Not to knock on Black Panther or anything, but it seems that even though Avengers: Infinity War is premiering later on in 2018 after the MCU “solo hero” installment starring Chadwick Boseman, it hasn’t stopped Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and some MCU stars from doing some really early promotions.
Fans probably remember the first trailer for Infinity War that came out last month, and how calmly menacing the antagonist Thanos (Josh Brolin) comes across as he shows up to collect the Infinity Stones referred to in the previous Avengers film Age of Ultron, while pummeling a hero or two.
Kevin Feige is well aware of how long the cosmic-level super-villain was teased in the MCU (first Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy movies). So he made a video statement that was aired during the CCXP17 expo in Brazil over the weekend, saying Thanos will not keep viewers waiting longer.
“The trick is when you tease something for that long you have to deliver,” Feige explained. “So, within the first five minutes of Infinity War people will understand why Thanos is the biggest and baddest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” The trailer seems to confirm that.
One other tease made by Feige about the role of Thanos is that he will be accompanied by his own team of super-beings, his servants the Black Order from the comic books. However in the words of the Marvel Studios president, “Thanos doesn’t need much help. He can pretty much take care of it himself.”
Meanwhile, a number of MCU actors are starting to hype Infinity War in press events they’re attending. Guardians of the Galaxy stars Karen Gillan (Nebula) and Pom Klementieff (Mantis) spearheaded their promotions by pointing out the prominent appearance of the Guardians in the trailer’s stinger.
It should be recalled that Gillan’s Nebula and Zoe Saldana’s character Gamora are identified as daughters of Thanos, meaning that their own involvement in the plot of Avengers: Infinity War would be significant. There’s a lot to guess about the upcoming film’s events as its May 2018 premiere date nears.