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It's Black Widow vs. The Black Order in a new TV spot for Avengers: Infinity War

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Mar 29, 2018, 12:32 PM EDT (Updated)

We're just weeks away from Avengers: Infinity War, which in the world of blockbusters this size means we're a little bit past the point of waiting for trailers. At this point, any little scrap of footage we can get means something, and in the coming weeks we'll be rewatching everything from talk-show snippets to B-roll footage, longing for the moment when we finally get the full movie experience.

The latest little morsel to savor arrived yesterday in the form of a new 30-second TV spot titled "Gone." There's a lot of footage we've already seen here, including Wakandan ships heading out to battle, Captain America grabbing Thanos' gauntleted hand, and Vision and Scarlet Witch sharing a tender moment. The real emphasis of this particular trailer is on just how high the stakes are, and how quickly and mercifully Thanos will wipe out everything (or at least, half of everything) the Avengers, the Guardians, and the rest of the Marvel heroes have worked for up to this point. This point's driven home from the start by Gamora's narration, but it gets even clearer when the final bits of footage arrive.

For that, we turn to the more street-level Marvel heroes at the front of this fight, namely Cap, Falcon, and Black Widow, who've been in a kind of rogue state, running missions of their own from the shadows since the end of Civil War. We know that at some point in the film the team will show up in Wakanda to face down Thanos' army with help from Black Panther, but they're also in for some other battles along the way, including an encounter with at least some members of the Children of Thanos (also known as the Black Order), the Mad Titan's "family" of dark servants.

In this particular TV spot, the juiciest moment is Black Widow, armed with an electrified staff, locked in battle with what looks to be Proxima Midnight, but that only lasts for about a second. In the very next shot, Cap, Falcon, and Widow are all looking at someone off camera, whom Widow threatens by saying, "We don't want to kill you, but we will."

Potential screengrab at 16s

That doesn't exactly sound very superheroic, but this is a war, and this is Natasha Romanoff we're talking about. For a very long time killing was simply what she did, and she very likely has no qualms about doing it again under the right circumstances, particularly when her friends and colleagues are threatened. What's particularly interesting about this, though, is that Marvel slipped it into a TV spot, tossing a dark line out in just the right spot to let us know just how far this movie could go. 

Check out the full clip above. We'll find out if Black Widow makes good on her threat when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters April 27.