The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a vast and lengthy one, with some 16 films already made and at least 6 more coming in their Phase Three. Marvel Studios has made an estimated total gross of $12 billion and shows no signs of slowing down, with box office estimates on Thor: Ragnarok sitting at $90-$100 million for their opening weekend. To call the studio a success is a bit of an understatement.
By 2012, we all knew that the MCU was the studio to beat, but then they released The Avengers that year and we finally saw the power of this fully operational box office juggernaut. They were unstoppable before, but seeing just how well they could combine all of their solo properties — Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America — into one film truly proved the narrative and creative power and capabilities of the studio.
Through to today, we’re now halfway through their so-called Phase Three, which will culminate in their currently untitled fourth Avengers film. It’s uncertain which heroes will be featured in that film or who the villain of the film will be. However, we do know that Avengers: Infinity War hits theatres next May and will see Earth’s Mightiest Heroes facing a cosmic threat the likes of which they’ve never seen — Thanos.
Up until now, unless you were one of the lucky ones to see the trailer at San Diego Comic Con, we’ve seen very little promotion for that film. But it seems as if that’s about to change. Thanks to Erik Davis at Fandango, we now know that we can expect a trailer for the film by the year’s end. As he tweeted last night —
I asked Kevin Feige when the #InfinityWar trailer is going to hit, and he confirmed it will arrive “before the end of the year.” 😜👍
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) October 12, 2017
With only two and a half months left, that’s not a lot of time.
So where can we expect it? There’s a lot of speculation that the trailer will be put with Thor: Ragnarok, which hits theatres in just a couple more weeks. However, we believe that a Black Panther trailer will go with Ragnarok — which of course means we can expect a new full trailer in the next fortnight. If that trailer is anything like the one shown at SDCC, then we can expect a public frenzy over discussions of who loved the trailer more: it’ll be a national epidemic of people passing out from just how awesome that trailer is.
Our thinking is that the biggest, most anticipated Marvel film of the next couple years should be paired with the biggest, most anticipated spectacle of the year — Star Wars: The Last Jedi. After all, both universes are owned by Disney, so it’s easy to pair them up and of course the studio wants to promote both of their giant franchise monsters together. This being the case, our guess is that we’ll see the Avengers: Infinity War trailer premiere sometime at the very end of November, maybe as a Thanksgiving gift or an early Christmas miracle.
And then, when before we all find out if Luke is evil or if Rey can be turned to the Dark Side, we’ll get an eye full of just how epic an epic movie maker like Marvel can make their films.
Our guess — pretty damn epic.