By Nick Maylor
I could not care less about the outcome of Sunday night’s game. I don’t watch football. However, Superbowl Sunday always offers the world some entertaining commercials, extravagant musical performances and (most importantly) new movie stuff!
The night started right away with a bang as Joe Russo and Anthony Russ tweeted out a message for fans to turn on their TV’s. The Avengers: Endgame directors got us primed for the 30-second TV spot released during the first quarter.
The new footage shows worldwide desolation after the fallout of Thanos’ decimation. Ant-Man and Rocket Raccoon are seen joining up with the Avengers. Nebula and Tony Stark are adrift in space tinkering with equipment, and Steve Rogers is attending a support group for those who are dealing with the fallout of Thanos’ snap.
My favourite part? Seeing the silhouettes of the team walking single-file as they venture (no doubt) towards battle. Rocket Raccoon is the lone Guardian to join up with the new team.
Marvel didn’t slow down there. They followed it up with a new TV spot for Captain Marvel which didn’t offer much more insight than we already had but still included a satisfying dose of eye candy. We didn’t see Carol Danvers in the Avengers: Endgame spot but she will appear in the film and Marvel is clearly setting her up to be the next big weapon in the Avengers’ arsenal.
Jordan Peele has some very interesting projects on the go. Not only will he host the revamped version of The Twilight Zone (which had its own Superbowl TV spot), his sophomoric directorial outing looks promising from the director of Get Out (2017). The film sees a family who is hunted by doppelgangers of themselves. Black Panther (2018) stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke portray the mother and father in the horror film. Winston Duke’s M’Baku was a personal favourite character of mine from Black Panther and I’m excited.
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Rounding out the hattrick for the night, Jordan Peele (along with Keegan-Michael Key) appear in the spot shown for Pixar’s most anticipated release. Key and Peele play plush toys that are pestering Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) at a carnival game where Buzz has been strung up as a prize.
It has the potential to be a great year in cinema.
Nick is an actor/writer/comedian/musician from Hamilton, ON Canada. Having been a film nut since the early days of his life, Nick has had an obsession with cinema and popular entertainment. Nick has written for thecinemaholic.com and is the current Foote & Friends “expert” on all things geek/superhero/comic-book related. Nick is the host/producer of the official Foote & Friends On Film podcast. Nick met John when studying acting at the Toronto Film School, for which John H. Foote was director and Film History professor. The two have been arguing ever since.
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