The Best of the Super Bowl...Trailers!

After watching the Seattle Seahawks obliterate the Denver Broncos in this month's Super Bowl XLVIII, I decided to sit down and admire the best of the big game...or the commercials I mean, especially the short yet sweet trailers of the year's most anticipated films coming soon. From Spider-Man's second tussle with even badder foes to the return of the robots-in-disguise in the new Transformers movie, this year's Super Bowl trailers were decent enough to get me excited for this upcoming summer of blockbusters. Here are some of my favorite ones:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier-
From this 30-second trailer, it looks like Cap (Chris Evans) is back in action as he, along with some friends, get involved in a conspiracy within the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cap, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and newcomer Falcon (Anthony Mackie) suit up as they face up against a masked vigilante known as The Winter Soldier, who might actually be someone from Cap's blurred past. From falling helicarriers to metal-armed mercenaries, this patriotic trailer delivers an awesome look into what Marvel fans are in store for this April.

Transformers: Age of Extinction-
In the most surprising trailer of the night, the Autobots and Decepticons return to the big screen with an all-new cast of humans and...dinosaurs? The trailer starts off with a shot of an alien/Cybertronian ship with some kind of robot (Decepticon, maybe) walking towards part of our new cast, mechanic Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz). Then we find Autobot leader Optimus Prime with a new look, looking to fight this unknown inhabitant from the alien ship. Later on, we get a glimpse at some new bots in the film, along with Wahlberg taking up some leadership to ensure the safety of his family. Then we see shots of Optimus captured, and some scenes of an explosive city battle (a well-known aspect of these films). To finish the trailer off, we get our very first look at the film's new Dinobots (yes, robot dinosaurs). With all the jumbled fragments of the trailer, it's a little hard to know exactly what's going on now. However, from this new barrage of epic footage, we can get our first glimpse of how Micheal Bay has redeemed (or not redeemed) himself from his previous flaws.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2-
In the second installment of this Spider-Man reboot, Spidey (Andrew Garfield) suits up again in a more comic-faithful suit, this time traveling deeper into his dark past and facing more powerful enemies. From the iridescent blue man of Electro (Jamie Foxx) to the mechanical menace of Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Peter Parker must risk his safety, along with that of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), to stop this growing threat and find out how it all ties into his mysterious past. With decent special effects, a first-look at the rise of the so-called "Sinister Six", and a better look to Spidey's suit, I think this will be a decent-enough film to surpass its predecessor and give the franchise a hopeful chance at doing well this year.

When a slave turned gladiator Milo (Game of Thrones' Kit Harington) suddenly becomes the savior of an ancient city about to be burned to ash by an explosive volcano, he must fight to save himself, his love (Emily Browning), and the rest of the city from one of the most disastrous events of Rome. While the film does show similar elements of films like Gladiator, it does have some amount of originality and depicts a tragedy among the Romans of that time. If I'm going to see one disaster film to start off the year, it would probably be this one.

From the riveting Biblical story of Noah's Ark comes this new look at the tale of how one man saves a world ravaged by human sin from a coming flood that will end humanity and creation as we know it. A story of family, survival, war, and triumph, Noah looks visually stunning from the trailer, and seems like a well-made thrilling depiction of a man's determination to save his world from massive destruction.

A Million Ways To Die In The West-
From the stupidly hilarious mind of Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane comes an outrageous, inappropriate, and hilarious western comedy about how one man (MacFarlane) tries to impress a new woman in town (Charlize Theron) by saving the town from a notorious gunslinger (Liam Neeson), who brings even more death to this already-unlucky western civilization. Rounding up almost any funny person he can get, from Neil Patrick Harris to Sarah Silverman, MacFarlane throws together his deadly mix of inappropriateness and foul comedy to create this crazy-funny film about death in the wild west.  

And last, but not least, is another amazing trailer than wasn't featured on game day, but is equally as exciting as these ones:

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes-
Sequel to the 2011 reboot of the Planet of the Apes films, Dawn takes place nearly a decade after the first film, where a simian plague was unleashed into the world, threatening millions of humans. Building a rebellion to fight the rising simian army of primate leader Caesar, human survivor Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) triggers the all-out war against the remaining humans and the simian army that continues to grow even stronger.

In conclusion, I hope everyone had a great Super Bowl Sunday, and I hope you weren't too upset or too happy about how bad the game went. I, myself, didn't have a preference on who should have won, but I do agree that the Broncos did not bring their A-game to the big game this year. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my list of my favorite Super Bowl trailers of this year. If I missed any good ones, feel free to tell me your favorites in the comments. Also, I want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day for this Friday!  

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