As 2014 draws to a close, many of the major tentpole films arriving in theaters next year have begun releasing trailers or teaser trailers. A leaked version of The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer kicked off the 2015 movie teasers, which prompted Marvel Studios to release the real HD deal. More recently, Jurassic World debuted its first full trailer two days ahead of schedule, perhaps to give fans time to soak it in before the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser hit theaters and the Internet simultaneously. Lastly, the Terminator: Genisys trailer was released just last week.
Although all these movies are slated to premiere during the summer 2015 season or later on, other blockbuster franchises are scheduled to arrive earlier in the year. The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the sequel to the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s popular YA novel, will debut in March. A teaser for the followup was released last month, but a full length trailer will debut this Friday. The official Divergent franchise Twitter announced the release date for the trailer and gave fans a tease of what should be expected when the full trailer arrives on Friday. As many trailer teasers do, the Insurgent promo is meant to generate excitement from fans, simply offering glimpses of characters or scenes without much context or insight into the plot of the film.
— Insurgent (@Divergent) December 9, 2014
The teaser features many of the returning lead characters including Tris (Shailene Woodley), Peter (Miles Teller), Four (Theo James), Jeanine (Kate Winslet), and briefly Caleb (Ansel Elgort). As seen previously in the first teaser for Insurgent, the sequel will likely build on Erudite’s technologies, specifically those that create life-like simulations, established in Divergent.
Fans of Divergent - either of the book series or the movie - are sure to be excited by the 15-second promo for the simple fact that many of the most memorable characters from the first film are featured. However, the teaser doesn’t offer much else and casual viewers may have a hard time getting an impression of what to expect from Insurgent.
Behind the scenes, the Divergent franchise saw some notable changes between the first and second films. While Neil Burger’s Divergent was a financial success at the box office, the movie largely received a lackluster critical reception (read our review). The sequel is directed by Robert Schwentke (RED) and received a script rewrite from Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind). A similar situation happened with The Hunger Games franchise: a new director took over for the second installment, Catching Fire.
Whether or not Insurgent will give a boost to the Divergent series in a manner similar to Catching Fire, though, remains to be seen. However, it will be much easier to get a sense of how Insurgent will build upon the world created by Divergent once the full trailer debuts on Friday.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent will hit theaters March 20th, 2015.