In the end, Super Bowl LII had a little something for everyone – insane trick plays, missed kicks, a touchdown catch by a quarterback. Tom Brady throwing for Madden-on-Rookie-mode numbers, Justin Timberlake getting dragged on Twitter. A backup QB winning Super Bowl MVP. The Eagles winning their first ever Super Bowl and Philly fans losing their damn minds.1
But the Super Bowl isn’t just about the football. Or stuffing yourself with wings. No, it’s also about selling us things. Trucks. Pringles. A dystopian sci-fi future cell phone service. And movies. So. Many. Movies.
So in case you happened to turn your face away from the TV for a single second last night, not to worry, we’ve rounded up all the movie and TV trailers that premiered during the game.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Last night’s main event—other than, well, the actual game itself. A longer trailer followed this morning, but the Super Bowl teaser gave us our first good look at the Han Solo origin story you didn’t know you wanted (until Disney told you you did). After months of rumours of a troubled production— reshoots, a last-minute director change, internal concerns—the big question was whether 45 seconds of footage could put Star Wars fans’ fears to rest.
And what did we get? Sleek-looking visuals. Emilia Clarke. A fleeting glimpse of the Millennium Falcon. Woody Harrelson. Donald Glover rocking the hell out of a fur coat. It’s the trailer equivalent of the Jedi mind trick. Even if you weren’t into this movie before, admit it, you have a strange urge to hand over your money now, don’t you?
Avengers: Infinity War
Some Super Bowl trailers reveal new footage to get you hyped. Others are just there to remind you they’ve already started counting your money. This new Infinity War spot is definitely the latter.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
I was already pretty confused about the plot of Fallen Kingdom. Now I’m even more confused. Is it about an active volcano? Chris Pratt’s velociraptor BFF? The park melting down? The awe-inspiring magic of CGI dinosaurs? And apparently there’s another new deadly designer dino, because there’s seemingly no such thing as government oversight of corporations in the Jurassic Park universe? Actually, nevermind, that might be the single most realistic thing about this entire franchise.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
The Cloverfield Paradox
The worst part about Super Bowl trailers? They get you all amped up for a movie, and then you have to sit around and wait four months for the damn thing to actually come out. Enter Netflix. Because the streaming giant didn’t just drop a trailer for their new Cloverfield sequel last night. They dropped the entire movie in a PR stunt seemingly calculated to set off film critic FOMO. The reviews are already in, and they are… mixed, but there’s something to be said for the instant gratification.
To recap: The Rock plays an amputee fighting a flaming 240-story skyscraper to save his family. It’s official. He’s gone full late-‘90s Arnold. And no, that’s not a good thing.
A Quiet Place
I’m not sure what’s more frustrating here—that Hollywood keeps trying to sell John Krasinski as an action hero, or that, in a post-apocalyptic nightmare world where you’re seemingly not allowed to wear shoes for fear of… monsters? Aliens? Mutated Michael Scott clones? Hunting and killing you, you’re really going to let a kid play with a light-up toy without taking out the batteries first? That one’s on you, Jim Halpert.
Jennifer Lawrence as a black leather-wearing, man-eating Russian super-assassin. Or, in other words, the Black Widow movie, minus Scarlett Johansson.
Westworld: Season 2
HBO gives us our first look at the second season of Westworld’s violent delights. Hopefully with a new central mystery that isn’t painfully obvious from Episode 2, this time. Either way, you had me a robo-buffalo stampede, guys.
From Stephen King and J.J. Abrams, the trailer for Castle Rock basically plays like a mashup of King’s greatest hits and Lost. Which mean it’ll either be the best of both, or just extremely spooky, with a payoff that makes zero sense and enrages the Internet. Sign me up.
Amazon’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Starring Jim from The Office (see above). Also, maybe it’s just me, but it feels like kind of an odd choice to use voiceovers from recent real-life presidents. I kept waiting for Trump to drop in and say something about shithole countries or bad hombres or how many electoral college votes he won.
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.
Simple. Effective. To the point. Real talk: the actual series will probably be terrible, but that’s a solid teaser.
Honorable Mention: Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home
Turns out, the whole Crocodile Dundee sequel hoax was just an elaborate setup for an Australian tourism ad. But fake or not, it was also one of the better trailers of the night.
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