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Almost a week ago, the international trailer for Max Steel was revealed to the world, and it was a little confusing. Andy Garcia looked to be a villain, Max and Steel's chemistry left something to be desired, and it just had some of us scratching our heads and wondering what we'd just saw. The same cannot be said about the domestic trailer, which we're about to show you below, as it clarifies Garcia's role and actually improves on Steel's presence altogether. Watch the trailer for yourself, and see if you can notice the difference in tone.
Domestic distributor Open Road Studios officially dropped the trailer for Max Steel's U.S. release, and it includes some added beats and twists to the storyline we're supposed to take away. Apparently, Andy Garcia's Dr. Miles Edwards isn't as bad as we previously thought, as his voice over about Max's father "changing the world" is pulled from a different, more friendly take in this version of the trailer. Other than that, we see Ben Winchell's Max dealing with a life that's less than settled. With his famous dad out of the picture for some science-y reason, Max and his mother (Maria Bello) are just trying to get by.
Of course, all of this changes when Steel, an alien robot, meets up with Max to help him unlock a new power at his disposal. With the power of some sophisticated nanotechnology, Max and Steel are going to have to face off against the Ultralinks - an alien race that's looking to invade the Earth by force. While the plot hasn't changed much from the last trailer, our outlook on Max Steel has begun to change for the better. This is partially because of the fact that the character of Steel actually plays much better than it did in the international trailer.
For instance, a chance encounter with a beautiful classmate has Max flustered at one point, and Steel is stowed away in his backpack for safe keeping. Of course, this doesn't stop him from making some remarks about how Max should stay away from her, as she seems to be adversely affecting his heart rate and hormones. It's simple, almost Transformers style humor, but it doesn't veer into the perverse and actually comes off as a light laugh. Part of the reason for that is that these lines are being delivered by Josh Brener, the voice actor who's playing Steel, and veteran of such shows as Maron and Silicon Valley.
Between Steel's upgraded personality, and Dr. Miles Edwards' new-found mentorship, Max Steel looks like it's more in line with what we would have expected from a film adaptation of the long running toy line. October 14th will show us whether this new-found optimism is rewarded or dashed, as Max will face off against The Accountant for the weekend's top spot.