A new year means another year of the NFL Super Bowl.
Aside from being the NFL finals, the Super Bowl is also well known for featuring some of the biggest film and TV trailers. Here’s a round-up of all the trailers that were featured.
F9 (a.k.a The Fast and Furious 9)
Is it just me, or is there too much family drama in the Fast and Furious saga? The F9 trailer revealed the return of Dom and his crew, this time to take on Dom’s brother (John Cena). But wait. Dom has a brother?! Someone who hasn’t been mentioned in the previous 8 films? What, did Dom and Mia just ‘forget’? Not only that, but judging by the trailer, we can assume that Paul Walker’s character has possibly been written off somehow since Mia appears to be part of Dom’s plans without her husband….or child. Where is the other little Toretto? I have so many questions, but are they enough to make me watch the film? Only time will answer that one.
Top Gun: Maverick
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. In this trailer, we see Maverick in his element, doing exactly what he does best. But with a team of Top Gun graduates, including Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), aka“Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose” under his belt, he might have to face the ghosts of his past.
Sonic The Hedgehog
What better way to depict the speed at which Sonic The Hedgehog runs? Have some of the best athletes in the world comment on how much faster he is than they are. Winning technique? Perhaps after the entire character redesign, it might just be. Only ten days to go till we finally see a live-action version of everyone’s favourite furry speedster.
A Quiet Place Part II
For a film based around silence, this trailer is surprisingly loud. Not only do we get to see John Krasinski back in the director’s chair, but he also returns to star opposite wife, Emily Blunt. Looks like the sequel will reveal more about the noise hating alien beings terrorising the town.
Disney’s live-action Mulan has had a lot of interesting controversies around it, from not having Mushu and any of the epic songs that made the original animated film a hit, to lead actress, Yifei Liu, supporting the Chinese against the Hong Kong protests. Regardless of all the commotion surrounding the film, the fact that it features amazing talent like Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Gong Li and Jason Scott Lee, AND that it was filmed right in my home country (a.k.a South Island of New Zealand), is enough for me to watch the film.
The most anticipated trailer of the Super Bowl is of course, Marvel’s Black Widow. Not dissimilar to the previous trailer of the film, this particular trailer seems to rely on the notion of ‘family’. Do I sense a Fast and Furious theme?
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
Want the TL;DR about the new SpongeBob Squarepants film? The Super Bowl trailer for the film gives us a quick overview of everything in the film, including churros, Snoop Dogg, fast cars, and a wise Keanu Reeves sage?! Given everything we hear in the trailer, it sounds like a typical buddy road trip to find a missing object (or pet snail in this case).
No Time to Die
Unlike many other Bond film trailers of the past, I’m pleased to see that the No Time To Die trailers have focused more on story, characters and of an interesting conspiracy that will likely result in a whole lot of bad ass action. Being Daniel Craig’s final Bond film, there’s little doubt that this is going to be a good one.
The Invisible Man
Now this one has me intrigued.
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their friend (Aldis Hodge) and his young daughter (Storm Reid).
But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax.
As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly more Despicable Me related films, the Super Bowl goes and proves us wrong.
This summer, from the biggest animated franchise in history and global cultural phenomenon, comes the untold story of one 12-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain, in Minions: The Rise of Gru.
Teeming with Illumination’s signature subversive humor, pop-culture sophistication, full-hearted emotion, bold music sensibility, and over-the-top action, Minions: The Rise of Gru is steered by the franchise’s original creators. The film is produced by visionary Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborators Janet Healy and Chris Renaud and is directed by returning franchise filmmaker Kyle Balda. The co-directors are Brad Ableson and Jonathan del Val.
Hunters follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team of Hunters will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans. The series also stars Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton, Josh Radnor, Kate Mulvany, Tiffany Boone, Greg Austin, Louis Ozawa, Carol Kane, Saul Rubinek, Dylan Baker and Lena Olin.
Chronically underemployed couple Jann and Cricket Melfi who are self-proclaimed home renovation “experts,” more than confident they are television’s next great home design celebrity duo.
A modern day spinoff, that will be broadcast on the Quibi platform, is set to feature Boyd Holbrook as a new fugitive, blue-collar worker Mike Ferro, who is wrongly accused of setting off a bomb on a Los Angeles subway train. He is relentlessly pursued by Detective Clay Bryce (Kiefer Sutherland), a legendary cop who is uncovering evidence that Mike may not be guilty.
WandaVision, Loki, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+
Can’t wait for some Marvel originals to hit Disney Plus? Well here are ten second bite sized trailers for Marvel’s up coming TV projects.