It has been a big couple of weeks for movie trailers and teasers. If you haven’t absolutely gushed and squee’d over at least one of them, you might want to check yourself for a pulse, because there are some amazing movies being released this year. And with each peak we get, the anticipation grows. Personally, this is the first time in a long time that I’m eager to see new releases.
I was so excited about, well, all of them, that I thought they deserved their own post, to point out what I saw and liked.
CAPTAIN AMERICA (MAY 6)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is something that I’ve started to delve into more. And with the most recent sneak peek we got, I’m even more ready for the latest movie. I’m not a comic book reader; I will admit that first and foremost. But I love the stories. So I’ve been doing my best to learn the history, to understand where the characters came from and where they’re going.
My favorite thing about this sneak peek was seeing more of the Wanda and Sam in action. At the end of Ultron, we were left with Steve and Natasha walking into the first training session with the New Avengers. I’m not sure how much time has passed since then, or where in the Civil War timeline the scene is, but you can definitely see that they’re a team. I don’t know what you could have a teacher than Steve Rogers, Captain America himself, and you can see that when he tells Wanda to move him “just like they had practiced.” While I know that the majority of the focus is going to be on Steve, Bucky, and Tony, I’m becoming a big fan of Wanda/Scarlet Witch and I hope we get to see more of her in this movie.
One thing I only just realized is that Civil War is not about two sides fractioned, battling it out over who is right and who is wrong. It’s about one side, The Avengers, faced with a new future full of inexplicable changes and unseen odds. It’s about a family being forced to pick sides. And when families are divided in such a way the natural instinct is to try and resolve the issue is the best way they know how. And for this family, it’s a battle; after all, they are the Avengers, they are the warriors of the 21st century.
United we stand, divided we fall.
What will the outcome be? I have my own idea, but I’m looking forward seeing it finally play out on the big screen. Only a few more weeks!
SUICIDE SQUAD (AUGUST 5)
My interest in the Suicide Squad is purely based on the unique set of characters and the antihero story. The two trailers we’ve seen so far have been epic. The background songs have been perfect and draw you in, the edits are fantastic, and the one-liners leave you wanting more. I’m not really a huge DC fan but I’m not anti-DC. And for me, so far, it’s all about Harley.
And holy Harley Quinn! Seriously. I kind of a little love the crazy, maniacal adorable, hilariously deadpanned Harley Quinn that we are seeing in the trailers for the Suicide Squad. From what I can see, Margot Robbie is absolutely killing it with this updated portrayal of the beloved DC character. She is strong and badass and sexy and funny. If it weren’t for the insane supervillain part, she would be one hell of an archetype. Or an excellent case study, at the very least.
In the latest trailer, we get quick glance of the squad getting together for the first time, learning what is going on and suiting up. During this, Rick Flag gives them the business. When Harley goes, “I’m known to be quite vexing. I’m just forewarning you,” I completely lost it. Because in my mind I was like oh my god Harley Quinn is the physical embodiment of the female psyche. Whether we admit it or not (and I do, without question), we can turn from demure to a little crazy in the snap of your fingers, we can go from girl next door pretty to badass sexy with some lipstick and the right outfit. Women are multifaceted and those facets can range over the entire spectrum, calling them forth for whatever the situation demands. It’s one of our greatest attributes, in my opinion. And no one does it better than Harley.
I’m ready to get to know the squad more, to see them kick ass while causing some trouble, and who knows, maybe even go some good. I’m ready to watch them do their thing!
DOCTOR STRANGE (NOVEMBER 4)
Doctor Strange is a Marvel character I know little about. I knew the movie was coming out this year, yes, but my interest wasn’t picked until last week. After that, I couldn’t help but do a few quick searches to find out more!
Last week we got to see the first official movie poster. My initial impression was that it was gorgeous. You definitely get the impression that there is more fantasy in the world of Doctor Strange compared to most of the other Marvel stories we know.
And then the trailer dropped. And what a visual wonder! The special effects in this movie are going to be out of this world. We get to see flashes of Stephen Vincent in his journey from a doctor of medicine to a doctor mystical forces; I get the feeling it’s going to be a hell of an interesting ride. While I know there is some criticism on a particular casting within the movie, this post is not intended for that discussion. I have the least to say about this trailer because I know the least about it, so all I can say is that I’m really looking forward to Benedict Cumberbatch (be still my heart!) bring to life this intriguing character.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (NOVEMBER 18)
Excuse me while I go breath into a brown paper bag.
Ok. Ok. I think I’m better. Let me start off by saying that when Hedwig’s Theme starts playing in the trailer, I start to have heart palpitations and I want to tear up a little bit. Never in a million years did I think we’d be blessed with another movie set within the wizarding world, regardless of the era it takes place. And it’s actually happening!
Not only did we get a new trailer but we also got over a minute of movie footage. The morning after it was released (because I’m lame and was asleep instead of watching the MTV Movie Awards) I was glued to my computer screen at work absorbing every detail I could. There was so much to take in, I had to watch it a few times to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I’m not normally one to dissect a movie trailer but its Newt Scamander and his Fantastic Beasts! How could I not?
What was trying to claw its way out of Newt’s briefcase. Why did he get expelled? Why is Dumbledore so fond of him? His briefcase obviously has some type of undetectable extension charm on it, but what’s down the staircase? What got lose from the briefcase? What magical New York like? So many questions! And I don’t know how I’m supposed to wait until November to get my answers.
I love, I mean really love, everything that we are seeing: the locations/set, the costumes, the glimpses of magic. I think that Eddie Redmayne has the perfect combination of cleverness, eccentricity, and youthful charm and innocence to give life to Newt Scamander, adding him to the long list of beloved characters created by J.K. Rowling.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (DECEMBER 16)
That one line will surely be synonymous with what this movie is about.
Even though it’s only been a few months since the excitement for and staggering success of The Force Awakens, we are ready to sink out teeth into anything and everything offered up to us.
Felicity Jones looks to be one hell of an underdog heroine as Jyn Erso. Anytime we’re able to delve further into the history of a fictional universe, it’s like getting a little piece of geek heaven. And I don’t think this is going to be any different.
Like Marvel, Star Wars is something that I’m working to learn in more detail. I had seen all the movies before TFA was released but it definitely awaken a new appreciation for the franchise. And Rogue One is just another thrilling addition.
Just a few quick thoughts from an overexcited fangirl. I’ll leave it to the professionals to go into more details and expound everything possible from the amazing trailers we’ve recently seen. All that is left to do now is hope we get more trailers, sneak peeks, and exclusive footage as we try to while away the time until we get to feast our eyes upon their magnificence.
I’m just so freakin excited!