ENTERTAINMENT: Avengers Infinity War trailer!

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I just saw a video on my Facebook feed from 2007. It was actor and director Jon Favreau, debuting the very first trailer of Iron Man. It was nostalgia magnified to the Nth degree, and it only hammers down the nail that speaks numbers on how I can't honestly imagine how many people sitting in that crowd legitimately forsaw Marvel Studio's works evolve into this. Nearly ten years in the making, and seventeen films later, the third Avengers film has finally debuted its first public official trailer.  Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment, watch (and re-watch!) the trailer below:

The combined visions of deep outer space, methods of physical teleportations, gigantic futuristic constructs, alien planets, and--well--aliens, perfectly portray the magnitude of the impending mega-crossover adventure featuring the established Avengers and the underground Secret Avengers (Captain America's renegade heroes who never signed the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil War, last seen being broken out of the Raft by Cap), Doctor Strange and Wong, Black Panther and Spider-Man, the Winter Soldier and the Guardians of the Galaxy, Loki and Thanos.

Conspicuously missing in action were SHIELD's former agents Nick Fury and Maria Hill, Secret Avengers Hawkeye and Ant-Man, and newcomer the Wasp. We can however expect to see them, and possibly more periphery characters like Pepper Potts, Aunt May, Hank Pym, and Valkyrie in the actual film.

To my personal disappointment, seems like Liv Tyler will likely not reprise her role as Betty Ross, daughter of Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross, and the Hulk's one true love from the 2008 Hulk film.

Although it's a blast to see Marvel Television continue to take off into success with The Punisher on Netflix and Runaways on Hulu, It's still a shame that Marvel Studios chose to not establish a true bridge between the Avengers and their small-screen counterparts. After seeing Black Panther and Captain America fighting a massive grounded alien menace side-by-side in this trailer, I couldn't help but think about how helpful a recruited Daredevil or Iron Fist would be. In the comics, Luke Cage led a team of Avengers, but in the MCU he and Jessica Jones may never have the opportunity to do any more than cryptically hint at their existence. Which is what they usually do. We can only hold on to the (false) hope that the Defenders will reunite in the fourth Avengers film, slated to be released in 2019.      

Black Panther will be released in February, and Avengers: Infinity War will be released in May. In the meantime, read and share this article about where I rank each movie in the MCU, from best to worst.