You’d figure that, with millions of dollars spent — and an even greater number of people watching — a Super Bowl spot for your over-budgeted spectacle would include tons of new footage to lure the unknowing in. Disney felt differently, deciding to, far as I can tell and not in the mood to exaggerate, include about two seconds of exclusive material for their John Carter ad. Although I like the basic concept behind it, the Led Zeppelin cover is rocking, and I’ll contend that the movie looks kind of fun — this is just lazy.

Watch it below:

Meanwhile, a new featurette contains tons more new footage — which is to say, it contains new footage — and sells up the comedic, pulpy bits of Andrew Stanton‘s film a little more. Best of all, it isn’t overly kiddie or on-the-nose with either; no, not Oscar Wilde, but I’m naturally tickled by Willem Dafoe voicing an alien.

Take a look below:

Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ work, the action adventure also stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, and Thomas Hayden Church.


From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

John Carter opens on March 9th.

Are you impressed with either the Super Bowl spot or featurette?

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