Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise outlived the original trilogy which ended with a farewell to series regulars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, the original love interests that sparked off this entire swash-buckling adventure. Despite the epic scope of the trilogy that spanned the map and even dipped briefly off its edge, there was always a sense that this was merely a segue for Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow.
His adventures were bound to carry on long after the trilogy’s narrative was over, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides delivered on that front. It went on to show Jack’s continued adventures, breathing life into the franchise with an impressive worldwide gross of over $1 billion. Its critical performance was less than spectacular however, with many suggesting that Disney scupper the franchise from then on. Six years later however, and the studio is looking to revitalise the Pirates franchise once more, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
An explosive Super Bowl trailer for Pirates 5 was revealed, featuring Javier Bardem as the central antagonist, and teasing the return of several familiar faces, the most exciting of which was Orlando Bloom as the now-undead William Turner. An international trailer has since been released, condensing much of the footage into a shorter format. Take a look at the video above.
The trailer is a full minute shorter than the Super Bowl trailer, and unfortunately doesn’t offer any glimpses of new footage. It actually cuts much of the Super Bowl trailer’s tense build-up, skipping from what seems to be the flashback sequence featuring a young Captain Jack, to quick cuts of a variety of action set pieces: gunfights, chase sequences over rooftops, and naval warfare. The domestic trailer put much more emphasis on Kaya Scodelario’s Carina Smyth, as the international trailer only focusses on her during the closing moments’ comical throwback to Jack’s first encounter with Elizabeth Swan in the first Pirates movie.
While it doesn’t offer anything new for fans to chew on, the international trailer comes fresh off the back of a striking new poster featuring the chief protagonists lined up, as well as comments from co-director Joachim Rønning suggesting that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales may not actually be the final film in the franchise. This muddies the water a little considering the billing of this movie as the “final adventure,” though the tagline was never confirmed to mean that Dead Men Tell No Tales will be the closing chapter in the series. It was also unlikely that Disney would so easily let go of a multi-billion dollar franchise like Pirates of the Caribbean, not when they’re currently bankrolling some expensive movies like Avengers: Infinity War.