Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s Weekly News Round-Up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.
It’s on weeks like this that I wonder if I should follow the trend of major newspapers and put out this round-up on Monday mornings, as a primer to start your week. Because, if I were to do that, it would mean when things like the Super Bowl happen on the Sunday night, I would actually be able to talk about them within twenty-four hours of it happening and not a whole week later.
But alas, I am resistant to change, so to start off, here’s a bunch of trailers you probably have already seen, but if you haven’t, well.. you’re in for a treat, I’ll tell you that much:
Available: One Venom teaser (Venom not included)
Although I literally did just imply we’d start off with Superbowl news, I would first like to take a quick detour into Sony’s Spider-Verse of films. No, I’m not talking about the upcoming Into the Spider-Verse animated film. I’m talking about the Tom Hardy-starring Venom. Because a trailer for that also came out this week, and I’d like to have each trailer in this article get better (subjectively) as we go on, and frankly, the Venom trailer is pretty bad, so anything and everything the Superbowl threw at us will seem even better in comparison:
Eesh. The prospect of Sony continuing to make Spider-Man themed movies (without Spider-Man) after Marvel has already proved they’re better at it (in recent years, that is, Spider-Man 2 is a good movie – but Homecoming is definitely better and than Spider-Man 3, Amazing Spider-Man and it’s sequel) was already a bit sketchy. They had a lot of people to win over with their eventual Venom teaser. And while they still have the support of those die-hard fans who were already sold, this teaser doesn’t really offer up much to win over anyone who was skeptical.
I mean, this is a teaser for the slimey, murderous Spider-Man themed anti-hero Venom. And what have they given us? Tom Hardy in a generic action movie and a second-long shot of the actual costume that, might I add, is in a jar and not actually on Hardy’s person.
Jeez, Sony. If you’re going to tease Venom, maybe actually TEASE Venom!
I mean, fair enough. You’ve only just finished filming and you don’t have the SFX quite ironed out yet, but no one forced you to put this out now.
Eh, whatever. This is what we got. Let’s hope the next trailer is actually interesting.
Venom swings into cinemas on October 5th 2018.
Superbowl Trailers Galore!
Okay, on to the good stuff. First up, we’ve got a Die Hard-esque trailer for Skyscraper, starring Dwayne Johnson as an amputee action hero:
Next, we’ve got Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow, which seems it could have once upon a time been a pitch for a Black Widow movie:
The highly-anticipated Cloverfield Paradox made a surprise debut, alongside the announcement that the film was being uploaded to Netflix that very day (only to receive mixed reviews at best):
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom roared into action with a trailer, that, thankfully, was a lot more interesting than the first:
Then, we’ve got a new, interesting horror concept in John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place:
Avengers: Infinity War showed up to remind us that it’s coming soon, and is going to be epic:
Solo: A Star Wars Story finally made its presence known to the world:
Mission: Impossible came in hard, showcasing Tom Cruise bouncing about in all his glory:
And the truth behind that Dundee movie was finally revealed:
All these various films come out across 2018, except for Dundee which isn’t a real movie
The Superbowl ain’t enough for Star Wars
You’d think finally showing off Solo may be enough for one week at Lucasfilm.
But if you did think that, you’d be wrong. As the very next day (or later that day, if your time situation is similar to us Brits in the UK) they dropped a full trailer for the very same film:
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Because apparently, a teaser and a trailer still weren’t enough for Lucasfilm, and later in the week they went on to drop the bombshell that on top of J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX, the third ‘Star Wars Story‘ that’s expected to hit in 2020 and Rian Johnson’s seperate trilogy, we’ll also be getting three more films.
With Game of Thrones approaching its final season, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be jumping over from HBO to Lucasfilm to script their own trilogy.
It seems like just yesterday that it was announced that Rian Johnson would be penning and directing his own films, and so this news could come as a an unfortunate revelation to any Star Wars fans worried that under Disney the franchise will become over-saturated. Having not actually watched Game of Thrones (I know, what am I doing), I am hesitant to comment, but the outspoken response to this news seems to be one of fear, as people commend Benioff and Weiss’ ability to adapt material, but are less enthused about their capability as original thinkers.
The next Star Wars film, Solo, flies into cinemas on May 25th 2018.
Oh, one more thing… ‘Meet Cable’
Despite my belief that previous weeks have been fairly trailer heavy, this week has outdone them all. So it’s no surprise that on top of the various Super Bowl pieces, Deadpool also got in on the action, producing a new trailer that showcases Josh Brolin’s character Cable, with references to everything from Justice League to This Is Spinal Tap:
Alongside the fact that the team behind Deadpool are still managing to keep up the innovative and creative means of marketing the film, another interesting tidbit is that the film may have a title.
As you probably have noticed, when a film’s title is yet to be announced, sites will refer to it as ‘the untitled ____ film/sequel’. In the case of Deadpool, if you check out Fox’s official website, you’ll notice that they have switched from referring to the film as Deadpool 2 to The Untitled Deadpool Sequel, which, due to Deadpool’s tendency to break the fourth wall and provide a meta commentary on certain issues, could lead us to believe that that is actually the title.
It’s hard to tell. Fox may just be messing with us all. Or we, as film fans, are reading too much into things.