The Best GIFs from Each Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie Trailer

Whatever comes from this week’s Avengers: Infinity War, whoever lives or dies or is molded into the Soul Stone or anything else, the marketing campaign has already been a massive one. With so many characters to show off, so much story to tell, so many expectations to set, that’s not at all surprising.

While two hours and 24 minutes of the movie’s two hour and 29 minute runtime have yet to be seen, the campaign – specifically the two trailers – have already provided us with two of my favorite moments from the 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

#1: Black Panther – “…and get this man a shield.” I still get chills, though I know this scene will play out differently than what’s shown here.

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#2: Captain America holding back Thanos, which I wrote about previously.

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Moviebill Brings Augmented Reality to Theaters With Avengers: Infinity War

The theater-going experience has changed a lot in the last 30 years. Screens that once were blank up until the moment the trailers started are now filled with pre-show entertainment and advertising packages, demanding your attention over the alternatives or talking with your friends/family or getting into Twitter arguments over which fast food chain is best and why it’s definitely Wendy’s.

Even the theater lobby has received a massive overhaul. Gone – or at least relegated to other locations – are simple rows of posters for upcoming films. Now after the teenager guarding the ropes scans your mobile ticket you enter a funhouse of video screens, massive standees, interactive displays and other media.

Adding an augmented reality component to that experience is the aim of Moviebill.

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The New Avengers: Infinity War Trailer and Enduring Human Spirit

There are plenty of great moments in the new trailer for Avengers: Infinity War that debuted last week. Spider-Man’s reaction to Doctor Strange, Cap shaking hands with T’Challa, Gamora warning everyone about what Thanos is capable of. This, though, is the one that jumps out at me.

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If you’ve watched both this and the first trailer, you know that Thanos seems to smack heroes around like it’s nothing. Iron Man, even in full Hulkbuster-type armor, is dismissed seemingly out of hand, as if he’s a gnat being swatted away.

Cap, though, he resists. He keeps going. He simply refuses to be beaten down. To coin a phrase, he could do this all day.

In the trailer, you can see that Thanos betrays a little bit of shock that someone who seems to be a mere mortal should offer such fight. He’s not a god. He doesn’t have a suit of high-tech weaponry, nor does he derive his powers from a mystical source. Yes, we all know that Captain America has the Super Soldier serum coursing through his veins, but that only takes you so far. As Dr. Abraham Erskine said in Captain America: The First Avenger, the serum doesn’t change who you are, it amplifies it. This moment, more than anything else in Cap’s cinematic appearances to date, represents who he is: The one who stands up to the bullies.

That it’s a “mere” mortal (albeit one with enhances abilities) makes it all the more poignant. He’s refusing to fall because of his spirit, not his abilities. Those powers simply allow him to do what he needs to do, they don’t drive him to do it. There’s a bit difference.

When I saw this moment in the trailer it reminded me of the cover of Justice League #6 from DC Comics’ The New 52. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I was working with DC at the time and remember one comics site talking about that cover when it was released and pointing out that Batman was the only member of the team who looked like they were trying to get up, like they were fighting back against Darkseid. Him being the only human and unpowered member of the team showed how it was his spirit, his reluctance to ever give up fighting, made the cover memorable and showed more about the character than any number of whole storylines put together.

It’s moments like this that offer small bits of character in large, dramatic moments. Whether it’s Captain America pushing back against Thanos or Batman struggling against the might of Darkseid, these moments are inspirational, reminding us that the real strength that makes sci-fi and fantasy so relatable are ones that highlight and celebrate the human spirit, the ideals we all strive to represent. Those are the moments that resonate much more loudly than any massive FX spectacle.

Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist who lives in the Chicago suburbs.

All the Comic-Con Movie Trailers You Might Have Missed

2017’s edition of San Diego Comic-Con is now in the books. As with many such years, there was a plethora of movie news that came from many of the major Hollywood studios as they seek to hype their upcoming releases. Some of those are just months away from hitting theaters and these promotions are about creating near-term action. Others are a year or more away and the news and other material coming out of SDCC is about getting fans hyped for a movie well in the offing.

If you weren’t able to stay tuned in to all the events coming out of San Diego, here’s a recap of the new trailers that debuted there as well as other announcements related to some highly-anticipated releases.

Justice League

Just as I suspected, the new trailer (technically a “Comic-Con Sneak Peak”) for Justice League opens with Wonder Woman kicking some terrorist butt. We get some setup that the world is missing its heroes, which is bad news since a major threat has just arrived. In addition to lots of action there’s a reference to there being “No Lanterns” here to protect Earth. Superman’s boorish behavior in his last two movies is retconned to be a more uplifting presence to the world and it ends with a pretty big hint that he’s coming back. The whole cast (minus Henry Cavill) also appeared at the DC booth to sign a new poster that very much looks like, but doesn’t seem to actually be, Alex Ross artwork. WB also showed off some Aquaman footage, formally announced Wonder Woman 2, said the troubled Flash solo movie would be called “Flashpoint” and lots more.

Ready Player One

This first look trailer gives you a decent idea of what’s going on in the movie, concerned mostly with establishing the setting more than the plot. There are lots of cool shots and some narration about The OASIS and what it represents. Once you’re in the VR world it leans heavily on nostalgia with shots showing The Iron Giant, the DeLorean from Back to the Future and more. It’s also incredibly heavy on hyperbole, calling Ernest Cline’s source novel “The Holy Grail of pop culture” and director Steven Spielberg a “Cinematic game changer.”

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

It’s a pretty short trailer that accompanied a panel featuring most of the cast and crew, but it’s still pretty funny. Not a whole lot new is shown, just a bit more of the daddy issues Lloyd will have to face as he tries to stop his evil warlord father.

Thor: Ragnorak

Marvel Studios is apparently going all-in on selling this as a buddy comedy featuring Thor and Hulk as the vast majority of the action here centers around the two of them. The trailer that was revealed at Marvel’s panel features lots of one-liners along with the idea that Thor is putting together a team of Hulk, Loki and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson, who wins the trailer hands-down) to stop Hela from destroying Asgard and unleashing Ragnorak. God bless director Taika Waititi.

Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Ant-Man and The Wasp

All of these movies were part of Marvel’s big Hall H presentation. Footage from all three was shown but Marvel has said it won’t be released officially online, serving as an exclusive for fans. The audience apparently got a good look at all three, though, and heard the news that Michelle Pfeiffer would play Janet Van Dyne in the Ant-Man sequel, which is a great choice. There was also the announcement that Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, would actually be set in the 90s, with the story involving the shape-shifting Skrulls in some way.

You can view some of the posters and other promotional art released at San Diego Comic-Con in the gallery below.

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