MTV almost became unwatchable ever since they stopped playing music videos in favor of a more episodic TV scheduled programming following the success of shows like Beavis and Butthead, the Real World, and Road Rules (only one of which is still on the air).
During the early 2000’s most of their shows revolved around reality television, led by the aforementioned Real World and continued with The Osbournes, Real World vs. Road Rules Challenge, and the conflicting Newlyweds starring Nick Lachey and his then-wife, Jessica “know it’s tuna, but it says Chicken of the Sea” Simpson. These shows, while different from the traditional MTV fare of music videos and Total Request Live, which dominated the programming of the 80’s and 90’s, became the staple of the channel moving forward as college kids and tweens tuned in more while adults did the exact opposite.
And while other networks were beginning to launch their own reality TV shows that were geared towards adults (we’re looking at your E! and Bravo), MTV began to expand their reality programming even further, adding The Hills, Jersey Shore, Jackass, Catfish, and turning the network into an outlet for everything Rob Dyrdek while also launching original shows Teen Wolf, The Shannara Chronicles, and the Scream TV series.
In the same way that the CW markets to millennials, MTV has become the go to for tweens and early college students.
However, despite the decrease in viewership over the age of 20, the MTV movie awards are still must see TV for their outlandish moments, including hosts Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart’s Mad Max entrance, Alexander Skarsgard presenting in his tighty-whities to promote how he’s dressed in Tazan, or the Adam Devine/Rebel Wilson Best Kiss lip lock that ended up with the two on the ground, and Wilson’s shoes coming off.
But, while certain hosts and years past haven’t been able to find success with keeping the show entertaining, one thing the show has generally been able to provide has been looks at some of the biggest upcoming movie releases. Unfortunately, in year’s past this has also meant looks at the upcoming Twilight saga installment, but now that that is thankfully over, we’re instead getting Captain America: Civil War, Fabulous Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Suicide Squad.
Captain America: Civil War
While most of the actual trailer portion uses footage that’s been released previously, the first seen clip provides us with a look at the team of Scarlet Witch, Falcon, and Captain America who are fighting against someone, although who is yet to be determined. The assumption would be that they’re there to rescue Bucky Barnes given that he’s not in the footage, nor are they fighting with or against anyone from Team Iron Man.
Here we get to see Scarlet Witch use her fastball special, which is her using her telekinetic abilities to launch Cap through a third story window. But beyond that, we also get our first, albeit brief, glimpse of Crossbones, the villain who will undoubtedly just be there to help keep Captain America and Iron Man from fighting too much.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters everywhere on May 6, 2016
The latest Suicide Squad trailer helped give a bigger premise for how the group was brought together. While the previous trailer helped introduce characters that have largely been withheld from other live action DC Comics movies (did anyone outside of the comic book fans know who Enchantress, Rick Flag, or Killer Croc were?), now, we’re looking at a continuation of the Superman saga with A.R.G.U.S. asking who could have stopped Superman if he had attacked the President….enter the villains, characters who are considered expendable, but also likely to be recognized for their collective skill sets.
Beyond just the extended backstory of how the squad was all brought together, we’re also given an extended look at Jared Leto’s The Joker, which may be the craziest of them all so far, see scenes showcasing Batman’s involvement, and thankfully more humor than what was included in the first trailer, which at point was rumored to be the only jokes in the entire movie and led people to believe that Suicide Squad would end up falling into the same traps as Superman vs. Batman. However, given the tone of this trailer, not only does it appear much lighter, but it also seems to have a great deal more action which is apparent as the anti-hero protagonists battle to Sweet’s The Ballroom Blitz.
Suicide Squad hits theaters everywhere August 5, 2016.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
While the Harry Potter series may only be getting resurrected in the form of a play, fans who are still longing for the wonderful world of Hogwarts will be getting a different look into the wonderful world of wizards with the J.K. Rowling penned Fanstastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the trailer opens up in mentioning that Scamander was a student at Hogwarts who put lives in danger as the result of a creature.
As he arrives in New York, we’re brought into a world where magic is around every corner, and Scamander has a case that presumably has at least one of these same life endangering creatures inside. Presumably, this creature will eventually got out and all hell will break loose as Colin Farrell’s character notes that no human could do “this,” whatever “this” is.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters November 18, 2016