Ahh, the “Big Game,” which is all the name we’re legally allowed to use. The time of the year were people enthusiastically gather to eat delicious food, scream at their TV, and apparently make babies. While this year was definitely not the most exciting game, and may not have even had the greatest crop of commercials of all time, it was a massive smorgasbord of geeky trailers and TV spots. It helps that we’re still living in the Superhero Movie Boom, so half of this is just trailers for movies coming out this year. Here’s the best of what we saw:
Captain America: Civil War
The third Avengers movie, disguising itself under the name Captain America, is one of the most exciting prospects for this upcoming year. The last film the Russo Brothers made, Winter Soldier, was utterly incredible, and this one pits hero against hero in the giant smackdown we’ve all been waiting for. The Big Game spot shows a little bit of new footage, including Iron Man’s handy-dandy watch/repulsor hand, and an even better look at the big face off between Team Cap and Team Iron Man. Who’s side are you on?
Also, Marvel, GET ME PICTURES OF SPIDER-MAN.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Nobody liked the new Ninja Turtles movie. Nobody, that is, except for me. While the film has a lot of problems, it was still a lot more fun than your typical Michael-Bay-ruining-of-your-childhood. And this TV spot shows that the new one has really faithful looking Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady appearances to look forward to. So there’s that. Of course, Megan Fox is still in it, and she’s still terrible at everything, so it probably won’t be a cinematic masterpiece.
Jason Bourne is back! He remembers everything! But that doesn’t explain everything! And also…*snore.* Oh, sorry, still here. This looks like the kind of movie your dad will enjoy. Matt Damon punches things. With cars.
10 Cloverfield Lane
When we first heard about 10 Cloverfield Lane, I maintained that the film was probably not a monster movie or a direct sequel to Cloverfield, but just a clever bit of marketing to get people to see another low budget sci-fi-ish film. I’m not sure I was wrong, but this new trailer does seem to show more things happening outside the bumper that hint at the presence of a giant monster of some kind.
Hopefully, it’s not a giant monster that vindictively chases a few teenagers around town for no reason this time.
The Jungle Book
The first Jungle Book trailer scared the pants off of us – this one’s a little more lighthearted. There was never really any doubt that Jon Favreau would make a film closer to an adventure movie than anything truly dark, but it’s still nice to see them not skirting away from the fact that this is a film with talking animals. Bill Murray as Balu sounds like, well, Bill Murray. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Independence Day: Resurgence
In case you were ever worried, Roland Emmerich still knows how to blow stuff up real good. This new spot doesn’t give us a ton of new footage, but it does show us the aliens’ new weapon, which causes the city of London to turn upside down and drop on itself. While our heroes make heroic faces in their spaceships.
Honestly, I’m pretty damn excited for this. There’s nothing wrong with a mass destruction movie with spaceships if it’s done right, and they definitely did it right before. Here’s hoping Will Smith makes a surprise cameo despite being dead.
That’s the most Big Game-oriented thumbnail ever. But it’s ok, because despite the fact that we’re forcing Olivia Munn into Psylocke’s ridiculous outfit, we’re also letting her cut a car in half. This film looks like a lot of fun, and kicks off the brand new X-universe set up in Days of Future Past. It’s going to be really interesting to see where Bryan Singer takes us now that he’s got complete control back of the film universe he built.
Pokemon: 20th Anniversary
This was probably my favorite commercial, because it starts out looking like a fitbit commercial or something, and then takes such a brilliant turn. Really well done, Nintendo.
Hulk vs Ant-Man
And finally, an ad. Coke managed to pay Marvel enough to basically make the modern equivalent of those old Hostess Cupcake ads that ran in the back of magazines, and honestly, it was pretty awesome. Scott Lang tries to steal Bruce Banner’s coke. It goes about as well as you’d expect.
So what was your favorite piece of geeky goodness from the Big Game? Let us know in the comments.