A Brief History of Marvel’s Digitally Altered Trailers

When the Avengers: Infinity War TV spot came out this weekend, some people questioned why it showed the Gauntlet in one state that contradicts how we saw it in the official theatrical trailer. The simple explanation is whoever formatted the Facebook version of the trailer overlooked the fact that the Gauntlet would be that visible in it, thus it wasn’t digitally altered to hide the true state of the stones at that part of the movie.

People still don’t believe that Marvel would digitally alter a trailer like that, but they’ve been doing it for a long time to hide plot points.

In Age of Ultron the big final battle was edited multiple times to hide Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch:

Of course, the Civil War trailer digitally removed Spider-Man from the airport fight:

The Thor Ragnarok trailer famously hid Thor’s eye patch (as did the D23 and San Diego Comic Con Infinity War footage):

Prior to the Infinity War trailer, the Black Panther trailer was edited so Killmonger’s hair was removed to make this scene look like T’Challa:

So this is something Marvel has been doing for a long time, and in the case of Infinity War it’s causing confusion among people who are seeing one thing in the digitally-altered theatrical trailer and something different in an unaltered TV spot that slipped through the cracks…