Marvel hints at the end of the Avengers
The first trailer for the fourth Avengers film has been released, hinting it will bring to an end the biggest superhero franchise in the world.
In a little over two minutes, Marvel Studios has left fans hoping for the best but expecting the worse, as rumours emerge that its most profitable franchise could be drawing to a close.
Nearly a decade after the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born, studio boss Kevin Feige hinted that this was it: the grand finale.
In an interview with Vanity Fair on Tuesday, Feige refused to share many details, but said Avengers: Infinity War will “bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale”.
The Marvel head explained how the upcoming assemble film would act as a passage from the old franchise to a new one, meaning the MCU will live on.
“There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting,” he said.
On Wednesday, the first trailer confirmed the scale of the plot, adding that next year “all roads lead to Thanos”.
Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, is the MCU’s biggest, baddest villain – briefly introduced in films like Guardians Of The Galaxy and Avengers Assemble but always in the end credits.
The press release for the trailer reads: “Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers as we know it no longer exists.”
“Lines were drawn; sides were chosen. The Avengers is nothing more than a team name without any team members,” it adds.
“Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes put aside their differences and unite once more? Do they even stand a chance against the Mad Titan who delights in their failure and desperation? Can they stop his thirst for power and chaos as he begins to collect the Infinity Stones?”
The trailer shows the biggest assembling of heros in a Marvel film so far, including Spider Man, Black Panther, Ant Man, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Doctor Strange, Loki, Black Widow, Hawkeye and, right at the end of the preview, a special appearance by the Guardians Of The Galaxy.
“There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if we could become something more,” Captain America’s voice is heard saying in the clip.
“So when they needed us, we could fight the battles that they never could.”
Avengers: Infinity War, directed by the Russo brothers, arrives in UK cinemas on 27 April 2018.