Even non-football fans watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, but it’s the movie trailers for the biggest flicks of 2018 that really have us hyped.
Depending on how close and tense the game is between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl LII, the best time for movie buffs to hit the bathroom or go for more food might be during the on-field action. That’s because as usual, this year’s Big Game should bring us a bunch of notable movie trailers, including some that have yet to drop so much as a teaser so far.
Cutting through all the rumors and reports is difficult, but The Hollywood Reporter recently did a good summary of sorts, and we’re piggybacking off that and adding our own research to bring you a full list of movie trailers you might see on Sunday. We make no guarantees, and there could be some that sneak in that we aren’t even expecting, but here’s where we think we stand two days away from Super Bowl LII.
We want to leave ourselves a little wiggle room just in case, but these are the movies we’re pretty darn sure will air trailers during the game.
Black Panther (releases Feb. 16)
Wait, for a movie that is coming less than two weeks later? Well, yeah, because Disney and Marvel want to put a serious push behind it, and because Super Bowl spots also come in 30-second varieties. So this will be more a TV spot than a standard trailer, but we expect it to happen.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (releases June 22)
This could be the biggest one, not only because it’s advertising the follow-up to one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, but also because it will literally be bigger at 90 seconds. Fitting for a film about dinosaurs.
Skyscraper (releases July 13)
The latest Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson vehicle, it stars a very tall building wherein something probably goes wrong. But The Rock has experience handling all kinds of action, so we’re thinking it’ll all work out by the end.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (releases July 27)
Tom Cruise and company have proven remarkably resilient in this modern update of the classic TV series, as this will be the sixth film in the current series — and first with a returning director. Plot details have been kept close to the vest except to say that the movie deals with a mission gone wrong, but don’t most of them?
These are movies either heavily rumored to be part of the Super Bowl ad mix or ones from companies we know have purchased commercial time but simply don’t know which movies they might be featuring — or both.
A Wrinkle in Time (releases March 9)
This could be the “final” trailer for the movie based on the beloved book, since it’s due out only five weeks later. It could benefit from all the eyes on the Big Game, for sure.
Untitled Cloverfield Sequel, a.k.a. the movie formerly known as God Particle (releases April 20)
It’s been heavily reported that Netflix has purchased ad time, and the streaming service is rumored to be in talks to acquire this J.J. Abrams-produced film which has hit some snags. It doesn’t even have a title at the moment, but wouldn’t it be just like Netflix (and the Cloverfield series, frankly) to give us a name and a trailer all at once? Deadline thinks so.
Avengers: Infinity War (releases May 4)
It might be a little too early for a second Infinity War trailer, and the Avengers don’t need the Super Bowl as a launching pad. But if this does drop, expect it to dominate most of the talk when it comes to Sunday’s trailer releases.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (releases May 25)
Disney is rumored to have purchased two spots for the Big Game, and THR thought this would be one of them. After all, they have to show us a trailer sometime, right? The movie is due out in less than five months! But new reports suggest Good Morning America the day after the Super Bowl might be the play, so we bumped this down a notch.
You never know
We don’t think we’ll see these movie trailers on Sunday but will be pleasantly surprised to be wrong.
Fifty Shades Freed (releases Feb. 9)
We can’t rule it out, unfortunately, since NBC is broadcasting the game and Universal Pictures is a sister company. That said, this would likely be a 30-second TV spot a la Black Panther if it happens.
A Quiet Place (releases April 6)
The first trailer for this unique upcoming horror movie caused quite the stir when it dropped over the holidays, and it could go even more viral with a push during the Super Bowl. Yet it would mean Paramount has purchased time for two movies (it’s the company behind Mission: Impossible), and we haven’t seen that reported anywhere.
The Incredibles 2 (releases June 15)
It just seems like Disney has too many other movies in the mix for two spots, and this comes out later than all the others. We should see something soon, maybe even the week of Black Panther, but not on Sunday.
Sorry, but no
These movie trailers aren’t happening during the Big Game, no matter how much we wish they were.
Deadpool 2 (releases May 18)
The Super Bowl would be perfect for the heavily anticipated Deadpool sequel since the Merc with a Mouth would liven up any commercial break. Alas, Fox is said to be sitting out this year’s game, which means no Deadpool.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (releases Nov. 16)
This would make quite a big impact, even though it would likely be just a teaser since the movie is still nine months off. But it’s from Warner Bros., which didn’t buy any TV time, so we’re just going to have to wait a little longer.
Aquaman (releases Dec. 21)
Everything we just said about Fantastic Beasts applies here too.