As obsessed as the world has become with watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens and witnessing the carnage it’s causing at the global box office, we can’t help but look forward to the next chapter. We’ll be getting a new Star Wars movie every year for the foreseeable future, and later in 2016 we’ll get the first of the spinoff films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Thus far it’s been mostly kept under wraps, but now we know when we’ll get our first real look at the standalone tale, and it won’t surprise too many of you.
Lucasfilm and Marvel both have the same parent company, Disney, and as such there’s some interplay, using one to help promote the other. And according to Star Wars Time, the first trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One will hit theaters attached to Marvel’s superhero spectacle Captain America: Civil War. That’s really all there is to the report—there are no more details about how long the preview will be or what it may contain—and while this isn’t a site we’re familiar with and can’t speak to the veracity of their sources, such a move makes a great deal of sense.
Featuring damn near every major superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—Hulk and Thor are sure to be the most notable absences, but they’ll turn up in Thor: Ragnarok in 2017—Captain America: Civil War is poised to be one hell of massive blockbuster. Not only does Marvel have a stellar track record, but this features all of our favorite characters, kicks off the comic book giant’s Phase 3 movie slate in earnest, and it looks like it has the potential to be the most emotionally weighty entry in the MCU to date. Then there’s the fact that it will introduce two big new superheroes in the form of Black Panther and Spider-Man—fans are rather pumped up for this one.
It will be interesting to get a look at Rogue One as it promises to be something different from the usual Star Wars fare. This is the first movie not directly related to the Skywalker family, and we’ve heard that these Story films won’t revolve around the Force as much as the others. The Gareth Edwards-directed Rogue One has even been described as a gritty war movie, which is a new twist on the formula.
Set in the time between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, the plot of Star Wars: Rogue One revolves around a small group of Rebel soldiers. Led by Felicity Jones’ Lyra Erso (at least that’s the possible name we have at the moment), they steal the plans for the first Death Star that Luke Skywalker and company subsequently use to blow the battle station out of the sky.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016. Captain America: Civil War opens Ma 6.