“Trailer Talk” rounds up recently released trailers for upcoming and anticipated movies.
The past two weeks have been an exciting time for trailer drops from upcoming blockbusters. Last week brought us teasers for “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Captain Marvel” and “Halloween,” and this week brings us “Bumblebee,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “Creed II” and last night, “Dark Phoenix.”
Let’s dig in!
The seventh movie in the X-Men franchise promises a redo of the iconic Dark Phoenix Saga from Marvel Comics after the storyline was woefully mishandled in 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Judging by the first trailer, this looks good, folks.
After joining the X-Men ensemble as telepathic mutant Jean Grey in 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” Sophie Turner (“Game of Thrones”) rises to the forefront as the dark and powerful Phoenix. After a space mission gone awry, Jean’s powers are developing and threaten to corrupt her. As she becomes more dangerous, the X-Men – including Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) – must go up against Jean as her growing instability threatens to unleash the apocalypse.
“Dark Phoenix” drops the “X-Men” label included in other film titles in the franchise, indicating a focus on its lead character. Since “X-Men: First Class” in 2011, each film has been set in a different decade. This time around, “Dark Phoenix” takes place in the 1990s.
Also returning are Tye Sheridan as Cyclops/Scott Summers, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Alexandra Smith as Storm and Evan Peters as Quicksilver. Jessica Chastain joins the ensemble as mysterious villain Smith.
“Dark Phoenix” flies into theaters Feb. 14, 2019. UPDATE: The film’s release date has been pushed back to June 7, 2019, during the summer movie season.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
The final trailer for the sequel to 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” reveals a big twist, new magical creatures and hints at more to be uncovered in the Harry Potter prequel.
In the 1920s, Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists the help of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to take on the villainous dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), who seeks to disrupt the truce between wizards and muggles so magickind can run the world.
The sequel shifts the action from New York to London and Paris, with new and familiar faces entering the fray. One character whose surprising origins are revealed is Nagini (Claudia Kim), a shape-shifting circus performer destined to become the future snake companion of Lord Voldemort himself. The trailer also hints at the past between Dumbledore and Grindelwald in a blink-or-miss-it moment of the two in their teenage years.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” waves its wand over moviegoers Nov. 16.
The second teaser for the sequel to 2015’s highly acclaimed “Creed” effectively outlines the story for the eighth film in the “Rocky” franchise.
The sequel follows light heavyweight boxing champion Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) as he juggles his personal motivations and family obligations in deciding to fight Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) – the man who killed Adonis’ father, Apollo, in the ring. Lundgren returns to the franchise for the first time since “Rocky IV.”
Returning for the sequel are Sylvester Stallone as the legendary Rocky Balboa, Adonis’ mentor and friend, as well as Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad. Brigitte Nielsen also reprises her role as Ivan’s wife from “Rocky IV.”
“Creed II” enters the ring Nov. 21.
There may be hope for the tiring “Transformers” franchise yet. The new trailer for the “Transformers” prequel does a good job of instilling wonder and awe while integrating humor, making it more accessible for kids and families. The film focuses on Bumblebee, the yellow childlike Autobot who has stolen moviegoers’ hearts since 2007’s “Transformers.”
Set in the 1980s, the film follows Bumblebee as he is taken in by kind 18-year-old gearhead Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld). The trailer’s beginning calls back to how Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) picked out Bumblebee for his first car – or rather, “the car picks the driver” – in the first “Transformers” film. Bumblebee and Charlie must evade Burns (John Cena), an agent from the secretive government agency Sector 7 hunting them down. Along the way, Optimus Prime shows up to help his friend as they face another threat: Decepticons.
The action appears clear and crisp as Travis Knight takes over directing duties from Michael Bay. The prequel could very well act as a reboot to re-energize the franchise after last year’s disappointing “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
“Bumblebee” transforms into a theater near you Dec. 21.
This new trailer for the “Halloween” reboot, called the “Heritage” trailer, is short but incredibly chilling as it calls back to scenes from the 1978 slasher classic.
Maniacal killer Michael Myers returns in the 11th film in the horror franchise. But this installment disregards all the sequels after the original. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as ultimate “final girl” Laurie Strode, who’s ready to take on the man who traumatized her 40 years ago.
“Halloween” slashes its way into theaters Oct. 19.
Finally! The next film in Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe brings the ultra-powerful Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Lawson) out of the pages of Marvel Comics and into the superhero fold. Captain Marvel was hinted at in the post-credits scene of this summer’s smash “Avengers: Infinity War.” Her own solo film promises to shed light on her powers and how she may be able to undo the damage of Thanos’ “snap.” The film is Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero film.
Set during the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” looks to be a sort-of origin story. Carol, a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, already has her powers in the film, which has taken her into space as part of the Starforce. But the hero can’t remember her life on Earth before getting her powers.
When she crash-lands on Earth – into a Blockbuster Video store, a fun ’90s reference – she meets Nick Fury (a de-aged Samuel L. Jackson) and becomes involved with S.H.I.E.L.D. But a war between alien races threatens the fate of the world. Get ready for Krees, Skrulls and a younger Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) – with hair!
“Captain Marvel” gets ready to save the world March 8.
“Mary Poppins Returns”
In another “finally!” moment, the new “Mary Poppins Returns” trailer gives us a better look at Emily Blunt’s incarnation of the beloved nanny from the 1964 children’s classic, with plenty of singing, colorful sets and and a blend of animation. Looks like the Disney magic is in full force.
Set 25 years after the original film, the sequel shows magical nanny Mary Poppins returning to help the Banks children (Ben Whitshaw and Emily Mortimer) – now grown up – after a family tragedy. The heartwarming trailer looks amazing, with Blunt stepping right into Julie Andrews’ shoes.
The film also stars Renaissance man Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke, the only returning cast member from the original film.
“Mary Poppins Returns” floats into theaters Dec. 19.