Trailers are as much a part of the movie-going experience nowadays as the films themselves. There’s something incomparably exciting about seeing what amounts to a two-minute sizzle reel of a release’s best scenes. It’s why trailer culture has proliferated into what it is today, and makes it so even the release date of a short teaser is a day to look forward to. In the spirit of these, our team gathers together the best the internet has to offer, delivering all the trailers and teasers you can possibly handle in one place every week.
1. The Legend of Tarzan
Hollywood has been inundated with live-action reboots of iconic stories lately, and Disney has been the biggest offender out of everyone. Interestingly enough though, it won’t be Disney who puts out an adaptation of Tarzan, with the rights to the character still retained and distributed by the family of the original creator. Warner Bros., having gained permission to make a movie of its own, went ahead and put together The Legend of Tarzan.
It features a solid cast, starring Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, and Christoph Waltz among others, with a story that seems to be jam-packed with blockbuster elements. That story is told almost in its entirety in the most recent IMAX trailer, running a full 3 minutes. In it, we get a good deal of details on how the film progresses, as well as one curious instance of Tarzan speaking perfect English in a British accent. It should at least be entertaining releasing in a month short on competition, especially if action and adventure are your cup of tea.
2. Marco Polo, Season 2
Netflix is nothing if not bold when it comes to its collection of original shows. It completely changed the game when Daredevil debuted last year, all while housing prestige dramas like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards. Not content to rest on its laurels, Netflix green-lit its own answer to HBO’s Game of Thrones with Marco Polo. A bulk of the story focuses on the travails of Marco Polo in Kublai Khan’s Mongolian court, and Season 2 appears to dig even further into that. Season 1 did leave a fair amount to be desired, so there’ll be a lot riding on the success of the next run of episodes.
3. Ghostbusters (International Trailer)
The Ghostbusters reboot has been mired in controversy from the moment it was announced. Much of that has surrounded the fact that we’re getting an all-female team, with many shielding thinly-veiled sexism with nostalgia for the original films in the saga. That’s a different conversation though, so let’s instead dive into the latest international trailer. In it, we get a good look at Ghostbusters mainstay Slimer, as well as some new footage of what appears to be a climactic battle in downtown New York. There’s certainly no shortage of comedic talent scattered throughout, so really it’ll be up to the movie to deliver on some high expectations.
4. Game of Thrones
We’re down to the final three episodes for Season 6 of Game of Thrones, and things are beginning to come to a head. Fans are eagerly awaiting the battle between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton (casually known as the Bastard Bowl), characters thought to be long-dead are coming back out of the woodwork, and Daenerys is finally gearing up for an invasion of Westeros. Episode 8 will get us closer to all this, and while it’s sad to see the season coming to a close, it’s also exciting to get some long-awaited resolutions to a handful of intriguing plots.
5. The Shallows
We touched briefly on The Shallows when the first trailer debuted a couple months back, but based on the latest footage from the Blake Lively-led project, it’s definitely worth revisiting. While most movies in the action/suspense genre are doubling down on pricey CGI, expensive sets across the globe, and explosive stories, The Shallows looks to be a step in the opposite direction. It takes place entirely in a single location, with a single character battling a particularly nasty shark hellbent on eating her whole. Overall, it could very well be exactly what the genre needs to reset itself.
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