Welcome back to Trailer Talk, where I talk about the latest trailers and teasers for upcoming movies. Let’s get started.
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
So after the events of Endgame, what’s next for the MCU? Well, the answer to that question is Spider-Man: Far From Home, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming which takes place in a world without the Avengers. Tony Stark and Black Widow are dead, Captain America and Hawkeye retired, Thor joined the Guardians Of The Galaxy, and I don’t know what’s going on with Hulk. With all of this, Peter Parker must step up to be the new big hero, whether he likes it or not. If you have not seen Avengers: Endgame by this point, what are you doing reading this? And also, this new trailer reveals major spoilers for that film. They mentioned that the snap created a Multiverse. This means that we could see alternate versions of our heroes and this could be a great way to introduce the X-Men and Fantastic Four into the MCU. Mysterio claims to be a hero from another dimension, which makes some fans unsure of this movie because Mysterio is supposed to be a villain. Here’s something to consider: Mysterio is a notorious conman. His whole gimmick revolves around illusions, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was putting on a facade. For what reasons, I don’t know. I just know that he has ulterior motives that’ll put him in conflict with Peter. Anyways, the movie looks fun. I’m still not too crazy about them pushing Spidey to be the next Iron Man and Peter REALLY sucks at hiding his identity considering that MJ finds out, but I’m still looking forward to this movie and how things go for the MCU from here on out.
IT: CHAPTER TWO
With how big of a hit IT (2017) was, it’s no surprise that a sequel is coming. This time, the kids from the first film have grown up and after 27 years, they have returned to Derry to confront Pennywise. Most of the teaser is an extended scene with Beverly and an elderly woman as they’re in former’s childhood home. Then you find out that the elderly woman is linked to Pennywise. I’m interested in seeing how this plays out. I wonder if it’s going to be as insane as the miniseries. The quality of this movie is going to be determined by the actors who play the Losers’ Club kids all grown up perform. The best part of IT (2017) were the kids and their camaraderie. In the sequel, they’re grown up, so I hope they recapture that same chemistry that they had in the first movie. We’ll see.
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
Fuck you, Disney. Just… fuck you. Okay, that’s immature of me. Let me be professional about this. I’m not a fan of the Maleficent movie that came out 5 years ago and the various decisions that were made for it. I saw no reason why this needed a sequel. Yet the movie was a big enough hit and here we are. Didn’t they make her kind of a semi-hero in the first Maleficent movie? Now, they’re making her evil again for some unknown reason. Throw it all away, bruh. It looks trash. Big pass on this one.
TERMINATOR: DARK FATE
The franchise that said “I’ll be back” and meant it. I really enjoyed the first two Terminator movies with Terminator 2: Judgement Day being one of the best action movies ever made. Then there’s Terminator 3, Salvation, and Genisys, which all sucked. Now, there’s a new Terminator movie coming out and James Cameron is involved, announcing that the last three movies are no longer canon. That means that Terminator: Dark Fate is a direct sequel to Judgement Day. I have mixed feelings on this. On the one hand, it’s great to see Linda Hamilton return as Sarah Conner and the action looks kickass, dealing with new kinds of Terminators. On the other hand, this looks to be like another retread of the previous films where Skynet sends a Terminator back in time to kill someone, in this case, a human/Terminator hybrid. Also, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the T-800, who looks a lot older than he was in Judgement Day because Arnie is a lot older. This can’t be the same T-800 from Judgement Day because he destroyed himself in that movie. Also, where’s Jon Connor? You know, the guy who’s supposed to save humanity from Skynet? This trailer has left me with a lot of questions that will probably be answered in later promotional material or in the film itself. I’m on the fence on this one because this could go either way. It’ll either be good or it’ll suck.
RAMBO: LAST BLOOD
While we’re on the subject of aging actors still playing action heroes, we’re apparently getting a new Rambo movie. Okay? I have no attachment to the Rambo movies since I haven’t watched any of them, so this teaser for the new movie didn’t do much for me. It looks like your typical action movie that has a bit of a Western influence to it. Speaking of Western influence, the music choice. They used Old Town Road for this trailer. Isn’t that timely? Aside from that, I don’t have much else to say about this one. It looks like a less-interesting Logan.
Now for the latest film from DreamWorks Animation. This was actually a movie that has been in development since 2010 and was originally called Everest. Abominable is about a girl and a Yeti and if you’ve seen E.T. and Iron Giant, you already know where this is going. They become friends, the government is after the Yeti, etc. Not exactly the most original story. But this movie looks entertaining enough and I like that they have a mostly Asian cast for this movie with Chloe Bennet playing the main lead. DreamWorks has always been a mixed bag in terms of their movies and this could be one of their better ones. Two things to note: I love the use of Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way and this is the third animated movie in recent times that involves Yetis. There was Smallfoot, which came out last year, and The Missing Link, which came out a few months ago. Just something that I noticed.
Finally, a film from Pixar that isn’t a sequel or prequel to a pre-existing franchise. Onward looks to be like Zootopia, but with fantasy creatures instead of various mammals living like humans, and it’s centered around two elf brothers, voiced by Chris Pratt and Tom Holland. From this teaser, we see a peak of what the world is going to be like and we also know that our main characters are going on a journey. I trust Pixar in delivering quality films since you can count the number of duds they had in one hand, so I’ll be keeping an eye on this one.
And that’s it for Trailer Talk. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and let me know what you think.