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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.

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