The Super Bowl is a great time for movie fans to get a glimpse at the blockbusters set to come later in the year.
Although most spots are only 30 seconds long, that's all viewers need to whet their appetite. Variety's Marc Graser has a basic list of the movies that are confirmed for Sunday, but it's subject to change. Even if there aren't any changes to that list, plenty of highly anticipated films will be featured during Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.
Among that group, these three stand out.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
TV Info: Fox
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Denver -3, according to Bovada
Transformers: Age of Extinction
I don't consider myself a fan of the Transformers film franchise, but I remain optimistic about the prospects of the fourth installment.
Michael Bay knows how to make an action film. I can watch The Rock all day, while Bad Boys is a very good popcorn flick. He has had a couple of years to think about what went right and wrong with the first three Transformers movies, so hopefully he has figured out how to find that perfect melding of action and comedy that made the two aforementioned films above so good.
There isn't much known about Transformers: Age of Extinction, aside from the fact that there will be plenty of robot-on-robot violence.
The Super Bowl trailer is a chance for fans to get an idea of where this film is headed.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
All the movies in the Avengers Marvel universe have been pretty good. Even the lesser films haven't been terrible.
Captain America: The First Avenger was a bit odd in that the exposition was the best part. The transition from Steve Rogers to Captain America was compelling, and the second half of the film lost a lot of steam. Red Skull's background and motivations weren't fully explained, and that pulse cannon thing seemed a bit too advanced for the 1940s.
But now we're transported to present day and have a villain—Winter Soldier—whom we already know and are familiar with from the previous movie.
Viewers will also get the next tease as to where The Avengers: Age of Ultron is headed.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
At the time, it seemed like rebooting the Spider-Man franchise so soon was a bad idea. Sure, Spider-Man 3 was a major disappointment, but the first two were excellent, and there was every reason to think that Sam Raimi would find that magic again.
Give credit to Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield, though. Webb did a solid job in The Amazing Spider-Man and did not let the original story bog down the entire film. Garfield also brought something different to the character and didn't try to be a Tobey Maguire clone.
The movie did lack an epic dance montage, though.
In all seriousness, there's a lot to look forward to with the second installment.
The Osborn family, alluded to in the first film, now becomes a reality. In addition, Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti are very good actors who should bring some humanity to their roles.
Plus, how about that Sinister Six tease?
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