After a relatively light Super Bowl year for Hollywood, thanks to Covid, of course, studios and streamers got back to business over the weekend, securing $7 million in seats for their brightest merchandise.
Here’s a look at what you might have missed:
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness
The phenomenal success of Spider-Man’s latest installment (on the verge of taking over Avatar’s massive box office) and the movie’s slew of cameos have raised the stakes for the next Marvel adventure, which the new tease Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange 2 is certainly aware of. While we knew from the last trailer that Wanda Tortured by Elizabeth Olsen would play a major role, the new ad confirmed a rumor that Patrick Stewart would also star. It was a simple vocal tease (and not enough to 100% confirm that he’ll be playing Professor Xavier from X-Men although that seems very very likely) but that alone managed to briefly break the internet. We’ll find out how their worlds collide in May.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
The Super Bowl also offered a fresh look at Amazon’s ambitious new $465 million Lord of the Rings series. It certainly looks epic in scale, but the lingering question remains: do we really need this? Peter Jackson’s original series remains virtually perfect and still too recent and nothing yet, not even this beautiful trailer, has shown us that Middle-earth needs revisiting.
The lost city
A quick look at Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s The Lost City, a scholarly take on Romancing the Stone, doesn’t really give us much that we haven’t already seen in the initial trailers. The story of a romance novelist who finds herself on a real adventure has something to please – Bullock returning to physical comedy, Daniel Radcliffe as a villain, a role for the very funny Patti Harrison, a pee cameo from Brad Pitt – but three trailers have now shown essentially the same moments on repeat (someone at Paramount is very proud of the “What’s this, taken? Am I taken in?” line), so hopefully there will be more when it hits theaters next month.
Probably the most anticipated trailer of the evening (which dropped in the morning) was for the most secretive film yet – Jordan Peele’s latest “social thriller”, Nope, which will be released this summer. The rather controversial title isn’t really explained in the first match, but it most likely stands for Not Of Planet Earth. May be. Because the Oscar-winning filmmaker has turned his gaze skyward, after going into hiding with Us, for a movie that’s about something evil that sucks people up from above (comparisons to 2004’s The Forgotten are already clogging to Twitter). Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun and some very scared horse stars.
Jurassic World: Dominion
After last month’s hit Scream, the legacy sequel – AKA the one that brings back the old to mingle with the new – continues strong this year with our first real look at the inevitable greatest hits sequel Jurassic World: Dominion. The latest film brought back BD Wong and a Jeff Goldblum cameo to join Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, but this time they return with Sam Neill and Laura Dern, an exciting prospect for die-hard fans. The trailer has some promising moments, but there’s an awful lot to juggle here – despite the familiar faces, it’ll be the lesser-known DeWanda Wise leading the way – so it remains to be seen if all the balls can be sustained in it. air.
sonic the hedgehog 2
For all the pre-release fun (fans tore up the character design in the trailer so much that Paramount tweaked him for the actual movie), 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog became one of the biggest hits. of the year, and sadly the only one, with $319 million worldwide. The inevitable sequel launches in April, and a headache-inducing Super Bowl spot introducing new villainous Knuckles voices by Idris Elba does little to explain the appeal to OG game fans who wisely jumped in. the last movie.
It’s looking like a pretty dark year for Marvel, after the horror-tinged tease of Doctor Strange 2 and now this, a second look at their new Disney+ series, Moon Knight, recently. describe as “brutal” by Marvel boss Kevin Feige. Oscar Isaac’s British accent remains…a decision, but there’s plenty to get excited about here, including a grizzled Ethan Hawke and some great on-location footage.