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February 9th, 2018
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As usual, quite a few interesting new movie trailers debuted during the Super Bowl.

My favorite was this new look at Infinity War:

Holy cow am I excited for that movie.  Every shot in that short teaser is great, highlighting this crossover movie’s assemblage of heroes.  Thor is with the Guardians off the Galaxy!  Iron Man and Spider-Man and Doctor Strange!  Captain America and the Hulk and the Black Panther and the Black Widow together in Wakanda!  Very cool.  I love the triumphant presentation of the Avengers theme.  And that last shot of Thanos looks terrific.

We’ve finally gotten our first glimpse at Solo (coming out in just THREE MONTHS, which is crazy), with the Super Bowl trailer and then an extended version:

Any glimpse of footage from a new Star Wars film is a cause for excitement, and we see a lot of great stuff in those teaser trailers.  The cast looks great (I love the shots of Donald Glover as Lando — I am excited to see his interpretation of the character) and those shots of the Millennium Falcon in action are gorgeous.  (I love that look at the pristine white corridor of the Falcon.)  But I don’t see anything yet to convince me that a Young Han Solo movie is anything other than a dumb idea.  (I also continue to be worried about whether Alden Ehrenreich will work as Han.  He looks the part, but I wasn’t taken by his voice-over in the longer trailer.  His voice sounded too high-pitched to me.  He didn’t sound anything like Han Solo, to my ears.)  We’ll see…

I absolutely loved this first look at Mission: Impossible — Fallout:

That is a pretty bonkers trailer!  The last few Mission: Impossible movies have been pretty great, so I have high hopes this will continue.  The cast is once again great (I love how many returning characters we glimpse) and there is a lot of pretty terrific-looking action in that trailer.

On the other end of the spectrum is this trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:

Blech.  I thought Jurassic World was terrible, and so far the trailers for the sequel look even worse and more nonsensical.  I’d love to be proven wrong, but I don’t expect to be.

I loved the first two Cloverfield films, and I am excited for the third:

And it’s available to watch RIGHT NOW on Netflix??  Fantastic.

Wow, following the success of DC/Warner Brothers’ Wonder Woman, Marvel has made a Black Widow movie?  Fantastic!

Oh, sorry, that’s Red Sparrow.  My mistake.  This one feels like it could go either way.  With Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton, this could be a great adult thriller… or it could be a lame B-movie.  Hard to tell from this trailer.

Here are some other great recent movie trailers:

I loved Ant Man, and I am excited for the sequel, Ant Man and the Wasp:

I like that we can see that this film will explore the fallout from Captain America: Civil War.  I love that Evangeline Lily’s Hope Van Dyne is getting equal billing in this film, and that she’ll get to get in on the super-hero action.  There are some great size-related gags in this trailer.  I can’t wait for this one.

Back when Sony was making the second iteration of their Spider-Man films, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it was clear that they intended to create a “Spider-Man universe” of connected films, the same way Marvel Studios had done with their movies.  But those two Spider-Man movies didn’t connect with audiences, and now Spidey is thankfully included in the Marvel AStudios Cinematic Universe.  And yet, for some reason, Sony is still making their Spider-Man spin-off films, albeit without Spidey?  Here is a look at Venom:

I don’t get this at all.  Who is interested in a Venom movie that has been disconnected from Spider-Man?  I’m also not a fan of taking villain characters and making them the stars of their own series.  This never worked for me in the comics, and while I loved The Punisher in Daredevil season two, I am not that interested in Netfix’s solo Punisher show.  Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams are great, but I have zero interest in this.

Let’s close with a look at Duncan Jones’ new film, Mute:

I adored Mr. Jones’ film Moon, but none of his follow-ups have worked as well for me.  Here’s hoping this one does.  If nothing else, I love Paul Rudd’s spectacular mustache!

I hope you’ll join me back here on Monday as I complete my list of my favorite movies of 2017!

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