To the surprise of very, very few people, we have word that a 2nd teaser trailer for Disney’s big Winter tentpole movie will be released with their big Summer tentpole movie. That is to say, we’ll be taking a good look at Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens with the sequel to the 2012 smash hit superhero crossover, The Avengers. Click ahead for a few details on when the trailer will hit and what we could see.
(January 16, 2015)
I got off the phone last night with my source and was able to confirm that we will see the new 2nd teaser trailer that will include all our classic heroes attached to the Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st, 2015.
Our friends across the pond will be able to see the new teaser on April 24th, Australia and New Zealand on the 23rd.
If you remember our friends at /Film also posted a similar report back in December:
We’ve been definitively told that another trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be attached to Avengers: Age of Ultron when it opens in the Spring. Now, this isn’t some huge revelation. In fact, it’s pretty darn obvious when you think about it. That film, released May 1 in the US, is eight months before the Star Wars opening. It’s Disney’s second largest film of the year and the audience crossover is probably massive. Actually, it would probably be bigger news if there wasn’t a new trailer on Avengers: Age of Ultron. But there will be. Then it’ll likely play on Tomorrowland too, a few weeks later.
That we know for a fact. But will that be the second Star Wars Force Awakens trailer? Or will it be a third or fourth? Unfortunately, that we don’t know for sure. We found this interesting though: iTunes is referring to [the Black Friday trailer] as the “First Teaser.” It doesn’t say that on the actual trailer page, though. It only says it on the iTunes home page, as of Sunday November 30. That seems like very selective wording, but it’s possible it was not approved by Lucasfilm.
So there you have it: we’ll be seeing another trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens attached to The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Also, water is wet, grass is green, candy tastes delicious (Ric Olié, eat your heart out). While the movie is released in the United States and several other markets on May 1, as Latino-Review mentioned, some countries will get to see the movie a little earlier – and the new trailer with it. It might even be shown at this year’s Star Wars Celebration if it’s that close to the international release of Age Of Ultron. But while we know that The Force Awakens is going to have a trailer attached to that movie, it’s not clear if any other footage will be shown before that time.
Personally, though? I imagine that what we’ll see with Age Of Ultron will be more akin to a full trailer than a teaser. I am inclined to agree with /Film in that I get the feeling that we might – and I stress might here, as I’m just thinking out loud right now – see a little teaser between now and the release of the highly-anticipated superhero sequel, just in time for the Super Bowl. Granted, Disney doesn’t need to spend extra money promoting a movie that’s going to come out nearly a year later, but that’s exactly what they did at the tail end of last year, and why not grease the wheels of the hype train before it really gets going? They just teased both Age Of Ultron and Ant-Man recently, so I would think that they’d devote finances toward the big American event to another movie that will be just as lucrative for the company.
As for the actual content of the trailer, rumors of a teaser focusing on the cast of the Original Trilogy has been buzzing around ever since the first teaser hit the internet. Some even thought we’d see it before Christmas. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and the first teaser didn’t even get attached to many movies (with a few isolated exceptions). I would think that an Original Trilogy-centric trailer would be the Super Bowl teaser (30-60 seconds) and would feature a variety of vague cameos of the characters, while the trailer for Age Of Ultron (90-120 seconds) would give us a better glimpse at the story that The Force Awakens is going to tell, in addition to giving us some really cool imagery to analyze. Again, this is blind speculation on my part, but Disney was kind enough to show us a trailer long before the movie came out, and it’s possible that they’ll do it once again.
(January 19, 2015)
/Film added more from their source on the topic. It appears their source heard quite the opposite on which characters will be the main focus in the teaser:
The source who tipped us off to the new trailer told us something almost totally different. They said the original trilogy characters would not be featured in the marketing because Lucasfilm wants to keep their specific roles as secret as possible. Plus, with so many new characters, worlds, ships, etc. to sell people on, they don’t want to show too much familiar stuff. They want it to be Star Wars, but a new Star Wars, like the first teaser trailer. Familiar yet different.
Latino Review are right about the trailer release (though I assume the world will first see it at Star Wars Celebration) and the original trilogy characters could very well pop up in a trailer. But many online taken that report to mean they’re going to be the sole focus and, trust us, that is not the case. Han, Luke and Leia will not be the stars of anything Force Awakens until we see The Force Awakens. We’ll see them – we’ll get that tease fans desire – but their roles, unlike Finn, Rey, Poe, Kylo and others, are going to be closer to the dark side for now.
Very interesting report on Disney’s TFA marketing campaign. We will find out the truth only in 3 months or maybe even earlier?