Not every nerd loves sports as much as I do. Even though my excitement for football has waned in recent years, I still watched the entire Super Bowl. It wasn’t a terribly exciting game, but it was interesting to see Denver’s defense completely dismantle Carolina’s offense. Even if you weren’t interested in the game, your nerdy cravings were satisfied by some of the commercials.
Here are some of the nerdiest Super Bowl trailers.
10 Cloverfield Lane
The followup to 2007’s Cloverfield came out of nowhere and became one of the movies to which I’m most looking forward. Cloverfield was a great monster movie full of genuine moments of suspense. 10 Cloverfield Lane looks like it will have the same level of suspense, but a much slower burn. If Cloverfield was about a monster, then 10 Cloverfield Lane looks like it might be about the monster within.
Captain America: Civil War
Not that 30 seconds were going to change my mind about seeing Captain America: Civil War, but I did like some of the new footage. This does look a lot like Avengers 2.5, but I’m excited to see what the Russo Brothers do with the Civil War storyline. Still no sight of Spider-Man, but I did pop for the final shot with both sides lined up, especially the clear look at Black Panther. There have been reports that Civil War is Marvel’s highest testing movie since Winter Soldier, but we’ll have to wait until May 6 to make our own judgments.
Like most people, I’m a big fan of the Bourne movies. I even liked the series’ only entry without Matt Damon: The Bourne Legacy. Jeremy Renner did an adequate job, but I can’t wait to see Damon back in the role of Jason Bourne. While a lot of films have borrowed the quick-cut action of the Bourne series, none have done it as well. I was surprised to see footage from Vegas in the trailer, as I know they just shot those scenes a few weeks ago. Still, all the action looks great and I can’t wait to see Jason Bourne travel the world and kick some butt.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
I did not see the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Well I mean I saw the one from 1990, but I didn’t see the reboot from 2014. I loved the turtles growing up, but wasn’t really interested in seeing the modern CGI versions. Apparently enough people were, though, and we’ve got ourselves a sequel. I don’t know if I’ll see this movie, but I am intrigued by the inclusion of Beebop, Rocksteady and Krang. Who doesn’t want to see pink calamari living inside the stomach of a giant robot?
Independence Day: Resurgence
The original Independence Day really ushered in the era of massive destruction in blockbusters. Entire cities burning in 1996 was quite the sight, but has been replicated in almost every superhero movie since then. Resurgence seems to double-down on the planet-wide destruction as the aliens make their violent return. Independence Day isn’t a great movie, but it is steeped in the nostalgia of 1996: finishing up my freshman year of high school and getting ready for what was next. I don’t know if nostalgia will be enough to get me to the movie theater, but perhaps Bull Pullman’s beard will.
Psylocke, Storm, Angel and Magneto as Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen seems pretty interesting. Apparently Bryan Singer is retconning Warren Worthington’s appearance in X-Men 3 and dropping him into the 80s. I am excited for this movie, even though it feels a lot like First Class, what with a young group of X-Men fighting a villain far more powerful than themselves. Still, Singer has yet to make a disappointing X-Men movie, so here’s hoping May 27 will remind us more of X-Men 2 than X-Men 3.
There were a lot of trailers during the Super Bowl, some of which I didn’t even include. 30 seconds isn’t enough time to make me commit to seeing a movie, but it is enough time to grow any excitement that I already had.
What was your favorite Super Bowl trailer?