and brought out 1 of the most awesome xtended stories Marvel ever published, but alas, it remains elusive. Instead, I am v chuffed at finding Avengers #167 (also 1977): it’s th one where th Avengers team up w the Guardians of th Galaxy! (Th awemonger said he’d just put it in stock only 2 hours before I came in!) 😉
        ENJOY tomorrow night!

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      5. I will!!! Thank you!!!! And it seems super appropriate that you’re really reading a Bronze Age tale of the Avengers teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy before the modern MCU versions of those teams do the exact same thing. Nicely chosen!

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      6. A rare piece of good fortune, indeed, amigo!
        Read it already. A Jim Shooter/George Perez extravaganza: top class! Its place in th Bradscribe Collection is assured.
        “God, Mother and Country… it… it’s awesome!” – Captain America.

        “Trust Brad To Concoct Something To Relieve The Boredom Of That Infinite Cinema Queue Tonight…”
        https://bradscribe.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/ave-sum-of-that-avengers-infinity-rave/
        Have a great evening, Michael! 🙂

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  4. Michael, I FEEL YOU. I feel like this post is the perfect place for me to fangirl over my Marvel obsessions. I simply cannot thank you enough for that.
    I hope you make it to the glorious day of the movie release, alive, and that you watch it without crying or taking your own life in anticipation. 😉 Good luck and good day.
    -From a fellow Marvel nerd

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    1. I’m so happy you get where I’m coming from! I’m also so happy to hear you feel your fangirling is welcome here because IT MOST CERTAINLY IS! I’m always up for mutual geek outs :).

      I can’t believe ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is next week!!!!! I am SO not ready but I also can’t wait for the lights to be going down in the theatre. Aaaahh, the rush contradicting excitement the Marvel movies bring – I love it.

      Be sure to let me know what you think of the movie and feel free to come back whenever you’d like to fangirl and we can go on and on and on about all the amazing things in the Mighty Marvel universe. Woo hoo!

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      1. Invitation accepted! I will definitely be leaving a review of Infinity War once it releases. But my excitement is also mixed with equal amounts of fear and nervousness. You certainly know how that feels:)
        I’ll DEFINITELY be visiting your site again to fangirl.
        Thanks!

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      2. Oh, wow!! You have no idea how excited i am. I’ll certainly send you a mail in the next few days. I’m watching the movie on the first of May, so we can post on our sites a day or two after that.

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      3. Sounds like a plan! No rush either, on the email or anything. I run a pretty as-I-feel-like-it posting schedule. I think it’s more fun that way AND it helps me enjoy the experience of writing and the flow of ideas as opposed to chasing an arbitrary deadline I set for myself. So whatever works, whenever works, for you can work for me.

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      4. Hmm. I agree! Im a budding new blogger(i like to call myself that) and im constantly freaking out on sundays when i have to write sonmething. This is by far the best advice ive got for that! Thank you!

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      5. I say just do whatever works for you. Readers will come and readers will go, but if you’re taking the time to write – to create – you should be enjoying what you do. Don’t get me wrong, views are so fun! I love seeing when someone’s looked at something I’ve written. But I’ve done it both ways – rushing to post on a schedule and letting it flow – and, for me, the latter makes it more enjoyable. And I think my work is better too. Like, I still haven’t written about the Black Panther film because I still haven’t found exactly what I want to say.

        So yeah, set your own pace, listen to your muse, and have fun with it. If I’m not enjoying my writing, then I feel I’m doing it wrong. Also, welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! It’s a lot of fun :).

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