Sony Focuses on Theaters, Ghostbusters: Afterlife Screened, Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer

CinemaCon is back this year in Las Vegas, and Sony Pictures Entertainment kicked off the whole week with a sizzle reel of its upcoming films including Uncharted, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 and more. Along with releasing the trailer online for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the studio debuted the trailer in front of a crowd of theater owners who were excited. The biggest surprise of all was the first public screening of Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Uncharted, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, and More

As a huge fan of the Uncharted series, I was excited to see footage from the Uncharted film starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. The characters are younger than their video game counterparts, but the video game series has featured young Nathan Drake. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End had a few moments of gameplay where players controlled young Nathan. As for the actual footage shown during CinemaCon, it was mostly action scenes, giving us an Indiana Jones vibe. (The games were heavily inspired by Steven Spielberg’s films, after all.)

There was footage shown for Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. For the latter, we get to see bits and pieces of Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy, and the second Venom movie showed a bit more of Cletus Kasady.

Focuses on Theaters

The heads over at Sony Pictures Entertainment promised that its films will be exclusive to theaters first, and the packed auditorium was filled with cheers and applause. It’s not surprising since it is a convention catered toward theater owners. This is good news for fans of the theater-going experience with exclusive theatrical showing for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Uncharted, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, Ghostbusters: Afterlife and more.

Spider-Man: No Way Home Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home has over 30 million views in just 16 hours of its release. Sony and Marvel Studios are pulling out all the big guns and have shown us how crazy the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be with the beginning of the multiverse with villains like Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock and Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man.

The internet has been dissecting the trailer, with many thinking the man with the white dress shirt and tie is Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil. With the multiverse being a part of the film, it’s going to be interesting to see how other movies and shows deal with this including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the second season of Loki.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman joined the CinemaCon stage with his father, Ivan Reitman, the director of the original Ghostbusters films. Jason felt like now was the time to direct a Ghostbusters film since he had a story to tell that relates to his family, and he emphasized the importance of how Ghostbusters belongs to the fans and not the filmmakers. The CinemaCon crowd was treated to a nice surprise with the 1st public screening of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. After the screening, many went online to share their reactions to the film.

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