GEEK SQUAD: Dog Pile The Big Bad Purple Guy

Today Marvel dropped the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War and it features every friggin’ superhero under the Marvel Cinematic Universe sun: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, a blonde Black Widow, Captain America, Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Hawkeye, Falcon, War Machine, and even The Guardians of the Galaxy all show up to deal with Thanos, the super-villainous intergalactic emperor. But is Thanos a big enough threat to warrant this supersize cast? As a comic reader I am wondering who else is coming out to help them because Thanos is shown collecting the Infinity Stones. These MacGuffins littered the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Captain America: The First Avenger. Each stone caused total destruction and nearly destroyed at least one planet. Thanos has at least two and a world-conquering army as back up. Fans have been waiting for his appearance since the first Avengers film where he sponsored Loki’s invasion of Earth. Now the Mad Titan was able to steal this trailer from the dozen or so heroes loaded into it. It is too early to say what is going on other than another alien invasion that needs a lot more help than the last one did but it got me excited. At worse this will be a dumb blockbuster where every superhero Marvel didn’t license the film rights away (plus Spider-Man) dog pile the big bad purple guy behind the villains of The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 .— RICHARD SUPLEE