The best new movie trailers: ‘Avengers,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ and more

Nick Hastings
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Crafting the perfect movie trailer is hard work. There must be enough intrigue to get the audience excited without revealing too much about the film’s plot points and key moments (even then, things don’t always work out perfectly). Because of the sheer volume of new movie trailers being released in a given week, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding them up and separating the good from the bad for you. Check out the latest must-see trailers below, whether you’re looking for action, horror, comedy, or something else. It probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: Spoiler alert! Tread carefully, friends.

Note: All release dates are for the United States. 

‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Typically, we try not to feature the same movie more than once on this list, but after the massive success of Black Panther, we figured it wouldn’t be fair to leave out the new (and final) trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. By now, you probably know the stakes: The evil Thanos of Titan (Josh Brolin) is collecting Infinity Stones to complete his Infinity Glove, which could deliver him the power of destruction he craves. As per usual, our motley crew of costumed crusaders — including newer members like Doctor Strange and Spider-Man — sets out to stop him. It’s 18 films in the making, so let’s hope it pays off.

Release date: April 27

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

More than 10 years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling’s magical universe lives on thanks to the Fantastic Beasts series. The franchise kicks off with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016 and will comprise five films. The second film in the pentalogy (the events of which are set years before the events of the Harry Potter arc) again follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who joins up with a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law, looking badass) to hunt down and recapture the evil wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), who escaped from authorities following the events of the first film. The trailer takes us back to Hogwarts for the first time in several years, and reassures us that both Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler will return to reprise their roles.

Release date: November 16

‘Sorry to Bother You’

Over the past three years, Lakeith Stanfield has blossomed from a talented supporting actor in films like Selma and Dope into a bona fide star, as evidenced by exceptional performances in the FX series Atlanta and the widely acclaimed thriller Get Out. In Sorry to Bother You, Stanfield finally gets his chance to step into the spotlight, portraying a down-on-his-luck telemarketer who discovers that acting like a white person can open up interesting doors. The trailer is surreal and absolutely packed with big names, including Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) and Tessa Thompson, who’s also been on something of a hot streak with turns in Thor: Ragnarok and Annihilation. Oh, and it’s directed by Boots Riley, frontman for The Coup.

Release date: Summer

‘The Director and The Jedi’

Tired of Star Wars yet? Neither are we. On top of Disney’s planned smorgasbord of films in the spacefaring universe — we’ve got Solo on deck in late May, plus separate series on the way (eventually) from Rian Johnson and the team of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — the “House of Mouse” brought together important people from both behind the camera and in front of it to chronicle the process behind the making of Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi. Commentary from Johnson (the director), Lucasfilm bigwig Kathleen Kennedy, and many of the film’s stars looks to give fans a fun, behind-the-scenes look at the crazy scope and detail involved. The catch: To get the doc, you have to buy The Last Jedi in one of its multiple formats (digital, DVD, and Blu-ray).

Release date: Whenever you buy Episode VII.

‘6 Balloons’

Dave Franco is probably most recognized for his roles in comedy flicks like 21 Jump Street and Neighbors (we don’t even know how to categorize The Disaster Artist, but it’s not a hard-hitting drama). His latest, 6 Balloons, offers the 32-year-old actor an opportunity to stretch his chops by playing a relapsed heroin addict. The film actually centers primarily on his sister (Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson), who picks Franco’s character up — along with his young daughter — and drives across Los Angeles in search of a detox center. The trailer is melancholy at best and depressing at worst, with Franco in the full throes of addiction at one point.

Release date: April 6

‘Life Itself’

Oscar Isaac has been a busy man in recent years, displaying his range with disparate roles in films like Ex MachinaInside Llewyn DavisAnnihilation, and — of course — the Star Wars movies. Amazon Studios’ Life Itself is one of those movies that follows a couple throughout different stages of their life, positing that one small moment can have a massive “butterfly effect” on many lives. The film’s cast is superb, and includes Olivia Wilde, Olivia Cooke, Antonio Banderas, Mandy Patinkin, Annette Bening, and Samuel L. Jackson. Its director, Dan Fogelman, is an expert at crafting emotionally satisfying stories, as evidenced by superhit NBC series This Is Us and the film Crazy, Stupid, Love. 

Release date: Fall

‘Eighth Grade’

Eighth Grade debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January to overwhelmingly positive reviews that lauded the film’s sense of authenticity and especially the captivating lead performance from Elsie Fisher (the voice of Agnes from the Despicable Me movies). Directed by musician/comedian Bo Burnham in his first full-length feature, Fisher portrays Kayla, an eighth grader seen as reticent, boring, and quiet by her peers, despite feeling like she has more to offer. Kayla just wants to survive the transition to high school, but — as anyone who remembers those years will agree — it’s never a simple process. The trailer displays Burnham’s ability to connect with audiences of all ages, and like his comedy, it’s both funny and sad.

Release date: July 13