[UPDATE: The first official stills for Stranger Things 3 have also arrived. Scroll on down to check those out.]
Netflix has released a full-length trailer for Stranger Things season 3. The Duffer Brothers' love letter to the 1980s quietly debuted on the streaming service during the summer of 2016, but has since gone on to become an immensely popular hit with viewers. Pulling from a variety of nostalgic sci-fi and horror sources (in particular, the collective works of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg), the series follows the misadventures of a motley crew of young kids growing up in the not-so-innocent small town of Hawkins, Indiana, as they battle monsters that hale from a mysterious (and creepy) alternate dimension known as the Upside-Down.
Fans have had to wait an extended period of time for Stranger Things' third season to arrive, as opposed to the year (or so) long turnaround between the previous two installments. Thankfully, it promises to be worth the hold-up, as Stranger Things 3 aims to be the show's most ambitious and possibly largest-scale installment yet. And now, it has a trailer to prove it.
The Stranger Things 3 trailer is now available online, following Netflix's teaser video yesterday. You can check it and its 1985 setting (complete with gigantic hairdos and vibrantly colored clothing) out in all their glory in the space below.
Following a funny opening bit where the Stranger Things kids pull a prank on their old pal Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and suffer the consequences (well, poor Lucas, anyway), the season 3 trailer does a nice job of showing that the kids are proper teenagers now and their life in Hawkins is changing in ways both welcome and challenging. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), for example, is clearly adjusting to life as a regular person here, which should make for some entertaining fish out of water scenarios in season 3 itself. Meanwhile, King's influence once again rears its head in this promo, which brings IT and Stand By Me to mind in the scenes where it shows the series' leads enjoying summer vacation, dealing with both the joys and difficulties of growing up, and trying to make peace with their traumatic pasts. That's especially difficult for Will (Noah Schnapp) and his mom Joyce (Winona Ryder), who are understandably going to have a hard time moving on this season, by the look of things.
Beyond that, the trailer makes season 3 look and feel like another chip off the ol' block for Stranger Things (in a good way, mostly), complete with glimpses of new creatures from the Upside-Down and Eleven and her friends having to step up and save the day (again). Most of the action seems to revolve around Hawkins' newly-opened Starcourt Mall, a location that has played a recurring role in the season's marketing to date. It'll be interesting to see if there's more to this mall than meets the eye - like, maybe, the building is home to a secret government attempt to (once again) explore the Upside-Down. And of course, most importantly of all, we're glad to see that "Dad Steve" is alive and well, even now that he's got a job.
UPDATE: The first official stills from Stranger Things season 3 have also been released. Take a look, below.
Stranger Things season 3 begins streaming July 4, 2019 on Netflix.