In terms of things not related to the Super Bowl game itself, “watching commercials” is high on most peoples’ list of reasons to tune in. Recent years have given us even more incentive to do just that, with a handful of major networks and studios using the game as an opportunity to unveil new trailers. For Super Bowl LI, we got a peek inside almost every major release coming up in 2017. So without further ado, here are the best and brightest teasers unveiled during the broadcast.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The only other footage we previously had from the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie was a brief teaser prominently featuring Javier Bardem as the film’s main villain. The Super Bowl spot gave us far more than just that, flashing to footage of Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, and even Johnny Depp. The entire original cast returns for the first time in two films, affording us hope for a revival of the once-great franchise.
2. Strangers Things, Season 2
Before the Super Bowl, we knew a whole lot of nothing about the second season of Stranger Things. A 30-second spot went a long way toward filling in some blanks though, hinting at the return of Eleven, a new kind of monster breaking out of the Upside Down, and plenty more.
Given that the Super Bowl aired on Fox, we were treated to a good deal of spots for the network’s own coming attractions. Legion especially got the full court press, with the X-Men spinoff series debuting on FX this week. In total, Fox aired seven separate teasers for the series, each of which provided a brief look into a different facet of our titular mutant, David Haller.
Continuing with the theme of advertising Fox-owned properties, we also got a 30-second spot for Logan, set to an eery rendition of “Amazing Grace.” In it, we get a look at Stephen Merchant as the mutant Caliban, X-23’s escape from capture, and a series of violent fight sequences. Suffice to say, we’re pretty damn excited for the March 3 release.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
We’re quickly closing in on the May 5 release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and everything we’ve seen so far has indicated another smash hit for Marvel Studios. The minute-long spot that aired during the Super Bowl did little to quell our excitement either, featuring an expanded roster of Guardians that now includes Nebula (Karen Gillan), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and Yondu (Michael Rooker).
We share a healthy dose of skepticism for the Baywatch movie reboot. That said, it’s hard to bet against its leading talent, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. The 30-second spot that aired during the Super Bowl continues to give us hope that the film will manage to justify its existence, but until it hits theaters and we see it for ourselves, you can color us hesitant.
7. Transformers: The Last Knight
The Transformers franchise has been marketed at foreign audiences more and more with each installment. The Last Knight will seek to reverse that trend, bringing back Mark Wahlberg in the leading role long since vacated by Shia LaBeouf. At the bare minimum, it’ll at least carry the action/explosion-centric focus of most Michael Bay movies.
8. The Fate of the Furious
Speaking of mindless action franchises marketed to foreign audiences, The Fate and the Furious unveiled their own Super Bowl spot. The film will continue the cinematic domination of Dwayne Johnson, while pitting Vin Diesel’s character against his old team for the first time ever. Even if it’s not exactly Citizen Kane, the Fast and Furious saga has found solid footing as a series that’s fun to watch.
9. Ghost in the Shell
Even if the Ghost and the Shell adaptation is a thematic failure, there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a visual treat. The latest spot gives us some insight into the film’s stunning special effects, showing us a cyborg Scarlett Johansson on the warpath. There’s still a fair share of controversy surrounding the whitewashed casting of the popular anime adaptation, but the movie will at least look cool when it’s all said and done.
There’s something uniquely terrifying about a horror movie set in the vacuum of space. Life promises to be exactly that, telling the story of a group of astronauts who come into contact with a predatory life-form sent to the International Space Station from Mars. The spot that aired during the Super Bowl was meant to be a precursor to the second full-length trailer that can be seen here.
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