UPDATE: All images removed at the request of the LEGO Group.
The Avengers: Infinity War trailer shows Thanos (Josh Brolin) launching an invasion of Earth on multiple fronts. There are attacks on New York, Wakanda, and wherever Vision (Paul Bettany) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) are staying (in real life, it was Scotland). The trailer and D23 Expo footage also highlight a major battle between The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Thanos.
New images of the upcoming LEGO sets have shed additional light on these sequences. They give us a better idea of all the major players involved. That is, of course, if the characters included in the sets match the characters included in the actual scenes, which is not always the case.
Regardless, I’m issuing a spoiler warning just in case these sets are accurate and you don’t want to know anything about these sequences that wasn’t already revealed in the footage released thus far.
Last chance! Walk away now if you don’t want to know…
For those of you still here, let’s begin in New York. The trailer shows us Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Wong (Benedict Wong) inside the Sanctum Sanctorum in Greenwich Village, New York when something calls their attention outside. Meanwhile, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is riding the bus when he sees a huge ring in the sky.
The LEGO set based on this sequence shows Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange are battling a pair of the Children of Thanos (known as the Black Order in the comics). The big guy is Cull Obsidian (known as Black Dwarf in the comics) and the other one is Ebony Maw, a character who has the power of influence. Basically, whatever he says, you’ll do, or at least that’s how it works in the source material.
The exclusion of Banner and Wong does not mean they will not fight in this sequence. It is possible, however, that Strange has sent Banner through a portal to Wakanda where he can warn the others.
We know Banner gets to Wakanda somehow, as he appears there in the trailer. There is also Hulkbuster armor in the trailer and no Tony Stark shown in Wakanda, leading many to believe that Banner is piloting it (probably before he Hulks out).
That appears to be the case based on the LEGO set. Banner is there, as is the armor and another hero who fights in the Battle of Wakanda, Falcon (Anthony Mackie). Proxima Midnight is the baddie here, which figures since she is shown attacking Captain America (Chris Evans) in Wakanda in the trailer. The other antagonist is an Outrider. There will be hundreds if not thousands of those in the film, as they are the foot soldiers in Thanos’ army.
Another set includes more characters from (I’d imagine) this same battle. Cap and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are up against a couple Outriders.
Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and his sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright) appear in another set that places them somewhere you might not expect based solely on the trailer. We see Vision and Scarlet Witch under attack, but LEGO would have you believe Black Panther and Shuri will come to their aid against attacker Corvus Glaive and an Outrider. Scarlet Witch is not in the set, but Vision and Glaive are, so it’s hard to tell if this is the same location as the trailer or somewhere else.
The next LEGO set goes into space. We see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) with two of the Guardians he meets in the trailer, Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel). Thor has his legendary axe, Jarnborn, as we saw in some early Avengers: Infinity War concept art.
Lastly, we have the big battle with Thanos. Only Spider-Man and Iron Man appear in this confrontation in the trailer, but we know from the D23 Expo footage that a number of other heroes are present, including Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Doctor Strange. The LEGO set includes Iron Man, Star-Lord, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) Thanos, and an Infinity Gauntlet that appears incomplete, like the one Thanos wears in the trailer.
None of these sets are all that shocking given the footage we’ve all seen, but they do help us map out where we might see the Children of Thanos. For more on those characters, check out this piece I wrote for Modern Myth Media.
Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters May 4.