“Trailer Talk” rounds up recently released trailers for upcoming and anticipated movies.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
In addition to “Black Panther” in February and “Avengers: Infinity War” in May, Marvel Studios reminds us they have a third comic book-based movie coming out this year. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is the sequel to 2015’s enjoyable heist flick “Ant-Man,” and it looks to be as fun as its predecessor.
The movie is the first from Marvel Studios to feature a female superhero in the title. Evangeline Lilly’s the Wasp suits up to join Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man for some shrinking superhero high-jinks.
In the wake of the events of “Captain America: Civil War” (and probably “Infinity War,” as the movie comes out after the highly awaited film), Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and her father, inventor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), are on the run after Scott Lang (Rudd) helped a fugitive Captain America. The trailer shows more heist action, mini-adventures and the return of Giant-Man, the extension of Ant-Man’s size-growing abilities first displayed in “Civil War.” If you never thought a Hello Kitty Pez dispenser could be deadly, think again!
But the teaser shines the spotlight on Hope, whose smart and cautious nature balances out Scott’s recklessness. Hope’s Wasp suit is equipped with some extra features that Scott wishes his suit had.
The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, Hope’s long-missing mother (who’s absent from the trailer), and Laurence Fishburne, of whom we only see a glimpse. Michael Pena returns as the delightful Luis. The teaser features the rocking sounds of “Ants Invasion” by Adam and the Ants.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” flies into theaters July 6.
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”
The follow-up to the 2008 hit “Mamma Mia!” acts as both a prequel and sequel. The film is set after the events of the fondly regarded musical and features even more catchy ABBA songs.
Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of free-spirited Donna (Meryl Streep), spent the first film searching for her father. Now Sophie, still with Sky (Dominic Cooper), is pregnant. With Donna mysteriously absent (did she die between films?!), Sophie learns about her mother’s past and how she dealt with her own pregnancy. Lily James (“Downton Abbey,” “Cinderella”) plays a young Donna in flashbacks.
While the first trailer relied heavily on flashbacks of Streep’s Donna from the original film, the international trailer focuses more on Sophie and young Donna.
The sequel brings back Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Starsgard and Colin Firth as Sophie’s dads, as well as Christine Baranski and Julie Walters as Donna’s friends. This time around, Andy Garcia and Cher join in the fun.
“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” belts its way into theaters July 20.
“Pacific Rim Uprising”
The second trailer for the sequel to 2013’s robot-fighting sci-fi film “Pacific Rim” gives us more insights into the new generation of jaeger pilots called to fight the latest invasion of kaiju monsters.
John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) plays Jake Pentecost, the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), the commander who pledged to “cancel the Apocalypse” in the first film. As Jake joins the ranks of the jaeger pilots, there’s some tension between him and official Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), the pilot from the first “Pacific Rim” who was like a daughter to Stacker. Jake is joined by fellow pilots Lambert (Scott Eastwood) and Amara (Cailee Spaeny) to tackle bigger kaiju that threaten the fate of the world.
The sequel continues without Guillermo del Toro, who directed the first film. Charlie Day and Burn Gorman return in their roles from the original.
“Pacific Rim Uprising” pilots into theaters March 23.
The teaser for the HBO movie stars Al Pacino as once-beloved Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. The far-reaching scandal rocked the university and shocked the world.
The Oscar-winning actor looks just like Paterno, the winningest coach in college football history. After 46 years as head coach, Paterno was fired from the university after his failure to address child molestation claims against his assistant coach. Paterno, 85, died from lung cancer just two months after his dismissal.
The biopic, directed by Barry Levinson, examines the effects of the scandal on Paterno’s legacy.
“Paterno” is set to air on HBO this spring.