Trailer Park1 of 7The last week has been unusually heavy when it comes to the release of trailers for movies we're excited about — but in the battle for eyeballs between Scott Lang, Han Solo and Bruce Wayne, who came out on top? Here's our ranking for which trailers did the best — and a little explanation why, as well.
Ant-Man2 of 7What's new? The first full trailer for Marvel's other 2015 release lets us see Paul Rudd's Scott Lang in action, our first chance to see Corey Stoll as the villainous Yellowjacket, and Evangeline Lilly throw a punch. That's the good; the bad was that the trailer still made the movie look unsure of its tone, with arch performances by Michael Douglas, Stoll and Lilly, and outside of the toy train joke, was particularly unfunny for what's supposed to be a comedy.
Does it do the job? If its job is to convince audiences that Marvel has done it again, the answer's definitely no; while it's better than the first teaser, this still looks uncertain, unconvincing and uneven.
Jurassic World3 of 7What's new? Very little is new in the "global trailer" for Jurassic World, which is apparently being made up of footage already released whether in earlier trailers or MTV Movie Awards-released full scenes. In particular, a lot of the dinosaur footage has shown up in earlier teasers and trailers, which either means that they're keeping the best under wraps until the movie is released, or not that much CGI is finished just yet. Let's hope it's the former.
Does it do the job? A little Chris Pratt goes a long way; without his charm, there wouldn't be a lot to pay attention to in this trailer. Whether or not it's successful depends on what the intent is for the trailer: If it's to convince people that it's just like the earlier Jurassic Park, then mission accomplished. But if it's to make people want to see Jurassic World…? Yeah, the jury's still out on that one.
Fantastic Four4 of 7What's new? There's a whole lot that we haven't seen in the first full trailer for Josh Trank's reboot of Marvel's First Family, including the first real look at Jamie Bell's Thing — spoilers, he's big and rocky — and Doom, who looks… well, a little unusual, to be honest. More importantly, we also get to see some of the characters' personalities, from Ben Grimm's protectiveness of Reed Richards to Reed and Sue flirting. I could've done with more Johnny Storm, if only because Michael B. Jordan is pretty great, but let's face it: watching him flame on was pretty good in and of itself.
Does it do the job? This may not be the Fantastic Four that comic fans are familiar with — well, unless they read Ultimate Fantastic Four of course — but there's more than enough on show here to convince that a lot of what makes the characters who they are in the comics will be translated onto the big screen. Depending on how married you are to seeing the characters in their bright-blue jumpsuits, this might not have been enough to convince you to see the movie, but it's definitely enough to make the movie look worth seeing.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice5 of 7What's new? Everything's new in this first look at Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel (Unless you were one of the lucky few who saw part of the teaser at Comic-Con International: San Diego last summer): Ben Affleck frowning, Batman standing around a lot and eventually threatening Henry Cavill's Superman. Plus, explosions!
Does it do the job? Opinion seems divided on whether or not the movie looks any good, but the teaser definitely manages to explain the set-up behind the movie, the reason that Superman and Batman are fighting and what to expect tonally. That's pretty damn impressive for something that only lasts two minutes.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens6 of 7What's new? What makes the second teaser for The Force Awakens so great isn't anything new, but what's old: Han Solo and Chewbacca are back, and everything is great again. I mean, sure, you get Luke Skywalker doing a voiceover and more glimpses of the new heroes and villains from the third trilogy, but it's really all about Han Solo telling everyone that they're home, let's be honest.
Does it do the job? Judging by the outpouring of love for the trailer online the day it was released, there's no possible answer other than "yes." Anyone who watched that teaser and didn't have even a slight desire for the movie to be released that very day, you have to be made of stone.
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