5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ and More

All the hype this weekend is directly firmly toward the release of Captain America: Civil Warbut there’s plenty of other exciting stuff that has yet to debut in 2016. That’s where we come in, delivering all the best trailers and teasers the internet has to offer every week. Here are our staff picks for everything you need to see while everyone else is flocking to the box office for Civil War. 

1. Now You See Me 2

Is it baffling that a movie that made just a shade over $100 million at the domestic box office somehow got green-lit for a sequel? Yes, it most certainly is. But here we are, in the peak era for sequels, and so Now You See Me 2 was born. The second trailer digs into the story of the four magicians who swindled Michael Cain out of hundreds of millions of dollars, sent Morgan Freeman to prison, and escaped scot-free in the end. It begs the question of why we’re supposed to root for them in the first place, but hey, at least the visual effects are on point.

2. Game of Thrones

Spoilers for the newest season of Game of Thrones are ahead, so read on at your own risk. With that out of the way, that last episode though holy crap. Jon Snow is back from the dead, Sansa is on her way to Castle Black to reunite with her half-brother, and everything is coming up Starks for the first time in the show’s history. The preview for the next episode gives us a look at plenty of other stuff too, hinting at a flashback sequence featuring a young Ned Stark. Just three episodes in, Game of Thrones has hit the ground running, and we couldn’t be more excited.

3. Independence Day: Resurgence

Hollywood’s strategy lately has involved a focus on dredging up all the nostalgia of moviegoers from the ’80s and ’90s. It’s the reason we’re getting a Ghostbusters reboot, and it’s why an Independence Day sequel is arriving a decade after the original. The latest footage is a mockumentary taking us through the original alien invasion, the preparation humanity has done to prepare for a second wave, and Jeff Goldblum moving up in the world, as he’s now apparently the leader of a task force for defending our entire planet. If we can’t just Jeff Goldblum to save the world, who can we trust?

4. The Flash

When we last left Barry Allen, he was being pulled apart cell-by-cell by a particle accelerator, presumed dead by his family and friends. But because the show isn’t called “The Flash’s Friends,” Barry is of course alive … sort of. The answer will be provided to us in an episode directed by super-geek Kevin Smith: Our hero is trapped in a weird sort of alternative reality with zombies and evil, monotone doubles of his loved ones, and the only one who can rescue him is Cisco. Unless the show really is pivoting toward a story not focused on our titular hero (Wally West to the rescue?), the odds are in Barry Allen’s favor.

5. The Shallows

The action/thriller genre has gone through an odd evolution in recent years. It’s certainly come a long way from only needing a mechanical shark and a solid theme song, having leaned hard into CGI and explosions in recent years. The Shallows though looks like a return to the basics we saw in Jaws. Blake Lively is a surfer battling a shark in a remote, little-known surf spot, in what appears to be a tense, contained thriller. Obviously Jaws sets a high bar, but anything that doesn’t lean on Michael Bay’s American flag-waving explosive approach is a welcomed break from the norm.

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