Typically here at 24 Panels, we like to give each and every trailer the roundtable treatment. However, not every trailer is worth a thousand words, or even five hundred. As such, here are Dave’s thoughts on the trailers for Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Big Hero 6
It may be adapted from a Marvel comic, but the trailer for Big Hero 6 makes it pretty clear that this is going to be a Disney film from head to toe. While the trailer does not give away much in the way of plot details, it does give a good sense as to the playful, family friendly tone of the film, from the adorable character designs to the light parody of Iron Man with our protagonist designing an building an “upgrade” armour for his robot.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in the trailer is the absence of Marvel’s name in the trailer. While the film has not been produced with the involvement of Marvel, it is based on one of their properties, and prior to this trailer I would have guessed that Disney would be playing up the connection. Is Disney (or Marvel) really that concerned about muddying the brands?
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) clearly loves the British spy films and television shows of the 1960s, and that love is on full display in this first trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service. Within this trailer alone, one can find references to Harry Palmer (and not just the presence of Michael Caine), The Avengers (no, not Marvel’s), and, of course, James Bond. Even putting aside the specific references contained in the trailer, Vaughn seems to be doing his best to evoke the ’60s-era spy fantasies, putting aside any notion of realism and crafting some rather wild visuals. On that level, I am digging what I am seeing here.
Still, the high concept premise—British thug is recruited to become a secret agent and, presumably, save the world—seems rather like a rather thin idea to build a film around, and the issues of class and class structure vaguely hinted at in the trailer thus far appear to be treated in a rather superficial manner. I’m also a little leery about how the trailer seems to cut around Taron Egerton, who is the lead of the film. I get that Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine are the big name stars of the film, but given the way this trailer is cut, it appears as if the studio is trying to hide Egerton’s work. Still, consider me cautiously optimistic for this film.