Super Bowl 2022 Special: Trailer Talk

Super Bowl 2022 Special: Trailer Talk

Sunday saw the 2022 Super Bowl tournament in America. It is not only one of the biggest sporting events of the year, but it’s also a good opportunity for companies to advertise their products during this time. And, while I am not a sporting person, I hold an interest in the event purely because of the film and TV trailers that are shown throughout that weekend. 

Due to the number of trailers that were released, this week’s Trailer Talk article will be a little different: instead of just focusing on one trailer, this article will focus on a few of the trailers that were released. So, let’s begin!

The first to be released was the first trailer for ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’. This was released on Thursday, just before the event, but is one worth mentioning. 

Serving as the conclusion to the ‘Jurassic’ franchise, ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ introduces fans to a world in which humans and dinosaurs now co-exist, thus creating an ecological disaster. And, while Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return, the film also brings the original cast back with Sam Neill and Laura Dern reprising their roles as Dr Alan Grant and Dr Ellie Sattler.

I am a huge fan of the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise and really enjoyed the previous entry, ‘Fallen Kingdom’. It was a film that not only incorporated a more horror-esque tone, but it took a risk by destroying the park and creating a world where the dinosaurs integrated with the modern world. While the execution of the latter was ridiculous, I personally believe the franchise needed this change; it’s a unique aspect in the franchise. After seeing the official short film ‘Battle At Big Rock’, which was released in 2019 on Youtube, I hope ‘Dominion’ gives fans more scenarios where the general public are dealing with the new arrivals. This narrative has appealed to me the most.

Furthermore, the return of Sam Neill and Laura Dern is a huge welcome, and something that I have been looking forward to seeing since the announcement of their casting. Bringing in the original cast is a technic that a lot of films have been doing recently to the point where ‘Scream 5’ commented on it. However, I would be lying if I said I didn’t appreciate the technic for this film, purely because ‘Jurassic Park’ was a film that I grew up with. Hopefully their roles aren’t just a cameo, and they serve a solid purpose to the plot.

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ looks fantastic, and has gone down a unique and crazy route, but one that I welcome. Plus, the return of Dr Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler is a fantastic decision; I just hope the roles aren’t cameos.

From dinosaurs to strange clouds; Jordan Peele’s new film released its trailer on Sunday and, like the trailers for his previous films, it’s definitely made a good impression!

Simply titled ‘Nope’, it was written and directed by Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’, ‘Us’) and sees a small town invaded by aliens, who’s ship is in the form of a massive cloud. 

The one thing I love about the trailers for Jordan Peele’s films is that they rarely give too much away. In a world where the majority of film trailers reveal the whole plot, it’s refreshing to watch a 2-minute trailer that hints at its synopsis, while also being eerie and a little humorous. The film caught my attention when the simplistic poster appeared online earlier last year, and the trailer has me even more interested. Like his previous work, I hope this is the only trailer that ‘Nope’ receives because this appears to be in the category of ‘the less you know, the better’.

And, finally, Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ had its second trailer released on the same day as ‘Nope’. The first trailer was revealed as an end credits scene at the back of ‘Spiderman: No Way Home’ and looks fantastic. Directed by Sam Raimi (‘Spiderman’ trilogy, ‘Evil Dead’ trilogy), the sequel sees Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) try to fix the multiverse, all while meeting Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), after the events of ‘Wandavision’.

‘Doctor Strange’ writer Scott Derrickson (‘Sinister’, ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’) returns to executive produce and, with this film’s director having experience in both horror and the superhero genre, the film looks to be taking on a more horror-esque tone, especially with its visuals. From seeing the surreal scenery of the multiverse to a tentacle monster attacking the city, the film looks to be a spectacle. 

But, because it’s focusing on the multiverse, it has the opportunity to introduce characters and events that wouldn’t have been possible before. This film looks to be continuing Wanda’s story arc after her unusual end to ‘Wandavision’, which saw her and Scarlet Witch split. This narrative opens the idea that Wanda and Scarlet Witch could be portrayed as a villain/hero separately. Which character will be what will have to wait for when ‘Doctor Strange 2’ is released in May. But Doctor Strange himself gets an alternate version as well; fans of the Marvel animated show ‘What If?’ will be familiar with another variation of Doctor Strange that was introduced, Strange Supreme. Doctor Strange’s episode in the series was my favourite one, so I’m especially excited for the different portrayal of the lead character in this film. I’m hoping the film takes a page out of ‘What If?’ book when utilizing this character.

While I wasn’t a fan of ‘Doctor Strange’, the sequel looks fantastic and surreal. As a fan of multiverses in media and Sam Raimi, I am very interested in this entry. Plus, I loved ‘Wandavision’, so I’m curious to see the continuation of Wanda’s story. 

Super Bowl 2022 has given fans some fantastic trailers for films that’ll be released this year. A few more trailers were released over the weekend (‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’, ‘Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power’). But, if I covered those too, this article would be extremely long. Plus, the above trailers were the ones that caught my attention the most. They all look fantastic, and I cannot wait to see them when they’re released later this year.

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