5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and More
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 this, our team gathers together the best the internet has to offer, delivering all the TV and movie trailers and teasers you can possibly handle in one place every week.
1. Spider-Man: Homecoming
We kick things off this week with something we’ve been waiting on for awhile now. Spider-Man: Homecoming, the product of Sony’s recent deal with Marvel, finally has its first full-length trailer, and it’s everything we could have hoped for. Throughout its two-plus minutes, we’re treated to classic Spidey wisecracking, a look at Michael Keaton as the film’s primary villain, and a healthy dose of Tony Stark as Iron Man.
This marks the first time Marvel Studios has full creative control over Spider-Man, albeit with Sony reaping the profits in exchange for allowing Marvel to keep Tom Holland on retainer for other MCU projects. It’s a deal that was a win-win for both sides, and an even bigger boon to the iconic character caught in the middle. Point blank, Spider-Man belongs at Marvel, and now he truly is coming home.
2. Assassin’s Creed
Video games have had a rough time ever since Hollywood first had the idea to adapt them into full-blown movies. Decades of attempts by a handful of studios have all fallen flat, and in that time, we haven’t gotten a single video game adaptation that’s even scraped the surface of passably good. Assassin’s Creed could very well end this unfortunate streak, buoyed by an incredibly talented cast and a solid story.
The latest international trailer gives us a good look at what we can expect, as Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is taken by a shady corporation looking to exploit his lineage to acquire an ancient artifact. Fans of the Assassin’s Creed game franchise might even notice a collection of intriguing nods to the source material, coming together for what could be Hollywood’s first decent video game film.
The movie industry has made it something of a habit to take beloved franchises from the ’80s and ’90s, and reboot them into modern movie sagas. It worked incredibly well for 21 Jump Street, to a lesser degree for Ghostbusters, and not even a little for Point Break. Where Baywatch will fall on that scale remains to be seen, but with Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, and Alexandra Daddario leading the way, there’s at least a chance for some semblance of a middling reboot effort. All we need is a well-placed David Hasselhoff cameo and the Baywatch circle will be complete.
4. War for the Planet of the Apes
This week has been a veritable gold mine for new trailers. Not to be left out of the fun, War for the Planet of the Apes unleashed its own teaser, laying out the playing field for the latest film in the rebooted franchise. In it, we see Woody Harrelson as a ruthless military leader for what’s left of humanity, going toe-to-toe with Caesar and the rest of the apes. We seem to have ventured deep into the uncanny valley for the motion capture CGI apes, and yet there’s little denying the special effects look absolutely incredible, in a film saga that’s been surprisingly good throughout its brief run.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Not to be overshadowed by the rest of the week’s offerings, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrived with its own new trailer. Over the course of the teaser, we’re treated to all the Baby Groot you could ever want, as the diminutive living tree quickly demonstrates why he’s going to be a runaway favorite once the Guardians sequel hits theaters next year. We also get a peek at Mantis, a telepathic alien empath with the ability to see inside the minds of anyone she touches. Marvel still hasn’t shown us much of Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet, but we imagine that’s likely to be coming sometime soon.
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