Let me start off by being blunt, 2014 was the worst commercial year ever. EVER. From lack of creativity, humor, and ultimately super hero movies, I can’t believe they let this opportunity go to waste. However, on the plus side, we got some good trailers and teasers and first looks at some movies coming out this year, and trust me those films will benefit from it. Lets recap!
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This is my favorite choice of trailers for the Super Bowl this year, simply because Marvel delivers on the action, drama, suspense, and clarity amongst trailers. This is a must see film with a release 2 months from today, you can’t afford to miss this trailer.
Amazing Spider-Man 2
Sony brought its A-game to the movie trailer reveal this year as well, with my very close second place trailer, Amazing Spider-Man 2: Enemies Unite. While most films focus on tropes of heroes coming together to save the day, we don’t have many films focusing on the villains joining forces. The reason this doesn’t take first place is due to the quick cuts, blurry action, and lack of full views on the Rhino or Goblin characters. Its also worth noting this film has the OLD Marvel logo on it, instead of the new fancy one. You can see the differences from our post last week.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Transformers brought some serious firepower this year, with a teaser worth of the Super Bowl. While not much is known about the plot or characters in the film, we do get to see Optimus Prime on a T-Rex robot, Grimlock, confirming our first look at the Dinobots. Plus that one dude’s face became a gun. WOW.
Need for Speed
I’m only adding this in because video game movies are hard to do, but this already has a great model in the Fast franchise. With the recent passing of Paul Walker, perhaps Need for Speed could pick up the pieces and create a new series with new characters and faster cars. Or it could tank completely. Either way, they had a trailer!
Muppets Most Wanted
Muppets are one of my favorite things ever. I’m happy they’re creating more films and this one looks to only take what the recent film did and run with it. Without the same main characters returning, I feel confident this will be worth the changes and benefit from it. Lets just hope this doesn’t take too many cues from the Great Muppet Caper, I’d prefer an original film.
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Fox should have taken some time and money to push this film, especially since we’ve hardly seen any footage. With the film coming up in a few months, it’ll definitely make money but I’m least excited about this when compared to Marvel and Sony’s films. The film recently got a lot of mixed feedback from the Empire Magazine covers it released.
Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn confirmed this movie wouldn’t make an appearance, but its quite the same it didn’t. A teaser for the relatively unknown property would have been fantastic, and every one would have fallen in love instantly. However, I don’t expect advertising for this to begin until after Captain America has its heyday.
300: Rise of an Empire – A sequel to 300 isn’t necessary, and this prequel seems even more like a rehash of the first film. Its not high on my list or anyone’s I know. Glad it wasn’t shown today.
Ninja Turtles – Toy promotions are starting to showcase this live action/CGI film’s protagonists and I’m curious how it is going to come together in the end. Least excited about Megan Fox as April O’Neil of anything, so I’m not sure how I’ll feel about the whole thing.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – The sequel to Sin City has been in development hell forever and I’m actually impressed it’ll be released this year, nearly 10 years later. With Josh Brolin taking a lead role, maybe we’ll get another fantastic installment in this series.
Did we miss any that you know of?