2016 is on track to be the biggest year for superhero movies ever and it begins in just a few months with Twentieth Century Fox's Deadpool, followed by Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, and Doctor Strange.
Doctor Strange began production this week, just as we started sharing our set visit coverage for Deadpool. And timed perfectly with the buzz surrounding these releases, director Bryan Singer teased that the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse is coming "soon." As it turns out, it's not going to debut that soon.
Speaking with Collider about Deadpool, producer Simon Kinberg - overseer of Fox's Marvel universe (Fantastic Four and X-Men TV shows and movies) - confirmed the speculation that the first X-Men: Apocalypse teaser trailer is actually going t be attached to Star Wars 7 when it opens in theaters December 18th. Previous reports had it initially going to be attached to The Martian but that wasn't the case, despite there being footage that played at San Diego Comic-Con a few months earlier.
"I can in fact confirm that information. Our first trailer will be on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s our first thing out there so it is somewhat of a teaser but it’s certainly longer than a minute and it has a ton of cool stuff in it."
That means two massive Marvel-branded tentpoles are going to launch their marketing campaigns with Star Wars: Episode VII since Disney is saving Captain America: Civil War's teaser trailer for that opening weekend as well - expected to be the biggest opening weekend ever.
If there weren't already enough buzz surrounding the return and relaunch of the Star Wars saga, a first look at the biggest X-Men and Marvel Cinematic Universe movies will only help. The week leading up to Christmas is going to be a big - perhaps the biggest - week for movie geeks. Happy Holidays!
And you'll definitely want to pay attention to the Apocalypse trailers since Singer revealed that the studio decided to use a spoiler from the movie in one of them, an "homage" that plays into the idea that X-Men: Apocalypse is the end of the X-Men movie continuity as we know it.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015.
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.