It’s silly to get too excited about an upcoming trailer, we’re well aware of that, but when it’s the next trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s hard not to get at least a little bit stoked. (Hell, I paid for a ticket to a movie I didn’t care about just to see the last one on the big screen.) And while the first one is great, it’s conspicuously missing any of the returning characters, primarily Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. But now we know not only when we’ll see the next look at J.J. Abrams’ adventure in that far, far away galaxy, but also that we’ll finally see those familiar faces we’re so pumped about.
This isn’t a huge surprise, but Latino Review confirms that the next Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser, trailer, or whatever you want to call it, will be attached to Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron when it drops May 1. That makes sense, using what is going to be one of the biggest movies of the year to hype up what is likely going to be the biggest movie of the year. Especially since Disney owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm. I’m waiting for the cross promotion to get to the point where there’s a just a Wookiee walking around in the background of a Marvel movie somewhere.
That’s all well and good, but the most important piece of this report is where it says that the footage features “all our classic heroes.” That’s what we really want to see. Meeting the new kids on the block—Finn, Rey, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8—is fine, but we’re curious to see what Luke, Leia, and Han look like these days, 30-plus-years after we last saw them, as well as Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO. Needless to say, our anticipation for this one just went up a few notches.
Seeing the modern day versions of all of our favorite Star Wars characters on the big screen, right before watching some of our favorite superheroes don their tights and do battle, might just make our pop culture addled brains explode with glee, but that’s a chance we’re willing to take. And it’s very possible, probably even likely, that these will be the two highest grossing movies of 2015.
It’ll be interesting to see how much this next look actually reveals. Abrams is well known for keeping details about his movies locked in his “Mystery Box,” and we heard that the didn’t really want to release the last trailer when they did. Disney also has a reputation for playing things close to the vest, but at the same time, they’re masters of whipping the public into a frenzy, and the two seem to be working well together to build anticipation. We suspect by the time the December 18 release date rolls around, we’ll all be frothing at the mouth and ready to trample our own mothers to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.