It looks like Disney just won at synergy. It has been confirmed that the full trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will run before each showing of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in theaters when it drops May 1.
The news was confirmed by Collider, which states that there is another “Star Wars 7” trailer on the way. It’s not altogether shocking that Disney would want to take its two biggest properties and put them alongside each other. After all, with the first “Avengers” movie nabbing more than $600 million at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo, odds are good that its sequel will pack theaters as well. This will provide some of the best possible advertising for “Star Wars: the Force Awakens” – not that it would need it.
What’s interesting here is that, when “Avengers: Age of Ultron” hits theaters on May 1, it will not act as the premiere of the new “Star Wars” trailer. As previously reported, director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will kick off the annual “Star Wars Celebration” in Anaheim, California on April 16 with the release of the full-sized trailer. That means that it will be around for a full two weeks before the average Joe can see it in front of the “Avengers” sequel.
The question now is whether or not the Mouse House will decide if it wants to risk people at the convention leaking a low-quality version of the trailer online early, or if it will release an HD version online the day of the reveal in California. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been plagued with numerous leaks throughout its production, so it would make sense for the studio to get ahead of things and just release the trailer online on the 16th.
In any case, it looks like fans are mere weeks away from getting more footage from the upcoming science fantasy movie. Previously an 88-second teaser trailer revealed some new characters, but very purposely left out any returning characters like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia (Carrie Fisher), all of whom are confirmed for “The Force Awakens.” Fans can likely look forward to seeing their favorite characters from the 1970s original trilogy updated for the modern age as early as April 16. At the very least, on May 1 when they flock to the theater to see Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor and more battle Ultron in the upcoming super hero epic.
Is anyone else feeling like Patton Oswalt's crossover prediction is coming dangerously close to being a reality? Check out the original 88-second teaser video below while you ponder.