Doddle Digest: Avengers 4, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, and More!

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

In the past week a bunch of new trailers have been released. BumbleBee, Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Mortal Engines, and the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse films all had trailers bow in. Plus there’s some news for Avengers 4 and the Lord of the Rings tv series. Let’s kick it all off with the trailers:

Bumblebee

First up, we have the Transformers spinoff/prequel that focuses on Bumblebee and is set in the 80s. Check out the trailer here and below.

I am not a Michael Bay fan and have not liked the Transformers movies. After Transformers: Age of Extinction made Paramount another billion dollars at the box-office, the studio decided to kick off a shared universe with BumbleBee being the first spinoff. However, Transformers: The Last Knight didn’t do very well but BumbleBee was already well into production so we get an in-universe spinoff after, it seems, that Paramount has rethought their position on the whole shared universe thing.

I do have to say, despite all of that, this movie does look sweet. That does sound weird to say about a Transformers movie but I can’t help but think I got more character building in this one trailer than I got out of five Michael Bay movies. It kind of has a very E.T. The Extraterrestrial vibe to it.

Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Next up we have the trailer for the Lego Movie 2: The Next Part. The first Lego Movie also seemed to kick off a series of in-universe spinoffs with Lego Batman and Lego Ninjago but returns to its roots. Check out the trailer here and below:

I loved the first Lego Movie but I didn’t chuckle once during this trailer. I can’t help but wonder if not having Phil Lord and Chris Miller direct it has something to do with it. Or maybe I was expecting more. In either case, I’m a bit worried this sequel won’t capture any of the magic of the first film.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Speaking of Miller and Lord, here’s the animated film that they are directing for Sony based on the Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man. Check out the trailer for the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse here and below!

See? This is what I’m talking about! Chris Miller and Phil Lord took Spider-Man and crafted something unique. Visually the movie sits somewhere between stop motion, comic books, and anime but rendered in CG. The dialogue is exactly what you would expect from a Miller and Lord film which has no qualms about stopping dead in its tracks to have a father-son chat about saying “I love you”. The big surprise here is Spider-Gwen who’s origin is in another universe where she gets bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker.

Mortal Engines

I’ll admit that I know very little about the Mortal Engines series of books. All I know is that it there are mobile cities that travel the world and it is all very steampunk so I went into the next trailer pretty much blind. Check that trailer out here and below.

I am a sucker for a good fantasy film. I’m a sucker for steampunk aesthetics. Despite how ludicrous the idea of cities on tracks are to me I can’t help but really dig the aesthetics of this Peter Jackson produced film. Parts of it look very cartoony and it seems to be veering too much into The Hobbit territory than the Lord of the Rings which Peter Jackson directed. He’s only producing this film but you can see his fingerprints all over this trailer.

Lord of the Rings TV Series

Moving on into the news part of this post and speaking of Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson, the director recently spoke about rumors that he was in the midst of choosing between directing a DC film or working on the Lord of the Rings TV series. According to French entertainment outlet Allocine (via The Playlist), Jackson was quoted as saying he isn’t working on the Lord of the Rings tv series:

I’m not involved at all in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series. I understand how my name could come up, but there is nothing happening with me on this project.

However, in an interview with IGN Germany (via Consequence of Sound) he said something slightly different:

I had a phone conversation with Amazon on that one — I think that was over a year ago and it sounded like they were doing the right thing [with the show], they have very good intentions with it, it all sounds very fascinating and exciting. However, I would not want to be the one responsible for the entire TV series, simply because I’ve never been responsible for a [long-term] series like this before in my life. So it would not be very smart if I took on the role of showrunner. What I’m actually doing right now is putting the creative team [behind the series] together.

It isn’t very clear from those quotes what Jackson is doing. My best guess is that he is involved to get Weta Workshops on board for the series rather than anything else. However, regarding whether he was deciding whether to direct a DC film he was a lot more straightforward in that Allocine interview stating:

That’s not true. I had no discussions about that [directing a DC Comics film]. I’m not a fan of comics, I’ve never read any, so I’m not particularly interested in adapting one for cinema. That’s not true at all.

DC really needs a visionary for their films so Peter Jackson might have been an interesting choice. However, I would prefer someone who is far more immersed in the comics to lead a film.

Avengers 4

We still have no idea what the next Avengers film will be called even though it will be released in less than a year. We also have little information on what it will be about or pretty much anything else about the movie. You have to give it to Marvel, they really do know how to keep a secret which means fans are hungry for any minute details. While speaking with Esquire Thor himself Chris Hemsworth spoke about the next movie saying:

If you were shocked by [Infinity War], I think the second one is even more shocking, for other reasons entirely. That’s what kind of blew me away the first time I read both scripts, is how they managed to orchestrate so many different characters but give them each their own separate shot and moments, and have it be elevated and feel fresh and unique—not just like a messy, thrown-together assembly of these guys.

I can’t help but think that those “other reasons” will have to do with some major deaths in the MCU. There are two big ones that I would say are pretty certain but I won’t mention them… just incase.

Meanwhile, Comic Book Resources got their hands on some reportedly leaked images from the upcoming Avengers film. In them, we see Thanos’ new get up as well as the roster for the team.

That Thanos costume looks somewhat like what he wore in Guardians of the Galaxy but the weapon looks brand new. The team roster is no surprise with the original six plus a few extras like Rocket, Ant-Man, and Nebula who they met in Avengers: Infinity War. The new character in there is Captain Marvel played by Brie Larson who will first show up in her own solo film.

All in all, a pretty good week for trailers!

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