The Predator's Second Trailer is Not Disappointing

Here’s the trailer you’ve been waiting for.

By Jay Gervais

The second trailer for 20th Century Fox’s The Predator was released this past Friday. Last month, we reported on being disappointed with the first trailer and this time around the marketing team really flexed the muscles of this film's potential. Have a look above and decide for yourself.

The Predator is about a young boy who accidentally triggers the return of the lethal hunters to Earth after toying around with a piece of their technology. When a Predator ship crash-lands on the planet, a small town is turned upside-down and it falls to a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers, along with a disgruntled science teacher, to save the world. However, as they will come to learn, they are ill-prepared to fight these stronger, smarter, and deadlier Predators.

This latest trailer seems to focus heavily on Quinn McKenna’s character, played by Boyd Holbrook (Logan). We learn that Quinn is a sniper who arrives at what looks like a crash site, presumably where the Predator ship lands, and makes first contact with a Predator there. After somehow surviving, he’s taken in for questioning. We also get to see more of the Predator featured in the film, along with a brand-new Predator that appears to be twice the size of the former.

This writer speculates this could be some type of hybrid grown in a lab from Predator DNA, which would connect the laboratory elements seen in both trailers thus far. This hybrid could have been unleashed as a last resort to stop the Predator. This is reasonable to conclude since the events of Predator 2 are considered canon, where Peter Keyes had lead a taskforce to capture a live Predator for military purposes.

While he was unsuccessful in doing so, which ultimately lead to the death of him and his entire team, there should be no doubt plenty of evidence was left behind from that film's events. Seeing as how this film takes place in present day, there was likely to have been much research and innovation surrounding the military’s interest in the Predator species and their technology over time. Adding to this speculation is the fact that the son of Keyes is also featured in The Predator, who likely continued the work of his father in honor of his legacy.

The remainder of the main cast includes Trevante Rhodes (Westworld) as Williams, Jacob Tremblay as Rory McKenna, Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu) as Coyle, Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Casey Bracket, Sterling K. Brown (Black Panther), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) as Lynch, Thomas Jane (The Expanse) as Baxley, Augusto Aguilera as Nettles, Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter, Mass Effect 2) as Emily, and Jake Busey (Starship Troopers) as the son of Keyes.

The Predator is set for a September 14th release and will also be coming out in 3D. While the film wasn’t originally intended to be in the format, it was later converted to 3D in post-production. The film is directed by Shane Black (Iron Man 3), who is no stranger to the series as fans might know him for playing Hawkins in the first film.

About the Author

Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.