The final trailer for Aquaman has arrived ahead of the movie's December release, and we're here to break down the biggest reveals, and details that you might have missed. Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, the heir to the throne of Atlantis, who must fight to prevent his brother Orm a.k.a Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson) from starting a war that could devastate the planet - both above and below the waves.
Helping Arthur in his quest is fellow royal Mera, played by Amber Heard, who has some interesting abilities of her own. Together, Arthur and Mera must search for the lost Trident of Neptune, which was last seen in the possession of the late King Atlan, and is a weapon powerful enough to turn the tables in the fight against Ocean Master. In order to track it down they'll need to dig into the history of their people, and fend off attacks from Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his cronies.
Let's take a closer look at the final trailer for Aquaman, to see what the new footage reveals about the movie's plot and characters.
- This Page: Arthur Growing Up, Ancient Atlantis, & More
- Page 2: Fight Scenes, Superpowers, & More
Arthur's Happy Childhood
We actually get to see Arthur Curry at five different stages of his life in this trailer: as an adult, as a teenager, as a child, as a baby, and as this adorable chubby-cheeked toddler. In this scene, Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) teaches her son about his destiny with a little help from a teddy bear and a three-pronged fork. "Legend has it that one day a new king will come, who will use the power of the trident to put Atlantis back together again," she tells him - helpfully laying out the plot of the movie as well. If you look closely at the start of the trailer, you'll see a camera on the table when Atlanna and Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison) are holding their newborn son, indicating that they're taking their first family photo.
When Atlanna tells Arthur about putting Atlantis back together, we see a visual of this with a statue literally being rebuilt. Notice that the statue's shield forms Aquaman's symbol, as does the gateway to the ancient city. Also notice that Atlantis is above land instead of below the waves. In DC lore, the home of the Atlanteans started out on the surface, but ended up sinking to the bottom of the ocean when a meteor struck the Earth.
Training With Vulko
Willem Dafoe plays Nuidis Vulko, an adviser to the throne of Atlantis and Arthur Curry's mentor. We haven't seen much of Vulko in previous trailers for Aquaman, but here he plays a prominent role as we see him training Arthur to use his powers - in particular, advanced combat skills and the ability to swim super fast. It seems that Vulko have a teenage Arthur his "first swimming lesson" by making him jump off an extremely high cliff (which Arthur later revisits with Mera). We also see Vulko and Arthur training on the beach, with Arthur wielding a quindent, so clearly he gets given this particular weapon at an early age. Throughout the trailer, parallel shots are used to demonstrate how the skills that Arthur learned growing up become vital to his survival in later life.
King Orm In Full Armor
Aquaman's brother, Ocean Master, is a formidable opponent, and in this new trailer we're treated to the sight of him wearing his signature armor from the comic books (which comes with a cape, even though such a thing isn't very practical for swimming). Ocean Master is also wielding a trident of his own, but it's not the same trident that Arthur is seeking. Spinning blades can be seen behind him, but it's unclear what these belong to.
The Trident and the Quindent
Arthur Curry already owns a perfectly serviceable quindent, which he used to defeat waves of parademons in last year's Justice League. As such, when he's told to seek out a trident, he points out that he already has such a weapon - but Vulko replies, "Not like this one, you don't." The specific powers of the lost trident are kept vague, but it seems that its important lies as much in fulfilling a prophecy as it does in offering Arthur extra firepower. As the late King Atlan explains in a recorded message, "In the hands of the true heir, [the trident] would unite above and below."
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