Many film sites and publications over the last few days have been publishing lists of their most-anticipated film releases this autumn – from the major awards season festival debuts such as Damien Chazelle’s First Man, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, to blockbusters including Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns. In the spirit of this hype for the fall movie season, we decided to take a slightly diffeent approach and highlight ten trailer releases – to be more specific, debut trailers that would be our first looks at footage from these films. Read on below for what films we are most looking forward to getting new peeks from in the months ahead:
With a release set for January 11, it definitely feels like we’re overdue for our first look at Neil Marshall’s new take on the iconic character, played this time by David Harbour. The bar has been set quite high with Guiliermo del Toro’s original duology, with Lionsgate choosing to pursue a reboot as opposed to a continuation leaving a lot of fans dismayed. So a trailer would certainly go a long way in starting to build anticipation and faith (if the footage is good) for this project.
Our launch prediction: just in time for The Predator early next month?
9. Spider-Man: Far From Home
Out of all the films on this list, Jon Watts’ sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming likely has the most interesting marketing challenge. The film (marketed and distributed by Sony and not Disney) is released in July – just like Homecoming – but that’s only less than 3 months after the untitled Avengers 4. Spoiler alert for those who have seen Avengers: Infinity War, but Tom Holland’s Peter Parker got ‘dusted’ by Thanos’ snap of the Infinity Gauntlet at the conclusion of the film. So with the Spidey sequel’s campaign no doubt starting before A4‘s release, how do you actually promote it without spoiling the events of the earlier film?
Our launch prediction: December (in time for Aquaman/Bumblebee), just like Homecoming before it.
8. Dark Phoenix
Simon Kinberg’s delayed follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse actually showed off footage to European exhibitors at CineEurope back in June, but 20th Century Fox is holding back on dropping anything for the public just yet. With a February release date looming, one would hope they get their game on and get word out on a project that may be seen as unnecessary by some fans in anticipation of the studio’s to-be-finalized acquisiton by Disney and the integration of the X-Men characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But it does seem Fox has been okay starting promotion as late as five months out – Apocalypse received its first public trailer in December ahead of a May release, following a preview at San Diego Comic-Con months prior.
Our launch prediction: late September/early October, in time to play with the apparently-PG13 Venom.
7. Captain Marvel
Given how early the teasers for Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther arrived relative to their respective release dates, a trailer for Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s first female-led MCU film releasing next March feels certainly a bit overdue. Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige mentioned back in late June that the trailer was still a few months away, placing September/October as a likely timeframe for our first look at Brie Larson in action as the title character. Even if Disney waits for October to launch this, that would still give them a good 5 months to promote the film – the same sort of timeline that Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp had between their respective first trailers and release dates.
Our launch prediction: early October (Venom) at the latest.
6. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
It’s the Coen brothers’ latest – how can one not be anticipating this? The Western anthology series-turned-feature-film premieres next week at the Venice Film Festival with a release on Netflix and select cinemas set for November. While the streaming service’s trailers are notoriously difficult to predict due to them not playing in cinemas in the traditional way, with first looks at Roma and Outlaw King already having been launched in the past week, this one should really be a few days away.
Our launch prediction: imminent.
5. The Irishman
The jury is still out on when Martin Scorsese’s big-budget Netflix-backed gangster epic will actually arrive – current rumours suggest early 2019 – if that sticks, there is a great chance that our first look will drop by the end of the year. The anticipation for the director’s reunion with Robert de Niro is building and building, so we couldn’t not include this film. The Irishman is set to take the de-aging effects previously employed on the likes of Rogue One, Blade Runner 2049 and the recent MCU films to another level; this trailer will be the opportunity for us to see whether they’ll really pull this off.
Our launch prediction: predicting Netflix trailer releases is futile.
4. The Rhythm Section
This one really should be on your most-anticipated lists for 2019 and we are surprised that we haven’t gotten a look at this February release yet, given a certain other Paramount-distributed spy film hitting cinemas a month ago. The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano and James Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli have teamed up on this sharp-looking thriller based on Mark Burnell’s book series, with star Blake Lively being joined by Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown for what is sure to be one of the coolest films of the year.
Our launch prediction: could be as soon as next month with A Simple Favor, also starring Lively.
3. John Wick: Chapter 3
Keanu Reeves is back in the closing chapter (no, Parabellum is just a production codename) to Chad Stahelski’s kick-ass trilogy, with the prior two films having been some of the best action thrillers of the 2010s. Following the cliffhanger at the conclusion of Chapter 2, Wick is on the run – with the likes of Ian McShane and Laurence Fishburne returning as well as newcomers such as Halle Berry coming into the fold for this final installment, this is one of the most-hyped films of next year and we cannot wait to see all of them in action in a first look (including the pictured horseback chase). Being a May release, however, jury is still out on whether a first trailer would actually arrive before the end of the year; we are keeping our fingers crossed though!
Our launch prediction: most likely in cinemas with Hellboy – still allowing for a post-Christmas online drop this side of New Year’s Eve.
2. Ad Astra
There may still be some debate on whether we’ll see James Gray’s follow-up to the fantastic The Lost City of Z before the year’s end – the film is currently set for a January 2019 release but some are wishfully hoping for an awards-qualifying run so it can sneak into this year’s Oscar race. However, we are certainly going to get a look at this Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Ruth Negga-starring space epic very soon and we are sure it’s going to be one of the most gorgeous films of 2019, having been lensed by Interstellar‘s Hoyte van Hoytema. Between Blade Runner 2049 and Annihilation, this sort of smart sci-fi has been having a tough time at the box office, so fingers are crossed that Fox manages to get audiences to come out and experience it on the big screen and IMAX.
Our launch prediction: by First Man in October at the absolute latest.
1. Untitled Avengers 4
Let’s be frank: this will be the trailer event of 2018. After the heartbreaking cliffhanger of Infinity War where half of the entire MCU was wiped out by Josh Brolin’s Thanos, any sort of tease of what happens next and how the Russo Brothers finish the story which began in that film will go down a storm. The amount of secrecy surrounding the conclusion to the Avengers saga and the current iteration of the MCU is also building the anticipation – the title of the film is on James Bond levels of lockdown (which Kevin Feige hopes to keep until the trailer release) and by this time last year audiences and press at Disney’s D23 and SDCC had already gotten a look at footage from Infinity War. Let’s hope this first trailer lives up to the hype.
Our launch prediction: like Infinity War, late November.
- 22 July (Paul Greengrass, Netflix), starring Anders Danielsen Lie and Jon Øigarden.
- Aladdin (Guy Ritchie, Disney), starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott.
- Destroyer (Karyn Kusama, Annapurna), starring Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Nicole Kidman, Bradley Whitford and Toby Kebbell.
- The Lion King (Jon Favreau, Disney), featuring the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, John Kani, John Oliver and Alfre Woodard.
- Untitled Dick Cheney Film (Adam McKay, Annapurna), starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Bill Pullman and Alison Pill.
Which first look are you most hyped for over the remaining months of 2018? Let us know in the comments or on our Twitter!