News

Critics React to Avengers: Infinity War Trailer: Everything's Great Except Thanos

by | November 29, 2017 | Comments

The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War arrived today, and it’s as epic as it should be. We see Thanos arriving in New York City, some of our favorite superheroes taking a beating, and a seemingly climactic battle for the universe set in Wakanda. Fans and critics alike responded immediately, mostly in GIF form, across various social media platforms.

But not everyone was ecstatic. As great as this massive crossover looks, there’s a bit of comic book movie fatigue among the professional movie reviewers. Below are reactions, both positive and negative, from Tomatometer-approved critics as we await Marvel’s biggest event yet, which arrives May 4, 2018. What did you think of the trailer?


The Good

HOLY MOTHER FORKING SHIRTBALLS. If anyone needs me, I’ll be over here rewriting my Top Ten Films of 2017 to include the Infinity War trailer and possibly also fainting.
Helen O’Hara, Empire Magazine

I can’t stop watching that Avengers Infinity War trailer.
Brad Gullickson, Film School Rejects

Pretty spiffy…
Brian Truitt, USA Today

What this trailer does is work in the broad strokes of showing the entire Marvel Universe coming together and picking up threads that were left open like Peter getting his Spidey-Sense, Captain America getting a new shield, etc. All-in-all, it looks pretty dang exciting, and it should tide fans over for at least the next couple months.
Matt Goldberg, Collider

The footage isn’t all that different from what we heard about at the D23 convention last summer, but it’s still damn impressive. Moreover, it uses Nick Fury’s big “Avengers Initiative” speech, along with Alan Silvestri’s Avengers theme, to excellent effect.
Scott Mendelson, Forbes

The Bad

I’m done with movies after one look at Thanos. Moving to poetry now.
David Ehrlich, IndieWire

Who the f**k thought it was a good idea for Thanos to go without his headgear?
Dan Schindel, The Film Stage

Imagine spending over a billion dollars over a dozen $100 million plus movies to build up your most evil villain possible and he looks like this.
Peter Labuza, The Film Stage

The Snarky

The Avengers: Infinity War trailer is good, but no one says “YEAYUHH!” in it, which is disappointing. Like, if you don’t scream “YEAYUHH” as you kill alien invaders, are you even a superhero? I say no.
Matt Singer, ScreenCrush

Between Justice League and the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, it’s a banner year for utopian civilizations fighting hordes of bland CGI creatures in fields.
Matthew Monagle, Film School Rejects

Most epic part of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer was when it briefly cut to black, leaving onscreen the disinterested, tired, sad eyes of someone unsure as to why they’re watching the Avengers: Infinity War trailer.
Nick Newman, The Film Stage

Not another f**king sky portal.
Angie Han, Mashable

The Best Moments

A bearded Captain America steals the show.
Joanna Robinson, Vanity Fair

A lot of great moments in the Avengers Infinity War trailer, but Cap and Panther putting the smackdown on beasts in the battlefield may top all.
Erik Davis, Fandango

YO, Vision and Wanda, Spidey sense, Bucky locked and loaded, GET NOMAD STEVE A SHIELD!!!!!!!!! I AM SCREAMINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.
Jamie Righetti, IndieWire

How crazy is it that Thanos LAYS IRON MAN OUT?
Kwame Opam, The Verge

The last three seconds of this trailer are my favorite. I love it!
Mike McGranaghan, The Aisle Seat


Avengers: Infinity War will open on May 4, 2018.

Tag Cloud

20th Century Fox Set visit Spring TV Trailer Emmys Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt APB Black Mirror GIFs cops WGN ABC travel natural history Winners Quiz romance TCA 2017 Mystery MCU technology Tumblr dceu Comedy Central Amazon Prime ESPN Western Showtime Mary Poppins Returns what to watch DC Comics 2017 Acorn TV Hulu Nominations Watching Series Premiere Dates theme song Summer Toys crime thriller YouTube Red FXX CBS casting Esquire History elevated horror Election crime justice league Reality 2018 ITV Star Wars diversity Opinion Pirates Captain marvel cats Creative Arts Emmys Nickelodeon Chilling Adventures of Sabrina CMT award winner Holidays Superheroes Valentine's Day Lifetime adaptation VH1 A&E Sneak Peek festivals Box Office Britbox Pixar Marvel USA Network Certified Fresh PBS Epix Columbia Pictures cooking National Geographic FX finale Kids & Family 2019 miniseries OWN FOX ABC Family Marathons Teen DC Universe Grammys anthology adventure war Trophy Talk Countdown DC streaming service Year in Review thriller Martial Arts 007 comic Cartoon Network Mudbound crime drama Horror LGBTQ Oscars Amazon true crime Photos mutant SundanceTV Ghostbusters Warner Bros. binge streaming 45 Netflix Fox News USA comiccon television 2016 Syfy talk show Cosplay transformers Thanksgiving Shudder ratings Fall TV Song of Ice and Fire VICE cults Winter TV docudrama zombie Calendar Rocky Spike Extras Paramount singing competition blaxploitation Comics on TV Paramount Network Mary poppins DirecTV science fiction dragons Logo aliens cinemax Freeform Awards Stephen King The Arrangement E! Best and Worst supernatural Disney Masterpiece Crackle MSNBC serial killer Reality Competition Walt Disney Pictures boxoffice Fantasy Pop zero dark thirty San Diego Comic-Con President unscripted DGA golden globes Rom-Com Biopics Disney Channel 2015 TCA TIFF Musicals doctor who spider-man Musical vampires RT History political drama E3 24 frames sports Nat Geo medical drama See It Skip It Writers Guild of America Superheroe YA discovery period drama GLAAD TV TBS robots El Rey historical drama teaser HBO witnail TLC Starz Universal Dark Horse Comics Super Bowl Rock Spectrum Originals Video Games X-Men politics richard e. Grant harry potter TNT TruTV First Look sitcom zombies psychological thriller psycho NBC Brie Larson The CW spy thriller AMC mockumentary 21st Century Fox Awards Tour hist Mindy Kaling anime Pet Sematary Sci-Fi Red Carpet Comedy Sony Pictures Christmas social media Podcast Shondaland Sundance Now based on movie nature Comic Book Character Guide Interview New York Comic Con CNN SDCC dramedy Mary Tyler Moore GoT Anna Paquin Adult Swim green book sequel composers Apple Sundance Polls and Games jamie lee curtis RT21 TV Land Animation Bravo Trivia Ovation Women's History Month biography Country Tomatazos Lucasfilm Ellie Kemper Lionsgate BBC America facebook TCM MTV SXSW CBS All Access IFC Films police drama Star Trek Music YouTube Premium dc Schedule Infographic crossover NYCC BET CW Seed Action Food Network BBC PaleyFest Drama American Society of Cinematographers IFC