‘Infinity War’ upstages ‘Star Wars’ at star-studded fan expo

A hair-raising teaser trailer for “Avengers: Infinity War” stole the show at the star-studded presentation of the Walt Disney Studios upcoming live-action films at the studios’ fan convention D23, upstaging even “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Oprah Winfrey and Mary Poppins.

“Star Wars” fans did get a little morsel of footage in a behind-the-scenes featurette from the upcoming space saga and a lively panel with the film’s writer-director Rian Johnson and a few of the film’s stars. But audiences have yet to see a full trailer for the film.

Instead, it was the ultimate Marvel Cinematic Universe team-up “Avengers: Infinity War” that got fans really excited.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was on hand with a stage full of stars that included Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier, Elizabeth Olsen as The Scarlett Witch, and Josh Brolin as the ultimate bad guy Thanos.

The trailer, which has not yet been released online, was packed to the brim with tantalizing scenes, including Thor, floating and near dead in deep space being rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy; Spider-Man’s hair standing up on his arm; Tony Stark ominously warning that, “He’s coming for us,” likely talking about Thanos; and Thanos himself gripping a weakened Thor’s skull and looking ready to crack it with ease.

“Avengers: Infinity War” comes out May 4, 2018.

Almost on par with the “Infinity War” enthusiasm was the response to the footage for the Mary Poppins sequel “Mary Poppins Returns,” a colorful and topsy-turvy new installment in the world of P.L. Travers from director Rob Marshall.

Emily Blunt, who takes on the role of Mary Poppins, said she wanted to “pay homage” to what Julie Andrews had done in the 1964 classic but also “find my own space.”

“I had to do my own version of her,” Blunt said. “I think she is a little more acerbic and odd and vain and weird in the books. We went that direction a little more.”

“Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda co-stars as a lamplighter Jack in a cast that also features Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth. “Mary Poppins Returns” bows on Christmas day, 2018.

The studio also announced the casting for its live-action “Aladdin” remake, from director Guy Ritchie. Relative newcomer Mena Massoud will be playing the scrappy street urchin Aladdin, while “Power Rangers'” Naomi Scott will take on the role of…

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