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The Avengers: Infinity War trailer draws inspiration from multiple eras of Marvel Universe history. Here's a breakdown...
The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is here, and it is jammed with new information, new characters, and new looks! So while this isn't quite a shot by shot breakdown (Look at Iron Man's head. Back and to the left. Back, and to the left...wait, wrong movie), we're pretty sure we've got everything you need to get a better handle on what's going on in the biggest, most cosmic Marvel movie of them all.
In case you haven't watched it yet (or just want to watch it again), here's that Avengers: Infinity War trailer...
Video of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War Official Trailer
We dug through it shot by shot. Here's what we found...
The New Costumes
Let's start with new looks. That's human Vision! And
Warning: possible spoilers ahead for Infinity War. The trailer didn't explicitly say where the Infinity Stone is, but we can piece it together with all of the evidence we have at hand. That said, if you'd rather not know, turn back now. Given the enormous battle sequence we see taking place in Black Panther's homeland of Wakanda, with The Avengers there looking to make a bold, brave and possibly last stand, it seems all but confirmed that the final Infinity Stone, The Soul Stone,
One of the first things that is evident from the Infinity War trailer right from the beginning, is that it's preparing us
Earth's Mightiest Heroes will finally take on the big baddie Thanos next year. Here's everything you need to know...
This article contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok, and various McU movies before it.
Arriving in April next year, Avengers: Infinity War is set to be the culmination of everything we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have written the script, with Joe Russo and Anthony Russo handling the direction. Those four chaps first collaborated on the grounded-by-Marvel-standards espionage flick Captain America: The Winter Soldier, before expanding their operation significantly for its superhero slugfest sequel Captain America: Civil War.
With Infinity War, they are working with an even bigger stable of heroes. The film’s official poster shows – deep breath! - Robert Downey Jnr’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor,
Where Exactly Is the McU’s Soul Stone?
The directing duo responsible for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War recently took some time away from shooting Avengers 4 to discuss a little bit about the upcoming Marvel event movie. After years of teasing, this is the movie that's finally going to bring Thanos into the McU and, as it happens, he's still going to have to get
Thor: Ragnarok leaves behind some spoiler-y questions. We're answering them right here...
Like any Marvel movie, you’ll come out Thor: Ragnarok with a series of questions about what happened, what you saw, and sometimes what you didn’t see. As ever, we’ve attempted to answer them.
Spoilers abound, of course, for Thor: Ragnarok. And not for the Infinity War footage, which we haven’t seen because it hasn’t been officially released and therefore constitutes definite spoilers. Please be aware - if you’re the sort of person who hoovers up spoilers - that not everyone wants to know something unless it’s been officially released.
Why could the Hulk talk?
In the comics, the Hulk has always had a fairly reasonable vocabulary, so this movie brings the movie version some way towards that. But really, the reason he’s able to talk is because
However filmmaker James Gunn has revealed during a fan Q&A that Close was originally set return as the head of the Nova Corps, and that “she had a cameo we didn’t use.”
Close’s Nova Prime is the second cameo to have been cut from the film after Nathan Fillion’s Simon Williams; sadly, neither of these appeared on the Blu-ray bonus features.
It is possible we’ll see the return of Glenn Close’s Nova Prime in Avengers: Infinity War, given that the Nova Corps are currently in possession of the Power Stone, which Thanos is going to need to complete his Infinity Gauntlet.
See Also: Stan Lee meets a pre-cgi Watcher in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
JustJared was able to snap a ninja shot of a scene of an upcoming scene in Avengers: Infinity War, and perhaps this "spy shot" is able to give away a good bit of how Thanos collects his Infinity Stone (forgive me if I have trouble calling them gems) for his Infinity Gauntlet.
So, is this picture a snap of one of Thanos' minions taking the Time Stone from Doctor Strange? It sure does look that way. Check out the image here, and tell us what you think.
We think it goes without saying,
Arms is essentially a ranged fighting game, more concerned with relative position and lateral movement than the complex move combos of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Injustice et al. It better resembles elder brawlers like Power Stone and Virtual On, as well as more recent fare like Pokken Tournament.
Arms is quite hard to learn and very hard to master. But it’s inviting and different enough that you will want to learn. This is a game built around motion controls, and they feel natural and responsive. However, if you prefer a more sedentary session, standard controls are also available, even if they lack the nuance – and frankly the fun – of beating the imaginary hell out of your living room space.
Tilt both joy-cons sideways to sidestep and tilt them together to block; the shoulder buttons dash and jump respectively; and of course you punch to punch. But then it gets deeper. You’ll discover that blocking charges your fists, as does landing a jump. Punches can be curved, allowing you to dash behind scenery and attack unseen. And with every strike you are building a power bar, which when full can be unleashed in a furious flurry, the like of which E. Honda could only dream of.
The character art style lies somewhere between the heavily caricatured style of Overwatch and the alien weirdness of Splatoon. The female characters are marginally more interesting than their male counterparts, but everyone will have their favourite. Do you go for the dashing dexterity of tiny Min Min, with her ramen noodle arms? Or the brute force of the colossal Master Mummy, whose undead wrapping projects his fists? Personally, I’m partial to Ribbon Girl’s ability to dash multiple times in mid-air.
Ten characters (until the upcoming free Dlc is released, anyway) may look like slim pickings, but bear in mind that each character comes with a unique set of three arms, each of which has its specific benefits. It could be a standard boxing glove; a bird-shaped rocket for super-curved punches; or a giant mallet which is sluggish but will break through a block.
In terms of single player content, while we don’t get a proper story campaign like Splatoon, nor do we get a tacked-on mindless slog like Mario Tennis Ultra Smash. New players would be wise to play through the single-player Grand Prix tournaments with each character. This is a series of ten bouts: eight fights and two special games.
The specials are V-Ball (keepy-uppy with a ticking bomb), Skillshot (punch targets for the highest score) and Hoops (slamdunk your opponent). Alternatively, you can jump into a kind of endless mode, where you take part in a series of single bouts; the arms are randomised and the goal is to build a winning streak.
The main online features are Party and Ranked modes. The latter is not available until you have beaten the Grand Prix mode on level 4 (no mean feat for the beginner). Party mode is where the action is at for the regular player. This employs a wonderfully wacky lobby system, where you’re constantly shifting between randomised games, being paired with people depending on your skill level. In the meantime you can practice your strokes. It’s a great way of dealing with the natural downtime of the online experience.
Taking part in games awards points which can then be used to buy time in a further mini game, where you unlock the ability to mix and match arms – the purpose being that eventually you will have unlocked all arms for all characters. At this point (if you ever get there) you will have thousands of potential combinations. Admittedly, what distinguishes some of the arms is merely cosmetic. But more often the difference is stark, and it’s in the choice of weaponry that the game’s depth reveals itself. There is real joy in facing a loadout system which makes a genuine difference to the way you play.
Arms harnesses Nintendo’s hardware exquisitely – not just in terms of using the gyro controls of the joy-cons, but also in delivering rock solid 1080p/60fps action (720p in handheld, natch), even with two players. Any more players and the framerate is locked at 30.
It’s hard to say whether, with Arms, Nintendo have done for one-on-one fighting games what they did for racing games with Mario Kart. Time will tell. (My instinct is that it will be a gradual hit, as more and more people realise that “motion control” needn’t always be synonymous with compromise.) But for now this is a gloriously vibrant, playable, and wonderfully original new IP.
Arms is out now on Nintendo Switch.
The fifth and final stone – the Soul Stone – used to piece together Thanos’ ultimate weapon, aptly named the Infinity Gauntlet, is apparently set to make an appearance “real soon” according to Thor himself Chris Hemsworth, who made the announcement during a fan Q&A session over the weekend at Australia’s Supernova Comic-Con.
Seeing as Thor: Ragnarok
Brolin took to his Instagram page to share a picture of himself in a makeup chair with the simple caption of "Dot day" and a hashtag of Thanos. The dots on Brolin's face are there because he is doing motion-capture footage for Thanos who is completely a CGI character.
"Peter still has to deal with Rocket and he still has to deal with Drax and Gamora," Chris Pratt, aka Peter Quill aka the legendary outlaw, Star-Lord, said on the Atlanta, Georgia, set of Vol. 2. "There's still a lot of fun to be had there -- he certainly doesn't have a mastery on how to be a leader of this group. But I think he feels like the leader at the
Earlier this month, after the separate photos of Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen arrives, new photos surfaced that revealed Paul Bettany's Vision in a human form, as he kisses Scarlet Witch. Both characters have been seen getting closer to one another in Captain America: Civil War, and many assumed that this potential romance was in fact on the horizon, since they have been romantically linked in the comics.
USA Today recently unveiled its summer movie preview, highlighting the 10 movies every fan should see this summer. The site spoke with Guardians 2 stars Chris Pratt and Michael Rooker, who, after leading a group known as the Ravagers, will be joining Star-Lord and the Guardians, after Yondu "gets booted from the Ravagers in a mutiny," and joins the team.
The photo first surfaced on Reddit, which reveals that the photo was taken on the Edinburgh set of Infinity War. The photo was taken from a distance, but it's clearly the Vision costume, although it isn't immediately clear if it's actually Paul Bettany in the costume, or his stunt double.
Now, over two years later, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stands as one of this years most anticipated films (and in
Thanos was first introduced as a smirking purple alien sitting in a floating chair at the end of 2012's Avengers. Ever since, fans have been waiting for this hulking menace to make his presence fully known. Josh Brolin, who plays the character, did show up for a more substantial role in Guardians of the Galaxy.
To help answer this question, we've put together this primer to help you sort through the dozen-plus films that have hit so far, and even go on to speculate in which film we'll be seeing the mysterious Soul Stone, which has yet to make its official McU appearance.
Infininity Stone Rundown
written by Drew Carlton
Yes, as stated above, we already know they're cosmic items created by certain entities, but the stones are much more than that. They are the ultimate plot device, and have basically powered all of the McU movies in some way or another. Each stone utilizes a containment device, as even touching a stone could destroy a mortal,
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