Movie Promotions Fooled Fans:
Sometimes movies adapt to various publicity tricks to attract the crowd. They make big promises and hype up false stories just to make a buzz around the movie. But to fans’ disappointment, these promises are often broken once the movie hits the screens. Find out 10 times when movie promotions deceived the fans.
1. Live Free Or Die Hard
Live Free or Die Hard was a highly anticipated sequel in the Die Hard series. But Fox’s announcement of making it PG-13 had disappointed fans who were missing the intense violence. The movie still ended up adding violence and action sequences to some extent and retained its fans.
2. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had grabbed a lot of attention and publicity after announcing that they’d include the LGBTQ in the plot. It would have been a powerful step towards diversity. But the closest they got was a 2-second kiss between the same sex.
3. Ghost In The Shell
Before releasing, the movie had received a heavy backlash for depicting a Japanese character, Major Motoko. But Scarlet Johansson and the director attempted to calm down the uproar by denying the Japanese roots of the protagonist and calling her Major Mira Killian. But to everyone’s surprise, the film ending revealed that Mira was indeed Motoko.
4. Fifty Shades Of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey owed its publicity to the popular erotic novel of the same title. The story was based on BDSM and the readers and audience were expecting a true adaption to a great extent. The higher was their excitement, the greater was their disappointment when the movie released. The promotions had described it as a graphic nudity movie but the final product was far from the novel.
5. Terminator: Dark Fate
John Connor was a popular character from Terminator 2: Judgment Day that skyrocketed actor Edward Furlong’s career. But the teen’s drug overdose nixed his contract for Terminator 3 and future films. But the filmmakers had later announced the return of John Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate. It prompted fans to assume Furlong’s return as well. Little did they know that it was merely a wordplay by the filmmakers who used a body-double for John Connor.
6. Star Trek Into Darkness
When fans learned about Benedict Cumberbatch being cast in Star Trek into Darkness, theories on his character started to surface. New theories claimed that Benedict would play Khan Noonien Singh which was rebuffed by the directors. However, the theories were right as Benedict was Khan indeed.
7. Iron Man 3
It’s not the first time that the MCU trailer receiving its fans. Mandarin was one of the biggest nemeses of Tony Stark in the comics and the MCU tapped on this villain for Iron Man 3 promotions. The trailers promised that the critically acclaimed actor Ben Kingsley would appear as the Mandarin in Iron Man 3. However, the movie shattered our hopes by discounting the villain’s significance and presenting him as a fictitious entity played by an actor, Trevor. But on realizing its blunder, MCU tried to rectify it in an extended home release video of Thor: The Dark World where Trevor was abducted by the real Mandarin.
8. Saw 3D: The Final Chapter
Imagine your ‘final exam’ being followed by another series of exams! Despite calling itself The Final Chapter, the movie ended on a cliffhanger. It was followed by a sequel without ever ending the franchise.
When Doctor Strange stated “We are in the endgame now” in Avengers: Infinity War, many fans had guessed the title of Avengers 4 form it. However, the Russo brothers shunned all the fan theories and claimed that the movie name was not revealed in Infinity War. Fans were really bumped when it turned out that the movie was indeed titled Endgame.
10. Alien: Covenant
Ridley Scott promised that Alien: Covenant would answer and fix all the confusion related to the Prometheus plot. However, instead of addressing previous issues, the sequel ended up adding to the confusion with a directionless plot.