Dominic Toretto, Bryan Cranston, James Bond, Sonic, SpongeBob, and Black Widow all make touchdowns.
Every year, movie-goers and sports fans are expected to see a variety of commercials during the big game. They can either be comical or serious, depending on the topics and their tones, while in other cases, they can be omitted.
This year, I’ve been told that since these kinds of commercials are too expensive to be produce, there would be less than normal. To put it bluntly, you can forget about seeing ads for “Wonder Woman 1984” or “Morbius.” But you were able to see some other exciting trailers.
“F9: The Fast Saga” (Opens May 22)
I’ve been told that the tenth entry would be the last one, and that the franchise should have concluded with “Furious 7” with that respectful tribute to Paul Walker. Even my cousin agrees with me on that notion.
Most of the actors are back like Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, and Charlize Theron, while others like John Cena and Michael Rooker join the team. And Sung Kang survived that explosion.
I’m in the mixed process about this, because of my negative responses towards the last two movies, and the positive note that Director Justin Lin is back in the race. Will it shake things up a bit or blow a flat tire? We’ll have to wait and see.
And the trailer features explosions, Cena as Dom’s younger bad brother, cars dodging broken bridges, and magnet planes. Unless I hear good things, I’m not really enthusiastic about them.
“A Quiet Place: Part II” (Opens March 20)
The 30 second spot to this sequel shows us John Krasinski (the Director) reprising his role in the past, way before he gave his life to save his kids in the first film.
The family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe) found a way to slaughter the aliens, but their next trek finds them with new faces. Will this sequel take risks or follow the same formula? That’s really up to Krasinski.
“The Invisible Man” (Opens February 28)
Elisabeth Moss stars in this modern day version of the classic horror tale, in which her sadistic ex-boyfriend has found a way to make himself disappear just to terrorize her.
I’m not sure about this, so far, on account of how “The Mummy” reboot with Tom Cruise failed critically and financially. That and when Moss is thrown in the funny farm, you know she’s not following the rules of survival. You never freak out when you see or feel his presence.
“Bill & Ted Face the Music” (Opens August 21)
So far, we just see a quick teaser of the time traveling phone booth, and the actual trailer will appear in due course. But at this point, we all know that Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, and William Sadler will reprise their iconic roles.
“Black Widow” (Opens May 1)
Before she killed herself for the Soul Stone in “Avengers: Endgame,” Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) gives her fans her own story with Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour on her team.
I trust the Marvel Cinematic Universe more than I trust the upcoming reboots, sequels, or remakes, because they, at least, take risks. And this actually looks entertaining, especially since the studio gave Brie Larson her lead superhero role in “Captain Marvel.”
“Top Gun: Maverick” (Opens June 26)
Tom Cruise reprises his iconic role from 1986 classic action hit, Val Kilmer also returns as Iceman, and Jennifer Connolly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, and Ed Harris join the team. Will this long-awaited sequel be fresh or outdated? We’ll just have to see this June.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” (Opens Feb. 14)
The original version had a such horrible description of the Sega character that some people thought this was a fan made trailer. It was suppose to come out in November, but because of our complaints, the filmmakers were able to correct their errors, and now, he looks like Sonic the Hedgehog.
The Super Bowl ad has him interviewing the latest generation of celebrity football stars about how great and fast he is.
I haven’t had a whole lot of enthusiasm for these video game adaptions lately, but maybe, this one will surprise us, especially since it did what Tom Hooper’s “Cats” couldn’t do: make him Sonic and not a CGI demon from Hell. I have to see the flick to find out.
“Mulan” (Opens March 29)
The remake of the 1998 Disney animated feature looks and feels like it will do things that Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King’ failed to do: be fresh and original. It’s the familiar story of a young Chinese girl named Mulan, who must bring honor to her family by joining the Chinese army. At this point, it feels like it might have a certain “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” vibe instead of being a musical comedy, and maybe it won’t throw the film off track.
On a small note: the little dragon Mushu isn’t in this one, but maybe it’s for the best, considering that nobody could replace Eddie Murphy’s brilliant vocal performance.
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On the Run” (Opens May 22)
The TV spot for the third “SpongeBob” movie acknowledged the expensive prices for Super Bowl ads, and that’s why it had to be quick in explaining what it was going to have. And Keanu Reeves isn’t the only live-action cameo guest star; they also got Snoop Dogg in the mix.
I was impressed by the last entry, “Sponge Out of Water,” because of its ability to take risks in the animation-2D and 3D-and its flexibility to entertain kids and parents, whether or not they’re fans or if they grew tired of the series. And this threequel, as far as I know, is all CGI, but it’s stylized almost like “The Peanuts Movie” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”
“Minions: The Rise of Gru” (Opens July 3)
The next prequel “Despicable Me” features the young Gru and his Minions in the early stages, along with a new one with braces. The full trailer premieres this Wednesday, but I hope we get to find out the voice cast by then.
“No Time to Die” (Opens April 10)
The 25th James Bond film reunites Daniel Craig as you know who, along with Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, and Naomie Harris, among others. And we also have Rami Malek (the Oscar winner for “Bohemian Rhapsody”) as the new villain.
So far, like the other entries, this one could define itself. It could be smart, it could be entertaining, and it could be Bond, James Bond. This is one of those sequels I can’t wait to dish on.
We also got to see some commercials with some iconic shows and movies like “Rick and Morty” and “Groundhog Day,” as well as new television series like “The Hunter” with Al Pacino and “The Fugitive” with Boyd Holbrook and Keifer Sutherland. And even Bryan Cranston seems to be enjoying himself while lampooning “The Shining” in a Mountain Dew ad.
The “Rick and Morty” commercial features Morty offering his idea of stacking different Pringle flavors to Rick and Summer, only to be a Pringles robot. Now, the other two are trapped in a dimension with multiple Morty robots. Reminds me of those Butterfinger ads with Homer and Bart Simpson.
And the “Groundhog Day” ad is a Jeep commercial with Bill Murray reprising his 1993 role, as he’s trapped in another time warp-stealing the national icon groundhog, while hijacking the new Jeep model. Even Stephen Tobolowsky is back as the insurance agent Ned Ryerson. And FYI, Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow, so it looks like we’re getting an early Spring.
And on one final note: Disney+ released an add for its new MCU shows “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan,” “WandaVision” with Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen,” and “Loki” with Tom Hiddleston. Stan Lee would have loved to see this!