If you’re a nerd at all, then this week your mind has exploded more than once. So many trailers posted to tickle our speculative and always wild imaginations.
As each one was released, I kept thinking, Oh, I need to blog about that! Then… another came out and another followed by another. Check out the ones that caught my eye:
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Justice League
- Destiny 2
- Telltale Games’ Guardians of the Galaxy
- War for the Planet of the Apes
I have to start with my most anticipated movie of 2017: Spidey.
I don’t mean to rush my life, or anyone else’s; okay maybe I am. But can July 7 come any sooner?
Tom Holland is the friendly neighborhood tights-wearing-web-crawler we’ve been waiting for, well at least I have. If you saw Captain America: Civil War, which you should if you haven’t, than you know his cameo proved all you need going into seeing Homecoming.
With Robert Downey Jr. as a supporting character, Holland’s performance is sure to be elevated. The kid has the looks and personality for the role. We’ll all be able to fall in love with Spidey for either the first time or once again this summer.
After a highly anticipated, let’s move quickly to a cinematic universe I’m not so in yet. The DCCU ebs and flows. Man of Steel brought to screen a Superman in Henry Cavill that I actually appreciated since Christopher Reeves’ portrayal. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was way too convoluted. And Suicide Squad, I may be harangued for this comment but I actually really liked it a lot.
Marketing wise DC needs to pick it up. I haven’t seen a single one of their trailers and felt the urge to go see one of its movies. JL continues that trend for me.
It’s definitely cool to see these characters on the big-screen and together. There’s just something that holds my excitement back, not sure why that is. It’s a shame too because I love all of these characters in other iterations of them.
As for something quite a bit different from MCUs and DCCUs, Stephen King’s IT returns. I remember parts from the original incarnation of the acclaimed novel when I was a kid and not much else. The imagery was more cheesy than scary; now the 2017 version is going for more of a darker, horrifying, can’t-sleep-at-night-because-I-see-IT vibe. In the generation of jump scares being qualified as horror, it’s good to see that IT wants to legitimately creep the movie-goer out.
I don’t know how much it matters but my little brother, who saw the first take recently, said he likes what he sees from the upcoming reboot.
Speaking of “reboot[s]”… Destiny 2 is official.
When the game first released, I didn’t understand what point there was for me to be running around shooting various races of alien, the progression system made no sense and I’m not the biggest fan of multiplayer games. I avoided the game after a few hours in.
About a year later, Bungie released the expansion the Taken King, which really revamped Destiny into an almost completely game from when it launched. There were beautifully rendered cutscenes; the main NPCs you came across Cayde-6, Zavala and Ikora were given more dialogue to further characterize them; leveling up and loot made a lot more sense.
I’m not excited, per se, for more Destiny. I was never really that into the game. It fun, don’t misunderstand me. However, I’m no longer exclusively playing my PS4 anymore. I picked up a Nintendo Switch that occupies a ton of my playing time now. The Switch has my attention right now until Middle Earth: Shadow of War, which looks sick by the way. Question is… do I stay playing on the PS4 and transition to Destiny shortly thereafter? All of this remains to be seen.
A game I know I want to play and plan to is the next Telltale Games episodic series Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
I loved what they did with Batman last year, so I totally want to see what they do with the Guardians. But, as is with most Telltale games, I can wait for the entire season to be ready for me to sit and play through before putting down $25.
Something I won’t be waiting for is War for the Planet of the Apes.
The rebooted Apes movies have been a couple of my favorite movies of the past five years or so. Rise of the Planet of the Apes really drew you into a long-term narrative with Caesar, who’s breathtakingly performed by the brilliant Andy Serkis. As for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, well, that movie is still a memorable flick that I won’t soon forget; it’s one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. I’m not just spewing hyperbole for no reason either. That’s why knowing director Matt Reeves returned to lead the third act has me confident in feeling we have ourselves a trilogy much like Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. More Serkis as Caesar and the addition of Woody Harrelson has me stoked.
What trailers or news did I miss from the week that had you nerding out? Leave a comment below or tweet me @werdynerdy.