With just a few days until it hits theaters, Disney has released a new ten minute clip from their space fantasy epic John Carter, but don’t expect to see any of the film’s fantastic set pieces set on Mars.
The segment is from early in the film in the Old West before our titular hero (Taylor Kitsch) gets transported to Mars, which begs the question why is this the clip that they released? The bulk of the film’s story is set on the red planet and there are plenty of amazing sequences that they could have released to play that up. They’ve already done that recently when they released an action-packed sequence of Carter fighting a paid of giant martian white apes in a gladiatorial arena.
I’m not sure what the backpedal here is, but it just represents the latest in what I’ve come to feel is some very uneven and even confusing marketing from Disney. Let’s hope that it doesn’t have too much of a negative impact on the film’s box office.