5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ 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. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
With most of the Marvel-related hype right now focused on the November release of Doctor Strange, no one would blame you for forgetting that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 releases early next year. It certainly hasn’t slipped Marvel’s mind though, with the studio releasing the first official teaser for the anticipated sequel. The runtime of the trailer checks in at a tidy 86 seconds, but even that’s enough to give us plenty of information on what we can expect.
Directed once again by James Gunn, we’ll be getting a slightly updated team of Guardians this time, with Michael Rooker’s Yondu and Karen Gillan’s Nebula joining the squad in full. If you’ll remember, both were primarily adversaries in the last film, so seeing them switch sides in Vol. 2 should be interesting to say the least. Beyond that, we also get a good look at Baby Groot, as well as a hilariously awkward exchange between Peter Quill and Drax.
In the past, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise has been limited to the realm of cinema. Fox’s recent deal with Marvel changed all that though, giving us FX’s Legion. The series, while not set in the same universe as Bryan Singer’s X-Men movies, still features a strong connection to the films in the form of Charles Xavier’s son, David Haller.
In the comics, Haller numbers himself among some of the most powerful mutants in existence, possessing a score of powers scattered across his multiple dissociative personalities. The latest 30 second teaser shows us just how formidable he is, with a shady government organization out to capture and control him.
Speaking of the Fox’s X-Men universe, we also got a full trailer for Logan. Based on what we’re seeing initially, the film will earn every bit of its R-rating and then some, featuring a shockingly grim tone, and a broken, battered version of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. The basic story is modeled off of Marvel’s eight issue Wolverine: Old Man Logan comic series, set decades into the future. The movie version will essentially be a depressing road-trip and death-march featuring Wolverine and Professor X, as they look to protect Laura, a young girl theorized by most to be X-23, the clone-daughter of Logan. Yeah. This one’s going to be brutal.
4. The Flash
Most of the villains the Flash has tangled with this season have been the result of Barry’s recent ill-fated time travel related mistakes. Next week, we’ll be getting a break from that storyline to introduce a brand new bad guy into the rogue’s gallery. Mirror Master enters the fray as a villain with the ability to both travel through mirrors and trap his enemies within them. The teaser for the episode shows us Barry on the receiving end of the latter of those abilities, leaving his new speedster sidekick, Jesse Quick, to deal with the fallout.
Arrival doesn’t officially hit theaters until November, but the Amy Adams-led sci-fi flick has already made the film festival rounds to rousing acclaim. The Verge calls it “a soulful sci-fi instant classic,” while Variety describes its overall aesthetic as “wondrous … eccentric … ominous, and spectacular.” Having not yet seen it ourselves, we can neither confirm or deny whether all that is true, but the latest trailer goes a long way toward helping us draw our own conclusions. The sci-fi genre is constantly evolving, and Arrival looks to be the next step in that process. And with Sicario‘s Denis Villeneuve at the helm as director, the “instant classic” vibe runs deep already.
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