With Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens set to break mucho mondo box office moolah, movie studios would be movie-stupid to not get their much-hyped hoohah represented before the big show.
I'm, of course, talking about movies trailers. Thought I'd speak real English for a moment.
There are several big budget visual feasts coming, and I'm ranking my top five that we might see in the Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens header:
Captain America: Civil War
[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) is basically Avengers 2.5, but Cap as the major lead. We may not get a full blown trailer, but Disney, who also owns Star Wars, would be foolish to not get something out to whet the appetites of movie goers. With CA:CW, we'll see the breakdown of the Avengers team, and lines will be drawn. With The Winter Soldier rising above its own prequel, and earning high marks from critics and fans, Civil War will probably be next year's first blockbuster and is due in April.
Probably should be glad they didn't title it Captain American: Critical Antagonism.
The women-powered reboot looks to scare up some box-office cash with Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy in lead roles. GB fans have been waiting years for a sequel, and while Columbia/Tristar/Sony couldn't conjure up a workable script with Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray inexplicably dragging his feet, a sequel seemed to have given up the ghost. However, Murray's suggestion for an all-female reboot scared up interest and now Paul Fieg (The Heat, Bridesmaids) is helming this resurrected flick.
I just hope they close the trap on McCarthy's slimer mouth.
(She cusses a lot. Switch slimer with potty. Moving on...)
Independence Day: Resurgence
The long-awaited sequel to a movie that probably didn't need one will benefit greatly from the advances in movie-making tech, and director Roland Emmerich is not shy about using it. After successful disaster flicks like 2012, 10000 B.C., and Day After Tomorrow, and disasters like Godzilla, Anonymous and White House Down, Emmerich is one who likes to blush it up with as much gusto as a five year old playing with plastic Army men.
ID:R looks to be bigger and badder and will probably give fans exactly what they expect from Roland Emmerich: a lot of fun with a lot of stuff going kablooey.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
This Harry Potter non-sequel is J.K. Rowling's first foray into writing a script and is based in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. However, this magical creature geek is on American Soil during the 1920s and must deal with American wizards and witches, something Potter fans have wondered about as they are only mentioned briefly in the novels, and not at all in the movies.
Appendices, Jo! Tolkien did it!
But I digress.
Potter fans have waited to go back to the Wizarding World and with Freddie Redmayne still glowing from his Oscar worthy performance as Stephen Hawking and his 'um, okay' performance in the Wachowski's VFX orgasm 'Jupiter Ascending,' he plays Newt Scamander, the author of the wizarding world's book on magical beasts, and where to find them.
I would say this will be a hard sell since other VFX extravaganzas have merely yawned at the box office, like Sorcerers Apprentice, Magnificent Creatures, I, Frankenstein, R.I.P.D., Mazerunner, and Pan just to name a few; it does have a fanbase, however, so time will only tell.
Star Wars: Rogue One
Many Star Wars fan-filmers remember the now defunct project Tydirium that told the story of the Rebel Alliance stealing a shuttle that Han and Chewie piloted to Endor in Return of the Jedi:
Disney has gone further back and are presenting a betweenquel to Star Wars: A New Hope called Rogue One. (Betweenquel: I hope this portmanteau catches on...)
This stand-alone Star Wars movie stars Felicity Jones and details the heroic adventure of the Rebels stealing the Death Star plans to get it in the hands of one Princess Leia Organa (she's part of the Rebel Alliance and traitor).
SW:R1 will be first of many stand-alone SW movies, and to get a glimpse of the *cough cough* expanding universe of Star Wars will certainly make all the fanboys and fangirls writhe in geekasms
Other trailers that might show: Batman vs. Superman; Suicide Squad; My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.