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The world has changed (almost beyond recognition) since the last Super Bowl aired in 2020, but the annual slew of can't-miss commercials from the biggest studios, networks, and brands remained the same during this year's Big Game...almost.
With so many blockbusters constantly being delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, movie trailers were, unsurprisingly, few and far between. Food, car, and tech companies; television shows; and one PVOD film release — Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon — picked up some of the marketing slack as Hollywood and the theatrical industry continue to grapple with the health crisis, which celebrates its macabre one-year anniversary next month. Most curiously, Warner Bros. sat out the event, despite the fact that it has a robust slate of new movies that will simultaneously play on big screens and HBO Max for the rest of the year, starting with next month's Godzilla vs. Kong.
Nevertheless, the usual parade of ads still contained plenty of nerdy, pop culture content that got us excited for what's to come in 2021. As always, we've rounded up all the different genre goodies from Super Bowl LV into one convenient story, so you don't have to wear out the YouTube search bar...
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
We never knew that we needed to see Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) go through couples therapy, but here we are. Sorry, boys, we're gonna have to cut the staring contest a little short. Captain America: Civil War villain Zemo (Daniel Brühl) has busted out of prison and wants to rid the world of superheroes after what happened in his homeland of Sokovia.
A seemingly tranquil beach reveals a dark underside when the tropical paradise stars accelerating peoples' ages in the first teaser trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's latest horror-thriller: Old. The project, which marks the writer-director's first feature film since Glass, arrives in theaters Friday, July 23.
F9: The Fast Saga
The Fast & Furious family is back for some more death-defying hijinks (and possibly a trip to outer space?) in the latest teaser for the third-to-last chapter of the long-running action franchise. Series veteran Justin Lin, who has directed four entries to date, helmed F9. Penned by Daniel Casey, Fast & Furious 9 drives into theaters May 28, 2021 — more than a year after its intended release date.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Get another sneak peek at the latest effort from Disney Animation. Inspired by the rich cultures of Southeast Asia, Raya and the Last Dragon opens in select theaters Friday, March 5. On the same day, Disney+ subscribers may purchase the animated film for an extra fee (à la the studio's live-action remake of Mulan). The voice cast includes: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Jona Xiao, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk, Gordon Ip, Dichen Lachman, Patti Harrison, Jon “Dumbfoundead” Park, Sung Kang, Sierra Katow, Ross Butler, François Chau, and Paul Yen.
Agent Starling's famous Silence of the Lambs monologue about the slaughter of baby sheep comes to vivid life in this Big Game spot for CBS's sequel series to the 1991 classic. In Clarice, Rebecca Breeds takes on the role made famous by Jodie Foster. The show premieres Thursday, Feb. 11 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Just don't expect any mention or cameo from Hannibal Lecter.
Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan makes a sensual turn as a personified Alexa with Amazon's Big Game spot that essentially channels the dystopian themes of Black Mirror. It's as sexy and it is unnerving.
"Sweet Victory" finally got its Super Bowl due! To promote its newly-rebranded streaming service, Paramount+ (formerly known as CBS All Access), ViacomCBS mashed up some of its most well-known IPs like SpongeBob SquarePants, Star Trek, Beavis and Butt-Head, and even The Ring.