‘Avengers: Infinity War’s’ infinite hero combos has me pumped – CNET

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Josh Brolin as Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet in the teaser for “Avengers: Infinity War”

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Warning: This story contains minor spoilers for the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Thor hanging out with the Guardians of the Galaxy? Yes please.

That’s exactly how the clip for “Avengers: Infinity War,” first screened last week at Disney’s D23 Expo, but got a second run yesterday at Comic-Con’s famed Hall H, kicks off: a battered Thor literally runs into the Milano’s front viewport like a bug on a windshield.

From there, the clip dives into a whirlwind of scenes showing Iron Man, Star-Lord and Spider-Man in the enhanced suit teased at the end of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” A bearded Captain America (without the uniform) and blonde Black Widow is joining in the fray.

The clip capped off a day of presentations which included looks at “Justice League,” “Ready Player One,” “Stranger Things 2” and Marvel films “Black Panther” and “Thor: Ragnarok.”

The short Avengers clip was just a taste of the epic action new can expect to see when “Infinity War” comes out on in May. But the footage was enough to hint at one of the most intriguing aspects of the film: the different combination of heroes that can be assembled either in action or dramatic scene.

Think Thor and Gamora tag-teaming against a horde of aliens, or Iron Man trading jabs with Star-Lord. So while the original “Avengers” had the novelty of the entire team joining forces into a single, cohesive unit, “Infinity War” could take a mix-and-match approach with different characters in various scenes to keep things fresh.

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We’re going to see even more wild team-ups than in “Captain America: Civil War.”

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In an age where every studio is building up interlocking franchises like Warner Bros.’s DC Extended Universe or Universal’s Dark Universe, Marvel has the luxury utilizing so many different beloved characters because it has been building them up for nearly a decade. Since the first “Iron Man” hit surprised us in 2008, the company has been methodically adding a new piece to its puzzle.

That’s not to say DC’s “Justice League” won’t be epic in its own right. But that movie feels more like the original “Avengers” in that these heroes are just coming together to fight the greater threat.

With “Infinity War,” you’re likely going to see random pairings or groupings of heroes. You saw a bit of that with “Captain America: Civil War,” but this is on another level. “Civil War” had about a dozen characters, while “Infinity War” could boast 60. It’d be boring if they all shared the same screen at once.

To be fair, perhaps all of the heroes will have to join forces all at once. Because the first glimpse of Thanos is terrifying, from his casual knocking away of Iron Man to his gripping Thor’s head like a volleyball.

The teaser ends with him using the Infinity Gauntlet (which imbues the wearer with epic, reality-changing powers) to pull a nearby moon down to the planet’s surface. Yes, it sound ridiculous, but it kind of works.

May can’t come soon enough. 

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