The pigskins will be flying fast and furious in a championship contest on the gridiron between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Super Bowl LI kicks off at 3:30PM as quarterbacks Tom Brady and Matt Ryan hope to guide their teams into NFL history books.
Whether you watch in the comfort of your TARDIS Snuggie at home with a pile of pizza rolls or join a rowdy crowd at a festive Super Bowl block party, part of the appeal of the Big Game is watching the latest roster of enticing Hollywood trailers being paraded out in between plays. This year will offer up a winning combination of upcoming sci-fi, fantasy and horror previews from several superstar studios, including 20th Century Fox, Marvel, Universal, Sony, Paramount and Disney. Some trailers have been confirmed, many are speculative, others will be a game time surprise ... but all of them will be worth skipping the nacho cheese trough or chip bowl to watch.
Check out our rundown of geeky Super Bowl movie ads to stay tuned for and tell us which ones you're most looking forward to.
The Mummy (Universal)
Universal is expected to unwrap a new preview of its Tom Cruise-starring horror remake of its classic The Mummy, this time with a female mummy taunting the world with supernatural terror. The first trailer released in December was intriguing as a teaser but I'd like a better understanding of its tone and style before I shuffle into the theater to watch. Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy stalks the silver screen on June 7.
This intense-looking sci-fi thriller about the discovery of life on Mars is directed by Daniel Espinosa and stars Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson as the ISS crew that uncovers a deadly contaminant. It's written by Ryan's Deadpool scribes, Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese, is due on March 24. This will be Sony's first Super Bowl trailer in three years and we hope it's a solid score.
Transformers: The Last Knight (Paramount)
This one is guaranteed. The epic clash on the football field matches up well with the on-screen collisions of alien robots, so this trailer is a natural for the Super Bowl. This final Transformers flick from Michael Bay (?) travels back in time to include Nazis, Winston Churchill, Merlin, King Arthur and the legendary sword Excalibur. Mark Wahlberg returns to star in a Transformers battle royale that invades theaters on June 23.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios/Disney)
Leading up to game time, it's unclear as to whether this will be a brand new story-based trailer with fresh footage or simply another retread showcase for the first main trailer that dropped in December. Disney could even toss a long bomb to us with something themed to the game but for now they're being hush-hush about their band of intergalactic a-holes. Directed again by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 lands on May 5. (Disney could also slip in a short spot for Beauty and the Beast or Cars 3 too. The Mouse can be sneaky!)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Disney)
We've only seen one trailer for this PotC sequel and it was somewhat impressive if not short, with Javier Bardem hamming it up as drooling paranormal pirate Captain Salazar. Disney needs to get the most bang for their advertising buck to recoup their estimated $320 investment and we hope a bold new trailer shows more of the Devil's Triangle, the mystical Trident of Poseidon and the incomparable Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Pirates 5 sets sail on May 26.
Logan (20th Century Fox)
This is only an educated guess for Fox and they may have chosen to go with Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant instead, although Alien's brutal R-rated violence may be too harsh to tone down for Super Sunday and Logan comes out much sooner. The last red band trailer for Logan just dropped in mid-January and the wounds cut deep, so this might be a sanitized version of that trailer ... or a completely new preview revealing some alternate shots ... or it might be passed on altogether! Directed by James Mangold, Logan rips into theaters on March 3.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Marvel Studios/Sony)
This one is pure speculation but it's a good bet that Marvel/Sony will spin out some sweet Spidey for Sunday. Also a possibility is that they could highlight Tom Holland's Peter Parker and Michael Keaton's Vulture via one of their many promotional partners in a themed spot. The Super Bowl crowd could be a nice publicity paring for this sci-fi superhero fantasy flick, so we'll keep our fingers crossed for this one. Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7.
Alien: Covenant (20th Century Fox)
I'd call this a long shot more than a sure slam dunk since Fox may have picked Logan to hit the field on Sunday instead of Sir Ridley's dark n' dreary sci-fi horror spectacle (not that Logan is exactly all sunshine and rainbows either!). Alien: Covenant could air as a shortened version of the hyper-violent red band trailer that hit on Christmas Eve, but don't be surprised if it's simply rehashed images from what we've already seen ... or that it never orbits this sports galaxy at all.
A Cure for Wellness (20th Century Fox)
Another remote possibility is the Gore Verbinski-directed A Cure For Wellness, the unsettling-looking horror movie starring Dane DeHaan as a patient trying to escape from a diabolical, uh, spa. The first trailer generated a lot of buzz in the fright-film community; it could supplant either Alien: Covenant or Logan, but it's not very likely.