The first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has finally roared its way online – here's what we learned.
No longer an item
We're reunited with Jurassic World heroes Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), but despite getting together at the end of the previous blockbuster, they're no longer together. Claire is in fact part of a task group named the Dinosaur Protection Group, and if you're wondering why our prehistoric ancestors need protecting, you're about to find out. (Nice to see that the spiky chemistry between the two is still intact.)
Blue is back
The hero raptor from Jurassic World is back, and as hinted in the pre-trailer footage, we do indeed get a flashback to the moment where she first 'imprinted' on Owen from birth. Claire must play on Owen's sympathies and his bond with the prehistoric beasties to get him to return to the devastated Jurassic World theme park, in the process putting a rescue operation in place.
Ian Malcolm returns
Much has been made of Jeff Goldblum's comeback, and an impressively bearded Ian is seen appearing before some kind of congressional panel. The quirky speech patterns are firmly in place, as we'd expect, but it also strikes a nostalgic note, reminding us of Ian's respect for nature and hearkening back to his famous "life finds a way" monologue from the first Jurassic Park.
As he wisely points out about the dinosaurs: "They were here before us... If we're not careful, they'll be here after."
She reclaimed her place at the end of Jurassic World and now the fearsome biped returns, but this time the fear and respect for the creature is tempered with a greater awareness of conservation.
Even so, it wouldn't be a Jurassic Park movie without some kick-ass action, and the moment later on in the trailer where Rexy dispatches another fearsome carnivore, inadvertently saving our heroes in the process, is pure popcorn fuel.
Dinosaurs under threat
In a neat twist, this time it's our prehistoric ancestors themselves facing an insurmountable hurdle. That's because it turns out dino island Isla Nublar has been an active volcano this entire time, allowing the visual effects team to go wild with plenty of explosive set-pieces and stampedes.
"Life finds a way..."
Beneath the strains of Ian's hesitant narration and John Williams' famous musical theme, we get the money shot: the stampede to end all stampedes as our main characters hurtle in a gyrosphere towards the edge of a massive cliff. Oh, and there's a massive, volcanic pyroclastic cloud in pursuit. Can we fast-forward to next June, please?
What did we miss in the trailer? Tweet us your thoughts @Cineworld. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is released on 8th June 2018.