A trailer isn't just a preview for a movie - it's a pitch. A trailer's job is to condense an entire film for potential viewers in two or three minutes. To make it look as exciting as possible, most trailers are filled to the brim with the hilarious one-liners, the funniest moments, and epic action sequences.
Sadly, these promos are so desperate to highlight the best moments that they give away too much. The teaser for Terminator 2 spoiled the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger was playing the hero. TV spots for Fast & Furious 9 revealed Han isn't dead. The trailer for Amazing Spider-Man 2 showed the last frame of the movie.
As frustrating as this is, it's easy to understand why it happens. Trailers HAVE to be exciting to get butts in seats. Could you imagine a movie trailer that didn't spoil a thing?
But there are a handful of teasers that have done just that. Not only are there trailers that refuse to spoil anything, some of them display intentionally misleading scenes so the audience will expect a far different film than the one they receive...
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