New ‘Maleficent’ Trailer Preview and Banner Tease the Mystery of Her Wings

Published 9 months ago by , Updated March 17th, 2014 at 3:12 pm,

Disney is still riding high from the critical and financial success of their last theatrical fairy tale in the form of the Oscar-winning animated film Frozen. However, the Mouse House is already looking forward to their next foray into the realm of princesses and magic, with Angelina Jolie’s villainous turn as the title character in this May’s live-action¬†Maleficent.

Fans of Disney’s 1959 animated take on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale are no doubt wondering exactly how this live-action version will spin the story of Princess Aurora into a tale more focused on the evil fairy who curses her. We’ve already gotten a few glimpses at the film (including a particularly haunting trailer that makes clever use of the original film’s most memorable tune), but the origin of Maleficent herself has been mostly shrouded in mystery.

That may have just changed, as Disney has released a new teaser for the film (see above) as well as a new banner revealing a fully winged version of Jolie’s character.

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The footage – which touts tomorrow’s full trailer release – addresses the question of Maleficent’s wings, conspicuously absent in the previous version of the character as well as the bulk of the marketing materials for the new film thus far. After all, the other fairies featured in Sleeping Beauty have them. As Maleficent herself explains in the footage, she once had wings, but they were “stolen” from her. Exactly why and by whom remains to be seen, but the fact that this revelation could have major implications for Maleficent‘s plot.

In the original Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent suddenly appears at the celebration of Aurora’s birth and curses the child seemingly without provocation (other than her not being on the party’s invite list). It’s not a stretch to think that King Stefan, Aurora’s father, or someone else in the royal bloodline might have been responsible for stripping Maleficent of her wings, perhaps long ago. In this case, her cursing of the princess would be an act of revenge and would, in essence, be transformed from a random act of cruelty to a desire for vengeance against those who wronged her in the past.

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This is, of course, all speculation at this point, but Maleficent’s stolen wings do seem like a logical way to explain how she¬†became the iconic villain fans know her as now. Jolie herself has said that the film aims to explore the character’s origins and put her actions into a new context. Her stolen wings could then not only serve as the film’s driving plot device, but also answer a long-dormant question about the only fairy in this particular tale who has no wings.

Do you think the loss of her wings is what drives Maleficent to evil, or is some other event responsible for her cruel nature? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Maleficent hits theaters on May 30, 2014.

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  1. It was my first thought. In fact, I always wondered about her not having wings in Disney’s animated version from 1959. I also wondered why she looked so different than the other fairies. Maybe ‘Maleficent’ will answer those questions.

  2. I really, really want this to be good, it has all the elements to be good, but i doubt it…

  3. Paul Dini wrote this? i am sold!

  4. I don’t really care. I just want to see it! :)

  5. I would watch 2 hrs of Angelina reading the phonebook, so I am TOTALLY in for this film.

    I love fairy tales. When properly treated, the archetypes and subtext are food for amazing stories with depth and human resonance. All my fingers are crossed that they are able to strike gold with this film.

  6. I still think that if this film goes well, Disney could have a proper “villain” franchise. They could take the most famous Disney villains and make prequels to the actual stories. Such as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, showing him as more of a werewolf hunter who works for hire?

    • I’d love to see some great villain films. I think that an Ursula film that showed why King Triton banished her would be epic. Jafar would be sweet too.

      Maleficent is my favourite Disney villain, though, so I PRAY that they don’t balls this up.

  7. Juicy and Bitter!

  8. So is she a fairy or a demon?
    That teaser trailer looks good.

    • Her wings may look like The Devil-woman and no one knows that.

  9. I’m guessing her brown, winged costume is early in the film, that she used to be a spirit or guardian of the woods, and that King Stefan destroyed her home and the creatures she protected – possibly with the help of the three ‘good’ fairies. I’d hazard a guess that her wings were tied to her protectorate and that when it was destroyed she lost them. Maleficent then turned to demonic forces for revenge (hence the change in her look) and became corrupted by them, and the rest plays out as it does in Sleeping Beauty (more or less). But I think rather than dying when the Prince stabs her in her dragon form, she’ll be redeemed by some twist – having met Aurora in the forest, she will have impressed the princess somehow or told her the truth of things, and Aurora will then have pity, or something (because she’s so good and wholesome blah blah blah). I really hope this movie is good… when I first heard about it was unimpressed and saw it as another ‘Wicked’ rip-off, and the first trailer did nothing to allay my suspicions. But I must confess I’m getting curious enough to actually give it a chance when it comes out…