The best new movie trailers: 1990s Avengers, Bill Murray vs. zombies, and more

Crafting the perfect movie trailer is hard work. There must be enough intrigue to get the audience excited while not 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.)

1990s Avengers

What if the Marvel Cinematic Universe had begun in the 1990s? That’s the premise of this fan-made trailer from the What’s The Mashup? team, which reimagines the cast of MCU heroes as some of the ’90s most iconic movie and television stars in a pretty impressive faux trailer. The casting call is actually spot-on, with Tom Cruise playing Tony Stark, Keanu Reeves as Doctor Strange, Denzel Washington as Black Panther, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Captain Marvel, Brad Pitt as Thor, and many other amusingly brilliant choices — but maybe none as great as Jeff Goldblum as Bruce Banner. (We’re not quite sure about Jean-Claude Van Damme as Captain America.) In some alternate universe, this cast already battled Thanos — who would still be played by Josh Brolin, just a few years removed from his starring role in Thrashin’, of course.

Release date: Never (sadly)

Joker

Sure, the idea of a Joker movie is intriguing, and the first teaser trailer for the film certainly looks interesting, but do we really need a sympathetic spin on one of comics’ most psychopathic, brutally vicious villains? Joaquin Phoenix is certainly channeling Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Batman’s notorious arch-enemy in the first preview of the film, which hails from The Hangover franchise director Todd Phillips. Early indications are that the film won’t be linked to AquamanWonder Woman, and the rest of Warner Bros. Pictures’ live-action DC Extended Universe, and that’s probably a good thing given the tone and focus of this movie. As usual, Phoenix appears to be going all-in on the role, and it will be fascinating to see how he — and Phillips — spin the character’s dark history into a compelling feature.

Release date: October 4

The Dead Don’t Die

The trailer for this zombie comedy from Jim Jarmusch debuted on April 1, so it makes sense that more than a few people thought it was all an elaborate prank. However, the film — which follows a pair of police officers played by Adam Driver and Bill Murray who find their small town threatened by flesh-hungry zombies — is indeed a very real project that is headed to theaters later this year. Along with Driver and Murray, the all-star cast includes Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Rosie Perez, RZA, Caleb Landry Jones, Carol Kane, Tom Waits, and Danny Glover. Oh, and Tilda Swinton apparently plays a mortician who also happens to be a badass samurai. And Iggy Pop plays a zombie who apparently likes coffee. It all seems a little too amazing to be real, and we can’t wait to see it.

Release date: June 14

Brightburn

Every preview of this dark “superhero horror” film is more compelling than the last one, and the latest trailer — which clocks in at over 3 minutes of footage — is no exception. The film puts a grim spin on the classic Superman origin story by exploring what would happen if a child from another planet crash-landed on Earth, but instead of growing up to be a superhero, he became a bitter, violent killer with abilities far beyond those of any human. James Gunn serves as a producer on the film, which was written by Brian and Mark Gunn (James’ brother and cousin, respectively). Elizabeth Banks stars in the film alongside young actor Jackson A. Dunn.

Release date: May 24

Avengers: Endgame

Shaping up to be the biggest movie of the year (and possibly all time), Avengers: Endgame is premiering in just a few weeks, which means that the marketing machine is moving at full speed right now. While there’s a case to be made that Endgame doesn’t actually need any marketing to be a massive blockbuster at this point, it’s hard to argue with an approach that gives us cool footage like the stuff in the latest trailer. Given that the film’s running time has been officially confirmed to be over three hours, there’s not all that much danger of the trailers giving too much away, so feel free to revel in the hype.

Release date: April 26

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