With “Avengers: Endgame” expected to shatter box office records this weekend, it’s no surprise that three of that film’s stars — Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) — show up in new trailers.
‘21 Bridges’ (July 12)
Produced by “Avengers: Endgame” directors Anthony and Joe Russo, this action flick looks like a throwback to earlier New York City cop movies like “The French Connection” and “16 Blocks.” Chadwick Boseman radiates movie-star charisma in the viscerally appealing trailer as an N.Y.P.D. detective whose officer father was killed in the line of duty. He’s called in to hunt a gang of drug dealers who murdered eight cops and tries to trap the suspects by shutting down all exits from Manhattan — hence the title.
‘Men in Black: International’ (June 14)
The second trailer for the sci-fi comedy franchise’s spinoff puts the emphasis on Agent M (Tessa Thompson), revealing her back story — her parents’ memories were wiped after an alien encounter when she was a child, but hers wasn’t. She lobbies to join the Men in Black, despite objecting to the organization’s sexist name. “Don’t start,” warns her boss, Agent O (Emma Thompson, returning from “Men in Black 3”). “I’m working on it.” Chris Hemsworth and Liam Neeson are also on board for the mission to root out a mole in the group’s British branch, and the setting allows for a witty steering-wheel gag.
‘Gemini Man’ (Oct. 11)
Moviemakers can’t stop messing with Will Smith’s face. The erstwhile “Men in Black” star turns blue in Disney’s forthcoming live-action remake of “Aladdin,” and he’s been digitally de-aged to play a younger version of himself for director Ang Lee’s thriller. In it, Smith stars as a grizzled assassin who realizes he’s being tracked by his more youthful doppelgänger. The effects in the trailer are impressive, but the premise will feel familiar to anyone who saw the 2012 Bruce Willis-Joseph Gordon-Levitt vehicle “Looper.”
‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ (May 31)
The final promotional clip for this monster mash-up plays down human cast members like Millie Bobby Brown and O’Shea Jackson Jr. and positions the titular creature as the movie’s hero. He’s unleashed to battle a trio of deadly behemoths — “Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah, oh my!” — and the trailer features a surprising “Wizard of Oz” vibe as the soaring score quotes “Over the Rainbow.”
‘The Hustle’ (May 10)
Shamelessly jumping on the “Avengers: Endgame” bandwagon, the minute-long teaser for this “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” remake sets up the con women played by Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway as “The Revengers.” The trailer is mostly recycled gags from the unfunny two-and-a-half-minute clip released in February. And when it tries to sell the film as a #MeToo story (“After centuries of injustice, who will take a stand?”), that’s truly rotten.
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