'Spider-Man' Title, 'MIB 23,' 'Suicide Squad,' 'Passengers' and More CinemaCon Highlights

'Spider-Man' Title, 'MIB 23,' 'Suicide Squad,' 'Passengers' and More CinemaCon Highlights

Apr 13, 2016

The second full day of CinemaCon brought a ton of new footage from presentations by STX Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures. Here are the five biggest stand-outs:

1. Spider-Man title revealed

As previously rumored, Sony dropped the official title of their upcoming Spider-Man movie during its presentation, revealing Spider-Man: Homecoming to be it (see new logo above). 

"Throughout the story Peter is trying to find his true identity and where he fits into the world," Tom Holland told the CinemaCon crowd. Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.


2. Suicide Squad wins Warner Bros. presentation

The entire Suicide Squad cast were on hand to promote the film at CinemaCon. An extended trailer was shown with bits and pieces of new footage, while we spoke to some of them on a red carpet press line prior to the presentation. 

Not only did Will Smith confirm to us that his Deadshot will have a run-in with Batman in the film, but Margot Robbie also told us she's in no way done playing the character and will continue to do so in future installments. Meanwhile, Jared Leto compared playing the Joker to, well, sex. "It's crazy and challenging and insane... it's kind of like f**king."


3. MIB 23 and Trainspotting 2 are definitely happening

Remember that rumored Men in Black/21 Jump Street crossover movie? Well it's definitely happening, as Sony teased it during its presentation, along with other upcoming titles like Jumanji, Robotech, Zombieland 2, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and The Emoji Movie, which will be an animated movie that takes place inside the cinematic universe that is your phone.

Sony also revealed that The Dark Tower officially began production this week, and that Trainspotting 2 -- complete with the entire original cast and director Danny Boyle back behind the camera -- begins shooting this May.


4. Passengers and The Magnificent Seven look great

A shot of the first Passengers poster, which debuted at CinemaCon

Sony dropped the first footage from both Passengers and The Magnificent Seven during its presentation, with Passengers emerging as our personal favorite (though Magnificent Seven -- and its badass Western vibes set to a furious hip hop beat -- came in a close second).

Passengers, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, takes place in the middle of a 120-year mission through space and tracks what happens when Pratt and Lawrence's characters accidentally wake up long before they were supposed to... with roughly 90 years left in the journey. As the two settle into what appears to be a relaxed and romantic life aboard the ship, stuff begins to go wrong and it's up to them to save the other 5,000 sleeping passengers before it's too late. As far as the footage goes, we dug its sleek futuristic look and the fact that it seems to be a movie that rests entirely on the shoulders of only two characters. And if anyone can carry a movie all on their own, it's most certainly Pratt and Lawrence.

Also, bonus fun fact: Jennifer Lawrence revealed on stage that she once worked in a movie theater. Did you know this? We didn't.


5. The Space Between Us, Bad Moms and the emergence of STX Entertainment

One of the biggest surprises at CinemaCon so far is the emergence of STX Entertainment, a new studio only 18 months old that touted a whopping 12 releases slated for 2017 and about four more in 2016. Teaming with visionary filmmakers and top talent, STX previewed a slate of films that all fall into familiar genres, but offer a unique approach that's different what we've seen before.

We especially liked the sci-fi film The Space Between Us, about a boy (Asa Butterfield) who's secretly born on Mars and then makes it his mission to travel to earth to find a girl (Britt Robertson) who also happens to be the only person from the planet he's ever met. Think a sci-fi film for romantics; one that explores what it actually means to be human.

Meanwhile, STX finished their presentation with two R-rated trailers for Bad Moms, a film that looks packed with hilariously relatable parenting humor. Carrying a Mean Girls-meets-Bridesmaids vibe, the summer comedy -- about a group of exhausted moms (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn) who band together to take out the bratty, elite PTA moms (lead by Christina Applegate) -- was definitely the hit of the presentation. It's wild and raunchy, and may just be the date-night movie of the summer for moms and dads, and anyone else who feels like raging against the PTA for a couple of hours.

Both The Space Between Us (August 19) and Bad Moms (July 29) hit theaters this summer.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Facebook on Movies.com