In the last few weeks, Disney has released trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Marvel’s Black Panther, which leaves one eyebrow-raising question: where’s the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War?
Avengers: Infinity War is Marvel’s next big superhero conglomerate, a movie that will bring almost all of the superheroes introduced over the last decade together for one major hurrah. Directed by the Russo brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War) and starring everyone from Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) to Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Infinity War is being sold by Marvel executives as the superhero movie that MCU devotees have been waiting for.
The movie is out in less than a year, and we still haven’t seen a trailer — well, some of us. Marvel has shown a trailer on two different occasions that a thousand fans have seen: Disney’s D23 convention and San Diego Comic-Con. Although that trailer leaked online, the quality is subpar and you can barely make out what the characters are saying. It’s why we recommended that people don’t search it out, and instead wait for the trailer to officially drop.
That was in July. It’s now approaching the end of October and we still have no clue when the trailer will arrive. Many thought that the trailer would be attached to Thor: Ragnarok, but the release of Black Panther’s trailer signifies that Infinity War probably won’t. Likewise, with the trailer for The Last Jedi being released just last week, it’s unlikely we’ll get another major stand-alone trailer anytime soon.
All of which leads us to our best guess: December.
Marvel chief Kevin Feige was asked about the trailer during a Thor: Ragnarok junket and the executive confirmed it would be released by the end of the year. Feige’s statement comes just a few months after the Russo brothers confirmed that the Infinity War trailer released to the public would be different from the versions seen at D23 and SDCC.
The icing on the cake, however, comes from Louis D’Esposito, Marvel Studio’s co-president, who tweeted last week that the trailer was still being worked on.
All I can say is that I love it and I hope all you feel the same. It’s currently being finished so it’s not ready yet. https://t.co/AIKdY5sgkF— Louis D'Esposito (@louisde2) October 8, 2017
The Last Jedi makes the most sense for Infinity War. Star Wars is one of Disney’s biggest movies and it makes sense that the studio would want to pair the feature with exciting and tantalizing trailers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story included trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Taking Feige’s comments about the trailer being released “by the end of the year” and D’Esposito’s confirmation that the trailer is still in its finishing stages, it seems incredibly unlikely that Avengers: Infinity War’s trailer will be paired with Thor: Ragnarok when Disney can attach it to The Last Jedi just one month later.
This may be all fine and dandy for Marvel Studios, but fans are getting increasingly impatient. Having to listen to those who were in attendance at Comic-Con talk about how great the trailer is (editor’s note: er, sorry) almost feels like taunting at this point. Twitter campaigns using clever hashtags and Facebook groups have sprouted up badgering Marvel Studios into releasing the trailer, but to no avail.
Marvel isn’t a studio that would release a trailer just because fans are getting tired of waiting for it — especially if it’s still in its finishing stages.
Take it from us, though; it’s worth waiting for.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018. Thor: Ragnarok is out on Nov. 3, followed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Dec. 15. Black Panther will kick off 2018 for Marvel Studios and is slated to be released on Feb. 16.