A slew of promotional images for Maze Runner: The Death Cure have been released online, coupled with a tease that the film’s first trailer will be hitting the web very soon. The third installment in the Maze Runner saga will close out the film adaptation of the thriller novels from James Dashner when it hits theaters early next year.

Admittedly, The Death Cure has been a long time coming after going through a major setback in the film’s principal photography. Early last year, Dylan O’Brien, who plays lead Thomas in the franchise, was hurt in an on-set accident while filming the movie in Vancouver. Although fans were quickly assured the actor did not suffer any life-threatening injuries, production for the movie was suspended to give the Teen Wolf actor enough time to recuperate. This resulted to the flick’s release date being moved to January 2018 with filming only resuming early this year.

Courtesy of Buzzfeed, a gallery of photo stills from The Death Cure has emerged online. The snaps feature the surviving Gladers gearing up for an intense face-off with the World in Catastrophe: Killzone Department (W.C.K.D.) for one last time as they try to possibly save Minho (Ki Hong Lee) who was captured towards the climactic end of Scorch Trials. Unfortunately, it does not seem like it would be an easy ride judging by the grim looking pictures with the team going on dangerous missions to make sure that most of them, if not all, finish the deadly maze and make a sense of what the death-defying adventure was really all about. On top of saving themselves, the world’s fate also lies in the hands of the team as they take it onto themselves to find the cure for the ongoing deadly epidemic that has already killed millions of people over the world.

In conjunction to the slew of snaps hitting the web, the official Twitter account of the film has also teased about the trailer for The Death Cure dropping anytime soon. While no specific date was mentioned, with just a few months before the threequel rolls out in cinemas, we can expect that Fox will already start promoting the project and what better way to prolong the renewed interest in the property via the release of the promo pictures but a sneak peek clip.

It will be interesting to see if Death Cure‘s delay has any kind of substantial impact on its commercial reception. While the first installment of the series was a modest hit with $102.4 million domestically, The Scorch Trials fell off and earned only $81.6 million in the U.S. The property does have a built-in audience thanks to the popularity of the source material, but the moviegoing public may have moved on from the franchise by the time the finale reaches theaters.

MORE: The Death Cure Gets Official Graphic Novel Prelude

Sources: Buzzfeed, Twitter

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