After multiple mini-teases, the full-length trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (a.k.a. Jurassic World 2, a.k.a. Jurassic Park 5) has finally been bestowed upon the masses, bringing with it an awful lot of terrifying dinosaurs. It's an exciting, apocalyptic sight, returning once more to Isla Nublar for what is very likely to be the last time - if the erupting volcano is any indication.
Director J.A. Bayona has promised more dinosaurs than any movie in the series so far, which we assume means both a greater variety and a larger number of them. Scenes in the trailer go by so fast, it's easy to get lost among all those dinos.
Let's break down every species visible in the trailer.
This page: Apatosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex
This lumbering, gentle giant was one of the biggest dinosaurs to ever roam on land. It had an incredibly long neck and an even longer, whip-like tail. All told, it weighed in at around 35 tons.
The Apatosaurus was previously seen in Jurassic World, most notably in the scene where Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) find a field of dead dinosaurs that had been killed "for sport" by the genetically engineered Indominus Rex.
The presence of Apatosaurus in Fallen Kingdom probably doesn't mean much trouble for our heroes, since they were herbivores not prone to violence — though they may have used those long tales to defend themselves or their young. That said, the footage in the trailer shows a stampede of multiple dinosaur species running away from an erupting volcano, and if swept up in that kind of mass movement, Apatosaurus might not even notice the teeny-tiny humans it steps on.
A popular favorite even among non-dinophiles, Triceratops is known for the huge, protective bone structure and three horns on its head ("ceratops" is Latin for "horn face"). These herbivores were relatively gentle, but if provoked wouldn't hesitate to defend themselves by ramming an enemy with those huge, bony spikes.
Triceratops have been part of this movie franchise all the way back to Jurassic Park, in which Doctors Grant, Sattler, and Malcolm encountered a young Triceratops that was sick. That dinosaur was realized as a life-sized, mechanical prop, but others in the series have been created with CGI.
All we know of Triceratops' appearance in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a few brief glimpses of them in the trailer's stampede. Triceratops can run about 35 miles an hour, so you really don't want to find yourself in its path when it's good and riled up.
Known for the spiked ridge plates that line its back, Stegosaurus is another peaceful herbivore that nonetheless can do serious damage if provoked. Those plates are believed to have been used for defense; for offense, it would swing its multi-spiked tail (which, we kid you not, is called a "thagomizer"). These two features gave Stegosaurus a serious advantage in a fight. They also traveled in packs for protection. On the downside, Stegosaurus were painfully slow movers (think: cows), incapable of running.
Stegosaurus made its debut appearance in a Jurassic movie in the second film, The Lost World. There, they proved how dangerous they could be by attacking Dr. Sarah Harding after she accidentally frightened an infant. But unprovoked, they're a benign presence.
It should come as no surprise that Stegosaurus is returning for Fallen Kingdom. It's another fan-favorite that frankly, many viewers would be disappointed not to see in the movie. But of the few blink-and-you'll-miss-it shots it appeared in, the one where it was caged is the most memorable.
There's not a whole lot we can tell you about T-Rex that you don't already know. The king of all dinosaurs is one of the deadliest predators to ever live, and has featured prominently in every Jurassic movie to date. (Little known fact: the T-Rex that saves the day at the end of Jurassic World is the very same dinosaur that appeared in Jurassic Park! The one seen in the trailer and the photo above, looks an awful lot like the same one.)
Anytime T-Rex appears on film, it's the most dangerous thing on the screen and always a fan-favorite. That seemed to be challenged in Jurassic World, when Tyrannosaurus took on Indominus Rex, a much faster, meaner creature. But the T-Rex emerged triumphant, very nearly the hero of the story.
So it's no surprise that a T-Rex turns up again in Fallen Kingdom, but how it first appears is pretty shocking. It seems to be sedated inside a cargo container, where it's retrieved by Owen and Claire - who presumably want to find a way to save it from the volcano. Later, it turns up to save Owen and Claire from a hungry Carnotaurus. Whatever else the big creature gets up to, expect it to create plenty of carnage along the way.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018