Many movies debut new trailers or spots during the Super Bowl, one of the most-watched sporting events of the year. Trailer Talk takes a look at all the teasers that debuted during Sunday’s big game.
“Avengers: End Game”
“Some people move on, but not us,” Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) says at the beginning of the teaser for “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated superhero teamup and followup to “Avengers: Infinity War.” While the teaser is only 30 seconds long, there’s a lot we can take away from it.
After sweeping shots showing the devastating effects of Thanos’ “Snap,” Rogers is attending a support group like the kind his fallen friend Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) ran in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The remaining Avengers are working to save the half of the universe killed in Thanos’ decimation, including their own fellow heroes. We see shots of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Cliff Barnes/Hawkeye turned Ronin (Jeremy Renner), Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), who appear to be regrouping at the Avengers facility. This is the first time in the “Endgame” marketing that we’ve seen Rocket, the last remaining member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, with the Avengers.
Meanwhile, the spot also confirms that Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are both on the Guardians’ ship in space, working together to return to Earth. And it’s hard not to get the feels as we see Cap ready to take back his iconic shield.
The marketing for “Avengers: Endgame” will only include the first 15 minutes of the film, so a lot of the movie is still under wraps as we count down the months until its premiere.
“Avengers: Endgame” invades theaters April 26.
“Higher, further, faster.” It’s only a little more than a month until the premiere of “Captain Marvel,” Marvel Studios’ first superhero film featuring a female lead: Air Force pilot turned Kree-powered superhero Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). This stunning TV spot only serves to further amp up the expectations regarding Marvel’s newest film and brings home the message of girl power.
“Captain Marvel” brings the incredibly powerful superhero from the comic books into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as she finds herself in the middle of a war between two alien races: the Kree and the villainous, shape-shifting Skrulls. The 1990s-set film also serves as a sort-of origin story for the character, who promises to play an important part in “Avengers: Endgame” more than two decades later.
The spot shows Carol Danvers talking with Maria Rambeau, her best friend and fellow Air Force pilot, about showing the boys “how we do it.” With the repeating mantra of “higher, further, faster,” we see Carol stand up and rise to the occasion in her training clothes, Air Force dress blues, and green and black Starforce suit. We also see Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Carol’s mentor and the leader of the Kree military unit Starforce; a de-aged Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Nick Fury, and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, the Skrulls leader working undercover as a S.H.I.E.L.D. boss.
As the teaser draws to a close, we see Carol in her magnificent blue and red Captain Marvel suit – with a fiery mohawk to boot – blasting off into the space, telling everyone to “try and keep up.”
“Captain Marvel” blasts off March 8.
“Toy Story 4”
The new trailer for “Toy Story 4” sheds more light on the latest film in the beloved Disney-Pixar franchise.
At a carnival, Woody the cowboy (voiced by Tom Hanks) is reunited with Bo Peep (voiced by Annie Potts). The character briefly appeared in 2010’s “Toy Story 3” but hasn’t had an adventure with the gang since 1990’s “Toy Story 2.” In the time since we’ve last seen her, Bo Peep has undergone a makeover, leaving her pink and white dress behind for blue trousers and a cape. Disney-Pixar introduced the character’s new, updated look in a teaser trailer last week.
But Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) faces a more dire situation. The spaceman toy has been strapped into a game booth, being offered as a potential prize. He’s also bullied by two stuffed animals who are jealous of his new status.
“Toy Story 4” takes to the road June 21 in theaters.
“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”
The spinoff of the wildly successful “Fast & Furious” franchise takes what was the best part of 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s law enforcement agent Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s complicated criminal Deckard Shaw – and puts them together in a new adventure that embraces the over-the-top action and physics-defying stunts that fans love about the series.
As the characters in the long-running franchise have been described as superheroes, “Hobbs and Shaw” goes meta by making its villain, Brixton (Idris Elba), a genetically enhanced human. Elba announces himself as the “bad guy” in the trailer’s opening seconds. Who do you call to take on this threat to humanity? Hobbs and Shaw, of course – if you can get them to work together. To the perfectly picked tune of “Why Can’t We Friends?” the trailer showcases car chases, fist fights, crazy driving, flying vehicles and scaling tall buildings – basically, everything you’d want from a “Fast & Furious” movie. The comedy and chemistry between Johnson and Statham is a blast to watch, and to say I’m excited about this film is an understatement.
The talented and charismatic Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”) joins the cast as Shaw’s sister, Hattie. David Leitch (“John Wick,” “Atomic Blonde” and “Deadpool 2”) directs his first entry for the franchise.
“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw” races into theaters Aug 2.
“Alita: Battle Angel”
Based on a popular manga, producer James Cameron’s passion project hits the big screen next week after being pushed back from opening in the overcrowded month of December. The cyber-punk adventure follows a young woman/cyborg (Rose Salazar) who learns she is much more than she seems.
The TV spot highlights the gorgeous special effects and technological advances that have been garnering the film a lot of buzz. The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez and also star Christophe Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Jennifer Connelly.
“Alita: Battle Angel” takes flight Feb. 14 in theaters.
The animated film from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies follows June, an imaginative young girl who constructs an amusement park called Wonderland filled with fun rides and talking animals.
After the death of her mother (voiced by Jennifer Garner), June discovers that the park is real – and she must work with its creatures to save it from destruction. The cartoon features the voices of Matthew Broderick, Kenan Thompson, Mila Kunis, Ken Jeong, John Oliver and more.
“Wonder Park” takes moviegoers for a wild ride March 15.
Director Jordan Peele dropped a new trailer for his second feature film before the Super Bowl on Twitter. The “Get Out” director’s new horror movie focuses on a family, led by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, as they battle their doppelgangers during a beach vacation.
The voiceover features Nyong’o wondering about the various coincidences the family has encountered, and what they may be adding up to. “It’s like there’s this black cloud hanging over us,” she says fearfully.
“Us” will infiltrate theaters March 21.
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”
The horror film from Guillermo del Toro brings the children’s book series by Alvin Schwartz and its terrifying illustrations to life.
The film debuted not one, but four mini-trailers during the Super Bowl. The trailers focus on some of the iconic stories from the books, including “The Big Toe,” Jangly Man, the Pale Lady and the “red spot.”
The above video compiles all four trailers for easier – and perhaps scarier! – viewing.
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” prepares to frighten moviegoers Aug. 9.
Rebecca Kivak and Joe Baress write about movies for Take 2 blog. Together, they review current flicks and offer their insights into the latest movie news. Rebecca is a copy editor and page designer at The Times-Tribune. She started her career with Times-Shamrock Newspapers in 2005 and has won several professional journalism awards for page design and headline writing. She also covers NASCAR races from Pocono Raceway. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5126; @TTRebeccaKivak