If a new rumor proves true, fans of both Marvel and Star Wars will definitely be ecstatic when they pack into theaters to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron, only to kick that massive adventure off with a better look at J.J. Abrams’ re-introduction to a galaxy far, far, away, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
While still unconfirmed, it’s not a hard rumor to believe, is it? Disney taking the two big movie studios it acquired in the last couple of years (Marvel and LucasFilm) and synergizing their efforts to push both Avengers 2 and Star Wars 7 to the top of the box office? Creating massive hype over a double-benefit event that is sure to drive geeks, kids, families and anyone interested in being a part of a massive pop-culture talking point out to the theater? Does that sound very far-fetched for the Mouse House marketing department?
Collider was the site that dropped the alleged premiere information for Star Wars 7 trailer 2; but again, it’s not all that big of a revelation. Where else would Disney choose to premiere the first full look at its biggest holiday season tentpole film in years? With its biggest summer tentpole film in years. You can clearly see their expertise in working the ‘poles.
In any event, the first Star Wars 7 trailer stirred up a healthy buffet of excitement, criticism and curiosity about the many implied and/or rumored character and story arcs that The Force Awakens will explore. (Although, the title itself implies a lot.) The real test of the waters is going to be the second, full-length trailer, which is already rumored to bring original trilogy characters like Luke (Mark Hamill), Han (Harrison Ford) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) back to the forefront.
Even if Abrams and the studio continue to be conservative when revealing new footage, any further story details trailer #2 provides will instantly either confirm longstanding rumors, or throw the door open to wild new speculation about what The Force Awakens is all about. As a website furthering our own self-interests, either one of those scenarios works for us ;-).
As for The Avengers 2, well thank god this Star Wars 7 trailer is attached, otherwise nobody would come to the theater (sarcasm). For Star Wars 7 this is already a good sign; when Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace had its big trailer reveal, fans had pack into theaters for that abysmal Wing Commander video game movie to see it. Now, Wing Commander star Freddie Prinze, Jr. is holding down a leading voice acting role on the popular Star Wars Rebels cartoon series. So you see which way the wind is blowing now…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters December 18, 2015.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.